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…

The Executioners

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

Sue: I like this a lot. Everyone’s chilling out. It’s a relaxing Sunday afternoon on the TARDIS, and the kid is moaning to the grown-ups because she’s bored.

The gag about Ian’s book of monsters being too far-fetched goes down well, and, some wobbly camera work aside (“Did they ...

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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 DVD into our PS3, I sigh. Loudly.

Sue: That doesn’t sound very promising.

Me: Sorry. Ignore me. I don’t want to prejudice you in any way.

Sue: You already have. Give it to me ...

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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 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 awful. 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 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?

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 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. And then the Doctor accidentally asks Susan to open the doors.

Sue: Ah, bless him. I want to give the Doctor a big cuddle.

Barbara feels the same way, and when she carefully places herself in ...

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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 this 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 a river. It could be a lot worse. It could be a poster for Sugar Puffs.

Sue: You’d have to be blind not to notice that sign! It’s moments like this that ...

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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 TARDIS crew’s new ...

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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 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 which features our heroes fondly remembering all their adventures together so far, although nobody mentions the weird one with the scissors. However, ...

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