Book Review – Doctor Who: The Church and the Crown

  • Title: The Church and the Crown (#38)
  • Series: Big Finish Monthly Doctor Who Audios
  • Authors: Cavan Scott and Mark Wright
  • Director: Gary Russell
  • Characters: Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison), Peri Brown (Nicola Bryant), Erimem (Caroline Morris)
  • Date Reviewed on GoodReads: 01/17/2013

Big Finish does an excellent job with their audio plays. Make no mistake… they are NOT audio-books, with a well-known actor reading the material – the Big Finish audio plays are full-fledged plays complete with music, sound effects, and honest-to-goodness acting. The quality of the individual stories varies, but it’s usually in the three to five out of five range.

The Church and the Crown was a surprise – because I loved it! I got it as part of my subscription package (back when I could afford a monthly subscription package) but when I listened I was floored. Big Finish have created a farce, a complete farce, and I mean that in the best possible way. This story was laugh out loud funny. Peri, it seems, is a dead ringer for Queen Anne of 17th Century France. So, yes, the story involves all the escapades of a French farce – doubles, secret identities, horse-drawn carriage chases (which work surprisingly well in the audio format). Nicola Bryant and Peter Davison are brilliantly deft at the comedy, and it makes you wonder what might have been if Peter had done one more season of Doctor Who at the BBC. This audio also features Caroline Morris as (ancient) Egyptian Princess, Erimem, a companion created specifically for the audios. I always quite liked Erimem.

I highly, highly recommend this audio. If you haven’t listened to any of the Big Finish Audios, and you like Doctor Who it’s an excellent place to start. If you’re a fan of audio books and plays and you haven’t tried the Big Finish lines (they have several) I highly recommend their work.

For more on Big Finish go to their website: www.bigfinish.com

Follow this link to download The Church and the Crown

Doctor Who Writers

I commented last week Saturday on Facebook and Twitter about Doctor Who, and Capaldi’s incredible speech and performance in “The Zygon Inversion”. One of my friends asked a very simple but important question: Who wrote it? And I realised that, although I’ve made made lists for Doctor Who, lists of all the stories, lists of the episodes on DVD and the ones missing from the BBC archives, even lists of various series of original books – with authors, I had never listed the authors of the actual episodes – so here it goes. It actually took a bit to pull together this list. For Classic Who, author names and air-dates were pulled from Doctor Who the Programme Guide by Jean-Marc Lofficier (Second Edition), for McCoy’s final season – authors and airdates were cross-checked with Doctor Who the Programme Guide by Jean-Marc Lofficier and Randy Lofficier (Fourth Edition). Pseudonyms and possible errors (such as the one episode that only listed a month and year rather than an full air date) were cross-checked with the Classic Doctor Who DVD Compendium by Paul Smith. For New Who, I consulted TARDIS wiki. Please see footnotes at bottom of spreadsheet for details.

Story # Ep. # Episode Title Episode Author Date Num. Eps. Num. Discs
William Hartnell
1 1 An Unearthly Child Anthony Coburn 11/23/1963 – 12/14/1963 4 1
2 2 The Daleks Terry Nation 12/21/1963 – 2/1/1964 7 1
3 3 The Edge of Destruction David Whitaker 2/8/1964 – 2/15/1964 2 1
4 4 Macro Polo* John Lucarotti 2/22/1964 – 3/4/1964 7 *
5 5 The Keys of Marinus Terry Nation 4/11/1964 – 5/16/1964 6 1
6 6 The Aztecs John Lucarotti 5/23/1964 – 6/13/1964 4 1
7 7 The Sensorites Peter R. Newman 6/20/1964 – 8/1/1964 6 1
8 8 The Reign of Terror Dennis Spooner 8/8/1964 – 9/12/1964 6 1
9 9 Planet of the Giants Louis Marks 10/31/1964 – 11/14/1964 3 1
10 10 The Dalek Invasion of Earth Terry Nation 11/21/1964 – 12/26/1964 6 2
11 11 The Rescue David Whitaker 1/2/1965 – 1/9/1965 2 1
12 12 The Romans Dennis Spooner 1/19/1965 – 2/6/1965 4 1
13 13 The Web Planet Bill Strutton 2/13/1965 – 3/20/1965 6 1
14 14 The Crusade* David Whitaker 3/27/1965 – 4/17/1965 4 *
15 15 The Space Museum Glyn Jones 4/24/1965 – 5/15/1965 4 1
16 16 The Chase Terry Nation 5/22/1965 – 6/26/1965 6 2
17 17 The Time Meddler Dennis Spooner 7/3/1965 – 7/24/1965 4 1
18 18 Galaxy Four* William Emms 9/11/1965 – 10/2/1965 4 *
19 19 Mission to the Unknown* Terry Nation 10/9/1965 1 *
20 20 The Myth Makers* David Cotton 10/19/1965 – 11/6/1965 4 *
21 21 The Daleks Masterplan* Terry Nation, Dennis Spooner 11/13/1965 – 1/29/1966 12 *
22 22 The Massacre* John Lucarotti 2/5/1966 – 2/26/1966 4 *
23 23 The Ark Paul Erickson, Lesley Scott 3/5/1966 – 3/26/1966 4 1
24 24 The Celestial Toymaker* Brian Hayles 4/2/1966 – 4/23/1966 4 *
25 25 The Gunfighters David Cotton 4/30/1966 – 5/21/1966 4 1
26 26 The Savages* Ian Stuart Black 5/28/1966 – 6/18/1966 4 *
27 27 The War Machines Ian Stuart Black 6/25/1966 – 7/16/1966 6 1
28 28 The Smugglers* Brian Hayles 9/10/1966 – 10/1/1966 4 *
29 29 The Tenth Planet Kit Pedler, Gerry Davis, Pat Dunlap 10/8/1966 – 10/29/1966 4 2
Patrick Troughton
30 1 Power of the Daleks* David Whitaker 11/5/1966 – 12/10/1966 6 *
31 2 The Highlanders* Gerry Davis, Elwyn Jones 12/17/1966 – 1/7/1967 4 *
32 3 The Underwater Menace* Geoffrey Orme 1/14/1967 – 2/4/1967 4 *
33 4 The Moonbase Kit Pedler 2/11/1967 – 3/4/1967 4 1
34 5 The Marca Terror* Ian Stuart Black 3/11/1967 – 4/1/1967 4 *
35 6 The Faceless Ones* David Ellis, Malcolm Hulke 4/8/1967 – 5/13/1967 6 *
36 7 The Evil of the Daleks* David Whitaker 5/20/1967 – 7/1/1967 7 *
37 8 Tomb of the Cybermen Kit Pedler, Gerry Davis 9/2/1967 – 9/23/1967 4 1
38 9 The Abominable Snowmen* Mervyn Haisman, Henry Lincoln 9/30/1967 – 11/4/1967 6 *
39 10 The Ice Warriors Brian Hayles 11/11/1967 – 12/16/1967 6 2
40 11 The Enemy of the World David Whitaker 12/23/1967 – 1/27/1968 6 1
41 12 The Web of Fear Mervyn Haisman, Henry Lincoln 2/3/1968 – 3/9/1968 6 1
42 13 Fury from the Deep* Victor Pemberton 3/16/1968 – 4/20/1968 6 *
43 14 The Wheel in Space* David Whitaker 4/27/1968 – 6/1/1968 6 *
44 15 The Dominators Norman Ashby 8/10/1968 – 9/7/1968 5 1
45 16 The Mind Robber Peter Ling, Derrick Sherwin 9/14/1968 – 10/12/1968 5 1
46 17 The Invasion Derrick Sherwin 11/2/1968 – 12/21/1968 8 2
47 18 The Krotons Robert Holmes 12/28/1968 – 1/18/1969 4 1
48 19 The Seeds of Death Brian Hayles 1/25/1969 – 3/1/1969 6 2
49 20 The Space Pirates* Robert Holmes 3/8/1969 – 4/12/1969 6 *
50 21 The War Games Malcolm Hulke, Terrance Dicks 4/19/1969 – 6/21/1969 10 3
Jon Pertwee
51 1 Spearhead from Space Robert Holmes 1/3/1970 – 1/24/1970 4 1
52 2 The Silurians Malcolm Hulke 1/31/1970 – 3/14/1970 7 2
53 3 The Ambassadors of Death David Whitaker 3/21/1970 – 5/2/1970 7 2
54 4 Inferno Don Houghton 5/9/1970 – 6/20/1970 7 2
55 5 Terror of the Autons Robert Holmes 1/2/1971 – 1/23/1971 4 1
56 6 The Mind of Evil Don Houghton 1/30/1971 – 3/6/1971 6 2
57 7 The Claws of Axos Bob Baker, Dave Martin 3/13/1971 – 4/3/1971 4 1
58 8 Colony in Space Malcolm Hulke 4/10/1971 – 5/15/1971 6 1
59 9 The Daemons Guy Leopold 5/22/1971 – 6/19/1971 5 2
60 10 Day of the Daleks Louis Marks 1/1/1972 – 1/22/1972 4 2
61 11 The Curse of Peladon Brian Hayles 1/29/1972 – 2/19/1972 4 1
62 12 The Sea Devils Malcolm Hulke 2/26/1972 – 4/1/1972 6 1
63 13 The Mutants Bob Baker, Dave Martin 4/8/1972 – 5/13/1972 6 2
64 14 The Time Monster Robert Sloman 5/20/1972 – 6/24/1972 6 1
65 15 The Three Doctors Bob Baker, Dave Martin 12/30/1972 – 4/20/1973 4 1
66 16 Carnival of Monsters Robert Holmes 1/27/1973 – 2/17/1973 4 1
67 17 Frontier in Space Malcolm Hulke 2/24/1973 – 3/31/1973 6 2
68 18 Planet of the Daleks Terry Nation 4/7/1973 – 5/12/1973 6 2
69 19 The Green Death Robert Sloman 5/19/1973 – 6/23/1973 6 1
70 20 The Time Warrior Robert Holmes 12/15/1973 – 1/5/1974 4 1
71 21 Invasion of the Dinosaurs Malcolm Hulke 1/12/1974 – 2/16/1974 6 2
72 22 Death to the Daleks Terry Nation 2/23/1974 – 3/16/1974 4 1
73 23 The Monster of Peladon Brian Hayles 3/23/1974 – 4/27/1974 6 2
74 24 Planet of the Spiders Robert Sloman 5/4/1974 – 6/8/1974 6 2
Tom Baker
75 1 Robot Terrance Dicks 12/28/1974 – 1/18/1975 4 1
76 2 The Ark in Space Robert Holmes 1/25/1975 – 2/15/1975 4 1
77 3 The Sontaran Experiment Bob Baker, Dave Martin 2/22/1975 – 3/1/1975 2 1
78 4 Genesis of the Daleks Terry Nation 3/8/1975 – 4/12/1975 6 2
79 5 Revenge of the Cybermen Gerry Davis 4/19/1975 – 5/10/1975 4 1
80 6 Terror of the Zygons Robert Banks Stewart 8/30/1975 – 9/20/1975 4 2
81 7 Planet of Evil Louis Marks 9/27/1975 – 10/18/1975 4 1
82 8 Pyramids of Mars Stephen Harris 10/25/1975 – 11/15/1975 4 1
83 9 The Android Invasion Terry Nation 11/22/1975 – 12/13/1975 4 1
84 10 The Brain of Morbuis Robin Bland 1/3/1976 – 1/24/1976 4 1
85 11 The Seeds of Doom Robert Banks Stewart 1/31/1976 – 3/6/1976 6 2
86 12 The Masque of Mandragora Louis Marks 9/4/1976 – 9/25/1976 4 1
87 13 The Hand of Fear Bob Baker, Dave Martin 10/2/1976 – 10/23/1976 4 1
88 14 The Deadly Assasin Robert Holmes 10/30/1976 – 11/20/1976 4 1
89 15 The Face of Evil Chris Boucher 1/1/1977 – 1/22/1977 4 1
90 16 The Robots of Death Chris Boucher 1/29/1977 – 2/19/1977 4 1
91 17 The Talons of Weng-Chiang Robert Holmes 2/26/1977 – 4/2/1977 6 2
92 18 The Horror of Fang Rock Terrance Dicks 9/3/1977 – 9/24/1977 4 1
93 19 The Invisible Enemy Bob Baker, Dave Martin 10/1/1977 – 10/22/1977 4 1
94 20 Image of the Fendahl Chris Boucher 10/29/1977 – 11/19/1977 4 1
95 21 The Sunmakers Robert Holmes 11/26/1977 – 12/17/1977 4 1
96 22 Underworld Bob Baker, Dave Martin 1/7/1978 – 1/28/1978 4 1
97 23 The Invasion of Time David Agnew (Graham Williams, Anthony Read)** 2/4/1978 – 3/11/1978 6 2
98 24 The Robos Operation Robert Holmes 9/2/1978 – 9/23/1978 4 1
99 25 The Pirate Planet Douglas Adams 9/30/1978 – 10/21/1978 4 1
100 26 The Stones of Blood David Fisher 10/28/1978 – 11/18/1978 4 1
101 27 The Androids of Tara David Fisher 11/25/1978 – 12/16/1978 4 1
102 28 The Power of Kroll Robert Holmes 12/23/1978 – 1/13/1979 4 1
103 29 The Armageddon Factor Bob Baker, Dave Martin 1/20/1979 – 2/24/1979 6 1
104 30 Destiny of the Daleks Terry Nation 9/1/1979 – 9/22/1979 4 1
105 31 City of Death David Agnew (Douglas Adams) 9/29/1979 – 10/20/1979 4 2
106 32 The Creature from the Pit David Fisher 10/27/1979 – 11/17/1979 4 1
107 33 Nightmare of Eden Bob Baker 11/24/1979 – 12/15/1979 4 1
108 34 The Horns of Nimon Anthony Read 12/12/1979 – 1/12/1980 4 1
109 35 Shada Douglas Adams not broadcast 6 3
110 36 The Leisure Hive David Fisher 8/30/1980 – 9/20/1980 4 1
111 37 Meglos John Flanagan 9/27/1980 – 10/18/1980 4 1
112 38 Full Circle Andrew Smith 10/25/1980 – 11/15/1980 4 1
113 39 State of Decay Terrance Dicks 11/22/1980 – 12/13/1980 4 1
114 40 Warrior’s Gate Steve Gallagher 1/3/1981 – 1/24/1981 4 1
115 41 The Keeper of Traken Johnny Byrne 1/31/1981 – 2/21/1981 4 1
116 42 Logopolis Christopher H. Bidmead 2/28/1981 – 3/21/1981 4 1
Special Special K-9 and Co. – A Girl’s Best Friend Terence Dudley 12/28/1981 1 1
Peter Davison
117 1 Castrovalva Christopher H. Bidmead 1/4/1982 – 1/12/1982 4 1
118 2 Four to Doomsday Terence Dudley 1/18/1982 – 1/26/1982 4 1
119 3 Kinda Christopher Bailey 2/1/1982 – 2/9/1982 4 1
120 4 The Visitation Eric Saward 2/15/1982 – 2/23/2015 4 1
121 5 Black Orchid Terence Dudley 3/1/1982 – 3/2/1982 2 1
122 6 Earthshock Eric Saward 3/8/1982 – 3/16/1982 4 1
123 7 Time Flight Peter Grimwade 3/22/1982 – 3/30/1982 4 1
124 8 Arc of Infinity Johnny Byrne 1/3/1983 – 1/11/1983 4 1
125 9 Snakedance Christopher Bailey 1/17/1983 – 1/25/1983 4 1
126 10 Mawdryn Undead Peter Grimwade 2/1/1983 – 2/9/1983 4 1
127 11 Terminus Steve Gallagher 2/15/1983 – 2/23/1983 4 1
128 12 Enlightenment Barbara Clegg 3/1/1983 – 3/9/1983 4 2
129 13 The King’s Demons Terence Dudley 3/15/1983 – 3/16/1983 2 1
130 14 The Five Doctors Terrance Dicks 11/25/1983 1 1
131 15 Warriors of the Deep Johnny Byrne 1/5/1984 – 1/13/1984 4 1
132 16 The Awakening Eric Pringle 1/19/1984 – 1/20/1984 2 1
133 17 Frontios Christopher H. Bidmead 1/26/1984 – 2/3/1984 4 1
134 18 Resurrection of the Daleks Eric Saward 2/8/1984 – 2/15/1984 4 1
135 19 Planet of Fire Peter Grimwade 2/23/1984 – 3/2/1984 4 2
136 20 The Caves of Androzani Robert Holmes 3/8/1984 – 3/16/1984 4 1
Colin Baker
137 1 The Twin Dilemma Anthony Steven 3/22/1984 – 3/30/1984 4 1
138 2 Attack of the Cybermen Paula Moore 1/5/1985 – 1/12/1985 2 1
139 3 Vengeance on Varos Philip Martin 1/19/1985 – 1/26/1985 2 1
140 4 The Mark of the Rani Pip & Jane Baker 2/2/1985 – 2/9/1985 2 1
141 5 The Two Doctors Robert Holmes 2/16/1985 – 3/2/1985 3 2
142 6 Timelash Glen McCoy 3/9/1985 – 3/16/1985 2 1
143 7 Revelation / Daleks Eric Saward 3/23/1985 – 3/30/1985 2 1
144 8 The Mysterious Planet Robert Holmes 9/6/1986 – 9/27/1986 4 1
145 9 Mindwarp Philip Martin 10/4/1986 – 10/25/1986 4 1
146 10 Terror of the Vervoids Pip & Jane Baker 11/1/1986 – 11/22/1986 4 1
147 11 The Ultimate Foe Robert Holmes, Pip & Jane Baker 11/29/1986 – 12/6/1986 2 1
Sylvester McCoy
148 1 Time and the Rani Pip & Jane Baker 9/7/1987 – 9/28/1987 4 1
149 2 Paradise Towers Stephen Wyatt 10/5/1987 – 10/26/1987 4 1
150 3 Delta and the Bannermen Malcolm Kohll 11/2/1987 – 11/16/1987 3 1
151 4 Dragonfire Ian Briggs 11/23/1987 – 12/7/1987 3 1
152 5 Remembrance of the Daleks Ben Aaronovitch 10/5/1988 – 10/26/1988 4 1
153 6 The Happiness Patrol Graeme Curry 11/2/1988 – 11/16/1988 3 1
154 7 Silver Nemesis Kevin Clarke 11/23/1988 – 12/7/1988 3 1
155 8 The Greatest Show in the Galaxy Stephen Wyatt 12/14/1988 – 1/4/1989 4 1
156 9 Battlefield Ben Aaronovitch 9/6/1989 – 9/27/1989 4 2
157 10 Ghost Light Marc Platt 10/4/1989 – 10/18/1989 3 1
158 11 The Curse of Fenric Ian Briggs 10/25/1989 – 11/15/1989 4 2
159 12 Survival Rona Munro 11/22/1989 – 12/6/1989 3 2
160 Paul McGann
The (FOX) TV-Movie Matthew Jacobs 5/14/1996 (US), 5/27/1996 (UK) 1
Special Special The Scream of the Shalka Paul Cornell 11/13/2003 – 12/18/2003 6 2
Special Special The Night of the Doctor Steven Moffat 11/14/2013 1 1
Story # Ep. # Episode Title Episode Author Date Num. Eps. Num. Discs
Christopher Eccleston
Series 1
1 Rose Russell T. Davies 3/26/2005 (BBC 1)
2 The End of the World Russell T. Davies 4/2/2005
3 The Unquiet Dead Mark Gatiss 4/9/2005
4 Aliens of London Russell T. Davies 4/16/2005
5 World War Three Russell T. Davies 4/23/2005
6 Dalek Robert Shearman 4/30/2005
7 The Long Game Russell T. Davies 5/7/2005
8 Father’s Day Paul Cornell 5/14/2005
9 The Empty Child Steven Moffat 5/21/2005
10 The Doctor Dances Steven Moffat 5/28/2005
11 Boom Town Russell T. Davies 6/4/2005
12 Bad Wolf Russell T. Davies 6/11/2005
13 The Parting of the Ways Russell T. Davies 6/18/2005
David Tennant
Series 2
Special The Christmas Invasion Russell T. Davies 12/25/2005
1. New Earth Russell T. Davies 4/15/2006
2. Tooth and Claw Russell T. Davies 4/22/2006
3. School Reunion Toby Whithouse 4/29/2006
4. The Girl in the Fireplace Steven Moffat 5/6/2006
5. Rise of the Cybermen Tom MacRae 5/13/2006
6. The Age of Steel Tom MacRae 5/20/2006
7. The Idiot’s Lantern Mark Gatiss 5/27/2006
8. The Impossible Planet Matt Jones 6/3/2006
9. The Satan Pit Matt Jones 6/10/2006
10. Love and Monsters Russell T. Davies 6/17/2006
11. Fear Her Matthew Graham 6/24/2006
12. Army of Ghosts Russell T. Davies 7/1/2006
13. Doomsday Russell T. Davies 7/8/2006
Series 3
Special The Runaway Bride Russell T. Davies 12/25/2006
1. Smith and Jones Russell T. Davies 3/31/2007
2. The Shakespeare Code Gareth Roberts 4/7/2007
3. Gridlock Russell T. Davies 4/14/2007
4. Daleks in Manhatten Helen Raynor 4/21/2007
5. Evolution of the Daleks Helen Raynor 4/28/2007
6. The Lazarus Experiment Stephen Greenhorn 5/5/2007
7. 42 Chris Chibnall 5/19/2007
8. Human Nature Paul Cornell 5/26/2007
9. The Family of Blood Paul Cornell 6/2/2007
10. Blink Steven Moffat 6/9/2007
11. Utopia Russell T. Davies 6/16/2007
12. The Sound of Drums Russell T. Davies 6/23/2007
13. Last of the Time Lords Russell T. Davies 6/30/2007
Special The Infinite Quest Alan Barnes 4/2/2007 – 6/29/2007
Series 4
Special Voyage of the Damned Russell T. Davies 12/25/2007
1. Partners in Crime Russell T. Davies 4/5/2008
2. Fires of Pompeii James Moran 4/12/2008
3. The Planet of the Ood Keith Temple 4/12/2008
4. The Sontaran Stratagem Helen Raynor 4/26/2008
5. The Poison Sky Helen Raynor 5/3/2008
6. The Doctor’s Daughter Stephen Greenhorn 5/10/2008
7. The Unicorn and the Wasp Gareth Roberts 5/17/2008
8. Silence in the Library Steven Moffat 5/31/2008
9. Forest of the Dead Steven Moffat 6/7/2008
10. Midnight Russell T. Davies 6/14/2008
11 Turn Left Russell T. Davies 6/21/2008
12 This Stolen Earth Russell T. Davies 6/28/2008
13. Journey’s End Russell T. Davies 7/5/2008
The Specials (Series 4.5)
Special The Next Doctor Russell T. Davies 12/25/2008
Special Planet of the Dead Russell T. Davies & Gareth Roberts 4/11/2009
Special The Waters of Mars Russell T. Davies & Phil Ford 11/15/2009
Special The End of Time, Part 1 Russell T. Davies 12/25/2009
Special The End of Time, Part 2 Russell T. Davies 1/1/2009
Special Dreamland Phil Ford 11/21/2009 – 11/21/2009
Matt Smith
Series 5
1. The Eleventh Hour Steven Moffat 4/3/2010
2. The Beast Below Steven Moffat 4/10/2010
3. Victory of the Daleks Mark Gatiss 4/17/2010
4. The Time of Angels Steven Moffat 4/24/2010
5. Flesh and Stone Steven Moffat 5/1/2010
6. The Vampires of Venice Toby Whithouse 5/8/2010
7. Amy’s Choice Simon Nye 5/15/2010
8. The Hungry Earth Chris Chibnall 5/22/2010
9. Cold Blood Chris Chibnall 5/29/2010
10. Vincent and the Doctor Richard Curtis 6/5/2010
11. The Lodger Gareth Roberts 6/12/2010
12. The Pandorica Opens Steven Moffat 6/19/2010
13. The Big Bang Steven Moffat 6/26/2010
Special A Christmas Carol Steven Moffat 12/25/2010
Series 6
1. The Impossible Astronaut Steven Moffat 4/23/2011
2. Day of the Moon Steven Moffat 4/30/2011
3. Curse of the Black Spot Steve Thompson 5/7/2011
4. The Doctor’s Wife Neil Gaiman 5/14/2011
5. The Rebel Flesh Matthew Graham 5/21/2011
6. The Almost People Matthew Graham 5/28/2011
7. A Good Man Goes to War Steven Moffat 6/4/2011
8. Let’s Kill Hitler Steven Moffat 8/27/2011
9. Night Terrors Mark Gatiss 9/3/2011
10. The Girl Who Waited Tom MacRae 9/10/2011
11. The God Complex Toby Whithouse 9/17/2011
12. Closing Time Gareth Roberts 9/24/2011
13. The Wedding of River Song Steven Moffat 10/1/2011
Special The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe Steven Moffat 12/25/2011
Series 7
1. Asylum of the Daleks Steven Moffat 9/1/2012
2. Dinosaurs on a Spaceship Chris Chibnall 9/8/2012
3. A Town Called Mercy Toby Whithouse 9/15/2012
4. The Power of Three Chris Chibnall 9/22/2012
5. The Angels Take Manhatten Steven Moffat 9/29/2012
Special The Snowmen Steven Moffat 12/25/2012
6. The Bells of St. John Steven Moffat 3/30/2013
7. The Rings of Akhaten Neil Cross 4/6/2013
8. Cold War Mark Gatiss 4/13/2013
9. Hide Neil Cross 4/20/2013
10. Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS Steve Thompson 4/27/2013
11. The Crimson Horror Mark Gatiss 5/4/2013
12. Nightmare in Silver Neil Gaiman 5/11/2013
13. The Name of the Doctor Steven Moffat 5/18/2013
Special The Day of the Doctor Steven Moffat 11/23/2013
Special The Time of the Doctor Steven Moffat 12/25/2013
Peter Capaldi
Series 8
1. Deep Breath Steven Moffat 8/23/2014
2. Into the Dalek Phil Ford & Steven Moffat 8/30/2014
3. Robot of Sherwood Mark Gatiss 9/6/2014
4. Listen Steven Moffat 9/13/2014
5. Time Heist Stephen Thompson & Steven Moffat 9/20/2014
6. The Caretaker Gareth Roberts & Steven Moffat 9/27/2014
7. Kill the Moon Peter Harness 10/4/2014
8. Mummy on the Orient Express Jamie Mathieson 10/11/2014
9. Flatline Jamie Mathieson 10/18/2014
10. In the Forest of the Night Frank Cottrell Boyce 10/25/2014
11. Dark Water Steven Moffat 11/1/2014
12. Death in Heaven Steven Moffat 11/8/2014
Special Last Christmas Steven Moffat 12/25/2014
Series 9
1. The Magician’s Apprentice Steven Moffat 9/19/2015
2. The Witch’s Familiar Steven Moffat 9/26/2015
3. Under the Lake Toby Whithouse 10/3/2015
4. Before the Flood Toby Whithouse 10/10/2015
5. The Girl Who Died Jamie Mathieson, Steven Moffat 10/17/2015
6. The Women Who Lived Catherine Tregenna 10/24/2015
7. The Zygon Invasion Peter Harness 10/31/2015
8. The Zygon Inversion Peter Harness, Steven Moffat 11/7/2015
9. Sleep No More Mark Gatiss 11/15/2015

Note: Stories marked * are missing.
Note: Classic DW Titles, Authors, Dates, and Number of Episodes info from Doctor Who The Programme Guide by Jean-Marc Lofficier.
Note: David Agnew is a BBC Pseudonym. Per Paul Smith, and Script Editor Classic Doctor Who DVD Compendium “The Invasion of Time” was written by producer Graham Williams & script editor Anthony Read. The pseudonym was used for on-air titles due to BBC policy. (see p. 166)
Likewise, it is well-known Douglas Adams wrote “City of Death” and a pseudonym was slapped on the story by the BBC. (See Smith pp. 75-76).
Doctor Who: The Programme Guide, by Jean-Marc and Randy Lofficier (4th Ed.) used to check airdates for McCoy’s final season.
Airdates for the TV-Movie from Paul Smith, The Classic Doctor Who DVD Compendium, p. 204.
Authors for Season 8 from “Doctor Who Season 8: All Episode Titles, Writers & Directors Revealed” by Sandy Schaefer 8/18/2014 Screenrant.
Most New Series info (writers, dates) from the Doctor Who Wiki tardis.wikia.com/wiki
Series 9 authors & airdates obtained by checking episodes, crosschecked with TARDIS wiki.

The Best Speeches from Doctor Who

Last Saturday’s episode of Doctor Who, “The Zygon Inversion”, featured an impassioned speech by the Doctor, played to perfection by Peter Capaldi. It was brilliant and had a Shakespearean quality to it. Afterwards Twitter just exploded with comments about the episode, the speech, and Capaldi – and comments about other great speeches from Doctor Who. This post is a collection of some of the best speeches from Doctor Who, roughly one per Doctor. I have no desire to do a “top ten” style list, so they are presented in reverse chronological order, newest to oldest, with youTube clips where I can find them.

12 – Peter Capaldi – Zygon Inversion,
written by Peter Harness & Steven Moffat, BBC 2015

“You just want cruelty to beget cruelty. You’re not superior to people who were cruel to you.  You’re just a whole bunch of new cruel people. A whole bunch of new cruel people being cruel to some other people who will end-up being cruel to you. The only way anyone can live in peace is if they are prepared to forgive. Why don’t you break the cycle?” – The Doctor
“Why should we?” – Bonnie
“What is it that you actually want?” – The Doctor
“War.” – Bonnie
“Ah. And when this war is over? When you have a homeland free from humans. What do you think it’s going to be like? Do you know? Have you thought about it? Have you given it any consideration? Because you’re very close to getting what you want. What’s it going to be like? Paint me a picture. Are you going to live in houses? Do you want people to go to work? Will there be holidays? Oh. Will there be music? Do you think people will be allowed to play violins? Who’s going to make the violins? Well? Oh, you don’t actually know do you? Because like every single tantruming child in history, Bonnie, you don’t actually know what you want. So let me ask you a question about this Brave New World of yours. When you’ve killed all the bad guys, and when it’s all perfect, and just, and fair, when you have finally got it exactly the way you want it. What are you going to do with the people like you? The troublemakers. How are you going to protect your Glorious Revolution from the next one?” – The Doctor
“We’ll win.” – Bonnie
“Oh, will you? Well, maybe. Maybe you will win. but nobody wins for long. The wheel just keeps turning. So, come on, break the cycle.” – The Doctor (Peter Capaldi), “The Zygon Inversion”, BBC 2015

“You set this up, why?” – Kate
“Because it’s not a game, Kate. This is a scale model of  war! Every war ever fought right there in front of you! Because its always the same, when you fire that first shot. No matter how right you feel, you have no idea who’s going to die! You don’t know who’s children are going to scream and burn! How many hearts will be broken! How many lives shattered! How much blood will spill until everybody does what they were always going to have to do from the very beginning – sit down and talk!” – the Doctor

“You’re all the same, you screaming kids, you know that? ‘Look at me, I’m unforgivable’, well, here’s the unforeseeable – I forgive you! After all you’ve done – I forgive you!” – The Doctor
“You don’t understand! You will never understand!” – Bonnie
“I don’t understand? Are you kidding? Me? Of course, I understand. I mean, you call this a war? This funny little thing? This is not a war! I fought in a bigger war than you will ever know. I did worse things than you could ever imagine! And when I close my eyes… I hear more screams than anyone would ever be able to count. And do you know what you do with all that pain? Shall I tell you where to put it? You hold it tight… until it burns your hand. And you say this! No one else will ever have to live like this. No one else will ever have to feel this pain. Not on my watch.” – The Doctor (Peter Capaldi), “The Zygon Inversion”, BBC 2015

11 – Matt Smith – Pandorica “The Pandorica Opens”,
written by Steven Moffat, BBC 2010

“Hello, Stonehedge! Who takes the Pandorica takes the universe. But bad news, everyone…Cos guess who? Ha! listen, you lot, you’re all whizzing about, it’s really very distracting. Could you all stay still a minute? Because I…am…talking! Now, the question of the hour is, Who’s got the Pandorica? Answer – I do. Next question, Who’s coming to take it from me? Come on! Look at me, no plan, no backup, no weapons worth a damn. Oh, and something else, I don’t have… anything to lose! So, if you’re sitting up there in your silly little spaceship, with all your silly little guns, and you’ve got any plans on taking the Pandorica tonight, just remember who’s standing in your way. Remember every black day I ever stopped you. And then, and then, do the smart thing. Let somebody else try first.” – the Doctor (Matt Smith)

10 – David Tennant, “Voyage of the Damned”,
written by Russell T. Davies, BBC 2007

“Wait a minute, who put you in charge?  And who the hell are you anyway?” – Pickton Slade
“I’m the Doctor.  I’m a Time Lord.  I’m from the planet Gallifrey, in the constellation of Kasterborous.  I’m 903 years old, and I’m the man who’s going to save your lives and all six billion people on the planet below.  You have a problem with that?” – The Doctor (David Tennant)
“No.” – Pickton Slade

9 – Christopher Eccleston, “Rose”,
written by Russell T. Davies, BBC 2005

“Really though Doctor,  tell me, Who are you?” – Rose
“You know like we were saying, about the Earth revolving?  It’s like when you’re a kid, the first time they tell you that the world’s turning, and you just can’t believe it, ’cause everything looks like it’s standing still.  I can feel it (takes Rose’s hand) the turn of the Earth.  The ground beneath our feet is spinnin’ at 1000 miles an hour, and the entire planet is hurling around the Sun at 67,000 miles an hour, and I can feel it.  We’re falling through space you and me – clinging to the skin of this tiny little world and if we let go… (pause) That’s who I am.  Now forget me, Rose Tyler.  Go home.” – The Doctor (Christopher Eccleston)

Comment vid – it was the best I could find.

7 – Sylvester McCoy, “Survival”,
written by Rona Munro, BBC 1989

“There are worlds out there where the sky is burning, where the sea’s asleep and the rivers dream.  People made of smoke and cities made of song.  Somewhere there’s danger, somewhere there’s injustice, somewhere else the tea is getting cold.  Come on, Ace, we’ve got work to do.” –the Doctor (Sylvester McCoy)

6 – Colin Baker, “The Ultimate Foe”
Written by Robert Holmes and Pip & Jane Baker, BBC 1986

“In all my travelings throughout the universe I have battled against evil, against power-mad conspirators.  I should have stayed here.  The oldest civilisation… Dedecant, degenerate, and rotten to the core… Power-mad conspirators, Daleks, Sontarans, Cybermen– they’re still in the nursery compared to us.  Ten million years of absolute power– that’s what it takes to be really corrupt!” –the Doctor (Colin Baker), “Trial of a Time Lord – The Ultimate Foe”

5 Peter Davison, “Earthshock”,
written by Eric Saward, BBC 1983

“They [emotions] also enhance life–when did you last have the pleasure of smelling a flower, watching a sunset, eating a well-prepared meal?” –The Doctor (Davison)
“These things are irrelevant.” The Cyber-leader
“For some people, small, beautiful events is what life is all about.” The Doctor in response, (Peter Davison)

4 Tom Baker, “Genesis of the Daleks”,
written by Terry Nation, BBC 1975

“Well, What are you waiting for?”  –Sarah Jane
“Just touch these two strands together and the Daleks are finished.  Have I the right?” The Doctor
“To destroy the Daleks, you can’t doubt it?” –Sarah
“But I do. You see, some things could be better with the Daleks.  Many Future Worlds will become allies just because of their fear of the Daleks.”  –The Doctor
“It isn’t like that!” –Sarah (Elisabeth Sladen)
“But the final responsibility is mine, and mine alone. Listen, if someone who knew the future, pointed out a child to you and told you that child would grow up totally evil, to be a ruthless dicator, who would destroy millions of lives. Could you then kill that child?” –The Doctor
“We’re talking about the Daleks, the most evil creatures ever invented, you must destroy them! You must complete your mission for the Time Lords!” – Sarah Jane
“Do I have the right? Simply touch one wire against the other and that’s it, the Daleks cease to exist. Hundreds of millions of people, thousands of generations can live without fear, in peace, and never even know the word ‘Dalek’.” – The Doctor
“Then why wait? If it was a disease, or some sort of bacteria you were destroying you wouldn’t hesitate.”
“But if I kill, wipe out a whole intelligent life form, then I become like them, I’d be no better than the Daleks.” The Doctor (Tom Baker)

4  Tom Baker, “The Ark in Space”,
Written by Robert Holmes, BBC 1975

“Homo Sapiens! What an inventive, invincible species.  It’s only a few millions years since they’ve crawled out of  the mud and learned to walk.  Puny, defenseless, bipeds.  They’ve survived flood, famine and plague, they’ve survived cosmic wars and holocausts, and now here they are, out among the stars, waiting to begin a new life, ready to outsit eternity.  They’re indomitable!  Indomitable!” –The Doctor (Tom Baker)

3  Jon Pertwee, Planet of the Daleks,
Written by Terry Nation, BBC 1973

“You know, what you did back there, leading the searchers away from us was very couragous.” – The Doctor
“I just didn’t give myself time to think.  If I had I certainly wouldn’t have taken the risk.” – Thal Scientist Codal
“I think your doing yourself rather an injustice there. If you hadn’t acted the way you did – we’ve all been captured. They give medals for that sort of bravery.” – The Doctor
“Bravery? I’ve been terrified ever since I landed on this planet. It’s different for Taren and Vabor – they’re professionals. They’ve seen action before.” – Thal Scientist Codal
“And do you think they’re any less brave because of that?” – The Doctor
“They know how to deal with fear. They’re used to living close to death. I’m not. I’m a scientist not an adventurer.”  – Thal Scientist Codal
“Well, forgive me if I’m wrong, but weren’t you a volunteer?” – The Doctor
“Yes.” – Thal Scientist Codal
“Well, you must have known what you were getting  into.” – The Doctor
“No. None of us did. We’re not a war-like people, Doctor. We’ve only just developed space flight. No one attempted a voyage of this length before. But every man and woman from my division volunteered. Over 600 of them, you see, I didn’t even have the courage to be the odd man out.” – Thal Scientist Codal

[The Doctor chuckles]

“What are you laughing at?” – Thal Scientist Codal
“You my friend. You may be a very brilliant scientist, but you have very little understanding of people, particularly yourself. Courage isn’t just a matter of not being frightened, you know.” – The Doctor
“What is it, then?” – Thal Scientist Codal
“It’s being afraid and doing what you have to do anyway.” – The Doctor (Jon Pertwee)

2 Patrick Troughton – “The Moonbase”,
Written by Kit Pedler, BBC 1967

“Evil is what I meant. There are some corners of the universe which have bred the most terrible things. Things which act against everything that we believe in. They must be fought.” – The Doctor (Patrick Troughton), “The Moonbase”, BBC 1967 (written by Kit Pedler)

2 Patrick Troughton – “The War Games”,
Written by Malcolm Hulke and Terrance Dicks, BBC 1969

“You asked me to justify my actions, I am doing so. Let me show you the Ice Warriors, cruel Martian invaders, they tried to conquer the Earth, too. So did the Cybermen, half creature, half machine. but, worst of all, were the Daleks, a pityless race of conquerers exterminating all who came up against them. All these evils I have fought, while you have done nothing but observe. True, I am guilty of interference, just as you are guilty of failing to use your great powers to help those in need!” – The Doctor (Patrick Troughton)

1 – William Hartnell, “An Unearthly Child”,
written by Anthony Coburn

“I tolerate this century but I don’t enjoy it. Have you ever thought what it’s like to be wanderers in the fourth dimension? Have you? To be exiles. Susan and I are cut off from our own planet, without friends or protection. But one day we shall go back. Yes, one day. One day.” “An Unearthly Child”, BBC 1963

And finally as an Honorable Mention, because it is a quote about the Doctor but not said by him.

The Family of Blood, Written by Paul Cornell (based on his original Doctor Who novel, Human Nature, published in the New Adventures series by Virgin Publishing), BBC 2007
“Because it [the watch] was waiting. Then because I was so scared of the Doctor.” – Timothy Latimer
“Why?” – Joan
“Because, I’ve seen him. He’s like fire and ice and rage. He’s like the night and the storm and the heart of the sun.” – Latimer
“Stop it.” – John Smith
“He’s ancient and forever. He burns at the center of time, and he can see the turn of the universe.” – Latimer
“Stop it. I said, stop it.” – John Smith (David Tennant)
“And he’s wonderful.” – Tim Latimer (Thomas Sangster)

All speeches and dialogue hand-transcribed by me. Authors and dates from Doctor Who – The Programme Guide by Jean-Marc Lofficier Second and Fourth editions for Classic Who, and from The TARDIS Wikia for New Who. Yes, I realize Paul McGann is missing – I hope to get something from one of the Big Finish audios or the BBC Books Eighth Doctor Adventures at some point. I do really like McGann’s Doctor.

This is why I love Doctor Who so much – it is so wonderfully written, and acted, and brilliant, and diverse. What are your favorite speeches from Doctor Who?

Doctor Who – Complete Episode List Including Missing Episodes

Doctor Who is the World’s Longest Running science fiction program. It’s also one of the longest-running scripted dramas in the world. But, at some point in the series’s history, the BBC decided to clear out space in their vaults, and many older programs, including Doctor Who were junked or destroyed.  Within a few years the BBC realized their mistake, and began a world-wide search for older, missing, stories. The recovery of “The Web of Fear” and “Enemy of the World” was well-publicized. However, some stories from the Hartnell and Troughton Eras are still missing.  This table lists all Doctor Who stories in original air order, with the missing episodes noted.  Of special note, “The Underwater Menace” was at one point scheduled for release, with the still-missing episodes to be restored using animation and the original sound track. That rumored (aided by a “coming soon” notation on Amazon dot com) release still has not appeared. Stories not marked “Missing” are available on DVD, though some may be out of print.  For more information on the efforts to restore Doctor Who, go to the Doctor Who Restoration Team website. For a fun music video of every Doctor Who Story, See Babelcolour‘s videos on youTube. Direct link to the 50th Anniversary Edition.

And for more information on Classic Doctor Who in book form, the two most useful factual books are:

The Doctor Who Programme Guide by Jean-Marc Lofficier (4th Edition also by Randy Lofficier, Mystery Writers of America Presents an imprint of iUniverse, Inc. 2003; original versions published by W.H. Allen & Co. PLC and Virgin Publishing, Ltd.)

and

Classic Doctor Who DVD Compendium Every Disc, Every Episode, Every Extra compiled by Paul Smith, Wonderful Books, London, 2014.

Both are extremely useful and highly recommended as reference books.

Story # Ep. # Ep. Title Num. Eps. Comment
William Hartnell
1 1 An Unearthly Child 4
2 2 The Daleks 7
3 3 The Edge of Destruction 2
4 4 Macro Polo 7 MISSING
5 5 The Keys of Marinus 6
6 6 The Aztecs 4
7 7 The Sensorites 6
8 8 The Reign of Terror 6
9 9 Planet of the Giants 3
10 10 Dalek Invasion of Earth 6
11 11 The Rescue 2
12 12 The Romans 4
13 13 The Web Planet 6
14 14 The Crusade 4 MISSING
15 15 The Space Museum 4
16 16 The Chase 6
17 17 The Time Meddler 4
18 18 Galaxy Four 4 MISSING
19 19 Mission to the Unknown 1 Missing, Prequel to #21 below
20 20 The Myth Makers 4 MISSING
21 21 The Daleks Master Plan 12 MISSING
22 22 The Massacre of St. Bartholomew’s Eve 4 MISSING
23 23 The Ark 4
24 24 The Celestial Toymaker 4 MISSING
25 25 The Gunfighters 4
26 26 The Savages 4 MISSING
27 27 The War Machines 4
28 28 The Smugglers 4 MISSING
29 29 The Tenth Planet 4
Patrick Troughton
30 1 The Power of the Daleks 6 MISSING
31 2 The Highlanders 4 MISSING
32 3 The Underwater Menace 4 MISSING
33 4 The Moonbase 4
34 5 The Macra Terror 4 MISSING
35 6 The Faceless Ones 6 MISSING
36 7 The Evil of the Daleks 7 MISSING
37 8 Tomb of the Cybermen 4
38 9 The Abominable Snowmen 6
39 10 The Ice Warriors 6
40 11 The Enemy of the World 6
41 12 The Web of Fear 6
42 13 Fury from the Deep 6 MISSING
43 14 The Wheel in Space 6 MISSING
44 15 The Dominators 5
45 16 The Mind Robber 5
46 17 The Invasion 8
47 18 The Krotons 4
48 19 The Seeds of Death 6
49 20 The Space Pirates 6 MISSING
50 21 The War Games 10
Jon Pertwee
51 1 Spearhead from Space 4
52 2 The Silurians 7
53 3 The Ambassadors of Death 7
54 4 Inferno 7
55 5 Terror of the Autons 4
56 6 The Mind of Evil 6
57 7 The Claws of Axos 4
58 8 Colony in Space 6
59 9 The Daemons 5
60 10 Day of the Daleks 4
61 11 The Curse of Peladon 4
62 12 The Sea Devils 6
63 13 The Mutants 6
64 14 The Time Monster 6
65 15 The Three Doctors 4
66 16 Carnival of Monsters 4
67 17 Frontier in Space 6
68 18 Planet of the Daleks 6
69 19 The Green Death 6
70 20 The Time Warrior 4
71 21 Invasion of the Dinosaurs 6
72 22 Death to the Daleks 4
73 23 The Monster of Peladon 6
74 24 Planet of the Spiders 6
Tom Baker
75 1 Robot 4
76 2 The Ark in Space 4
77 3 The Sontaran Experiment 2
78 4 Genesis of the Daleks 6
79 5 Revenge of the Cybermen 4
80 6 Terror of the Zygons 4
81 7 Planet of Evil 4
82 8 Pyramids of Mars 4
83 9 The Android Invasion 4
84 10 The Brain of Morbuis 4
85 11 The Seeds of Doom 6
86 12 The Masque of Mandragora 4
87 13 The Hand of Fear 4
88 14 The Deadly Assasin 4
89 15 The Face of Evil 4
90 16 The Robots of Death 4
91 17 The Talons of Weng-Chiang 6
92 18 The Horror of Fang Rock 4
93 19 The Invisible Enemy 4
94 20 Image of the Fendahl 4
95 21 The Sunmakers 4
96 22 Underworld 4
97 23 The Invasion of Time 6
98 24 The Robos Operation 4
99 25 The Pirate Planet 4
100 26 The Stones of Blood 4
101 27 The Androids of Tara 4
102 28 The Power of Kroll 4
103 29 The Armageddon Factor 6
104 30 Destiny of the Daleks 4
105 31 City of Death 4
106 32 The Creature from the Pit 4
107 33 Nightmare of Eden 4
108 34 The Horns of Nimon 4
109 35 Shada / 30 Years in the TARDIS 6
110 36 The Leisure Hive 4
111 37 Meglos 4
112 38 Full Circle 4
113 39 State of Decay 4
114 40 Warrior’s Gate 4
115 41 The Keeper of Traken 4
116 42 Logopolis 4
Special Special K-9 and Co. – A Girl’s Best Friend 1
Peter Davison
117 1 Castrovalva 4
118 2 Four to Doomsday 4
119 3 Kinda 4
120 4 The Visitation 4
121 5 Black Orchid 2
122 6 Earthshock 4
123 7 Time Flight 4
124 8 Arc of Infinity 4
125 9 Snakedance 4
126 10 Mawdryn Undead 4
127 11 Terminus 4
128 12 Enlightenment 4
129 13 The King’s Demons 2
130 14 The Five Doctors 1
131 15 Warriors of the Deep 4
132 16 The Awakening 2
133 17 Frontios 4
134 18 Resurrection of the Daleks 4
135 19 Planet of Fire 4
136 20 The Caves of Androzani 4
Colin Baker
137 1 The Twin Dilemma 4
138 2 Attack of the Cybermen 2
139 3 Vengeance on Varos 2
140 4 The Mark of the Rani 2
141 5 The Two Doctors 3
142 6 Timelash 2
143 7 Revelation of the Daleks 2
144 8 The Mysterious Planet 4
145 9 Mindwarp 4
146 10 Terror of the Vervoids 4
147 11 The Ultimate Foe 2
Sylvester McCoy
148 1 Time and the Rani 4
149 2 Paradise Towers 4
150 3 Delta and the Bannermen 3
151 4 Dragonfire 3
152 5 Remembrance of the Daleks 4
153 6 The Happiness Patrol 3
154 7 Silver Nemesis 3
155 8 The Greatest Show in the Galaxy 4
156 9 Battlefield 4
157 10 Ghost Light 3
158 11 The Curse of Fenric 4
159 12 Survival 3
Paul McGann
160 The (FOX) TV-Movie 1
Animated Special The Scream of the Shalka 6 15-min. eps.
Christopher Eccleston
Series 1
161 1 Rose
162 2 The End of the World
163 3 The Unquiet Dead
164 4 Aliens of London
165 5 World War Three
166 6 Dalek
167 7 The Long Game
168 8 Father’s Day
169 9 The Empty Child
170 10 The Doctor Dances
171 11 Boom Town
172 12 Bad Wolf
173 13 The Parting of the Ways
David Tennant
Series 2
174 Special The Christmas Invasion
175 1. New Earth
176 2. Tooth and Claw
177 3. School Reunion
178 4. The Girl in the Fireplace
179 5. Rise of the Cybermen
180 6. The Age of Steel
181 7. The Idiot’s Lantern
182 8. The Impossible Planet
183 9. The Satan Pit
184 10. Love and Monsters
185 11. Fear Her
186 12. Army of Ghosts
187 13. Doomsday
Series 3
188 Special The Runaway Bride
189 1. Smith and Jones
190 2. The Shakespeare Code
191 3. Gridlock
192 4. Daleks in Manhatten
193 5. Evolution of the Daleks
194 6. The Lazarus Experiment
195 7. 42
196 8. Human Nature
197 9. The Family of Blood
198 10. Blink
199 11. Utopia
200 12. The Sound of Drums
201 13. Last of the Time Lords
Animated Special The Infinite Quest
Series 4
202 Special Voyage of the Damned
203 1. Partners in Crime
204 2. Fires of Pompeii
205 3. The Planet of the Ood
206 4. The Sontaran Stratagem
207 5. The Poison Sky
208 6. The Doctor’s Daughter
209 7. The Unicorn and the Wasp
210 8. Silence in the Library
211 9. Forest of the Dead
212 10. Midnight
213 11 Turn Left
214 12 This Stolen Earth
215 13. Journey’s End
The Specials (Series 4.5)
216 Special The Next Doctor
217 Special Planet of the Dead
218 Special The Waters of Mars
219 Special The End of Time, Part 1
220 Special The End of Time, Part 2
Animated Special Dreamland 1
Matt Smith
Series 5
221 1. The Eleventh Hour
222 2. The Beast Below
223 3. Victory of the Daleks
224 4. The Time of Angels
225 5. Flesh and Stone
226 6. The Vampires of Venice
227 7. Amy’s Choice
228 8. The Hungry Earth
229 9. Cold Blood
230 10. Vincent and the Doctor
231 11. The Lodger
232 12. The Pandorica Opens
233 13. The Big Bang
234 Special A Christmas Carol
Series 6
235 1. The Impossible Astronaut
236 2. Day of the Moon
237 3. Curse of the Black Spot
238 4. The Doctor’s Wife
239 5. The Rebel Flesh
240 6. The Almost People
241 7. A Good Man Goes to War
242 8. Let’s Kill Hitler
243 9. Night Terrors
244 10. The Girl Who Waited
245 11. The God Complex
246 12. Closing Time
247 13. The Wedding of River Song
248 Special The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe
Series 7
249 1. Asylum of the Daleks
250 2. Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
251 3. A Town Called Mercy
252 4. The Power of Three
253 5. The Angels Take Manhatten
254 Special The Snowmen
255 6. The Bells of St. John
256 7. The Rings of Akhaten
257 8. Cold War
258 9. Hide
259260 10. Journey to the Center of the TARDIS
261 11. The Crimson Horror
262 12. Nightmare in Silver
263 13. The Name of the Doctor
264 Special The Day of the Doctor 50th Anniversary Special
265 Special The Time of the Doctor
Peter Capaldi
Series 8
266 1. Deep Breath
267 2. Into the Dalek
268 3. Robot of Sherwood
269 4. Listen
270 5. Time Heist
271 6. The Caretaker
272 7. Kill the Moon
273 8. Mummy on the Orient Express
274 9. Flatline
275 10. In the Forest of the Night
276 11. Dark Water
277 12. Death in Heaven
278 Special Last Christmas

Classic Doctor Who DVD Recs – The Fifth Doctor

This post consists of my recommendations for Peter Davison, the Fifth Doctor, find recommendations for other Classic Doctors by following the links below.

Peter Davison is one of my favorite actors to have played the role of the Doctor, though in truth I don’t really dislike any of them – all the Doctors have brought something unique to the role. What I like about Davison’s interpretation of the character was his sense of vulnerability and his internal focus. Coming after Tom Baker – who was extroverted, commanding, and at times very alien – Peter was more human.

The Peter Davison years also saw closer connections between the stories, and events from previous episodes were often discussed by the characters. Every episode led into the next, and, if possible, watching all the Davison stories in chronological order is the best way to see them. Unfortunately, the release schedule for the Davison years was all over the map, and two stories were even released in collections with other Doctors. Add in various boxed sets, re-releases (as Special Editions), and it can be hard to follow. I will say this, though, at least for the US DVD releases – all the collections (box sets) are in cardboard slip cases with the discs in the same snap cases (with the same case design) as the individual releases – which means you can take them out of the slip case and shelve them chronologically (that’s how I shelve my Doctor Who), and then store the slip case someplace. Increasingly, it’s also possible to buy titles individually from on-line retailers like Amazon.

And now on to the recommendations.

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Castrovalva is included in the New Beginnings set I mentioned last time. Having regenerated after his fall from the satellite dish at the Pharos Project, the Doctor’s companions rush him to the TARDIS. However, the Doctor is weak and disoriented from his regeneration. He enters the Zero Room to relax. Adric is kidnapped by the Master (Anthony Ainley) who sets a trap for the Doctor by causing the TARDIS to head towards Event One, the hydrogen inrush (Big Bang) that created the universe. Needing extra power, the Doctor prevents the destruction of the TARDIS and her crew by jettisoning parts of the ship, including Romana’s room and the Zero Room. Needing quiet, relaxation, and peace so the Doctor’s regeneration can stabilize, his companions, Tegan and Nyssa, take the Doctor to Castrovalva. However, Castrovalva isn’t the peaceful, quiet place it seems, but rather a recursive occclusion – a time/space trap built by Adric at the bequest of the Master.

Based on the paintings of MC Escher, Castrovalva is a fascinating and unusual Doctor Who story. And although it’s Davison’s first story, and linked directly to Logopolis, it was actually filmed fourth – so Davison could settle in to the role. (Four to Doomsday was filmed first.)

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Kinda is one of my absolute favorite Peter Davison stories. Nyssa is barely in the story, which is one of the few things I don’t like about it, but as consolation, Tegan not only gets to shine, the story really focuses on her and her insecurities as an accidental member of the TARDIS crew. This story introduces the Mara, a psychically activated being motivated by the fears of those it attacks. Also, the story severely criticizes the arrogance of colonialism and it’s treatment of Native Peoples. It also brings back the blue crystals of Metebelis 3 from Planet of the Spiders. It’s brilliantly done, and the entire cast is in top form.

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Black Orchid is the last purely historical story for quite a while. The TARDIS lands in the 1925, and the Doctor and his companions are welcomed by the local aristocrats, the Cranleighs. The Doctor gets to bowl in cricket, Tegan gets to dance the Charleston, and the TARDIS crew attend a costume ball. Nyssa turns out to be an exact double for Ann, Charles Cranleigh’s fiancee. But all is not well at the Cranleigh’s manor house, and soon the Doctor and crew are involved in a classic mystery.

Beautifully filmed, with lots of great dialogue, and also short (it’s only two parts), Black Orchid is actually a gem of a story, and I recommend it highly.

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A group of paleontologists are studying dinosaur bones in a cave, when their party is attacked by a mysterious force. They call in the space marines, but they are also stumped, because they only see life signs disappearing on the scanner and yet there’s no other sign of an attacking entity. The Doctor arrives, discovers the scientists and military are being attacked by an android. The android is protecting a hatch, behind which, is a bomb. The Doctor deactivates the bomb, and then he, his companions, and the remaining group from the planet track the signal to a freighter in space. Aboard the freighter – Cybermen.

Earthshock is a tense, atmospheric story, with a famous surprise ending. And it brings back the Cybermen, who hadn’t been seen on Doctor Who since 1975’s Revenge of the Cybermen.

 

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After the tragic events of Earthshock, the Doctor needs a lighter adventure, and Time-Flight delivers. The Doctor attempts to deliver Tegan to Heathrow Airport, but arrives in the right place, but the wrong time – prehistoric times to be precise. However, a Concord plane also has arrived, having been drawn off-course by a time tunnel. Although, at first it appears a strange being called the Kalid is responsible, that soon turns out to be the Master in disguise.  The Doctor, Tegan, and Nyssa must work with the crew of the Concord and the passengers to combine parts of two aircraft and return everyone to their proper time.

Time-Flight is light, and fun, and has some great dialogue and an excellent guest cast. I’ve always enjoyed it.

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Remember the Black Guardian from The Key to Time? He’s back, and causing trouble.

In Mawdryn Undead, the Doctor barely avoids collision with another ship by materializing inside it. Because the TARDIS is stuck, the Doctor must beam down to the planet below to free the ship. However, he arrives at a public school in 1983, where the retired Brigadier is now headmaster. Yet, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart doesn’t recognize the Doctor – even after the Doctor reminds him of some of their old adventures when he looked different. The Doctor also meets Turlough, a troubled student. Meanwhile, Nyssa and Tegan take the TARDIS, which should have automatically materialized the same place as the Doctor, but arrive in 1977. They also meet the Brigadier, and an alien named Mawdryn – who pretends he’s the Doctor in the midst of a really messed-up regeneration. Tegan and Nyssa attempt to help Mawdryn, but grow extremely old very fast, then become children.

Although Mawdryn Undead has a complicated plot, all makes sense eventually. It’s great to see the Brigadier again, thought the dates to not make sense (the Pertwee Earth-bound stories were all slightly futuristic, despite the look, and Sarah Jane states several times she’s “from 1980”, even though her first story was in 1973.) Still, it’s a solid story, which introduces Turlough as a companion, and not your average type of companion, as he’s under the control of the Black Guardian.

In Terminus, the Doctor and his companions land on a ship that’s a floating Leper Colony for victims of Lazar’s Disease. Nyssa leaves to use her skills as a biochemist to help the Lazar’s find a permanent cure for their illness.

In Enlightenment, the Doctor’s and his companions land on what they think is an Edwardian sailing ship in the midst of a race. It is, actually, a spaceship, under the control of one of the Eternals. The Eternals each have a ship from a different historical period which they are racing through space, with planets and stars as the marker buoys. The Eternals race for the prize of Enlightenment. Turlough, meanwhile, must choose – will he fulfill his deal with the Black Guardian or will he admit the truth to the Doctor about who he is, and face whatever the consequences may be of reneging on his deal.

Besides some truly gorgeous filming in the historic yachts, great historical costumes, and a novel plot, Enlightenment has some great character moments for Tegan as well as Turlough. It’s my favorite in the boxset.

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The TARDIS lands in 1215 at the court of King John, but all seems unusually strange. The King is actually a shape-changing android named Kamelion, under the control of the Master.

The King’s Demons is also only two parts, but it packs a lot of fun and daring-do into it’s short length. There’s court politics, a shape-changing android, the Master, a plot to prevent the signing of Magna Carta, and lots of singing and sword-fighting. It may sound a bit silly, but that’s part of why I love it, especially after the (good) angst of Enlightenment.

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Originally released as part of the Beneath the Surface boxset (in the Pertwee Years), I think it is now available separately – and the snapcases do slid completely out of the cardboard slipcase if you want to shelve it with the Davison DVDs.

The Doctor, Tegan, and Turlough land on Sea Base, an armed military base, that also controls the nuclear arsenal of it’s power block. The missiles are operated by a “sync operator”, a person with an implant in his head for direct access to the computer systems. Mysterious things are happening on the Sea Base. The Doctor and his companions discover the Silurian Triad leadership, and the Sea Devils are working together in their harassment of the Sea Base, however their plot is to cause a Nuclear War that will wipe out humanity and leave the Earth habitable for reptiles.

Warriors of the Deep has some great cliffhangers, and a very dark ending, where the Doctor’s win comes at a high cost – something the Doctor is very aware of, and truly upset about.

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Caves of Androzani is brilliant, simply brilliant. It does introduce Peri, but don’t hold that against this story. Sharez Jek, is a sympathetic villain, who as legitimate reasons for his feud with Androzani Major. Jek controls access to Spectrox, a life-giving drug, which is made from poisonous substances – and dangerous to mine. The Doctor and Peri come into contact with raw Spectrox and are poisoned. The Doctor must find a cure for himself and his companion.

Caves of Androzani had great style, especially the costumes. The villain isn’t evil, but someone pushed into a desperate position who reacts by going too far. Davison and Nicola Bryant (Peri) make a great team. For many Doctor Who fans, Davison’s last story is his best.

As I said at the top of this post, Peter Davison is my favorite Doctor. His last few stories are especially strong, and I often wonder what would have happened if he’d stayed one more year. Also, he and Peri have a much better relationship than Peri’s relationship with Colin Baker. I always felt that Peri needed a more “cuddly” Doctor – since she could be abrasive.

If you are interested in more Davison stories, or new ones, the Big Finish Audio Adventures include several featuring Peter Davison and various companions, including Erimem, an Egyptian princess. As with all the Doctors, there are also the out of print Doctor Who the Missing Adventures (Doctors 1-6) and the BBC Books Past Doctor Adventures (Doctors 1-7), which also feature original stories.

For more information on the Big Finish Audio Adventures see their website. Big Finish has both US and UK websites, as well as some availability through on-line and brick-and-mortar retailers such as Alien Entertainment and Forbidden Planet.