Doctor Who @ 50

Reviews of the classic series of Doctor Who from 1963 to 1996.

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046 The Invasion

The Invasion. The definitive article, you might say…. Which one is this again? The Brigadier, Benton, and UNIT. appear for the first time Tobias Vaughn makes a deadly pact with one of the show’s greatest monsters Cybermen emerge from London‘s sewers and down the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral (So not the one with dinosaurs…

The Mind Robber Robots
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045 The Mind Robber

Be warned. This isn’t a documentary about how Nigel Farage got people to vote for UKIP. Neither is it a step-by-step guide by Emma Watson about how you can fool people into thinking you’re a good actress. It isn’t even a tell-all book by Tom Cruise on his Scientology beliefs. No, it is a Doctor…

Doctor Who: The Dominators
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044 The Dominators

How do you tackle the weighty argument of pacifism versus aggression; a true 1960s ideology that – in a microcosm of society – played out with America’s unrest over the war in Vietnam? Well, if you’re Doctor Who, you stick two men in comedy armadillo costumes, add some walking pizza ovens (with paddles sticking out the…

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043 The Wheel in Space

The Doctor and Jamie are forced to evacuate the TARDIS after an explosion of the mercury fluid link. Sound familiar? They land in a deserted spaceship whose single occupant is the Servo-Robot, which menaces the intruders and manages to launch a group of mysterious white pods into space before Jamie destroys it. Finally rescued by…

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042 Fury From The Deep

The title of this 1968 serial alone sounds suitably scary, so it’s pleasing to state that this is one Doctor Who ‘classic’ that just about lives up to its name; with the dangers and horror on a par with the rest of the stories that surround it (Yeti and Cybermen and Ice Warriors, oh my!). At times,…

Doctor Who: The Web of Fear
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041 The Web of Fear

I’ll be honest.  80% of this review is going to come from my recollections of the Web of Fear book I read and re-read as a kid. I loved this story. It was set on the Underground, where my dad worked (my dad was a London Transport Schedule maker – he worked out the routes and the…

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