THE FACELESS ONES

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The Faceless OnesSue: That isn’t something you see on Doctor Who every day – stock footage of a plane.
Neil: That isn’t stock footage, Sue.

As soon as our heroes step out of the TARDIS, they are faced with imminent danger. In fact, it happens so fast, Ben and Polly are running for their lives before they can utter a single word of dialogue.

Sue: What are they running from?
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THE MACRA TERROR

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The Macra TerrorSue: Ooh, that’s new.
Me: Proper Doctor Who titles. Finally.
Sue: He looks drunk.
Me: He looks magnificent.
Sue: He looks like a drunk who’s been arrested and had his mug shot taken. This isn’t a good look, Neil.
Me: It’s an iconic title sequence.
Sue: Shame about the font.
Me: Yes, well…
Sue: It looks like Times New Roman. Is that the best font they ...

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THE MOONBASE

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Sue: I bet the Moon was very topical when this first went out.
Me: Just a bit.
Sue: I’m not convinced by the Ronson hairdryers on their backs. And their helmets are steaming up something rotten.

When a base commander tells us that we’re on the Moon in the year 2070, Sue sighs.

Sue: I realise that the Doctor can’t control the TARDIS at this point, but what I don’t understand is why he doesn’t know when and where he is. ...

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THE UNDERWATER MENACE

A couple of hours before we settled down to watch The Underwater Menace, Sue and I appeared as guests on Bob Fischer’s BBC Tees radio show to shamelessly plug this blog. You can listen to the edited highlights below; Sue’s PVC Dalek-suit anecdote was news to me!

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When the TARDIS arrives on a beach, Polly thinks she recognises the place.

Sue: Not Cornwall again! ...

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THE HIGHLANDERS

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The HighlandersSue recognises Frazer Hines immediately. Well, I say recognise.

Sue: It’s whatshisface from Emmerdale Farm. He definitely becomes a companion. Don’t ask me why, but I know that for a fact. Does that mean Ben gets himself killed? That wouldn’t be very nice.

The Doctor is still sporting a stovepipe hat.

Sue: Why doesn’t Ben or Polly tell him that it looks like a dunce’s hat?

Later, when the Doctor is presented ...

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THE POWER OF THE DALEKS

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Sue: Bring on the Troughton!
Me: Do you really mean that, or are you being sarcastic?
Sue: No, I really am excited. I honestly cannot wait. Do we get a new title sequence? Will it be a brand new show? Will it have a quicker pace? And better writers? Or is it just the same old tat with a different actor?

I deftly sidestep the question.

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THE TENTH PLANET

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Sue: Yay! It’s The Tenth Planet! I know all about this one.

The Tenth PlanetIt’s time to come clean. It would have been fantastic if Sue had been oblivious to this story’s significance, but she wasn’t. I could have pretended it shocked her to her core but, alas, that isn’t what happened. Truth be told, she’s been looking forward to this one ever since we sat down to watch ...

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THE SMUGGLERS

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The fourth season begins where the third season left off – with Polly and Ben barging they way into the TARDIS.

The SmugglersSue: Ben and Polly are very modern, compared to what we’ve seen so far. They’re almost too modern. They may as well shout, “Fab and groovy, man!” at the top of their lungs and be done with it.
Me: The Doctor won’t be pleased.
Sue: But does he ...

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THE WAR MACHINES

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Sue: This one has the Daleks written all over it. Even the titles look like a Dalek has written them. It’s so obvious.

The War MachinesWhen the Doctor complains about his irritable skin condition, which he only ever gets when Daleks are in the vicinity, Sue’s suspicions are confirmed. The Doctor then decides that something is up to no-good at the newly erected Post Office Tower (“It was probably ...

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