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‘Doctor Who’ 60th Anniversary Marathon – Season 16 Summary

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Out of the seven seasons featuring Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor in ‘Doctor Who’, ‘The Key to Time’ season (Season 16) is undeniably my favourite. I always enjoy coming back to this season, especially when it’s creative and inventive in its storytelling and how the quest romp theme ties the season together. Continue reading

‘Doctor Who’ 60th Anniversary Marathon – ‘The Armageddon Factor’

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We’ve come to the end of ‘The Key to Time’ season…

“Mayday, mayday, mayday!”

Oh yeah, it’s Bank Holiday Monday in May in the UK today. Fitting it should be on the 1st of May too. 🙂 Continue reading

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

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Today, we’re taking a look at the fifth and penultimate story of ‘The Key to Time’ season (Season 16) in the classic ‘Doctor Who’ TV series. This is the second story in ‘The Key to Time’ season to be penned by Robert Holmes (his first was ‘The Ribos Operation’). ‘The Power of Kroll’ is a four-part story, starring Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor and Mary Tamm as Romana. K-9 doesn’t feature in this story, though John Leeson gets to play a human character called Dugeen in this. The story also features Philip Madoc (well-known for being in the ‘Dad’s Army’ episode ‘The Deadly Attachment’ as well as three ‘Doctor Who’ stories and a ‘Doctor Who’ movie beforehand) as Fenner. ‘The Power of Kroll’ can be checked out on DVD and Britbox. Continue reading

Novelization/Audiobook review – ‘Doctor Who – The Androids of Tara’

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Just in case you missed it today, I’ve updated my review on the 2022 Target novelization/2012 BBC audiobook of the ‘Doctor Who’ story ‘The Androids of Tara’ by David Fisher. The story features the Fourth Doctor, Romana and K-9 on their quest to search for the fourth segment of the Key to Time. The audiobook for ‘Doctor Who – The Androids of Tara’ is read by John Leeson, who voices K-9 in the ‘Doctor Who’ TV series. Continue reading

‘Doctor Who’ 60th Anniversary Marathon – ‘The Androids of Tara’

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It’s time for the fourth story in ‘The Key to Time’ season (Season 16) in the classic ‘Doctor Who’ TV series and another one of my favourites from the season. This is ‘The Androids of Tara’, another four-part adventure by David Fisher, who previously wrote ‘The Stones of Blood’. The story stars Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor, Mary Tamm as Romana, and K-9, voiced by John Leeson. The story also features Peter Jeffrey as Count Grendel. This swashbuckling ‘Doctor Who’ story is inspired by ‘The Prisoner of Zenda’ by Anthony Hope. ‘The Androids of Tara’ can be checked out on DVD and Britbox. Continue reading

Novelization/Audiobook review – ‘Doctor Who – The Stones of Blood’

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Just in case you missed it today, I’ve updated my review on the 2022 Target novelization/2011 BBC audiobook of the ‘Doctor Who’ story ‘The Stones of Blood’ by David Fisher. The story features the Fourth Doctor, Romana and K-9 on their quest to search for the third segment of the Key to Time. The audiobook for ‘Doctor Who – The Stones of Blood’ is read by Susan Engel, who played Vivien Fay in the story. There’s also John Leeson who provides the voice of K-9 in the audiobook. Continue reading

‘Doctor Who’ 60th Anniversary Marathon – ‘The Stones of Blood’

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Here’s another one of my favourite stories in ‘The Key to Time’ season (Season 16) of the classic ‘Doctor Who’ TV series. It’s time to check out ‘The Stones of Blood’, a four-part adventure by David Fisher. In the story, Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor, Mary Tamm as Romana, and K-9, voiced by John Leeson visit the planet Earth to locate the third segment of the Key to Time. They come across a stone circle where alien stones come to life and suck people dry of their blood. This is another story that helped me with my ‘Doctor Who’ writing, particularly for the ‘Fifth Doctor’ adventure ‘The Railway of Time’. 🙂 ‘The Stones of Blood’ can be checked out on DVD and Britbox. Continue reading

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

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We come to one of my favourite stories in ‘The Key to Time’ season (Season 16) of the classic ‘Doctor Who’ TV series. This is ‘The Pirate Planet’, a four-part adventure by Douglas Adams, who is well-known for being the author of ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’. This story stars Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor, Mary Tamm as Romana, and K-9, voiced by John Leeson. The TARDIS trio end up on the planet Zanak, as they try to locate the second segment of the Key to Time and they come up against Bruce Purchase as the Pirate Captain. This story inspired me to create the atmosphere for my ‘Fifth Doctor’ adventure called ‘The Space Hotel’. 😀 ‘The Pirate Planet’ can be checked out on DVD and Britbox. Continue reading

‘Doctor Who’ 60th Anniversary Marathon – ‘The Ribos Operation’

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Welcome to ‘The Key to Time’ season – Season 16 of the classic ‘Doctor Who’ TV series. ‘The Key to Time’ season is my favourite season out of the entire Tom Baker/Fourth Doctor era. As well as Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor, this season introduces us to Mary Tamm as new companion Romanadvoratrelundar – Romana for short – and K-9 Mark II, voiced by John Leeson. In the first story of ‘The Key to Time’ season called ‘The Ribos Operation’, the Fourth Doctor, Romana and K-9 are sent on a quest by the White Guardian to collect the six segments of the Key to Time. This four-part adventure by Robert Holmes can be checked out on DVD and Britbox. Continue reading

Novelization Review – ‘Doctor Who and the Pirate Planet’

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Once again, like with ‘City of Death’, I’m tackling a ‘Doctor Who’ Target novelization that is a slimmer and condensed version of the juicer and more fleshed-out novelization of ‘The Pirate Planet’ by Douglas Adams and James Goss. Please feel free to check out my thoughts on the slimmer book version of ‘Doctor Who and the Pirate Planet’. Continue reading