SHADA

Part One I haven’t told Sue what we’re watching tonight, and I expect a cushion in the face when she eventually finds out. Sue: 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? Tom begins…

THE FIVE DOCTORS

We watched the original broadcast version of The Five Doctors. Unfortunately, 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 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…

LOGOPOLIS

Part One Tom Baker’s final story begins in a motorway layby. Sue: Whenever I look at the TARDIS, I notice different things about it. Today, I’m fixated on the pink and cream tinting in the glass. Nicol: I’m starting to worry about you, mother. Me: Don’t worry, Nicol. It isn’t even a real TARDIS. The…

THE KEEPER OF TRAKEN

Part One The Doctor and Adric are chilling out in N-Space. Sue: Tom Baker is knackered. Is this the story where they had to perm his hair? He looks terrible. The TARDIS is heading for an empire where everybody is terribly nice to one another. Sue: Traken sounds lovely. Boring, but lovely. Adric doesn’t understand…

WARRIORS’ GATE

Part One Sue: Steve Gallagher. Why does that name ring a bell? Me: You met him 15 years ago. He came to our university to talk about scriptwriting. 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…

STATE OF DECAY

Part One This story begins in a castle overlooking a village. Sue: Is this one going to be a period drama? We haven’t had one of those for ages. Sue is immediately drawn to Aukon. Sue: It’s Fish from Marillion. Me: Are you insane? Sue: If Fish had a beard and a wig, he would…

FULL CIRCLE

Part One The Doctor and Romana are en route to Gallifrey. Sue: That must mean 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. However, Romana doesn’t want to go home. Sue: Poor Romana. As soon as she gets back,…

MEGLOS

Part One The TARDIS is heading for Tigella, a planet the Doctor has visited previously. Sue: It must have been uneventful or you would’ve made me sit through it, Neil. On Tigella, three humanoids with fair hair are attempting to break into something. Sue: Are they Thals? Are the Daleks in this one? Have they…

THE LEISURE HIVE

Part One Sue: Ooh, new title sequence. She’s quick, my wife. Sue: The theme music is very techno. Sue thinks any up-tempo electronic music is techno. Sue: Why is Tom Baker snarling? Is he in pain? I don’t have an answer to that. Sue: Is somebody torturing him? Hmm… I’m not sure about these new…