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…

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,…

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…

MAWDRYN UNDEAD

Part One Two boys are admiring a vintage car that has 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. Ibbotson: This car is a classic, Turlough. Sue: Turlough? I know that name; I’ve heard you mention him…

TERROR OF THE ZYGONS

Part One Terror of the Zygons gets off to a cracking start. Sue: That was a nice edit to kick things off. I’m not entirely sure what I was looking at, 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…

ROBOT

Part One Sue: Ooh, scary face. Tom Baker looks very serious, doesn’t he? It’s a much better title sequence than the last one, though. You don’t need to see the Doctor’s legs. And then… Sue: They still haven’t fixed the titles! That’s just lazy. They’ve slapped the new titles over the old ones and hoped…

PLANET OF THE SPIDERS

Part One Me: Right, this is it. Sue: This is what? Me: Jon Pertwee’s last story. Six more episodes and it’s 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 this story works better if you know it’s…

INVASION OF THE DINOSAURS

Part One Me: Right, we have two choices. We can watch a recently recolourised version of the first episode which is a bit ropey around the edges, or we can watch a black white copy instead. It’s entirely up to you. Sue: Wow, I’m spoilt for choice. What do you recommend? Me: I’d go with…

THE TIME WARRIOR

Part One I can’t wait to show Sue the new title sequence. The diamond logo! The space-time vortex! Jon Pertwee’s legs! Sue: They’ve changed the titles… And they’ve missed a bit. Me: What? Sue: The bottom left-hand corner. They’ve missed a bit. There’s a hole in the titles. I like the new theme music, though.…

THE GREEN DEATH

Episode One Sue: I like this one already. We’re on location and it’s got a Land Rover in it. The Green Death takes place at a colliery in South Wales, and there’s definitely trouble at t’pit. Sue: I feel like we’ve stumbled into a Ken Loach drama by mistake. As Stevens, the director of Global…