THE ARMAGEDDON FACTOR

Part One

Sue: Six parts? Bloody hell. Oh well, it is the last part of the Key to Time, so it has to be epic.
Me: You’ll be pleased to hear that The Armageddon Factor is our last six part story.
Sue: Honestly?
Me: Yes, I swear on our cats’ lives this is the last six part Doctor Who story broadcast on television.
Sue: If you are lying to me, I will kill you, and then I will feed you to ...

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THE POWER OF KROLL

Part One

The Power of KrollSue: The Power of Kroll. I don’t think much of the title. It sounds like some sort of B-movie. Oh, wait, Robert Holmes is back again. When Robert Holmes is good, he’s really good.
Me: And you’ve got Philip Madoc as well.
Sue: That definitely helps.

The episode begins on a high-tech mining refinery where four men – Fenner, Thawn, Harg and Dugeen – bring ...

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THE ANDROIDS OF TARA

Part One

The Androids of TaraSue: The Androids of Tara. I used to think that Tara Palmer-Tomkinson was an android if that’s any help. Oh, David Fisher’s name definitely rings a bell.
Me: It should. He wrote the last one.
Sue: Excellent.

The story begins with the Doctor and K9 playing chess in the TARDIS.

Sue: I love the banter between these two. I could watch them do this all ...

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THE STONES OF BLOOD

Part One

Me: Our 100th story! Can you believe it?
Sue: Is that all? How many stories are left?
Me: 50…ish. It’s complicated.
Sue: What a surprise. So we’re not even two-thirds of the way through this yet? Is that what you’re saying?
Me: Don’t say it like that. And Nicol is baking us a celebratory cake, so it’s not all bad news.

The Stones of BloodThis landmark story begins ...

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THE PIRATE PLANET

Part One

The Pirate PlanetNicol is a huge fan of Douglas Adams (when she was growing up, her nickname for me was Slartibartfast), so it was inevitable that she would join us for this one; getting people to pester her on Twitter certainly helped.

Sue: How did Doctor Who get their hands on Douglas Adams?
Me: Well, he wasn’t famous at the time, In fact, some of Doctor Who‘s fans were ...

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THE RIBOS OPERATION

Part One

Sue: How many episodes is this one?
Me: Twenty-six.
Sue: Are you taking the piss? I haven’t got that kind of attention span. Do I really have to give a single mark to 26 episodes? How do you expect me to do that?
Me: Don’t worry, we’ll break it up into manageable chunks. You’ll be fine.

I press Play.

Sue: So, another season, then?
Me: Yes.
Sue: With the same producer?
Me: Yes.
Sue: Has he been told to pull his ...

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