In honor of the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who we continue to look back at some old episodes of the series. Although Colin Baker‘s run as the Sixth Doctor was short, and not without its share of controversy, there are a few Doctor Who gems during his three-year stint on the show. One of the best, “The Mark of The Rani” pits The Doctor as his companion Peri (Nicola Bryant) up against not one but two evil Time Lords when The Doctor begins investigating a time distortion and a series of deaths (each bearing an unusual red mark) during the Luddite rebellion in the 19th Century.
Although she only appeared in two episodes of the series, the Rani (Kate O’Mara) is a fan favorite. Just as devious as the Master (Anthony Ainley), the Time Lord arrives in the coal town of Killingsworth to steal neurochemicals from the miners in order to continue her immoral experiments which have left the entire population of the planet Miasimia Goria without the ability to sleep. The Master and the Rani come to an uneasy alliance based on lies, deception, and blackmail, targeting The Doctor.
After two episodes teasing us with other versions of the character, Doctor Who returns for the second-half of Series Seven to unite The Doctor (Matt Smith) with the current version of Clara Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman). I like the casting of Coleman as the new companion, but I have to say I’m a little disappointed that the previous versions of Clara, at least at first glance, seem vastly more interesting than the one that that’s going to be hopping around time and space with The Doctor for the foreseeable future.
In honor of the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who we continue to look back at some old episodes of the series. When Doctor Who returned in 2005 it was in the wake of the last Time War between the Time Lords and the Daleks. The Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) arrived on Earth believing he was the sole survivor but when a mysterious signal reaches out pulling the TARDIS off course and 52 levels down into a Utah millionaire’s bunker, he discovers the last thing he expected: a captured Dalek alone in the universe.
In honor of the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who we continue to look back at some old episodes of the series including the second of five Doctor Who specials that ended David Tennant‘s run as the immensely popular Tenth Doctor. The episode is also notable for being the 200th of the series (well, sort of), one of the few episodes featuring The Doctor traveling without a companion, the first episode to be filmed in high definition, one of the only episodes of the entire series where the TARDIS never materializes and the inside of the TARDIS is never shown, and the only one to be co-written by Russell T Davies and Gareth Roberts.
“Don’t blink. Blink and you’re dead. They are fast, faster than you can believe. Don’t turn your back. Don’t look away. And don’t blink. Good Luck.”
With this being the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who you can expect to see reviews of old episodes of the series pop up on the site from time to time. Ask anyone to list their favorite Doctor Who episodes from the new series (2005-present) and you can be sure “Blink” will show up at or near the top every single time. Not only did the episode win multiple awards, but in a poll by Doctor Who Magazine it was chosen as the second best episode of Doctor Who ever made.
Centered around single one-off episodes rather than an ongoing story arc, these episodes get the season off to a good start (even if the western episode is a little flat), before returning the Weeping Angels to their original glory and saying a tearful farewell to the Ponds. “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship” is the real stand-out among the set which feels very much like a throwback to Doctor Who‘s old Douglas Adams days complete with an absurd premise and pair of quarreling robots.