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 will be changing the format for this particular installment. 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 Makers passed ...

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Galaxy 4

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Galaxy 4
Shit just got serious…

Four Hundred Dawns

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

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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. She finds his anxiety about being left alone understandable and strangely humanising.

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

When Steven staggers into the ...

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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…

Executioners

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

Sue: I like this a lot. Everyone is chilling out, having a nice time. It’s a bit like a relaxing Sunday afternoon on the TARDIS and it’s amusing to watch the kid moaning to the grown-ups about being bored.

The gag about Ian’s Monster book being too far-fetched goes down ...

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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 appropriate DVD into the player, I sigh. Loudly.

Sue: That doesn’t sound very promising.

Me: Just ignore me. I don’t want to prejudice you in any way.

Sue: You already have. Just give it ...

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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 that Sue adored it so much that we simply had to wallow in its glorious splendour again, but the sad truth is we had to re-watch the episode for an array of complicated reasons that I shall attempt to bore you with now.

First of all, our mutual friend, Simon ‘Rula’ ...

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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 terrible. 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 all 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?

Poor Sue. She simply can’t accept that yesterday’s cliffhanger could result in a luxurious timeshare holiday for four in Italy. When she learns that our heroes have lounged around in a villa for a month at least, she is taken aback by the abrupt change of pace.

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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. But then the Doctor accidentally asks Susan to open the doors.

Sue: Ah, bless him. You just want to give the Doctor a really big cuddle.

Barbara feels pretty much the same way and when she ...

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