Category Archives: First Doctor

The Target Storybook

When I was a kid, nothing was more exciting than getting a new Doctor Who book from the TARGET book range.  I utterly adored them.  Then, one day, I finished the collection and there were none left to collect.  When … Continue reading

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A Christmas Story

On Christmas Day 1965 there was more than one fourth-wall breaking Doctor Who story for children to enjoy.  If they were lucky enough to have a copy of TV Comic Issue 732 (dated week ending 25th December 1965) they could … Continue reading

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Top of the Docs: Season 3

Picking up from where we left off last week, I give you season 3.  Again, some of these are tough to assess because they are either missing episodes or the entire story is missing.  Still, based on what we’ve seen, … Continue reading

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Top of the Docs: Season 1

So, you’re a fan of Doctor Who but you started with the new series.  You’re intrigued by the classics though.  You want to know what classic era stories are worth watching, but the backlog is phenomenal.  Where do you start? … Continue reading

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Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.

It’s August 1966, and the second Dr. Who film has arrived in cinemas, Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. or according to the trailer and film poster Daleks – Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.  Either way, it an odd clumsifying of the … Continue reading

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Dr. Who & the Daleks

So here we have it, the first ever Doctor Who movie: Dr. Who & the Daleks.  Hold on a minute.  No no no.  A quick glance at the movie poster for this film will reveal that the title is actually: … Continue reading

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The Smugglers

With a plot that consists of various characters being captured, escaping and being captured again, this logically should not be a very good story, but strangely enough it is quite enjoyable.  The secret lies in the characters themselves, who are … Continue reading

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The War Machines

This is a perfect example of a story that makes it so worthwhile to watch all of Doctor Who in order, as it is totally different to anything that has gone before.  If you dip in and out of various … Continue reading

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The Savages

Nestled between two popular stories that are complete in the archives, the missing Savages tends to get overlooked and doesn’t provoke much in the way of strong reactions.  It is neither loved nor hated.  If anything, it is forgotten, or … Continue reading

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The Gunfighters

This is one of those stories where Doctor Who crashes into another genre and sees how well the two fit together and how well the Doctor copes with being outside his usual comfort zone.  Broadly speaking there are two approaches … Continue reading

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The Celestial Toymaker

I have been looking forward to this moment with some degree of trepidation, because The Celestial Toymaker is an incredibly difficult Doctor Who story to write about nowadays.  Due to issues of racism it is probably the most controversial Doctor … Continue reading

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The Ark

The Ark shows us a bleak vision of the future.  Not for the last time we see the final moments of planet Earth, and the remaining humans are off on a journey to find a new home.  After ten million … Continue reading

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The Massacre

The Massacre is Steven’s story.  Not only is the Doctor absent from two of the four episodes, but he barely interacts with the plot when he is in the story, not even meeting the main villain.  As this is the … Continue reading

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The Myth Makers

This is not so much a historical Doctor Who story as a mythical one.  Donald Cotton’s approach is to look for the entertaining narrative within history, irrespective of any underlying facts or the lack thereof, and as such he accepts … Continue reading

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Galaxy 4

On a couple of lovely summer evenings in Nineteen-ninety-something I read the script of Galaxy 4, published by Titan Books.  This was my first experience of the story, and it was an immediate favourite of mine.  I still love the … Continue reading

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The Time Meddler

The classic series has been enjoyed as individual stories on VHS or DVD for so many years now that it is easy to forget that there were actually season finales right from the start.  Just like a modern series of … Continue reading

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The Daleks’ Master Plan

Well, this is all incredibly complex.  It is really impossible to do this story justice within a single article and one day it probably needs looking at on an episode-by-episode basis (no promises!).  We have already looked at The Feast … Continue reading

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Mission to the Unknown

So here we have the first ever pilot episode for a Doctor Who spinoff series.  If you thought that wasn’t going to happen until we get to K9 and Company then this might come as a bit of a surprise, … Continue reading

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The Chase

When the Doctor switches on the Time-Space Visualiser, it displays some historical characters, a performance by the Beatles, and then a group of Daleks on their way to kill the Doctor. This extraordinary coincidence really sets the scene for the … Continue reading

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The Dalek Invasion of Earth

This was the story that really kicked off the Sixties Dalekmania phenomenon; they were back by popular demand, and a much more powerful foe than in their debut appearance. No longer confined to their city, they could now inhabit pretty … Continue reading

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