THE GREEN DEATH

Episode One

Sue: I like this one already. We’re on location and it’s got a Land Rover in it.

The Green Death takes place at a colliery in South Wales, and there’s definitely trouble at t’pit.

Sue: 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 the pit. Not only is he ...

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PLANET OF THE DALEKS

Episode One

Sue: We used to have a wardrobe like that. Actually, everyone had a wardrobe like that in 1973. And why have we never seen this wardrobe before? Have the Time Lords sent the Doctor some furniture in his hour of need? Is it a magic cupboard of some sort? What the **** is going on?

She’s referring to the IKEA-style flat pack wardrobe-bed-combo unit that’s suddenly an integral part of the TARDIS set.

Sue: Why is the Doctor sleeping in the ...

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FRONTIER IN SPACE

It’s been a whole year since we started watching Doctor Who together.

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 SpaceA bombastic fanfare heralds the arrival of model spaceship.

Sue: This sounds like Dudley.
Me: ...

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CARNIVAL OF MONSTERS

While Sue is busy elsewhere, I cue up the alternative version of Episode Two. You know, the one with the Delaware theme music.

Sue: I’m looking forward to this. Now that the Doctor’s got a fully-working TARDIS again, it should be a completely different show. Were they given a bigger budget for this season, Neil?

I press ‘play’.

Sue: They’ve changed the music… They’ve changed the music and it’s ****ing terrible! Oh no! What have they done?
Me: Don’t worry. love. They were ...

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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’s in this story. He’s a monster and he knows about time.

It just so happens 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 around lately.

Meanwhile ...

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THE MUTANTS

Episode One

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

We are introduced to Christopher Coll as Stubbs (who looks like Peter Purves and sounds like Ernie Wise, apparently) and Rick James as Cotton.

Sue: Bloody hell, a black character in Doctor Who. I can’t remember the last time that happened. Does he have a decent role in this?
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THE SEA DEVILS

Episode One

We don’t have very long to wait before Sue passes 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 that elicits a response from Sue is the 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.
Sue: Futuristic! ...

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THE CURSE OF PELADON

Episode One

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

She’s pointing at the model shot, which begins this story before the image eventually dissolves to…

Sue: And these are the corridors we’ll be running down later. I’ve seen better.

In Peladon’s throne room, the king is moderating an argument between two ...

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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 this 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: Stop it!
Sue: It had better not be The Return of the Toymaker.
Me: Just close your eyes.
Sue: Okay… ...

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