Day 16 – ‘Bradley’s Basement’s Advent Calendar 2022

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

It’s Day 16 of ‘Bradley’s Basement’s Advent Calendar 2022.

Let’s see the Fifth Doctor play a game of cricket in ‘Black Orchid’, shall we?

Firstly, since ‘Black Orchid’ is my absolute favourite ‘Doctor Who’ story from the TV series, it’s nice to review a few clips from the story on YouTube for my blog’s advent calendar this year. 🙂 The cricket scenes in ‘Black Orchid’ are arguably Peter Davison’s favourite scenes, as he’s not a fan of this story.

I think it’s more to do with the harlequin costume he had to wear in the story, but Peter Davison’s Doctor’s cricket scenes are some of the best he does in ‘Doctor Who’. It’s ironic that the only ‘Doctor Who’ story on TV where he gets to play cricket isn’t one of Peter Davison’s favourites in the series. 😦

The Fifth Doctor has had more ‘Doctor Who’ stories in other mediums where he gets to play cricket, including ‘Circular Time: Autumn’ on audio, ‘The Tides of Time’ in the comics and ‘Goth Opera’ in the books. I’ve also had the Fifth Doctor play cricket in some of my ‘Fifth Doctor’ stories on my blog. 🙂

It was funny to see Peter Davison’s Doctor managing to hit every ball when batting for Lord Cranleigh’s team. And yes, it was amusing to see Peter’s Doctor managing to bowl the first of the opposing team out with no camera trickery required. Peter loves to tell that story now and again. 😀

Much to Janet Fielding’s annoyance in the behind-the-scenes extras on DVD and Blu-ray. 😀 I enjoyed it when Sarah Sutton as Nyssa was mistaken for Ann by Lord Cranleigh, his mother Lady Cranleigh and Sir Robert Muir. It was also amusing to see Nyssa and Adric being confused by the game of cricket. 🙂

Thanks for watching and reading!

Check out what Day 16 of my ‘Bradley’s Basement’s Advent Calendars for 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 were about!

Bye for now!

Tim 🙂


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