THE WEB OF FEAR REDUX

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 scene is a ...

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THE ENEMY OF THE WORLD REDUX

Sue: It’s almost as if they were waiting for our book to go to print before they announced it!

That was Sue’s reaction to the news that an undisclosed number of missing episodes of Doctor Who had miraculously turned up out of the blue. It was incredible. No one had suspected a thing.

Sue: Neil? Why are you crying? Neil? Are you all right?

And that was my reaction to the very same news.

Sue: Oh no… If they’ve found 100 missing episodes, we ...

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DOWNTIME

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? ...

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FURY FROM THE DEEP

Episode 1

Me: This is the only Patrick Troughton story that doesn’t begin with a ‘The’.
Sue: (Rolling her eyes) Is that so? Remind me why I married you?

The TARDIS dematerialises in mid-air before gently landing on the North Sea.

Sue: I’ve seen this before. I definitely remember seeing that as a child. It’s very memorable. I was going to ask you if the TARDIS ever landed on the sea. I wish I had now. It would have freaked you out.
Me: ...

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THE WEB OF FEAR

Me: I forgot to mention that The Enemy of the World was Innes Lloyd’s last story as producer. He was responsible for 16 stories in total. Is there anything you’d like to say about Innes before we move on?
Sue: Not really.

Episode 1

Sue: This had better not be a sequel to The Web Planet. I’m serious, Neil.

Jamie teases the Doctor about his inability to fly the TARDIS properly (which is understandable given that they’ve just spent the last ...

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THE ENEMY OF THE WORLD

Episode 1

Sue: The TARDIS doesn’t sound very healthy. That can’t be good.

Our heroes have arrived on a beach and Sue keeps the spirit of Polly alive when she suggests that they may have landed in Cornwall. The Doctor doesn’t care where they are and he decides to go paddling in the sea instead.

Sue: I’m glad this scene with the Doctor standing there in his underwear only exists as a blurry photograph and you can’t really see anything. Recons have their ...

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THE ICE WARRIORS

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The Ice WarriorsSue: These opening credits are HUGE! Brian must be really proud of this story. Actually, I’m surprised that RTD didn’t go in for credits like this.

When we are introduced to the bedlam that is the Brittanicus Base, Sue immediately has a problem with its central computer.

Sue: Is there a Dalek loose on this base? Is that why everyone is panicking?

The next thing that Sue notices is – ...

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THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMEN

Episode 1

Sue: The Doctor really should have a car boot sale. He’s a bit of a hoarder.

Aside from that little gem, Sue doesn’t say very much for the first ten minutes of The Abominable Snowmen. I can only assume that she was totally engrossed or bored out of her gourd. She definitely wasn’t sleeping. I know, I checked.

Sue: I’m really looking forward to seeing this as a moving episode tomorrow. The carpentry looks very nice.

We are both extremely grateful for ...

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THE TOMB OF THE CYBERMEN

You’ll be pleased to hear that we didn’t watch any Doctor Who during our 12th wedding anniversary celebrations. Of course we didn’t. No, we watched an episode of Torchwood instead.

Me: Look! A complete story! On DVD and everything! Our first complete adventure with Patrick Troughton! How exciting is that?
Sue: The last time I was this excited about an episode of Doctor Who was when you showed me that Matt Smith trailer just a few minutes ago.
Me: I’ll tell ...

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THE EVIL OF THE DALEKS

Episode 1

As luck would have it, when the story’s title appears on-screen, Sue is momentarily distracted by Tegan, our cat (who really is a mouth on legs).

Sue: Sorry, I missed that. What’s this one called?
Me: The Antiques of Death.

I think I got away with it.

Sue: This is very odd. It’s as if they’re still hanging around the fringes of the last episode and they can’t find a way out. I suppose they’re getting their money’s worth out of Gatwick ...

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