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,…

Spearhead from Space review

The Third Doctor kick-started the 1970s with Spearhead from Space and the BBC archive page linked is well worth a proper read and gives a decent view of just how many firsts this story represents. I don’t think it’s perfect, but it has a lot going for it despite certain scenes aiming too closely to…

An introduction to Liz Shaw

If the Third Doctor is a bit of a mystery, or your impression is lots of UNIT stories, the Master and not much else, you need to look closer. You need to start at the start of Jon Pertwee’s time and his first companion, Dr Liz Shaw, played by Caroline John for one solitary season.