August 14, 2017

Doctor Who: The Seeds of Death

In the near future, the Earth relies on T-MAT for transporting supplies across the globe. It's run from the Moon, and the Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe head there to see what's wrong when it stops working. Ice Warriors have taken over the base!

the Doctor with Ice Warriors

The Ice Warriors start using the TMAT to send seed pods to Earth to change the atmosphere before the Ice Warrior fleet arrives for part two of the invasion plan. In the end, the Ice Warriors' plan is not very well thought out and they're easily defeated. I expect better from them.

Ice Lord and Ice Warrior

There are only two serials left in the 2nd Doctor era. I feel like Grover, reluctant to turn the pages to get to the end of the book.


Doctor: Second
Companions: Jamie, Zoe
Episode: #48, "The Seeds of Death," six parts
Adversary: the Ice Warriors
Classic Lines: the Doctor, to some Ice Warriors: "Your leader will be angry if you kill me. I'm a genius!"
Tuck This Away to Impress Your Friends: This serial marks the first appearance of an Ice Lord (Slaar). Ice Lords command a group of Ice Warriors and look a little different. 
Next Up: "The Space Pirates"

August 8, 2017

Doctor Who: The Krotons

The TARDIS lands on a planet with two suns, hence the Doctor's umbrella. He says it will be hot.

Jamie, Zoe, the Doctor
They see someone vaporized and soon discover that the Gonds have been under the control of the Krotons for thousands of years. The Gonds use intelligence machines, and the two smartest are given to the Krotons every so often, never to return. Yeah, they don't return because they aren't smart enough and the Krotons kill them. 

Espresso, anyone?

FYI, Krotons kind of look like Bialetti coffee makers. Zoe and the Doctor use the intelligence machines and have the intelligence the Krotons need to escape the planet. (The Krotons keep calling them "the high brains.") Will they? If you know Doctor Who, you know the answer.

I just realized that there are only three more serials to go in the Patrick Troughton era. That makes me sad. I'll miss the adventures of the 2nd Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe!


Doctor: Second
Companions: Jamie, Zoe
Episode: #47, "The Krotons," four parts
Adversary: the Krotons
Classic Lines: the Doctor: "Zoe is something of a genius, of course. It can be very irritating at times."
Tuck This Away to Impress Your Friends: Zoe has an easy time with the intelligence machine but the Doctor doesn't do as well.
Next Up: "The Seeds of Death"

July 25, 2017

Ziti with roasted eggplant and ricotta cheese

I made another dish from Lidia's Favorite Recipes, by Lidia Bastianich- ziti with roasted eggplant and ricotta cheese.

It was okay. Neither of us liked this much so I won't make it again. I can't narrow it down to one thing. It's just not for me. Or Dave.

July 16, 2017

The 13th Doctor is Jodie Whittaker

On Sunday, the BBC announced the actor who is to take over the role of the Doctor from Peter Capaldi. It's Jodie Whittaker. She'll be the first woman to take on the role.

There had been talk of a woman being the next Doctor, but I never seriously considered it or how I'd feel. I figured they wouldn't do it. My reaction: pure joy. I didn't expect it to affect me so deeply, but I was thinking about it and telling Dave how much it meant to me and I started to cry! Unexpected, uncontrollable tears of joy. I mean, I couldn't even get a sentence out. Tears were streaming down my face.

You see, I grew up as a "tomboy" who liked things that were "for boys." In science fiction, there aren't many female heroes. Aside from Princess Leia and Wonder Woman, who did I have? When I wanted to see myself in the stories that I loved, most of the time I just wasn't there. In Doctor Who, I always liked Romana. She was the closest I could get to seeing myself in the Doctor. She was a Time Lord. She was smart and strong and could save the day, too. But I could never be the Doctor in those stories. Now I can.

July 14, 2017

Really good oven-fried Buffalo wings

I made wings! They were baked, not fried, but they tasted like they were fried.

They were sooooo good and so easy. I used the Food Lab's recipe. Tossing the wings in baking powder and salt and allowing them to air dry in the fridge for at least eight hours before you bake them allows them to crisp up like they were fried. YUM. Toss in a sauce made of Frank's Red Hot and butter, and you're done. Dave's verdict: "You have to make this again." Oh, I will.

July 11, 2017

Doctor Who: The Invasion

This story is eight parts (!), but two are missing. Luckily, the BBC had those episodes animated, with the original audio. As I've mentioned before, I wish they would do that for all the missing episodes...

Jamie, Zoe, and the Doctor
The Doctor and Jamie go to check out the fishy International Electromatics. When they're leaving, they're picked up by some mysterious men. Of course, I recognized one as Sergeant Benton, so we know what that means...

the Brigadier, Jamie, and the Doctor

UNIT! They're investigating International Electromatics, too. I swear I got giddy when the Brigadier showed up and they were all so happy to see each other. I just love the Brigadier. Also, I probably should've mentioned that at the beginning of this story, a missile was fired at the TARDIS from the dark side of the Moon. Anyway, the Brigadier mentions that he met them four years ago now, but Jamie says it was only a couple of weeks.

Hijinks ensue, yes, that company is evil, and at the very end of the fourth episode, the Cybermen appear. Finally. Here comes the invasion!

Good thing the Doctor and UNIT are there to stop them. Huzzah!


Doctor: Second
Companions: Jamie, Zoe
Episode: #46, "The Invasion," eight parts
Adversary: the Cybermen
Classic Lines: the Brigadier: "You still making a nonsense of it, Doctor, in your...what was it called...TARDIS?"
Tuck This Away to Impress Your Friends: The Brigadier is promoted to...Brigadier. This is the first episode in which Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart is officially "the Brigadier" and the first episode featuring UNIT.
Next Up: "The Krotons"
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