THE PARTING OF THE WAYS

The Doctor rescues Rose from the Daleks by audaciously materialising his TARDIS around her.

The Parting of the WaysSue: That was impressive. I can’t imagine one of the older Doctors trying something like that. He would have ended up in Aztec land or something.

It’s a setback for the Daleks, but a booming voice tells them to be patient.

Sue: Are you sure that isn’t Davros? Who else can it be?
Me: Well, you’ve definitely ...

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BAD WOLF

Me: You saw this episode before I did.
Sue: What? Are you sure about that?
Me: Quite sure. I was at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire watching Tangerine Dream in concert. You texted a massive spoiler to me 15 minutes into the gig.
Sue: That doesn’t sound like the sort of thing I’d do. Surely I would have waited for you to come home first.
Me: That’s what I thought too. But you didn’t. You said you couldn’t wait. That’s when ...

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DALEK

Sue: Thank God Rob Shearman is in New York this week. He’ll be too busy worrying about his play to care about this blog.
Me: I bet he’s shitting himself. After all, you gave the Slitheen two-parter eight out of 10.
Sue: And?
Me: (Exasperated) Eight out of 10, Sue! That’s the same score you gave to Invasion of the Dinosaurs and The Time Monster! Actually, forget I said anything.

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THE TV MOVIE

The TV Movie was the first brand new Doctor Who I ever watched with Sue, and she never missed another episode from that point on. So it seems appropriate to finish where we started, all those years ago. We have, of course, drezzzzed for the occasion. She’s wearing her Pip and Jane T-shirt and I’m wearing a bath robe with the collar turned up.

Sue: Before we start, does this count?
Me: For the last time – yes, it counts!
Sue: ...

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REVELATION OF THE DALEKS

Sue couldn’t wait to see this story. The combination of Graeme Harper and the Daleks was just too much for her to resist and she was dying for it. Unfortunately, we had to postpone the experiment for a couple of days because I had a temporary threshold shift. If you’ve never been unfortunate/stupid enough to experience this yourself, it’s basically a muffled, ringing sound in your ears which can last for days. I had it in my left ear for ...

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RESURRECTION OF THE DALEKS

I thought long and hard about which version of Resurrection to screen. Should I make Sue watch the two-part double-length version transmitted by the BBC in 1984, or would the four-part edit that was originally planned by the production team be a better option? I went to Facebook and Twitter looking for advice and the following exchange really made me laugh:

John Williams: If you show her the 4-part version, I’ll petrol bomb the house.
Robert Dick: Show her the four ...

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THE FIVE DOCTORS

We watched the original broadcast version of The Five Doctors. Sadly, I couldn’t source an off-air copy with the Children in Need ticker running across the bottom of the screen. I hope this doesn’t invalidate the science at the heart of this experiment.

The Five DoctorsNicol: I’m not watching any William Hartnell with you. You can forget it.
Me: Be patient, Nicol.
Sue: Don’t worry, Nic. Neil’s promised me that ...

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DESTINY OF THE DALEKS

Mary TammWhen we heard the news about Mary Tamm last week, we were stunned. We’d both been thinking about Mary quite a lot over the last few weeks, thanks to the blog, and one of the main reasons why The Key to Time season scored so highly with Sue was Mary’s performance. Beautiful, clever, witty, resourceful, and one of Sue’s favourite companions, Mary Tamm’s Romana was a constant delight.

Rest in ...

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GENESIS OF THE DALEKS

Part One

Sue looks over at the DVD’s Episode Selection screen and her heart sinks.

Sue: Oh no! Six episodes? This is not good.

And then, mid-way through the title sequence, she is suddenly buffeted by two conflicting emotions.

Firstly, joy:

Genesis of the DaleksSue: Genesis of the Daleks! Yes!

Swiftly followed by:

Sue: Terry ****ing Nation!

This could take some time so I pause the DVD.

Me: We watched this story together almost 19 years ago ...

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