Doctor Who – Tori Amos on The Big Breakfast – tape 1666

Not quite synchronized with Doctor Who on Twitch, but it’s close, on this tape is The Ribos Operation, the first story in the Key to Time series, an entire series which had an overall theme, the first time it had been done on Doctor Who.

You can see why Tom Baker grew to dislike K9, as the show was always contriving to have him on the floor to get them both in shot.

The Tardis darkens suddenly, then there’s a strange yellow light and the door opens.

The Doctor has been summoned by the White Guardian, who tells him he must find the six pieces of the Key to Time.

He’s also given an assistant, Romanadvoratrelundar. “I’m sorry, is there anything we can do?”

Meanwhile, on the planet where the first piece of the key is to be found, we meet some of the inhabitants. There’s lots of Russian inspired costumes. There’s some men guarding some crown jewels.

They have a guard dog of some sort (they call it that Shrivenzale).

There’s a pair of ne’er-do-wells breaking into the vault. One is Garron, played by Iain Cuthbertson.

The other is Unstoffe, played by Nigel Plaskitt. His face might not be familiar, but his name might be – he played Hartley Hare in Pipkins.

Garron meets with the Graf Vynda K, who’s interested in buying the planet. I’m not entirely sure he’s authorized to sell them.

Meanwhile, Unstoffe is putting something into the crown jewels. A glowing blue jewel of Jethrik.

The Doctor and Romana arrive, looking for the Key to Time, which, of course, is somewhere in the crown jewels room. So there’s a cliffhanger as they’re menaced by the Shrivanzale.

The guard of the jewels is Prentis Hancock, Paul Morrow off of Space 1999.

There’s some soothsaying

Unstoffe meets Binro the Heretic. He’s a heretic because he believes the lights in the sky are not ice crystals, but other worlds.

In the middle of episode 3, just after the ad break, I clearly had a fat finger moment, as there’s a few seconds of a new recording. Sounds like Kirsty Wark so might be Newsnight or The Last Show. It’s old footage of nurses.

We get to see the Shrivenzale in full attack.

After this story, recording switches to Channel 4 and there’s Paula Yates talking to Tori Amos.

There’s also Peter Smith reading the news, the person I failed to recognise on the Star Trek Night.

After this short clip, the recording stops, and underneath there’s the leftovers of the previous UK Gold recording. It’s a film called The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry. I’ve no idea what it’s about, but it appears that George Sanders is a helpless bachelor, and his sisters are looking after him. They get very protective when he starts seeing a beautiful young woman.

It ends with this plea to viewers.

I’m not sure it needed that, because I have no idea what happened at the end.

Here’s how the plot went: Harry, an ineffectual bachelor, has started a romance with a beautiful woman, and his younger sister is upset that their close family might be breaking up, so she contrives to keep Harry at home by feigning illness.

As a result of this, his girlfriend, Deborah, breaks off the relationship.

Harry discovers some poison, and learns that younger sister Hettie had administered it to their old dog.

So Harry puts the poison in some hot chocolate for Hettie, but she takes it up to older sister Hester, who dies.

Hettie is then arrested and tried for her murder. Even when, late in the trial, Harry tries to confess, nobody believes him. And Hettie seems happy to go to the gallows.

This is where it gets a bit weird, because we then cut to Harry, sitting in a chair looking at the poison bottle. He opens it and pours out the contents. Then there’s footsteps approaching the door from outside, and… It’s Deborah.

She hadn’t gone off and married another man, And then, bafflingly, dead sister Hester pops her head round the door, expresses surprise at seeing Deborah, and everyone is happy.

I was so confused by this ending I checked on Wikipedia, and according to the scholars there “to satisfy the Motion Picture Production Code, everything from the discovery of the poison bottle turns out to be imaginary.” So that’s about the last 30 minutes of the film. Bizzare.

After this movie, UK Gold gives way to What’s In Store, for some home shopping. The first product is a golf club trainer, The Medicus, that bends when you swing too fast.

The last one is one we’ve seen before, The Europainter. The tape ends during this commercial presentation.


  • Allinson
  • Asda
  • Dolmio
  • Wall’s Romantica
  • Daz – Danny Baker
  • Telemillion
  • On Deadly Ground in cinemas
  • VW Golf
  • VW Passat
  • Oxo
  • Bird’s Eye Country Club Cuisine
  • Mini Babybel
  • Crunchy Nut Cornflakes
  • Telemillion – Roy Chubby Brown
  • Anadin Extra
  • Daz – Danny Baker
  • Sunkist
  • Telemillion – Roy Chubby Brown
  • Fruit & Fibre
  • Bird’s Eye Steakhouse Crispy Chicken
  • Bold
  • Direct Debit
  • Somerfield/Gateway
  • Avon
  • Galaxy
  • BT
  • Carex
  • Haze
  • TSB
  • Avon
  • Sainsbury’s
  • Wilkinson Sword Protector
  • Pantene
  • PAL
  • Hoover
  • Telemillion – Roy Chubby Brown
  • Primula
  • Clunk Click
  • trail: Oscar Weekend – Bob Monkhouse

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