Short thoughts on Doctor Who disc by disc (originally published May 2012)

Remembrance of the Daleks

Tonight’s Soundtrack: Hüsker Dü, “She Floated Away”

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Aside from the largely silent performance in the 1996 TV Movie, this story introduced me to Sylvester McCoy as the 7th Doctor. Here’s how that went:

RotD: Bat, so glad you could make it! Isn’t Netflix great?

Me: Yeah, sure. Listen, I haven’t watched Doctor Who in a long, long time, so I might just be here “ironically”, if you get me?

RotD: Not a problem. You heard about the modern series of Who? Now you’re a little curious?

Me: What? Sure. Hey, maybe I shouldn’t stay. This is really just nostalgia indulg—

RotD: Let me introduce you to Sylvester McCoy.

Me: No, really, I—

Rotd: Syl! Come and meet Bat. He was a big fan back around 1985.

SM: Grrreetings.

Me: Very amusing. Nice to see you. Love the paisley. Love the Doctor. Not sure about the sweater vest. So… still, uh, still fighting Daleks, then?

RotD: Ooh, I think the clue’s in me!

Me: Ha, ha. Yes, I’ve got a cab waiting… hang on. Is—is that a girl about to twat a Dalek with a magic baseball bat?

SM: That’s Ace. She’s my frriend.

Me: Huh. Does she… I mean, is there anyone else coming?

RotD: How about a Dalek with a bloody great cannon for a face called SPECIAL WEAPONS DALEK?

Me: Cancel the cab. Syl, we’ll chat later. Remembrance, pull out the big couch. You may have just awoken a sleeping giant in an anorak.

BOTTOM LINE: Dorothy Gale “Ace” McShane is a character so far up my alley that I should be charging her rent.

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