THE WEB OF FEAR REDUX

Episode 1

I drop the first bombshell 30 seconds into the episode.

Sue: What do you mean, I’ve seen this before? What are you trying to do to me, Neil?

I offer to let her watch the first episode in silence, like we did when we re-watched The Enemy of the World Episode 3. She agrees. And then she doesn’t stop talking.

Sue: This is a bit random. What’s going on here?

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THE ENEMY OF THE WORLD REDUX

Sue: It’s almost as if they were waiting for our book to go to print before they announced it!

This was Sue’s reaction to the news that an undisclosed number of missing episodes of Doctor Who had miraculously turned up out of the blue. It was incredible. Nobody had suspected a thing.

Sue: Neil? Why are you crying? Are you all right, Neil?

And that was my reaction to the very same news.

Sue: Oh no. If they’ve found 100 missing episodes, we’re completely ...

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THE TWO DOCTORS

I wanted Nicol to watch at least one Colin Baker episode with us and The Two Doctors seemed like the safest bet. It’s a story about vegetarianism (Nicol has been meat-free for the last year) and it’s set in an exotic location (she likes Spain). And if she didn’t agree to watch it with us, I’d delete this week’s episode of Homeland from the PVR.

I cue up the DVD’s Episode Selection screen.

Sue: It’s three episodes. But that means…
Nicol: Only ...

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THE FIVE DOCTORS

We watched the original broadcast version of The Five Doctors. Sadly, I couldn’t source an off-air copy with the Children in Need ticker running across the bottom of the screen. I hope this doesn’t invalidate the science at the heart of this experiment.

The Five DoctorsNicol: I’m not watching any William Hartnell with you. You can forget it.
Me: Be patient, Nicol.
Sue: Don’t worry, Nic. Neil’s promised me that ...

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THE WAR GAMES

Episode One

Sue: Is this the fabled 10-parter I’ve heard so much about?
Me: It is, but don’t get fixated on that. The bigger news is there’s a new producer at the helm – Derrick Sherwin.
Sue: Bit of a strange time to take over the reins, isn’t it? That would be like the Moff producing David Tennant’s last story. How very odd.

The TARDIS crew are stumbling around a war-torn landscape.

Sue: They left the TARDIS as soon as it arrived – ...

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THE SPACE PIRATES

Episode One

Me: I hate to break it to you, Sue, but we’ve got some more recons to watch.
Sue: You’ve been putting this story off for ages. That’s always a bad sign.
Me: It’s got a terrible reputation, but this is still a big moment for me. Because once we get through The Space Pirates, I’ll have seen every single episode of Doctor Who. Well, as far it’s possible to see every episode of Doctor Who if you were born ...

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THE SEEDS OF DEATH

Episode One

Sue: It’s just the two of us again, just the way it should be.
Me: You should probably tell Gary to avoid any Doctor Who conventions for a while. Just until the fuss dies down.

The Seeds of Death takes place in the future. You can tell it’s the future because the guest cast are wearing underpants over their plastic jumpsuits. And that includes Commander Radnor.

Sue: He’s definitely shagging his colleague in the catsuit. Maybe I should start going to ...

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THE KROTONS

Episode One

Me: This is the first Patrick Troughton story I ever saw.

I tell Sue everything she needs to know about the BBC’s fabled Five Faces repeat season. And then I keep going.

Me: And thanks to Simon Harries, we’re watching the original off-air recordings! This is exactly how I would have seen this story in November 1981, when I’d just turned 12. Exciting, isn’t it?

When the title card appears, Sue cracks the obligatory gag.

Sue: Are you sure they aren’t called the ...

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THE INVASION

Because The Invasion is split across two DVDs, the menu screen leads my wife down the garden path.

Sue: Four episodes. Excellent.

The InvasionI know I’ll pay for it later, but for now I decide not to correct her mistake.

Sue: Does it move?
Me: Yes.

Episode One

Sue: What the hell is this? You said it moved.
Me: It is moving! Look – their mouths are opening and closing and everything!
Sue: You ...

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