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‘Doctor Who’ 60th Anniversary Marathon – ‘The Gunfighters’

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It’s time for a Wild West adventure in ‘Doctor Who’, as William Hartnell as the First Doctor, Peter Purves as Steven and Jackie Lane as Dodo visit Tombstone, Arizona in 1881. This is where the gunfight at the O.K. Corral takes place and where the Doctor and his friends get themselves caught in the crossfire. You can watch this four-part adventure either on DVD or on Britbox. Continue reading

‘Doctor Who’ 60th Anniversary Marathon – ‘The Massacre of St Bartholomew’s Eve’

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In today’s ‘Doctor Who’ adventure, William Hartnell as the First Doctor and Peter Purves as Steven visit Paris in 1572. This is ‘The Massacre of St. Bartholomew’s Eve’ and it’s quite a grim historical adventure. At the end of the story, we’re introduced to a new companion – Jackie Lane as Dodo Chaplet. This four-part story can be enjoyed on audio CD or as a download from Audible. Continue reading

‘Doctor Who’ 60th Anniversary Marathon – ‘The Daleks’ Master Plan’

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This is a big one! It’s time to check out the epic 12-part ‘Doctor Who’ story called ‘The Daleks’ Master Plan’, starring William Hartnell as the First Doctor and Peter Purves as Steven. You can listen to ‘The Daleks’ Master Plan’ soundtrack on audio CD or Audible, and you can watch the second, fifth and tenth surviving episodes of the story in the ‘Lost In Time’ DVD collection. The story also introduces us to Nicholas Courtney (before he became the Brigadier) as Bret Vyon, and Kevin Stoney (before he became Tobias Vaughn in ‘The Invasion’) as the villainous Mavic Chen. Adrienne Hill also appears as Katarina, following her debut in ‘The Myth Makers’. It also features the introduction of Jean Marsh as Sara Kindgom. The seventh episode is a Christmas episode, would you believe? 😀 And the eighth to tenth episodes also feature the return of Peter Butterworth as the Meddling Monk. Continue reading

‘Doctor Who’ 60th Anniversary Marathon – ‘The Myth Makers’

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Today, we go back in time, as the third story in Season 3 of the classic ‘Doctor Who’ TV series takes us to the city of Troy, where the Greeks and the Trojans are fighting each other. This is ‘The Myth Makers’, a four-part historical adventure. It features the departure of Maureen O’Brien as Vicki and it introduces a new companion in Adrienne Hill as Katarina. The story can be enjoyed on audio CD or as a download from Audible. Continue reading

‘Doctor Who’ 60th Anniversary Marathon – ‘The Chase’

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It’s time for one of the most exciting ‘Doctor Who’ adventures ever made in the First Doctor era called ‘The Chase’. The Daleks return to chase the First Doctor TARDIS team throughout time and space! This story also features the last appearances of William Russell as Ian and Jacqueline Hill as Barbara. It also features the first appearance of Peter Purves as new companion Steven (although Peter plays Mortin Dill in the third episode and plays Steven in the sixth and final episode of this story). You can watch ‘The Chase’ either on DVD, Blu-ray or Britbox. Continue reading

‘Doctor Who’ 60th Anniversary Marathon – ‘The Romans’

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Now that Vicki has joined the ‘Doctor Who’ TARDIS team, the First Doctor and his companions end up in Italy in 64 AD where Emperor Nero is in Rome. When Ian and Barbara are split up from the First Doctor and Vicki, can our TARDIS heroes survive the dangers of being in Ancient Rome? You can watch the four-part story either on DVD, Blu-ray or Britbox. Continue reading

Book Review – ‘Short Trips: Transmissions’ (Doctor Who)

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And Happy New Year everyone! 🙂 It’s the penultimate instalment of the 2022-23 ‘Nyssa Challenge’ mini-review season today! Since it’s the 60th anniversary of ‘Doctor Who’ this year, let’s revisit a Short Trips book anthology by Big Finish called ‘Short Trips: Transmissions’. One of the stories in the anthology has the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa in it. Continue reading

Audio Reviews – ‘Time Wake & Other Stories’ (Doctor Who)

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For today’s instalment of the 2022-23 ‘Nyssa Challenge’ mini-review season, we’re checking out the six ‘Doctor Who’ annual stories featured in the ‘Time Wake & Other Stories’ audio collection. I’ve recently listened to the stories featured in ‘Time Wake & Other Stories’ via download on Audible. The story of interest to me is called ‘Night Flight to Nowhere’, featuring the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa and Tegan. I previously reviewed ‘Night Flight to Nowhere’ in the 1983 ‘Doctor Who Annual’ back in 2019. Continue reading

Season 22 of ‘Doctor Who’ with Colin Baker on Blu-ray #6

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It’s time for us to come to an end with Season 22 of ‘Doctor Who’ on Blu-ray with Colin Baker. Today, we look at the sixth and final story in Season 22 of ‘Doctor Who’ called ‘Revelation of the Daleks’, featuring Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor and Nicola Bryant as Peri. They come up against Terry Molloy who returns as Davros as well as his creations, the Daleks, at Tranquil Repose on the planet Necros. They also come up against a superb guest cast of characters in the story. Continue reading

Book/Audio review – ‘In the Heart of Chaos’ (Star Trek: Prometheus)

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We’ve come to the end of the ‘Star Trek: Prometheus’ book/audio trilogy, as we look at the third and final instalment called ‘In the Heart of Chaos’ by Bernd Perplies and Christian Humberg. The Big Finish audiobook is read by Alec Newman. Does this ‘Star Trek’ book/audio trilogy end on a satisfactory note or did it become a disappointment for me? Continue reading