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James Chapman’s Top Ten Classic Doctor Who Stories: The Crusade

‘The Crusade’ might strike some readers as an unusual choice for inclusion in my top ten of classic Doctor Who adventures as it’s a partially ‘lost’ serial: only two of the four episodes survive (Episode 1 – ‘The Lion’ and Episode 3 – ‘The Wheel of Fortune’). However, the scripts and audio soundtracks survive, and on the evidence of the two extant episodes we can make a reasonable assessment of what the missing episodes would have looked like.

December 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

James Chapman’s Top Ten Classic Doctor Who Stories: Logopolis

James Chapman’s Top Ten Classic Doctor Who Stories 5. ‘Logopolis’ BBC1. 4 episodes: 28 February-21 March 1981. Starring Tom Baker as ‘Doctor Who’, Matthew Waterhouse as Adric, Sarah Sutton as … Continue reading

December 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

James Chapman’s Top Ten Classic Doctor Who Stories: Planet of the Spiders

I have the impression that the reputation of Jon Pertwee’s ‘era’ as the Third Doctor has suffered somewhat in recent years: few of his stories tend to feature among polls of fans’ favourites.

November 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

James Chapman’s Top Ten Classic Doctor Who Stories: The Daleks

So far in my top ten classic Doctor Who stories I’ve selected one personal favourite (‘The Robots of Death’) and one that’s widely regarded as an excellent example of a particular type of story (‘The Tomb of the Cybermen’). This week I’ve settled on a story that might not quite be among the best dramatically but which I’ve chosen for its overall significance for both the internal and the external history of Doctor Who.

November 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

James Chapman’s Top Ten Classic Doctor Who Stories: The Tomb of the Cybermen

For many years ‘The Tomb of the Cybermen’ was a ‘lost’ Doctor Who serial: one of those junked by the BBC when it wanted to create space in its archives.

November 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

James Chapman’s Top Ten Classic Doctor Who Stories: The Robots of Death

James Chapman’s Top Ten Classic Doctor Who Stories 1. ‘The Robots of Death’ BBC1. 4 episodes: 29 January-19 February 1977. Starring Tom Baker as ‘Doctor Who’ and Louise Jameson as … Continue reading

November 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Review: Dark Water and Death in Heaven

And so to the series finale…

November 10, 2014 · 1 Comment

Review: In the Forest of the Night

I’ve commented before in this blog on (a) the welcome trend under Steven Moffat’s aegis to bring new writers into the Doctor Who fold, and (b) how the current series has included probably more genuinely ‘different’ stories than any since the Return of the Time Lord in 2005.

November 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Review: Flatline

Like ‘Mummy on the Orient Express’, also by new Who writer Jamie Mathieson, ‘Flatline’ reminded me in various respects of other Doctor Who stories.

November 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Review: Mummy on the Orient Express

Following last week’s ‘Big Issue’ drama, this was Doctor Who returning to a lighter mode in the sort of adventure that can best be described as a ‘romp’.

November 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Review: Kill the Moon

After the previous week’s relatively low-key episode, this series of Doctor Who returned to top form with the best adventure yet for the Twelfth Doctor.

October 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

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