A Mild Junkyard Curiosity
In celebrating 50 years of our favorite wanderers of the fourth dimension, I dedicate this blog to watching the entirety of those fifty years and recording my evaluations here. The key to this blog is the fact that all evaluations are my own opinions , and remain solely mine.
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"There is no return. This. Is. Terminus.”

I will never fully understand how the heck Tegan managed to get away uninfected here, really.

I always assumed her symptoms in Enlightenment were a lighter form of Lazar’s (thank god for the TARDIS’ medbay?), and Nyssa only got so bad so quickly because Trakenite immune systems are just. Just really bad. Really, really bad. Oh, Nyssa.

Different genetic markers allow different people to resist disease in different ways. Sickle Cell Anemia, for example, makes people who have it strongly resistant to malaria. Also, it’s possible that Lazar’s is not very contagious and Nyssa was just damned unlucky. This episode aired during the first horrific days when AIDS was coming to the public’s attention, and there was SO MUCH FEAR because it was usually a death sentence back then, and people were afraid to touch people who had HIV, and schools would expel kids who had HIV because they were afraid the kid would give it to everyone, and ditto workplaces — nobody seemed to understand that just because the disease was (then) lethal if you caught it, didn’t mean it was easy to catch it.

Maybe Nyssa had a papercut on a finger, or the chemicals she was using in her experiment made it easier for the stuff to get through her pores (like a nitro patch), or she just happened to be that statistic of the one in ten thousand people who contracts it by breathing it.

Big Finish provides a further reason. At one point, Nyssa’s son takes Tegan aside to collect a blood sample (with her permission), because she has immunities to pathogens that were stamped out hundreds of years ago, and because she has no synthetic DNA so her biology is nothing like anyone in his time period. To them, she’s like someone who lived in medieval Europe and was exposed to various plagues and unsanitary conditions that would probably wipe them out because their own immune systems can’t cope.

Whereas Nyssa tends to be particularly susceptible to this and that because she lived on Traken which pretty well had stamped out disease and had very little exposure to offworlders. (In fact, if she hadn’t run into the Dar Traders and had weird things done to her own natural immunities, or lack thereof, she WOULD have died.)


"Noise and darkness."

The Sensorites - (episode 4 - A Race Against Death) - Season 01 - 1964


Seven is the most adorable Doctor and no one can convince me otherwise!

Seventh Doctor by serial | Ghost Light

Only the madmen may see the path clearly through the tangled forest.

smithsclara requested The Stolen Earth scenery

Gif challenge: Fifth gif in your folder is how you flirt. Tenth is how people react.


We all change. When you think about it, we’re all different people all through our lives, and that’s okay, that’s good, you gotta keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be.

The Fivey pic here is from Time Crash and that amuses me more than it should

(Source: petercapaldy)

Things in Doctor Who that made me laugh
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A great laugh from “The Enemy of the World”


A great laugh from “The Enemy of the World”