' Entropy, is the slow, irreversible process of breakdown and decay whereby a complex, energetic system inevitably degrades into a simpler, more static one. '
The obvious theme that runs through this story is entropy. From the Doctor mentioning it in reference to the Tardis, to the universe itself suffering from it. It could also very strongly argued that this incarnation of the Doctor himself suffers from the effects of entropy . The Doctor is not healthy in mind, body, or spirit. He is thin and haggard, and very audibly groans when kneeing onto the floor to offer Adric " a leg up " to the top of the police box that they are measuring. He also seems depressed and very absent-minded, not at all on top of his game and makes mention of it himself several times in the story ," I have a feeling I'm over looking the obvious . " and " I'm an ignorant old Doctor and I've made a mistake .".
Any other time we would find the Doctor in his control room busy fiddling with knobs and switches, but not here. Here we find him pacing the chapel, muttering to himself about chameleon circuits and snapping at Adric for disturbing him.
This incarnation is suffering. This incarnation has entropy. This incarnation of the Doctor is dying, thus the appearance of the Watcher . The Watcher was more waiting than watching , but calling him "The Waiter " just sounds silly. What the Watcher is not expecting is that our incarnation of the Doctor is above all ,a very stubborn man, especially when the grim reaper comes knocking at his door. " I WILL NOT LOSE ! ! "
As for the story line- not a bad idea , but not a new one.
" In the nineteenth century, a popular scientific notion suggested that entropy was gradually increasing, and therefore the universe was running down and eventually all motion would cease. " Since this is not an essay that I'm being graded on ( I hope ) I won't bother with my source- you can look that up yourself.
The author of the story took that theory, twisted it around a bit , tossed it onto paper and called it science fiction. The idea of taking the entropy pollution and shoving it into another universe- also not new. People do this sort of thing everyday when they toss a burger wrapper out the car window while driving down the road. Lets keep in mind that Doctor Who is science fantasy. That was the beauty of it. It could go anywhere, anyplace, anytime. The idea that the Logoplians could maintain the universe or create matter by muttering numbers? Why not ? I've read and watched crazier things.None of this is real , nor will it ever be and sometimes you just have to go with it.
So the Doctor wants to flood the tardis to flush out the Master ? Remember the Doctor is not thinking clearly and even so, the tardis being the magical fantasy box that it is can handle this. If she can remodel herself , travel through E-space and out of space and time, I'm sure a few fish and shopping trolleys wouldn't be a problem.
The Master always feels a need to include the Doctor into whatever dastardly deed he has cooked up to take over the universe. It's his thing, it's what he does and it makes him a happy little villain to show the Doctor how bad he can be and dares him to stop it. The Doctor always takes that dare.That's the Doctor's thing, it's what he does.
Now, about those companion problems.....
Nyssa comes into this story after the Doctor receives a message from her seeking after her father and we are led to believe that the Doctor sends the Watcher to fetch her to Logopolis. It's HOW the Watcher brings her to Logopolis that is never explained. The Watcher must have a magic carpet rolled up in his Luke Skywalker gear that he is wearing. She then does... well...nothing , really, other than stupidly note that her father is younger and colder. Then tries to throttle Adric ( which needed to be done ) without a flicker of remorse . She doesn't even attempt to try to stop herself or look surprised about doing this until she tries to throttle the Monitor in the same way.
Tegan,( another bright bulb in this trio of boring companions that the production team was force feeding to the audience ) her voice is shrill , she is overly concerned with sweatshops and spends most of the story whining to get back home. I find this odd because at the first chance to getting closer to home ,she hops off the tardis to follow the Doctor for no reason other than " he's my ticket back to earth" . I also love the fact that she walks into a police box on the side of the road and immediately decides it's a ship and looks for a pilot. Go figure.
Adric , oh Adric . Smarmy is the first word that comes to mind, there are a few others but I'll try to be nice. If i were the Doctor and had Adric to look forward to as a companion, I would have begged the Master to throw me off the radar tower.
Mr. Baker gave a perfect performance for the mood and setting of the story. From the moment he see's the Watcher , he knows what's coming , he knows that he is going to die.
His performance was sad , tense and made your heart go out to the incarnation that was once so filled with life and laughter. That final wonderful grin as he lay dying under the tower - perfect. No tears, no long goodbyes- he hated goodbyes and we hated to say goodbye. I don't think we ever will.
Are you suggesting coconuts migrate?