Doctor Who (Peter Davison) – Mawdryn Undead

  The beginning of the Black Guardian trilogy gets underway with this four-parter written by Peter Grimwade which aired from the 1 to 9 February 1983. The celebration of the Doctor’s (Davison) 20th year sees the return of the Black Guardian (Valentine Dyall), last seen in the Key to Time season arc, and Nicholas Courtney’s…

Doctor Who (Tom Baker) – Full Circle

  It’s time to welcome someone new to the TARDIS, in this first part of what has become known as the E-Space Trilogy. Written by Andrew Smith, this four episode story aired from 25 October to 15 November, 1980. This episode looks pretty good, in large part to the location work. With the summons to…

Doctor Who (Tom Baker) – The Armageddon Factor

  Season 16, and the Key to Time arc concludes this week with this six-part story written by Bob Baker and Dave Martin that aired from 20 January to 24 February, 1979. The Doctor (Baker), Romana (Mary Tamm) and K9 find themselves caught up in an intergalactic war, as they arrive on the planet Atrios,…

Doctor Who (Tom Baker) – The Power of Kroll

  We’re closing in on the end of the Key to Time arc, as this week, we are on the 5th story of the adventure. This four-part tale was penned by Robert Holmes and ran from 23 December, 1978 to 13 January, 1979. The story itself seems to have overtones of British Imperialism and Expansionism…

Doctor Who (Tom Baker) – The Androids of Tara

  The Doctor (Baker), Romana (Mary Tamm) and K9 end up on the planet Tara in their quest for the fourth part of the Key to Time, in this four-part story written by David Fisher and ran originally from 25 November to 16 December, 1978. Now, when I saw this one originally, a long, long…

Doctor Who (Tom Baker) – The Stones of Blood

  This week, the Doctor (Baker), Romana (Mary Tamm) and K9’s search for the third part of the Key to Time leads them to one of the Doctor’s favorite planets, Earth in this four part story written by David Fisher, and aired from 28 October to 18 November, 1978. This story was the 100th, and part…

Doctor Who (Tom Baker) – The Pirate Planet

  The Key to Time story arc continues this week with the Doctor (Baker), Romana (Mary Tamm) and K9 arriving on The Pirate Planet. This story ran from 30 September to 21 October, 1978, and was written by Douglas Adams, yes, that Douglas Adams. The next piece, the travellers, learn is located on the planet Calufrax,…

Doctor Who (Tom Baker) – The Ribos Operation

Welcome to Season 16! The first story of the season was written by Robert Holmes, consisted of four parts, and ran from 2 September to 23 September, 1978. This is the first season that introduced the idea of a season long arc, as the Doctor (Baker) is recruited by the White Guardian (Cyril Luckham) to…