THE TWO DOCTORS

I wanted Nicol to watch at least one Colin Baker episode with us and The Two Doctors seemed like the safest bet. It’s a story about vegetarianism (Nicol has been meat-free for the last year) and it’s set in an exotic location (she likes Spain). And if she didn’t agree to watch it with us,…

THE FIVE DOCTORS

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. Nicol: I’m not watching any William Hartnell with you. You can forget…

THE THREE DOCTORS

As promised (or was it threatened?), here’s a video commentary featuring the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Doctors. As a very special treat (or not) we are joined Sue’s brother, Gary and (for Episode Four) by her daughter, Nicol. Normal service will be resumed next week, when we will celebrate this experiment’s first anniversary. Adventures with…

THE TROUGHTON YEARS

The Scores Here are Sue’s scores for Troughton’s stories in reverse order (and in transmission order if tied): The Dominators: “Just dreadful” – 1/10 The Space Pirates: “Well that was shit” – 1/10 The Underwater Menace: “That was bonkers. And a little bit shit” – 2/10 The Wheel in Space: “Flabby, drawn-out rubbish” – 2/10…

THE WAR GAMES

Episode One Sue: Is this the fabled 10-parter I’ve heard so much about? Me: It is, but don’t get fixated on that. The bigger news is there’s a new producer at the helm – Derrick Sherwin. Sue: Bit of a strange time to take over the reins, isn’t it? That would be like the Moff…

THE SPACE PIRATES

Episode One Me: I hate to break it to you, Sue, but we’ve got some more recons to watch. Sue: You’ve been putting this story off for ages. That’s always a bad sign. Me: It’s got a terrible reputation, but this is still a big moment for me. Because once we get through The Space…

THE SEEDS OF DEATH

Episode One Sue: It’s just the two of us again, just the way it should be. Me: You should probably tell Gary to avoid any Doctor Who conventions for a while. Just until the fuss dies down. The Seeds of Death takes place in the future. You can tell it’s the future because the guest…

THE KROTONS

Episode One Me: This is the first Patrick Troughton story I ever saw. I tell Sue everything she needs to know about the BBC’s fabled Five Faces repeat season. And then I keep going. Me: And thanks to Simon Harries, we’re watching the original off-air recordings! This is exactly how I would have seen this…

THE INVASION

Because The Invasion is split across two DVDs, the menu screen leads my wife down the garden path. Sue: Four episodes. Excellent. I know I’ll pay for it later, but for now I decide not to correct her mistake. Sue: Does it move? Me: Yes. Episode One Sue: What the hell is this? You said…