Shada

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Shada
Beat you, cock…

Part One

I haven’t told Sue what we’re watching tonight, and I fully expect a cushion in the face.

ShadaSue: That’s what I’m looking for – the bloody exit. So what are we watching this week?

Tom Baker enters the Museum Of The Moving Image Doctor Who exhibit circa 1992.

Sue: Are we watching a Blue Peter special?

As Tom walks through the exhibition, he reels off the names of the Doctor’s enemies.

Tom Baker: Yeti, ...

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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 Tom Baker Years

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The Tom Baker Years
Before we embark on the next phase of our adventure, Sue looks back on the Tom Baker years…

The Scores

Here are Sue’s scores for Tom’s stories in reverse order (and in transmission order when tied):

The Invasion of Time: “Oh dear.” – 0/10

Underworld: “Am I allowed to give negative scores?” – 1/10

Image of the Fendahl: “I’ve forgotten it already.” – 2/10

Destiny of the Daleks: “I hated that.” – 2/10

The Creature from the ...

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Logopolis

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Logopolis
Peoples of the blogosphere, please attend carefully…

Logopolis DVDThe moment had been prepared for: Nicol had already agreed to watch this story with us, what with her being a mathematician and everything, and because she was going away this weekend, we planned on watching all four episodes on Thursday. But when 8:30pm rolled around, and I reached for my New Beginnings box set, I was in for a shock: the Logopolis ...

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The Keeper of Traken

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The Keeper of Traken
The 2nd Law of Traken: boredom increases…

Part One

The Doctor and Adric are chilling out in N-space…

The Keeper of TrakenSue: Tom Baker is knackered. Is this the story where they had to re-perm his hair? He looks terrible.

The TARDIS is heading for an empire where everybody is terribly nice to each other.

Sue: Traken sounds lovely. Boring but lovely.

Adric doesn’t understand why the TARDIS has decided to orbit Traken. And ...

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Warriors’ Gate

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Warriors’ Gate
Nope. We haven’t got a ****ing clue.

Part One

Warriors' GateSue: Steve Gallagher – why does that name ring a bell?

Me: You met him about 15 years ago. He came to our university to talk about scriptwriting. I think he was friends with Bryan and Mary Talbot.

Sue: Did you ask him a question about Doctor Who?

Me: No. I was too embarrassed.

Sue: That’s a shame. Oh well, I’m not worried about upsetting him. ...

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State of Decay

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State of Decay
Sue has promised not to use the word ‘penis’ on local radio again. Can she pull it off? Plus: vampires.

Part One

State of DecayThe story begins with a castle overlooking a village…

Sue: Is this one going to be a period drama? We haven’t had one of those for ages.

Inside the castle’s Tower, Sue is immediately drawn to Aukon.

Sue: It’s Fish from Marillion.

Me: Are you insane?

Sue: If Fish had a beard ...

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Full Circle

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Full Circle
Do do do do do dooooo doodle oo…

Part One

Full CircleThe Doctor and Romana are en route to Gallifrey…

Sue: Two K9s this week – how exciting is that? I bet they’ll conduct an extensive analysis of each other’s arses as soon as they meet.

Romana doesn’t want to go home.

Sue: Poor Romana. As soon as she gets back to Gallifrey, she should nick a TARDIS and bugger off again. I like her ...

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Meglos

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Meglos
We almost made it to the end without making a prick joke…

Part One

MeglosThe TARDIS is on its way to the planet Tigella. The Doctor has been there before.

Sue: It must have been uneventful or I’m sure I’d have been forced to sit through it.

On Tigella, three humanoids with blonde hair are trying to break into something.

Sue: Is it the Thals? Are the Daleks in this one? Have they finally learnt that ...

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The Leisure Hive

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The Leisure Hive
Shada was never broadcast. Get over it. Sue did.

Part One

The Leisure HiveSue: Ooh, new title sequence.

She’s very quick, my wife.

Sue: The theme music is very techno.

Sue thinks any up-tempo electronic music is ‘techno’. She can’t help it.

Sue: Why is Tom Baker snarling? Is he in pain?

I don’t have an answer for that.

Sue: Is somebody torturing him? Hmmm… I’m not sure about these new titles. It’s very eighties, isn’t it? ...

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