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‘Doctor Who’ guide

Every episode of Doctor Who ever made — in reverse chronological order, newest episodes at the top, plus some supplementary material — with links to my discussions and available DVDs. More links to be added on a regular-ish basis.
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Earthshock (Peter Davison)
Timeflight (Peter Davison)
Arc of Infinity (Peter Davison)
The Silurians (Jon Pertwee)
The Sea Devils (Jon Pertwee)
The Daleks (William Hartnell)
The Ribos Operation (Tom Baker)
The Pirate Planet (Tom Baker)
Stones of Blood (Tom Baker)
The Androids of Tara (Tom Baker)
The Power of Kroll (Tom Baker)
The Armageddon Factor (Tom Baker)
The Mark of the Rani (Colin Baker)
Time and the Rani (Sylvester McCoy)

Matt Smith
Let’s Kill Hitler
A Good Man Goes to War
The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People
The Doctor’s Wife
The Curse of the Black Spot
The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon
A Christmas Carol [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
The Sarah Jane Adventures: Death of the Doctor
The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang
    (in the Complete Fifth Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
The Lodger
    (in the Complete Fifth Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
Vincent and the Doctor
    (in the Complete Fifth Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood
    (in the Complete Fifth Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
Amy’s Choice
    (in the Complete Fifth Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
Vampires of Venice
    (in the Complete Fifth Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
The Time of Angels/Flesh & Stone
    (in the Complete Fifth Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
Victory of the Daleks
    (in the Complete Fifth Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
The Beast Below
    (in the Complete Fifth Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
The Eleventh Hour
    (in the Complete Fifth Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]

David Tennant
The End of Time: Part One/Part Two [Amazon U.S.]
    (with The Waters of Mars) [Amazon U.K.]
    (in the Complete Specials collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
The Waters of Mars [Amazon U.S.]
    (with The End of Time) [Amazon U.K.]
    (in the Complete Specials collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith
Planet of the Dead [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
    (in the Complete Specials collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
The Next Doctor [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
    (in the Complete Specials collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End
    (in the Complete Fourth Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Turn Left
    (in the Complete Fourth Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Midnight
    (in the Complete Fourth Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead
    (in the Complete Fourth Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
The Unicorn and the Wasp
    (in the Complete Fourth Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
The Doctor’s Daughter
    (in the Complete Fourth Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
The Sontaran Stratagem/The Poison Sky
    (in the Complete Fourth Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Planet of the Ood
    (in the Complete Fourth Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
The Fires of Pompeii
    (in the Complete Fourth Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Partners in Crime
    (in the Complete Fourth Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Voyage of the Damned
    (in the Complete Fourth Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Utopia/The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords
    (in the Complete Third Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Blink
    (in the Complete Third Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Human Nature/The Family of Blood
    (in the Complete Third Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
42
    (in the Complete Third Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
The Lazarus Experiment
    (in the Complete Third Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks
    (in the Complete Third Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Gridlock
    (in the Complete Third Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
The Shakespeare Code
    (in the Complete Third Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Smith and Jones
    (in the Complete Third Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
The Runaway Bride
    (in the Complete Third Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Army of Ghosts/Doomsday
    (in the Complete Second Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Fear Her
    (in the Complete Second Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Love & Monsters
    (in the Complete Second Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit
    (in the Complete Second Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
The Idiot’s Lantern
    (in the Complete Second Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel
    (in the Complete Second Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Girl in the Fireplace
    (in the Complete Second Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
School Reunion
    (in the Complete Second Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Tooth and Claw
    (in the Complete Second Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
New Earth
    (in the Complete Second Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
The Christmas Invasion
    (in the Complete Second Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]

Christopher Eccleston
Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways
    (in the Complete First Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Boom Town
    (in the Complete First Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances
    (in the Complete First Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Father’s Day
    (in the Complete First Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
The Long Game
    (in the Complete First Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Dalek
    (in the Complete First Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Aliens of London/World War Three
    (in the Complete First Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
The Unquiet Dead
    (in the Complete First Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
The End of the World
    (in the Complete First Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Rose
    (in the Complete First Series collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]

Paul McGann
The Movie [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
    (in Revisitations: Vol. 1 collection) [Amazon U.K.]

Sylvester McCoy
Survival [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
The Curse of Fenric [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Ghost Light [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Battlefield [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
The Greatest Show in the Galaxy
Silver Nemesis [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada]
    (with Revenge of the Cybermen) [Amazon U.K.]
The Happiness Patrol
Remembrance of the Daleks [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
Dragonfire
Delta and the Bannermen [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Paradise Towers
Time and the Rani [Amazon U.K.]

Colin Baker
The Trial of a Time Lord [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Revelation of the Daleks [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Timelash [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
The Two Doctors [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
    (in the Bred for War collection) [Amazon U.K.]
The Mark of the Rani [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
Vengeance on Varos [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Attack of the Cybermen [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
The Twin Dilemma [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]

Peter Davison
The Caves of Androzani [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
    (in Revisitations: Vol. 1 collection) [Amazon U.K.]
Planet of Fire [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada]
    (in Kamelion collection) [Amazon U.K.]
Resurrection of the Daleks [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
    (in the Revisitations collection) [Amazon U.K.]
Frontios
The Awakening
Warriors of the Deep [Amazon U.S.]
    (in Beneath the Surface collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
The Five Doctors [Amazon U.S.]
    (25th anniversary edition) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
The King’s Demons [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada]
    (in Kamelion collection) [Amazon U.K.]
Enlightenment
    (in The Black Guardian Trilogy collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Terminus
    (in The Black Guardian Trilogy collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Mawdryn Undead
    (in The Black Guardian Trilogy collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Snakedance [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada]
    (in the Mara Tales collection) [Amazon U.K.]
Arc of Infinity [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada]
    (with Time-Flight) [Amazon U.K.]
Time-Flight [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada]
    (with Arc of Infinity) [Amazon U.K.]
Earthshock [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
    (in the Cyberman collection) [Amazon U.K.]
Black Orchid [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
The Visitation [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Kinda [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada]
    (in the Mara Tales collection) [Amazon U.K.]
Four to Doomsday [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Castrovalva [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada]
    (in the New Beginnings collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]

Tom Baker
Logopolis [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada]
    (in the New Beginnings collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
Keeper of Traken [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada]
    (in the New Beginnings collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
Warrior’s Gate
    (in the E Space Trilogy collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
State of Decay
    (in the E Space Trilogy collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Full Circle
    (in the E Space Trilogy collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Meglos [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
The Leisure Hive [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Shada
The Horns of Nimon [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada]
    (in the Myths and Legends collection) [Amazon U.K.]
Nightmare of Eden
The Creature from the Pit [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
City of Death [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Destiny of the Daleks [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
The Armageddon Factor [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada]
    (in the Key to Time collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
The Power of Kroll [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada]
    (in the Key to Time collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
The Androids of Tara [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada]
    (in the Key to Time collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
Stones of Blood [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada]
    (in the Key to Time collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
The Pirate Planet [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada]
    (in the Key to Time collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
The Ribos Operation [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada]
    (in the Key to Time collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
The Invasion of Time [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
    (in the Bred for War collection) [Amazon U.K.]
Underworld [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada]
    (in the Myths and Legends collection) [Amazon U.K.]
The Sun Makers
Image of the Fendahl [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
The Invisible Enemy (with K9 and Company) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Horror of Fang Rock [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
The Talons of Weng-Chiang [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
    (in Revisitations: Vol. 1 collection) [Amazon U.K.]
The Robots of Death [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
The Face of Evil
The Deadly Assassin [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
The Hand of Fear [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
The Masque of Mandragora [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
The Seeds of Doom [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
The Brain of Morbius [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
The Android Invasion
Pyramids of Mars [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Planet of Evil [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Terror of the Zygons
Revenge of the Cybermen [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada]
    (with Silver Nemesis) [Amazon U.K.]
Genesis of the Daleks [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
The Sontaran Experiment [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
    (in the Bred for War collection) [Amazon U.K.]
The Ark in Space [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
Robot [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]

Jon Pertwee
Planet of the Spiders [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
The Monster of Peladon [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada]
    (in The Peladon Tales collection) [Amazon U.K.]
Death to the Daleks
Invasion of the Dinosaus
The Time Warrior [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
    (in the Bred for War collection) [Amazon U.K.]
The Green Death [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Planet of the Daleks     (in The Dalek War collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
Frontier in Space
    (in The Dalek War collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
Carnival of Monsters [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
    (in the Revisitations collection) [Amazon U.K.]
The Three Doctors [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
The Time Monster [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada]
    (in the Myths and Legends collection) [Amazon U.K.]
The Mutants [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
The Sea Devils [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada]
    (in Beneath the Surface collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
The Curse of Peladon [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada]
    (in The Peladon Tales collection) [Amazon U.K.]
Day of the Daleks
The Daemons
Colony in Space
The Claws of Axos [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
The Mind of Evil
Terror of the Autons
Inferno [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
The Ambassadors of Death
The Silurians [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada]
    (in Beneath the Surface collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
Spearhead from Space [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]

Patrick Troughton
Lost in Time Collection of Rare Episodes: The Patrick Troughton Years [Amazon U.S.]
    (with The William Hartnell Years) [Amazon U.S.]
The War Games [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
The Space Pirates
The Seeds of Death [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
    (in the Revisitations collection) [Amazon U.K.]
The Krotons
The Invasion [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
    (in the Cyberman collection) [Amazon U.K.]
The Mind Robber [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
The Dominators [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
The Wheel in Space
Fury from the Deep
The Web of Fear
The Enemy of the World
The Ice Warriors
The Abominable Snowmen
The Tomb of the Cybermen [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
    (in the Cyberman collection) [Amazon U.K.]
The Evil of the Daleks
The Faceless Ones
The Macra Terror
The Moonbase
The Underwater Menace
The Highlanders
The Power of the Daleks

William Hartnell
Lost in Time Collection of Rare Episodes: The William Hartnell Years [Amazon U.S.]
    (with The Patrick Troughton Years) [Amazon U.S.]
The Tenth Planet
The Smugglers
The War Machines [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
The Savages
The Gunfighters
The Celestial Toymaker
The Ark [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
The Massacre of St Bartholomew’s Eve
The Daleks’ Master Plan
The Myth Makers
Mission to the Unknown
Galaxy 4
The Time Meddler [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
The Chase (with The Space Museum) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
The Space Museum (with The Chase) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
The Crusade
The Web Planet [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
The Romans [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
The Rescue [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
The Dalek Invasion of Earth [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Planet of Giants
The Reign of Terror
The Sensorites
The Aztecs [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
The Keys of Marinus [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Marco Polo
The Edge of Destruction (in the Beginning collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
The Daleks (in the Beginning collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]
An Unearthly Child (in the Beginning collection) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]

NOT CANON
David Tennant
The Infinite Quest (animated) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]

Peter Cushing
Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
The Daleks [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]

SAME UNIVERSE
Torchwood: Children of Earth (Season 3) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Torchwood: The Complete Second Season [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Torchwood: The Complete First Season [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
Torchwood: Series 1-2 [Amazon U.K.]

The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Complete First Season [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]
The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Complete Second Season [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]

K9 and Company: A Girl’s Best Friend (with The Invisible Enemy) [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.]



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  • oh. my. gawd! this is TEH AWESOMENESS!

    oh, how i’d love to see all those episodes again (especially TB and PD)…

  • MaryAnn

    Well, bronxbee, I just ordered a ton of them, and already own some of them, and shall be blogging about them in the near future. Seeing as how we’re in such close physical proximity, you’ll probably end up watching them with me on a Friday night or Sunday morning.

  • eric-jon rössel waugh

    Ah, so you did say a few things about SJA.

    The proper term here should be “serial” or “story”, incidentally. Each serial is made up of component episodes, so it’s — well.

    Do you intend to discuss the missing episodes? Curious. I suppose they are available as soundtrack recordings.

  • MaryAnn

    Yeah, maybe I’ll change “episode” to “story.” I picked up the language that wikipedia is using, but “story” does make more sense.

    How can I discuss episodes that are missing? Except to say that they’re missing?

    In any case, there are certainly more than enough extant stories to keep me busy for quite a while.

  • You’ve never heard of recons, then?

    http://www.recons.com

    Actually, I don’t think you’d like them much. You’ve said before that you regard 60s Who as too childish, and watching still pictures set to a tape-recorded soundtrack can be a drag even for those of us who appreciate the era.

  • MaryAnn

    It’s interesting that people are doing that, but it would be tough to review something like that.

  • OK, I have the 25th Anniversary Five Doctors, just got The Time Warrior and Ark in Space to further research Sarah Jane and Harry for fanfic purposes (ahem), and now I’m listening to a Big Finish audio of Eight’n’Ace and thinking I should invest in one of Sylvester’s stories. I saw them all when they first came out but haven’t see any since. So, fellow FlickFilosopher fan followers, which of the Eighth Doctor’s stories that are available should I buy?

    Now don’t say all because I’d probably do it. I have very little fiscal responsibility when it comes to the Doctor.

    And MaryAnn–do you get a cut if we click through to Amazon from here?

  • MaryAnn

    And MaryAnn–do you get a cut if we click through to Amazon from here?

    Yeah, I do, and it doesn’t cost you anything extra. So it does help me if you click through from FlickFilosopher.com and subsequently buy from Amazon, even what you buy is not the item you clicked through from.

    For McCoy, it seems they are releasing them in order of awesomeness, but for starters, I’d watch the Dalek story and *Ghost Light.*

    Ace is, by the way, made of awesome.

  • So, fellow FlickFilosopher fan followers, which of the Eighth Doctor’s stories that are available should I buy?

    If I had to choose, I’d go with “Remembrance of the Daleks”, since that’s the one story that most lingers in my mind from the McCoy years. I’m not really all that fond of the Daleks but I always had a soft spot for this story, what with its obvious racial subtext, its reference to a pre-Brigadier Brigadier, its rather ominous nursery rhyme and, of course, my favorite bit: the Catholic Schoolgirl from Hell (who, among other things, seems like an obvious inspiration for Elle). It’s not quite as classic as the better episodes of the Tom Baker years but it’s better than a lot of the stories that came after.

  • Thank you both. I’m off to Amazon, via FF!

  • Mark

    So it does help me if you click through from FlickFilosopher.com and subsequently buy from Amazon, even what you buy is not the item you clicked through from.

    And, conversely, if you click through from here and add the item to your cart, but don’t buy it right away, MaryAnn will still get a cut when you finally do decide to buy.

  • OMG, I just realized I mistyped (misthought?) above! Of course I know Sylvester is the Seventh doctor!

    And all y’all were too kind to slap me with a dead mackerel, which I totally deserved.

    MaryAnn, the only thing I don’t like about your site is that the comments are not modifiable!

  • D

    Hey, Mary Ann. I just started watching the current Doctor Who, from season 1( it just sarted to air in my country recently), and I never saw an episode of the old series. Ever. Do you think I can still enjoy it?

  • MaryAnn

    And, conversely, if you click through from here and add the item to your cart, but don’t buy it right away, MaryAnn will still get a cut when you finally do decide to buy.

    FYI: I think you need to make that purchase within 30 days, though.

    I never saw an episode of the old series. Ever. Do you think I can still enjoy it?

    Tough to say. Perhaps. The old show is not *about* the Doctor the way that the new one is (which is why there’s so much fan fiction — people felt the need to fill in those missing pieces). Rent a couple and give ’em a try.

  • D

    “Rent a couple and give ’em a try.”
    I doubt I can find a place where I can rent it here in Portugal. We suck ):
    But from what I’ve seen so far, it’s been a thought provoking show with consistent quality(something too rare on tv these days) and amazing actors. I don’t get all the references, but I can always look them up.
    I just might have found a replacement for Buffy. (right along with a great spin-off).

  • MaryAnn

    Portugal? I didn’t realize. (I get very few readers from non-English-as-a-first-language countries, so I’d never have assumed that.) You could buy a cheap one from Amazon UK and give it a shot. You won’t find the same production qualities — the FX are often quite laughably bad — but it does feature lots of provocative science-fictional ideas. And if you can read between the lines to see the subtext in the Doctor and his relationships with his companions, it can be a helluva lotta fun.

  • Diane

    I saw “An Unearthly Child” recently and was amazed at how little of it was about the doctor. It took some getting used to.

  • D

    Thanks for the tip. :)

  • The DVD of The Next Doctor is available for pre-order from Amazon UK already. Supposedly also contains Doctor Who at the Proms. I don’t know if that means the whole Proms program or just David’s video segment. Hoping it’s the whole program as I listened to it on BBC Iplayer when it was available and loved it.

    I’m sure I will have seen the Christmas special on Youtube prior to the January 19 release date, but I’m not about to wait on SciFi or the box set of the 2009 specials to watch it on the telly!

  • Althea Webb

    Mary Ann, I’ve been away for a while and just discovered you were a Dr. Who expert. Would you mind telling me something that I missed along the way? (It was a long dry spell in Dallas until the Christopher Ecclestons and David Tennants recently started, hooray hooray, and I never caught a number in the distant past since they were on so late at night before I had a VCR.) The Doctor is quite touchy about his entire race being obliterated in a great war. When did this happen, and how? I could look it up online and plow through tons of information, but could you just sum it up in a quick sentence or two? I’d be ever so grateful. It’s wonderful now that I’ve been able to see the two newest-but-one Doctors and this issue seems to inform his mindset and actions.

    And don’t you think the recent episodes have been the best EVER?

    Althea Webb

  • MaryAnn

    The Time War in which Gallifrey was destroyed happened somewhere in between the last time we saw the Doctor — that would be the Paul McGann Doctor in San Francisco in 1999 (in the 1996 Fox TV movie) — and when we met him again at the same time Rose did, in London in 2005 (the Christopher Eccleston Doctor). We’ve learned very few details about the war, but since it appears that the Doctor has just regenerated when he meets Rose, we can at least assume that it was the McGann Doctor who fought in the war.

    Which is why I want a Time War movie starring Paul McGann. :->

  • D

    Hey, MaryAnn. I’m on my way to watch “The Idiot’s Lantern”. So far, I’ve loved every single episode of this new series( I still haven’t watched any episode of the old series. Maybe someday I will). Thank you so much for introducing me to this wonderfull show. If I didn’t read your blog, I might not have given it even a try. I also read one of your mini-reviews every time i finish a episode.
    On a sidenote: I loved the appearances of Simmon Pegg, Anthony Head( please someone tell me “Ripper will still get made) and that girl from Moonlight whom I shamefully can’t remember the name.
    Do you think I can start watching Torchwood now or should finish the season first?

  • MaryAnn

    You should wait to watch *Torchwood* till you after you’ve seen Jack’s introduction and (initial) departure from *Doctor Who,* at the end of Christopher Eccleston’s series. Sounds like you’re already past that point.

  • Althea Webb

    Whew! I’m so glad I asked about the Gallifrey War. You’ve saved me a lot of frustration, trying to find out about it. And so it appears I ain’t missed that much after all. I should have more faith in my local PBS station.

  • D

    Thank you. Oh and…
    James Marsters is in “Torchwood”? WHY DIDN’T ANYONE TELL ME?!!
    Season two, you say? I have a lot to catch up…

  • Does anyone know if they are planning to release any more of the old series on DVD? I want to see ALL of Sarah Jane’s stories again, and only half of them are out.

  • Adam S

    There’s an informative site run by the folks that prep the classic Doctor Who episodes for DVD release at http://www.restoration-team.co.uk/
    They don’t specify USA release dates, however.

    The next few titles up for release include THE WAR GAMES and THE DEADLY ASSASSIN, TWG being the first time we meet the Timelords, and TDA featuring Tom Baker returning to Gallifrey to assassinate the President! (This story kicks off the Doctor’s involvement with the Gallifreyan presidency which continued in THE INVASION OF TIME, THE FIVE DOCTORS, THE TRIAL OF A TIMELORD, and REMEMBRANCE OF THE DALEKS.)

    I hope that they will in some way release SHADA (the missing Tom Baker story) on DVD. It was after all written by Douglas Adams, and if you get the opportunity to see the 1992 video release (with linking narration by Tom Baker to fill in the production gaps), by all means do so. The story has significant Timelord elements in it. SHADA was more recently reworked as a Paul McGann story with animation featuring Romana as the President of Gallifrey!

    Also, where are THE GUARDIANS in the new series???

  • Thanks for the info, Adam S, but since my last post I decided to take a chance both on old videotapes and my old VCR and have purchased most of the missing Sarah Jane episodes in that format. And so far, both the tapes and the machine have come through for me. Watched the first three episodes of Invasion of the Dinosaurs this morning–what a GREAT story! And all I remembered about it from watching it 20 some years ago was how rubbish the dinosaurs were. (They were. They truly were.) Ignore that, though, and the story is wonderful. Young Sarah Jane just getting to know the Doctor. *sigh*

  • Oh rats, wish you could modify posts on here, because I forgot to mention that the Monster of Peladon is the only Sarah Jane story I haven’t managed to get my hands on yet. Most of the old videotapes are reasonably priced on Amazon–$15-$25 range–but for some reason, the available copies of MoP start in the low $80s. ??? Why would that be? Is it that rare?

  • Anne-Kari

    MAJ, have you seen this Pratchett ‘guest blog’ about Doctor Who?

    http://www.sfx.co.uk/2010/05/03/guest-blog-terry-pratchett-on-doctor-who/

    What are your thoughts??

  • Gosh, I love Terry Pratchett, but there’s something about this quote:

    People say Doctor Who is science fiction. At least people who don’t know what science fiction is, say that Doctor Who is science fiction.

    Heh. Of course, some of those people who have defined Doctor Who as science fiction include such people as Michael Moorcock and Harlan Ellison. But what do they know?

    Then again, they were talking about old-school Doctor Who. I somehow doubt we’ll be hearing anything from Moorcock about the new series but I think it’s interesting that we haven’t heard anything on the subject from Ellison. Perhaps because he’s such a shy, soft-spoken guy who rarely has an opinion on anything related to science fiction.;-)

  • MaryAnn

    I may have something to say (in a post) later this week about that Pratchett blog…

    Weimlady: I’m sure all of those old VHS tapes are out of print, so prices on used copies are going to vary wildly. And are you aware that the American versions (at least — maybe the British ones too) of those VHSes are edited: they’re not the full versions.

    I cannot recommend enough a region-free DVD player. Even the episodes that are available in Region 1 are usually cheaper in Region 2, even when you add in overseas postage (which is shockingly reasonable when I order DVDs from Amazon U.K.).

  • @ Tomio Kruger

    We have heard from Moorcock about the new series:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/nov/21/michael-moorcock-doctor-who-author

    We also know that after James Moran praised Ellison in an interview, around the time of The Fires of Pompeii’s UK broadcast, Ellison invited him to over to the US as his guest, having enjoyed Moran’s Torchwood episode Sleeper.

  • @ Proper Dave

    Cool! That’s my response to both items.

  • I’ve just checked the relevant posting on James Moran’s blog and yes, Ellison is a Doctor Who fan.

    http://jamesmoran.blogspot.com/2008/05/harlan-ellisons-watching.html

  • MA–I wrote that post a year ago. Since then, Monster has come out on DVD and, while I haven’t checked, I bet you could pick up the VHS version for $1.29 on Amazon. :)

    And yes, I bought the Peladon box set from England because it was cheaper than buying the Region 1 versions separately. Which is the only way they’re offered.

    And I am very sad that Lis Sladen isn’t doing commentaries on her old stories. :(

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