One late Christmas Ever Ebenezeer Scrooge was visited by three spirits who showed him the past, the present and the Yet To Come. This is like that, but with three reviewers & Shiny’s usual pop culture nonsense. Merry Christmas.
Note: Eddie wrote this in 2006, as part of Shiny Advent, but it got lost in an email thread for four years. So here, at last, it is:
The ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas special appears to be establishing itself as a tradition, so ingénues into the world of Who may be surprised to discover that, until [...]
So, ‘The Big Bang’ went off and there’s no more ‘Doctor Who’ until Christmas. Luckily, we’re here with a recommendation list of ten old ‘Who’ stories (well, not exactly ten, but we’ll get to that later) that are worth watching to help the next six months pass a bit quicker.
A different kind of ‘Doctor Who’ story, from the days before the idea of what a ‘Doctor Who’ story was like became so set in stone…
Between them these two CDs release into the wild the last episodes of twentieth century ‘Doctor Who’ never made available to the general public in a mass market edition.
‘The Beginning’ is a handy box set which contains the first thirteen episodes of ‘Doctor Who’ plus two separate versions of the series unbroadcast (indeed judged ‘unboradcastable’) pilot episode and assorted extras.
The six episodes of ‘Doctor Who’ that are normally grouped under the title of ‘The Web Planet’ achieved viewing figures that remain among the series’ highest.
Once lauded as one of the greatest achievements of 1960s ‘Doctor Who’, ‘The Web Planet’ is now better known for being precisely the story Russell T Davies says he doesn’t want to do…
Since the Doctor Who DVD releases are aimed largely at the 1970s nostalgia brigade, I probably shouldn’t be surprised that it’s taken BBC Worldwide two years to get around to putting out one of William Hartnell’s stories. It’s still a disgrace though.
Could there be anything more 60s than pop culture horrors the Daleks rolling through Swinging London?
I’m not going to pretend that viewing old William Hartnell ‘Doctor Who’ stories is going to place you in good stead for the new series…