Articles by Elton Townend Jones

Elton Townend-Jones is a journalist, playwright, actor, theatre producer and philosopher. He does ‘80s zeitgeist at www.25yearstoolate.blogspot.com.


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The Web of Fear DVD – Reviewed!

If you read my review of the DVD release of The Enemy of the World, then you’ll perhaps understand why this is yet another tough release to cover. To summarise briefly, The Web of Fear has long been acknowledged as a ‘classic’; as, perhaps, Patrick Troughton’s best ever story (once Tomb of the Cybermen ruined…

Doctor Who: The Enemy of the World on DVD
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Reviewed: The Enemy of the World on DVD

You’re a Doctor Who fan, so it probably won’t have escaped your notice that two ‘lost’ stories from the much-lionised Patrick Troughton era were recently recovered amid a flurry of press and publicity that almost threatened to melt the internet – twice. Back from wherever telly-we’re-never-going-to see-again lives came the all-time most-wanted ‘lost story’, the apparently unassailable The…

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Terror of the Zygons DVD Review

If, like me, you have all of Doctor Who at your fingertips, you’re probably aware that it’s easy to take segments of this amazing body of work for granted.  In the case of Terror of the Zygons, I probably never will. I started watching Doctor Who in February 1974.  I was three years old.  Pulled in by the electric thrill…

The Ice Warriors reconstructed for DVD
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Reviewed: The Ice Warriors DVD

Elton Townend Jones reviews the new reconstructed DVD release of classic Doctor Who serial The Ice Warriors, out this week… Let’s get a few things cleared up from the outset.  All Doctor Who is brilliant.  All Doctor Who deserves to be loved and enjoyed and adored.  Any new Doctor Who needs to be embraced, and any…

Doctor Who: The Visitation starring Peter Davison
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DVD Review: The Visitation Special Edition

The Visitation might easily have the most highly-regarded story of Doctor Who’s Nineteenth Season but for the story that would follow it three weeks later.  At the time, any badly-read eleven-year-old could tell you that while the first three stories of the season had been intriguing and strange, they didn’t really match up to the…

Doctor Who: The Underwater Menace
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032 The Underwater Menace

A kidnapped highlander joins the Doctor on an adventure west of Gibraltar and south of the Azores in what little remains of lost Atlantis – just in time to be sacrificed to hungry sharks at the Festival of the Vernal Equinox and to witness the end of the world… Geoffrey Orme’s The Underwater Menace has…

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