Category Archives: Sixth Doctor

The Sirens of Time

After Doctor Who had faded from our screens and the 1996 movie did a belly flop not unlike a defeated Rutan, it looked like Doctor Who was well and truly over.  But the fans were not content to see it … Continue reading

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Doctor Who Annual 1986

We are at the end of a fascinating journey, looking at each and every one of the original run of Doctor Who annuals.  The range started off in the 60s as gloriously bizarre affairs, descending into thrown-together messes in the … Continue reading

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Top of the Docs: Season 23

I remember the announcement of a season-long story arc and how interesting that seemed.  And putting the Doctor on trial… that was going to be amazing.  I remember watching this one and all the feelings I had with it but … Continue reading

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Doctor Who Annual 1985

Promoted as the “21st Year Anniversary Issue”, although oddly the 20th was never mentioned, the 1985 annual features seven short stories, and two articles that go behind the scenes on the production of Doctor Who.  The first of those is … Continue reading

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Top of the Docs: Season 22

By Baker’s era, things had started to deteriorate for the show.  I had gotten caught up with the show enough to know its history and coming into this era would be an experience.  But a good one or a bad … Continue reading

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Cliffhangers: Sixth Doctor

Whenever the Doctor regenerates the next few cliffhangers tend to concentrate on placing the companions in danger rather than the Doctor.  This doesn’t always happen, but is a good rule for the series to follow because we perhaps care a … Continue reading

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Revelation of the Daleks

He was resting on a kind of dais and his casing was made of glass. Inside, I could see the same sort of repulsive creature that the Doctor and I had taken out of the machine and wrapped in the … Continue reading

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A Fix With Sontarans

All this week we have been looking at the Sontaran stories, but there was a little gap there, a hole in our Sontaran Week, and we need to Fix It.  I thought long and hard about whether to just ignore … 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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Timelash

By necessity, this week has been an exercise in saying “this is rubbish, and here’s why”.  When faced with Doctor Who stories that are simply not very good, I tend to look for what is interesting about them, but the … Continue reading

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Attack of the Cybermen

Here’s what the British Board of Film Classification has to say about their “U” certificate, which stands for “Universal – Suitable for All”: A U film should be suitable for audiences aged four years and over, although it is impossible … Continue reading

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The Twin Dilemma

The first time a child sees his or her Doctor regenerate is a difficult moment.  It relies on the new Doctor capturing the imagination quickly, to keep the child invested in the series.  Unfortunately my own first experience of regeneration … Continue reading

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The Trial of a Time Lord

All this week we have been looking at the individual sections of The Trial of a Time Lord, although it was actually broadcast as one 14-part story.  In retrospect the whole thing seems like an odd decision.  After a longer … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Foe

Between Seasons 22 and 23 Doctor Who was taken off air for a year longer than normal, and for its return the producer, John Nathan-Turner, was instructed to make it less violent.  If hiring the writer of Vengeance on Varos … Continue reading

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Terror of the Vervoids

This is our future installment of the Trial evidence, and the Doctor is travelling with a new companion.  Mel’s main function at the outset seems to be to get the Doctor to exercise, rather bizarrely and cruelly calling attention to … Continue reading

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Mindwarp

I like to try to be as positive as possible about every Doctor Who story, so let’s start with this: the Quantel Paintbox effects shot is stunning for the time, and Brian Blessed is HUGE fun as Yrcanos.  Without him … Continue reading

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The Mysterious Planet

Brace yourselves.  All this week we will be looking at the 14-part Doctor Who story The Trial of a Time Lord.  On Friday we will take an overall view of the story, so today I won’t be mentioning the framing … Continue reading

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Vengeance on Varos

After two dodgy scripts, Colin Baker at last gets one that shows some promise. There are some interesting ideas here, which tackle contemporary issues, chiefly the glorification of violence on television, and also the burden of leadership. Such is the … Continue reading

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The Mark of The Rani

Yes, this is called ‘The Mark of The Rani’, with a second capital ‘T’. Not only is this at odds with the normal conventions of capitalisation, but it goes against the usual trend of Doctor Who titling, and is the … Continue reading

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