Category Archives: Random Chatter

Top of the Docs: Series 6 (2011)

Smith’s first season as the Doctor had some strong episodes, but only one or two genuinely memorable ones.  That didn’t stop me from heading out to NYC to the Ziegfield theater with a young friend who was allowed to miss … Continue reading

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Top of the Docs: Series 5 (2010)

With David Tennant gone and no established companion for a new series, the future of Doctor Who was in as mysterious a place as any TARDIS landing.  But Stephen Moffat was taking over as showrunner so there was hope.  Smith … Continue reading

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Top of the Docs: The Specials (2009)

Donna is gone.  David Tennant’s Doctor is coming to the end of his run.  2009 was a heartbreaking year for fans and we didn’t know what was to come next.  Join us in revisiting the last 4 stories of the … Continue reading

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Top of the Docs: Series 4 (2008)

Oh lord, that nails-on-chalkboard companion was coming back!  Would we be able to stomach a whole season of Donna Noble after that performance as a one-off companion in The Runaway Bride?  And how could this companion compare to Martha Jones, who … Continue reading

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Top of the Docs: Series 3 (2007)

Rose’s departure looms large over the new season and Donna did not exactly warm the heart with her first outing.  Could a new companion keep the flame of new Who alive for a 3rd season?  Let’s see… Smith and Jones … Continue reading

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Top of the Docs: Series 2 (2006)

After that first year, I was desperate to find every scrap of Doctor Who footage I could find.  A 2 minute interview was gold!  The series came back with all the wonder and excitement of my youth.  But that didn’t … Continue reading

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Top of the Docs: Series 1 (2005)

Well look on the bright side: we didn’t make you wait as long as the show itself after that interminable hiatus between 1989 and 2005! 2005 was when Doctor Who did the decent thing and came back to our screens.  … Continue reading

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On Target: The Crusades

This Christmas, my wife surprised me with a Doctor Who book that I’d never seen before.  Or, to be more precise, I’d never seen it like this before.  Many, many years ago, I’d read The Crusades in what I believed … Continue reading

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2021 in the Junkyard

Well, so long 2020. That was a bit different, wasn’t it. I can’t say I’m unhappy to see the year end, and a new one begin. I hope we’ve kept you all suitably entertained throughout the last year, and boy … Continue reading

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The First Trick or Treat

The origins of “trick or treating” are debatable, but can probably be dated back to one of various festivals and traditions from the middle ages in Britain. However, something strikingly similar and almost certainly unconnected can be found in the … Continue reading

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Unusual Doctor Who Photo #5

This week’s unusual photo was taken during rehearsals for The Dalek Invasion of Earth.  It raises several questions… Some questions you might have about this photo could include: Who is William Hartnell about to punch? Whose ghostly leg is floating … Continue reading

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Robo (Enthiran) (Robot)

If there’s on thing that we can say about having to go to work, it’s that it offers us the opportunity to make friends with wonderful people who can surprise us with the sheer volume of unexpected ideas they can … Continue reading

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1000 Posts in the Junkyard!

Just a quick, self-indulgent note to celebrate that we have hit the milestone of 1000 posts today.  For a blog that only started less than three years ago, that’s quite an achievement.  Over the course of those 1000 posts we … Continue reading

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Happy New Year from the Junkyard

As the ball drops it brings in another year; we enter into the future and say goodbye to the past.  2019 was a great year for me.  So much has happened, but for my money, it’s all been pretty great … Continue reading

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Unusual Doctor Who Photo #4

Many fans of classic Doctor Who will have seen the photos of John Scott Martin sat inside a Dalek from the first Dalek story, but what about other monster actors taking a break from filming?  From the same, first series … Continue reading

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Christmas Lost

Looking back through some old Bioscope magazines, covering the early days of cinema, there are plenty of references to films that were made to pull in the punters at Christmas.  The following quote is from the 5th November 1914 issue: … Continue reading

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Unusual Doctor Who Photo #3

If you’re a fan of classic Doctor Who then you will probably have seen publicity shots of Susan being menaced by the Voord, but you might not have seen this one: As poses go, that doesn’t quite hit the right … Continue reading

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Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (10)

Episode 10: A Single Piece was Lost The final episode of The Dark Crystal surprised me in a way I did not expect.  Ok, like Roger, I admit to enjoying some soppy romantic moments myself;  I’m a sap, sure, but … Continue reading

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Unusual Doctor Who Photo #2

Today’s photo from Doctor Who’s distant past is from the first ever Dalek story: Most fans have probably seen colour photos of those original blue and silver Daleks, but just look at that control panel in the background!  What a … Continue reading

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Unusual Doctor Who Photo #1

Welcome to a new bonus feature in the Junkyard!  Let’s start at the beginning, with this rather unusual publicity shot from An Unearthly Child: Seeing Hartnell in a publicity shot wearing glasses is quite striking, isn’t it.  Yes, he does … Continue reading

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