THE WEB OF FEAR REDUX

Episode 1

I drop the first bombshell less than thirty seconds into the episode.

Sue: What do you mean, I’ve seen this episode before? What are you trying to do to me, Neil? A divorce won’t be good for the book. You do know that, don’t you?

I offer to let her watch the first episode in silence, just like we did with The Enemy of the World Episode 3. She agrees. And then she won’t shut up.

Sue: This scene is a ...

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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!

That 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. No one had suspected a thing.

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

And that was my reaction to the very same news.

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

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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 ten-parter that I’ve heard so much about?
Me: Yes it is, but don’t get fixated on that. The really big news is that we have a brand new producer at the helm – Derrick Sherwin.
Sue: Bit of a strange time to take over the reins, isn’t it? It’s like the Moff taking over to produce David Tennant’s last story. How very strange.

After a visually striking title sequence (“ooh, I like that”) the TARDIS ...

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THE SPACE PIRATES

Episode One

Me: I hate to break this to you, but this is our last slab of recons. And not only that, no one paid John Cura to take any telesnaps of this story. This could be rough.
Sue: I’ve noticed that you’ve done your level best to avoid starting this story. That’s a bad sign, I take it?
Me: It’s not a story that I’ve pined to see – it has a terrible reputation – but when I finish it, ...

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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 people seem to be wearing their underpants on top of their plastic jumpsuits. When Ronald Leigh-Hunt strides into the T-Mat base as Commander Radnor, Sue recognises him immediately.

Sue: It’s ...

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THE KROTONS

Episode One

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

The KrotonsI explain to Sue how the fabled Five Faces repeat season finally enabled me to watch the 2nd Doctor strut his stuff after I’d spent several years idly dreaming about it.

Me: And thanks to Simon Harries, we are watching the original off-air recordings! This is exactly how I would have seen the story go out in November ...

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THE INVASION

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

The InvasionSue: Four episodes. Excellent.

I know that I’ll pay for it later, but I decide not to correct her mistake. That would be the same as slapping an innocent, smiling baby in the face. And that would be wrong.

Sue: Does it move?
Me: Yes.

Episode One

Sue: What the hell is this? I thought you said ...

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