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Top of the Docs: Season 1

So, you’re a fan of Doctor Who but you started with the new series.  You’re intrigued by the classics though.  You want to know what classic era stories are worth watching, but the backlog is phenomenal.  Where do you start? … 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: First Doctor 3

In the previous articles in this series we looked at some of the First Doctor cliffhangers, and we have covered the most obvious approaches: the ones that reveal the monster and the ones that place the Doctor and/or his companions … 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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Cliffhangers: First Doctor 1

The original run of Doctor Who from 1963 to 1989 was almost entirely episodic, with stories comprised of anywhere between two and fourteen episodes, most commonly four.  This meant there had to be some way to finish one episode and … Continue reading

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Interview: Michael E Briant

Michael E Briant worked on Doctor Who as a Production Assistant during the 1960s, and went on to direct some of Doctor Who’s greatest stories, including The Sea Devils, The Green Death and The Robots of Death. He directed Daleks … Continue reading

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The Smugglers

With a plot that consists of various characters being captured, escaping and being captured again, this logically should not be a very good story, but strangely enough it is quite enjoyable.  The secret lies in the characters themselves, who are … Continue reading

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The War Machines

This is a perfect example of a story that makes it so worthwhile to watch all of Doctor Who in order, as it is totally different to anything that has gone before.  If you dip in and out of various … Continue reading

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The Gunfighters

This is one of those stories where Doctor Who crashes into another genre and sees how well the two fit together and how well the Doctor copes with being outside his usual comfort zone.  Broadly speaking there are two approaches … Continue reading

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The Celestial Toymaker

I have been looking forward to this moment with some degree of trepidation, because The Celestial Toymaker is an incredibly difficult Doctor Who story to write about nowadays.  Due to issues of racism it is probably the most controversial Doctor … Continue reading

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The Ark

The Ark shows us a bleak vision of the future.  Not for the last time we see the final moments of planet Earth, and the remaining humans are off on a journey to find a new home.  After ten million … Continue reading

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The Massacre

The Massacre is Steven’s story.  Not only is the Doctor absent from two of the four episodes, but he barely interacts with the plot when he is in the story, not even meeting the main villain.  As this is the … Continue reading

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The Myth Makers

This is not so much a historical Doctor Who story as a mythical one.  Donald Cotton’s approach is to look for the entertaining narrative within history, irrespective of any underlying facts or the lack thereof, and as such he accepts … Continue reading

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Galaxy 4

On a couple of lovely summer evenings in Nineteen-ninety-something I read the script of Galaxy 4, published by Titan Books.  This was my first experience of the story, and it was an immediate favourite of mine.  I still love the … Continue reading

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The Time Meddler

The classic series has been enjoyed as individual stories on VHS or DVD for so many years now that it is easy to forget that there were actually season finales right from the start.  Just like a modern series of … Continue reading

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The Daleks’ Master Plan

Well, this is all incredibly complex.  It is really impossible to do this story justice within a single article and one day it probably needs looking at on an episode-by-episode basis (no promises!).  We have already looked at The Feast … 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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Twice Upon a Time

“A long time ago, at the South Pole, the Doctor refused to regenerate…”  Sounds like the opening line of a children’s story, doesn’t it.  And that title: a reference to the opening words of so many fairy tales.  As somebody … Continue reading

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