DR WHO AND THE DALEKS

I was a sneaky bastard, too. I cued up the DVD and paused it just before the film started, and then when Sue entered the living room, I told her we were going to watch a one-part story. Once I’d secured the restraints and hit ‘play’, I then took great delight in watching her jaw…

THE TIME MEDDLER

The Watcher Sue likes it when the Doctor pines for his ex-companions, and she finds his anxiety about being left alone understandable and strangely humanising. Sue: If he could just tone down the bloody, “Hmm hmm hmms”, he’d actually be okay. When Steven staggers into the console room instead of a Dalek, which Sue thought…

THE CHASE

The Executioners The Chase begins with a lengthy TARDIS scene which warms the cockles of Sue’s heart. Sue: I like this a lot. Everyone’s chilling out. It’s a relaxing Sunday afternoon on the TARDIS, and the kid is moaning to the grown-ups because she’s bored. The gag about Ian’s book of monsters being too far-fetched…

THE SPACE MUSEUM

The Space Museum As I slip the DVD into our PS3, I sigh. Loudly. Sue: That doesn’t sound very promising. Me: Sorry. Ignore me. I don’t want to prejudice you in any way. Sue: You already have. Give it to me straight: how long and how bad? Me: It’s short. Four parts. The first part…

THE CRUSADE

The Lion We had to watch this episode twice. I’d love to tell you Sue adored it so much we decided to wallow in its glorious splendour again, but the sad truth is we had to re-watch it for an array of complicated reasons which I will bore you with now. First of all, our…

THE WEB PLANET

The Web Planet Sue: Is the print damaged? It looks awful. 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 over the camera lens. Sue: Vaseline? Are you joking? Me: Fraid not. In fact, there’s a…

THE ROMANS

The Slave Traders Sue: Have we skipped an episode? Sue can’t believe yesterday’s cliffhanger has somehow resulted in a luxurious holiday for four in Italy. Sue: Poor Susan. She would have loved this. It’s so unfair. There’s a wonderful moment where Hartnell pretends to forget Ian’s surname, and the perfectly executed gag makes Sue laugh…

THE RESCUE

The Powerful Enemy Things get off to a pretty good start with some excellent banter in the TARDIS. And then the Doctor accidentally asks Susan to open the doors. Sue: Ah, bless him. I want to give the Doctor a big cuddle. Barbara feels the same way, and when she carefully places herself in the…

THE DALEK INVASION OF EARTH

World’s End Large chunks of this episode are taken up with an exasperated Sue moaning about how the TARDIS crew haven’t noticed a huge, ominous sign that warns the public against throwing dead bodies into a river. It could be a lot worse. It could be a poster for Sugar Puffs. Sue: You’d have to…