EARTHSHOCK

Part One Sue: Eric Saward. Why do I know that name? Me: He’s about to take over as script editor. Oh, and he wrote The Visitation. Sue: Script editor?! How did that happen? The Visitation was rubbish! The first episode of Earthshock begins on Earth. Sue: These paintballers have some serious kit. They’ve got an…

BLACK ORCHID

Part One I select ‘Play All’ on the DVD. It’s how I get my kicks these days. The story begins with a murder. Sue: Blimey, this one isn’t messing around, is it? Straight in with a death; no pissing about. The editing isn’t very good, though. The gurgling noise doesn’t match the victim’s lips. Not…

THE VISITATION

Part One Yes, for the first time since The Three Doctors, Sue’s older brother, Gary, has decided to join us for an episode or two. Sue: It’s 1982, Gary. How old would you have been? Gary: 26. Me: What were you doing on Mondays and Tuesdays at 7pm, Gary? Gary: If I told you that,…

KINDA

Part One Sue: Kinda. Me: It’s Kinda, actually. Sue: As in Kinder Surprise? Me: Yes. Sue: Why the weird titles all of a sudden? What happened to Planet of the Whatsits or The Whatsits of Doom? You know where you are with a title like that. On the planet Deva Loka, all the stinky kids…

FOUR TO DOOMSDAY

Part One Sue: I’m sorry but I missed the title. I was distracted by Tegan. Me: Tegan isn’t in the titles. Sue: The cat, you idiot. So what’s this one called? Me: Hang on, I’ll rewind it. Sue: No, just tell me. Me: Four to Doomsday. Sue: I beg your pardon? Me: Four to Doomsday.…

CASTROVALVA

Part One Sue: Bloody hell, he’s still Tom Baker. Me: We’ve never had a recap like this before. Sue: Yes we have. We get them all the time. Me: Not before the opening titles we don’t. Sue: Oh yeah, I forgot about them. Give me strength. The Watcher merges with the Doctor. Nyssa: So he…

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…