Tag Archives: Patrick Troughton

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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Cliffhangers: Second Doctor 2

Yesterday we looked at some Second Doctor cliffhangers, particularly the ones that flowed naturally from the Hartnell era, and I mentioned at the end of the article how the common base-under-siege format of the Troughton era allowed for a new … Continue reading

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Cliffhangers: Second Doctor 1

It’s down there, in the darkness, in the pipeline, waiting. Last time we looked at the First Doctor cliffhangers, and identified three main ways to end an episode leaving us wanting more: placing somebody in danger, the monster reveal, and … Continue reading

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The War Games

Most Doctor Who stories are four or six episodes long.  Anything that goes on for longer than that is a rarity.  There are a few sevens, an eight, a ten, a twelve, and a fourteen.  In order to sustain a … Continue reading

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The Invasion

Make the most of The Invasion, because it will be nearly 50 years before anyone comes close to recapturing the magic and scariness of the 1960s Cybermen stories.  They have very little screen time in The Invasion, but that is … Continue reading

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The Wheel in Space

Season Five of Doctor Who is obviously known as being a series of base-under-siege stories, with people trapped somewhere while the monsters try to get in.  This doesn’t apply to every story, and in fact the series starts with a … Continue reading

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The Tomb of the Cybermen

I am going to have to get autobiographical here, because The Tomb of the Cybermen is my favourite Doctor Who story.  That’s not something that is unheard of.  Tomb is generally placed relatively highly in fan polls, but to consider … Continue reading

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The Moonbase

Now listen, everybody. I don’t know how many more of these Cybermen there are, but from our point of view we’re under siege. It is remarkable the extent to which the Troughton era arrives fully formed here, with a format … Continue reading

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What is Who? A Cosmic Hobo

When I first became a fan of Doctor Who, I quickly realised that some of the Doctors tended to get referred to with soundbites, little descriptions that were generally superficial and focussed on their appearances.  They cropped up again and … Continue reading

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