Vol 3 Episode Guide Classic Who

To be published in Sept. 2011


An exhaustive list covering most of the Doctor's BBC TV episodes
from An Unearthly Child in 1963 to the final episode of Series 6 in 2011.

Volume Three covers the Classic Who seasons 1- 26 (1963 to 1989)
Volume Four covers the New Series 1 - 6 (2005 to 2011)

With quotes from the actors and production crew, reviews from fans and critics, and general comments from everybody intrested ... Volume Three & Four builds into a comprehensive background to the more traditional, fact-based, technically-minded Doctor Who Episode Guides.


An Unearthly Child (1963) - "If you look at the first episode of Doctor Who, that betrays the lie that it’s just the 60′s, because that first episode’s really good. The rest of it’s shit … Nothing from the black and white days, with the exception of the pilot episode, should have got out of the building."
Steven Moffat (1995)

An Unearthly Child (1963) - "The earliest episodes centre on a tribe of cavemen, perhaps appropriately since it almost seems that the episodes could have been written and produced by cavemen."

"The Lodger 's (2010) alien-among-us premise is thematically not that much of a stretch from the show’s own ground zero, An Unearthly Child (1963) - except we never saw William Hartnell in a small bath towel or scoffing biscuits in a call centre. I can't help thinking all that grunty stuff with the cavemen would have been a lot more fun if we had."
Paul Kirkley on BehindTheSofa.org.uk (2010)

The Daleks (1963) - "As for spine chillery ... well, I take back what I said a few weeks ago about Doctor Who having got off to such a bad start it could never recover. It has recovered, and, though it still has its daft moments, it also produces some first class sensations - as, for example, last Saturday, when, after the Dalek 'intelligence' had been lifted unseen from its robot and placed in a blanket on the floor, the episode closed with something very horrible indeed just beginning to crawl from under the blanket. So horrible was it, that I very much doubt whether I shall have the courage this evening to switch on to see what it was. Lovely stuff!"
Peter Quince in The Huddersfield Daily Examiner (1964)

The Daleks (1963) - "This mean-spirited, absent-minded man has become one of the most beloved science fiction characters of all time? Surely not! Let's not even discuss how boring An Unearthly Child and The Edge of Destruction are. If it weren't for that Dalek story , the series would have closed up shop long, long ago and saved us a lot bad effects, wobbly walls, and men in rubber suits."
Eric Profancik on DVDVerdict.com (2006)

Marco Polo (1964) - "At the moment, all seven episodes are still missing from the BBC archives, and there's about as much chance of them being recovered as Davros becoming a door-to-door carpet salesman."
John Bensalhia on ShadowLocked.com (2010)

On Ian's 'epic' fight scenes in 'The Romans' (1965) - "Such epicness gives The Romans the ambitions of Spartacus on a shoestring, or maybe' Quis crumens'? ("What Budget?")"
Stuart Galbraith IV on DVDTalk.com (2009)

"The Web Planet (1965) is quintessential Doctor Who because it’s brave, insane, slightly embarrassing but proud ... It is sheer insanity from beginning to end, but then that’s Doctor Who for you. Brilliant, poetic, shocking and imaginative on the one hand; childish, creaky, slow and under-resourced on the other. Six episodes of schizophrenic heaven."
Joe Ford on DoctorWhoReviews.co.uk (2010)

The Gunfighters (1966) - "The script was pure Talbot Rothwell, the acting was not even bad vaudeville and the direction was more West Ham than West Hollywood."
Jeremy Bentham in Doctor Who: A Celebration (1983)

The Power of the Daleks (1966) - "If you believe the programme overlords, most viewers have a compelling urge... to be frightened out of their wits. And that explains the strange affair of 'The Changing Face of Doctor Who.' The time travelling Doctor is back as usual on BBC1 this afternoon - and advance reports say that his return will be an explosive event to woo the kids away from Guy Fawkes bonfires. But something is very much out of the ordinary - instead of being played by William Hartnell, the Doctor is spooky character actor Patrick Troughton. When veteran Bill Hartnell decided to drop out it could have meant the end for Doctor Who. Scriptwriters have been turning mental somersaults to explain why a new hero is appearing, without warning, to young fans. Full details of his debut are being kept a secret, until today ..."
The Daily Sketch (1966)

The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967) - "Given the young companions, the slasher nature of the episode, the Indiana Jones-like architectural exploration, complete with fatal traps, and the comic book qualities of the villains, The Tomb of the Cybermen seems more like Scooby Doo than prior Doctor Who. This approach has both positive and negative consequences, but the new Scooby Who certainly makes for a captivating change."

The Evil of the Daleks (1967) - "It is Doctor Who at its very, very best ... not only obeying all the rules of good drama production but rising to the challenge of making credible science-fiction melodrama while neatly avoiding all the temptations either to send it up or, worse, camp it up."
Jeremy Bentham in DWB 50 (1987)

The Underwater Menace (1967) - "The Doctor Who equivalent of Plan 9 from Outer Space."
Paul Cornell, Martin Day and Keith Topping, The Discontinuity Guide (1995)

The War Games (1969) - "The best way to describe The War Games is like a role-playing game except it uses real people."
Geoff Willmetts on SFCrowsNest.com (2010)

Inferno (1970) - "Doctor Who will always have monsters and spaceships, but it's the 'boring bits' that make or break a story. This story has some of the best boring bits in the history of the programme."
Drew Vogel on DailyDrew.com (2010)

"The Brain of Morbius (1976) ripped off Frankenstein and offended Mary Whitehouse while simultaneously contributing to Time Lord mythology. Quite an achievement, I'd say."
Joe Briggs on PageFillers.com (2010)

The Androids of Tara (1978) - "This is Doctor Who as fairytale, with all the genre's trademarks - handsome princes, beautiful princesses, black-hearted Counts, and malevolent hunchbacks."
Tim Munro in Star Begotten (1992)

"The Five Doctors (1983) was like a command performance. Everyone came back to it. The story had moments in it that really worked well, but I feel in the end it didn’t kind of reach anything. I doubt very much that I could do another one - I don’t really think I’m that person now, and I don’t think you can play Sarah Jane so many years on. I’m different, and unless the script accommodated that, I don’t think I could make it work."
Elisabeth Sladen

"Resurrection of the Daleks (1984) is a perfect example of mid 1980s Doctor Who. It is frenetic, loud, plotless, badly acted and - ultimately - completely soulless."
Mark Campbell on DVDTimes (2003)

"Delta and the Bannermen (1987) is a sort of pastiche; music plays an important part in the script. Malcolm Kholl has specified which numbers are the background to which scenes, so that virtually all, but not all, the music has been selected by the writer. Really, I would hate anyone to call this Doctor Who - The Musical, but it’s the closest the show will ever get, because music was such a focal point in the 1950′s."
David Moloney - director in Doctor Who Magazine

Dimensions in Time [the Children in Need special] (1993) - "It sucks. Look, trust me: Doctor Who has never been this terrible. It's like watching a train full of cripples crash into an orphanage, then explode. Making Dimensions in Time even worse, keep in mind that it was aired during Doctor Who's 12 year hiatus, meaning it was literally the only Doctor Who fans got for over a decade."
John Brownleee on FilmCritic.com (2007)

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