749 – School Reunion | Sleepin’ with Doctor Who S2 E4
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Maybe that's where the irony comes in. I'm here to keep you company as you drift off. To take your mind and say, “Hey, let's look over here. What kind of shoes was the Doctor wearing this week? Did we ever figure out if that's a raincoat or a duster?” Here's something I never asked. Do people dust there dusters with a duster? You say, “Well, what about Dustbuster? Do Dustbusters ever have an ad with a Dustbuster and a duster?” I think they missed the boat back then. Now, that's not a thing. It was a portable vacuum.
But I don't know if they ever personified the dust buster. They said, “Well we've got it locked down. We've got Xerox, we've got Google, we've got Spandex and we've got Dustbuster.” And I'd say, “Well, one out of four aint bad.” That's still, kind of Xerox is still a thing, maybe. Also they do … Oh, the Spandex and Dustbuster, Google wasn't around. You say, “You're lucky Google wasn't around when you were then?” Because people'd say, “What is Spandex?” They'd say, “Super tight … yeah, whatever it is.” Is Lycra and Spandex the same thing or are those different? That's another question I may have.
Also, while I was talking the cats got through to me. They said they don't want any Spandex for their cat's pajamas. And I said, “Okay, well back to the old cat pajama lab then.” Because I was thinking, and I said this to the cats, believe it or not, this was during the intro. And I said, “Are you sure about that because you're just having a reaction.” Because they say, “Some people like to be swaddled. They've got heavy blankets. Maybe some cat's would like a tight pajama.” I realize this isn't an SAT question. I'm not saying all cats like tight pajamas but I'm … therefore some cats don't like Spandex pajamas. You're saying all cats don't like pajamas. Which I based an entire business on the fact that one day they will love pajamas. Some cats. Most cats could love pajamas and then some cats love Spandex pajamas or Lycra. We could say, “No, no, you don't want any compression pajamas.” What about some cats like meander wear? What about kittens? What about we put some catnip in there. That might be too … that wouldn't be good for bedtime.
The cats' mothers just called in. The mothers of all cats. They said, “Please don't do that. Please don't put catnip in anything especially at bedtime.” I said, “No problem moms, kitten moms, consider it done. But kitten moms, could I interest you in something in a Lycra or Spandex or a yoga pants? One leg of a yoga pants?” Which I'm assuming is some material like a Lycra or Spandex. “But, maybe,” they said, “It went generic.” Does that happen to clothing things just like other things? You say, “Well, you can't know, back in the 80s you could only get Spandex but once that patent ran out man, you could just get it where you didn't have to pay the full mark up. You didn't have to pay the full mark up for … You didn't have to get Lycra. You could finally get …” They said, “Okay.” But now they don't have it. I'm just wondering.
My thoughts are petering out. Partly because I realize the answer may be totally, you say, “Scooter, man, yeah.” They say, “Maybe it fell out of taste.” People said, “Well Spandex that's the kind of thing you use. What do you use? You use for biking. You use it for maybe a … yeah, I don't know what other things. When you want something super tight. Then they say, “Okay, well we got other … ” I don't know. So, I don't know what happened to spandex. I know kittens and cats and cat mothers, they don't seem interested.
But I could say, “Well, hey kitten mothers, hey cats. We've partnered with the big yoga pant company with a symbol. I forget they're called, like Omni something, Omnicron Delta or whatever it is. Something like it, but yeah, something like Omnicron Delta.” And, “Oh boy, they have their own patented blend of fabrics, Lycra and Spandex. Also no catnip in there. But whatever keeps cats calm. If there's some material and then also cotton of course. Maybe some horse hair in there. I don't think horse hair would be good for bedtime either. You're right cat moms.”
Excuse me for doing this research right in the middle of the podcast intro. But yeah, we partnered with that company. Actually what I did is I bought all the extra, the short … What do they call those? Seconds or whatever. I got the fourths. They said, “Well, one leg, these ones we made the legs two different sizes.” I'd say, “That's great. I'm going to cut them up anyway and make them into cat swaddlers.” He said, “Your cat needs to be swaddled?” Swaddle a cat. Only if they want. Only the few cats, small percentage of cats in the world that want to be swaddled.
Which, okay, so that didn't work out. I guess no cats want to be swaddled. But I'd like to swaddle you with my words or not. Give you as much space as you want. I'm here to take your mind off stuff. To keep you company, so you can fall asleep. Because I've been there in the deep dark night. I believe you deserve a good nights sleep, and I'm here to help. What I'm going to do is I'm going to be talking here. Yeah, just kick back, see how it goes. But, I work very hard. Give it a few tries. Like many reviewer say, it took a few tries. I'm here to help. I work very hard, and I yearn, and I strive, and I want to help you fall asleep. Thanks so much and let's hear a couple of ways we keep this show going.
All right everybody we're talking series two, season two, whatever you call it, episode four, School Reunion, which is a witty little title because it's a reunion that happens at a school. And I just got it. I'm just noticing as I'm watching the version as I record it, that the first scene is the headmaster walking through the school. And at first the walls are off white but then as he gets closer to his office they're bright lime green, neon lime green. I said, “What in the heck kind of is that? Is this supposed to be good for learning or something?”
But let's see. It's a dude. He goes down the stairs. At first I didn't know he was the headmaster. He's in a suit. His hands in the air in kind of this upper crust type motion. Maybe like he's counting on his fingers. He's on the lookout. Gets to the headmaster's office. There's a young kid there. He says he has a tummy ache. he says, “Why don't you go home.” The kid says they live at Ambrose Hall which is a place where Orphan Annie lives. He says, “Oh, poor child, come in.” We see the crest on the wall and on the uniform is DV, the crest for the school.
Then my handwriting goes. It says, “G-R-U-B-O-U-B-L-E.” Rory Vale, I mean that's the name of the school. Drury Vale or something. Drury Vale. I don't know. Maybe I'll figure it out later. Then the bell rings. Then we get a WTF because we see the Doctor come in to class to teach. He's in this beautiful brown suit with sky blue pin stripes, very casual but so classy. And I said, “If it wasn't for those blue pin stripes the suit … ” I don't know if the cut of a jib is how you wear your clothes I like the cut of his jib. He also has these reading glasses on or style glasses. I said, “What?” All the kids said, “What?” Even the Doctor.
And then it opens. And I remember the Doctor saying, teaching physics. He says physics about 55 times. He writes it on a dry erase board first. Throws his marker down with some flourish of style, like “I'm the kind of teacher you could talk to.” He says physics, physics, physics, physics, physics, physics, physics, physics, physics. Then he starts quizzing the kids. He says, “Okay, let's do a quick one. Two strips of nylon charged with static electricity hung from a string so it can swing freely. What if they get brought near each other?”
The kid raised his hand, Milo. He gets, “Off you go, Milo.” He goes, “They'd repel each other.” He goes, “Correctamundo.” He's like, “Geez that's a word I don't think I've ever used before and hope I don't again.” Then he says, “Question two, if you coil a piece of micro wire, place it in water and turn on the electricity and measure to see how the water's temperature's affected … ” I didn't understand that but then he says, “How do I measure the electrical power going to the coil?” Only Milo raises his hands.
He says, “Anybody?” Then he goes, “Milo.” And the Milo says, “Measure the current in the PDs and the ammeter and the voltammeter.” Then the Doctor's curiosity's shook. He goes, “Okay, Milo.” He goes, “True or false, the greater the dampening of the system, the quicker the energy loses it's surroundings.” “False.” “What's non-coding DNA that doesn't code for protein?” And then he says, “What's 65,983 times 5?” And Milo answers instantly, “329,915.”
Then he says, “How do you travel faster than light?” And Milo goes, “By opening a quantum tunnel with and FTL factor of 36.7, recurring.” The Doctor's like, “Oh, boy.” Then we see a sign on the wall. We go to the cafeteria. It says, “Eat more chips.” Everybody's getting lunch. The staff gets their own lunch, which is a nice perk. It looks like it's either fried fish or chicken, chips, gravy, mashed potatoes, really a gigantic lunch. I said, “Doctor, buddy, good thing you're whatever, eternal.” Doctor's eating his chips with a fork. Rose is not happy. She's working the lunch line, or serving lunch. Doctor's all grins, ponders his chip. While he was eating it off the fork he was pondering it. Rose comes over to clean the table and kind of catches up with the Doctor. He goes, “I wish I had school dinners like this.” But Rose says that.
Doctor goes deducive. Something like, “There's gravy in here. Something's up with the kids. They are too smart, or one kid is.” And he goes, “The chips are different.” Rose goes, “They're gorgeous.” He goes, “It's well behaved here.” Then he goes, “I thought there'd be happy hoodies with ASBOs and ring tones or something. I said, “What in the heck is he talking about? Maybe it's 2006.” I guess they got ring tones, but yeah, I didn't even look that up. Rose isn't happy. Then she gets … so they've been working there two days. Oh, she has a blue apron on. She even has to wear a white hat.
He says, “Blame your boyfriend. This was his idea to investigate this one.” Then Rose gets busted for talking to the teachers. They say, “You work in a lunch room. Get back to work.” Then another teacher in a suit. I said, “You got to wear a suit to teach at this school. That sounds rough.” He comes over. He talks to Melissa, Kenny, and Luke. The headmaster's watching. They think Melissa qualified for advanced classes. Kenny's supposed to … He's in a band from eating chips. Rose is cleaning as they bring in this big barrel into the lunch room.
Then Mickey calls Rose from his desk or something where he's working. He's got a book of abbreviations and he's holding … he's hacking into something. He's got a Torchwood lock out. There's also a book next to him. The Assent of Man. It turns out it's not a book or maybe it is. Let me look at them and try to get a good look at it. Torchwood access denied. Yeah, it must be the book version. I looked it up. We'll talk about that later. Barrel gets spilled. There's also a sign that says BFST. That's where Kenny … Whatever room … Not Kenny, Mickey's working in. Best friends stick together. Remember that. BFST. There's also a drawing of a flag with eyes. Rose calls in for help and says, “They spilled the barrel, you want me to help clean it up?” They go, “We've got it covered, yo.”
Then we go to the computer lab where one of the student teachers is showing the kids these green screens with spinning cubes and coded words, symbols. Some sort of logo-ology or something. And kids are all in their headphones with blank stares at this spinning green cube. Type, typing away super fast. There's frantic music. The teachers stares. It's a long scene, little montage of kids typing and watching spinning green cubes. Then we see the headmaster talking again with, as nervously to woman. As they go downstairs, he's kind of bragging about test results and the quality of the chips at school. She's Miss Smith. He's Mr. Finch, and we'll talk about her a lot later. They talk about cubits in the teacher's lounge or something. Also, there's a sign in the teacher's lounge. It's 20 pence per something for team coffee. I don't know if it's per teacher per month or per semester. Then you gotta pay Paulette, so you owe Paulette 20 pence for team coffee.
They they're talking about the change out. The Doctor's eating a snack as they talk about how they change out all the teachers. One who won the lottery. Moment of music or something. And there's a journalist, he says, “Hello.” And he says, “I should think so.” So the Doctor meets the journalist and he's smitten or something. And she goes, “Who are you?” And he goes, “John Smith.” And she goes, “Oh, I had a friend. He was a very uncanny man,” or something. Uncommon man. “Used to travel with. He called himself John Smith.” And the Doctor's all something. All grins, all nervous. Second duty, “Is second day good for you?” “Oh, good for you.” Let me look this up because my handwriting's ugh. But he's talking to this Jane Smith.
Let's see here. We've got the teachers, so Finch, the Doctor. Yeah, “Oh hello, I should think so. John Smith. Brilliant, nice to meet you. Yes, very nice.” So she goes, “Oh, yeah have you worked here long?” He goes, “No, it's my second day.” And she goes, “This is school, something selfish that I think.” And she goes, “I'm gonna have a look around.” And the Doctor's, “Good for you. Oh, good for you. Oh, good for you, Sarah Jane Smith.” And this was new to me because I didn't, you know I don't have a lot of history with the Doctors. Doctor breathes and smiles.
Then a kid with a something posture investigates. Bad posture I would assume. He sees a teacher has kind of transformed. Oh, yeah, it's Kenny. Turns out Kenny plays a role in this. Kenny's got bad posture, though. So he's sees a teacher who … the teachers have this strange thing where they pretend their birds, like nocturnal birds. Then it's the evening. We see it's a reporter sneaking into the school at night. And at the same time, Doctor, Mickey, and Rose are sneaking into the same school. And the Doctor has trouble being witty. Is that what it says? Let's see. Mass super mellow so like …
Rose says, “It's weird being at school at night. I used to think the teachers slept here.” And the Doctor goes, “Okay, team.” Oh, yeah he's having trouble. “Oh, not team, the crew.” And he goes, “Rose, go to the kitchen, get some oil. Mickey, look up the new staff. They're all math teachers. Go look in the math department.” And they call it maths, the people in the US, just so you know. And Rose goes, “You gonna be okay?” And Mickey goes, “Please.” And to Mickey he says, “Investigation? I'm an expert.” And then he goes the wrong way. And she goes, “Down the other way.” And then we see the reporter, Sarah Jane. She sees one of the birds. Rose gets the oil sample. Split up. Doctor hears the bird noise. Eat More Chips, we see another sign.
Reporter runs across the Tardis and then there's some music to counteract that. And the Doctor waits, he says, “Hello, Sarah Jane.” And she goes, “Doctor, it's you. You've regenerated.” And he goes, “Yeah, half a dozen times.” And she goes, “So, you look great.” He goes, “So do you.” She goes, “Well, I'm older now. What are you doing here?” He goes, “Well, you know we've been around. We're looking into stuff.” And she goes, “I thought you were at the big farm, the big Tardis in the sky.” She goes, “I waited. Thought you'd come back.” And he goes, everybody went to the big Tardis, all the other Time Lords. I'm the last of the Time Lords.” She goes, “I can't believe it's you.” Then we hear Mickey say, “Oh boy, found something.” And they all run.
And then Rose is running. They're looking for Mickey. Rose meets Sarah and Sarah already gets a little passive aggressive. She goes, “Oh, Doctor, you tell you're getting older. Your assistants are getting younger.” And Rose goes, “I'm nobody's assistant, yo.” And then Mickey's like, “I found the biology tests for next week. Should we sell them to any kids?” And they say, “No, no, no.” Then they're walking the halls, let's see. Rose goes, “Can we focus on this? Why were the biology tests not at home in the teachers briefcases or whatever?” And Rose goes, “Who are you, by the way?” And they're walking the hall and Sarah says, “I used to travel with the doctor.” And Rose goes, “Really? I never heard of you.” And the doctor goes, “Oh yeah, I mentioned to you Sarah Jane before.” And Rose goes, “No, no, no.”
And she goes … so this it's not 100% clear, but I think it's pretty clear that Rose and the Doctor are hubba-hubba, wubba-wubba. Yeah. Because Mickey even says, “The missus and the ex, every man's trouble, trouble.” And then they said, “Maybe the biology tests were for the teachers, so the teachers could pass the test.” Because all the teachers are pretending they're birds, they're sleeping in this room. They find them. Let's see, Tardis, teachers sleeping. Mickey runs out of the school when he sees that. He says, “I don't need to see teachers pretending they're birds.” The Doctor says, “I need the Tardis.” And let's see, then something … and is searching or something.
Then they go to Sarah Jane's trunk and K9's in there, like a robot dog. And Rose says, “That's so disco.” “K9 Mark III to be precise.” And the Doctor say, “In oh, year 5,000, this was cutting edge.” And she goes, “Well,” she goes, Sarah goes, “He needs to be repaired. I brought it with me.” I don't know why she has it in her trunk, actually. Because she's like, “It's not working.” And the Doctor goes, “Oh, dear.” And meanwhile, one of the teachers is a bird and is watching them like a bird. It says, “I'm like a bird. I'm not gonna fly away. I'm gonna fly around here.” “I need the Tardis.” The Doctor talks like it's a real dog, about K9.
Then they are at a café or a bistro or something, working on K9, fixing K9. They're talking about breaking up and going back. And the Doctor still has some things he's keeping. Because it's like … and Mickey's giving Rose a hard time. And Who says, “Always,” so it's like a interesting love quadrant. And Sarah says, “Geez, I thought of you on Christmas Day when those ships came,” and Doctor goes, “Yeah, I was up there with Rose.” And Sarah says, “Well, what happened?” And the Doctor says, “I can't handle goodbyes basically. Especially time related goodbyes. Can't do it.” She goes, “Where'd you drop me off?” “Croydon.” And he goes, “That was right?” And she goes, “No, no, no. Aberdeen.” And the Doctor says, “Isn't that next to Croydon?”
Then K9 comes activated and it says, “Hello, Doctor.” And the Doctor goes, “Yeah, it's me.” And the K9 says, “Affirmative.” Very much, a little bit like C3PO. Then the K9 could even scan oil, which is Krillitane oil or something. Doctor said, “Oh, that who the teachers are. Krillitanes. Composite. An amalgam. Kind of like England, like bits of Viking, French, whatever. They kind of take the best from everybody. They're colonists so depending on your opinion, good or not great. But for them they keep the traditions, say like … ” Then Mickey goes, “What's the deal with the tin dog?” He says, “This is Sarah.” And the Doctor says, or Sarah says, “The Doctor likes an entourage. Sometimes humans, sometimes non-humans, sometimes tin dogs.” And she goes, “What are you?” And Mickey goes, “Me? I'm the fly-by man. The man with the plan.”
Oh, let's see, where is it? I thought I wrote what he said. But he says, “Yeah, and they're technical spores.” And he goes, “Oh no, I'm the tin dog.” “Curse of the Time Lords.” That was another thing the Doctor says, because they can't say goodbye. Then it's the next day. We see school bell ring. Action music. Everybody splits up. They say, I don't know. I don't know what they said, but they split up. And we see Mr. Finch's shoes. He's staring at the Doctor. The Doctor's staring back. They're in a pool room, meeting. Oh, they left Mickey in the car with K9. That's the scene I must've not have … so, like everybody yes. So Doctor and Mr. Finch say, the Doctor goes, “Who are you?” He goes, “I'm Brother Lassa.” And he goes, “Since when did Krillitanes or whatever fly like birds?” He goes, “Oh, yeah, 10 generations ago from the bassaans or the bassoons.”
And he goes, “You're human.” He goes, “Yeah, like a human.” He goes, “Everybody else is just amorphic illusion.” And he goes, “What of the Time Lords? You always thought you were hot stuff, huh? You didn't like change and chaos, though. And now you're the last one.” And Doctor's, “What are you up to?” And the guy Finch goes, “You don't know already?” And Doctor goes, “No, I'm asking.” And Finch says, “Well figure it out.” And then the Doctor says, “Well, if I don't like it, I'll stop it.” And he goes, “Well, I thought you were a peaceful people?” He goes, “You seem to be something new.” And the Doctor's, “Yeah, I'm old now and I'm tougher. You only get one warning this season. It's my theme.”
And the dude was, “I don't got any problem with you, Doctor. What's up. I'm just here. We're just colonizing this school. Why don't you leave us alone?” Yeah, then Mickey's in the car saying, complaining to K9, “Why'd I get stuck with the dog.” You know, whatever. So there's a no running sign at the pool. Then Sarah Jane's cg trouble with the sonic screwdriver. But Rose can handle the sonic screwdriver. And so they still, and she goes, “Don't feel threatened by me.” And Rose goes, “I don't.” And Sarah goes, “Yeah, because I'm not really interested in picking up with the passionate thing me and Doctor had.” And Rose goes, “Really?” And she goes, “Yeah, no, no, no. It was hard to getting back to earth and now I'm used to it. I don't want to be caught in the Doctor's great hair and dreamy eyes and stuff like that.” And Rose goes, “Back when you met, it was like rationing times. The Middle Ages. You probably couldn't handle that space stuff.”
And they go back and forth like who was Scottish, it was like, “We even hung in the Loch Ness.” And Rose goes, “Really.” She goes, it's kind of like me and Sharine. You know, fall out over the man, now we're arguing over the Doctor.” When you were together, was he like talking non-stop and then you're like, “What?” And then he looks at you and says, “What, did you spill water on your mouth?” And she goes, “Yeah, does he still stroke the Tardis?” And Rose goes, “Yeah, yeah.” And she's like, “I'm like do you two wanna be alone?” And then they're cracking up. The Doctor comes in, they're still laughing. And the Doctor's like, “Cut it out, cut it out.”
Let's see, laugh at him. New ship, shop, or something. New shop, and on the headmaster. The headmaster's like basically, like his final face time. Everybody's at recess playing ball and stuff. And they say, everyone. They get inside for a big test, except for Kenny, the kid with the spiked hair. And then the staff, the regular staff, they get birded. And the Doctor's trying to work on a computer. He goes, “What are they teaching these kids?” And Finch is in his office with a toothpick. He locks the doors and then they do a process. The kids montage where all the kids are looking at the green cubes on the green screen. Everyone but Kenny, who's running in the halls. He's looking in all the classrooms, trying to figure out what to do.
Then he runs downstairs. He calls, he's stuck in the school but he calls to Mickey in the car. He says, “Get in here.” So, Mickey's like almost decoded. Oh, then we see the cubes. The kids have almost decoded. Doctor says, “No, it can't be.” As he tries to figure out what they're doing. Then Mickey hits the buttons on the K9, who states the … Mickey goes, “What are we gonna do?' And K9 goes, “We're in a car. Just open the door of the car.” And then we go back to the Doctor. He goes, “Oh, this is what they're doing. They're trying to do this paradigm. Skasis Paradigm. Universal theory and then you control the universe, time, space, and matter. Like the gods and goddesses. And yeah, the oil, the chips, the computers, the kids, it's all doing it.”
And then Rose goes, “Well, do you think I'm super smart from the oil?” Doctor goes, “59 times 35?” And Rose goes, “2,065.” Whoa. And they go, “Why kids?” And they go, “Well, kids have a better imagination to break the code.” And they're using all the kids. Kind of like kids breaking captchas or whatever. Magic chips, just brains, let the lesson begin. And then Finch says, “This is it, Doctor. We're gonna solve the Paradigm so do you wanna join us or not?” And, ‘Well, you know Doctor. We're gonna change things.” He goes, “Change things? Are you thinking about … ” Or no, they say, “Doctor, you act like a radical but you wanna keep the old order. We wanna change.” And the Doctor goes, “You change?” And they go, “Yeah, no, no. We have power but you could give us wisdom. Work with us.”
He goes, “You could go back and save the rest of the Time Lords. Reborn.” And the Doctor looks tempted for a minute. Because he looked at things as they are. Power versus wisdom. Time Lords return. Timeless race or timeless, “Oh,” he goes, “I give Rose, I'll make Rose timeless.” He goes, “There's so many goodbyes, how lonely you must be, Doctor.” And he's tempted but then Sarah Jane says, “Pain and loss, they define us as much as happiness and love.” And he said, “Where were you when I need you all the time, Sarah Jane, saying that to me.” “So everything has its time doctor.”
Cracks a monitor. So then, the Doctor cracks a monitor. Mickey gets in the school with Kenny. He's run around the school with Kenny and K9. Finch calls everybody into bird mode. So teachers are flying around in bird mode. And then everyone ends up in the cafeteria. K9 goes into laser mode. Like a laser that makes the birds fly away. He calls it defense mode. But then K9 says, “My batteries are low.” And then the Doctor says, “It's the oil.” He goes, “They can't handle the oil clogged to their bird pores.” So he goes, “Mickey, go unplug the kids. Kenny,” Kenny … they get stuck and Kenny goes, “Well, we'll just turn on the school bells. Birds don't like school bells.”
Then they're running around. Mickey, something. Does something good. Then they say, “K9, laser the oil barrels.” Mickey follows the conduit, turns the power off, so the aren't under … working on that control. Teachers are on patrol and K9 stays behind. Sounds a bit like C3PO when K9 says, “Okay, only here to serve.” That whole thing. And then the kids get away. School goes to the big farm. Papers flying everywhere. And then this like young Hermione Grainger says, “Hey, Kenny was this all your doing? You're like a Ron Weasley. You're a hero.” And Kenny goes, “Whoa, hubba-hubba.”
Something aside. Oh, the Doctor give Sarah a hug, but it's a side hug. And I said, “Holy cow.” I never related to the Doctor more in my life than all this awkward intimacy. Go in the Tardis, cup of tea. Yeah, he says, “Do you wanna come in the Tardis and have a cup of tea?” Was a … let me see. Let's see, K9, oil barrels, school, oh yeah, they're in this park. So then the Doctor … she goes, “Oh, you've redecorated.” The Doctor goes, “Yeah.” And she goes, “Yeah, I preferred it as, but this'll do.” And Rose goes, “I love it the way it is here.” And Sarah goes, “Can you still do math?” And Rose goes, “No.” And she goes, “Well, you're still clever. More than a match for him.” And Rose goes, “You and me both. Doctor?”
And the Doctor says, “Hey, we're gonna head off, Sarah, but if you wanna really be awkward, you could come with us. You know, just stay out here, and when me and … go, as long as you know the boundaries.” Or maybe not, I don't know. He doesn't say anything about that. And she goes, “No, I'm on my own adventure now. I got my own life.” And Mickey goes, “Can I come?” And he goes, “No, no. With you, Doctor. I'm not the tin dog. I wanna see what's out there.” And I said, “Mickey, what are you doing? Like what are you … but Sarah goes, “Yeah, do it. Sarah Jane Smith and Mickey Smith, you need a Smith on board.” And Doctor says, “Okay, Mickey, you crack me up anyway.”
And then Rose goes, “Listen, Sarah, what do I do here?” This is even … and she goes, “It's worth it, believe me. And if you need to, after the breakup come find me.” Let's see, nope. I wanna see what's out there. Mickey's in. Rose not pleased. Holy rectangle I put. And then, oh Rose had a shirt that said Pirates Are Cool, I think. And Sarah … then it was just the Doctor and Sarah alone. She goes, “Listen, I wanted to thank you for the time we did have together.” And the Doctor goes, “Well, you can tell it to your grandkids.” She goes, “Yeah, you're a tough act to follow.” She goes, “You know after that and … ” He goes, “No goodbyes.” She says, “Goodbye, Doctor.” He goes, “No, no, no.” And she goes, “Say goodbye, please.” And he says, “Goodbye, my Sarah Jane.” And then they have a real, legit hug.
And he gets back the … back in the Tardis and as the Tardis vanishes, K9, a rebuilt K9 is there. And Sarah goes, “K9.” And the K9 goes, “Mistress.” And she goes, “What happened?” And K9 says, “Master rebuilt me. With new systems.” A hyperlink faculties or something. And she goes, “So you're a brand new model?” And K9 says, “Affirmative.” And he says, “Yeah, he does that. Let's go get to work.” And K9 says, “Affirmative.” And then the episode comes to a close.
So, let's see came what up on this episode. The first thing was Sarah Jane Smith, which I didn't realize she had such a history with Doctor Who. She's played by Elizabeth Sladen. And let's see, I lost my page here. But, it's coming up. And yeah, so she has a long history with Doctor Who and two of its spin offs. She's a dogged investigative journalist who first encounters the Doctor … they were trying to break a story on a research facility, then becomes his traveling companion for four seasons. Then they part ways. She goes back to earth, and then she becomes a committed defender of earth, occasionally reuniting with the Doctor. All the while, still writing articles as a free lance journalist.
She's one of the Doctor's longest serving companions, co-starring in 18 stories with the Third and Fourth incarnations of the Doctor, from '73 to '76. Her and K9 appeared in the 1981 television pilot K-9 and Company. I wonder if that's out there to watch. She was in the 20th-anniversary Fifth Doctor story The Five Doctors in 1983, the 30th-anniversary story Dimensions In Time in 1993. Two radio serials with the Third Doctor. And in a spin-off audio drama, Sarah Jane Smith, and she's also in several episodes with the Tenth Doctor, and as a central character of her own series, The Sarah Jane Adventures which went from 2007 to 2011 and included appearances by the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors.
Let's see, originally it was offered to April Walker. Let's see. Yeah, that kind of covers it. She first appeared in the Time Warrior where she managed … yeah she was going undercover. And I think her last episode … let's rule out the … following the 2005 Doctor Who revival, she was in School Reunion. They both investigate headmaster Finch. Exposition reveals their past. Rose and her have back and forth. The success of the episode led to the development of The Sarah Jane Adventures, produced by BBC Wales for the CBBC. In The Sarah Jane Adventures, she investigates things covertly from her manor house in Bannermann Road. Driving an emerald green Nissan which was … her sentient supercomputer Mr Smith and a sonic lipstick device. I'd say, so that's interesting. I don't know, K9 left Sarah and goes off in a black hole at some point, due to the concurrent development of the K9 television series. So, there's a little bit about Sarah Jane. I mean, there's a lot more.
She's also been in Doctor Who novels and short stories. She was consistently voted the most Doctor Who companion until the advent of the new series in 2005. Which now, there's Rose Tyler and Donna Noble competing. But she felt it was because of the Doctors Who she worked with were so popular. In 2012, Toby Whithouse, who wrote Sarah Jane's return to the series in “School Reunion”, said she was his favorite companion from the classic series. “She was a comic companion. I think she, more than any other before her, redefined the role of the companion. There are elements of Sarah Jane Smith you can see in every companion downward to Amy. She changed the companion from being a helpless person to a feisty, opinionated, strong equal. And, at the time, you know that was quite an extraordinary thing to do.” They were supposed to be powerless. I'm now paraphrasing. And, “Decoration, and what Lis Sladen did was quite extraordinary. We forget how revolutionary she was at the time.”
Research on Sarah Jane
Another thing we saw next to Mickey was The Assent of Man, and it looked like a book and I guess it is a book by Bronowski. But it's actually a 13-part British documentary TV series by BBC and Time Life film, first broadcast in 1973. You know, it was written and presented by British mathematician and historian of science, Jacob Bronowski. Intended as his series of personal view documentaries in the manner of Kenneth Clark's 1969 series Civilisation, highly acclaimed for its informed but eloquent, simple analysis, elegant monologues and its extensive location shoots. Title notes said, The Descent of Man, Darwin's second book in evolution. Over the 13 episodes, Bronowski traveled around the world to trace the development of human society. It's understanding is science. Yeah, commissioned to complement the Civilisation, where Clark argued that art was reflected and informed by major driving forces in a cultural revolution.
Bronowski wrote the 1951 book, The Common Sense of Science, which a quote says, “It's been one of the most destructive modern prejudices that art and science are different and somehow incompatible differences.” Both series were commissioned by David Attenborough, then controller of BBC2, whose colleague Aubrey Singer had been astonished by Attenborough's prioritizing in arts, given his science background. The book of the series, The Assent of Man, A Personal View, is almost a word for word transcript of the television episodes, diverging only from the narration when the lack of images might make meaning unclear. Yeah, it was just shot in 16 millimeter film. Let's see, what else? Additional music from Pink Floyd and The Moody Blues.
It was released on DVD in 2007, and episodes are 52 minutes. Lower than Angels, Harvest of the Seasons, The Grain in the Stone, The Hidden Structure, Music of the Spheres, The Starry Messenger, Majestic Clockwork, A Drive for Power, Ladder of Creation, World Within World, Knowledge or Certainty, A Generation upon Generation, and The Long Childhood. So this may be something worth checking out, I'm not sure if it streams anywhere, but hopefully it does.
Research on The Ascent of Man https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ascent_of_Man
What about cubits? I thought that was a good word for anybody that's taking the SAT. Cubits, C-U-B-I-T is an ancient unit of length. There's several definitions, according to the various cultures that use the unit. Could be somewhere between 444 and 529.2 millimeters. It's 17.48 to 20.83 inches. It was based on the forearm length from the tip of the middle finger to the bottom of the elbow. Cubits of various lengths were employed in many parts of the world in antiquity, during the Middle Ages and as recently as Early Modern Times. Still used in hedge laying, the length of the forearm being frequently used to determine the interval between stakes placed within the hedge. Comes from the Latin noun cubitus, elbow, or cubo, cubare, cubui, cubitum, to lie down. Also, that's where recumbent comes from. So, that's a little bit about cubits, hardy, har, har.
Research on Cubits https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cubit
What about disco? This ain't no party, this ain't no disco. This ain't no fooling around. Disco, according to Wikipedia, is a music genre and subculture that emerged in the '60s, mid-‘s, and early '70s in America's urban nightlife scene. It started out as a melange of music from venues popular with African Americans, Hispanic and Latino Americans, Italian Americans, LGBT people, and the psychedelic hippies in Philadelphia and New York City in the late '60s and '70s. It can be seen as a reaction to as a reaction to the dominance of rock music and the stigmatization of dance music by the counterculture, so not that different, I mean in some ways, than the '50s, I mean in a different way. But parallels the whole '50s renaissance and Sha Na Na. Several dance styles were developed during the period of disco's popularity in the United States, including the Bump and the Hustle.
The disco sound is typified by “four-on-the-floor” beats, syncopated basslines, string sections, horns, electric piano, synthesizers, and electric rhythm guitars. Lead guitar features less frequently in disco than in rock. Well-known disco artists include Donna Summer, the Bee Gees, Gloria Gaynor, KC and the Sunshine Band, and the Village People, Thelma Houston and Chic, and many, at the heart of the genre's popularity, many non-disco artists including Donald Duck, recorded disco songs. Performers and singers garnered public attention, record producers worked behind the scenes developing the genre. Films like Saturday Night Fever and Thank God It's Friday contributed to mainstream popularity. In the '70s, the major U.S. cities had thriving disco club scenes and DJs would mix dance records at clubs like Studio 54 in New York City, a venue popular among celebrities. Discothèque-goers often wore expensive, extravagant fashions. People were also partying pretty hard there.
Here's something interesting. Disco was the last popular music movement driven by the baby boom generation. It began to decline in the United States in '79 to '80, and by '82 it had lost all popularity in the US. And there's even anti-Disco nights. But Disco was a key influence in EDM, House of Music, and's had several revivals. Origins of terms come from discothèque, which meant a library of phonograph records, and then became a term for nightclubs in Paris. By early 1940s, the term disc jockey and DJ were used to describe radio presenters. In '66 to '74, it was proto-disco and Philly R&B musicians adopted several traits from the hippie and psychedelic sub-cultures, like using music venues with loud sound, freeform dancing, trippy relating colorful costumes. Psychedelic soul groups like the Chambers Brothers and Sly and the Family Stone influenced proto-disco acts like Isaac Hayes, Willie Hutch, and Philadelphia sound. In addition, the perceived positivity, lack of irony, and earnestness of the hippies informed proto-disco music.
Let's see, a forerunner to disco style clubs were private dance parties held by New York City DJ David Mancuso in The Loft, the members only club at his home. When Mancuso first threw his first house parties, it gave a chance for the gay community to escape getting bugged by the authority figures in New York, and where people could freely dance together, and just get down and boogie I guess. And, “lay down and boogie and play that funky music.” Yeah. Yeah, the first article about disco was written in '73 by Vince Aletti for Rolling Stone. 1974, WPIX FM was the first, had the first disco radio show. Yeah, Philadelphia soul, New York soul were evolutions of Motown Sound, and typified by lavish percussion, lush string orchestra arrangements, and expected to expensive record production process. It all became part of prominent mid-'70s disco songs. So this is a little bit about disco, and you can find out more on Wikipedia, or wherever the beat strikes you.
For more information https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco
Let's talk a little bit about the Loch Ness. Just the place. It's a large, deep, freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands, extends to 23 miles to southwest of Inverness. Its surface is 52 feet above sea level, 16 meters. And it's best known for saying, “Well, does any ancient dinosaurs live in here named Nessie?” It is connected at the southern end by the River Oich and a section of the Caledonian Canal to Loch Oich. Oich, Oich, Oich, Oich. At the northern end there, the Bona Narrows which opens out into Loch Dochfour, which feeds the River Ness and a further section of canal to Inverness. Ultimately leading to the North Sea via the Moray Firth. It is one of a series of interconnected, murky bodies of water in Scotland. Low water visibility due to a high peat content in the surrounding soil. It's the second largest Scottish loch by surface area, 52 kilometers, 22 square miles, after Loch Lomond, but due to its great depth, it's the largest by volume in the British Isles. Its deepest point is 230 meters, that's 126 fathoms, 755 feet. Making it the second deepest loch in Scotland after Loch Morar.
For more information https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loch_Ness
A 2016 survey claimed to have discovered a crevice that pushed the depth to 271 meters, but further research said that was an anomaly. It contains more fresh water than all the lakes in England and Wales combined, and is the largest body of water in the Great Glen, which runs from Inverness to Fort William. Now, there's also a movie about this that I've seen a few times, but never clear headed. And it's called the Incident at Loch Ness. It's a mockumentary by Werner Herzog and Zak Penn. It's just a small cast of, it's … and I really liked it but this was … I haven't seen it since I've become a clear-headed person. It's like Herzog's filming a movie he called the Enigma of Loch Ness. And they're kind of showing him … Ricky Jay's in there. I think Jeff Goldblum's in it, too. And Zak Penn says, “We're gonna make this movie into a blockbuster.”
For more information https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incident_at_Loch_Ness
Yeah, so I have to re-watch it and there's a lot of tension between Herzog and Penn, because Penn tries to control things. And it's actually, this is what I'll just tell you, I haven't seen the DVD but maybe the extras. It's a mockumentary film within a film, within a film idea invented by Penn. The ruse is revealed in Easter Eggs hidden on the DVD. Penn wrote a scriptment which is part script, part treatment to outline the structure of the film, and key dialogue but most of it was improved as shown on the DVD. It was like a hoax because some media people thought it was an actual film. Adding to the verisimilitude was the fact that everyone that appears on screen is a real person and most are who in fact say they are. Even the crew.
It gets a 62% on Rotten Tomatoes, and 62 on Metacritic. Roger Ebert enjoyed the film saying, “Three out of four stars. Watching the movie is an entertaining exercise in forensic viewing, and the insidious thing is, that even if it's a con, who is the conner and who is the connee?” And, Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times called it, “An amusing mock documentary that spends considerable energy artfully trying to make you believe it's as real as real can be.”
Yeah, so that's a little bit about that, and yeah that's it. Good night. It's time to tuck you into a nice bed of peat moss and get comfortable there. Some disco's playing, just cubits away, as K9 and Sarah Jane keep watch over earth. Good night.
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