The Web of Fear Redux

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The Web of Fear Redux
It ain’t over yeti…

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 ...

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The Enemy of the World Redux

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The Enemy of the World Redux
Sue agrees to give this rediscovered story wan more chonce…

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?

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Downtime

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Downtime
Yes, but does it count?

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? Kickstarter didn’t ...

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Fury from the Deep

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Fury from the Deep
Take a pipe, add some weed, breathe in deeply and let the raging paranoia begin.

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 ...

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The Web of Fear

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The Web of Fear
It’s time to us to go underground. Please mind the gaps. All five of them.

Me: This is the first story with a new producer in charge – Peter Bryant – although he did have a trial run with The Tomb of the Cybermen.

Sue: That’s doesn’t exactly fill me with confidence.

Me: And 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 ...

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The Enemy of the World

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The Enemy of the World
Hey, reader, it’s-a time for Ze Enemy of Ze World! Would you like extra jalapeños with that, huh?

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 ...

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The Ice Warriors

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The Ice Warriors
It’s time for Carry On… Base Under Siege. On ice.

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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 ...

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The Abominable Snowmen

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The Abominable Snowmen
It’s Sue’s first – and by no means last – encounter with Buddhism, Doctor Who style. Will she find it abominable? And what will she make of the Target novelisations?

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 ...

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The Tomb of the Cybermen

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The Tomb of the Cybermen
Season Five. Some people call it the Monster Season. Some people call it the Base Under Siege Season. I call it the Make Or Break Season.

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.

As Captain Jack Harness takes a break from saving the world to have a quick shag.

Sue: From the same franchise that brought you The Faceless ...

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The Evil of the Daleks

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The Evil of the Daleks
We conclude the fourth season with a stone-cold classic. Will Sue agree or has the experiment reached its “final end”?

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 ...

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