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…

THE DALEK INVASION OF EARTH

World’s End Large chunks of this episode are taken up with an exasperated Sue moaning about how the TARDIS crew haven’t noticed a huge, ominous sign that warns the public against throwing dead bodies into a river. It could be a lot worse. It could be a poster for Sugar Puffs. Sue: You’d have to…

PLANET OF GIANTS

Planet of Giants Sue is fascinated by the TARDIS crew’s new costumes. Sue: Barbara looks like a dental nurse; Ian is going for a job interview; Susan is looking forward to spending some time on a farm; and the Doctor’s got himself a shiny new cloak. It’s all go, isn’t it? Sue identifies several parallels…

THE REIGN OF TERROR

A Land of Fear I stun Sue with a confession. Me: I’ve never seen this story before. She spits a mouthful of hot coffee over our kitten, Tegan. Me: It isn’t my fault! I didn’t have a VHS player when they released this story. And bits of it are missing, of course. Sue: What do…

THE SENSORITES

Strangers in Space The Sensorites begins with an incongruous scene which features our heroes fondly remembering all their adventures together so far, although nobody mentions the weird one with the scissors. However, when Barbara waves away her experiences in Mexico with a vague shrug, Sue isn’t very happy. Sue: “I’m over it now?” That was…

THE AZTECS

The Temple of Evil My hope that Sue would soak up this episode in revered silence is dashed within seconds, mainly because we get embroiled in two very tedious discussions. Well, tedious to me, at least. Sue: Why have they decided to visit the Aztecs? I thought Ian and Barbara wanted to get back to…

THE KEYS OF MARINUS

The Sea of Death Sue: Pause! Stop it! Rewind! Damn, she’s good. Even I didn’t notice the production team member pushing the revolving door when I saw this episode for the first time. It happens at least twice (three times, according to Sue), and she spends the entire episode scanning the frame for the slightest…

MARCO POLO

Against everyone’s advice, except for some divorce lawyers who contacted us last week, our adventure continues with a reconstruction. Sue is initially perplexed by the experience. Sue: It looks like a normal episode to me. This isn’t so bad. I don’t know what all the fuss is about. Me: This is the recap from the…

THE EDGE OF DESTRUCTION

The Edge of Destruction Sue finds it amusing that travelling in the TARDIS is a traumatic experience for everyone concerned, and when the crew are thrown violently to the floor, she doesn’t see it as a portent of doom, she regards it as business as usual. She’s wrong, of course. Sue: What the hell is…

THE DALEKS

The Dead Planet Sue: What’s this one called then? Me: ‘The Dead Planet’. Sue: How many episodes is it? Me: One. Sue: Excellent. Me: Well, I say ‘one’. You’re not supposed to know. The episodes have individual titles, which means you wouldn’t have known when one adventure might end and another would begin. A story…