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‘The Doctor Who Cookbook’ Reviews

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It’s the 60th anniversary of ‘Doctor Who’, so why not? 😀 To commemorate the day that I first met Sarah Sutton at the ‘Fifth Element’ event back in February 2010, I’ve decided to review ‘The Doctor Who Cookbook’ by Gary Downie, which was originally published back in 1985. This has been a treat of a ‘Doctor Who’ book to review. 🙂 Continue reading

‘Doctor Who’ 60th Anniversary Marathon – ‘The Macra Terror’

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In this ‘Doctor Who’ adventure called ‘The Macra Terror’, Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor, Anneke Wills as Polly, Michael Craze as Ben and Frazer Hines as Jamie find themselves fighting against the menace of the Macra – giant crab-like creatures that have brainwashed a human colony. The Marca make their first appearance here in the classic ‘Doctor Who’ TV series before they make their return in the new series TV episode called ‘Gridlock’. This missing four-part TV adventure has been animated on DVD and Blu-ray and can also been seen on Britbox. Continue reading

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

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The Cybermen return in their second appearance in the classic ‘Doctor Who’ TV series! In this four-part story called ‘The Moonbase’, Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor, Anneke Wills as Polly, Michael Craze as Ben and Frazer Hines as Jamie visit Earth’s moon where there’s a moonbase that can control Earth’s weather. Can the TARDIS foursome help the moonbase’s crew thwart the Cybermen’s attack on the moon? This four-part story is complete with two live-action episodes and two animated episodes. You can watch ‘The Moonbase’ either on DVD or on Britbox. Continue reading

‘Doctor Who’ 60th Anniversary Marathon – ‘The Underwater Menace’

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With Frazer Hines as Jamie joining Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor, Anneke Wills as Polly and Michael Craze as Ben in the TARDIS, the foursome visit the lost city of Atlantis where the crazed Professor Zaroff is determined to blow up the Earth in ‘The Underwater Menace’. Only two episodes of this four-part ‘Doctor Who’ story are in existence. Thankfully, the missing two episodes of this story will soon receive the animation treatment as well as ‘The Smugglers’ later this year. 😀 In the meantime, you can watch the surviving episodes and telesnap versions of the missing episodes of ‘The Underwater Menace’ either on DVD or on Britbox. Continue reading

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

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We’re now on the last of the pure historical ‘Doctor Who’ adventures from the 1960s. It’s time for ‘The Highlanders’, a four-part adventure where Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor, Anneke Wills as Polly and Michael Craze as Ben find themselves in 18th century Scotland. They meet a band of Highlanders and one of them happens to be Frazer Hines as Jamie McCrimmon, who becomes the Second Doctor’s new companion in the story. 🙂 ‘The Highlanders’ can be enjoyed on audio CD or as a download from Audible. Continue reading

‘Doctor Who’ 60th Anniversary Marathon – ‘The Power of the Daleks’

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Here’s the third story in Season 4 of the classic ‘Doctor Who’ TV series. It’s the beginning of a new era with Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor. As Anneke Wills as Polly and Michael Craze as Ben get to know the new Doctor, he himself has to deal with the menace of the Daleks on the planet Vulcan (No, not the one from ‘Star Trek’ 😀 ). This story is now completely animated on DVD and Blu-ray, since all the episodes of the six-part story are currently missing. You can watch ‘The Power of the Daleks’ either on DVD, on Blu-ray, or on Britbox. Continue reading

CD review – ‘The Beginning’ (Doctor Who)

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Here’s a brand-new bonus ‘Doctor Who’ review by me to close off the William Hartnell/First Doctor era in the 60th Anniversary Marathon on ‘Bradley’s Basement’. It’s also my first Big Finish audio review to share in 2023. It’s time for ‘The Beginning’, the first of ‘The Quadrigger Stoyn Trilogy’ of ‘Doctor Who’ audios by Big Finish. Continue reading

‘Doctor Who’ 60th Anniversary Marathon – ‘The Tenth Planet’

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Here we are on the final TV story of the William Hartnell/First Doctor era of ‘Doctor Who’ and it’s the first one to feature the Cybermen. ‘The Tenth Planet’ is a four-part adventure that takes place in the South Pole in 1986. The Cybermen are from the planet Mondas, Earth’s long lost twin planet. The fourth episode of ‘The Tenth Planet’ has been animated, whilst the regeneration scene between William Hartnell into Patrick Troughton is still intact. You can watch ‘The Tenth Planet’ either on DVD or via Britbox. Continue reading

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

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It’s time for Season 4 of the classic ‘Doctor Who’ TV series! We’re also coming to the end of the First Doctor era, as we take a look at this four-part adventure called ‘The Smugglers’, starring William Hartnell in his penultimate appearance as the First Doctor. There’s also his new companions Anneke Wills as Polly and Michael Craze as Ben. In this story, the Doctor, Polly and Ben tackle some smugglers in the 17th century, once the TARDIS lands on a wild and remote stretch of the Cornish coast. The four-part story is currently missing from the BBC Archives, but ‘The Smugglers’ and ‘The Underwater Menace’ will receive the animation treatment soon later in the year. In the meantime, ‘The Smugglers’ can be enjoyed on audio CD or as a download from Audible. Continue reading

‘Doctor Who’ 60th Anniversary Marathon – ‘The War Machines’

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It’s time for the season finale in Season 3 of the classic ‘Doctor Who’ TV series. In this four-part story, William Hartnell as the First Doctor deals with the menace of the War Machines and its computer WOTAN at the Post Office Tower in 1966. ‘The War Machines’ also features the abrupt departure of Jackie Lane as Dodo Chaplet and it introduces the new companions Anneke Wills as Polly and Michael Craze as Ben. This adventure also features William Mervyn, who’s been in the BBC TV comedy series ‘All Gas and Gaiters’. 🙂 You can watch ‘The War Machines’ either on DVD or via Britbox. Continue reading