The Mutations (1974) – Jack Cardiff

DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies continues to bring me atomic mutations. This offering is a little odd, and features some recognisable actors in a rather bad film called The Mutations, but also known as The Freakmaker. Donald Pleasance plays Professor Nolter, a scientist who is fascinated by the combination of animal and plant as…

The Vault of Horror (1973) – Roy Ward Baker

Taking its cue from the EC and Horror comics of the 1950s, The Vault of Horror is an anthology film and is the next stop in John Landis’ Monsters in the Movies book, available now from DK Canada. While I’m still in the Vampire section of the book, this film only features one vampire tale,…

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 (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…

Doctor Who (Tom Baker) – The Keeper of Traken

  Tom Baker’s penultimate tale as The Doctor was a four-parter written by Johnny Byrne that aired from 31 January to 21 February, 1981. It introduced a new companion, Nyssa (Sarah Sutton) and the return of The Master in the form of Geoffrey Beevers and the ¬†Anthony Ainley. The Doctor and Adric (Matthew Waterhouse) arrive…

Doctor Who (Tom Baker) – Warriors Gate

  This four part story that was written by Steve Gallagher and ran from 3 January to 24 January, 1981 saw, by stories end the departure of Romana (Lalla Ward) as well as K9 from the TARDIS, as the E-Space Trilogy comes to an end. Biroc (David Weston) gets aboard the TARDIS, and steers it…

Doctor Who (Tom Baker) – State of Decay

  The second tale in what is known as the E-Space trilogy finds the Doctor (Baker), Romana (Lalla Ward), Adric (Matthew Waterhouse) – though they don’t know he’s stowed away on the TARDIS yet – and K9 taking on vampires! This four part story was penned by Terrance Dicks, and originally ran from 22 November…

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) -Meglos

  This four-part story, which ran from 27 September to 18 October, 1980 was written by John Flanagan and Andrew McCulloch. It has some unique attributes, including Jacqueline Hill, who played Barbara a travelling companion of the first Doctor, returning as one of the inhabitants of Tigella, and it affords Baker the opportunity to play…