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‘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

‘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 Space Museum’

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In today’s four-part ‘Doctor Who’ adventure called ‘The Space Museum’, the First Doctor TARDIS team ends up on the planet Xeros. There, the First Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Vicki see themselves as exhibits at a museum in their future. Can our heroes stop themselves from being preserved in the space museum by the Morok Empire? You can watch the four-part story either on DVD, Blu-ray or Britbox. Continue reading

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

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It’s time to have another venture into history with ‘Doctor Who’, as the First Doctor TARDIS team end up in 12th Century Palestine. There, King Richard the Lionheart engages in a holy war with the Saracen leader Saladin. The story features special guest stars Julian Glover as King Richard and Jean Marsh as his sister Joanna. Sadly, only the first and third episodes of this four-part story have survived in the BBC Archives. You can check out the first and third episodes of ‘The Crusade’ in the ‘Lost In Time’ DVD collection, in the Season 2 Blu-ray box set, and/or Britbox. You can also enjoy the entire four-part story on audio CD or as a download from Audible. Continue reading

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

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In this ‘Doctor Who’ adventure, the First Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Vicki end up on the planet Vortis. There, the moth-like Menoptra and the ant-like Zarbi rage war with each other. Can the First Doctor TARDIS team solve the riddles of the planet Vortis and find out what’s at the centre of the Zarbi’s lair? You can watch ‘The Web Planet’ either on DVD, Blu-ray or Britbox.

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‘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

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

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With Susan gone, it’s time to introduce a new ‘Doctor Who’ companion in the TARDIS family. It’s time for ‘The Rescue’, a two-part story where we’re introduced to Maureen O’Brien as Vicki. William Hartnell as the First Doctor, William Russell as Ian and Jacqueline Hill as Barbara meet Vicki in a crashed spaceship where the menacing Koquillion causes terror. You can watch the two-part story either on DVD, Blu-ray or Britbox. Continue reading

‘Doctor Who’ 60th Anniversary Marathon – ‘The Dalek Invasion of Earth’

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It’s time for the second story of Season 2 of the classic ‘Doctor Who’ TV series as well as the second story to feature the Daleks on TV. ‘The Dalek Invasion of Earth’ is a six-part adventure, starring William Hartnell as the First Doctor, William Russell as Ian, Jacqueline Hill as Barbara and Carole Ann Ford as Susan. It takes place in the middle of the 22nd century and it also features the final appearance of Carole Ann Ford as Susan. You can watch ‘The Dalek Invasion of Earth’ either on DVD, Blu-ray or Britbox. Continue reading