Third: The Monster of Peladon

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Writer: Brian Hayles

Director: Lennie Mayne

Producer: Barry Letts

Companion: Sarah-Jane Smith (Elizabeth Sladen)

Season: 11, ep 5 (15-20)

Summary: The Doctor takes Sarah Jane on a visit to Peladon. He discovers that the king’s daughter Thalira has ascended the throne. There is a miner dispute that could lead to military action. Complicating matters is an apparition of the monster Aggedor, who once terrorized the catacombs of Peladon in the Doctor’s previous visit to the planet. But who is really behind the dispute?

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Torchwood: Adrift

adriftWriter: Chris Chibnall

Director: Mark Everest

Producer: Richard Stokes and Sophia Fante

Summary: Gwen is called in by an old colleague to investigate a missing person. Her investigation leads to a dark secret within Torchwood, angering Captain Jack.

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Sixth: Vengeance on Varos

varosWriter: Phillip Martin

Director: Tony Troaden

Producer: John Nathan-Turner

Companion: Peri Brown (Nicola Bryant)

Season: 22, ep. 2

No. of Episodes 2, 45 minutes each

Summary: The Doctor and Peri arrive on the planet Varos in search of Zeiton-7, an element which could repair the TARDIS. The planet is run by a corporation that broadcasts tortures and experimentations on those who dare oppose it. The outcomes of the broadcasts are decided by viewers. Overlooking the broadcasts is a sadistic, disgusting creature named Sil, who delights in the torture.

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Editorial: Best Modern Doctor Who Companions

Last editorial, I counted down the best Classic Who companions. Now it’s time for the current version.

Before I start, a small disclaimer: I will not be counting one-shot companions, as they did not stick around long enough for us to get to know them, compared to the longer-staying ones. Also, because this is actual friends, Adam wouldn’t make the cut even if he stuck around longer than the one-shots.

billpotts 10) Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie)–Of the companions on this list, Bill is the one with the briefest stint.  I liked her inquisitive nature and enthusiasm.  As a previous editorial stated, I don’t see her as “pushing an agenda”, I just see a fun-loving girl.

nardole 9) Nardole (Matt Lucas)–Often a companion’s job isn’t just to ask the questions the audience would ask, it’s also to play moral compass. Nardole was a good moral compass and his sardonic nature was good comedy relief.

clara 8) Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman)–Now here’s the real controversy-summoning companion! A lot of people seem to HATE Clara. But I never did. She proved herself in “Flatline” and “Face the Raven” as someone willing to sacrifice herself, even against the Doctor’s wishes. She even jumped into the Doctor’s timeline to save him from the Great Intelligence. Her one flaw was her impetuous side, which often caused her to make rash decisions.

amy pond 7) Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) What I liked about Amy was that she wasn’t afraid to put the Doctor or anyone else in his or her place. Her impulsive nature made her one of my favorites.

harkness 6) Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman)–Even if you never watched Torchwood, you knew Jack had more going for him than the sparse appearances on the main show. What I liked about Captain Jack was he was a man of action, willing to cross lines the Doctor wouldn’t.

rose tyler5) Rose Tyler (Billie Piper)–Before Clara, Rose was the most-hated companion. I never really had a problem with her. She helped the Ninth Doctor heal his psychological wounds from the Time War. I never minded her falling in love with the Doctor. How could anyone not fall in love with him?

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Companion Chronicles: The Mahogany Murders

mahoganyWriter: Andy Lane

Director: Lisa Bowerman

Producer: David Richardson

Companions: Henry Jago (main narrator)(Christopher Benjamin), Professor George Litefoot (Trevor Baxter)

Series: 3.11

Running Time: 1 hour, excluding interviews

Summary: The renowned actor Henry Jago recounts to his old friend George Litefoot a recent encounter with a mystery he recently investigated. A dead body has been discovered on the banks of the Thames river, but in reality it’s a mannequin made out of wood. The mannequin is actually alive, and working for a scientist named Dr. Tulp.

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Twelfth: Twice Upon a Time

twiceWriter: Steven Moffatt

Director: Rachel Talalay

Producer: Peter Bennett

Companions: First Doctor (David Bradley), Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie), Archibald Lethbridge-Stewart (Mark Gatiss)

Summary: Refusing to regenerate, the Doctor meets a soldier from the First World War and his original self. They meet a mysterious being made completely out of glass that calls itself Testimony, who wishes to exchange an old friend for the soldier–Bill Potts.

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Editorial: Big Finish Starting Points

Big Finish is a great way to get into the world of Doctor Who. They’ve been around since 2000, and have produced stories featuring nearly every Doctor, even the War Doctor! But it’s easy to go to their website and get overwhelmed by their endless selection of stories. Where can you even start, especially when new titles are released every month? This editorial can give you some titles worth trying.

First of all, I should point out there are several ways to enjoy Big Finish. You can either purchase or download their media from their website (downloads are less expensive) and I’ve heard Amazon also has some titles. Also, Spotify and Hoopla both have lots of Big Finish stories, and both have different selections. The drawback for Spotify is unless you’re a premium subscriber or are using it on your desktop computer, you won’t hear the story the correct way. It’ll shuffle not only the story you’re listening to, but everything else Big Finish has loaded. And what’s Hoopla, you ask? Hoopla is an app that lets you borrow media using a library card–movies, music, books, you name it!

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Eighth: Blood of the Daleks (pt. 2)

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Writer: Steve Lyons

Director: Nicholas Briggs

Producers: Andy Hardwick & Gareth Jenkins

Companion: Lucie Miller (Sheridan Smith)

Series: 1.2

Summary: Lucie has been kidnapped by the Daleks. The Doctor learns that Professor Martez is creating new Daleks using humans.

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Overview: The Christopher Eccleston Era (2005)

ninth doctorRussell T. Davies would be the person who would save Doctor Who from disappearing altogether.  He’d had some clout thanks to the success of his program Queer as Folk. He brought in several people who’d worked on Big Finish and Doctor Who novels, such as Paul Cornell, Mark Gatiss, and Rob Shearman. Rather than reboot the universe, he created the Ninth Doctor, having the Eighth Doctor regenerate off-screen. That Doctor would be Christopher Eccleston.

Oh, I did it again. I picked another stupid ape! I should’ve known. It’s not about showing you the universe, it never is. It’s about the universe doing something for you!–“Father’s Day”

About Christopher Eccleston

He was born into a working class family in Langworthy, Salford.  He had twin brothers who were eight years older than him He starred in Let Him Have It, earning his first breakthrough role in TV. When Eccleston became the Ninth Doctor, he was the first actor to play the role who was born after the series began in the 60’s.

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