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

Sue: 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 ...

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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 begins with a song.

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

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

Sue’s daughter watched this episode with us – the first time we’ve allowed another human being to sit in on the ...

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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, Sue. Come on, we have to crack on. Do you want to be stuck in the ...

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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’m going to shake up the blog’s format for this particular instalment. 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 ...

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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 Sue adored it so much we decided to wallow in its glorious splendour again, but the sad truth is we had to re-watch it for an array of complicated reasons which I will bore you with now…

First of all, our mutual friend, Simon ‘Rula’ Harries, came to stay for the ...

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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?

Sue can’t believe yesterday’s cliffhanger has somehow resulted in a luxurious getaway for four in Italy.

Sue: Poor Susan. She would have loved a holiday like this. It’s so unfair.

There’s a wonderful moment where Hartnell pretends to forget Ian’s surname, and the perfectly executed gag makes Sue laugh ...

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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 stun Sue with a confession.

Me: I’ve never seen this story before.

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

Me: It isn’t my fault! I didn’t have a VHS player when ...

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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 me, at least.

Sue: Why have they decided to visit the Aztecs? I thought Ian and Barbara wanted to get back to 1963?

Me: They’ve arrived here by accident.

Sue: Why?

Me: Well, ...

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