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The Romans

Production: M

Airdates: January 16 - February 6, 1965

 

The TARDIS takes the time travelers to ancient Rome where Ian and Barbara are captured as slaves while the Doctor and Vicki are guests of Nero.  The Doctor is mistaken for a murdered musician and enrages Nero with his performance in Nero's court.  It all leads up to the burning the Rome.  Can the travelers escape their situation and return to the TARDIS?

It's Doctor Who's first stab at a comedy, but is it straight comedy or more like dark comedy? In any event, this is a favorite of John's and he enthuses about it on this episode. Do you agree? Let us know here.

Direct download: DWMD_-_The_Romans.mp3
Category:Doctor Who & Mister Drew -- posted at: 11:31am EDT
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"The Rescue"

Production: L

Airdates: January 2-9, 1965

 

The Doctor has left Susan behind on a future Earth, recovering from Dalek occupation.  He appears to be even more distracted than usual.  And then the TARDIS lands on the planet Dido, a world the Doctor visited once before.  There, he, Ian and Barbara find the wreck of downed space ship and the two survivors who are being terrorized by Koquilion, an inhabitant of the planet.

 

This story sets up the introduction of Vicki, as played by Maureen O'Brien.  She will join the TARDIS and while the producers were looking for her to be a replacement for Susan, she is clearly much more than that.  Take a listen and see if you agree with the assessment of the episode overall and where it places in the ranking.

 

Current Rankings

1 - Dalek Invasion of Earth

2 - Marco Polo

3 - The Daleks

4 - The Aztecs

5 - An Unearthly Child

6 - The Reign of Terror

7 - Edge of Destruction

8 - The Rescue

9 - Planet of Giants

10 - The Keys of Marinus

11 - The Sensorites

Direct download: DWMD_-_The_Rescue.mp3
Category:Doctor Who & Mister Drew -- posted at: 9:02am EDT
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Direct download: DWMD_-_Dalek_Invasion_of_Earth.mp3
Category:Doctor Who & Mister Drew -- posted at: 12:56pm EDT
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Production: J

Airdates: October 31 - November 14, 1964

 

The TARDIS doors open suddenly in mid-flight causing the dimensions of the vessel to change.  When the crew emerges in modern day England, they find themselves the size of insects in a planet of giants.  Add to that, there's a murder mystery that they become involved in.  How can they solve it and bring the murderer to justice in their diminutive state?

 

It's the first episode of the second series of Doctor Who from 1964.  This was supposed to be the first story in the series proper and it's a good thing it wasn't as it's as short in its content as the time travelers.  Take a listen to this brief review and let us know what you think of it by leaving a comment here.

Direct download: DWMD_-_Planet_of_Giants.mp3
Category:Doctor Who & Mister Drew -- posted at: 9:39am EDT
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The first series of Doctor Who comes to an end and there's a lot to praise in this final story, "The Reign of Terror".  But do the parts worthy of praise equal a whole satisfying story?  And what of the two animated parts?  Do they work with the flow of the rest of the story?  And what conclusion did John come to when it comes to the historicals?  It's all here in a new review episode.  Stay tuned for the start of the second series.

 

Current Rankings

1 - Marco Polo

2 - The Daleks

3 - The Aztecs

4 - An Unearthly Child

5 - The Reign of Terror

6 - Edge of Destruction

 7 - The Keys of Marinus

8 - The Sensorites

Direct download: DWMD_-_The_Reign_of_Terror.mp3
Category:Doctor Who & Mister Drew -- posted at: 7:42pm EDT
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The TARDIS lands on an Earth vessel trapped in orbit about the Sense Sphere.  The inhabitants are hesitant about discussing the Sensorites who are holding them in place and the Doctor and his companions quickly learn about the xenophobic aliens and their strange world.  This is a story that John is of mixed feelings about.  There is much to laud in the first half of the story, but the second half lets the story down.  Take a listen and find out the good and the bad and where it plays out in the rankings.

Current Rankings

 

1 - Marco Polo

2 - The Daleks

3 - The Aztecs

4 - An Unearthly Child

5 - Edge of Destruction

 6 - The Keys of Marinus

7 - The Sensorites

Direct download: DWMD_-_The_Sensorites.mp3
Category:Doctor Who & Mister Drew -- posted at: 7:00am EDT
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After almost a year, John returns with his brief looks at the "classic" Doctor Who series.  We pick things up with "The Aztecs", a fantastic first season story that asks the question most time travelers wonder, what would you change about the past if you could and would you be able?  Barbara is given the opportunity when she is mistaken for an Aztec god.  For her, it's the perfect opportunity to end some of the barbaric behavior of the Aztecs, but for others, it's an opportunity to jockey for power and in doing so, endangers the lives of the time travelers.  Take a listen and let John know what you think.

Current Rankings

1 - Marco Polo
2 - The Daleks
3 - The Aztecs
4 - An Unearthly Child
5 - Edge of Destruction
5 - The Keys of Marinus

 

Direct download: DWMD_-_The_Aztecs.mp3
Category:Doctor Who & Mister Drew -- posted at: 4:35pm EDT
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Well, it had to happen - the first story to be a disappointment and find its way to the bottom of the ranking list.  "The Keys of Marinus" is another ambitious story filled with mutiple characters and multiple locations, just as with the previous story, "Marco Polo".  Unlike the previous story, this one is complete for one to view - and that might not be a good thing.  John talks about the weaknesses in "The Keys of Marinus" that includes the introduction of the trope that Doctor Who doesn't do very well - the mini-adventures within a larger quest story arc.
 
 
 
Current Rankings
1 - Marco Polo
2 - The Daleks
3 - An Unearthly Child
4 - Edge of Destruction
5 - The Keys of Marinus
Direct download: DWMD_-_Keys_of_Marinus.mp3
Category:Doctor Who & Mister Drew -- posted at: 6:56am EDT
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The Doctor and his companions wind up at the top of the Himalayas, "The Roof of the World", where they discover the TARDIS has lost all power.  They are saved from a frozen death by traveller Marco Polo and his caravan.  He is intrigued though by the Doctor's caravan, the TARDIS, and seizes it in the name of Kublai Khan in the hopes he will be released from his service.
 
The story is one of the first we will be covering that doesn't exist in a moving image form.  It was reconstructed using audio and photos from the episode.  Despite this, this story has to be one of the best of William Hartnell's era and deserves a careful viewing, even by the casual fan.
 
 
 
Direct download: DWMD_-_Marco_Polo.mp3
Category:Doctor Who & Mister Drew -- posted at: 8:11am EDT
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An unknown force seems to have taken over the TARDIS and rocks the Doctor and his companions about so that they all pass out.  When they come to, there is confusion, doubt, and eventually mistrust, especially from the Doctor.  But meanwhile there are other strange things going on.  The TARDIS continues to show a stream of stellar images on the scanner that culminates in an explosion and all the time pieces on the ship have been distorted in horrifying ways.  What is happening and can the Doctor work it out before the TARDIS is destroyed?
 
 
This is a sharp two-part story that allowed for more time in the preparation of the next major serial, "Marco Polo".  Listen in as John points out the good and the bad in this quick story review.
Direct download: DWMD_-_The_Edge_of_Destruction.mp3
Category:Doctor Who & Mister Drew -- posted at: 5:00am EDT
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