The Faceless Ones to be animated

Lots of reports today on the news of the animation of The Faceless Ones, one of many part-missing Doctor Who adventures for the Second Doctor. Among other things it’s the final outing for Ben and Polly as companions.

Celestial Toyroom 494 talks second and fifth Doctors

Members of the DWAS will be getting their copies of Celestial Toyroom 494 and it’s of interest (as the mashup cover suggests) in contrasting the Second Doctor and the Fifth Doctor. There’s an interesting central idea of how one particular story from the Troughton era is echoed in one of the Davison (and the cover…

Year of the Drex Olympics review on CultBox

It’s got a tongue-in-cheek title and the April 2019 Doctor Who Short Trips release, The Year of the Drex Olympics is definitely one of the more amusing releases in this range. A Second Doctor story, read by Frazer Hines, and featuring Jamie and Victoria, it’s worth a listen and I put some thoughts together for…

Everything Second Doctor (BBC Stories)

I’d just like to use this post to point to some good resources for the BBC Second Doctor stories, in other words not anything produced since Patrick Troughton left the show in 1969, or seasons 4-6. Sometimes it’s not worth duplicating what others have done!

Should Doctor Who have finished after War Games?

Let’s just imagine. After six years in the public eye, adventures in space and time (catchy phrase), at the end of The War Games the Doctor says farewell to companions Zoe and Jamie and then goes off to serve his punishment among his own people. THE END. Could it have happened? Should it have happened? Let’s chat…

Gerry Davis archive interviews on the DWAS

Any consideration of the Second Doctor must come to the reasonable conclusion that Cybermen are his key nemesis, as suggested in my post What did the Second Doctor ever do for the Show? It’s a short step then to considering the impact of Kit Pedler (left in photo) on Doctor Who, but let’s not forget Gerry Davis (right). The picture shows them working on Doomwatch, but…

The Arrival of the Second Doctor

I found a good piece on the cusp between the First Doctor and Second Doctor on something called The BBC Genome Blog. The piece is by Andrew Martin (who I assume is the same person who has written with Justin Richards). The piece is: Doctor Who: The Regeneration Game.

What did the Second Doctor ever do for the show?

It’s February, so it’s the Second Doctor theme here on Red Rocket Rising, and how better to discuss the cosmic hobo than to ask the Monty Python Romans question: What did the second Doctor ever do for the show? It’s 2019 now and Patrick Troughton’s main run as the Doctor was 1966-1969, almost 50 years! If pushed, the Second Doctor is my Doctor (whatever…

The Moonbase review

The Discontinuity Guide may not have liked The Moonbase, and it certainly drags in places (and what happened that took four episodes) but for me it’s important. Why? Well it’s the first story I can clearly remember watching on transmission. I like to think I must have watched the rest of this season (and earlier Hartnell stories),…

Doctor Who back on Twitch Jan 2019

As reported on The Doctor Who Companion and elsewhere, there’s another run for Doctor Who on Twitch coming up. What’s worth calling out about their coverage is a full list of when each story will be broadcast (UK time focussed). See the details: DOCTOR WHO IS RETURNING TO TWITCH: HERE’S THE FULL JANUARY SCHEDULE. Just in time for my…

Theme for 2019

With Doctor Who very much not on our screens in 2019 (apart from later today!) I’ve decided I will theme the first few (seven) months of the year around the so-called classic Doctors. Each month I will look at some episodes from the relevant Doctor and post reviews and anything else of interest. I’ll weave in some…