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. Nicol: I’m not watching any William Hartnell with you. You can forget…

PLANET OF THE SPIDERS

Part One Me: Right, this is it. Sue: This is what? Me: Jon Pertwee’s last story. Six more episodes and it’s over. Sue: Really? Why are you telling me this now? Are you winding me up again? Me: I was going to keep it a surprise, but this story works better if you know it’s…

INVASION OF THE DINOSAURS

Part One Me: Right, we have two choices. We can watch a recently recolourised version of the first episode which is a bit ropey around the edges, or we can watch a black white copy instead. It’s entirely up to you. Sue: Wow, I’m spoilt for choice. What do you recommend? Me: I’d go with…

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. As Stevens, the director of Global…

THE TIME MONSTER

Episode One Sue: 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:…

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 DAEMONS

Episode One A man is walking his dog in a raging thunderstorm when his pet is suddenly killed off-screen by some unseen, malevolent force. Sue: Right! That’s a mark off straightaway. There was no need for that. She doesn’t care about the dog’s owner of course, even when he meets the same horrible fate. And…

THE CLAWS OF AXOS

Episode One Sue: Is this one definitely in colour? Me: Oh yes, this is definitely in colour. A mysterious object is hurtling through space. Sue: It’s a bowling pin with a mushroom on top. The camera moves behind the spacecraft. Sue: Actually, it doesn’t look that bad from this angle. It’s very organic, like Kosh’s…

THE MIND OF EVIL

Episode One Sue: Is there any particular reason why this is in black and white? Me: Yes, it was specifically done to annoy you. Sue: Can’t they colour it in or something? Me: That would be ridiculous, and almost certainly impossible. Anyway, this story looks better in black and white. Sue: So why is the…

TERROR OF THE AUTONS

Episode One Sue: I like the Autons, but I can’t remember whether I like Robert Holmes or not. Me: It’s complicated. The story begins at a circus. Sue: An old-fashioned 1970s circus. This brings back memories. Me: Yeah, this was when you could torture lions to death in the name of entertainment. Sue: I feel…