Doctor Who (William Hartnell) – The Myth Makers

The third season of Doctor Who continues this week with this 4 part story that originally aired 16 October to 6 November 1965. It was written by Donald Cotton, and saw the Doctor (Hartnell) and company, travelling to the ancient city of Troy. I must really love Doctor Who, because getting through these four episodes,…

Doctor Who (William Hartnell) – Galaxy 4

Season 3 of the classic BBC series gets underway with this four-part adventure written by William Emms, and originally broadcast from 11 September to 2 October, 1965, and isn’t the strongest way to start the new season. Unfortunately, that may be due to the fact that the viewing experience available to viewers now, is just…

Doctor Who (William Hartnell) – The Time Meddler

The second season of Doctor Who comes to an end with this fun tale scripted by Dennis Spooner. It originally ran from 3 July to 24 July, 1965, and introduced another time traveler, the Monk (Peter Butterworth), from the same place as the Doctor, though Gallifrey isn’t mentioned by name yet. The four parts, The…

Doctor Who (William Hartnell) – The Chase

The Daleks are back in this week’s story written by Terry Nation and airing in 6 parts from 22 May to 26 June, 1965. It also, at the end of the story, sees the departure of Ian (William Russell) and Barbara (Jacqueline Hill) from the TARDIS as they finally find a way home. After their…

Doctor Who (William Hartnell) – The Space Museum

The Doctor (Hartnell) and company find themselves in a bit of a conundrum in this story written by Glyn Jones and aired in four parts, The Space Museum, The Dimensions of Time, The Search, and The Final Phase from 24 April to 15 May, 1965. What appears to be a temporal glitch swaps everyone out…

Doctor Who (William Hartnell) – The Crusade

The TARDIS travels back to the Crusades, and meets up with King Richard the Lion Heart himself, played by a very familiar face to genre fans… Julian Glover, who played in The Empire Strikes Back, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Game of Thrones, and menaced James Bond in For Your Eyes Only. This four-part…

Doctor Who (Willilam Hartnell) – The Web Planet

It had to happen sooner or later. An early Doctor Who story that I really didn’t care for… Airing from 13 February to 20 March, 1965, the story is undoubtedly ambitious, but for the first time, the men in alien costumes thing just didn’t work for me (no doubt now, the story could work with…

Doctor Who (William Hartnell) – The Romans

What starts out as a lighthearted vacation in ancient Rome for The Doctor (Hartnell) and his fellow travellers changes to all-out adventure in this adventure written by Dennis Spooner. Airing from 16 January to 6 February, 1965, this was definitely the most humorous story to be featured in the Doctor Who universe at that point….

Doctor Who (William Hartnell) – The Rescue

The third story of the second season is a two-parter penned by David Whitaker and airing on the 2 and 9 of January 1965. The Doctor (Hartnell) is napping, and I think dealing with his depression of leaving Susan (Carole Ann Ford) behind in the previous story, when the TARADIS¬†materializes on Dido (the planet not…

Toronto After Dark – Shorts After Dark

In the midst of a brilliantly busy Saturday in Toronto, including the annual Zombie Walk and the Grand Opening of the iconic comic book store The Silver Snail in its new Yonge¬†Street location, I settled into the balcony of the Bloor Cinema to watch the shorts program of this outstanding festival. Featuring 9 shorts of…