Logopolis
Episode / January 29, 2016

Aired on: 28 February – 21 March 1981 After a season of adventures fixated on entropy and decay, the inevitable and almost-preordained demise of the Fourth Doctor finally arrives in ‘Logopolis.’ After an immense seven years in the role that ingrained him in the public consciousness as the definitive Doctor, Tom Baker departs with a monumental performance in a story which fittingly sees the entire universe under impending doom alongside his character. Despite the lengthy foreshadowing, ‘Logopolis’ falters in a couple of respects. To begin, the Fourth Doctor’s death sequence is somewhat of a contentious one given how much the season has been building towards it. He sacrifices his life to save the universe, a grand sentiment in any scenario, but having Tom Baker leave by falling off of a satellite seems like a missed opportunity for such a charismatic lead. At the same time, the inclusion of the Watcher as an intrinsic part of the Doctor overseeing the transition is an incredibly intriguing notion, but there’s simply not enough explanation given to why this being is here at this particular regeneration. Even if the Doctor claims that the moment has been prepared for, it’s hard to believe that he…