Tagged William Hartnell

Air Lock 3
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BFI: See Air Lock in Full

Previously believed lost Season Three episode, Air Lock, is heading to the big screen next month in London as part of the BFI’s annual Missing Believed Wiped event. The episode will form part of the event’s first session, The Weird and the Wonderful, and, in March, will be released as bonus episode on the special…

Doctor Smoking
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Addiction of the Daleks

Back in the dark ages, when nobody had a job and the air was thick with despair (no, not last Thursday) everybody was mortgaging their futures with cigarettes – and advertisement for cigarettes was ubiquitous. Sporting events, billboard ads and even cremations (maybe not that one); every tobacco company sought to align their product with…

The Gunfighters 3
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025 The Gunfighters

It may seem unremarkable, but The Gunfighters is important. Why? Oh, so many reasons, layered on top of one another to provide a fun, twisting adventure instantaneously and a fulfilling, satisfying story in retrospect to leave viewers with a smile on their faces. It’s notable for being one of only two on-screen serials in Doctor…

Dodo is kidnapped by a Monoid in The Ark
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023 The Ark

I started watching Doctor Who when Peter Davison was in his middle season.  Saw a lot of Doctors three, four and five before I got a chance to see the Hartnell stuff, and in all that time, I always wondered why we never saw repercussions of the Doctor’s visits. I know nuWho does that a…

William Hartnell and Peter Purves in Doctor Who: The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve
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022 The Massacre

Against a backdrop of religious persecution in 16th Century Paris, Steven is separated from the Doctor, who then reappears in the guise of an Abbott and is then murdered on the eve of a horrific genocide… The Massacre is a difficult one to review because, although its soundtrack thankfully remains, it doesn’t even have a…

The Doctor and friends tackle The Daleks' Master Plan
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021 The Daleks’ Master Plan

1965-66 epic The Daleks’ Masterplan seldom fails to be hounded by contentiousness among Who fans. Is it the longest story ever, or does that honour go to four-stories-in-one Trial of a Time Lord? Is Sara Kingdom officially a companion? Is the Christmas Day episode – in which Hartnell’s Doctor breaks the fourth wall for the…

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