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A Special Look at: The Sontaran Experiment

A Special Look at: The Sontaran Experiment

Continuing from Robot and The Ark in Space is The Sontaran Experiment, the shortest story of the 1970s. According to A Brief History of Time (Travel) regarding the production of the story: Since 1971, a Doctor Who season had been comprised almost exclusively of four- and six-part stories. As he developed the outline of the programme’s twelfth … Continue reading

A Special Look at: Planet of the Spiders

A Special Look at: Planet of the Spiders

Following The Green Death is Planet of the Spiders, the final story to feature Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor and the first to feature Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor. Additionally, this is the last story to also feature the Whomobile. The next story would be Robot. According to A Brief History of Time … Continue reading

A Special Look at: Invasion of the Dinosaurs

A Special Look at: Invasion of the Dinosaurs

Following The Green Death and The Time Warrior is Invasion of the Dinosaurs, which features a significant plot twist in Captain Mike Yates betraying UNIT as a result of his traumatic experience, and as such, also features the last regular appearance of Yates. It also features the first appearance of the Whomobile. According to A Brief History … Continue reading

A Special Look at: The Eleventh Hour

A Special Look at: The Eleventh Hour

Continuing directly from The End of Time is The Eleventh Hour, which is the first full story to feature the Eleventh Doctor along with the number of the incarnation of the Doctor being directly referred to in the title. Additionally, this is Steven Moffat’s debut as the new showrunner, new title sequence, and TARDIS interior. … Continue reading

A Special Look at: Planet of the Dead

A Special Look at: Planet of the Dead

Continuing from The Next Doctor is Planet of the Dead, the first Easter Special in Doctor Who. Additionally, the episode features Michelle Ryan (Merlin) as one- off companion, Lady Christina de Souza. This special would be followed by The Waters of Mars, and The End of Time. According to The A.V. Club review: Notably, “Planet … Continue reading

A Special Look at: Voyage of the Damned

A Special Look at: Voyage of the Damned

Continuing from The Christmas Invasion and The Runaway Bride is Voyage of the Damned, which features the first time a companion of the Doctor dies in the revived series. It also marks the first appearance of Wilfred Mott, who would return during Series 4 and The End of Time. Regarding one-off companion, Astrid Peth, I … Continue reading

A Special Look at: Horror of Fang Rock

A Special Look at: Horror of Fang Rock

Horror of Fang Rock is one of the best classic Doctor Who stories that I know, and serves as the only time that the Ruton Host – who have engaged in a millennia-long war with the Sontarans – actually appear. Despite being produced under showrunner Graham Williams, known for such stories as The Pirate Planet, … Continue reading

A Special Look at: The Runaway Bride

A Special Look at: The Runaway Bride

Continuing from The Christmas Invasion is The Runaway Bride, marking the first change of companion since the revival had begun while simultaneously introduction the concept of the “one-off” companion. Although the character of Donna was originally only intended for this story, should would later return as a full-time companion during Series 4. According to The … Continue reading

A Special Look at: The Ambassadors of Death

A Special Look at: The Ambassadors of Death

Continuing from The Silurians is The Ambassadors of Death, which features the first instance of the Doctor going out into space without his TARDIS. It also features the first time the TARDIS console is seen removed entirely from the TARDIS, which will become important in the following story, Inferno. According to the Cathode Ray Tube … Continue reading