THE ANDROID INVASION

Part One

The Android InvasionSue: Oh no.
Me: Go on, then. Say your catchphrase.
Sue: No. I’ve decided to say “Terry ****ing Nation” from now on instead.

Trust me, it’s completely different.

A soldier is walking through a wood. His right arm is twitching erratically.

Sue: Either he’s late for breakdancing practice or he’s an android.
Me: I think the clue is probably in the title.

The TARDIS arrives in the same wood.

Sue: I ...

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TERROR OF THE ZYGONS

Part One

Me: We’ve made it to Doctor Who’s 13th season.
Sue: 13, eh? Unlucky for some.
Me: We’ll see.

Thankfully, Terror of the Zygons gets off to a cracking start.

Sue: That’s a nice edit to kick things off. I’m not entirely sure what I was looking at there, but it’s a confident start.

An oil rig crumbles into the sea.

Sue: I still don’t know what I’m looking at, but that was probably a very nice explosion. I’m sure it was a smart ...

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REVENGE OF THE CYBERMEN

Part One

Revenge of the CybermenSue: Is there anything I should know about this one before we begin?
Me: Only that this story was the first one to be released on video cassette by the BBC.
Sue: Any particular reason?
Me: Well, fans who attended the very first official Doctor Who convention at Longleat in 1983 were asked to suggest which story they’d like to see released first. And ...

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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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THE SONTARAN EXPERIMENT

Part One

When Sue claps her eyes on the DVD’s Episode Selection screen, she doesn’t even try to hide her excitement.

Sue: Only two episodes? I’m in heaven!
Me: I’ll tell you what – if you can correctly guess what makes this story interesting from a production point of view, I’ll give you a nice foot rub during the next story.

And with that deal struck, I successfully distract her during the title sequence (“Could you pass me the lighter, please?” works every ...

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THE ARK IN SPACE

Part One

The Ark in SpaceSue: So what’s gone wrong with the credits this time?

It’s a very good question. For some strange reason the title sequence for Part One has been rendered in sepia tone. We both agree that it looks terrible. In fact, the only good thing about the titles as far as Sue is concerned is the sudden appearance of Robert Holmes’ name.

Sue: What’s an inflatable toy ...

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ROBOT

Part One

RobotSue: Ooh, scary face. Tom Baker looks very serious, doesn’t he? But this is a much better title sequence. You don’t need to see the Doctor’s legs.

And then…

Sue: They still haven’t fixed the credits! That’s just lazy. They slapped the new titles over the old ones and hoped for the best. Will they ever sort that out?

Tom Baker’s opening gambit doesn’t go down well either.

Sue: Is Tom Baker always this ...

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