Doctor Who @ 50

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

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

Barbara, the Doctor and some giant worms
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009 Planet of Giants

Planet of Giants (or, “Honey I Shrunk the TARDIS”) is the first story of the second season of Doctor Who which ran from 1964 to 1965.  It’s led off by a concept that seems somewhat quite common today. Let’s face it, compared to the story that follows (Dalek Invasion of Earth), Planet of Giants is…

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…

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