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.


Doctor Who? The Power of the Daleks changed the series forever
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030 The Power of the Daleks

On the human space colony of Vulcan, a coup is being planned by rebels who want independence from their current masters, while factions within the rebel camp are making plans for their own gains.  Meanwhile, the colony’s leading scientist has unearthed a long-hidden space capsule from the mercury swamp – a capsule containing Daleks who have…

Doctor Who: The Aztecs Special Edition cover art
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DVD Review: The Aztecs Special Edition

The Aztecs is one of Doctor Who’s finest stories and certainly one of the jewels at the heart of its very first season.  When the Doctor (William Hartnell) and his companions become stranded in fifteenth century Mexico at the time of the sun-worshipping, blood-sacrificing Aztecs, Barbara (Jacqueline Hill, who steals the show) is mistaken for…

Julian Rhind-Tutt stars in Paul Magrs' Vince Cosmos, Glam Metal Detective
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Vince Cosmos: Glam Rock Detective

With the recent, unexpected release of a much talked about new single from rock legend David Bowie, it is with wonderfully auspicious timing that Doctor Who audio and print scribe Paul Magrs launches his new creation upon the audio adventure world. In 1972, it was Bowie who famously glammed up and adopted the space-age persona…

William Hartnell and Peter Purves in Doctor Who: The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve
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022 The Massacre

Against a backdrop of religious persecution in 16th Century Paris, Steven is separated from the Doctor, who then reappears in the guise of an Abbott and is then murdered on the eve of a horrific genocide… The Massacre is a difficult one to review because, although its soundtrack thankfully remains, it doesn’t even have a…

Beware the Drahvin in Doctor Who classic Galaxy 4!
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018 Galaxy 4

The Doctor finds himself caught up in the struggle between two shipwrecked and ideologically different alien space crews on a planet facing imminent disintegration (presumably somewhere in a galaxy numbered ‘four’…). As the opening story of one of Doctor Who’s most experimental and intriguing – some might say ‘turbulent’ – seasons, Galaxy 4 begins in…

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