Six Smart Women Discussing Doctor Who

It’s Lynne’s turn to do a hindsight-check. Join Deb, Katrina, and Lynne as they take a look back at the 3rd Doctor story “The Mutants”. (No, not the 1st Doctor story “The Mutants”. We call that “The Daleks”. Deal with it.)

Have you rewatched this story recently? If so, what did you think, and how did that compare with how you felt about it in the first place? Drop us a tweet or let us know in the comments!


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Extra-special thanks to this week’s editor, Steven Schapansky of Castria!
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Comments on: "Episode 234 – The (Not-at-all New) Mutants" (2)

  1. Scott Boswell said:

    Hi Verities!! I know you were bored, but I enjoyed your review, mainly because I agree with it! Hahaha! What I liked most is that you highlighted Rick Jones’ performance. While it’s not a great story, ‘Perceived Fan Wisdom’ over the years has ripped into that performance, and I’ve never understood why. In fact, it is one of the story’s saving graces. This is one of the best roles a black actor had in Classic Who; he gets to have some range in his arc, he has a sense of humor, and lives to the end! I wish I could know what Noel Clarke said.

  2. Paul Bristow said:

    I used to have a problem with Rick James’ performance, and I put it down to his açcent and vocal rhythms being so ‘weird’. I later read something that mentioned the part was written as Cockney and played by a man with a strong Jamaican accent. Penny drop! Not only was only accustomed to hearing that accent speaking certain kinds of dialogue – basically, stereotypical Jamaican or “black Londoner” dialogue in comedies – but here I was hearing Cockney dialect stripped of the accent and rhythms that make it flow. If they had “de-Cockneyed” the lines a bit and let him rephrase things to suit his natural delivery, it probably would have helped.

    Watching the story now, *all* the performances seem stilted at times, as if the whole story was rushed into studio without enough rehearsal.

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