Sunday, 7 March 2021

557 Logopolis: Part Two

EPISODE: Logopolis: Part Two
TRANSMITTED: Saturday 07 March 1981
WRITER: Christopher H. Bidmead
DIRECTOR: Peter Grimwade
SCRIPT EDITOR: Christopher H. Bidmead
PRODUCER: John Nathan-Turner
RATINGS: 7.7 million viewers
FORMAT: DVD: Doctor Who - New Beginnings (The Keeper of Traken/Logopolis/Castrovalva)

"I've just dipped into the future. We must be prepared for the worst!"

Adric creates a diversion, allowing for the Doctor to escape from the police and them both to run into the Tardis. Finding themselves trapped by the Master the Doctor jettisons Romana's room to create extra thrust. The Doctor believes the Master is still in the Tardis and decides to flush him out by materialising under water in the Thames. However the Tardis instead materialises on a barge! Going outside the Doctor sees the Watcher again and speaks with him, returning gravely worried. He & Adric set course for Logopolis, resuming their earlier plan to repair the chameleon circuit. However after they leave Tegan stumbles into the console room. They reach Logopolis where it's leader, the Monitor, greets his old friend and arranged for the Logopolitans to make the necessary calculations for the Block Transfer Computations to be based on. The Master kills one of the Logopolitans and introduces an inaccuracy into the chanted computations. The Doctor recognises the central register on Logopolis as a replica of the Pharos project on Earth. The Doctor tests his Tardis, as Adric encounters Nyssa who has been brought to Logopolis by a friend of the Doctor seeking his his help to find her missing father. As the Doctor runs his test, observed by his companions, the Logopolitans and the Watcher, instead of changing shape the Tardis starts to shrink with the Doctor trapped inside......

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How mad is the Doctor's plan to literally "flush" the Master out of the Tardis? He'll open the doors and wash him out? Along with all the other junk he's accumulated that'll make for a Thames suddenly full of rubbish. He's not even sure the Master is still there, in fact we don't see him his episode either. The idea seems to suddenly occur to The Doctor as Adric says flush and he just runs with it without thinking. Deary me. It sticks out like a sore thumb as being particularly barking.

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We do get a good demonstration of what the Doctor is trying to fix as the Master's Tardis demonstrates it's chameleon circuit changing from a Police Box to a Bush to an Ionic Column.

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The Tardis materilises on Cadogan Pier in west London.

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Most of the shot is conducted under the arches of the most adjacent bridge, Albert Bridge which is right next to the pier and where The Doctor meets The Watcher.

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The bridge visible in the background for most of this sequence is Battersea Bridge with the two chimney power station behind it which is Lots Road Power station which for many years provided the power for the London Underground.

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Towards the end of the sequence the four chimneys of London's most famous Power Station Battersea Power Station are clearly visible behind Adric.

So that makes this site close to both the fictional location for the Tardis landing in Dalek Invasion of Earth, which shows a ruined Battersea Power Station, and indeed the film version uses the nearby St. Mary's Church jetty for the Dalek's emergence from the Thames. The location in the original television version of that story is found further west at Queen's Wharf in Hammersmith.

Having been name dropped by Adric wherever possible in the last episode and a half, the Tardis Crew are reunited with Nyssa on Logopolis. She's been brough there by The Watcher.... but how? Did he nip off with the Tardis while The Doctor wasn't looking?

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And how is the Watcher managing to move about anyway? Barnett Bypass, Albert Bridge and Logopolis with no seeming form of transport?

One quite like the idea of Logopolis, a town which is essentially a giant brain passing spoken calculations from one cell to another.

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Unfortuntely the Master has already seen the flaw here and introduced an error into the claculations by murdering at least one of the Logopolitans.

The only character on Logopoils to be named and get any lines is The Monitor played by John Fraser. He's had a long career but I'm not 100% sure I've ever seen anything else he's been in!

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Meanwhile the Detective the Doctor meets in the lay by is Tom Georgeson, who previously played Kavell, one of the Kaled scientists in Genesis of the Daleks. He was in The Professionals twice, as Reed in In the Public Interest and Pymar in Need to Know but is most famous for his role as Det. Insp. Harry Naylor in Between the Lines. Later in his carerr he appears in Ashes to Ashes as Stanley Mitchell in the 6th episode of the 2nd series and on the big screen he's in A Fish Called Wanda playing gangster George Thomason.

PC Davis, who goes to help Adric, is played by Derek Suthern. He first appeared as a Path Lab Technician in The Hand of Fear returning as a Mentiad in Pirate Planet, a Gracht Guard & Zadek Guard in The Androids of Tara, a Mute in The Armageddon Factor, a Guard in The Creature from the Pit, a Mandrel in Nightmare of Eden and a Skonnan Guard in The Horns of Nimon. He would have made a fourth appearance as a Krarg in Shada if that hadn't have been cancelled. That also deprives him of appearances in five consecutive Doctor Who stoies as he then plays a Argolin Guide in The Leisure Hive, the first story of the next season. He returns playing a Cricketer in Black Orchid, a Policeman in Time-Flight, and a Man in Market in Snakedance. In Blake's 7 he was a Federation Trooper in The Way Back, a Scavenger in Deliverance, a Federation Trooper in Trial & Countdown, a Customer / Gambler in Gambit, a Hommik Warrior in Power and a Space Princess Guard / Passenger in Gold. He appears in the Roger Moore James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me as an Atantis Guard and is in Fawlty Towers as a Hotel Guest in both The Germans and The Psychiatrist.

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The other Policeman is Peter Roy. He was a Greek Soldier in The Myth Makers, an English Soldier in The Highlanders, an Airport Police Sergeant & Chauffeur in The Faceless Ones, a UNIT & Bunker Man in The Invasion, a Security Guard in The Seeds of Death, a Passenger/Plague Victim/Passersby/Ambulance Man/Policeman in Doctor Who and the Silurians, a Policeman in Mind of Evil, Technic Obarl in Hand of Fear, a Guard in The Face of Evil, a Guard in The Sun Makers, a Galifreyan Guard in The Invasion of Time, a Gracht Guard & one of Zadek's Guards in The Androids of Tara a Guard in The Armageddon Factor and a Skonnan Guard in Horns of the Nimon. He returns as an Ambulance Man in Castrovalva, a Man in the Cave Croud in Snakedance and a Van Driver in Resurrection of the Daleks. Like many extras at this time he has Blake's 7 form too appearing as a Citizen / Prisoner in The Way Back & Space Fall, an Alta Guard in Redemption, an Albian Rebel in Countdown and a Federation Trooper / Rebel in Rumours of Death. He was in Doomwatch as a man in Project Sahara and Flood. In the The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy he plays the Limousine Chauffeur in episode 2. He's got a notable role in the James Bond film Thunderball where he played British Secret Agent 006. He has a less obvious appearance in Return of the Jedi as Major Olander Brit but that hasn't stopped the character from getting a Wookipedia page!

The residents of Logopolis include:

Jim Delaney had previously been a English Soldier in The Highlanders, a Confederate Soldier & Resistance Man in The War Games, a UNIT Soldier & Plague Victim in The Silurians, a Passerby in Mind of Evil, a Presidential Guard in Frontier in Space, a Time Lord in Deadly Assassin, a Coven Members in Image of the Fendahl, a Noble in Androids of Tara, and a Skonnan Guard in Horns of the Nimon He returns as a Time Lord in Trial of Time Lord: Mysterious Planet & Mindwarp and a Crimson Time Lord in Trial of Time Lord: Terror of the Vervoids and The Ultimate Foe. In Adam Adamant Lives! he's a TA Soldier / RA Major in D for Destruction. In Yes Minister he's the Permanent Secretary in The Compassionate Society and in the 1989 Batman film he's the Election Ceremony Patron.

Jimmy Mac had been a Refugee Priest in The Underwater Menace, a Man in Pub/Coven member in The Daemons, a Noble in Androids of Tara and a Peasant in the Village Centre in State of Decay. He returns as an Extra in The Awakening. In Doomwatch he's a man in The Islanders. He's a semi regular in Are You Being Served? as Warwick in The Junior, Anything You Can Do, A Personal Problem & Lost and Found. In Dad's Army he's a Platoon Member in Number Engaged and in Hi-de-Hi! he's a Camper At Table in Desire in the Mickey Mouse Grotto.

Peter Whitaker had been Inspector Gascoigne in The Faceless Ones, a Weather Station Worker in The Seeds of Death, a Solonian in The Mutants, a Thal Politician in Genesis of the Daleks, a Mentiad in Pirate Planet and a Noble in Androids of Tara. He returns as a Grecian Man in Four to Doomsday and an Onlooker in Remembrance of the Daleks. In Doomwatch he was a Ministry Inspector in Train and De-Train and a man in Flood while in Blake's 7 he is a Scientist in Project Avalon.

John Tucker was the Double for Balan's corpse in The Dominators, an Old Time Lord in Invasion of Time and a Citizen in Keeper of Traken. In Doomwatch he's the Shopkeeper in Friday's Child.

Walter Turner was a UNIT Soldier in The Silurians, a Primitive in Colony in Space and aPalace Guard in Androids of Tara In Blake's 7 he was a Crimo in Hostage while in Doomwatch he was a Man in You Killed Toby Wren and in the 1972 Doomwatch film he was Mr. Murray.

Colin Thomas was a UNIT Soldier in The Silurians, Sole in Face of Evil, a Mentiad in Pirate Planet, a Customer in Cafe in City of Death, a Don in Shada (is he the only person apart from Tom in all three Douglas Adams stories?) and a Foster in Keeper of Traken. He returns as a Gallifreyan in Arc of Infinity, an Elder in Planet of Fire and a Pallbearer in Rememberance of the Daleks.

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George Ballantine was a Prisoner & Audience Member in Mind of Evil, Android Villager in Android Invasion, Federico’s Servant in Masque of Mandragora and a Death Grade in The Sunmakers. He returns as a Castrovalvan Man in Castrovalva and as the Hawker in Snakedance.

Brychan Powell was previously been a Daleks' Guard and Russian Aide in Day of the Daleks, a Solonian in The Mutants, the Prime Minister in The Green Death, a Mentiad in The Pirate Planet and a Noble in The Androids of Tara. He returns as an Umpire in Black Orchid, a Businessman Passenger in Time Flight and a Citizen Unbeliever in Planet of Fire. In Doomwatch he was a man in Flood.

Evan Ross had been an Advisor in the Mutants, a Cabinet Minister in The Green Death, an Extra in Robot, and a Noble in Androids of Tara. In Monty Python's Flying Circus he's the Lord Mayor in It's a Living.In Dad's Army he's a Platoon Member in Keep Young and Beautiful, Getting the Bird, The Deadly Attachment, The Godiva Affair and Number Engaged. In Are You Being Served? he's The Customer in His and Her's.

Bill Whitehead was previously a Councillor in The Time Monster and a Noble in Androids of Tara. He returns as a Villager in The Visitation

Roy Seeley was a Noble in Androids of Tara, a Skonnan Elder in Horns of the Nimon and the Doctor Body Parts & a Pangol Doctor in The Leisure Hive. He retrns as a Time Lord in Trial of Time Lord Mysterious Planet & Mindwarp, and a Crimson Time Lord in Trial of Time Lord Terror of the Vervoids and The Ultimate Foe. In Blake's 7 he's an Arbiter in Death-Watch. In Star Wars he was a stand-in for Peter Mayhew who played Chewbacca.

Billy Gray had been a Bandit in Creature from the Pit & a Passenger/Wounded Passenger in Nightmare of Eden. In Blake's 7 he's Customer / Gambler in Gambit.

Douglas Bather was a Bandit in Cretuire from the Pit while Charles Stewart & Terry Rendle have no other Doctor Who appearances to their names.

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