RESURRECTION OF THE DALEKS

I thought long and hard about which version of Resurrection to show to my wife. Should I make Sue watch the two-part double-length version transmitted by the BBC in 1984, or would the four-part edit that was originally planned by the production team be the better option? I went to Facebook and Twitter looking for…

FRONTIOS

Part One Frontios begins in a mine. Sue: Ooh, mining. We haven’t had a mining story in ages. A man is examining some ore samples when the ground suddenly gives way beneath him. Sue: Are we supposed to see his finger wiggling about under the soil, or is that a mistake? Chief Orderly Brazen calls…

THE AWAKENING

Part One Sue: I like this story already. We’re outside and we’re on Earth. That’s just the way I like it. Sue immediately recognises the actress playing Jane Hampden. Sue: Oh, it’s Polly whatsherface from The Liver Birds. We have the complete set, now. Jane watches as a group of men in Civil War armour…

WARRIORS OF THE DEEP

Part One Sue: Are we underwater this week? Me: Yes. Sue: Good. (Singing) Stingray! Stingray… Dudda-der-da-der-da-Stingray! Me: Okay, settle down. On a sea base in the year 2084… Sue: Nice set. It’s huge! I like it when they build the set on two levels. There’s plenty of movement, too. Yes, it’s very nice indeed. It…

THE FIVE DOCTORS

We watched the original broadcast version of The Five Doctors. Unfortunately, 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 KING’S DEMONS

Part One Before you ask, yes, Sue knew The King’s Demons was only two episodes long. In fact, she could barely contain her excitement. Sue: I’m especially looking forward to visiting Turlough’s home planet so we can get to the bottom of where he comes from, and what he was doing in that bloody school.…

ENLIGHTENMENT

Part One Nicol joins us for the first episode. Let’s look in as Sue attempts to bring her daughter up to speed with the Black Guardian trilogy… Sue: So the Doctor’s companions are Tegan – she’s Australian – and… Nicol: I know who Tegan is. Sue: And an alien called Turlough. He looks like a…

TERMINUS

Part One Sue: Terminus? I hope this story doesn’t take place in a bus station. Sue loathes bus stations. And burnt toast. And pointless arguments concerning UNIT dating. But I digress… Turlough is fiddling with the TARDIS. Sue: It can’t be a good idea to put important electronics in a corridor, can it? What happens…

MAWDRYN UNDEAD

Part One Two boys are admiring a vintage car that’s been parked in the grounds of a school. Sue: Is this story going to be about upper class toffs? Oh well, that’s the BBC for you, I suppose. Ibbotson tells his friend, Turlough, that the car is a classic. Sue: Turlough? I know that name.…

SNAKEDANCE

Part One Sue: Snakedance… Sounds a bit rude to me. Sue’s jaw slackens in disbelief as Nyssa enters the console room dressed in a different outfit. Sue: Is that the best she could come up with after all this time? She’s had ages to think about what she was going to wear, and she still…