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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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Dimensions in Time

Pickled in time like gherkins in a jar. It wasn’t an auspicious start, possibly the worst opening line of anything, well… ever.  The choice of villain was also a slight disappointment for the 30th Anniversary.  The Rani always was a … Continue reading

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The Five Doctors

Ext. The Death Zone.  IAN and BARBARA CHESTERTON are walking across a barren, rocky landscape.  BARBARA looks frightened. BARBARA: Ian, what was that strange pyramid? IAN: Presumably some kind of travel device.  We seem to have been transported somewhere. BARBARA: … 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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The Time Warrior

Oh, I could murder a cup of tea. …and at that moment the British viewing public fell in love with Sarah Jane Smith.  It was no thanks to Robert Holmes though.  Just look what Elisabeth Sladen has to contend with … 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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Invasion of the Dinosaurs

Many years ago I wrote a review of Invasion of the Dinosaurs, and commented on the silliness of the idea of tricking people into believing they are on a spaceship.  People would never be fooled by that, surely?  I am … 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 Dr Who Annual 1971

The five Doctor Who annuals published during the 60s were all written along similar lines, a kind of mashup between The Web Planet and the Cushing movies.  By the time we got to the Troughton era, this was already feeling … 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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Inferno

One of the working titles for Inferno which always stuck in my mind was The Mo-Hole Project, because it sounded so odd.  It is actually a reference to Don Houghton’s inspiration for this story, Project Mohole, a US drilling project … Continue reading

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The Ambassadors of Death

The Ambassadors….. OF DEATH!!!  Despite being seven episodes long (and unlike The Silurians never quite justifying its length) this feels incredibly modern.  It is one of only a handful of Classic Series stories to get a proper trailer, it has … Continue reading

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The Silurians

Doctor Who and the Silurians, to give it it’s full and very Target-esque title, is superficially a Second Doctor story.  There is a base that is under attack, being run by a blinkered fanatic who puts his work above any … 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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