Doctor Who (Peter Davison) – The Five Doctors

  Neither part of season 20 or 21, The Five Doctors was originally a Children in Need special, featuring Davison’s Doctor as well as Tom Baker’s (shown through footage recorded for the unaired Shada, as the actor didn’t want to return), Jon Pertwee’s , Patrick Troughton’s and Richard Hurndall, standing in for William Hartnell’s. Airing…

Doctor Who (Peter Davison) – Enlightment

  We come to the conclusion of the Black Guardian Trilogy this week as the 20th season continues. This four part story was written by Barbara Clegg and aired from 1 to 9 March, 1983. Turlough (Mark Strickson) comes to a choice as the TARDIS finds itself involved, peripherally, in a race around the planets,…

Doctor Who (Peter Davison) – The Visitation

  The Doctor (Davison) tries to return Teagan (Janet Fielding) to the 20th century, so that she can take up her position as flight attendant, unfortunately they land in the 17th century, and encounter a threat to humanity. This four part tale was penned by Eric Saward and ran from 15 to 23 January, 1982,…

Doctor Who (Peter Davison) – Four to Doomsday

  The Doctor (Davison), Nyssa (Sarah Sutton), Adric (Matthew Waterhouse) and Teagan (Janet Fielding) are off for more adventure in the TARDIS this week. Four to Doomsday was a four part story written by Terence Dudley that aired from 18 to 26 of January, 1982. The tale sees the Time Lord and his companions arriving…

Doctor Who (Peter Davison) – Castrovalva

  Peter Davison steps into the TARDIS for the first time in this four part story that opened season 19 of the series. It also saw the strange move of shuffling Doctor Who from Saturday evening, where it had been a mainstay since 1963 to airing twice a week, on Monday and Tuesday evenings. The last piece of…

Doctor Who (Tom Baker) – The Sun Makers

  The Doctor (Baker), Leela (Louise Jameson) and K9 (who is close to beating the Doctor in a game of chess) find themselves in the far-flung future on the now settled planet of Pluto, which has a number of suns in orbit, making the planet close to earth normal. But things aren’t going well on…

Doctor Who (Tom Baker) – The Hand of Fear

  This week’s story sees the TARDIS returning to Earth, and a departure of one of the most well-known companions. The Hand of Fear is a four-part story that was written by Bob Baker and Dave Martin and ran from 2 October to 23 October, 1976. The Doctor (Baker) and Sarah (Elisabeth Sladen) arrive in a…

Doctor Who (Tom Baker) – The Sontaran Experiment

  This week we take on the shortest Doctor Who story in the 1970s. This two-parter was written by Bob Baker and Dave Martin and aired from 22 February to 1 March, 1975. Tying in with the previous story, The Ark in Space, the Doctor (Tom Baker), Sarah-Jane (Elisabeth Sladen) and Harry (Ian Marter) transmit down to the Earth…

Doctor Who (Patrick Troughton) – The Mind Robber

The Mind Robber picks up right after the ending of The Dominators, which sees the TARDIS being engulfed in lava! This five-part story was penned by Peter Ling and ran from 14 September to 12 October, 1968. The Doctor (Troughton) dematerializes the TARDIS, but also removes it from physical space, taking our heroes into a…

Doctor Who (Patrick Troughton) – The Ice Warriors

The TARDIS and its travellers find themselves on Earth during a new major ice age, with human scientists trying to find a way to halt the encroaching glaciers, but a discovery in the moving ice is about to up the ante as an alien menace is awakened! The Ice Warriors was a six-part serial that…

Doctor Who (Patrick Troughton) – The Abominable Snowmen

Robot Yeti!?! And the first appearance of the Great Intelligence are featured in this 6 part story that was written by Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln. It ran from 30 September to 4 November, 1967. The Doctor (Troughton), Jamie (Frazer Hines) and Victoria (Deborah Watling) find themselves in Tibet (that looks more like the Highlands)…

Doctor Who (William Hartnell) – The Smugglers

Season Four of Doctor Who starts with what I found to be the most uninteresting story to have spilled out of the TARDIS. Written by Brian Hayles, this story ran from 10 September to 1 October, 1966. Maybe it would be better if it existed in some other format than a reconstruction, using production photos,…