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 “Black Orchid”
Tread Perilously‘s celebration of Doctor Who‘s 60th anniversary continues with the Fifth Doctor story called “Black Orchid.”
In a case of mistaken identity, The Doctor ends up playing cricket with a British lord in 1925. But when the lord discovers Nyssa looks just like his fiancée, he invites the TARDIS crew up to his manor for drinks and a costume ball. Unfortunately, the manor is also home to an unknown horror who escapes his bonds, steals the Doctor’s fancy dress costume, and tries to kidnap the lord’s bride-to-be. Is there more to the story? And why won’t Lady Cranleigh alibi The Doctor when he’s accused of murdering a butler?
Justin’s love for Mrs. J continues. Erik reveals the Doctor Who Magazine reader poll standings for Fifth Doctor stories. A new slogan for banh mi appears. Justin shares a theory about gothic horror. His appreciation for the Fifth Doctor era continues to develop. Erik lauds the concept behind the story, but criticizes a lot of the execution. The pair try to make sense of cricket. Sting and Trudy make a surprise appearance. A debate about the South American native character occurs. The unseen “Smutty” becomes key to everything, and Nyssa, as a character, finally gets examined.