The Myth Makers

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The Myth Makers
If you’d told me two months ago that a William Hartnell adventure would sneak into my Top 10 Doctor Who stories of all time, I’d have laughed in your face.

The Myth Makers

The Myth MakersI’m going to shake up the blog’s format for this particular instalment. Instead of writing up my notes episodically, I’m going to tackle it as a single entry. The reason for this is simple, The Myth ...

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Galaxy 4

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Galaxy 4
Shit just got serious…

Four Hundred Dawns

My friend John Williams has kindly furnished me with all the recons I need to get us through the next few months, but his Loose Canon reconstruction of ‘Galaxy Snore’ leaves a lot to be desired. It looks like it’s been sourced from a 10th-generation VHS tape, with picture distortion, hissy sound and off-locks galore. In fact, it’s so piss poor, I seriously consider buying the remastered audio soundtrack on CD so we can listen ...

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The Time Meddler

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The Time Meddler
We throw caution to the wind and watch a complete story in a single sitting. It helps that the story in question is one of the very best that 1960s Doctor Who has to offer. But will Sue agree?

The Watcher

Sue likes it when the Doctor pines for his ex-companions, and she finds his anxiety about being left alone understandable and strangely humanising.

Sue: If he could just tone down the bloody, “Hmm hmm hmms”, he’d actually be okay.

When Steven staggers into ...

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The Chase

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The Chase
It’s the return of Sue’s favourite monsters: Terry Nation and Richard Martin. It can only end in tears…

The Executioners

The Chase begins with a lengthy TARDIS scene, which warms the cockles of Sue’s heart.

Sue: I like this a lot. Everyone’s chilling out. It’s a relaxing Sunday afternoon on the TARDIS, and the kid is moaning to the grown-ups because she’s bored.

The gag about Ian’s book of monsters being too far-fetched goes down well, and, some wobbly camera work aside (“Did they ...

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The Space Museum

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The Space Museum
I don’t know how much more of this I can take. Forget my “poor wife” – what about me? This isn’t my first trip to Xeros and I can’t say I’m thrilled at the prospect of a return visit to the godforsaken shit hole.

The Space Museum

As I slip the DVD into our PS3, I sigh. Loudly.

Sue: That doesn’t sound very promising.

Me: Sorry. Ignore me. I don’t want to prejudice you in any way.

Sue: You already have. Give it to me ...

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The Crusade

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The Crusade
The experiment was running smoothly until we reached The Crusade. Too smoothly, perhaps. So what the hell went wrong?

The Lion

We had to watch this episode twice.

I’d love to tell you Sue adored it so much we decided to wallow in its glorious splendour again, but the sad truth is we had to re-watch it for an array of complicated reasons which I will bore you with now…

First of all, our mutual friend, Simon ‘Rula’ Harries, came to stay for the ...

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The Web Planet

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The Web Planet
I’ve been dreading this. Will the Zarbi push Sue over the edge? Will this be the final end? And will Bill Strutton be named in my decree nisi?

The Web Planet

Sue: Is the print damaged? It looks awful. Couldn’t they clean this one up?

Me: They have cleaned it up.

Sue: So why does it look like shit?

Me: Because they smeared a tub of Vaseline over the camera lens.

Sue: Vaseline? Are you joking?

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The Romans

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The Romans
Sue has laughed, albeit unintentionally, at Doctor Who ever since we began this experiment. But how will she fare when she’s confronted with a bona fide comedy?

The Slave Traders

Sue: Have we skipped an episode?

Sue can’t believe yesterday’s cliffhanger has somehow resulted in a luxurious getaway for four in Italy.

Sue: Poor Susan. She would have loved a holiday like this. It’s so unfair.

There’s a wonderful moment where Hartnell pretends to forget Ian’s surname, and the perfectly executed gag makes Sue laugh ...

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The Rescue

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The Rescue
After an epic battle against the mighty Daleks, we settle down to watch an intimate story about a genocidal maniac with a penchant for dressing up and bamboozling young girls.

A Powerful Enemy

Things get off to a pretty good start with some excellent banter in the TARDIS. And then the Doctor accidentally asks Susan to open the doors.

Sue: Ah, bless him. I want to give the Doctor a big cuddle.

Barbara feels the same way, and when she carefully places herself in ...

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