The Savages

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The Savages
It’s the story no one likes to talk about. Is it because it’s tedious, missing or racist? It’s up to Sue to find out…

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. ...

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The Gunfighters

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The Gunfighters
After shooting down a so-called classic, Sue turns her attention to a story that has been saddled with a terrible reputation. Can you see what I did there?

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 ...

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The Celestial Toymaker

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The Celestial Toymaker
Sorry for the long delay between updates but we’ve been watching The Celestial Toymaker. Need I say more?

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 ...

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The Ark

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The Ark
I tell Sue that The Ark is only two episodes long. I hope the risk to my own personal safety will be worth it…

The Steel Sky

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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The Massacre

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The Massacre
It’s Saturday April 23rd and that can only mean only one thing: it’s time for Doctor Who. A black and white, completely missing, couldn’t-be-arsed-hiring-John Cura, episode of Doctor Who. God help us all.

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 ...

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The Daleks’ Master Plan 11-12

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The Daleks’ Master Plan 11-12
We set out for the summit of the Daleks’ Master Plan. Nothing in the world can stop us now.

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 ...

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The Daleks’ Master Plan 5-10

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The Daleks’ Master Plan 5-10
Four recons, some mice, a Christmas Special, a malfunctioning fourth wall, and a surprise visit from an old adversary. What could possibly go wrong?

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?

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The Daleks’ Master Plan 1-4

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The Daleks’ Master Plan 1-4
The time has come for us to tackle the Mount Kilimanjaro of Doctor Who stories…

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 ...

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The Myth Makers

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The Myth Makers
If you’d told me two months ago that a William Hartnell adventure would sneak into my Top 10 Doctor Who stories of all time, I’d have laughed in your face.

The Myth Makers

The Myth MakersI’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 ...

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Galaxy 4

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Galaxy 4
Shit just got serious…

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 ...

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