4×10 Vincent and the Doctor: Something is coming. Something very different and very dangerous. To stop it, the Doctor needs to find a whole new way to look at the universe. And who better to show him than Vincent van Gogh? The Doctor and Sammy travel to 1890s France to meet the troubled artist who can see a monster no one else can.
I am underproud of this one.
4×09 Madame Vastra Investigates: In London, in the time of Queen Victoria, there were many tales of a remarkable personage known as The Great Detective. Scotland Yard has sought out the expertise of Madame Vastra of Paternoster Row when rigid corpses, dyed red appear across the city. But a case of this magnitude may prove too much for even the great detective, her beautiful assistant Jenny Flint, and her boy servant, Thomas Thomas. For this case, she must call on her own secret weapon. When his mysterious blue box turns up, unoccupied and dyed red, the Paternoster Gang faces the terrible possibility even the Doctor can’t get them out of this one…
Once again I find myself doing that thing that I don’t like doing. A bit of a departure from the normal here, though.
See, a few years ago, I read this wonderful proposal: The Case For Making Columbo America’s Doctor Who. Ever since then, I’ve longed for a rebooted Columbo that could show off Kathy Bates, Giancarlo Esposito, Dame Judi Dench, Kyle MacLachlan, Henry Winkler, or Dennis Franz (as the War Columbo) donning a rumpled trenchcoat and confronting smug, upper-class murderers with “just a few more questions.” But there’s one particular goddamned national treasure we lost this week who I’d always lamented would’ve been unspeakably perfect in the role…
Sorry about the rush-job; this style is a lot harder than the Unbound covers I usually do.
RIP Robert Guillaume, 1927-2017. You were a goddamned national treasure.
4×08 Evolution of the Daleks: Part 2 of 2. To save New York from the Daleks, the Doctor must make a devil’s bargain: help Dalek Sec complete his bold plan to create a new Dalek race. But as the Doctor starts to see that Dalek Sec’s transformation has changed him more than expected, a new and terrifying possibility arises: could the Daleks actually be reformed?
4×07 The Daleks Take Manhattan: Part 1 of 2. The Doctor and Sammy travel to New York in the 1930s, where people are disappearing, and an old enemy resurfaces. Trapped in Earth’s past without the Progenitor, the Cult of Skaro prepares a bold move to restore the Dalek race, and the only person in the universe who can save them from extinction is their greatest enemy.
4×06 Hide: The Doctor and Sammy arrive at an old manor house in 1963 where Professor Barnard and Emma Grayling are investigating the existence of a ghost. What has been haunting Caliburn house for hundreds of years?
4×05 Flesh and Stone: Part Two of Two. The Doctor, Sammy, River and the surviving soldiers escape into the crashed ship. They discover what the Angels are really after: an energy source that will allow them to prey openly without becoming quantum-locked. Meanwhile, Sammy is counting down from ten minutes and the Doctor realizes that an Angel is taking over her mind.
4×04 The Time of the Angels: Part One of Two. A clue left in a museum in the far future brings the Doctor back into the orbit of the enigmatic River Song. This time, she’s chasing a Weeping Angel to the planet Alfava Metraxis. It should be a simple containment mission. After all, how hard could it be to find one angel statue in the last graveyard of the extinct Aplan race? But why has the Angel brought them here? And why do River’s soldier companions keep referring to her as “the prisoner”? And what’s in Sammy’s eye?
Fun fact: The first draft of this week’s episode was titled “Prisoner of the Sun”
4×03 Twinkle, Twinkle: The Doctor wants to observe a rare coronal mass ejection from an unusual star when another ship nearly collides with the TARDIS, forcing it to crash land. The Doctor and Sammy find themselves in Heliopolis, an impossible city built on the surface of the star itself. With a damaged TARDIS and only forty minutes until the coronal mass collides with the city, can the Doctor and Sammy save Heliopolis, and themselves?
Once again, turning to the Tardis Data Core for inspiration…
4×02 Legend of the Cybermen: The Doctor takes Sammy to Mythtopia, the greatest amusement park of the second Great and Bountiful Human Empire. But this playground of fantasy has become terrifyingly real: King Arthur searches Atlantis for the Holy Grail while Beowulf enlists the help of Count Dracula to defeat the Loch Ness Monster. But the greatest danger lies within the “Aliens Invade” attraction, where a long-extinct enemy from humanity’s past is being resurrected, and is intent on giving Mythtopia a deadly upgrade.