I thought long and hard about which version of Resurrection to screen. 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 a better option? I went to Facebook and Twitter looking for advice and the following exchange really made me laugh:

John Williams: If you show her the 4-part version, I’ll petrol bomb the house.
Robert Dick: Show her the four ...

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Frontios begins in a mine.

Sue: Ooh, mining. We haven’t had a mining story for ages.

A man is examining some ore samples when the ground begins to give way beneath him.

Sue: Are we supposed to see that finger wiggling about under the soil, or is that a mistake?

Chief Orderly Brazen calls for his men to evacuate the mine before it collapses.

Sue: He’s famous. I don’t know what I might have seen him in, though.
Me: Did you ever watch The ...

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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 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 ride by on horseback.

Sue: Has she fallen through a hole in time? She seems to be handling it rather well. Either that or the costume department have completely ****ed up and she’s ...

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Warriors of the DeepSue: 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 lots of movement, too. Yes, it’s very nice.

It’s not long before we meet some old friends. Or is it enemies? I can’t keep ...

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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.

The Five DoctorsNicol: I’m not watching any William Hartnell with you. You can forget it.
Me: Be patient, Nicol.
Sue: Don’t worry, Nic. Neil’s promised me that ...

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Before you ask, yes, Sue knew The King’s Demons was only two episodes long. She could barely contain her excitement, in fact.

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.

The story begins on 13th century Earth. In a nobleman’s hall, a feast is underway.

Sue: Turlough’s home planet isn’t what I was expecting. They appear to be stuck ...

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Nicol joined us for the first episode. Let’s listen 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 public schoolboy. It’s complicated. Anyway, Turlough is trying to kill the Doctor, but the Doctor doesn’t actually know that yet.
Nicol: How long has that been going ...

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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.

The story begins with Turlough fiddling with the TARDIS.

Sue: It can’t be a good idea to put important electronics in a corridor, can it? What happens if the Doctor jettisons that corridor by accident one day? Shouldn’t anything important be in the control room? You don’t want to be running down a ...

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Two boys are admiring a vintage car that has been parked in the grounds of a school.

Mawdryn UndeadSue: Is this story going to be about upper class toffs? Oh well, that’s the BBC for you.
Ibbotson: This car is a classic, Turlough.
Sue: Turlough? I know that name; I’ve heard you mention him before so he must be a companion. But that means we’ll have three companions again! Did ...

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Sue: Snakedance… Sounds a bit rude.

After briefly glimpsing a Roger Dean album cover (“What the hell was that supposed to be?”), we join the TARDIS in flight. Sue’s jaw slackens in disbelief when Nyssa enters the console room dressed in a different outfit.

SnakedanceSue: 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 ...

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