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‘Doctor Who’ 60th Anniversary Marathon – ‘The Celestial Toymaker’

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In this ‘Doctor Who’ adventure, William Hartnell as the First Doctor ends up playing games with Michael Gough (who would go on to play Alfred in the four original ‘Batman’ films from 1989 to 1997) as the Celestial Toymaker. Plus, the Doctor is invisible for most of this adventure. 😐 Peter Purves as Steven and Jackie Lane as Dodo also end up having to play games with the Toymaker. You can listen to ‘The Celestial Toymaker’ soundtrack on audio CD or Audible, and you can watch the fourth surviving episode of this four-part story in the ‘Lost In Time’ DVD collection. 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 – ‘Mission to the Unknown’

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It’s time to take a look at the only ‘Doctor Who’ episode from the classic TV series to not feature William Hartnell as the First Doctor, even though he is credited in the cast list. This is ‘Mission to the Unknown’, which serves as a prelude to the 12-part epic story ‘The Daleks’ Master Plan’. There are two versions of this story. There’s the original, which can be heard on its TV soundtrack on an audio CD or via Audible, and there’s a new version of the story produced by the students of the University of Central Lancashire, which can be viewed on the ‘Doctor Who’ YouTube channel. Continue reading

‘Doctor Who’ 60th Anniversary Marathon – ‘Galaxy 4’

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And welcome to Season 3 of the classic ‘Doctor Who’ TV series! To start off, let’s take a look at the four-part adventure called ‘Galaxy 4’, starring William Hartnell as the First Doctor, Maureen O’Brien as Vicki and Peter Purves as Steven. This story has recently been animated for DVD and Blu-ray, with a clip from the first episode and the entire third episode still in existence. You can also watch a compilation of this story, which contains the clip from the first episode and the entire third episode on Disc 2 of the 2-disc Special Edition DVD of ‘The Aztecs’. The third episode of ‘Galaxy 4’ is also available to watch on Britbox. Continue reading

‘Doctor Who’ 60th Anniversary Marathon – ‘The Time Meddler’

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It’s time for the season finale of Season 2 of the classic ‘Doctor Who’ TV series called ‘The Time Meddler’. William Hartnell as the First Doctor and Maureen O’Brien as Vicki are joined by Peter Purves as Steven, as they visit the Northumbrian coast in the 11th century where Saxons and Vikings are. They also meet the Meddling Monk, who makes his debut in ‘Doctor Who’ and Peter Butterworth plays him. You can watch the four-part story either on DVD, Blu-ray or Britbox. Continue reading

Blu-ray review – ‘Galaxy 4’ (Doctor Who)

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Here we are again with another animation to fill in the gaps of missing black-and-white ‘Doctor Who’ stories from the 1960s. It’s time to revisit ‘Galaxy 4’, which I originally reviewed back in 2017. This story comes from the First Doctor era and it features William Hartnell as the First Doctor, Maureen O’Brien as Vicki and Peter Purves as Steven. Continue reading

CD Review – ‘The Rosemariners’ (Doctor Who)

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As we’re in the final week of November, why not begin closing the month off with another new ‘Doctor Who’ review on my blog today! It’s time to take a look at the Lost Story by Big Finish called ‘The Rosemariners’, featuring the Second Doctor, Jamie and Zoe. It stars Frazer Hines and Wendy Padbury with special guest stars David Warner and Clive Wood. This four-part story is by Donald Tosh! Continue reading

Celebrating 55 Years of ‘Doctor Who’ #Adventure

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It’s the penultimate review in this year’s 55th anniversary celebration of ‘Doctor Who’ on ‘Bradley’s Basement’ and it’s also the eve before the 55th anniversary of ‘Doctor Who’ takes place. So what better thing to look into than the docu-drama that details how the ‘Doctor Who’ TV series began in 1963. Continue reading