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A legendary foe contests the ascension of a Keeper Elect in the first ever serial to feature an aubergine

The Fourth Doctor and now sole companion Adric are summoned by the Keeper of Traken, a millennia old chap in a teleporting armchair, and told that something terribly evil and dangerous is afoot on his home world. A Melkur, an alien creature thought to be malevolent, recently landed on the paradisiacal planetoid and was promptly petrified, and because the locals are such a friendly bunch they’ve nominated one of the three women on the planet to leave flowers at its feet at regular intervals.

The Keeper is the ruler of Traken, and is strong with The Source and super-powered by a device, amazingly named The Source Manipulator. This machine controls everything including the weather and guarantees endless happiness for the inhabitants. Alas, the Keeper’s life is soon to come to an end and a new Keeper has been appointed in the form of paternal figure and single scientific chap, Tremas. Does democracy mean anything to these people, though? Will Tremas ever get to be a Keeper? And is the Melkur truly petrified or is some legendary Whovian baddie residing within?

 

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Here's what we think of C115 The Keeper of Traken

We rate Doctor Who stories on a scale from 0.0 to 5.0. For context, very few are excellent enough to merit a 5.0 in our minds, and we'd take a 0.0 Doctor Who story over a lot of other, non-Whovian stuff out there.

Leon | @ponken

3.7

Jim | @jimmythewho

3.0

Here's what we think of C115 The Keeper of Traken

We rate Doctor Who stories on a scale from 0.0 to 5.0. For context, very few are excellent enough to merit a 5.0 in our minds, and we'd take a 0.0 Doctor Who story over a lot of other, non-Whovian stuff out there.

Leon | @ponken

3.7

Jim | @jimmythewho

3.0

Here's what you think One Response to “C115 The Keeper of Traken”
  1. Ben / Tanz

    A few notes in reaction to your podcast.
    1) Traken is a Union of star systems, not a single planet or city. The Doctor and Adric are brought to its capitol city, where they have a small compound, including the Source Manipulator, the council chambers and residences, and the gardens.
    As it is just the capitol, when he’s not there he could be at any number of other planets within (or without) the Union. Or he could be in a palace with topless servants ala Tommy Chong in “Yellowbeard.”
    2) The counsel of Five are the ones who disseminate the Keepers orders, and they are the pool from which the new Keeper is selected. I assumed they were elected to that position, and that events took place so quickly they haD to choose another successor from among themselves when Tremas, and later Kassia, were disqualified.
    3) Nyssa is Tremas’ daughter. I thought it was mentioned directly, but I may be remembering the novelisation.
    4) In the time between “The Deadly Assassin” and “The Keeper of Traken”, the dessicated Master built a machine with which he could meld with another body, taking over that person. He had planned to do this to the Doctor, thus waiting all those years in the garden, biding his time (Or maybe he was still perfecting the machine), but settled on Tremas as his time was almost up, and he had missed the Doctor.
    Tremas didn’t grow another heart; the Master remained human (or non-gallifreyan). This was/will be made clear in the twentieth anniversary special, “The Five Doctors”, when the Time Lords enlist the Master’s help by offering him “a complete set of new regenerations” in exchange, confirming he cannot regenerate from his current form. (PUT A PIN IN THIS)
    5) The feedback from the Source Manipulator failing was absorbed by the Melkur, i.e. the Master’s first TARDIS, which is why the Melkur sat on the throne, and not the Master. The grandfather clock was the Master’s second (backup) TARDIS.

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