THE GREEN DEATH

Episode One

Sue: Oh, I like this one already. It’s filmed on location and it’s got a Land Rover in it.

The Green Death begins at a colliery in South Wales, and there’s trouble down pit.

Sue: This is very topical, isn’t it? I feel like we’ve stumbled into a Ken Loach drama by mistake.

The Green DeathAs Stevens, the director of Global Chemicals, perfects his Neville Chamberlain impersonation, a miner emerges from ...

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PLANET OF THE DALEKS

Episode One

Terry NationAs luck would have it, Sue misses Terry Nation’s credit because she’s busy checking her phone. It’s the one and only time we have relaxed our strict ‘no phone’ policy since the experiment began, and she’s checking to see whether the vets have called. Our cat, Captain Jack, is staying in hospital overnight, and we are both on tenterhooks (more on the good Captain later).

Oh well, I’m sure ...

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FRONTIER IN SPACE

Before we settle down to watch the first episode of Frontier in Space, I inform Sue that we have been watching Doctor Who together for exactly one year.

Sue: It’s flown by.
Me: Really? I thought you’d be fed up with it by now.
Sue: Not at all. In fact, I think it’s probably brought us closer together.
Nicol: I think I’m going to be sick.
Me: Go away, Nicol.

Episode One

Frontier in Space

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CARNIVAL OF MONSTERS

I decide to toy with Sue a little. While she’s busy in the kitchen, I cue up the edit of Episode Two that includes the notorious Delaware theme arrangement.

Sue: I’m actually looking forward to this one. Now that the Doctor has a fully working TARDIS, it should be a completely different show. Did they get a bigger budget for this season?

I press ‘Play’.

Sue: They’ve changed the music – (pause) – They’ve changed the music and it’s ****ing terrible! What have ...

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THE THREE DOCTORS

As promised (or was it threatened?), here’s a video commentary featuring the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Doctors.

As a very special treat (or not) we are joined Sue’s brother, Gary and (for Episode Four) by her daughter, Nicol.

Normal service will be resumed next week, when we will celebrate this experiment’s first anniversary.


Adventures with the Wife in Space – The Three Doctors… by tachyontv

The Score

5/10

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THE TIME MONSTER

Episode One

The Time MonsterSue: A Time Monster, eh? I bet the Master is in this story. He’s a monster and he knows about time.

As luck would have it, the Doctor is having a vivid nightmare about his arch-nemesis.

Sue: She shoots, she scores!

The Doctor is woken by Jo, but the dream continues to disturb him.

Sue: Did Jo drop some acid in the Doctor’s tea? There’s a lot of that going ...

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THE MUTANTS

Episode One

The MutantsSue: Hey, it’s… Monty Python man! Write that one down. That’s a good one. Has anyone ever made that connection before?

Bless her. But before she can dig an even deeper hole, Sue is distracted by a fat man shouting “Mutt!” at the top of his lungs.

Sue: Will there be dogs in this story? They had better not kill any dogs, Neil. I’m serious.

And then we are introduced to ...

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THE SEA DEVILS

Episode One

It only takes a few seconds for Sue to pass judgement on Malcolm Clarke’s avant-garde soundtrack.

Sue: I really like the music.

Well, I certainly didn’t expect that.

Sue: It’s nice and bassy. This isn’t Dudley, is it?

The next thing to elicit a response from Sue is the mode of transportation that picks the Doctor and Jo up from the dock.

Sue: What the hell is that supposed to be?
Me: They did that on purpose, to make the cars seem more futuristic.
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THE CURSE OF PELADON

Episode One

The Curse of PeladonSue: So what’s Peladon? Is it a person or a place? Or maybe it’s this oil painting? Is it a cursed oil painting? Am I close?

She’s talking about the opening model shot.

Sue: And I guess these must be the corridors that everyone will be running up and down later. I’ve seen better, to be honest.

In the throne room, King Peladon referees an argument between ...

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DAY OF THE DALEKS

Episode One

Me: I’m sorry, but I need you to close your eyes during this title sequence.
Sue: Why?
Me: Because the title of the story is a massive spoiler.
Sue: Wait, don’t tell me – is it The Return of the Master?
Me: No.
Sue: Is it The Return of the Cybermen?
Me: Look…
Sue: The Return of the Daleks?
Me: Just stop it!
Sue: It had better not be The Return of the Toymaker.
Me: Just close your eyes ...

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