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Doctor Who 2/11.10: The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos 12 December 2018 - 2 comments

The season ends not with a bang but with a "to be continued". And that's not a bad thing.

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Doctor Who 2/11.09: It Takes You Away 05 December 2018 - 1 comment

Doctor Who presents: Nightmare in Norway.

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Doctor Who 2/11.08: The Witchfinders 28 November 2018 - 2 comments

You can't go wrong with a good witch hunt.

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Doctor Who 2/11.07: Kerblam! 22 November 2018 - 1 comment

This episode would like you to know: Amazon is Scary.

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Doctor Who 2/11.06: Demons of the Punjab 13 November 2018 - 6 comments

What a difference a new writer makes! Yes, this episode's not perfect, but it mostly gives the cast something to do, it uses the setting for more than mere background prettiness, and it has an alien menace that's resolved by talking rather than fighting.

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Doctor Who 2/11.05: The Tsuranga Conundrum 08 November 2018 - 4 comments

Chibnall writes one more time. And he writes an awfully generic "something nasty on the spaceship" story, which I suppose is another way of saving your creative energy for something you find more interesting while still getting paid for the job you're half-arsing.

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Doctor Who 2/11.04: Arachnids in the UK 02 November 2018 - 6 comments

Chibnall writes yet again. He's sole scriptwriter on four of the first five episodes (and of course the season finale), and co-writer on the fifth. And he's supposedly controlling the overall direction of the show. It's too much for one person to do well on a TV production schedule.

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Doctor Who 2/11.03: Rosa 26 October 2018 - 4 comments

Chibnall writes again (though this time with a co-author), but with a very different emphasis.

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Doctor Who 2/11.02: The Ghost Monument 19 October 2018

Last week's opening episode was distinctly better than I'd expected, though very far from perfect. Can Chibnall (writing again) keep up the quality in a "regular" series episode?

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Doctor Who 2/11.01: The Woman Who Fell To Earth 10 October 2018 - 1 comment

I gave up on watching Doctor Who around series 6 of the new iteration, in exasperation at Steven Moffat going on and on and on doing the same old things. Now he's finally left, so I gave it another try.

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Doctor Who Re-Watch, extras 08 February 2016 - 5 comments

As always, spoilers abound.

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Doctor Who Re-Watch, series 26 11 January 2016 - 9 comments

As always, spoilers abound. See Wikipedia for production details)

The Doctor - Sylvester McCoy
Ace - Sophie Aldred

The show stayed on Wednesday evenings against Coronation Street, and the first episode of this series got the lowest ratings of any Who episode ever.

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Doctor Who Re-Watch, series 25 15 December 2015 - 5 comments

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The Doctor - Sylvester McCoy
Ace - Sophie Aldred

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Doctor Who Re-Watch, series 24 05 November 2015 - 9 comments

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The Doctor - Sylvester McCoy
Mel Bush - Bonnie Langford
Ace - Sophie Aldred

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Doctor Who Re-Watch, series 23 07 October 2015 - 2 comments

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The Doctor - Colin Baker
Peri Brown - Nicola Bryant
Mel Bush - Bonnie Langford

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Doctor Who Re-Watch, series 22 10 September 2015 - 9 comments

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The Doctor - Colin Baker
Peri Brown - Nicola Bryant

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Doctor Who Re-Watch, series 21 14 August 2015 - 4 comments

I haven't given up!

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The Doctor - Peter Davison
The Doctor - Colin Baker
Tegan Jovanka - Janet Fielding
Vislor Turlough - Mark Strickson
Kamelion - Gerald Flood and Dallas Adams
Peri Brown - Nicola Bryant

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Doctor Who Re-Watch, series 20 04 April 2015 - 4 comments

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The Doctor - Peter Davison
Nyssa - Sarah Sutton
Tegan Jovanka - Janet Fielding
Vislor Turlough - Mark Strickson
Kamelion - Gerald Flood

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Doctor Who Re-Watch, series 19 13 November 2014 - 6 comments

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The Doctor - Peter Davison
Adric - Matthew Waterhouse
Nyssa - Sarah Sutton
Tegan Jovanka - Janet Fielding

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Doctor Who Re-Watch, series 18 05 September 2014 - 8 comments

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Doctor Who - Tom Baker
Doctor Who - Peter Davison (briefly)
Romana - Lalla Ward
K-9 (voice) - John Leeson
Adric - Matthew Waterhouse
Nyssa - Sarah Sutton
Tegan Jovanka - Janet Fielding

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Doctor Who Re-Watch, series 17 21 July 2014 - 4 comments

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Doctor Who - Tom Baker
Romana - Lalla Ward
K-9 (voice) - David Brierly

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Doctor Who Re-Watch, series 16 28 June 2014 - 2 comments

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Doctor Who - Tom Baker
Romana I - Mary Tamm
K-9 (voice) - John Leeson

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The Viewer's Complete Tale, Andrew Rilstone 17 June 2014 - 1 comment

Andrew Rilstone recounts his reactions to the 2005 revival of Doctor Who.

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Doctor Who Re-Watch, series 15 27 May 2014 - 5 comments

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Doctor Who - Tom Baker
Leela - Louise Jameson
K-9 (voice) - John Leeson

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Doctor Who Re-Watch, series 14 13 May 2014 - 3 comments

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Doctor Who - Tom Baker
Sarah Jane Smith - Elisabeth Sladen
Leela - Louise Jameson

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Doctor Who Re-Watch, series 13 30 April 2014 - 3 comments

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Doctor Who - Tom Baker
Sarah Jane Smith - Elisabeth Sladen

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Doctor Who Re-Watch, series 12 01 April 2014 - 4 comments

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Doctor Who - Tom Baker
Sarah Jane Smith - Elisabeth Sladen

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Doctor Who Re-Watch, series 11 16 March 2014 - 2 comments

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Doctor Who - Jon Pertwee
Sarah Jane Smith - Elisabeth Sladen

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Doctor Who Re-Watch, series 10 05 March 2014 - 2 comments

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Doctor Who - Jon Pertwee
Jo Grant - Katy Manning

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Doctor Who Re-Watch, series 9 23 February 2014 - 4 comments

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Doctor Who - Jon Pertwee
Jo Grant - Katy Manning

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Doctor Who Re-Watch, series 8 15 February 2014 - 2 comments

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Doctor Who - Jon Pertwee
Jo Grant - Katy Manning

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Doctor Who Re-Watch, series 7 11 February 2014 - 3 comments

(First written in January 2014)

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Doctor Who - Jon Pertwee
Liz Shaw - Caroline John

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Doctor Who Re-Watch, series 6 04 February 2014 - 4 comments

(First written in December 2013)

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Doctor Who - Patrick Troughton
Jamie McCrimmon - Frazer Hines
Zoe Heriot - Wendy Padbury

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Doctor Who Re-Watch, series 5 31 January 2014 - 3 comments

(First written in June 2013)

As always, spoilers abound. See Wikipedia for production details)

Doctor Who (sic) - Patrick Troughton
Jamie McCrimmon - Frazer Hines
Victoria Waterfield - Deborah Watling
Zoe Heriot - Wendy Padbury

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Doctor Who Re-Watch, series 4 27 January 2014 - 3 comments

(First written in November 2012)

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Doctor Who (sic) - William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton
Ben Jackson - Michael Craze
Polly - Anneke Wills
Jamie McCrimmon - Frazer Hines
Victoria Waterfield - Deborah Watling

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Doctor Who Re-Watch, series 3 23 January 2014 - 11 comments

(First written in April 2012)

As before, spoilers abound. See Wikipedia for production details)

Doctor Who (sic) - William Hartnell
Vicki - Maureen O'Brien
Steven Taylor - Peter Purves
Katarina - Adrienne Hill
Sara Kingdom - Jean Marsh
Dodo Chaplet - Jackie Lane
Ben Jackson - Michael Craze
Polly - Anneke Wills

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Doctor Who Re-Watch, series 2 19 January 2014 - 4 comments

(First written in February 2012)

As before, spoilers abound. See Wikipedia for production details)

Doctor Who (sic) - William Hartnell
Susan Foreman - Carole Ann Ford
Barbara Wright - Jacqueline Hill
Ian Chesterton - William Russell
Vicki - Maureen O'Brien

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Doctor Who Re-Watch, series 1 16 January 2014

(First written in December 2011)

I've recently started watching Doctor Who from the beginning. I've seen occasional episodes and stories here and there (e.g. back when I had a television and the BBC would do anniversary specials), but my experience as a regular viewer starts towards the end of the Sarah Jane Smith era.

I'm not going to worry about listing alternative titles or any of that guff. See Wikipedia for that). I am interested primarily in the progress and development of the show as a show rather than in constructing complex fanwank explanations for why decisions that were made differently the second time they came up, or dodgy effects shots, aren't really mistakes.

So here are my thoughts on re-watching the first series... spoilers abound, obviously.

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