Doctor Who: Blogging the First Doctor

Here is a round-up of my blogging about the earliest seasons of Doctor Who, as originally portrayed by William Hartnell. An Unearthly Child (continued in 100,000 BC and The Firemaker) The Daleks (novelization) The Edge of Destruction Marco Polo The Keys of Marinus The Aztecs The Sensorites The Reign of Terror Planet of Giants The [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Planet of Giants

Apparently I somehow managed to skip over blogging about the episode “Planet of Giants” from the early days of Doctor Who as I’ve been rewatching the entire series from the beginning and blogging about it. And so here is my long-overdue post about it! The episode involves a TARDIS malfunction which leads to it materializing [Read More...]

What if the Doctor had met Rose when he was younger?

Via The High Council of Timelords on Facebook, where Sid who shared it wrote: “Hmmm I wonder if the fans and/or rose would have been so keen on a love interest, if it was this incarnation of he Doctor. Though it is the youngest we’ve known the Doctor, and 10 was several hundred years older” [Read more...]

Doctor Who: The Time Meddler

The Doctor Who episode “The Time Meddler” concluded the second season in the show’s history, and it represented another major first: in it, the Doctor and his companions encountered another time traveler, who it is eventually discovered has a TARDIS of his own and is from the Doctor’s own world. Apart from the Doctor and [Read More...]

Doctor Who New Series Season 7 Trailer

Here’s the trailer for the new season of Doctor Who. HT IO9 At :54 seconds into the clip, there is a person who as it flashes by looks like it could be William Hartnell’s Doctor! If you actually stop the video there, the resemblance evaporates on closer inspection. But precisely because the First Doctor visited [Read More...]

The Beginnings of Doctor Who – and of Christianity

The sci-fi website IO9 had an article on Doctor Who’s scandalous and troubled beginnings. It seems that the show was not expected to do very well. As the article says early on, The show had a tiny studio and huge cameras, and a shoestring budget. But the people who were making the show were outsiders, [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Twin Dilemma

When Colin Baker took on the role of the Doctor, something marvellous occurred. More than ever since the first regeneration, there were moments when one could really have believed that this was truly the same character that had featured on the show in its beginning. At times Colin Baker even seems to look like William [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Daleks’ Master Plan (the first Doctor Who Christmas special)

It is appropriate that I have reached the episode “The Daleks’ Master Plan” from the William Hartnell era. In addition to being something of an epic – it had twelve parts! – it also can be said to be or at least contain the first “Doctor Who Christmas Special” – a tradition that continues to [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Mission to the Unknown

The Doctor Who episode “Mission to the Unknown” (sometimes also referred to as “Dalek Cutaway”) was the first episode to air that featured none of the regular characters, including the Doctor. It is a single episode with a single part, serving as a prelude to the twelve-part story “The Daleks’ Master Plan.” In the episode, [Read More...]

Two Lost Episodes of Doctor Who Recovered!

In some happy news for Doctor Who fans, two long missing episodes of Doctor Who have been found. One is part three of “Galaxy 4″ from the William Hartnell era, which I blogged about recently. The other is part of “The Underwater Menace” with Patrick Troughton. Here’s a clip from the former: You can watch [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Romans

The episode of Doctor Who “The Romans” from the William Hartnell era only intersects tangentially with religion, but it does so in interesting ways. The Doctor and his companions end up in Rome in the time of Nero, and the Doctor actually gets mistaken for a lyre player who has been invited to Nero’s palace. [Read More...]


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