THE FIVE DOCTORS

We watched the original broadcast version of The Five Doctors. Sadly, I couldn’t source an off-air copy with the Children in Need ticker running across the bottom of the screen. I hope this doesn’t invalidate the science at the heart of this experiment.

The Five DoctorsNicol: I’m not watching any William Hartnell with you. You can forget it.
Me: Be patient, Nicol.
Sue: Don’t worry, Nic. Neil’s promised me that ...

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INFERNO

Episode 1

InfernoSue: Isn’t this the same location as last week?

The Doctor strolls into this week’s high-tech installation.

Sue: Hang on, isn’t this the same story as last week as well? And the one before that?

But something isn’t quite right at this high-tech installation, and, just as a poor man is about to have his skull caved in by a wrench, we cut to Sergeant Benton hammering a nail into a wall.

Sue: The ...

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THE AMBASSADORS OF DEATH

Episode 1

This story begins with Ronald Allen staring intently down the camera lens.

Sue: Oh, it’s the man from Crossroads. He’s been in Doctor Who before, hasn’t he? I’m surprised they asked him back after what happened last time.

And then the title sequence picks up where it left off.

Sue: What the **** was that? Did they just make a mistake there? That was very strange.

We then cut to the Doctor tinkering with the TARDIS console.

Sue: Where are we supposed to ...

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DOCTOR WHO AND THE SILURIANS

Episode 1

The opening titles immediately provoke a reaction from Sue.

Doctor Who and the SiluriansSue: Is this the first time we’ve seen the words Doctor Who and the… in the title?
Me: The first and only time.
Sue: You sound annoyed. What’s wrong?
Me: Well, you probably won’t have a problem with it because you think the character’s name is Doctor Who.
Sue: It is Doctor Who.
Me: ...

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SPEARHEAD FROM SPACE

Episode 1

Spearhead from SpaceSue is up in arms as soon as Pertwee’s face appears.

Sue: So is that it, then? That’s the regeneration?
Me: No, this is just the title sequence.
Sue: But it’s a massive spoiler! It ruins his big entrance. Oh no, not Robert Holmes again!

The action kicks off at a radar tracking station.

Sue: Ah, colour! This looks lovely. However, even if I had seen this in 1970, ...

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