Thursday, December 25, 2008


Doctor Who 45th Anniversary – Why Was 1983 Brilliant?

There’s a party (with added hangover) mood this year for Doctor Who’s twentieth anniversary, the celebrations finishing up in a big get-together with five Doctors where everyone’s slightly the worse for wear (incidentally, a happy Christmas to all of you at home!). Stories of old glories turned sour carry echoes of vampirism and the Flying Dutchman: the melancholic Mawdryn Undead; the captivating Enlightenment, which mixes ships, space and soulless wanderers’ cocktail parties before climaxing in a festival that’s not quite what the participants want or expect, much like…

“He calls himself ‘the Doctor’, though personally I rather doubt it.”
A busy world looks forward to its biggest festival, but some party poopers claim everyone’s forgotten its true meaning. It’s true, but no-one’s happy when they find out what it is. Snakemas treats include future sit-com stars, memorably scary images and the Demonic Antiques Roadshow.

And, of course, at 6pm tonight there’s another festive multi-Doctor story. Or is it?

See if you can track down the VHS, or perhaps the book; it’s not out on DVD yet, but I’m betting that, when it’s eventually released, it’ll be in a double-pack with Kinda, the story introducing the evil Mara from the inside that we meet again here.

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