Episode 1

The SavagesSue: I miss the individual episode titles.
Me: Already? But at least you know what the story is called without having to ask.
Sue: I can’t read it properly – the background is too white. What does it say? ‘The Sky Ages’?
Me: This is proper Doctor Who. Look, we’re in a quarry.

When the Doctor wanders off to take some readings with his Reacting Vibrator (“I’m surprised that ...

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A Holiday for the Doctor

The Gunfighters begins with a song.

Sue: This is an interesting way to start an episode. We’ve never seen anything like this before.
Nicol: This isn’t Doctor Who. What is this?

Sue’s daughter watched this episode with us – the first time we’ve allowed another human being to sit in on the experiment since the Simon Harries debacle. Putting classic Doctor Who on the telly is usually Nicol’s cue to slam the lid on her laptop before heading ...

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The Celestial Toyroom

Sue: Is there anything I should know about this before we begin?
Me: Well, a new producer has taken over the reins. He’s called Innes Lloyd and he’ll stick around a lot longer than the last one did. Another interesting fact is the Doctor Who Appreciation Society named their monthly magazine after the title of this episode.
Sue: Oh, in that case it must be good.

And that’s as positive as it gets as far as The Celestial Toymaker ...

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The Steel Sky

I’ve told Sue that The Ark is only two episodes long. I hope the risk to my personal safety is worth it.

Sue: At last, moving images again. And only two episodes as well. This should be a walk in the park.

The first thing we have to contend with is a Monoid.

Sue: That’s very sinister. Where’s its mouth?
Me: It doesn’t have a mouth.
Sue: It had better not talk, then. If I ever hear one talking, I’ll be ...

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War of God

Sue: Can we watch the new Matt Smith episode again instead?
Me: No.
Sue: But I need to discuss my River Song theory with you.
Me: I’m not falling for that old chestnut, Sue. Come on, we have to crack on. Do you want to be stuck in the 1960s forever?
Sue: Okay, so what’s this one called?
Me: I can’t tell you. Even the fans can’t agree on an umbrella title for this story. The title we ...

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The Abandoned Planet

Sue: I don’t believe it…

That’s right, the Monk’s directional thingamy whatsit has burnt itself out. Sue isn’t pleased; just when she thought the Doctor could finally ‘drive’ his TARDIS properly. However, as luck would have it, it worked long enough to get him back to Kembel.

Sue: How big is Kembel?
Me: That’s a good point. They could have landed hundreds of miles away from the Daleks’ base. That would be funny.
Sue: They won’t have. It’ll be 200 ...

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Counter Plot

We enjoy – if enjoy is the right word – a brief respite from the recons with an episode that actually exists in the archives. Whoopee-****ing-do. Of all the episodes that survive from this story, why did it have to be this one?

The Daleks' Master PlanSue: I’m not sure if the guy playing Chen is taking this seriously or not. The way he waves his fingers around, ...

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The Nightmare Begins

Do I come clean and tell Sue that we’re about to start a 12-part epic, or do I postpone the inevitable and pretend it’s a two-parter? The second option will only get me so far (and a cushion in the face), so I’ve decided to take the approach that’s been endorsed by a fantastic blog called TARDIS Eruditorum, where Philip Sandifer suggests the best way to enjoy The Daleks’ Master Plan is not to treat it as a ...

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The Myth Makers

I’m going to shake up the blog’s format for this particular instalment. Instead of writing up my notes episodically, I’m going to tackle it as a single entry. The reason for this is simple, The Myth Makers passed the ultimate test and we watched it in one go. Sue insisted.

The first thing she praises is the programme’s audacious decision not to follow Mission to the Unknown with the next logical part of that story, and I mentally kick ...

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Four Hundred Dawns

My friend John Williams has kindly furnished me with all the recons I need to get us through the next few months, but his Loose Canon reconstruction of ‘Galaxy Snore’ leaves a lot to be desired. It looks like it’s been sourced from a 10th-generation VHS tape, with picture distortion, hissy sound and off-locks galore. In fact, it’s so piss poor, I seriously consider buying the remastered audio soundtrack on CD so we can listen to it in ...

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