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Doctor Who Reviews: The Daleks' Master Plan

If Mission To The Unknown was a day return ticket, then The Daleks’ Master Plan is an extensive round-the-world trip. Following the sneak preview (and just before The Myth Makers annoyingly barged in), The Daleks’ Master Plan can be seen as a series in its own right: A whole 12 episodes that went out in the cold winter of 1965/66. Of course, today, that trip has been considerably cut short, since only three episodes exist in their entirety (as well as a few surviving clips). The recent recovery of the second instalment, Day Of Armageddon, does at least hold out hope that there may be more lost episodes sitting out there somewhere in the world. The only alternative is to...

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Doctor Who Reviews: The Massacre Of St Bartholomew's Eve

A lavish, sumptuous banquet with Henry VIII. The shooting of the first Harold Lloyd film. The 1966 World Cup Final. Three very good antidotes in Earth history to the traumatic events of The Daleks’ Master Plan. The Doctor could have taken Steven to any of these, but in the end, the old goat takes his upset buddy to… 1572: Paris, where a large group of Protestants are about to get viciously slaughtered. As far as a relaxing change of scenery goes, it’s not The Doctor’s finest landing. Maybe recent events have taken their toll on The Doctor. His extended, lonesome speech in the last episode would certainly tally with this. Instead, though, he’s too busy paying a visit to apothecary...

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Doctor Who Reviews: The Ark

Colds: I hate them. They spring on you without warning. They leave you feeling like you’re bobbing for apples in a bowl full of green gunge, like someone’s rubbing your throat with sandpaper all day, and like someone’s constantly hitting you on the head with a stick. Thanks to the non-stop teary eyes and runny nose, they also make you look like you could outrank the world’s most compulsive onion peeler. At least there’s a cure for them, though. Nip to the local chemist, buy some overpriced decongestant or lozenge, and bingo! Gone in a day or two. However, nobody thought to put a chemist on board the latest destination of The Doctor and his team. Yes, The Ark, as...

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Doctor Who Reviews: The Celestial Toymaker

The Celestial Toymaker is the first Doctor Who story to take a weird and wonderful trip into the surreal. This tale plucks all the elements of childhood playtime and adds its own slightly twisted take. We get games of Blind Man’s Buff, Hopscotch and Statues: Remember playing those as naïve young innocents at birthday parties? The worst that would have happened would have been the customary spoilt brat trying to get his or her own way, resulting in said brat getting their head shoved into the birthday cake. In The Celestial Toymaker, though, you’re playing for your life. A simple mistake in Hopscotch or Blind Man’s Buff means that you end up deader than a Jim Davidson joke being told...

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Doctor Who Reviews: The Gunfighters

At the time of writing this, it’s three days before Easter Sunday, a time that teeth don’t like. Kids, in particular, gorge themselves on hot cross buns and chocolate non-stop - so much so, that I’m amazed that newborn babies aren’t issued with a pair of false teeth the moment they enter the world. Even The Doctor’s prone to a bit of toothache. In Planet Of The Dead, he’s probably got toothache after gorging on an Easter Egg (and probably earache too, after being on the receiving end of Lady Christina of Bad Acting’s posh prattle throughout). And at the end of The Celestial Toymaker, he foolishly reduces one of his teeth to gravel after chomping enthusiastically on one of...

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