Tenth Season Summary

The Three Doctors

Aired 30 Dec 1972-20 Jan 1973 (4 episodes). Written by Bob Baker and Dennis Martin. Directed by Lennie Mayne.

A cosmic ray experiment package apparantly connected with the disapperance of two men leads the Doctor into a web of intrigue involving the Timelords, the Doctor's other selves, and eventually with Omega himself.

Jo wears: A beautiful blue jumper with white trim and a very short skirt, with matching stockings. Knee-high black boots. For most of the episode she has a matching blue feathery jacket(similar to her white one).

Jo moments: Jo refuses to leave UNIT HQ when the attack begins. She rushes after the Doctor, and ends up being transported into the black hole with him. Jo refuses to try and escape(the Doctor does not want to yet) when the opportunity arises after they are captured by Omega's guards. She comes up with the idea that the two Doctors "will up a door" so they can escape their cell.

Jo lines: (movie version reviewed) "What happened...what is that?" The somewhat ambiguous "and you were in Bessie." Two minutes after that, the interesting "Well lets hope Sgt. Benton's are even better" is followed within a minute by "Well I'll just have to risk it, won't I?" Four minutes later, "Yes, and I felt it too." Less than a minute later, "And we are all together, goo goo ge choo" Then, later, a cheerful "Oh yes!" and within a minute "Right, come on then." Five minutes later, "huh?" And then "I'm not sure I really want to" is followed 2 minutes later by "No, I'll stick with the Doctor." Less than a minute later "But what if you can't?" Much later "C'mon, Sgt. Benton." and the question of questions, "...and a flute?".
Best line: A slightly annoyed "One at a time this time."

End Result: Obviously the three Doctors take up the majority of the storytime, and with the Brig and Benton along for the whole story there is not a lot for her to do. Still, she gets her emotional moments, and gets in the usual companion questions. But they could have come up with a bit more for her to do, IMHO. Katy's usual cheerfulness seems absent in this story, for some reason.

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Carnival of Monsters

Aired 27 Jan-17 Feb 1973 (4 episodes). Written by Robert Holmes. Directed by Barry Letts

Carnival of Monsters is a fun episode. It revolves around a device called a Miniscope, which functions as a sort of a zoo. The TARDIS materializes inside, and the Doctor and Jo spend most of the episode wandering around inside the machine. Notable for the fact that the most interesting bits occur with Jon and Katy off-screen, and involve the plotting of the Minorians. Look for Michael Wisher(later seen as Davros) as one of the plotters, and Ian Marter(later seen as Harry Sullivan) as the Ship's officer.

Jo wears: Light blue jacket over a lightweight pink sweater. Knee-length denim shorts which nearly meet her knee-length boots(!)

Jo moments: Jo uses her skeleton keys several times to escape a cabin she and the Doctor are locked into. She also gets locked into it, and escapes from it, alone. She gets to meet the Drashigs for the first time. She seems to come closer to success in convincing the passengers of the S.S. Bernice that they are trapped in some sort of timeloop than the Doctor is able to. On the downside, she seems to have tired easily while wandering through the Miniscope, and gets stuck in the swamp as the Drashigs are beginning to notice them.(perhaps the boots were a mistake). After having the great idea to return to the ship to get some rope to help them get down a shaft inside the machine, she gets captured by carelessly leaving her foot sticking out from behind a crate while hiding.

Jo lines: In quick succession in episode 2: "How does this thing work?" and "Looks like some sort of shaft." Later, "I'm sure we've been this way before" is quickly followed by "I feel so much better." In episode 4: "It's all right, I know the routine."
Best line: After the eradicator detachment heats the miniscope in a failed attempt to destroy it, as she is recovering from the heat Jo says to the Doctor "Not yet, I'm only half-cooked."

End result: Some fun moments for Jo, who shows her competence at times. The fun occurs inside the machine with the Doctor and Jo, but the best part is the intrigue of the Minorian tribunal.

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Frontier in Space

Aired 24 Feb-31 Mar 1973 (6 episodes) Written by Malcolm Hulke. Directed by Paul Bernard and David Maloney.

Jo and the Doctor attempt to find out who is trying to cause a war between Earth and Draconia. They spend much of the serial as prisoners of the various factions in the story, which seems a bit padded. The ending seems more like a cliffhanger for the non-existant episode seven than an end to the serial.

Jo wears: For episodes 1-2: Light blue jacket over a lightweight pink sweater. Knee-length denim shorts which nearly meet her knee-length boots(same outfit as in "Carnival of Monsters"). For episodes 3-6: Black wrap-around top(similar in style to the top of a karate outfit), matching loose black pants with a silver and black belt. Boots.

Jo moments: Not much in episodes 1-3. About all you can say is that Jo must have acute hearing: she hears the hypnosound before (and after) everyone else. For episodes 4-6, things get a bit better. She does an excellent job of carrying on a conversation by herself to distract the Master while the Doctor sneaks outside the ship. She conducts herself well in front of the rulers of Earth and Draconia. She is able to resist the Master's attempt to hypnotize her at the end of episode 5, and also resists the effects of the hypnosound device at the beginning of episode 6. She escapes from her cell by digging out with a spoon(!), but is recaptured(along with the Doctor and the others). They escape for the last time using the Master's hypnosound device, which she palmed during her last escape.

Jo lines: Early in episode 1: "a moment ago it seemed to change shape." Later on, "How long does it last?" Early in episode 2: "But we haven't done anything yet!" Ten minutes later: "well never mind about that." In episode three, reluctantly(and somewhat angrily) to the Master: "Very well, I'll come." Then in episode 5, to the Master: "Once was quite enough, thank-you." In episode 6, repeatedly: "It doesn't work on me anymore."
Best line: Early in episode 2, as they are being herded back into the cell on the freigher, Jo stops short and the Doctor bumps into her from behind. She says, in a playful voice: "Oooops! No need to push."

End result: The amount of time that Jo and the Doctor spend in the various cells leaves you wondering if the writer/production staff could have put that time to better use in telling the story.

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Planet of the Daleks

Aired 7 Apr-12 May 1973 (6 episodes) Written by Terry Nation. Directed by David Maloney.

This story opens with the cliff-hanger from the end of "Frontier in Space," although the story stands alone in its own right. The TARDIS, still under the control of the Timelords, takes the Doctor to Spiridon, a planet with hostile vegitation inhabited by an invisible race...and the site of a Dalek outpost. The Doctor teams with an expedition of Thals to prevent the Daleks discovering the secret of the Spiridon's invisibility. Only 5 of the 6 original episodes remain in the color version.

Jo wears: She opens the show in the black "karate" suit she wears in "Frontier in Space." She changes early in episode one into dark pants and a brown jacket with a light plaid pattern, over a somewhat Victorian blue shirt(lots of small buttons and the sleeves are mid-length). For awhile she wears a light colored leather trenchcoat (soon discarded) and mittens.

Jo moments: With the Doctor unconcious, Jo goes looking for help. She finds the Thal ship. On her way through the jungle she is infected by a fungus, spread by the plants. She is taken from the shuttle by a Spiridonian, who cures her of the fungus. Jo follows a Dalek patrol. The patrol finds the Thal's bomb cache, and sets them to detonate. As Jo is disarming them, a rock falls on her head, knocking her unconcious with one bomb still armed. She comes to just in time, and runs with the other 2 bombs, leaving one to explode(surely a better plan than taking all three...won't the Daleks be suspicious if there is no explosion?). Jo shows a lot of bravery by going with Latep into the jungle to lure a Dalek patrol into the trap the Doctor is setting. Jo hugs a Dalek (well, not really, but almost. :) She puts her hands on it as she tries to stay behind it). Jo and Latep deliver a bomb to the Dalek base by sliding down a rope in a ventilator shaft. Jo refuses Latep's offer to return to Skaro with her(thus avoiding another continuity question regarding the changes "Genesis of the Daleks" makes in Dalek history).

Jo lines: Episode 1: "Log...what log?" Episode 2: "Thank-you. I 'm very grateful to you." In Episode 4: "Well how are we going to do all that?" as well as "Can we come with you, Doctor?" and "You'll do...in a pinch."
Best line: From episode 3, the somewhat ambiguous "C'mon, lets do it. I'm freezing."

End result: Another mixed bag. An interesting story, it is really more about the Thal commando party than the Doctor and Jo. Enjoy it for the interaction among the commandos. Jo shows bravery, yet ends up unconscious twice... i.e. she is her usual self (perhaps selves would be a more accurate term).

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The Green Death

Aired 19 May-23 June 1973 (6 episodes) Written by Robert Sloman and Barry Letts(uncredited). Directed by Michael Briant.

A newspaper article and the discovery of a dead man with glowing green skin draw Jo and the Brigadier to a chemical plant near a closed underground coal mine. After the Doctor returns from Metabelis 3, he joins them into an investigation into the death. Just who is the BOSS at Global Chemicals, and what is Jo's interest in Professor Jones?

Jo wears: A lot, as they clean out her closet. She opens in a light tan pants suit with a cricketing sweater over a blue shirt. Then she switches into a deep red sweater and blue overalls, and her white feathery jacket for the ride in the Brigadier's car. Then she wears a blue mining bodysuit for her trip down the mine, then a rather fluffy purple frock back at the nuthatch. Then it is back into the sweater and overalls for a trip to the slag heap, complete with day-glo galoshes and blue/grey mittens(the Guardian-style feathery jacket returns too). Then a very nice grey sweater with some blue/white pants with a subdued floral pattern.

Jo moments: She stands up a bit to the Doctor early on, passing on the trip to Metabelis 3 to go to Wales to see Professor Jones. Reminiscent of her opening moments in Doctor Who, she stumbles her way around the Professor's lab, interfering with his experiments. She goes down the mine to help investigate the death, and ends up trapped. She finds the maggots, and then the Doctor finds her. They escape by climbing up a wastepipe into the Global Chemicals plant. Her first attempt to snog Jones is interrupted by the Brigadier and the Doctor. She is clumsy in the lab again, but this time her accident leads to the discovery of the cure for the "Green Death," (although Jones will be infected before he tells anyone). She goes to the slag heap by herself to capture a maggot to make up for her 'accident' in the lab(she doesn't know the benefitial effects of her accident at the time). After Jones follows her, they are trapped in a tunnel by an aerial attack on the maggots infesting the slag heap. Jones is knocked out(and infected), and Jo repairs her smashed radio to call for help. She gets her Uncle to make the nuthatch a UN priority one research establishment. She leaves the Doctor to marry Professor Jones.

Jo lines: Lots of interesting ones. To the Brigadier :"well a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do...sir." To the Professor: "Where can I go, for pete's sake?". Later "Oh, what are they doing up there, Bert?", a breathless "Can't we stop for a bit, Bert?" followed four minutes later by "Allright...I'll be as quick as I can." Later, these two in the same minute: "Doctor, it's not that I'm afraid exactly...." and "I just can't." Then two minutes later: "Now what?" Later on, in reference to Bert come two great ones, "If I'd have stayed, I might have been able to help him in some way" and "such a perky little man." These are followed by "Does it hurt?" and "Well, what now?" Later on, "Well, OK...What shall I do now?" Then the interestingly phrased "Cliff...please wake up, for my sake." Near the end, "Yes, I will" and "You don't mind, do you?"
Best line: Breathlessly, to the Doctor: "Doctor, there's a vibration in this pipe..can you feel it?"

End result: A fine departure episode. Jo's leaving is perhaps the most touching departure of a live companion in the whole series. The Doctor's slipping out and driving off into the darkness is a classic moment. The chemistry of Doctor and companion was quite strong between them, and the scene is quite fitting. The early moments of the relationship mirrors the first meeting of Jo and the Doctor(lab, clumsiness, interfering with an experiment, exasperation of the scientist) and was a truly inspired bit of writing. Even the tea lady bit makes an appearance, as Jo, in exasperation to an occupied Professor Jones makes a comment about him wanting someone to bring him tea(the Doctor had mistaken her for a tea lady in "Terror of the Autons." Her Uncle even pulls some strings again...this time with the much sadder result of Jo leaving the series. The story isn't bad, either, although it suffers in places from choppiness, as do all her stories.

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END SEASON 10.