THE WEB OF FEAR REDUX

Episode 1

I drop the first bombshell 30 seconds into the episode.

Sue: What do you mean, I’ve seen this before? What are you trying to do to me, Neil?

I offer to let her watch the first episode in silence, like we did when we re-watched The Enemy of the World Episode 3. She agrees. And then she doesn’t stop talking.

Sue: This is a bit random. What’s going on here?

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DOWNTIME

Sue: So what are you putting me through tonight?
Me: I’m going to give you a taste of just how desperate Doctor Who fans were in 1995.
Sue: A desperate Doctor Who fan. Sounds wonderful.
Me: I’m going to show you a fan film.
Sue: Haven’t I suffered enough?
Me: The fans grew tired of waiting for the BBC to bring Doctor Who back, so they did it themselves. Fans are like that.
Sue: But how could they afford it? ...

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BATTLEFIELD

Part One

Sue: This had better be good.
Me: What are you going to do if it isn’t? You can’t give up now.
Sue: Wanna bet? I could still do a Scanapanasky.
Me: Schapansky.
Sue: Whatever. I’m just saying.

Once Sue has gotten over the fact that the theme music isn’t in 5.1 surround sound, she latches onto the writer’s name.

Sue: Aaronovitch.
Me: You almost pronounced that correctly. Well done.
Sue: I like him, don’t I?
Me: Well, you liked Remembrance ...

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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.

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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MAWDRYN UNDEAD

Part One

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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TERROR OF THE ZYGONS

Part One

Me: We’ve made it to Doctor Who’s 13th season.
Sue: 13, eh? Unlucky for some.
Me: We’ll see.

Thankfully, Terror of the Zygons gets off to a cracking start.

Sue: That’s a nice edit to kick things off. I’m not entirely sure what I was looking at there, but it’s a confident start.

An oil rig crumbles into the sea.

Sue: I still don’t know what I’m looking at, but that was probably a very nice explosion. I’m sure it was a smart ...

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ROBOT

Part One

RobotSue: Ooh, scary face. Tom Baker looks very serious, doesn’t he? But this is a much better title sequence. You don’t need to see the Doctor’s legs.

And then…

Sue: They still haven’t fixed the credits! That’s just lazy. They slapped the new titles over the old ones and hoped for the best. Will they ever sort that out?

Tom Baker’s opening gambit doesn’t go down well either.

Sue: Is Tom Baker always this ...

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PLANET OF THE SPIDERS

Part One

Me: Right, this is it.
Sue: This is what?
Me: This is the last Jon Pertwee story. Six more episodes and it’s all over.
Sue: Really? Why are you telling me this now? Are you winding me up again?
Me: I was going to keep it a surprise, but I believe this story works better if you know that it’s the Third Doctor’s swan song. It would have been common knowledge to the average viewer at the time, too. ...

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INVASION OF THE DINOSAURS

Part One

Me: Right, we have two choices tonight. We can watch a recently recolourised version of the first episode – which looks a bit ropey around the edges – or we can watch a black white copy instead. It’s up to you.
Sue: Wow, I’m spoilt for choice. What do you recommend?
Me: I’d go with the black and white version if I were you. I think it looks better, and most of the audience would have seen it in ...

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THE TIME WARRIOR

Part One

The Time WarriorI can’t wait to show Sue Season 11’s new title sequence. The diamond logo! The space-time vortex! Jon Pertwee’s legs!

Sue: They’ve changed the titles. (Pause) And they’ve missed a bit.
Me: What?
Sue: The bottom left-hand corner. They missed a bit.
Me: Is that it?
Sue: I like the new theme music.
Me: They haven’t changed the music!
Sue: Calm down! Okay, it’s very clever, especially ...

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