THE TRIAL OF A TIME LORD 5-8

Part Five

Sue: They should do a recap for every episode. It’s really helpful. Hey, what happened to Robert Holmes?
Me: It’s Philip Martin’s turn to take over for a bit.
Sue: The Gangsters man? That’s okay. He’s pretty good.

Pretty good? Pretty good? PRETTY GOOD?!

The episode begins on the Time Lords’ space station.

Sue: We’re going to see this model shot all the time, aren’t we? They’re getting their money’s worth out of it. You can’t blame them, though. It looks great.

In ...

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THE TRIAL OF A TIME LORD 1-4

Before we begin the longest story in Doctor Who‘s history, I have a confession to make.

Sue: Is this Colin’s last story or not?
Me: Yes, it is. But…
Sue: But what?
Me: It’s 14 episodes long.

Crash zoom on Sue’s face.

Sue: HOW MANY EPISODES?!
Me: Calm down, calm down. It’s not so bad. The episodes are only 25-minutes long again.
Sue: I don’t care how bloody long they are, how am I supposed to remember what happens over the course of ...

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REVELATION OF THE DALEKS

Sue couldn’t wait to see this story. The combination of Graeme Harper and the Daleks was just too much for her to resist and she was dying for it. Unfortunately, we had to postpone the experiment for a couple of days because I had a temporary threshold shift. If you’ve never been unfortunate/stupid enough to experience this yourself, it’s basically a muffled, ringing sound in your ears which can last for days. I had it in my left ear for ...

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TIMELASH

Part One

Sue: Glen McCoy. Any relation to Sylvester?
Me: No. He wrote two episodes of Angels – which were seminal – but he’s probably best known for his crisps.
Sue: Really?
Me: No.

TimelashTimelash begins on the TARDIS.

Sue: I don’t believe it. Peri is wearing something sensible for a change.

The Doctor and Peri are bickering about where to go next.

Sue: He just pushed her away! I remember when the Doctor and his ...

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THE TWO DOCTORS

I wanted Nicol to watch at least one Colin Baker episode with us and The Two Doctors seemed like the safest bet. It’s a story about vegetarianism (Nicol has been meat-free for the last year) and it’s set in an exotic location (she likes Spain). And if she didn’t agree to watch it with us, I’d delete this week’s episode of Homeland from the PVR.

I cue up the DVD’s Episode Selection screen.

Sue: It’s three episodes. But that means…
Nicol: Only ...

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THE MARK OF THE RANI

I'm A Celebrity...Before we tackled The Mark of the Rani, there were some surprises in store for us in the jungle. The first shock came on Friday night when it became clear that Colin Baker couldn’t wait to leave. The second shock arrived on Saturday when Sue saw Colin topless for the first – and hopefully last – time (“He needs Helen’s fake tan more than she does!”), and ...

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VENGEANCE ON VAROS

Even though he failed to endure Night of the Mini-Macra, and he dances like a Pussycat Doll with a urinary tract infection, Colin Baker has still captured Sue’s heart.

Sue: He hasn’t put a foot wrong. It’s a pity he was too fat to enter that sewer, which is ironic when you think about it, but no one would have voted for him to go in anyway, so it didn’t really matter in the end. He’s lovely. A real gent. Not ...

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ATTACK OF THE CYBERMEN

Colin Baker continues to impress Sue in at least one TV show.

Sue: Colin’s lovely. He’s my tip to win. Colin doesn’t have a bad word to say about anyone. He’s the perfect gentleman, always comforting everyone around him. And he’s shedding plenty of weight, mainly thanks to Helen, although she did come good in the end. That was great telly by the way.

But watching I’m A Celebrity… comes at a price. Ant and Dec have revealed to Sue that the ...

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THE TWIN DILEMMA

The Twin Dilemma isn’t Sue’s first exposure to Colin Baker. No, that came two days earlier with I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here! Before that, Colin was just some actor who shouted at me at a convention once (at least we have something in common now) and, according to ITV, a former Dr Who.

Me: He was also in The Brothers, you know.

This is what Sue thought of Colin after three days in the jungle:

Sue: He’s really, really nice. ...

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THE CAVES OF ANDROZANI

Part One

Me: You’ve seen this before, 19 and a half years ago. It was the first story we watched together when I moved in with you in ’93. Can you remember anything about it?
Sue: No. I remember Genesis of the Daleks, though.
Me: We watched Genesis after this.
Sue: Well, it must have been good if I let you show me another one. But I can’t remember a thing about it.
Me: You didn’t say much at the ...

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