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.

Torchwood: The Green Life review

Continuing the curious yet rather fascinating run of Torchwood meets Doctor Who monsters is the wonderful The Green Life. It’s got Captain Jack, it’s got giant maggots, it’s got Jo Jones (Grant as was). Do you need to know more? Well it’s rather splendid and another David Llewellyn triumph. More? Well, let’s cover some ground…

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…

Remembering the Whomobile

One of the many things the Third Doctor introduced to Doctor Who was his own transport, (TARDIS excepted). He may have reversed polarity, sung lullabies and excelled in aikido, but who can forget Bessie and the Whomobile? To help mark my Third Doctor themed March, I’ve collected together a couple of pieces on these remarkable…

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…

The Tyrants of Logic review

I continue to catch up with belated Third Doctor reviews with the second story in The Third Doctor Adventures Volume 04. It’s the turn of Marc Platt and finally the Third Doctor gets to battle the Cybermen. It’s a strong piece of story-telling and reminds me of an article I read decades ago. Let’s chat…

Sarah Jane Smith considered

The third of the Third Doctor’s on-screen companions (and yes I know the Brig and some UNIT personnel sort-of count) was Sarah Jane Smith. And of course she bridged the gap into the Fourth Doctor‘s era, and had various spin-offs as well. She even managed to meet the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors as well. Busy,…

Rise of the New Humans review

What’s better than a Third Doctor themed month for a chance to catch up with some (very) overdue reviews. A year ago Big Finish released The Third Doctor Adventures Volume 4; here’s my review of the first story, the rather good Guy Adams tale, The Rise of the New Humans. The second story will be…