BLACK ORCHID

Part One I 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…

THE HIGHLANDERS

Episode 1 Sue recognises Frazer Hines immediately. Well, I say recognise. Sue: It’s whatshisface from Emmerdale Farm. He definitely becomes a companion. Don’t ask me why, but I know that for a fact. Does that mean Ben gets himself killed? That wouldn’t be very nice. The Doctor is still sporting a stovepipe hat. Sue: Why…

THE SMUGGLERS

Episode 1 The 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…

THE GUNFIGHTERS

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…

THE MASSACRE

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 1960s forever? Sue:…

THE MYTH MAKERS

The Myth Makers I’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 Makers passed the ultimate test and we watched it in one go. Sue insisted. The first…

THE CRUSADE

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…

THE ROMANS

The Slave Traders Sue: Have we skipped an episode? Sue can’t believe yesterday’s cliffhanger has somehow resulted in a luxurious holiday for four in Italy. Sue: Poor Susan. She would have loved 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…

THE REIGN OF TERROR

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 they released this story. And bits of it are missing, of course. Sue: What do…

THE AZTECS

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…