History Recap / DoctorWho30thASDimensionsInTime

21st Nov '17 1:01:05 AM PaulA
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This special has been considered non-canon by the official sources because of its comparatively nonsensical premise to the rest of the series proper (a sigh of relief for some fans who take continuity [[SeriousBusiness seriously]]). The ''Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures'' novel ''First Frontier'' drops a mention of this special as [[AllJustADream a nightmare the Seventh Doctor once had]], which is probably the best definition of this episode.

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This special has been considered non-canon by the official sources because of its comparatively nonsensical premise to the rest of the series proper (a sigh of relief for some fans who take continuity [[SeriousBusiness seriously]]). The ''Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures'' novel ''First Frontier'' ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoNewAdventuresFirstFrontier First Frontier]]'' drops a mention of this special as [[AllJustADream a nightmare the Seventh Doctor once had]], which is probably the best definition of this episode.



** Later authors have declared this one of the Doctor's [[AllJustADream many nightmares]] -- along with [[Recap/DoctorWho1985JFIGSAFixWithSontarans a similarly-regarded story]] and the TV Comic stories for the First Doctor. Note that ''Series/EastEnders'' [[MutuallyFictional is considered a TV show in the]] Franchise/{{Whoniverse}}. The most direct mentioning of the AllJustADream notion comes courtesy of the novel ''First Frontier'':

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** Later authors have declared this one of the Doctor's [[AllJustADream many nightmares]] -- along with [[Recap/DoctorWho1985JFIGSAFixWithSontarans a similarly-regarded story]] and the TV Comic stories for the First Doctor. Note that ''Series/EastEnders'' [[MutuallyFictional is considered a TV show in the]] Franchise/{{Whoniverse}}. The most direct mentioning of the AllJustADream notion comes courtesy of the novel ''First Frontier'':''[[Recap/DoctorWhoNewAdventuresFirstFrontier First Frontier]]'':
11th Nov '17 3:18:39 PM bowserbros
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This special, aired in two less-than-10-minute parts as part of ''Children in Need'', begins with the Rani bragging about doing awesome things with time and having already captured the first two Doctors. (They've been infected with FloatingHeadSyndrome and said crappy head models are in 3D, modeled with 1993's finest-quality computer graphics.) The Fourth Doctor, now inexplicably short-haired, decides to send out an SOS to his other selves, begging for them to listen to him "for once". The Seventh Doctor and Ace, apparently fresh from the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E4Survival Cheetah Planet]], land in the middle of the ''Series/EastEnders'' soap opera -- literally -- and mill about.

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This special, aired in two less-than-10-minute parts as part of ''Children in Need'', begins with the Rani bragging about doing awesome things with time and having already captured the first two Doctors. (They've been infected with FloatingHeadSyndrome and said crappy head models are in 3D, modeled with 1993's finest-quality yet also [[UncannyValley most terrifying]] computer graphics.) The Fourth Doctor, now inexplicably short-haired, short-haired and pudgy, decides to send out an SOS to his other selves, begging for them to listen to him "for once". The Seventh Doctor and Ace, apparently fresh from the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E4Survival Cheetah Planet]], land in the middle of the ''Series/EastEnders'' soap opera -- literally -- and mill about.
1st Nov '17 4:55:45 AM goldenroad
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As 1993 approached, the fanbase of ''Series/DoctorWho'' slowly worked themselves into a frenzy. Creator/TheBBC started re-airing certain specials of the old series (no new ones, though, as it had been can-- er, put on extended hiatus four years earlier). Books came out to discuss ''Doctor Who'' and a fantastic movie-length special was announced that would involve all the still-living Doctors and a plot by a villain (that would've been played by Creator/RikMayall!) to throw the Whoniverse out of whack -- resulting in a "Dark Dimension" where the Fourth Doctor somehow never regenerated into the Fifth at the end of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E7Logopolis "Logopolis"]].

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As 1993 approached, the fanbase of ''Series/DoctorWho'' slowly worked themselves into a frenzy. Creator/TheBBC started re-airing certain specials episodes of the old series (no new ones, though, as it had been can-- er, put on extended hiatus four years earlier). Books came out to discuss ''Doctor Who'' and a fantastic movie-length special was announced that would involve all the still-living Doctors and a plot by a villain (that would've been played by Creator/RikMayall!) to throw the Whoniverse out of whack -- resulting in a "Dark Dimension" where the Fourth Doctor somehow never regenerated into the Fifth at the end of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E7Logopolis "Logopolis"]].
3rd Sep '17 8:53:16 AM GrammarNavi
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A dedicated group of fans made the episode's original concept, "The Dark Dimension", a reality as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rilhirixZxs "Lost in the Dark Dimension"]] 21 years later on YouTube.

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A dedicated group of fans made the episode's original concept, "The Dark Dimension", a reality as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rilhirixZxs "Lost in the Dark Dimension"]] 21 years later on YouTube.Website/YouTube.
20th Aug '17 7:54:22 PM Mysterion
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* FatalFlaw: Blame Overconfidence, Obsession, or anything else really, but The Rani makes the same mistakes here that she did back in {{Recap/DoctorWhoS24E1TimeAndTheRani}}

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* FatalFlaw: Blame Overconfidence, Obsession, or anything else really, but The Rani makes the same mistakes here that she did back in {{Recap/DoctorWhoS24E1TimeAndTheRani}}[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS24E1TimeAndTheRani}} her previous appearance.]]
20th Aug '17 7:53:36 PM Mysterion
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* FatalFlaw: Blame Overconfidence, Obsession, or anything else really, but The Rani makes the same mistakes here that she did back in {{Recap/DoctorWhoS24E1TimeAndTheRani}}
** Forcefully involving the Doctor when she didn't ''really'' need him to be present.
** Not noticing exactly who was present for her plan. (Here, that the Doctor's companion who she was recording was not human.)
** Including a Time Lord's brain in her almost complete collection, which destabilizes the whole thing. (Here, the problem is that she got a second time lord instead of a human.)
14th Jun '17 8:42:40 PM Maddoxsort
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Sadly, Kate O'Mara made her last on-screen performance as the Rani in this story in her lifetime, continuing the role in audio stories until her eventual death. Oddly enough, she has picked up a passenger. The companion she's seen with in the story has his own origin story in audio format, but since this special is strictly dismissed from canon, he's a holdover from a non-canon universe, and said origin story is placed firmly in non-canon territory as well.

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Sadly, Kate O'Mara also made her last on-screen performance as the Rani in this story in her lifetime, continuing the role in audio stories until her eventual death. death, never reprising the role in the revival-era series and having her character willed to a new actor and [[TheNthDoctor regenerating.]] Oddly enough, in this last outing, she has picked up a passenger. The companion she's seen with in the story has his own origin story in audio format, but since this special is strictly dismissed from canon, he's a holdover from a non-canon universe, and said origin story is placed firmly in non-canon territory as well.
well. That explains why her TARDIS appears to be reduced to a villainous knock-off of the Doctor's rather than the unique design it used to have (besides budgetary constraints/desktop changes).
14th Jun '17 8:39:38 PM Maddoxsort
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Sadly, Kate O'Mara made her last on-screen performance as the Rani in this story in her lifetime, continuing the role in audio stories until her eventual death. Oddly enough, she has picked up a passenger. The companion she's seen with in the story has his own origin story in audio format, but since this special is strictly dismissed from canon, he's a holdover from a non-canon universe, and said origin story is placed firmly in non-canon territory as well.
9th May '17 10:05:25 PM bowserbros
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The one we'd all like to forget.
14th Mar '17 7:06:06 PM CumbersomeTercel
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This was Creator/JonPertwee's last appearance as the Doctor in an official setting before his death three years later, RIP. His final performance as the Doctor in a filmed ''Doctor Who'' story, sets, location shoots and all, was technically in 1995, for the fan production ''Devious''. As a point of trivia, this is also Tom Baker's first reprisal of his role (barring his narration of the unearthed [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS17E6Shada}} "Shada"]]) since departing the series in '81, and he wouldn't be back again until AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho. Creator/NicholasCourtney finally got to be featured alongside Sixth Doctor Colin Baker -- meaning that he's the ''only'' actor to be featured alongside all seven original Doctors at any point in time in the TV show ([[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E4TheDaleksMasterPlan He also played Bret Vyon]]), and alongside all the original eight if you include ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho''.

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This was Creator/JonPertwee's last appearance as the Doctor in an official setting before his death three years later, RIP. His final performance as the Doctor in a filmed ''Doctor Who'' story, sets, location shoots and all, was technically in 1995, for the fan production ''Devious''. As a point of trivia, this is also Tom Baker's Creator/TomBaker's first reprisal of his role (barring his narration of the unearthed [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS17E6Shada}} "Shada"]]) since departing the series in '81, and he wouldn't be back again until AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho. Creator/NicholasCourtney finally got to be featured alongside Sixth Doctor Colin Baker Creator/ColinBaker -- meaning that he's the ''only'' actor to be featured alongside all seven original Doctors at any point in time in the TV show ([[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E4TheDaleksMasterPlan He also played Bret Vyon]]), and alongside all the original eight if you include ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho''.



* MilkingTheGiantCow: Sylvester [=McCoy=] really sells his dialogue here, bless him.

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* MilkingTheGiantCow: Sylvester [=McCoy=] Creator/SylvesterMcCoy really sells his dialogue here, bless him.



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