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classic ‘Doctor Who’ blogging schedule through early autumn

Now that I’ve officially launched my blogging about the classic Doctor Who — with the American TV movie starring Paul McGann as the Doctor — I’ve settled on a schedule for covering the classic show through mid October. Almost all of these are available on DVD in both Region 1 and Region 2, so if you’d like to watch before you read my commentary, here’s the plan (some of which I previously announced):
May 29: The Twin Dilemma (Colin Baker) / buy at Amazon [U.S.] [Canada] [U.K.]
June 5: Castrovalva (Peter Davison) / buy at Amazon [U.S.] [Canada] [U.K.]
June 12: Robot (Tom Baker) / buy at Amazon [U.S.] [Canada] [U.K.]
June 19: Spearhead from Space (Jon Pertwee) / buy at Amazon [U.S.] [Canada] [U.K.]
June 26: An Unearthly Child (William Hartnell) / buy at Amazon [U.S.] [Canada] [U.K.]
June 26: The Ark in Space (Tom Baker) / buy at Amazon [U.S.] [Canada] [U.K.]
July 3: The Sontaran Experiment (Tom Baker) / buy at Amazon [U.S.] [Canada] [U.K.]
July 10: Genesis of the Daleks (Tom Baker) / buy at Amazon [U.S.] [Canada] [U.K.]
July 17: Earthshock (Peter Davison) / buy at Amazon [U.S.] [Canada] [U.K.]
July 24: Timeflight (Peter Davison) / buy at Amazon [U.S.] [Canada] [U.K.]
July 31: Arc of Infinity (Peter Davison) / buy at Amazon [U.S.] [Canada] [U.K.]
August 7: The Silurians (Jon Pertwee) / buy at Amazon [U.S.] [Canada] [U.K.]
August 14: The Sea Devils (Jon Pertwee) / buy at Amazon [U.S.] [Canada] [U.K.]
August 21: The Daleks (William Hartnell) / buy at Amazon [U.S.] [Canada] [U.K.]
August 28: The Ribos Operation (Tom Baker) / buy at Amazon [U.S.] [Canada] [U.K.]
September 4: The Pirate Planet (Tom Baker) / buy at Amazon [U.S.] [Canada] [U.K.]
September 11: Stones of Blood (Tom Baker) / buy at Amazon [U.S.] [Canada] [U.K.]
September 18: The Androids of Tara (Tom Baker) / buy at Amazon [U.S.] [Canada] [U.K.]
September 25: The Power of Kroll (Tom Baker) / buy at Amazon [U.S.] [Canada] [U.K.]
October 2: The Armageddon Factor (Tom Baker) / buy at Amazon [U.S.] [Canada] [U.K.]
October 9: The Mark of the Rani (Colin Baker) / buy at Amazon [U.S.] [Canada] [U.K.]
October 16: Time and the Rani (Sylvester McCoy) / buy at Amazon [U.K.]

The six Tom Baker stories from “The Ribos Operation” to “The Armageddon Factor” make up the “Key to Time” sequence, which is available in a box set: buy at Amazon [U.S.] [Canada] [U.K.]

This schedule will also be kept up to date at my Doctor Who guide.

Have fun!



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  • LaSargenta

    Want. More. Pertwee.

  • MaryAnn

    There’s just not as much Pertwee available as there is for later Doctors. I’ll get to ’em, though, eventually.

  • I went ahead and looked up which of these are available on Netflix Instant Watch. The answer: several!

    June 19: Spearhead from Space (Jon Pertwee)
    June 26: The Ark in Space (Tom Baker)
    July 17: Earthshock (Peter Davison)
    August 28: The Ribos Operation (Tom Baker)
    September 4: The Pirate Planet (Tom Baker)
    September 11: Stones of Blood (Tom Baker)
    September 18: The Androids of Tara (Tom Baker)
    September 25: The Power of Kroll (Tom Baker)
    October 2: The Armageddon Factor (Tom Baker)

    All of the others except Jul 24 (Timeflight) and Oct 16 (Time and the Rani) are available through regular NetFlix DVD service, in case any fellow subscribers are interested!

  • RogerBW

    Once you’ve had a non-Baker break from the Key to Time, I’d strongly recommend the following series (17) – from Destiny of the Daleks to The Horns of Nimon (and Shada if you don’t mind partial stories). That’s the second season that Douglas Adams was script-editing (he wasn’t formally credited for the Key to Time), and while it goes off the rails occasionally for my money it’s some of the best of Tom Baker’s era.

  • Danel

    Hrm. Are these going to be official lovefests like the new show blogging? Because if so… you’ve started with a real challenge.

  • Keith

    Lol, I saw this link today “UK Bans Doctor Who Linked Vaccines to Autism” and at first only saw the “UK Bans Doctor Who.” Started to get a little freaked out until I saw what the article was really about. Hehe, the way our brains perceive information.

  • Max

    Troughton?

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