The DWC takes a long look at Season 9

Tyler Harris takes us through his analysis of the Third Doctor‘s third set of stories, Season 9. Tyler also took a look at Season 8, so you might want to read that one first. His latest piece is: REVIEWED: DOCTOR WHO SEASON 9 – STICKING THE LANDING.

The DWC covers Season 8

The ink is hardly dry on my Season 7 piece, and already the DWC is covering Season 8. This is where the show reaches its definitive (with apologies to Sarah Jane Smith) lineup: Jo Grant, the Master, UNIT and the Brig. What’s not to like!?

I take a sideways look at Season 7 for the DWC!

Over on the Doctor Who Companion I was able to write a piece exploring Pertwee’s first season as the Third Doctor – REVIEWED: DOCTOR WHO SEASON 7 – FAMILY UNIT. Yes, it’s Season 7: UNIT, the Brig, Liz Shaw and a whole range of adversaries. I took a thematic approach rather than episode by episode…

New portraits of the Doctors

I’m a big fan of Doctor Who art work, so great news of new portraits for all (known, excluding the meta) incarnations of the Doctor by Jeremy Enecio. You can get the poster version from several places (including The DWC) or you get them individually…

One final step for the Doctor?

Fifty years ago (July 21, 1969, at 02:56:15 UTC) Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon. It’s an important event (see NASA), and, conspiracy theories aside, marked a step change in the human psyche. It also could well have marked the end of Doctor Who…

Should the Doctor return to Peladon in series 12?

Many sources are reporting the Cybermen will be back in series 12 to face the Thirteenth Doctor, but I’m thinking wind back ten (!!) incarnations and why not visit Peladon again? Big Finish did an excellent job with the Fifth Doctor in the Barnaby Edward story The Bride of Peladon, but I think we need…

Inferno review

My wander through Jon Pertwee’s first season as the Third Doctor (ie Season 7) comes to an end with Inferno. Some people say it’s the best story of the season, if not the whole Pertwee era; others say the Primords look like werewolf zombies. All I know is it’s parallel universe time!

Ambassadors of Death review

Working my way through Season 7, (see Spearhead from Space and The Silurians) I arrive at The Ambassadors of Death a story of which I have little recollection (it was broadcast March – May 1970). Rewatching it, despite a number of flaws (many of which are also mentioned in the Radio Times review) I think…

Doctor Who and the Silurians review

Following Spearhead from Space, it was the second story, Doctor Who and the Silurians that really firmed-up the Third Doctor‘s era with the appearance of Bessie and a real sense of mystery on Earth / UNIT adventures. Malcolm Hulke’s epic tale is seven episodes long, or three and a half modern episodes! Unheard of perhaps,…

The Jon Pertwee files

Stuart Manning has co-produced a forthcoming radio documentary celebrating what would have been Jon Pertwee’s hundredth birthday. It’s broadcast in July so set the date in your diary.

The Other Sarah Jane Smith

I was mulling over the sensitive topic of recasting Doctor Who characters. Big Finish has done a lot of this, with a whole new First Doctor crew, the brilliant Elliot Chapman as Ben Jackson, Tim Treloar as the Third Doctor and any number of people voicing Hartnell, while Frazer Hines is exceptional as Troughton. Add…

The Unofficial Dr Who Annual 1972 now available

After what seems an age of expectation (or 47 years in some senses) The Unofficial Dr Who Annual 1972 has been published. It looks a great collection and is out on hardback at an eye-watering £39.20 plus VAT. That’s the downside of on-demand colour printing. I’ve no idea if a B&W or soft-copy might become…