The Web of Fear Redux

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The Web of Fear Redux
It ain’t over yeti…

Episode 1

I drop the first bombshell less than thirty seconds into the episode.

Sue: What do you mean, I’ve seen this episode before? What are you trying to do to me, Neil? A divorce won’t be good for the book. You do know that, don’t you?

I offer to let her watch the first episode in silence, just like we did with The Enemy of the World Episode 3. She agrees. And then she won’t shut up.

Sue: This ...

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Downtime

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Downtime
Yes, but does it count?

Sue: So what are you putting me through tonight?

Me: Tonight I’m going give you a taste of how desperate Doctor Who fans were in 1995.

Sue: A desperate Doctor Who fan. Sounds wonderful.

Me: So 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? Kickstarter didn’t ...

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Battlefield

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Battlefield
Let battle commence…

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 of the Daleks quite a ...

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The Five Doctors

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The Five Doctors
Daleks, Yeti, Cybermen… BINGO!

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 ...

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Mawdryn Undead

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Mawdryn Undead
It’s Black Guardian Week on the Wife in Space…

Part One

Mawdryn UndeadThe story begins…

Sue: On film, on location, and on Earth. That’s a good start.

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 ...

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Terror of the Zygons

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Terror of the Zygons
Och aye the nooooooooooooo!

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 ...

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Robot

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Robot
I can’t wait to start the Baker years. But we have to get through Tom and Peter first…

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 ...

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Planet of the Spiders

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Planet of the Spiders
A tear, Neil and Sue?

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

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Invasion of the Dinosaurs
Up until now, Sue thought that Marc Bolan was the only 1970s T-Rex that mattered…

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 ...

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The Time Warrior

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The Time Warrior
Jo who?

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! OK, it’s very clever, especially when you consider that they ...

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