Earthshock

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Earthshock
So, did she cry or did she cheer? The verdict is in…

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!

EarthshockThe first episode of Earthshock begins on Earth.

Sue: These paintballers have some serious kit. They’ve got an Igloo tent for a start. I’ve always wanted an ...

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Black Orchid

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Black Orchid
We watched it twice! Spiffing, what?

Part One

Black OrchidI 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 a good start.

Meanwhile, Sarah Sutton is fast asleep…

Sue: Eh? Is Nyssa dreaming ...

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The Visitation

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The Visitation
We have a visitor. Plus: exciting book news!

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, you wouldn’t be able to print it.

Moving swiftly on…

Sue: Ahhh, wood. Lots and lots of wood. I love the historical stories, you ...

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Kinda

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Kinda
SILENCE! Sue has something important to say…

Part One

KindaSue: 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 are chilling outside the TARDIS.

Sue: I thought Nyssa was supposed to be dead or something?

Me: No, ...

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Four to Doomsday

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Four to Doomsday
I really hate this experiment sometimes…

Part One

Four to DoomsdayA spaceship is travelling between the stars…

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.

Sue: Numbers or letters?

Me: Both.

Sue: Anything to do with Douglas ...

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Castrovalva

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Castrovalva
All change…

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.

CastrovalvaGive me strength…

The Watcher merges with the Doctor.

Nyssa: So he was the Doctor all the time.

Sue: It doesn’t make any sense to me. It’s a very disappointing regeneration. And it’s not nice seeing ...

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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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