Season 16, alternately known by its umbrella title The Key to Time-Wasting, was a regrettable season-long story arc done long before such things blighted Doctor Who, as well as sci-fi and fantasy television in general, on a too-regular basis. It continued the run of Tom Motherfucking Baker and sometimes K-9 (when his wires hadn't broken or been trod upon by a clumsy extra), and saw the introduction - and departure - of the Unsexy Romana.
The story began when a white southern plantation owner asked The Doctor to go find the six pieces of a Lucite puzzle-box he's managed to lose because they disguise themselves to look like other things like the TARDIS does. He sends the Unsexy Romana along to help the Doctor on his search. The storyline fortunately doesn't really affect anything that happens during the season - the Doctor pretty much just arses about like he usually does; when the story elements do intrude however, the season generally suffers for it.
Serials of Season 16 Edit
|Episode Title||Written By||Description|
|The Ribos Operation||Robert Holmes||After being appointed the task of finding and assembling the Key to Time, the Doctor, Unsexy Romana and K9 venture to Ribos to collect the first segment from some royal collection but accidentally get caught up in a heist scheme instead.|
|The Pirate Planet||Douglas Adams||A giant hollowed out planet is being piloted around and made to materialize around smaller planets to plunder their resources and put them on display by some hammy pirate dude (or is it?), and it turns out one of the planets is the second segment of the Key to Time.|
|The Stones of Blood||David Fisher||There are these evil rocks that eat your blood and the Doctor needs to stop them while finding the third segment of the Key to Time, or something like that idk I haven't seen this one in a while.|
|The Androids of Tara||David Fisher||After hunting down the fourth Key to Time segment, Unsexy Romana gets kidnapped by some perv king who thinks she's an android of some princess he caged up, while the Doctor gets embroiled in a scheme to overthrow the aforementioned perv king using an android that was just lying about.|
|The Power of Kroll||Robert Holmes||Kroll! Kroll! Kroll! Kroll! Kroll! Kroll! Kroll! Kroll! Kroll! Kroll! Kroll! Kroll! Kroll! Kroll! Kroll! Kroll! Kroll! Kroll! Kroll! Kroll! Kroll! Kroll! Kroll! Kroll! Kroll! Kroll! Kroll! Kroll! Kroll! Kroll! Kroll! Kroll! Kroll! Kroll! Kroll! Kroll!|
|The Armageddon Factor||Bob Baker and Dave Martin||There's a war or something and it turns out the final Key to Time segment is some princess played by the chick who would end up playing Sexy Romana later on. Also K9 turns evil. And Drax!|
The only two good things to come out of The Key To Time-Wasting were The Stones Of Blood and that the actress who played the Sexy Romana in Season 17 has a part in the sixth and final storyline (The Armageddon Factor).
The Pirate Planet is excellent for the first three episodes, but unfortunately suffers from Moffat syndrome where it ends up becoming way to complex for its own good in the final part.
The Androids of Tara is also great; Mary Tamm gets to join the school of actors who were great enough to play two characters, Tom does some sword fighting, and K9 is on a boat. Only real downside is the gorilla with a halloween mask that attacks Romana at the beginning.
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