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Doctor Who @ 50

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

Peter Butterworth and William Hartnell in The Time Meddler

017 The Time Meddler

And so it begins. Gallifrey begins to emerge into the Doctor Who mythos, ready to take it’s grand place alongside other significant Who staples. At last the noble race of Time Lords can stand revealed as we learn just where the Doctor came from. Except we don’t. Don’t worry, we will. Gallifrey, as Rassilon proclaimed…

The Daleks Are Back! Doctor Who 016 The Chase Reviewed

016 The Chase

Serial number 16, The Chase – also known as serial R – marks the second end of an era for the original run of Doctor Who. After almost two years of time travelling adventure, this Dalek story by Terry Nation marks the departure of Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright, never to be mentioned again within…


014 The Crusade

It has long been my naive personal belief that in the world of Doctor Who, adventures that occur in the future are always more interesting/entertaining than their historical counterparts.  However, with the lineup of stories in Season 2 up to and including The Crusade, I am seriously beginning to question the validity of my own opinion. I…


013 The Web Planet

Caught up in the struggle to free a once magnificent world from the cancerous clutches of a life-sucking spider, the Doctor and his companions are set upon and aided by four species of outer space insect-people… The Web Planet is Doctor Who Marmite (Garmite?  Maramite?  Kate O’Maramite?) – some love it, some hate it.  This,…

Maureen O'Brien as Vicki and William Hartnell as the Doctor in The Romans

012 The Romans

The Romans is famously the story that’s a first serious Doctor Who effort at comedy – at least in Conspiracy, the third part. This is patently untrue – the whole thing is structured as a farce. Right from the go, we have the initial danger of the cliffhanger resolved in the lightest way yet –…

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

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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