Tread Perilously is a podcast in which hosts Erik Amaya and author Justin Robinson watch the “worst” episodes of popular TV shows, attempting to determine if they would continue to watch the series based on the most off-key moments.
This Week: Doctor Who‘s “The Deadly Assassin”
Tread Perilously celebrates the 60th Anniversary of Doctor Who with two straight months of that very special programme. First up: “The Deadly Assassin.”
When The Doctor is summoned back to Gallifrey, he has a vision of the Lord President being assassinated. His attempts to foil the plot are ignored, and he soon becomes the prime suspect in the murder. But to save his life, he nominates himself to replace the slain head of state. Will The Doctor end up leading his own people? Will he discover the true assassin and the real shape of the conspiracy? And will an old foe appear from the shadows for one more tussle with the Time Lord?
Justin has complicated feelings toward this story. Erik revels in the Robert Holmes script, although even he admits there are problems with Episode 3. He also attempts a Tom Baker impression. The lack of a companion is quite noticeable. Justin admits he’s just not that into The Master. A Bane discussion, naturally, occurs. Justin attempts to understand key points of Doctor Who continuity. The Hi-Hats’ place in The Warriors gets examined. A curious idea about Gallifrey itself comes into play, and an attempt is made to grasp Time Lord politics.