Articles by Alasdair McKenzie


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039 The Ice Warriors

The Ice Warriors made their debut in 1967-68’s Season Five, often remembered by fans for its iconic monsters the Cybermen, the Yeti, and the eponymous Martians of Brian Hayles’s story. The season as a whole saw the shift away from the early series’ original, more educational remit becoming complete, as historical adventures like the preceding…

Cybermen attack in Doctor Who: The Moonbase
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033 The Moonbase

The Cybermen returned for a second appearance just four serials after their first in 1966, kicking off what would become known as the Monster Era and cementing their place in Doctor Who history as a memorable foe. Kowtowing to the Daleks aside, imagine how exciting this blurb from the back cover of Gerry Davis’s Doctor…

The War Machines introduces Ben Jackson and Polly Wright, played by Michael Craze and Anneke Wills
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027 The War Machines

Doctor Who’s first producer, Verity Lambert, said in interviews long after she left the show that she didn’t approve of Jon Pertwee’s Doctor, that he’d made the character part of ‘the establishment’, something which William Hartnell’s Doctor would never have done. She clearly never watched The War Machines. This 1966 tale, near the end of…

Doctor Who: The Savages
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026 The Savages

Writer Ian Stuart Black’s first story for Doctor Who contains a pure science-fiction premise as straightforward as they come. The Doctor, Steven and Dodo visit a seemingly-idyllic, advanced society on a distant world, only to discover that it’s maintained by foul means: the sophisticated, highly intelligent Elders live in comfort thanks to the life-essences they extract from…

Vicki (Maureen O Brien) joins the time travellers in The Rescue
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011 The Rescue

After the epic scale of Dalek Invasion of Earth, the second series of Doctor Who continues with a smaller-scale adventure on the largely-deserted planet Dido, and in particular, within an Earth spaceship that has crashed there… We see the crashed ship in a craggy alien environment, a decent model shot for this era of the…

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