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In 1985, things were not looking so good for Doctor Who. The show was to be put on ice for 18 months in the wake of controversial storylines and supposedly poor viewing figures – all tosh of course, especially when you think that the programme was still pulling viewing figures of about seven million – a perfectly respectable number.
So The Doctor doesn't get to take Peri to Blackpool – well, on screen, at least. And unlike previous years, there were no more customary Who repeats in the summer to mollify the fans. 18 months, as I've said, isn't such a long time by today's standards, but back in 1985, you can understand why fans were weeping into their scarves. The crisis was so bad that the infamously bad 'Doctor In Distress' record was hastily assembled. The so-called supergroup of Who Cares actually comprised Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Nicholas Courtney and Anthony Ainley, along with Faith Brown, »
1985 is something of a year of guilty pleasures. Take some of the offerings on the big screen. A View To A Kill. Clue. Weird Science. Not really movies that I'd bring up in the middle of a conversation about all-time classics, but in their own gormless way, they're actually quite enjoyable.
Ditto Attack Of The Cybermen, not really a story you'd admit to enjoying out loud. After all it's mindlessly violent, obsessed with pointlessly fannish continuity, and has a plot that might as well be written in hieroglyphics, since when you ponder on it, it makes little to no sense. It may not boast Cybermen wearing bras on their heads or Tim Curry frantically playing Lytton as a last-minute replacement, but nevertheless, I still quite like Attack Of The Cybermen.
It's the story that kicks off season 22, something of a turning point in Who history for a number of reasons. »
2 items from 2011
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