THE COLIN BAKER YEARS

The Scores Here are Sue’s scores for Colin’s stories in reverse order (transmission order if tied): The Twin Dilemma: “What were they thinking?” – 1/10 Timelash: “Horrendous.” – 2/10 The Mark of the Rani: “A boring mess.” – 3/10 Revelation of the Daleks: “The Doctor did bugger all.” – 4/10 Trial 4: The Ultimate Foe:…

THE ULTIMATE FOE

Part Thirteen Sue: Yay! Robert Holmes is back. Thank heavens for that. The Doctor wants to know who’s been tampering with the Matrix. Sue: It’s him! The Valeyard bloke. It’s obvious. Two capsules arrive on the Time Lords’ space station. One of them contains Sabalom Glitz. Sue: Excellent. The other contains Melanie Bush. Sue: Is…

TERROR OF THE VERVOIDS

Part Nine A visibly upset Doctor prepares to mount his defence. Sue: I can’t believe they killed Peri. The bastards. The Doctor: My excursion will be into the future. Sue: I thought the last one was set in the future? It didn’t look very historical to me. She doesn’t get it. Not yet. The Doctor’s…

MINDWARP

Part Five Sue: They should do a recap for every episode. It’s really helpful. Hey, what happened to Robert Holmes? Me: It’s Philip Martin’s turn to take over for a bit. Sue: The Gangsters man? That’s okay. He’s pretty good. Pretty good? Pretty good? PRETTY GOOD?! The episode begins on the Time Lords’ space station.…

THE MYSTERIOUS PLANET

Before we begin the longest story in Doctor Who‘s history, I have a confession to make. Sue: Is this Colin’s last story or not? Me: Yes, it is. But… Sue: But what? Me: It’s 14 episodes long. Crash zoom on Sue’s face. Sue: HOW MANY EPISODES?! Me: Calm down, calm down. It’s not so bad.…

REVELATION OF THE DALEKS

Part One The story begins on the snowy wastes of Necros. Sue: Peri is wearing sensible clothes again. I bet a million dads all switched off at once. Peri clambers over the frozen wasteland so she can reach a nearby pond. Sue: What the **** is she doing? Are the toilets backed up on the…

TIMELASH

Part One Sue: Glen McCoy. Any relation to Sylvester? Me: No. He wrote two episodes of Angels – which were seminal – but he’s probably best known for his crisps. Sue: Really? Me: No. Timelash begins on the TARDIS. Sue: I don’t believe it. Peri is wearing something sensible for a change. The Doctor and…

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 MARK OF THE RANI

Before we tackled The Mark of the Rani, there were some surprises in store for us in the jungle. The first shock came on Friday night when it became clear that Colin Baker couldn’t wait to leave. The second shock arrived on Saturday when Sue saw Colin topless for the first – and hopefully last…

VENGEANCE ON VAROS

Even though he failed to endure Night of the Mini-Macra, and he dances like a Pussycat Doll with a urinary tract infection, Colin Baker has still captured Sue’s heart. Sue: He hasn’t put a foot wrong. It’s a pity he was too fat to enter that sewer, which is ironic when you think about it,…