DOWNTIME

Sue: So what are you putting me through tonight? Me: I’m going to give you a taste of just how desperate Doctor Who fans were in 1995. Sue: A desperate Doctor Who fan. Sounds wonderful. Me: I’m going to show you a fan film. Sue: Haven’t I suffered enough? Me: The fans grew tired of…

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) Remind me why I married you, again, Neil. The TARDIS dematerialises in mid-air before landing gently on the North Sea. Sue: I’ve seen this before. I definitely remember seeing this when I was a kid.…

THE WEB OF FEAR

We’re going underground. Please mind the gaps. All five of them. Me: This is the first story with a new producer, although he did get a trial run with The Tomb of the Cybermen. Sue: That doesn’t exactly fill me with confidence. Me: His name is Peter Bryant. I forgot to mention that The Enemy…

THE ENEMY OF THE WORLD

Episode 1 Sue: The TARDIS doesn’t sound very healthy. That can’t be good. Our heroes have landed on a beach. Sue keeps Polly’s memory alive by suggesting they’ve arrived in Cornwall. The Doctor doesn’t care where they are and goes paddling in the sea. Sue: I’m glad this scene with the Doctor in his underwear…

THE ICE WARRIORS

One Sue: The credits are HUGE! Brian must be really proud of this story. When we’re introduced to the bedlam that is 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 Sue notices is the…

THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMEN

Episode One Sue: The Doctor should have a car boot sale. He’s a hoarder. Aside from that little gem, Sue didn’t say very much for the first 10 minutes of The Abominable Snowmen. Either she was totally engrossed or bored out of her gourd. But she definitely wasn’t sleeping. I know because I checked. Sue:…

THE TOMB OF THE CYBERMEN

Me: Look! A complete story! On DVD and everything! Our first complete adventure starring Patrick Troughton! How exciting is that? Sue: The last time I was this excited about Doctor Who was when you showed me a trailer for Matt Smith’s next episode a few minutes ago. Me: Remind me to tell you a story…

THE EVIL OF THE DALEKS

Episode 1 As luck would have it, when this story’s title appeared on-screen, Sue was momentarily distracted by our cat, Tegan (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 odd. It’s as…