Doctor Who @ 50

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

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038 The Abominable Snowmen

Alongside The Web of Fear, The Abominable Snowmen remains a popular story, but it’s gained a more important status thanks to the Great Intelligence cropping up again in The Snowmen, The Bells of Saint John and The Name of the Doctor. From the being’s first ‘appearance,’ you can see the potential. It’s no wonder producer,…

Doctor Who classic: The Tomb of the Cybermen
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037 Tomb of the Cybermen

It’s brilliant! That’s for those of you who have neither the time nor inclination to read reviews in full, preferring to confirm your own assessment by reading only the first line. I’ll make the same exclamation at the end of this piece for those who find that the last line of reviews often offers a…

Jamie and Victoria encounter The Evil of the Daleks
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036 The Evil of the Daleks

Gatwick airport, 1966. The Doctor and Jamie have just said goodbye to Polly and Ben, only to have the TARDIS snatched away from them and driven off on the back of a lorry. A trail eventually leads them to the antiques shop specialising in Victoriana, which is run by one Edward Waterfield. Waterfield appears to…

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035 The Faceless Ones

There’s a line said by Polly in The Faceless Ones, her and Ben’s last serial, which particularly sticks in the mind: “You don’t think my friends will forget me like that, do you?” It’s a fair concern as the last companion to leave, Dodo, was kicked off stage quite unceremoniously in The War Machines (Polly…

Doctor Who: The Macra Terror
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034 The Macra Terror

I was looking forward to seeing The Macra Terror.  And of course, I still do. I’ll only be “seeing” the story in my head because it’s one of Doctor Who‘s lost tales.  So it’s recon time. The Macra Terror starts off with a guy named Medok evading guards in a society that seemed to be…

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…

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