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Jo the Heart of Who

Companion Tropes 9 Most television series have a character who could be identified as the heart of the show.  I don’t mean that in the sense of being the most important character.  The heart of the show is the one … Continue reading

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Cliffhangers: Third Doctor 2

Last time we looked at some cliffhangers from the Third Doctor era and noted how limited they had become in comparison to the Sixties episodes.  Placing the Doctor and/or his companions in danger was the default cliffhanger.  What we didn’t … Continue reading

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The Dr Who Annual 1975

The Doctor Who annuals continued their slow decline in terms of the artwork, but the quality of the stories actually improved with the 1975 annual.  They are not quite so derivative of the television episodes, but more importantly the end … Continue reading

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Cliffhangers: Third Doctor 1

I have watched every Doctor Who episode in order a couple of times, and on both occasions the big slog to get through has been the Third Doctor era.  Somehow it always seems like an awful lot of the same … Continue reading

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The Three Doctors

There have been a handful of multi-Doctor stories over the years, so it is difficult to imagine how amazing it must have seemed the first time it happened.  More importantly, although it might seem like the most natural idea in … Continue reading

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The Dr Who Annual 1974

The Doctor Who annuals continue their slow decline with this offering, featuring endless boring lucky dips from the children’s encyclopedia.  There are six short stories and two comic strips.  The annuals always did feel out of step with the television … Continue reading

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Planet of the Daleks

The one thing that always gets mentioned about this story is that it is virtually a remake of The Daleks, with some bits of other 60s Dalek stories thrown into the mix.  It’s hard to argue with that.  We have … Continue reading

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Frontier in Space

The Doctor regained his freedom at the beginning of this series, and it didn’t take long before we get the obvious approach, now that the Earth-bound format is gone: an old-fashioned bit of sci-fi set in the future with galactic … Continue reading

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The Dr Who Annual 1973

Observant readers will notice that the last annual we looked at was dated 1971 and this one is 1973, but we haven’t actually missed one out.  Doctor Who was not deemed a successful enough series to warrant an annual for … Continue reading

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The Green Death

It wasn’t just coal that came out of the ground.  It was death.  A death coloured green.  A Green Death. For the third year in a row we have our big Season finale by the Robert Sloman and Barry Letts … Continue reading

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Carnival of Monsters

To put this in context, after three years exiled to Earth this is the first story after the Time Lords gave the Doctor his freedom back.  This widens out the kinds of stories he can get involved in, because he … Continue reading

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The Mutants

There are a few Doctor Who stories that I can’t help but love, although I know they are sub-par when I look at them analytically.  I suppose that comes down to style over substance, or actors transcending the material they … Continue reading

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The Sea Devils

So here we have Doctor Who and the Eocenes.  No, that’s not right either.  And so begins an unfortunate trend of the people who make Doctor Who listening to feedback and trying to do something about it, which has invariably … Continue reading

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Day of the Daleks

Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey.  For a time travel series Doctor Who is actually about time travel very rarely, especially during its original run.  Day of the Daleks feels remarkably fresh and ahead of the game, with people travelling back from … Continue reading

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Audience Identification: Third Doctor

Continuing along with the idea of who the audience was meant to identify with during each of the Doctor’s tenures, we have arrived at the Pertwee era.  This really only included three companions, as I’m not including para-military organization, UNIT, … Continue reading

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Colony in Space

The classic series of Doctor Who lasted for 26 years, and ended over 26 years ago.  So for more than half of its existence it has been experienced not as a continuing narrative but as a collection of treats to … Continue reading

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The Claws of Axos

What a colourful, fun story this is!  It is incredibly well designed and directed, particularly the scenes set in Axos where some well thought out technical tricks are employed by the director to add to the effectiveness of the design … Continue reading

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The Mind of Evil

The Master is back again, and what present has he brought the Doctor this time?  In his first story he brought the gift of killer plastic.  Now he has a magic box. We really do need to look at this … Continue reading

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Terror of the Autons

There was quite a fuss at the time of the original broadcast of Terror of the Autons, which contained some of the most frightening images ever presented in the series. It is precisely these scary moments that make it such … Continue reading

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The Daemons

Bmal elttil a dah yraM, Wons sa etihw saw eceelf s’ti. Thguoht retsaM eht yhw wonk t’nod I, Eof sih taeb dluow emyhr siht. This is one of those stories where you think “how on Earth did they get away … Continue reading

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