Category Archives: Second 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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Alternate Realities: Darkwood

Well, having started the idea of talking about video games, I wanted to continue it.  Roger has been covering anime, and I’ve been talking about the season-by-season review from every era of Doctor Who, but I paused in October to … Continue reading

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The War Games

Most Doctor Who stories are four or six episodes long.  Anything that goes on for longer than that is a rarity.  There are a few sevens, an eight, a ten, a twelve, and a fourteen.  In order to sustain a … Continue reading

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The Invasion

Make the most of The Invasion, because it will be nearly 50 years before anyone comes close to recapturing the magic and scariness of the 1960s Cybermen stories.  They have very little screen time in The Invasion, but that is … Continue reading

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The Wheel in Space

Season Five of Doctor Who is obviously known as being a series of base-under-siege stories, with people trapped somewhere while the monsters try to get in.  This doesn’t apply to every story, and in fact the series starts with a … Continue reading

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The Tomb of the Cybermen

I am going to have to get autobiographical here, because The Tomb of the Cybermen is my favourite Doctor Who story.  That’s not something that is unheard of.  Tomb is generally placed relatively highly in fan polls, but to consider … Continue reading

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The Moonbase

Now listen, everybody. I don’t know how many more of these Cybermen there are, but from our point of view we’re under siege. It is remarkable the extent to which the Troughton era arrives fully formed here, with a format … Continue reading

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The Krotons

Season Six of Doctor Who is a series of contrasts.  There are four stories that most people love, and three that most people hate.  Apparently nothing was just average this year.  Everything was either a glorious success or a dismal … Continue reading

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The Dominators

When I first became a fan of Doctor Who in the early 90s, the BBC had already released every complete Second Doctor story on VHS.  This was just before the return of The Tomb of the Cybermen was announced.  There … Continue reading

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The Web of Fear

The Web of Fear (and later The Invasion) were so successful that they provided the blueprint for the direction Doctor Who would take in the early Seventies: predominantly Earth-bound alien invasions, and the Doctor co-operating with the military.  Bringing the … Continue reading

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The Two Doctors

Hey, you know what would be a good idea? Let’s bring back an old monster! We’ve done quite a lot of that lately. I mean, what’s left? Sontarans. The short potato men? Yeah, but let’s make them really tall this … Continue reading

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Fury from the Deep

DOCTOR: That’s the noise I heard on the beach. VICTORIA: What is it, Doctor? DOCTOR: I don’t know but we’re going to find out. Come on, Jamie. Oh Victoria, no. Not you. VICTORIA: Why not? DOCTOR: I think it’d be … Continue reading

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The Enemy of the World

Sad really, isn’t it – people spend all their time making nice things and other people come along and break them. Every so often the Doctor says something that sums up life perfectly, and this is what the Doctor fights … Continue reading

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The Faceless Ones

Between 11th March and 13th May 1967 Doctor Who had a run of 10 episodes that made going on your summer holidays a very scary idea.  First The Macra Terror showed the viewers a holiday camp infested with giant crabs, … Continue reading

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The Underwater Menace

Every so often a Doctor Who story is so incredibly ahead of its time that it ends up being widely misunderstood, and these tend to also be the moments where ambitions far outreach the capabilities of the budget.  The Underwater … Continue reading

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The Highlanders

About two a clock in the afternoon a rascal of the name of Gray, Solicitor Hume’s man from Edinburgh, with his hatful of tickets, and Miller and Solicitor Web from London, with this fellow Gray, presented the hat to me, … Continue reading

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The Macra Terror

This is the first of two Classic Series stories set in a holiday camp, a location that would have been instantly recognisable to contemporary viewers.  It might be expressed in terms of a colony here, but the imagery would have … Continue reading

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The Evil of the Daleks

DOCTOR: I’m going to show Zoe the sort of thing that she may be in for. ZOE: Thought patterns? DOCTOR: Yes. Only I’m going to weave them into a complete story for you. Have you ever heard of the Daleks? … Continue reading

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The Power of the Daleks

Apart from a handful of clips, The Power of the Daleks is a completely missing story.  Such is its importance that there have been more different representations of the story than another other, which makes it difficult to look through … Continue reading

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The Fifth Doctor Who Annual

In line with the other Sixties annuals, the fifth features a good quantity of illustrations, many of which are in full colour. The quality of the artwork is variable, and is generally far superior in the two comic strips, The … Continue reading

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