Doctor Who @ 50

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

Doctor Who: The Sensorites
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007 The Sensorites

Picture this: the Doctor is told of the threat posed by an elusive yet formidable race, lurking in the background with menacing powers. These aliens are mysterious at first; there is a slow build-up to their first appearance and to the Doctor’s first confrontation with them. They are pale, thin, bald-headed creatures, and the mere…

Jacqueline Hill as Barbara Wright in Doctor Who: The Aztecs
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006 The Aztecs

The Aztecs has a very efficient script, with very tight plotting – even when required to accommodate holidays for certain regular cast members. So much so, that many of its nuances have been glossed over in fan opinion pieces. Tlotoxl is only the second villain to feature in a Doctor Who serial – the first…

Arbitan sets the travellers a quest in Doctor Who: The Keys of Marinus
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005 The Keys of Marinus

A quest-based serial that takes some of the themes from The Daleks and spins them out in a new direction, The Keys of Marinus has a mixed reputation. It is either a six-episode borefest or a thrilling new direction for Doctor Who, again demonstrating the flexibility of the concept; depending on who you ask, of…

Mark Eden and William Hartnell in Doctor Who: Marco Polo
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004 Marco Polo

After 13 episodes of (essentially) sci-fi adventure, the time travellers find themselves in the 13th Century, where TARDIS (no definite article) is taken as a prize for the mighty Kublai Khan by Venetian merchant Marco Polo.  Forced to follow it and him on a perilous six-month journey across medieval Asia, they befriend bride-to-be Ping-Cho and…

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003 The Edge of Destruction

Most of us who are regular readers of this or similar Doctor Who sites have at one point or another wanted to write our own on-screen adventure or two about the Doctor and his companions.  I for one have conjured up numerous tales in my head over the last few years.  Of all the baffling…

Doctor Who's greatest monsters, the Daleks, in their first appearance
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002 The Daleks

The Daleks.  Something almost as old as Doctor Who itself.  As Doctor Who is approaching its 50th anniversary, so are the Daleks themselves.  They’ve appeared with every incarnation of the Doctor in all these years (although the McGann one is a bit spurious).  They’ve been loved, mocked, made fun of, remounted, turned into color coded…

The time travellers narrowly escape their first adventure in 100,000 BC
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001 An Unearthly Child/100,000 BC

So, back to the beginning. Remarkably, after 7 years of Kasterborous, this is the first time that anyone has reviewed the very first episode, the one that started it all off back on November 23rd 1963, and the three following episodes that comprise 100,000 BC. To commemorate next year’s 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, we’re…

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