THE WEB OF FEAR REDUX

Episode 1

I drop the first bombshell 30 seconds into the episode.

Sue: What do you mean, I’ve seen this before? What are you trying to do to me, Neil?

I offer to let her watch the first episode in silence, like we did when we re-watched The Enemy of the World Episode 3. She agrees. And then she doesn’t stop talking.

Sue: This is a bit random. What’s going on here?

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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!

This 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. Nobody had suspected a thing.

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

And that was my reaction to the very same news.

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

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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 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) 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. 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.
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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 of the World was Innes Lloyd’s last story as producer. He was responsible for 16 stories. Is there anything you’d like to say about Innes before ...

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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 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 only exists as a blurry photograph and you can’t see anything. Recons do have their advantages, sometimes.

The Doctor and his companions are menaced by some grumpy-looking Australians in ...

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THE ICE WARRIORS

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The Ice WarriorsSue: 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 base personnel’s rather distinctive clothing.

Sue: It’s like an avant-garde fashion show. It’s very 1960s. Has Mary ...

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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 carpentry looks nice.

We are both extremely grateful for Frazer Hines’ narration on this one; it carries us through several dialogue-free longueurs until Deborah Watling suddenly ups the ...

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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 about Matt Smith and The Tomb of the Cybermen later. I don’t want to prejudice you before we start. Although having said that, most fans ...

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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 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 Airport, ...

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