The Invasion of Time

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The Invasion of Time
It’s a game of three halves…

Part One

I planned this story’s screening like it was a military operation. Seriously, Douglas Camfield would have been proud of me. I rigged up the DVD player the night before, when Sue was fast asleep: my PS3 will resume a disc from the same point that you stop it, if you remember to press the right button, so when I played the disc the next day, the machine circumvented both the menu screen and the ...

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Underworld

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Underworld
It’s all Greek to me…

Part One

Sue: It’s the Bristol Boys.

I’ve been schooling Sue between stories. After all, the experiment is the -

Sue: They were responsible for the giant prawn. I don’t like the Bristol Boys.

Nicol: What on Earth are you talking about?

Yes, I persuaded Nicol to join us for Underworld. Let’s just call it payback for overcooking my chips the other night.

UnderworldThe episode begins with a stunning vista that features a ...

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The Sun Makers

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The Sun Makers
Praise the Carpentry.

Part One

Sue: Anything I should know?

Me: Only that it’s late 1977 and context is everything.

Sue: I would have just turned 16. Oh look, it’s Robert Holmes; I feel better already.

The Sun MakersThe episode begins with a nervous man named Cordo standing in a very drab corridor.

Sue: This reminds me of Brazil.

Me: The country?

Sue: The film.

It’s an astute observation (it helps that she watched it recently), and ...

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Image of the Fendahl

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Image of the Fendahl
Bored out of her skull…

Part One

Sue: I don’t know why we’re bothering with this experiment anymore.

Me: What?

Image of the FendahlSue: Well, according to some of the comments on the blog, Doctor Who is a complete waste of time now.

Me: For the last time, stop reading the comments. No good will ever come of them.

Sue: The general consensus seems to be that it’s all downhill from here. I was ...

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The Invisible Enemy

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The Invisible Enemy
Send in the clones…

Part One

The Invisible EnemySue: Great. Invisible monsters again. I bet this is a cheap one.

The story begins with a spaceship navigating an asteroid belt…

Sue: Oh ****, it’s a spacey one. I don’t like the spacey ones. I like it when it’s set in the past and -

Me: And they have wooden cabinets.

Sue: Yes, exactly. Look, I told you it would be cheap. Someone is pretending to ...

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Horror of Fang Rock

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Horror of Fang Rock
Love on the rocks…

Part One

Horror of Fang RockSue: What do I need to know about this one?

Me: Well, it’s a new season and there’s a new producer in charge.

She didn’t ask for a name. That’s how interested she is.

Me: Oh, and it was made in Birmingham.

Sue: Fascinating.

She couldn’t care less. In fact, Horror gets off to a very rocky start.

Sorry.

Sue: New season. New producer. New shit special ...

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The Talons of Weng-Chiang

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The Talons of Weng-Chiang
It’s Mystery Science Theatre 1889…

Part One

The Talons of Weng-ChiangSue: Six parts. Oh joy. This had better be ****ing good.

The title sequence kicks in and Sue wants to know when Talons was originally broadcast.

Sue: I would have been fifteen; I would have been playing badminton when this was on. When Part Six came along, I was probably playing golf.

Backstage at a Victorian Music Hall, a Chinese magician and his ...

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The Robots of Death

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The Robots of Death
Please do not throw hands at Sue.

Part One

Sue: Oh no. Not Chris Boucher again.

Me: It’s pronounced Boucher, actually.

Sue: Whatever.

On a desolate and dusty planet, a sandminer is churning up the landscape.

Sue: This looks good. They’re selling it well. The camera movement certainly helps.

The sandminer appears to be run by robots.

The Robots of DeathSue: The robots look like walking BAFTAs. Were the BBC trying to be subliminal in the ...

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The Face of Evil

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The Face of Evil
Face facts: it’s not very good.

Part One

The Face of EvilSue: Is there anything I should know before we start?

Me: Well, the first episode was broadcast on New Years Day 1977.

Sue: So any adults watching this would have been hungover. Fair enough.

Me: Oh, and there was a six-week gap between this story and the last story.

Sue: I didn’t even get six days off. Thanks.

Me: In fact, the BBC promoted ...

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