Doctor Who (Sylvester McCoy) – Survival

Sylvester McCoy’s final story, the close of Season 26, is the subject of this week’s review. Survival was written by Rona Munro, and aired in three parts from 22 November to 6 December, 1989. The story marks the final appearance of Sophie Aldred as Ace, and that of Anthony Ainley as The Master. Ace and…

Doctor Who (Sylvester McCoy) – The Curse of Fenric

An ancient evil arises near a secret British base during World War II, and the Doctor (McCoy) and Ace (Sophie Aldred) find themselves taking it on, in The Curse of Fenric. This story, the penultimate of Season 26, was a four-parter that was penned by Ian Briggs and ran from 25 October to 15 November,…

Doctor Who (Sylvester McCoy) – Ghost Light

A spooky house, strange wait staff, secrets, monsters, aliens… Ghost Light is a lot of fun, and the Doctor (McCoy) and Ace (Sophie Aldred) have a heck of a time, as the Companion confronts a bit of her past. Written by Marc Platt, and encapsulated in a tightly paced and enjoyable three parts, Ghost Light…

Doctor Who (Sylvester McCoy) – Battlefield

The 26th andĀ final season of regular Doctor Who got under way with this four part story written by Ben Aaronovitch which aired from 6 to 27 September, 1989. The Doctor (McCoy) and Ace (Sophie Aldred) are joined in this adventure by a familiar face, the Brigadier (Nicholas Courtney) and UNIT. I love that there is…

Doctor Who (Sylvester McCoy) – The Greatest Show in the Galaxy

The final story of the 25th season is a four-part story that sees the Doctor and Ace (Sophie Aldred) confronting terrifying and evil clowns who want to be entertained. Written by Stephen Wyatt the story ran from 14 December, 1988 to 4 January, 1989. The TARDIS receives an invite to the Psychic Circus, and the…

Doctor Who (Sylvester McCoy ) – Silver Nemesis

This three part tale, returned the monstrous threat of the Cybermen to the world of the Doctor (McCoy). Running from 23 November to 8 December, 1988 this story was penned by Kevin Clarke. The Doctor and Ace (Sophie Aldred – who wears a fez for a moment or two in the story, because they’re cool)…

Doctor Who (Sylvester McCoy) – The Happiness Patrol

The second story of season 25, is a little odd, but a lot of fun. That is thanks to the continually layered performance of the Doctor (McCoy). The Happiness Patrol was penned by Graeme Curry and ran from 2 to 16 November, 1988. The TARDIS, carrying Ace (Sophie Aldred) and the Doctor arrive on Terra…

Doctor Who (Sylvester McCoy) – Remembrance of the Daleks

Season 25 gets underway this week that sees the return of the Doctor (McCoy) to 76 Totter’s Lane as well as the return of his most nefarious foe, the Daleks! This four part story ran from 5 to 26 October, 1988 and was written by Ben Aaronovitch. The Doctor and Ace (Sophie Aldred) arrive on…

Doctor Who (Sylvester McCoy) – Dragonfire

The final story of Season 24, and McCoy’s first comes to a close this week, with the three part tale, Dragonfire. Written by Ian Briggs, this serial ran from 23 November to 7 December, 1987. This was Mel’s (Bonnie Langford) last adventure with the Doctor, and a new companion, Ace (Sophie Aldred) joins the Time…