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Doctor Who: Season 14: episode 8: The Legend Of Ruby Sunday by Russell T Davies

Blimey, nearly the end of the season and although not promoted as such, this is supposed to be the first part of a double episode. More so as they are back on Earth, although the Doctor isn’t economical and just materialises the TARDIS in UNIT HQ. Watch before spoilers although I’m going to be asking questions more than going over the plot.

This Doctor is certainly flamboyant. If this season is to be described as being somewhat of an upswing, how much higher can the series go before a disturbing downswing and give the Doctor some serious difficulty and not standing on a landmine.

Smile for the camera.

The opening question is whether Susan Triad is actually a Time Lady or something different that can appear in different time periods? Didn’t Clara Oswald do that? I mean, how many anagrams of TARDIS are out there? I see a new name developing game. If this is the real Susan, she already has one, Foreman, although that might not be a really name. I can’t help but feel this is testing the ground before the real granddaughter pops up. It’s also a little contradictory because although the Doctor said he left Susan so she wouldn’t get in danger, he did so originally because she was in love with a human. It wasn’t as though she hadn’t been in danger before.

There’s more than one Susan.

What kind of time travel device has UNIT got that that project a videotape but in image only? A little too much gobbledygook and more an image window than actually going back.

We would call that a hologram but as people can’t interact with it, why can’t they walk around inside it? It isn’t as though it was based on Gallifreyan theory or technology, let alone anything that other aliens, like the Daleks and Cybermen, have used.

Should I say the word ‘Sutekh’? A really old villain from ‘The Pyramids Of Mars’. There are so many name plays in this episode.

What do you mean I’m barking mad?

There are a lot of levels in this episode, none of which relates really to Rudy or Susan’s background but then what would be left for the last episode. More thoughts next week.

Unleashed looks through this episode, misdirecting in every direction. Oddly, until now, I hadn’t seen the connection of Susan Triad appearing in different guises in different episodes, mostly because it really wasn’t that obvious that she was significant. It’s like a magician’s misdirection when we were focusing more on Mrs. Flood. I wonder how many Whovians are going to rewatch the earlier episodes again. Thing is this Susan doesn’t really do anything significant in her other appearances. Breath holding until next week and a proper analysis than speculating on something I’m not really sure about.

Geoff Willmetts

15 June 2024



Geoff Willmetts has been editor at SFCrowsnest for some 21 plus years now, showing a versatility and knowledge in not only Science Fiction, but also the sciences and arts, all of which has been displayed here through editorials, reviews, articles and stories. With the latter, he has been running a short story series under the title of ‘Psi-Kicks’ If you want to contribute to SFCrowsnest, read the guidelines and show him what you can do. If it isn’t usable, he spends as much time telling you what the problems is as he would with material he accepts. This is largely how he got called an Uncle, as in Dutch Uncle. He’s not actually Dutch but hails from the west country in the UK.

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