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…

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 Wartime Chronicles review on Starburst

I had a chance to watch The Wartime Chronicles from Reeltime Pictures. John Levene reprised Sgt Benton and even if the story isn’t fully explained, Andy Lane and Helen Stirling wrote an intriguing piece, which runs to just over 30 minutes. The Chronicles collection includes various documentaries seen before on VHS releases, the Nicholas Courtney voice cameo and…

Pertwee gets his plaque

A nice write-up from the Radio Time about Jon Pertwee’s blue plaque ceremony held yesterday (23 October, 2016). Plenty of comedy greats in attendance as well as Colin Baker who presided over events, and Katy Manning among many others. The write-up is: Doctor Who’s Jon Pertwee is honoured with a blue plaque. … Message Ends …