THE INVASION OF TIME

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 episode selection screen.

Of all the ...

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UNDERWORLD

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 cornucopia of stars ...

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THE SUN MAKERS

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), ...

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IMAGE OF THE FENDAHL

Part One

Sue: I don’t know why we’re bothering with this experiment any more.
Me: What?
Sue
: 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 hoping it was going to get better.
Me: Don’t listen to them. They’re talking ...

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THE INVISIBLE ENEMY

Part One

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

The story begins with a spaceship navigating an asteroid belt.

The Invisible EnemySue: 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 be ...

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HORROR OF FANG ROCK

Part One

Sue: 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 effect.

Horror of Fang RockWe ...

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THE TALONS OF WENG-CHIANG

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 dummy discuss their latest ...

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THE ROBOTS OF DEATH

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 hope that they’d win ...

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THE FACE OF EVIL

Part One

Sue: 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 this story as a season opener. But it isn’t. Not really.
Sue: Okay, I’m bored ...

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