THE ULTIMATE FOE

Part Thirteen Sue: Yes! Robert Holmes is back. Thank God for that. The Doctor wants to know who’s been tampering with the Matrix. Sue: It’s the Valeyard! It’s obvious! Two capsules arrive on the Time Lords’ space station. One of them contains Sabalom Glitz. Sue: Excellent. The other contains Melanie Bush. Sue: So, is his…

TERROR OF THE VERVOIDS

Part Nine A visibly upset Doctor prepares to mount his defence. Sue: I can’t believe they killed Peri. The bastards! The Doctor’s evidence takes places in the future and revolves around the intergalactic liner Hyperion III. Sue: That’s a nice shape for a spaceship. Very curvy. One of the final passengers to check-in is Professor…

MINDWARP

Part Five Sue: They should recap every episode. It’s really helpful. Hey, what happened to Robert Holmes? Me: It’s Philip Martin’s turn to take over for a bit. Sue: The Gangsters man? That’s okay. He’s pretty good. The episode reconvenes in the Time Lords’ space station. Sue: We’re going to keep seeing this model shot,…

THE MYSTERIOUS PLANET

Before we tackle Doctor Who’s longest story, I have a confession to make. Sue: So is this Colin’s last story or not? Me: Yes, it is. But… Sue: But what? Me: It’s 14 episodes long. Crash zoom on Sue’s face. Sue: HOW MANY EPISODES?! Me: Calm down. The episodes are only 25-minutes again. Sue: I…

THE FIVE DOCTORS

We watched the original broadcast version of The Five Doctors. Unfortunately, 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. Nicol: I’m not watching any William Hartnell with you. You can forget…

ARC OF INFINITY

Part One Sue: Has Johnny Byrne written for Doctor Who before? Me: Yes, he wrote The Keeper of Traken. Sue: Shit… Oh well, I’m still looking forward to seeing this Doctor on his own for a change. Me: What about Nyssa? Sue: Oh yeah, I forgot about her. This story begins on Gallifrey and Sue…

THE INVASION OF TIME

Part One Sue: Is there anything I should know? Me: No, it’s just a regular four-parter. May I rot in hell. Sue: This had better be good. We’re due a good one. Who’s David Agnew? Me: He doesn’t exist. Sue: Is it because they were embarrassed with the script, or were they getting around the…

THE DEADLY ASSASSIN

Part One Sue: I’m not thrilled with the cheesy narration, but I can live with it. The Doctor is travelling to Gallifrey when he’s overcome by a prophetic vision. Sue: Okay, pause this for a second, please. What just happened? Me: The Doctor has had a premonition. He saw himself assassinating the Time Lord President…

THE THREE DOCTORS

As promised (or was it threatened?), here’s a video commentary featuring the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Doctors. As a very special treat (or not) we are joined Sue’s brother, Gary and (for Episode Four) by her daughter, Nicol. Normal service will be resumed next week, when we will celebrate this experiment’s first anniversary. Adventures with…

THE WAR GAMES

Episode One Sue: Is this the fabled 10-parter I’ve heard so much about? Me: It is, but don’t get fixated on that. The bigger news is there’s a new producer at the helm – Derrick Sherwin. Sue: Bit of a strange time to take over the reins, isn’t it? That would be like the Moff…