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Ian the Lancer

Companion Tropes 30 When drama conforms to male stereotypes, we often have a traditional hero and also another male character who is the muscle, and the best buddy.  This character will generally provide a strong contrast to the hero in … Continue reading

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Cliffhangers: First Doctor 2

Yesterday we looked at some of the cliffhangers in the First Doctor era, specifically the ones that reveal the monster.  Although these are the most iconic and best-remembered cliffhangers, they are not in the majority.  Most cliffhangers are a moment … 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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Audience Identification: First Doctor

Question: who is the audience identification figure or figures in classic Star Trek?  Who is the pudding-brain who has to ask all the inane questions to help the audience along?  Answer: everyone.  Trek had a clever format: everyone was a … 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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The Daleks

The Daleks have reached such a mythical status that replicating the experience of an original viewer is impossible.  It is difficult to imagine what this must have been like, not knowing what was at the other end of the sink … Continue reading

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The Space Museum

So far the second season of Doctor Who has shrunk the Doctor and his companions, taken them to Dalek-occupied London, dumped the Doctor’s granddaughter and picked up a girl from the future who has become his best friend and changed … Continue reading

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The Crusade

Has there ever been such a contrast between two adjacent stories?  We have had six weeks without seeing a human face apart from the regulars, and all of a sudden we are thrown into the middle of a Shakespearean costume … Continue reading

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The Web Planet

The TARDIS is nearly always a safe haven.  Up until this point, only The Edge of Destruction has been the exception to that rule, and that was because it was malfunctioning rather than any outside influence.  We have never yet … Continue reading

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Journey into Terror

For this Halloween special on The View from the Junkyard we are going to break with tradition and focus on just one individual episode from the classic series: the most Halloweeny episode of them all, Journey into Terror.  This is … Continue reading

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The Romans

Understanding what we are watching when we view the Romans depends on a lot of context.  Here are the two most important factors to bear in mind: This is Vicki’s first adventure with the Doctor, and she is the first … Continue reading

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The Rescue

Susan has gone and with her the problems she was creating for the series, which was constantly framing the Doctor as a selfish patriarch who cared little about his own granddaughter’s safety as long as he was getting to be … Continue reading

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Planet of Giants

Imagine for a moment you are involved in the creative side of making Doctor Who in the 1960s, and you have made Planet of Giants.  It has been transmitted and well received by the viewers.  The ratings are a couple … Continue reading

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The Reign of Terror

Rule One: the Doctor lies.  This is evident from his “Rule One”, which is at various times “do exactly what I say” (The Ribos Operation), “I’m in charge” (Dragonfire), “don’t wander off” (The Empty Child), “don’t be lasagne” (Into the … Continue reading

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The Sensorites

The Sensorites starts off with a great deal of promise, with a tightly plotted first episode in claustrophobic surroundings.  If you watch this as part of a marathon viewing of the first season, getting closer to how original viewers would … Continue reading

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The Aztecs

Right from the start of The Aztecs, with Barbara’s exploration of the tomb, we know we are in for a treat.  In line with much of Season One, the design work on The Aztecs is of a very high standard: … Continue reading

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The Keys of Marinus

Doctor Who doesn’t really do “collect the puzzle pieces” stories very often, for the very simple reason that it requires a new set or location for each piece.  The one major example of course is the Key to Time, but … Continue reading

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Marco Polo

Older fans often talk about Marco Polo with a kind of reverence, sometimes citing the story as the greatest classic of all time, but can we trust their memories of a show that aired over fifty years ago, looking back … Continue reading

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The Edge of Destruction

From his own people the Doctor has fled, Kidnapped some teachers, aimed a rock at a head, Conned his way onto the Dalek wastelands, But centre stage this week it’s Sue-Scissorhands. “As we learn about each other we learn about … Continue reading

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