Tag Archives: Tom Baker

Doctor Who: Scratchman

News flash: TOM BAKER IS AWESOME.  Let’s call a spade a gardening instrument: Tom Baker is 100% the reason I fell in love with Doctor Who as a show.  He showed me that it was perfectly acceptable to be quirky … Continue reading

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Doctor Who Annual (1982)

The 1982 Doctor Who Annual (undated, published in 1981) has a split personality.  It’s a Fourth Doctor annual, and it’s a Fifth Doctor annual.  There are six stories and one comic strip, with all but the final two stories featuring … Continue reading

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Doctor Who Annual 1981

The amount of stories was reduced again for the 1981 Doctor Who Annual, with just one comic strip and five short stories.  However, the child of 1980 had no reason to feel hard-done-by, because the stories are actually all of … Continue reading

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Doctor Who Annual 1980

The 1980 Doctor Who Annual offers slim pickings once again to fans of Doctor Who fiction, with only five stories and two comic strips.  On the plus side, it’s the first annual for many years to feature recognisable artwork for … Continue reading

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The Dr Who Annual 1979

Isn’t it strange how one of the high points of Doctor Who on television was accompanied by the low point of the annual range.  The Fourth Doctor annuals were really made to a very poor standard, and that applies to … Continue reading

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The Dr Who Annual 1978

I described the 1977 Annual as the lowpoint of the annual range, and in terms of the artwork that is most certainly the case.  Surprisingly, they managed to find some more downhill for the stories.  For the 1978 Annual there … Continue reading

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The Dr Who Annual 1977

So here we have it, the infamous 1977 annual, the low point of the annual range.  It puts you in a bad mood before you have even opened it up, towering over the other annuals and poking out from the … Continue reading

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Cliffhangers: Fourth Doctor 2

Last time we looked at some different kinds of cliffhanger endings used in the Fourth Doctor era: the good old monster reveal, some threats to the Doctor or his companion, and some throwbacks to the Hartnell and Troughton eras.  As … Continue reading

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Cliffhangers: Fourth Doctor 1

Each time I prepare for one of these articles, the first thing I do is to make a list of the cliffhanger endings and then work out rough categories for them.  The interesting thing is that this has been a … Continue reading

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The Dr Who Annual 1976

The 1976 annual has a gorgeous frontispiece, depicting the Doctor and his companions exploring a beautiful alien landscape with monolithic ruins.  However, there is something a bit odd going on.  Who are the companions?  In particular, who is that scraggy … Continue reading

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The Day of the Doctor

When we started this blog we decided not to write about the stories in order.  It has been done before, many times, and we wanted to have something for fans of every era right from the start, so we went … 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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Shada

Oh I do love the spring.  All the leaves, the colours. Cambridge is an amazing place.  When I was a teenager I stayed in one of the colleges for a few days, one summer, with a view to possibly studying … Continue reading

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City of Death

The appreciation of art can easily be extended to film and television.  It is not a giant leap to interpret Doctor Who as art, and more than once a story has actually taken a work of art as the starting … Continue reading

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The Talons of Weng-Chiang

The Talons of Weng-Chiang is a fabulous Doctor Who story, brilliantly written, dark and scary, with some of the best acting performances in the whole of Doctor Who, and a double act that was memorable enough to justify 14 box … Continue reading

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The Robots of Death

The era of Doctor Who produced by Philip Hinchliffe has taken inspiration from all kids of literary sources, nearly always horrors.  Chris Boucher instead goes down the route of an Agatha Christie whodunit, via Asimov.  The Asimov inspiration is plain … Continue reading

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Destiny of the Daleks

I’ll turn Davros and his life-support system into scrap metal. Now spack off! It’s not often we hear the Doctor swear.  I suppose that must be some kind of Time Lord insult.  All joking aside, the situation at that point … Continue reading

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The Hand of Fear

Well, I quite liked her, but I couldn’t stand him.  Never has a companion reflected the views of the viewers more thoroughly.  Judith Paris manages to portray a genuinely alien being in Eldrad. The excellent costume design aids her performance, … Continue reading

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The Brain of Morbius

Anyone who watched Doctor Who as a child will understand what I mean when I say that it can be difficult to appreciate certain stories without looking at them through the prism of childhood.  Just as we love some stories … Continue reading

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