Doctor Who: Stranded 4 – The Keys of Baker Street & Best Year Ever Review

The Stranded run of Eighth Doctor stories reaches its conclusion… I was going to put “epic conclusion” but that wouldn’t be right, for better or worse. Without giving too much away the key plot point of Stranded gets resolved in the “The Keys of Baker Street” and what we have for a finale is a rather more tame epilogue that I’ll be honest didn’t really work for me. Want to know more? Read on!

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Doctor Who: Stranded 4 – Crossed Lines & Get Andy Review

The often divisive Stranded sub-series reaches its final phase and with a set that is no less divisive, though most of that comes in the second half. As for these first two episodes? Well, they continue the time and alternate Earth shenanigans with The Doctor, his companions, his neighbours and a near-immortal time-travelling moody teenager / evil despot named Robin. Let’s take a look!

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Doctor Who: Legend of the Sea Devils Review

The Thirteenth Doctor returned to our screens over Easter, but don’t get your hopes up for a special episode as it felt very much like a regular “filler episode” at just the regular runtime of 45 minutes and having little to no impact on the story. Still, the Sea Devils returned! Always nice to see a returning monster… Most of the time. Let’s take a look!

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Doctor Who: The Invasion Review

The Invasion is not only a rare eight-part story, not only features the debut of UNIT but it’s also the first story to ever receive animated missing episodes. On top of all that it has Cybermen in it, which admittedly isn’t very rare for the Second Doctor story, but there you go. That being said they only appear in half of it anyway as it does take a good while for the invading to actually happen… thankfully the human villain in the story is very entertaining! Want to know more? Read on!

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Doctor Who: The Mind Robber Review

*Gasp!* A Patrick Troughton story that’s entirely live action?! I forgot such a thing exists… The Mind Robber is an odd story, to put it mildly: fictional characters brought to life, funky 50s robots, Zoe doing some sort of karate, a superhero called “The Karkus”, someone else playing Jamie for two episodes, and more! Does it hold together? Is the odd episode count of five parts a good or bad thing? Let’s find out!

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Doctor Who: The Ice Warriors Review

It’s always interesting to look back at the debut story of an iconic enemy, seeing which parts of their character / their race lasted and what was added as they went along. In the case of the Ice Warriors their debut story is actually a very basic Second Doctor “base under siege” story with about the only impressive thing about them being their costume design. Still, they proved popular enough to bring back later several times (including two Third Doctor TV stories coming to this blog in a month or two!) so let’s take a look at the one that started it all!

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Doctor Who: The Cold Equations Review

For this run of stories I was going to take a look at the Sarah Kingdom trilogy (also by Simon Guerrier) but then I remembered I’d started the Oliver Harper trilogy in the Audio/Comic debut marathon, so it made sense to finish that off instead… so here we are! The Cold Equations is the middle of the three stories (obviously) and focuses on more on character development for both Steven and Oliver, with the latter’s “big secret” being revealed…

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Doctor Who: The War Machines Review

The War Machines is a lot of things, it’s the last entirely complete Hartnell story in the archive, it’s Dodo’s last story, it’s Ben and Polly’s first story and their only story that’s not either missing entirely or filled in with animation and it’s an extremely rare contemporary First Doctor story. Is it also a good story though? That’s the main question, so let’s find out!

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Doctor Who: Old Friends – Way of the Burryman / The Forth Generation Review

This two part story manages to tick several boxes here, not just being a really good two-parter for the Ninth Doctor, not just a story where the Ninth Doctor meets the Brigadier, but also a more traditional Cyberman story for Mr. Eccleston after the admittedly great but very unusual one we got in the last set. While it’s not perfect, for example I have no interest in the Sam Bishop character that’s presented here like it’s a long awaited bit of backstory, but overall it’s a really enjoyable two hours. Let’s take a closer look!

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