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by Allan Fish

(UK 1963-1989 17,650m) DVD1/2 (selected episodes only)

A police box standing in a junk yard…

p/d/w  various  created by  Sydney Newman  main theme  Ron Grainer

William Hartnell (The 1st Doctor), Patrick Troughton (The 2nd Doctor), Jon Pertwee (The 3rd Doctor), Tom Baker (The 4th Doctor), Peter Davison (The 5th Doctor), Colin Baker (The 6th Doctor), Sylvester McCoy (The 7th Doctor), Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier Alastair Lethbridge-Stewart), Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith), Katy Manning (Jo Grant), Carole Ann Ford (Susan Foreman), William Russell (Ian Chesterton), Roger Delgado (The Master #1), Anthony Ainley (The Master #2), Michael Wisher (Davros), Mary Tamm (Romana #1), Lalla Ward (Romana #2), Anneke Wills (Polly Wright), Frazer Hines (Jamie McCrimmon), Wendy Padbury (Zoe Herriot), Caroline John (Liz Shaw), Louise Jameson (Leela), Matthew Waterhouse (Adric), Janet Fielding (Tegan Jovanka), Nicola Bryant (Peri Brown), Sophie Aldred (Ace), John Levene (Sgt.Benton), John Leeson (voice of K9), Kevin Stoney (Mavic Chen/Tobias Vaughn/Tyrum),

It’s one of British television’s most beloved old dinosaurs, so big that it will never all come to DVD.  In the BBC’s dark days they even recorded over some of them to record some worthless programme or other; a lack of foresight to rival the decision to break up the Titanic’s sister ship Olympic for scrap.  After all, who would make any money out of an old boat, eh?  Imagine how it might have kept James Cameron’s costs down.

Doctor Who was never perfect; the sets often wobbled, the special effects were laughable, some of the alien costumes looked like they’d been made in Blue Peter – including one which was literally dyed green bubble-wrap.  It all seems so long ago since the reboot in 2005, but while it has its problems, it had advantages.  Many people have commented how the recent series has to cram too much into its 45 minute running time, giving the story little room to breathe, and yet of course Messieurs Davies and Moffat had little choice.  The generation who lap up garbage like X Factor and Strictly would never sit still to watch a story play out over 4-7 weeks.  It just wouldn’t happen. (more…)

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