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Doctor Who Reviews: The Tomb Of The Cybermen

Surprise Surprise. The unexpected hit you between the eyes, as members of the public discovered in various ways. The most memorable bit came at the end of the show when long-lost family members were reunited in a “shock” surprise. Cue much weeping and wailing, although this was probably due to having to listen to the cheesy title song for the umpteenth time. But suppose that after the initial good news, the reunion never went as expected? Say that Long Lost Relative didn’t meet expectations, and what’s more had somewhat questionable ideas on race and gender? Now take that idea and consider the reaction to the discovery of The Tomb Of The Cybermen. Tomb had become The Holy Grail of Doctor...

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Doctor Who Reviews: The Abominable Snowmen

The Doctor is a legend. We hear that on a regular basis today in the 21st century revival of Doctor Who. Characters fall to their knees in shock and wonder as The Doctor proclaims that he’s a force to be reckoned with because he’s over 1000 years old and hails from the planet of Gallifrey. Wasn’t always that way, though. Taron has difficulty believing that the bouffant-haired dandy is the same man as the legendary grump who saved the Thals from the Daleks long ago. Ortron likewise initially doesn’t believe that the legendary Doctor has paid another visit to Peladon. And then going way back, The Doctor meets a hostile welcome when he decides to return the legendary Ghanta to...

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Doctor Who Reviews: The Ice Warriors

1967: Hippies. Flower power. Psychedelic designs that would fry the eyeballs of anyone without groovy '60s shades. It’s funny how your parents tell you that the late Sixties were all about freedom of speech and expressing yourself. Conformity and following the crowd were, like, such a drag, man. In the middle of all this right-on anti-sheep hullapalooza was an unlikely champion. TV’s very own Doctor Who, with its anarchic central character is the embodiment of railing against the rules and authority. Not only that, but if you look just deep enough, then a lot of the late '60s stories are nicely in tune with this mantra. The Macra Terror dealt with the danger of conformity. The Krotons dealt with a...

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Doctor Who Reviews: The Enemy Of The World

Good old James Bond. When you think about it, 007 has a lot in common with The Doctor. Both men change their face with unnerving regularity. Both men are placed in perilous situations in order to save the world. And both men are not averse to having a leggy sidekick around to get the dads in a cross-eyed drool. In a series populated by monsters, monsters and more monsters, The Enemy Of The World is only concerned with the evil that men do - in particular, one man called Salamander, who - get this - is a dead ringer for the Second Doctor. Purely by chance, The Doctor, Victoria and Jamie touch down on a sandy Australian beach, only to...

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Doctor Who Reviews: Fury From The Deep

Everybody Lives. Bet you’re used to that with 21st century Doctor Who, eh? Recent tales ensure that its supporting characters still manage to live in some shape or form – although an existence in a computer hard drive isn’t what I’d call a happy ending.

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