Doctor Who – 1979 – All the Years

Doctor Who – All The Years is a quick examination of what was happening in the world of Doctor Who over all its years of existence. I’m not attempting to create a thorough history–just brief look back at the real-life timeline of my favorite TV show. Go back to the beginning and read about 1963 here.

(Daily Doctor Who #247)

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Doctor Who – 1978 – All the Years

Doctor Who – All The Years is a quick examination of what was happening in the world of Doctor Who over all its years of existence. I’m not attempting to create a thorough history–just brief look back at the real-life timeline of my favorite TV show. Go back to the beginning and read about 1963 here.

(Daily Doctor Who #242)

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The Ribos Operation [Classic Doctor Who]

Doctor Who has long been my favorite show, but in recent years rewatchings of old episodes have been few and far between.  But lately I decided to spend both some of my 50th birthday spending money and my Christmas spending money on some of these adventures, and enjoy them with one or two of my nerdier daughters. That’s lasted long enough that now I’m doing the same with my 51st birthday money.

(Daily Doctor Who #214)

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The Time Meddler: My Fourth Doctor Wish-list

If I was an unscrupulous Time Lord with the ability to travel through the fourth dimension and to try to affect changes that I thought would make things better, there’s probably a bunch of stuff I’d do with my favorite TV series, Doctor Who.  Like many-a-fan (I assume), I’ve thought of these things from time to time, and I now I’m going to list them over a series of posts.  You can read this first one here.

(Daily Doctor Who #139)

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The Odessa File [50 New-Old Movies for the 51st Year #31]

Mid-last year, I turned 50 years old!  And to add to all the real life goals and challenges that that brings, I’ve created at least one as it relates to movies and this blog–watch a film I’ve never seen before which came out in each year of my life (thus the “Old-New” terminology), and then write a bit about it.  This is Post #31.  Spoilers ahead.  

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The Pirate Planet [Classic Doctor Who]

With my 50th birthday recently past, I’ve been investing a little bit of money and a little bit of time on classic Doctor Who‘s, mostly with my nerdier daughters.  For them, this has been seeing things for the first time, while for me it usually amounts to a rewatch.

Doctor Who - The Pirate Planet a

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Doctor Who: Phantoms of the Deep [Big Finish – Fourth Doctor]

And the second season of Big Finish’s Fourth Doctor adventures continues on the positive note set by the last story with another two-part adventure, Phantoms of the Deep, written by Jonathan Morris.  The story once again features Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor, Mary Tamm as the First Romana, and John Leeson as the Second K9 (although he also played the first one).

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Doctor Who: The Justice of Jalxar [Big Finish – Fourth Doctor]

Back in 1977, Doctor Who produced a story that became a bit of a classic, The Talons of Weng-Chiang.  The story featured some memorable guest characters played by Christopher Benjamin and Trevor Baxter:  Henry Gordon Jago and Professor Litefoot.  In 2013, in true Big Finish style, the world of licensed Doctor Who audio re-teamed the pair with Fourth Doctor Tom Baker in this tale, The Justice of Jalxar, which is the fourth story in the second series of Big Finish’s Fourth Doctor adventures.

Doctor Who - The Justice of Jalxar

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Doctor Who: The Sands of Life / War Against the Laan [Big Finish – Fourth Doctor]

For some reason, Big Finish’s Fourth Doctor range seems to generally have stories that are only two episodes long.  This is in spite of the fact that the most popular length for stories in that era (and for much of classic Doctor Who) was four episodes.  Oddly, the first Fourth Doctor series had two two-part adventures that flowed directly from one to the other, thus basically making a four part story.  Now we’re here in the second series of Fourth Doctor Adventures, and we find something similar.

Doctor Who - The Sands of Life

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Doctor Who: Saying Goodbye to the Companions

In just a short while, I’ll be checking out the latest episode of Doctor Who.  I could have already, but I wanted to preserve the quantum uncertainty of the story a little bit longer.  Because the rumor is that Jenna Coleman’s Clara will Face the Ravens in this story, maybe as a result of getting into that sleep chamber for a couple of seconds in the last story.  Maybe not.  It was sort of confusing. (Of course, she’s also slated to appear in the season finale in a couple of weeks, but with Doctor Who, that could mean anything).

Face the Raven

BBC/Simon Ridgway

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