Sunday, April 28, 2013

Matrix Databank (Part 2): The 2nd Doctor

The 2nd Doctor, the clown, the cosmic hobo, the original game changer. Upon deafeating the Cybermen in the Antarctic, the Doctor callapsed on the TARDIS floor. Just as Ben Jackson and Polly Wright were about to help him, an amazing event happened. Before their very eyes a mysyerious glow covered his body triggering a change in his physical appearance. Gone was the face of the old man they once knew, now before them, a face of an impish little man with a mop head of hair; resembling a Beatles haircut. The change left his companions baffled and shocked. There wouldn't be much time for explanation once the TARDIS landed on the planet Vulcan where much to the chargin of the little man and his friends, the Daleks were mapping their latest attempt in universal domination. The adventure alone proved to the young Seaman and his "Dutchess" that the Doctor is the same man they met sometime ago.

For sometime, the trio found themselves neck deep in Cat People, San Fransisco, Hollywood 1947, Pluto, the shark-like menace the Selachians and the Battle of Culloden. It was that particular adventure that see the TARDIS crew welcoming their new friend, the Highlander Jamie McCrimmon. Further travels the four friends had included Atlantis, the Cybermen's invasion of a moonbase, the Macra, the Roundheads, a rematch with Selachians (at a bank no less!), the Vist, and the Second World War. Things would come to a end for the four as their encounter with the Chameleons on Earth 1967 led to Ben and Polly remaining on their very timestream they left from long ago. 

(Above; left to right: Ben, the Doctor, and Polly/ Below; the Doctor, Polly, Ben, & Jamie)

Upon the chase to retrieve the TARDIS, which was stolen from Gatwick Airport, the Doctor and Jamie would come across an even bigger mystery. The trail lead to a 1866 Victorian shop owned by one Edward Waterfield who along with his associate Theodore Maxible were experimenting in time travel with unlikely allies...the Daleks as, unknown to him held his only daughter Victoria captive.

(Left to right: Victoria Waterfield, the Doctor, & Jamie McCrimmon)

The Doctor defeated the Daleks, this time by manipulative means (this side of the Doctor wouldn't return until his 7th incarnation) leading to a brief strain on his and Jamie's friendship. With the Daleks and their Emperor destroyed and her father among the casualties, Victoria was left orphaned until the little man took her in. The trio had further adventures: the Cybermen expedition on their surrogate planet Telos, dealing with the Great Intelligence, The Great Space Elevator, the Ice Warriors, China's first Emperor, the Doctor's doppleganger of a dictator, and returning to a familar planet inhabited by the Menoptra and the Zarbi. These adventures a lot for Victoria to deal with which eventually led to her leaving the TARDIS to stay with her new family, the Harrises.  For the Doctor, it was a small blow while it was a crushing type to Jamie; who was very fond of the young woman. Sometime later and a few short trips the Doctor and Jamie found themselves on board a wheel in space where it would be under seige by Cybermen. With the help of young astrophysicist Zoe Herriot, the Cybermen were defeated and Zoe became the latest member of the TARDIS crew. Around this time, the Doctor began using his sonic screwdriver; which would be the norm until his 5th incarnation.

(Left: the Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe; Right: Brigadier Lefhbridge-Stewart)

The Doctor's adventures went from the base under seige to the bizarre in a instant. Dealing with Dominators and their Quarks, a land of fiction (even Jamie gets his face altered for a brief time), and the Cybermen's latest scheme on Earth with the assistance of Tobias Vaughn. That adventure led to the Doctor reuniting with a soldier who'd since became his long time friend and ally: newly promoted Brigadier Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart. Following adventures included the Krotons, the deadly Mykloi, China 1800, reverse sexism on a planet ruled by women, additional confrontations with the Ice Warriors and Selechians, chaos on Rosemarinus, and being held captive by Space Pirates. The good times would come to a screeching hault in the form of their enounter with the War Lord and his War Chief (who was another member of the Doctor's people). The event lead to the Doctor contacting the Time Lords which led to his trial and the departure of Jamie and Zoe (leaving only their memories of their first encounter with him intact). Declared guilty, the Time Lords sentence the Doctor to exile (aside from doing a few things for their Celestial Intervention Agency) and forcing the little man to regenerate in the process; in a way the 2nd Doctor was executed.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Matrix Databank (Part 1): The 1st Doctor

The 1st Doctor: Mytserious traveller, grandfather, crotchety wise man, the LEGEND. This particular incarnation kicked off the beginning of Doctor Who's fifty year history. The daring old man and his unearthly grandchild took off from their homeworld (and with it the Hand of Omega) for adventure and exploration. This would lead to the time capsule, forever called the TARDIS, landing from the planet Quinnis to an old rag and bone junkyard on Totters Lane on Earth one faithful evening in 1963.

For the most part things were kept underwraps as possible for the mysterious Doctor and his granddaughter Susan until her school teachers from the Coal Hill School took notice and their curiousity grew to a point where they followed their unusual student to her home; only to find they junkyard and within, a police box. The confrontation gave way into the schoolteachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright entrying the spaceship they'd eventually call their second home for the two years of their lives and the many destinations included. The desinations in question included 100,000 BC, a dead planet (home to a war torn civilation and the pepper potted monsters whom the Doctor would cross paths with time and time again for many a lifetime to come), Marinus, the 29th Century, Fragrance, Macedon, and the French Revolution. The Doctor during these travels started growing fond of Ian and Barbara's company much to Susan's ammusement but things would eventually change.

The TARDIS eventually began having a change in passengers beginning with Susan remaing in 22nd Century Earth with her new love after defeating the Daleks. For a brief time, the Doctor struggled with leaving his beloved granddaughter behind with Ian and Barbara alarmed by his sorrow. That would eventually change when the TARDIS landed on the planet Dido where the trio met and joined by a orphan girl named Vicki Pallister. The seasoned travelers and their new friend travelled on; including to the time of the Roman fire, a Web Planet, an excursion with the Rocket Men, the time of Richard the Lionheart, a space museum and a chase from the Daleks full of surprises. Three of which was the Mary Celeste, the Mechanoids, the schoolteachers returning to Earth (their respective period). This latest developement left the Doctor with the grim realization that everyone leaves at one time or another. There wouldn't be much time for sorrow once he and Vicki were joined by the young space pilot Steven Taylor whom they met while held prisoner of the Mechanoids. The new trio had many encounters along the way: one in particular a time meddler who turned out to be another member of the Doctor's people. Further adventures included Venice, meeting Jane Austen, the Suffragette movement, and the Chumblies.

The good time for the Doctor and his friends would give way to the most turbulent period of his life. Vicki soon left the TARDIS staying in Troy with Troilus under the name Cressida and in her place was a curious young hand maiden named Katarina. Her curiousity would eventually be her down fall when she sacrificed her life to save the Doctor, Steven and Space Security agent Bret Vyon while on the run from the Daleks taking the tranium core intended for them by Mavic Chen. Another death would occur in the form of Bret Vyon being gun down by his sister Sara Kingdom who was sent capture the two travellers only to end up joining them on the run. The adventures she had with the Doctor involved Hollywood, Time Sprites/The Berlin Wall, Christmas on Mars (ending in a young boy dying in Sara's arms), Egypt and back to Kembel where it ended with her aging to dead in the process. With the Daleks defeated and many casualties at everyturn left a growing strain on the Doctor & Steven's relationship.

Shortly after departing Kembel, the Doctor and Steven wound up on Earth, 1966 originally intending to find Ian & Barbara until they stumbled upon a young, cagey stockbroker named Oliver Harper and his mysterious employer selling off human as live stock for a race known as the Fulgurite. After the incident, Harper joined the duo whilst concealing the secret of him being on the run from the Police facing charges of homosexual activities (then until 1967 was considered a criminal act). Oliver's time with them would be short-lived when he died at the hands of the Vardans on a planetoid called Grace Alone, but remained as a ghost in the TARDIS until fading from existance near the end of the 1st Doctor's life. The loss of Oliver put an even more strain on Steven's relationship with the Doctor nearly coming to ahead when they landed in the time of the St. Bartholomew's Eve Massacre when he feared Anne Chaplet was killed; leading to Steven comteplating to leave the Doctor before coming across a bizarre young woman who calls herself Dodo (short for Dorothea) who entered the TARDIS on a whim.

The trio found themselve in more bizarre situations including the extinction of Earth (brought on by the common cold) leading to the Monoids becoming the oppressors, a celestial toyroom, Tombstone during the wild west, Napoleon's invasion of Moscow, Steven coming to terms with his past during his time with the Rocket Men and  finally deciding to stay on an alien planet of Savages and Elders where he became a leader. For a time the Doctor and Dodo were on their own, though things would take a different direction when they arrived on Earth where WOTAN and his war machines set out to take over the city. The Doctor would eventually defeated them with the help of a young secretary/bean pull Polly Wright and the able seaman Ben Jackson. The duo joined the Doctor shortly after the event (and Dodo staying behind). Further travels invoved the Cornish Coast and the one faithful evening in the Antartic in December 1986 where Earth was threaten by the inhabitants of its twin planet Mondas dubbed Cybermen. That and the Doctor becoming sickly and weary triggering a renewal: a regeneration....

Monday, April 22, 2013

Jago & Litefoot: The Complete Chronology

Jago and Litefoot is an audio series from Big Finish Productions. The stories involve Henry Gordon Jago and George Litefoot, characters first introduced inThe Talons of Weng-Chiang, solving mysteries involving paranormal or alien phenomena in 1880s London.

Pilot: The Mahogany Murderers

Series One (2010)

The Bloodless Soldier
The Bellova Devil
The Spirit Trap
The Similarity Engine

Series Two (2011)

Litefoot and Sanders 
The Necropolis Express
The Theatre of Dreams
The Ruthven Inheritance

Series Three (2011)

Dead Men's Tales
The Man at the End of the Garden
Swan Song

Series Four (2012)

Jago In Love
Beautiful Things
The Lonely Clock
The Hourglass Killers
Voyage to Venus
Voyage to the New World

Series Five (2013)

The Age Of  Revolution
The Case of the Gluttonus Guru
The Bloodchild Codex
The Final Act

Series Six (2013)

The Skeleton Quay
Return of the Repressed
Military Intelligence
The Trial of George Litefoot

Series Seven (2014)
Series Eight (2014)
The Bodysnatchers
The Justice of Jaxlar

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Iris Wildthyme: The Complete Chronology (Or is it?...)

Katy Manning as Iris Wildthyme

Iris Wildthyme is a renegade Time Lady who is a member of a race known as the Clockworks, which originated in the Obverse. The Clockworks kept the multiverse structured and orderly. Iris found this dull, so she rebelled and stole the bus; her TARDIS  took the form of a double decker bus #22 to Putney Common. She's encounters the Doctor several times throughout his first eight incarnations. Whether she's ever met the later three (9, 10, 11) no one knows....but Iris herself.

Vintage Books (1995-1998)

Marked for Life 
Does it Snow?
Could It Be Magic?

BBC Books (1998-2002)

Old Flames (BBC Short Trip)
The Scarlet Emperess
Femme Fatale (BBC Short Trip)
The Blue Angel
Mad Dogs & Englishmen

Big Finish Productions:

Excelis Dawns
The Plague Herds of Excelis
The Wormery
Find & Replace
Many Happy Returns

Series One (2005):

Wildthyme On Top
Wildthyme At Large
The Devil In Ms Wildthyme

Series Two (2009)

The Sound of Fear
The Land of Wonder
The Two Irises
The Panda Invasion
The Claws of Santa

Series Three (2011)

The Iris Wildthyme Appreciation Society
Iris Rides Out
Midwinter Murders

Series Four (2013)

Whatever Happened To Iris Wildthyme
Iris At The Oche
A Lift In Time

Obverse Books (2009-2013)

Iris Wildthyme & The Celestial Omnibis
The Panda Book of Horror
Miss Wildthyme & Friends Investigate
Iris Abroad
Enter Wildthyme
Wildthyme in Purple
Wildthyme Beyond
Lady Stardust

Gallifrey: The Complete Guide

Pre Series (Romana & Leela):

Blood Harvest
Goth Opera
Happy Endings
The Apocalypse Element
The Chaos Pool
The Ruthven Inheritance
Dead Man's Tales
The Man At The End Of The Garden
Swan Song
Jago In Love
Beautiful Things
The Lonely Clock
The Hourglass Killers

Series One (2004)

Weapon of Choice
Square One
The Inquiry
A Blind Eye

Series Two (2005)


Series Three (2006)


Series Four (2011)


Series Five (2013)


Series Six (2013)

1. TBA
2. TBA
3. TBA

Post Series (Romana)

The Shadows of Avalon
The Ancestor Cell
The Gallifrey Chronicles (flashback)
Post Series (Leela)

The Catalyst
Empathy Games
The Time Vampire
The Child

Monday, April 8, 2013

OT: Margaret Thatcher, Rest In Paradise or Rot In Purgatory?

In the wake of several posts being eliminated of the Gallifrey Base forums that didn't comply with forum rules, I''ve took it upon myself to give those whose posts were deleteted or under review to sound off here and let your ture feelings out about the notorious former PM.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Torchwood: The Complete Chronology

Separate from the Government; outside police jurisdiction and beyond the United Nations: Torchwood sets its own rules.

Series One (2006-2007):

Consequences: The Baby Farmers 
Everything Changes
Day One
Ghost Machine
Another Life
Border Princes
Slow Decay
Small Worlds
Greeks Bearing Gifts
They Keep Killing Suzie
Random Shoes
Out of Time
Captain Jack Harkness
End of Days
**Utopia/The Sounds of Drums/Last of the Time Lords**
Consequences: Kaleidoscope

Series Two (2008):

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
To The Last Man
Something in the Water
Trace Memory
Everyone Say Hello
The Twilight Streets
In the Shadows
Dead Man Walking
A Day in the Death
Pack Animals
Something Borrowed
From Out of the Rain
Exit Wounds
Lost Souls
Almost Perfect
Into The Silence
Bay of the Dead
The House That Jack Built
The Sin Eaters
Risk Assignment
The Undertaker's Gift
Consequences: The Wrong Hands
Consequences: Virus
The Golden Age
The Dead Line

Series Three: Children of Earth (2009)

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5

Series Four: Miracle Day (2011):

  • A New World
  • Rendition
  • Dead of Night
  • Escape to L.A.
  • The Catagories of Life
  • The Middle Men
  • Immortal Sins
  • End of the Road
  • The Gathering
  • The Blood Line

The Exodus Code

Friday, April 5, 2013

Faction Paradox: The Complete Chronology

Faction Paradox is a group of time-active ritualists, saboteurs and subterfugers -- essentially, the criminal-cult to end all criminal-cults. The Faction seeks to subvert history to its own ends, preferably by letting its rivals kill each other off, then swooping in to seize whatever's left -- presuming the Universe survives...


Christmas On A Rational Planet (1st appearance)
Alien Bodies
Dead Romance
Unatrual History
Interference I & II
The Taking of Planet 5
The Shadows of Avalon
The Ancestor Cell
The Adventuress of Henrietta Street
The Gallifrey Chronicles

Mad Norwegian Press:

The Book Of The War
This Town Will Never Let Us Go
...Of The City Of The Saved
Warlords Of Utopia
Warring States
Erasing Sherlock

Image Comics:

#1 - Political Animals
#2 - Betes Noires & Dark Horses

BBV/Magic Bullet:

The Eleven Day Empire
The Shadow Play
Sabbath Dei
In The Year Of The Cat
The Labyrinths Of History
Coming To Dust
The Ship Of A Billion Years
Body Politic
Words From Nine Divinities
The Judgement Of Sutekh

Obverse Books:

Newton's Sleep
A Romance In Twelve Parts
Burning With Optimism's Flames
Against Nature

Monday, April 1, 2013

The Sarah Jane Smith Chronology


K9 & Company

Sarah Jane Smith (Big Finish Productions):

Series One - 2002


The Tao Connection
Test of Nerve
Ghost Town
Mirror, Signal Manoeuvre

Series Two - 2006

Buried Secrets

Snow Blind
Fatal Consequences

Note: At the end of Dreamland, Sarah Jane was adrift on the Dauntless with little air left. Seeing as she's still alive in School Reunion and beyond there's a possibility she was rescued by the Doctor. As to which incarnation is open to interpretation.

The Sarah Jane Adventures (CBBC - 2007-2011)

**School Reunion**

Series One - 2007:

The Invasion of the Bane
Revenge of the Slitheen
Eye of the Gorgon
Warriors of Kudlak
Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane Smith?
The Lost Boy

Series Two - 2008:

The Last Sontaran
**The Stolen Earth/Journey's End***
Day of the Clown
Secrets of the Stars
The Mark of the Berserker
The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith
Enemy of the Bane

Series Three - 2009:

Prisoner of the Judoon
The Mad Woman in the Attic
The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith
The Eternity Trap
Mona Lisa's Revenge
The Gift

Series Four - 2010:

The Nightmare Man
The Vault of Secrets
Death of the Doctor
The Empty Planet
Lost In Time
Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith

Series Five - 2011

The Curse of Clyde Langer
The Man Who Never Was

Note: Series Five only has six episodes out of the usual twelve. These three story prove to be the last of the series as Elisabeth Sladen passed away in April 2011 after her long battle with cancer. The three episodes aired in Autumn of that year.

Elisabeth Sladen