The Chase

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The Chase
It’s the return of Sue’s favourite monsters: Terry Nation and Richard Martin. It can only end in tears…

Executioners

The Chase begins with a lengthy TARDIS scene that warms the cockles of Sue’s heart.

Sue: I like this a lot. Everyone is chilling out, having a nice time. It’s a bit like a relaxing Sunday afternoon on the TARDIS and it’s amusing to watch the kid moaning to the grown-ups about being bored.

The gag about Ian’s Monster book being too far-fetched goes down ...

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The Space Museum

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The Space Museum
I don’t know how much more of this I can take. Forget my “poor wife” – what about me? This isn’t my first trip to Xeros and I can’t say I’m thrilled at the prospect of a return visit to the godforsaken shit hole.

The Space Museum

As I slip the appropriate DVD into the player, I sigh. Loudly.

Sue: That doesn’t sound very promising.

Me: Just ignore me. I don’t want to prejudice you in any way.

Sue: You already have. Just give it ...

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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 Web Planet

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The Web Planet
I’ve been dreading this. Will the Zarbi push Sue over the edge? Will this be the final end? And will Bill Strutton be named in my decree nisi?

The Web Planet

Sue: Is the print damaged? It looks terrible. Couldn’t they clean this one up?

Me: They have cleaned it up.

Sue: So why does it look like shit?

Me: Because they smeared a tub of vaseline all over the camera lens.

Sue: Vaseline! Are you joking?

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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 Rescue

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The Rescue
After an epic battle against the mighty Daleks, we settle down to watch an intimate story about a genocidal maniac with a penchant for dressing up and bamboozling young girls.

A Powerful Enemy

Things get off to a pretty good start with some excellent banter in the TARDIS. But then the Doctor accidentally asks Susan to open the doors.

Sue: Ah, bless him. You just want to give the Doctor a really big cuddle.

Barbara feels pretty much the same way and when she ...

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The Dalek Invasion of Earth

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The Dalek Invasion of Earth
Once again, I trick Sue into believing that this is going to be a run-of-the-mill adventure.

World’s End

Large chunks of the first episode are taken up with an exasperated Sue moaning about how the TARDIS crew haven’t noticed a huge, ominous sign that warns the public against throwing dead bodies into the river. It’s the oddest thing in the episode by far, and yet it isn’t remarked upon by the characters for ages. It’s ridiculous but it could be worse. It ...

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Planet of Giants

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Planet of Giants
I decide to have some fun with Sue before we dive into season two. When she asks me how many episodes make up this story, I tell her that it’s an eight-part epic and several chunks are missing, although there is a reconstruction of part seven that will be performed by an amateur dramatics group from Bournemouth. She simply shrugged her shoulders and sighed, “We’d better get on it with then”.

Planet of Giants

Sue is fascinated by the swanky new costumes ...

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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 Sensorites

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The Sensorites
Of all the attempts to watch Doctor Who from the beginning, 67% fail halfway through this story. Can Sue defy the odds? Will she recognise Peter Glaze? And if she does, will she resist the urge to shout “Crackerjack!”?

Strangers in Space

The SensoritesThe Sensorites begins with an incongruous scene where our heroes stand around fondly remembering their many adventures together. No one mentions the weird one with the scissors.

However, Sue is ...

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