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Doctor Who Reviews: The Faceless Ones

Mother Nature has a funny habit of putting the spanner in the works from time to time. Take the 2010 crisis of the volcanic ash crippling flights with unprecedented effect. Grim-faced passengers in newspapers and on the telly probably thought twice about booking a holiday ever again. If only the ash had affected the population in 1967 - that way the dreaded Chameleon plan would have been thwarted in The Faceless Ones. With all planes grounded, the Chameleons wouldn’t have been able to shrink cheery holidaymakers who were duped into thinking they’d found the travel bargain of a lifetime. Alas, it didn’t quite work that way, but at least The Doctor was around to save the day. The Faceless Ones...

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Doctor Who Reviews: The Evil Of The Daleks

Supposing the Daleks went away? Forever? Let’s say that in 2017, you’d got bored of the pepperpots turning up time and time again, but never actually achieving anything? They say that familiarity breeds contempt, and if that really is the case, then the Daleks had better watch out. Amazingly, the ploy of getting rid of the Daleks once and for all was touted back in 1967. It looked like we’d seen the last of them, until 1972, when it was decided that they’d be used as a big season opener. By 1967, though, there had been lots of Dalek stories, mostly of a very high standard. But how could you keep the standard up? The latest Dalek stories in the...

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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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