The Web of Fear Redux

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The Web of Fear Redux
It ain’t over yeti…

Episode 1

I drop the first bombshell less than thirty seconds into the episode.

Sue: What do you mean, I’ve seen this episode before? What are you trying to do to me, Neil? A divorce won’t be good for the book. You do know that, don’t you?

I offer to let her watch the first episode in silence, just like we did with The Enemy of the World Episode 3. She agrees. And then she won’t shut up.

Sue: This ...

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The Enemy of the World Redux

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The Enemy of the World Redux
Sue agrees to give this rediscovered story wan more chonce…

Sue: It’s almost as if they were waiting for our book to go to print before they announced it!

That was Sue’s reaction to the news that an undisclosed number of missing episodes of Doctor Who had miraculously turned up out of the blue. It was incredible. No one had suspected a thing.

Sue: Neil? Why are you crying? Neil? Are you all right?

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The Two Doctors

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The Two Doctors
From Seville to Savile…

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, I’d delete this week’s episode of Homeland from the PVR.

I cue up the DVD’s Episode Selection screen…

Sue: It’s three episodes. But that ...

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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 Troughton Years

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

The Scores

Here are Sue’s scores for all the Troughton episodes 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 Tomb of ...

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The War Games

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The War Games
Oh my giddy aunt, it’s the end of an era!

Episode One

Sue: Is this the fabled ten-parter that I’ve heard so much about?

Me: Yes it is, but don’t get fixated on that. The really big news is that we have a brand new producer at the helm – Derrick Sherwin.

Sue: Bit of a strange time to take over the reins, isn’t it? It’s like the Moff taking over to produce David Tennant’s last story. How very strange.

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The Space Pirates

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The Space Pirates
This is a big one: the last recons and the final missing piece in my own personal Doctor Who jigsaw. What could go wrong?

Me: We should probably tell our readers about your encounter with Michael Bublé.

Sue: There isn’t anything to tell. I was working with the backstage crew and you don’t mix with the talent. I was within a few feet of him but I didn’t speak to him.

Me: So you just haven’t met him yet? Boom-boom-tish!. Ay thang yew.

Sue: Never meet ...

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The Seeds of Death

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The Seeds of Death
It’s time for ‘Now That’s What I Call 1960s Doctor Who…’ with returning monsters! A base under siege! Foam! A holiday for the Doctor! More foam! Silly trousers! Did I mention the foam?

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 ...

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The Krotons

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The Krotons
This week’s experiment is a family affair…

Episode One

The KrotonsMe: This is the very first Patrick Troughton story I ever saw.

I explain to Sue how the fabled Five Faces repeat season finally enabled me to watch the 2nd Doctor strut his stuff after I’d spent several years idly dreaming about it.

Me: And thanks to Simon Harries, we are watching the original off-air recordings! This is exactly how I would have seen ...

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