Tagged William Russell

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…

Doctor Who Magazine 448 interviews William Russell
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William Russell in DWM 448

Original companion William Russell features in the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine, in which he recalls the days working on the show in 1963, leaving and of course his thoughts on the new show (not to mention William Hartnell…) Sixties action hero William Russell talks to DWM about his role as science teacher Ian Chesterton, companion…

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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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Planet of Giants on DVD!

The third of this summer’s recently confirmed Doctor Who DVD releases is Planet of Giants, the 1964 serial starring William Hartnell! Written by Louis Marks, Planet of Giants sees our travellers encountering some dimensional issues – but not the sort usually associated with Doctor Who. Indeed, a similar story was at one point intended as…

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