THE CHASE

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…

THE SPACE MUSEUM

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…

THE CRUSADE

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…

THE WEB PLANET

The Web Planet Sue: 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…

THE ROMANS

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…

THE RESCUE

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…

THE DALEK INVASION OF EARTH

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…

PLANET OF GIANTS

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? Sue identifies several parallels…

THE REIGN OF TERROR

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…

THE SENSORITES

Strangers in Space The 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…