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Dr Who - the old series - and other Cult Sci Fi

Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 5:12 pm
by Timothy Lumsden
EDIT: got a sense people would like to chat about Blake 7 and other old classic Sci Fi TV, so have amended the topic title

for some reason I never really watched the old/classic Dr Who series as a kid (bar a few Peter Davidson episodes).

Got the itch to watch a few, any recommends from anyone about which ones are worth watching? (though the DVDs seem quite pricey)

Re: Dr Who - the old series - your recommendations

Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 5:31 pm
by Dave300
Some of my favourites:
Inferno - John Pertwee - I think this is the longest-running story, but I loved the story and some quite tense moments
The Horror of Fang Rock - Tom Baker - intriguing and isolated whodunnit
The Five Doctors - great to see them all together (albeit the First Doctor is played by another actor whom to be fair, did as good a job as William Hartnell - and Tom Baker's hardly in it at all)
Pyramids of Mars - Tom Baker - I liked the pace of the story in this one
The Robots of Death - Tom Baker - good story, especially when the robots go BAD!
The Talons of Weng Chiang - Tom Baker - good story, from what I remember!
Image of the Fendahl - Tom Baker (again!)
Mawdryn Undead - Peter Davison - I loved the two Brigadiers in this one
The Caves of Androzani - Peter Davison - good story
The Mark of the Rani - Colin Baker
Timelash - Colin Baker - I remember the android terrifying me when I was a child!

Re: Dr Who - the old series - your recommendations

Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 5:44 pm
by Timothy Lumsden
thanks Dave, really appreciate the list.

Pyramids of Mars actually sounds a bit familiar - maybe I did watch a few pre-davidson Dr Who's after all!

Re: Dr Who - the old series - your recommendations

Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 5:56 pm
by Antiriad2097
You must watch Genesis of the Daleks. Its perhaps an obvious choice but it explains so much. I've listened to it more times than I remember thanks to BBC Audio Cassettes.

Spearhead from Space ties nicely to new Who and is Jon Pertwee's first outing. I really love this version of the Doctor, he's such a dashing chap and doesn't mind a bit of fisticuffs.

For 'later' Who I do like McCoy. He gets a hard time due to the budget cuts but his character plays well. The Curse of Fenris and Remembrance of the Daleks are stand out stories for me.

If you want some reading material, the old Target books are relatively easy to find only and are very compact, covering a single TV story in each one.

Re: Dr Who - the old series - your recommendations

Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 6:04 pm
by The Hardest of All Freds
First Doctor - Planet of Giants, Daleks Invasion Earth, The Gunfighters
Second Doctor - The Time Meddler, Tomb of the Cybermen, The Invasion
Third Doctor - Inferno, The Time Warrior, Curse of Peladon, Three Doctors
Fourth Doctor - Brain of Morbius, City of Death, E Space Trilogy
Fifth Doctor - Earthshock, Black Orchid, Five Doctors, Caves of Androzani
Sixth Doctor - Vengeance on Varos, ummmm.....thats it
Seventh Doctor, Delta and The Bannermen, Greatest Show in The Galaxy, Remembrance of the Daleks, The Happiness Patrol and the entire last season
The TV movie with McGann is worth a watch, just don't try to follow the plot cos it is utter bollocks. The TARDIS design is fantastic mind.

Re: Dr Who - the old series - your recommendations

Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 6:12 pm
by Timothy Lumsden
thanks guys, that's a great list.

Earthshock is one story I do remember, the spotty kid (Adric?) gets killed - found that quite shocking as kid.

Re: Dr Who - the old series - your recommendations

Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 6:49 pm
by The Hardest of All Freds
Timothy Lumsden wrote:thanks guys, that's a great list.

Earthshock is one story I do remember, the spotty kid (Adric?) gets killed - found that quite shocking as kid.
At the time, they managed to keep the Cybermen a secret from the masses, even pulling a Radio Times front cover.

Re: Dr Who - the old series - your recommendations

Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2012 11:46 am
by Timothy Lumsden
latest release seems to be Ambassadors of Death - might give that a whirl.

curios about the Douglas Adams scripted Pirate Planet too.

Why dont the bbc show these I wonder? To keep DVD prices high?

Re: Dr Who - the old series - your recommendations

Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2012 12:08 pm
by Antiriad2097
The shows have been repeated from time to time. I recall randomly running into them on odd channels though not recently.

If you're interested in the Adams stuff then City of Death is something of a classic if you can get over its 70s sillines. For some reason its one of those episodes/creatures which stands out in the memory.

There's also Shada which wasn't quite completed, but was eventually remixed into an audio version (with some animation added for the online version).

My buddy in the office here is something of a Whovian (currently planning to buy a full size dalek for his movie room) and recommended Seeds of Death. The effects have dated but the story is sound.

Re: Dr Who - the old series - your recommendations

Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2012 1:25 pm
by Timothy Lumsden
when I worked for Victor Lewis Smith years ago he had an ex BBC Dalek in the office (a prop from the old series).

I was too fat to fit in it, but some of the girls in the office would occasionally trundle down Borough High Street in it to the bemusement of the crowds.

Re: Dr Who - the old series - your recommendations

Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2012 2:55 pm
by joefish
Two I picked up - Carnival of Monsters is a classic I remember for Jon Pertwee. And Ghostlight is a curious and slightly surreal one for McCoy but with some good acting from Sophie Aldred - it preceeds the excellent The Curse of Fenric. But also another vote for Remembrance of the Daleks.

You could also watch The Sea Devils - though not the best, it's got a great moment with The Master fascinated by an episode of The Clangers.

Re: Dr Who - the old series - your recommendations

Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2012 5:16 pm
by Timothy Lumsden
he never changes :lol: - wasnt he watching Teletubbies in one of
the newer series?

Re: Dr Who - the old series - your recommendations

Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2012 6:47 pm
by Katzkatz
In the 1990s, there was some kerfuffle with Terry Nation's estate wanting more money, so UK Gold didn't show the Daleks' episodes until much later on, starting with 'Destiny of the Daleks'. They occasionally pop up on the SyFy channel now and again. There doesn't seem to be much of an appetite for them on TV. On DVD though things seem different. The BBC made a lot of money off of them on video sales and DVDs.

Re: Dr Who - the old series - your recommendations

Posted: Sat Oct 20, 2012 2:55 pm
by Timothy Lumsden
i can see why they make so much money, my local WH Smiths
had some Dr Who for £17 a go. pretty ridiculous.

(they had 1st series of Blake 7 for £12, so picked that up
instead as i've never seen that either)

Re: Dr Who - the old series - your recommendations

Posted: Sat Oct 20, 2012 4:54 pm
by mlucifersam
I remember being scared by the monster in Tom Baker's 'The Sontaran Experiment'. Got it a few years back on DVD and enjoyed watching it again.