Black Orchid

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Black Orchid
We watched it twice! Spiffing, what?

Part One

Black OrchidI select ‘Play All’ on the DVD. It’s how I get my kicks these days.

The story begins with a murder.

Sue: Blimey, this one isn’t messing around, is it? Straight in with a death; no pissing about. The editing isn’t very good, though. The gurgling noise doesn’t match the victim’s lips. Not a good start.

Meanwhile, Sarah Sutton is fast asleep…

Sue: Eh? Is Nyssa dreaming ...

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The Highlanders

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The Highlanders
Sue Perryman. She watches The Highlanders so you don’t have to…

Episode 1

Sue: I do like a good historical, especially when it’s not a recon.

Me: Sorry to disappoint you, love, but that’s not Doctor Who. If I’m not mistaken, it’s a clip from Peter Watkins’ 1964 documentary, Culloden. It’s quite clever, actually.

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

Sue: Oh look, it’s whathisface from Emmerdale Farm! He definitely becomes ...

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The Smugglers

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The Smugglers
This week, the good wife watched The Smugglers. Jamaica? Yes, I did.

Episode 1

The SmugglersThe fourth season of Doctor Who kicks off where the third season left off – with Polly and Ben barging their way into the TARDIS.

Sue: Ben and Polly are very modern, compared to what we’ve seen in the series before. They are almost too modern. They may as well shout “Fab and groovy, man!” at the top ...

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The Gunfighters

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The Gunfighters
After shooting down a so-called classic, Sue turns her attention to a story that has been saddled with a terrible reputation. Can you see what I did there?

A Holiday for the Doctor

The Gunfighters, as if you didn’t know, begins with a song.

Sue: This an interesting way to start an episode. We’ve never seen anything like this before.

Nicol: This isn’t Doctor Who. What is this?

I should tell you that my step-daughter watched this episode with us. Putting classic Doctor Who on ...

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The Massacre

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The Massacre
It’s Saturday April 23rd and that can only mean only one thing: it’s time for Doctor Who. A black and white, completely missing, couldn’t-be-arsed-hiring-John Cura, episode of Doctor Who. God help us all.

War of God

Sue: Can we watch the new Matt Smith episode again instead?

Me: No.

Sue: But I need to discuss my River Song theory with you.

Me: I’m not falling for that old chestnut. Come on, we have to crack on. Do you want to be stuck in the 1960s ...

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The Myth Makers

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The Myth Makers
If you’d told me two months ago that a William Hartnell adventure would sneak into my Top 10 Doctor Who stories of all time, I’d have laughed in your face.

The Myth Makers

The Myth MakersI will be changing the format for this particular installment. Instead of writing up my notes episodically, I’m going to tackle it as a single entry. The reason for this is simple: The Myth Makers passed ...

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The Crusade

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The Crusade
The experiment was running smoothly until we reached The Crusade. Too smoothly, perhaps. So what the hell went wrong?

The Lion

We had to watch this episode twice.

I’d love to tell you that Sue adored it so much that we simply had to wallow in its glorious splendour again, but the sad truth is we had to re-watch the episode for an array of complicated reasons that I shall attempt to bore you with now.

First of all, our mutual friend, Simon ‘Rula’ ...

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The Romans

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The Romans
Sue has laughed, albeit unintentionally, at Doctor Who ever since we began this experiment. But how will she fare when she’s confronted with a bona fide comedy?

The Slave Traders

Sue: Have we skipped an episode?

Poor Sue. She simply can’t accept that yesterday’s cliffhanger could result in a luxurious timeshare holiday for four in Italy. When she learns that our heroes have lounged around in a villa for a month at least, she is taken aback by the abrupt change of pace.

Sue: ...

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The Reign of Terror

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The Reign of Terror
The end of the first season of is within our grasp. But we have one final obstacle to overcome: an incomplete story with a third missing from the archives. Cowards would probably skip this one but we’re in far too deep to turn back now.

A Land of Fear

I decide to stun Sue with a confession. Close friends should probably look away now.

Me: I’ve never seen this one before.

Sue spits a mouthful of hot coffee all over our kitten, Tegan.

Me: It’s ...

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The Aztecs

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The Aztecs
If Sue scores this lower than The Keys of Marinus, she could find herself sleeping on the sofa tonight.

The Temple of Evil

My hope that Sue would soak up this episode in revered silence is dashed within seconds, mainly because we get embroiled in two very tedious discussions. Well, tedious to us, I guess, but as far as Sue is concerned, these are fundamental details.

Sue: Why have they decided to visit the Aztecs? I thought Ian and Barbara wanted to ...

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