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On the eve of Doctor Who's new series, Andrew considers what lessons it could learn from classic Fifth Doctor story Earthshock...
1982's Earthshock casts a long shadow over Eighties’ Doctor Who.
After Tom Baker’s tenure – at best delightfully silly and dramatic, at worst glibly removing any hint of drama in a quest for a laugh – the show hadn’t exactly decided on what it was going to be.
Original Eighties’ script editor Christopher H. Bidmead firmly ushered in an attempt at a harder Science Fiction edge – with Tom Baker injecting some comedic moments – but this lasted one series, with Bidmead only returning to write Peter Davison’s first broadcast story after another script fell through.
At the start of the Davison era temporary script editor Anthony Root kept things ticking over with a variety of styles, some reflecting Bidmead’s taste in their commissioning, but the Davison era »
The narrative territory of Big Finish just keeps growing – the Companion Chronicles have explored and expanded the early years of the first three Doctors, now sadly lacking their leading men. We’ve had a new companion join Steven and the First Doctor, another come back to life as a possessed house, we’ve had new companions
- James Lomond
Matthew Waterhouse makes his Big Finish debut as Adric in The Fifth Doctor Box Set, reunited with former Doctor Who co-stars Peter Davison, Janet Fielding and Sarah Sutton for two four-part adventures. As previously reported, the actor – who was last seen as a hijacked freighter crashed into prehistoric Earth in 1982′s Earthshock (and if
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- Christian Cawley
The Doctor has always had an eye for the ladies when it came to sidekicks – but, with Samuel Anderson joining the cast as Danny Pink, here's a look at some of his past bromances
Peter Capaldi won't be the only new arrival in the Tardis when Doctor Who returns this summer. Samuel Anderson will also be joining the cast as new recurring character, Danny Pink, joining a lineage of male companions that, while not quite as pivotal in the show's iconography as the female ones, are just as essential to its DNA.
Danny will arrive as a colleague of Clara's, who is working as a teacher at Coal Hill School in Shoreditch. Fans will know that this was the backdrop for the very first episode, An Unearthly Child, when we saw the Doctor's granddaughter Susan trying to fit into the straight life as a normal schoolgirl. Bringing it round full »
- Dan Martin
4 items from 2014
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