Monday, 21 October 2013


Doctor Who
22x07 The Two Doctors Part One [2nd watch]

Instead of moving on, #bbbDW50 this week welcomes back the Second Doctor, guest starring in this Sixth Doctor adventure. It's an odd one: it begins with him and Jamie, spends a whole 10 minutes of the episode with them, and only then introduces the incumbent TARDIS team... who we spend the rest of the episode with, only fleetingly seeing the other Doctor and his companion in one other scene. They haven't even teamed up by episode's end.

It also feels like conclusive proof the 45-minute episode length was a bad fit for Who at the time. It feels slow and unfocussed, like someone's taken a 25-minute episode and stretched it rather than sticking two back to back. I know old drama moves at a slower pace and I'm fine with that, obviously, but this... just doesn't seem to work.

Or it could just be yet another weak Sixth Doctor story, of course.

Also, it's clearly evident that this was a relatively early entry in the DVD range. The restoration, while not bad, is nothing like as slick as on more recent titles. For one thing, this is before the Restoration Team's standard-for-years practice of replacing the opening & closing credits with a new, cleaner version, and as such they look pretty shoddy. Probably not a title that merits the full revisited treatment, though I'm sure it could be improved on now.

Have I Got News For You
46x02 (11/10/2013 edition; extended repeat)

Never Mind the Buzzcocks
27x04 Episode 4
[Watch it (again) in HD on iPlayer.]

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