Writer: Terence Dudley
Director: Tony Virgo
Producer: John Nathan-Turner
Companions: Tegan Jovanka (Janet Fielding), Vislor Turlough (Mark Strickson), Kamelion (voiced by Gerald Flood)
Season: 20, ep.6 (25-26)
Summary: The Doctor and companions arrive in England in 1215, where they discover the Master is attempting to stop the signing of the Magna Carta using a shape-shifting android named Kamelion.
Every Whovian has his/her own story of how they joined the fandom. For this editorial, I thought I’d share mine.
My story began in 1984, one year after my family had moved from Lafayette to Grand Isle. During the summer has always been the best time for the town. Tourists love to take in the sun and businesses always make lots of money from them. My family owned the Seabreeze Cottages, and all three of us took care of it. I’d pitch in by taking the sheets off the beds and take them to the laundry shed. My Uncle Karl also owned a business there, the Bon Voyage Marina. To put this in perspective, neither of these places exist. We sold the cottages and the Marina is now destroyed.
Anyway, during that summer, my Uncle Karl had a bad accident at the Marina. As he was using the hoist to lift a boat from the water onto a trailer, one of the cables snapped and the boat landed right on his leg and broke it. He was not about to close the Marina while he was in rehab, especially in the summer! So, my dad and my mom agreed to help run the place for him. That meant as soon as we got all the hotel chores done, my mom would take me to the Marina with her so she could help Dad. I usually kept myself occupied, as I was too young to do anything there myself. I had books, the radio, and TV to keep me busy.
Writer: David Whittaker
Director: Richard Martin
Producer: Verity Lambert
Companions: Barbara Wright (Jacqueline Hill), Ian Chesterton (William Russell), Susan (Carole Ann Ford)
Season: 1, ep. 3 (12-13)
Summary: The Doctor, Susan, Ian, and Barbara are trapped in the TARDIS after it has crashed following their visit to Skaro in the previous story. The TARDIS’s controls have been rendered inoperative because of the crash. Both the Doctor and Susan have concussions and Susan is losing her mind.
Writer: James Swallow
Director: Nigel Fairs
Producer: Mark J. Thompson
Narrator: Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart (Nicholas Courtney)
Summary: The Brig reminisces about a time when he and the Third Doctor investigated strange happenings involving a fracture in time that has unearthed Roman Soldiers.
Writer: Norman Ashby (see trivia)
Director: Morris Barry
Producer: Peter Bryant
Season: 6, ep 1 (1-5)
Companions: Jamie McCrimmon (Frazer Hines) and Zoe Heriot (Wendy Padbury)
Summary: The Doctor and Companions arrive on the pacifist planet Dulkis, where they discover that a group of conquerors are invading with their murderous robots called Quarks.
Writer: Russell T. Davies
Director: Euros Lyn
Producer: Peter Bennett
Summary: Children of Earth is the 5-part episode for series 3 of Torchwood. It’s essentially the series finale, unless you count “Miracle Day”. Each part covers a day and lasts 2 hours. An alien race has come to Earth, taking over several of the world’s children. They are using them as a bargaining chip in exchange for offering prosperity. Captain Jack wants to save the children, even if it means going against the government.
Writer: Steve Lyons
Director: Gary Russell
Companion: Ace (Sophia Aldred)
Summary: The Doctor and Ace arrive at Colditz Castle during WWII, and meet Elizabeth Klein. She comes from an alternate future where the Nazis won, and she wants to preserve that future to secure her existence by any means necessary.
You may have noticed that I spend a lot of time on Big Finish during Doctor Who‘s off-season. This is because it helps to keep my blog alive and I know I have readers who like to find out more about them. However, I also know that Big Finish can be a bit daunting for many Doctor Who fans. The CD’s are expensive, and even if you just download the productions rather than buying them, there’s no way you can keep up with everything the company is doing. This may make you wonder if it’s even worth the trouble.
Writer: Chris Chibnall
Director: Ashley Way
Producer: Richard Stokes
Summary: Captain John comes back and takes Jack to the future for revenge. He also kills Tosh.
Writer: Chris Boucher
Director: Michael E. Briant
Producer: Philip Hinchcliffe
Companion: Leela (Louise Jameson)
Season: 14, ep. 5 (17-20)
Summary: The Doctor and Leela arrive on a mining colony on a sandstorm-riddled planet. The colony’s mining is done by robots. Because of this, the humans have become complacent, almost lethargic. The robots are grouped into three classes: “Dum” (unable to speak), “Voc” (who can speak and interact with humans), and Super Voc, (the overseers). However, one of the Dum robots, D84, actually can speak! Murders are being discovered. Can the Doctor and Leela discover the killers?