Category Archives: Sixth Doctor

The Apocalypse Element

My strategy is working: I’m not looking at the titles or the covers before putting them on so I had no idea what to expect with The Apocalypse Element and that’s a great thing.  See, when the Lord President of Gallifrey mentions … Continue reading

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The Spectre of Lanyon Moor

After the last two stories, I’d learned a lesson.  Both of the last 2 releases had the villain on the cover so I decided I wouldn’t look at the cover when I took this next one off my bookshelf.  I … Continue reading

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The Marian Conspiracy

Now this is novel; just last week, I mentioned that there was a slight problem with the Big Finish range in that giving the companion a dangerous cliffhanger wasn’t very effective because we know how all of the companions depart, … Continue reading

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Whispers of Terror

The third release by Big Finish, Whispers of Terror, does something brilliant.  It gives us a creature that exists as a sound.  When I was a kid, I had a Star Trek record where the crew encountered a sound creature … Continue reading

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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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