Planet of Fire

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Planet of Fire
I’ve hidden the cushions…

Part One

Sue: Ooh, we like Peter Grimwade, don’t we?

Me: Yes, he’s a very good director.

Sue: Excellent.

Me: But he didn’t direct this.

Sue: Oh. At least we’re on location. That’s good. This is a very impressive quarry, actually.

Two men are traipsing up a mountain in their pants…

Planet of FireSue: Blimey, he’s got a big packet…. Oh, no! It’s Rodney Bewes again! In a wig!

Me: Don’t worry, it’s not ...

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Resurrection of the Daleks

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Resurrection of the Daleks
Brave heart, Susan…

I thought long and hard about which version of Resurrection I would 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 ...

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Frontios

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Frontios
Down down deeper and down…

Part One

FrontiosFrontios 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 ...

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The Awakening

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The Awakening
Will Sue bear the Malus any malice? Let’s find out…

Part One

The AwakeningSue: 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? ...

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Warriors of the Deep

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Warriors of the Deep
What would Greg do?

Part One

Warriors of the DeepSue: Are we underwater this week?

Me: Yes.

Sue: Good. (singing) Stingray! Stingray. Dudda-der-da-der-da-Stingray!

Me: OK, 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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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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The King’s Demons

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The King’s Demons
Will Sue sing this story’s praises? There’s only one way to find out…

Part One

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

The King's DemonsSue: 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 ...

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Enlightenment

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Enlightenment
It’s just an illusion. Ooh, Ooh, Ooh, Ooh, Ah-ahh.

Part One

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 ...

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Terminus

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Terminus
It’s the end of the line for Nyssa…

Part One

TerminusSue: 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? ...

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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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