Doctor Who (Peter Davison) – Snakedance

  Teagan (Janet Fielding) falls under the influence of the Mara again in this sequel to Kinda. This four-parter ran from the 18th to the 26th of January, 1983 and was written by Christopher Bailey. Using Tegan and an alien named Lon (Martin Clunes), the Mara plans to steal ‘The Great Crystal’ which will help…

Doctor Who (Peter Davison) – Arc of Infinity

  Season 20 (!) gets underway for the Doctor (Davison) this week, and each story this season has a nod back to the stories before it, as they celebrate the show’s anniversary. This four episode story ran from 3 to 12 January, 1983, and was written by Johnny Byrne, who brought back the ancient, villainous…

Doctor Who (Peter Davison) – Time-Flight

  This week, we tackle the final story of the 19th season! Written by Peter Grimwade this four part story ran from 22 to 30 March, 1982. The Doctor (Davison), Teagan (Janet Fielding) and Nyssa (Sarah Sutton) are trying to deal with the loss of Adric (Matthew Waterhouse) in the previous story and end up…

Doctor Who (Peter Davison) – Earthshock

  Airing from 8 to 16 of March, 1982, one of the Doctor’s (Davison) greatest enemies, the Cybermen, return in this four part story that was penned by Eric Saward. It also saw the Companion, Adric (Matthew Waterhouse) sacrificing himself at the end of the story. The Doctor, Adric, Nyssa (Sarah Sutton) and Teagan (Janet…

Doctor Who (Peter Davison) – Black Orchid

  This week’s journey in the TARDIS is interesting for a couple of reasons, first, it’s the shortest story in a long time, only two episodes. They were written by Terence Dudley and aired on the first and second of March, 1982. The second is, that outside of our time travelers, it’s not really a…

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) – Kinda

  This week is a tale of possession as the Doctor (Davison) and company arrive on the planet Deva Loka, and are menaced by the villainous being known as The Mara. This four part story was written by Christopher Bailey and ran from 1st to 9th of February, 1982. Apparently, it was the least enjoyed…

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) – Logopolis

  This week we have the second part of what is known as The Master Trilogy, and also the final episode of Tom Baker’s Doctor. The four-parter was written by Christopher H. Bidmead and ran from 28 February to 21 March, 1981. It also sees the introduction of another Companion to the TARDIS. Teagan (Janet…

Magnum, p.i. (1985) – Deja Vu

Season 6 of Magnum, p.i, gets underway with this two-hour opener, that sees Thomas (Tom Selleck) and Higgins (John Hillerman) travelling to England to oversee the staffing and opening of Robin Masters’ recently purchased castle, which he’s promptly named, Robin’s Keep. Deja Vu was written by Bellisaro and Chris Abbott and had an airdate of…

Happy Birthday Doctor!

I first came across Doctor Who in the early 80s, as most of my generation did, on PBS. There was this tall goofy looking guy (Tom Baker) with big hair, and an even bigger scarf talking about Daleks and jelly babies with a robot dog in tow called K-9, who travelled around in a rectangular blue box…