Doctor Who (David Tennant) – The Family of Blood, and Blink

The story started last week in Human Nature comes to a conclusion this week in The Family of Blood, and sees the Doctor (Tennant) making some difficult choices, and sacrificing a chance at love and a life of quiet happiness. Based on his novel, Human Nature, which featured the Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy), Paul Cornell…

Doctor Who (David Tennant) – 42 and Human Nature

The Doctor (Tennant) and Martha (Freema Agyeman) dive into a real-time episode this week. 42, while being the answer to life, the universe and everything, is how long the episode is in minutes once the titles have been removed. Written by Chris Chibnall the episode had its premiere on 19 May, 2007. The Doctor and…

Doctor Who (Paul McGann) – The Movie

Seven years after Sylvester McCoy’s last story, Survival, a weird co-production involving Fox television and the BBC, introduced Paul McGann as the Doctor when McCoy regenerated into him after being shot in San Francisco (actually Vancouver), at the end of the 20th century. The story is deeply flawed, conflicts with canon in a number of…

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) – 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…

Doctor Who (Sylvester McCoy) – Delta and the Bannermen

The third story of season 24 (!) sees a shift to a three episode format, written by Malcolm Krohll, Delta and the Bannermen ran from 2 to 16 November, 1987. The Doctor and Mel (Bonnie Langford) find themselves finally getting away for a bit of a holiday travelling on the Nostalgia Tours bus, but when…