The Executioners

The Chase begins with a lengthy TARDIS scene, which warms the cockles of Sue’s heart.

Sue: I like this a lot. Everyone’s chilling out. It’s a relaxing Sunday afternoon on the TARDIS, and the kid is moaning to the grown-ups because she’s bored.

The gag about Ian’s book of monsters being too far-fetched goes down well, and, some wobbly camera work aside (“Did they install speed bumps in the studio?”), Sue laps up the witty repartee.

Sue: Are you sure this is ...

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The Space Museum

As I slip the DVD into our PS3, I sigh. Loudly.

Sue: That doesn’t sound very promising.
Me: Sorry. Ignore me. I don’t want to prejudice you in any way.
Sue: You already have. Give it to me straight: how long and how bad?
Me: It’s short. Four parts. The first part is pretty good, actually. As for the other three episodes, well, it’s incredibly tedious. And that’s hardly a spoiler. You’d have to be clinically insane to make ...

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The Lion

We had to watch this episode twice.

I’d love to tell you Sue adored it so much we decided to wallow in its glorious splendour again, but the sad truth is we had to re-watch it for an array of complicated reasons which I will bore you with now.

First of all, our mutual friend, Simon ‘Rula’ Harries, came to stay for the weekend, and late on Friday night I temporarily took leave of my senses and suggested he join us ...

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The Web Planet

The Web PlanetSue: Is the print damaged? It looks awful. Couldn’t they clean this one up?
Me: They have cleaned it up.
Sue: So why does it look like shit?
Me: Because they smeared a tub of Vaseline over the camera lens.
Sue: Vaseline? Are you joking?
Me: Fraid not. In fact, there’s a rumour that the DVD was delayed because they accidentally removed the blur when ...

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The Slave Traders

Sue: Have we skipped an episode?

Sue can’t believe yesterday’s cliffhanger has somehow resulted in a luxurious holiday for four in Italy.

Sue: Poor Susan. She would have loved this. It’s so unfair.

There’s a wonderful moment where Hartnell pretends to forget Ian’s surname, and the perfectly executed gag makes Sue laugh out loud.

Sue: Is it supposed to be a comedy?
Me: Yes, it is.
Sue: Seriously? This is a comedy?
Me: Yes, it’s a serious comedy. Just you wait and ...

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The Powerful Enemy

Things get off to a pretty good start with some excellent banter in the TARDIS. And then the Doctor accidentally asks Susan to open the doors.

Sue: Ah, bless him. I want to give the Doctor a big cuddle.

Barbara feels the same way, and when she carefully places herself in the role of surrogate granddaughter, Sue is genuinely touched.

Sue: That was really sweet. I’m glad they’re referring to it, too. I was worried that Susan would be swept under ...

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World’s End

Large chunks of this episode are taken up with an exasperated Sue moaning about how the TARDIS crew haven’t noticed a huge, ominous sign that warns the public against throwing dead bodies into a river. It could be a lot worse. It could be a poster for Sugar Puffs.

Sue: You’d have to be blind not to notice that sign! It’s moments like this that make me despair. Ian is practically staring at the bloody thing!

It takes an anachronistic looking ...

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Planet of Giants

Sue is fascinated by the TARDIS crew’s new costumes.

Sue: Barbara looks like a dental nurse; Ian is going for a job interview; Susan is looking forward to spending some time on a farm; and the Doctor’s got himself a shiny new cloak. It’s all go, isn’t it?

Planet of GiantsSue identifies several parallels with The Edge of Destruction, mainly because the TARDIS appears to be on the blink ...

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A Land of Fear

I stun Sue with a confession.

Me: I’ve never seen this story before.

She spits a mouthful of hot coffee over our kitten, Tegan.

Me: It isn’t my fault! I didn’t have a VHS player when they released this story. And bits of it are missing, of course.
Sue: What do you mean, bits of it are missing?
Me: Two episodes out of six – episodes four and five to be precise – are missing from the archives. We’ll have ...

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Strangers in Space

The SensoritesThe Sensorites begins with an incongruous scene which features our heroes fondly remembering all their adventures together so far, although nobody mentions the weird one with the scissors. However, when Barbara waves away her experiences in Mexico with a vague shrug, Sue isn’t very happy.

Sue: “I’m over it now?” That was a bit quick!
Me: Perhaps a significant amount of time has passed between the two stories?
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