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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…

Barbara, the Doctor and some giant worms

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…

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