The Five Doctors

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The Five Doctors
Daleks, Yeti, Cybermen… BINGO!

We watched the original broadcast version of The Five Doctors. Sadly, I couldn’t source an off-air copy with the Children in Need ticker running across the bottom of the screen. I hope this doesn’t invalidate the science at the heart of this experiment.

The Five DoctorsNicol: I’m not watching any William Hartnell with you. You can forget it.

Me: Be patient, Nicol.

Sue: Don’t worry, Nic. Neil’s promised me ...

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The Three Doctors

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The Three Doctors
Two’s company. Three’s a crowd…

As promised (or was it threatened?), here’s a video commentary featuring the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Doctors. We plan to record an edited video commentary per Doctor and I will be setting up a poll, where you can vote on which 4th Doctor story we tackle/ruin, in the very near future.

As a very special treat (or not) we are joined Sue’s brother, Gary and (for Episode Four) by her daughter, Nicol.

Normal service ...

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The Hartnell Years

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The Hartnell Years
Before we embark on the next phase of our journey, Sue looks back on the experiment so far…

The Scores

Because some of you requested it, here are Sue’s scores for all the Hartnell episodes in reverse order (and in transmission order if tied):

The Celestial Toymaker: “complete shite” – 0/10

The Web Planet: “I would have given it 0/10 if it wasn’t for the Spanish episode” – 1/10

The Edge of Destruction: “it certainly wasn’t boring” – 2/10

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The Tenth Planet

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The Tenth Planet
It’s taken us 86 episodes, 33 recons, two films that don’t count, and 32 blog updates to reach The Tenth Planet. But it’s far from being all over…

Episode 1

The Tenth PlanetSue: Yay! It’s The Tenth Planet! I know all about this one.

OK, it’s time for me to come clean. It would be fantastic if Sue had been oblivious to the significance attributed to this story, but she wasn’t. I ...

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The Smugglers

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The Smugglers
This week, the good wife watched The Smugglers. Jamaica? Yes, I did.

Episode 1

The SmugglersThe fourth season of Doctor Who kicks off where the third season left off – with Polly and Ben barging their way into the TARDIS.

Sue: Ben and Polly are very modern, compared to what we’ve seen in the series before. They are almost too modern. They may as well shout “Fab and groovy, man!” at the top ...

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The War Machines

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The War Machines
Susan Perryman Is Required…

Episode 1

The War MachinesSue: This one has Daleks written all over it. Even the titles look like a Dalek has written them. It’s so obvious.

When the Doctor complains about his irritable skin condition, which he only gets when he’s near a Dalek, Sue’s suspicions are confirmed. The Doctor decides that something is up to no good at the newly erected Post Office Tower (“It was probably ...

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The Savages

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The Savages
It’s the story no one likes to talk about. Is it because it’s tedious, missing or racist? It’s up to Sue to find out…

Episode 1

The SavagesSue: I miss the individual episode titles.

Me: Already? But at least you know what the story is called without having to ask.

Sue: I can’t read it properly – the background is too white. What does it say? The Sky Ages?

Me: This is proper Doctor Who. ...

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The Gunfighters

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The Gunfighters
After shooting down a so-called classic, Sue turns her attention to a story that has been saddled with a terrible reputation. Can you see what I did there?

A Holiday for the Doctor

The Gunfighters, as if you didn’t know, begins with a song.

Sue: This an interesting way to start an episode. We’ve never seen anything like this before.

Nicol: This isn’t Doctor Who. What is this?

I should tell you that my step-daughter watched this episode with us. Putting classic Doctor Who on ...

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The Celestial Toymaker

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The Celestial Toymaker
Sorry for the long delay between updates but we’ve been watching The Celestial Toymaker. Need I say more?

The Celestial Toyroom

Sue: Is there anything I should know about this one before we start?

Me: Well, a new producer has taken over the reins. He’s called Innes Lloyd and he’ll stick around a lot longer than the last one did. Another interesting fact is that the Doctor Who Appreciation Society named their monthly magazine after the title of this first episode.

Sue: Oh, ...

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The Ark

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The Ark
I tell Sue that The Ark is only two episodes long. I hope the risk to my own personal safety will be worth it…

The Steel Sky

Sue: Moving images again at last. And only two episodes as well. This should be a walk in the park.

This episode doesn’t piss about. The first thing we have to contend with is a Monoid.

Sue: That’s very sinister. Where’s its mouth?

Me: It doesn’t have a mouth.

Sue: It had better not talk, then. If I ever ...

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