Ninth Season Summary

Day of the Daleks

Aired 1 Jan-22 Jan 1972 (4 episodes) Written by Louis Marks. Directed by Paul Benard.

The appearance of a ghostly assassin at the home of an important diplomat, Sir Reginald Styles, draws Jo and the Doctor into a mystery involving commandos from 200 years into the future. Why do they want Sir Reginald dead, and who are they working for...or against?

Jo wears: Plaid shirt, red scarf, a sort of a jeans jumper with a very short skirt and a bib front. White knee high boots. The whole outfit is either red, white or blue.

Jo moments: Not very many. Jo is very jumpy at the house while they wait to see if the 'ghost' reappears. She and the Doctor are captured by the commandos, and left tied-up in the basement(she is unable to escape her bonds). Later, they are moved upstairs and she does manage to escape, seizing a time travel device, which transports her 200 years into the future. Her time trace is intercepted by the Daleks, but they are not seen by her...they work through the 'Controller.' The first time the Controller talks to her she is obviously suspicious, but this suspicion disappears mysteriously when he is talking with the Doctor(who was captured later). She knocks out their Ogron guard with a wine carafe.

Jo lines: Within one minute in Episode 1: "All in a good cause." and "Well that wasn't very kind of you." Episode 2: "I still don't get it" and these two within a minute: "Could you?" and "Well how can I help?" Episode 3: Again, within a minute, "No thanks, I couldn't." and "I don't want to seem ungrateful." and later, "Yes, ready when you are." Episode 4: "Take care." "Do as he says, there isn't much time" and "No! No! You must come with us!"
Best line: "Well Mike Yates certainly does."

End Result: Not much of a story really, for any of the characters, much less Jo. It's purpose seems to be to say that fascism, war, and plot are bad things. Jo is just along for the ride, as are most of the other members of the cast.

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The Curse of Peladon

Aired 29 Jan-19 Feb 1972 (4 episodes) Written by Brian Hayles. Directed by Lennie Mayne

The TARDIS takes Jo and the Doctor to the planet of Peladon, where they are mistaken as the delegates from Earth at a galactic conference on Peladon's admission to the Federation. Murder and political intrigue soon threaten to disrupt the conference, as the Doctor races against time to negotiate a treaty, end the murders, and prevent a revolution.

Jo wears: A loose-sleeve pink frock, with matching pink thick-soled heels. At the beginning and end of the serial she has a wine-red knee-length vest/jacket over it.

Jo moments: Jo climbs the wind-blasted mountain in her party frock and heels. She finds the missing part of Arcturus's life-support system while searching the Ice Warrior's room, but is caught while hiding behind a tapestry...her pink shoes can be seen sticking out from underneath it. After being locked in the room by the Ice Warrior, she escapes by crawling along a wind-swept ledge...still in her heels. Jo is able to convince the delegates to remain on Peladon(but not to help her) when they appear ready to leave the planet. Later, she seems to be chairing a meeting where they agree to support King Peladon. Jo kisses the King after refusing his proposal.

Jo lines: Episode 1: "I've never seen anything like it before." In Episode 2: "Well, I feel definately wobbly at the knees." Later, "I'm only an observer." Then "Or is she a he?" is followed a minute later by "Like you said, I really didn't have much choice. During episode 3: "Do you even want to...?" and "I only wanted to help you." Then in episode 4: "Allright, if you say so." Then "Well I'm sorry to disappoint you" is followed 2 minutes later by "Well I'm sure the Doctor would know what to do." Near the end, "I'm very very fond of you."
Best line: With the Ice warrior pointing his phallic-shaped sonic gun at Jo, she says to the Ice Lord, who is questioning her: "I was frightened. Can you blame me?"

End result: An interesting, if not great, serial. Jo gets some good strong scenes, and has some romantic moments with the King. Don't forget to compare the appearance of Aggador to that of ALF.

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The Sea Devils

Aired 26 Feb-1 Apr 1972 (6 episodes) Written by Malcolm Hulke. Directed by Michael Briant.

While visiting the Master in his island prison, the Doctor and Jo stumble across a mystery involving three missing ships. Who is responsible...and is the Master really a prisoner?

Jo wears: A white pants suit, with purple pockets. The blouse and thick-soled shoes match the pockets(!). (Saturday Night Fever steals from Who! :D )

Jo moments: A rare moment for a companion: Jo gets to introduce herself and the Doctor. She rides a motorcycle. As usual, throughout the episode Jo is more alert to what is happening around her than everyone else(she spots the Master on the naval base while looking out a window, later she notices the Sea Devils on the base as they walk outside). Jo overpowers two men to escape the prison. She moves undetected around the base, and finds the Doctor by looking through windows(no doubt her white pants suit blends in well with the greenery). She penetrates the building, moves undetected to his cell, and picks the Doctor's shackles, then knocks out his guard with a chop to the neck. Jo attempts to prevent the naval attack on the Sea Devil base. Put into the commanders radio room after the base is overrun by the Sea Devils, she escapes via a ceiling ventilation duct(after sliding through the ducts her white suit is still spotless). After the Doctor starts a diversion, she helps the Captain escape, and eventually she starts and pilots a hovercraft as they escape out to sea.

Jo lines: During episode 2, these 4 within 2 minutes of each other: "Ah!", "C'mon. Try 'n relax." "What are you doing?" and "Well now what are you doing?" Also "Well we didn't quite manage...to get away." Episode 3: "No, after you." Episode 4: "But it's different this time." Episode 5: These three within one minute: "No, please, you've got to do something" "Bodies...did you say..." and "I hope you're satisfied." Also later: "Your not thinking of going down there again." Episode 6: (whispered) "Shhh...look, there's still some of them in there." and "C'mon Doctor, hurry!"
Best line: Less than two minutes after the 4 quotes above from episode 2: "Hmmm. You see things like that in a modern art exposition."

End result: Despite some quivering lip scenes, Jo behaves very competently in this episode. She also gets lots of physical action, including knocking out a number of guards and a lot of ladder climbing(surely not too easy in the shoes she is wearing, especially when she goes up the side of the ship). This makes it possible to pretend that you don't realize this is nothing but "The Silurians" at sea. The usual deadpan Pertwee humor is evident...even the Master gets a few good ones in.

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The Mutants

Aired 8 Apr-13 May 1972 (6 episodes) Written by Bob Baker and Dave Martin. Directed by Christopher Barry.

Skybase One orbits the planet Solos, an Earth "colony" about to be given its independance. But the senior military officer on Skybase has other plans, which include changing the atmosphere to allow humans to settle the planet. The story contains strong environmental and racial themes.

Jo wears: A nice brown sweater, with a patterned jacket of a duller brown. Her pants(which go barely below her knee) match her jacket. Blue-grey socks and her usual thick-soled shoes complete the ensemble.

Jo moments: Jo distract the guard the first time they are captured, allowing the Doctor to knock him out. She is taken to the planet by the escaping Ky, but has trouble breathing. Later, in the caves she runs off when the Mutants attack them, and has to be rescued by Prof. Sondergaard. They escape the caverns, only to be captured by Varan. Used as cover in his attack on Skybase, they are captured again, and all are sentanced to death. She bluffs the Marshall, however, and she and Ky are manicled instead. She escapes from her manacles and disarms the guard. She avoids death by radiation by escaping through the refueling probe(I guess it doesn't go directly to the shuttle's fuel tanks).

Jo lines: Episode 1: All within three minutes early in the episode: "Doctor, are you going to be very much longer?" A censurious "Oh no you don't" and "Amazing". Episode 3: "How long do they usually last?" and "Sorry Doctor...I fainted." Episode 6: "Well quickly, Doctor!" as well as "Who, me?" and "Oh well...back to the broom cupboard."
Best line: Episode 4: "He must be replaced immediately."

End result: Not the best Jo episode. She is often just along for the ride in her scenes, but does have some good moments. What should have been a superior serial is slowed by bad dialogue, and the constant preaching tone of the show gets tedious after awhile.

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The Time Monster

Aired 20 May-24 June 1972 (6 episodes) Written by Robert Sloman and Barry Letts(uncredited). Directed by Paul Bernard.

The Doctor's device for detecting time machines leads him and Jo to a research center, where the Master, in disguise, is conducting time experiments. The experiments lead them to Atlantis...and to Cronos.

Jo wears: A very short brown(? looks a faded purple at times) dress, with yellow trim. Yellow knee-high boots. At times a rather amazing white feathery jacket(from the Guardian collection, no doubt) and a scarf. From the middle of episode 5 an Atlantean dress, long skirt with multi-colored chevron patterns and a sand colored top that shows rather a lot of bust, but she is usually covered by a long blond wig.

Jo moments: For all her great lines, they are surprisingly few. Jo's hair blows in the wind even though she is frozen in time. She shows bravery in going with the Doctor in the TARDIS after the effects of a time ram are explained to her...then faints when Cronos takes the Doctor out of time. The Doctor's introduction leaves the Atlanteans believing her name is JoJo Grant. Jo spies on the Master and Galleia. While following the priest she is thrown into the lair of the Guardian. After she and the Doctor are captured she cannot escape from the chains...yet later when they are imprisoned in the square for Cronos she escapes easily. She attacks the Master and is carried off in his TARDIS. He chains her to his console, where she eventually forces a Time Ram...and wakes up, unrestrained, on the floor.

Jo lines: Lots. Episode 1: "Doctor, have you been working on that all night?" and "Doctor, come and take a look." To Mike Yates: "Search me." later "I've asked you a million times, what is it?" Episode 2: "C'mon, lie down" and "I'll get you one later" come within a minute. Episode 3: "I think we've heard that one before." Episode 4 is a gold mine: all the following occur within four minutes. "We'll make contact as soon as possible", "OK, I'm coming", "Tis my job, 'member?", "Glad to be aboard, Doctor", "I don't get it" and "I still don't get it." All are capped off by the infamous "Yes, but his is still inside yours." Later, near the end of the episode: "I will not do it!" and "I don't really care anymore. Do what you like. Just get it over with." At the beginning of episode 5: "Oh, I'm so happy" and "What do you...what does she want me to do?" Episode 6: "...it's beautiful...but at the same time horrible. It gives me a funny feeling." "Do it Doctor! Quickly!" and "Here we go again."
Best line: Two minutes after the episode 4 goldmine, they have a bit of a rough ride in the TARDIS. After falling she gets up and utters the immortal words "ooooo, I think I bruised my tailbone." This sets off a series of "coccyx" gags.

End result: An awesome story ruined by absolutely horrible effects. Clearly someone realized what was happening, though, and the second half is pure campy fun, and contains some unrestrained humor. Jo has a few good moments where she shows her mettle, but spends most of the time asking questions or looking intently at whomever is speaking. A flash of knickers(for once they don't match her outfit, so perhaps it was accidental) and a glimpse of decolletage also are included. An excellent example of a story that shows Jo as both competent and a sex object, and that the creative personnel cannot seem to quite decide which she is. In this way this serial is very representative of her era on the show.

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End Season Nine.