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…

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,…

Third Doctor Adventures vol 5 review on CultBox

I did enjoy the recast Brigadier and Liz Shaw in The Third Doctor Adventures Volume 5, and am certain we will get more. Preferably a lot more of both. I put my thoughts into a review for CultBox: Doctor Who: Third Doctor Adventures Volume 5 review. <|| Message Ends ||>

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.

Third Doctor news: Brig and Liz Shaw recast

Big Finish has announced details of the fifth volume of Third Doctor Adventures with not one but two re-castings! Alongside Katy Manning, John Levene and Tim Treloar, Jon Culshaw will be playing the Brigadier and Daisy Ashbrook, daughter of Caroline John, will be playing Liz Shaw! The news item is: BRIGADIER, BENTON AND LIZ RETURN.

Companion Chronicles Series 1

As part of the 12 Days of  BigFinishmas 2017, came the announcement of the availability of the first series of the Companion Chronicles on download! While it’s fair to say the series had yet to find its feet, do consider getting hold of the Nigel Fairs story The Blue Tooth. It’s a chance to hear Caroline John reprise…

The Christmas Dimension review on Cultbox

December 2016 brought us a vast array of Doctor Who goodness, and main range subscribers also got their free Subscriber Short Trips story, The Christmas Dimension. This is a Rob Nisbet story for the Third Doctor, read by Stephen Critchlow and also featuring Liz Shaw. It’s a fun seasonal offering, reviewed over on Cultbox as part of the mega-review: Big Finish’s…

Short Trip: The Blame Game review

Even in the single-narrator Short Trips range, telling a story of Liz Shaw’s time with the Third Doctor is a challenge. Range producer Ian Atkins cracks this in one of his own stories, The Blame Game. The device is cunning — add a third character, but make them someone unexpected yet plausible. Enter Rufus Hound as the Monk!