Streaming Doctor Who Online

Those who know me know I’m a big Doctor Who dork.   Earlier this year, I did this video, which is a complete comprehensive tribute to the series (with clips of every single story from 1963 to 2010).   Earlier today I had a friend ask me on Facebook about where he should start with watching the classic series.   He’d finally finished watching all the modern series stuff, and was curious about the past.  Got to talking, and he was thinking of checking out some of the stuff streaming online.  I pointed out that while the modern Doctor Who is 100% covered online in terms of story streaming (save for the odd special bit like Time Crash), but the classic series is not.   So I decided to look into the status of every classic Doctor Who story, and whether you can get it from Netflix, it’s streaming, etc…

Also, I’m in the United States, and DVD and Streaming situations are highly restricted by regions of the world, so this article should be considered to be for US viewers only.   It probably likely doesn’t apply to folks outside of the US.  Streaming also usually is just the episodes, rarely any of the DVD extras.   Also, Youtube has many episodes available, but they’re not er, “legal/authorized”, so  I won’t address that unless it’s a legal viewing release (there’s a few available that way).

Also, there’s other places you can buy Doctor Who episodes online.  Places such as iTunes, Xbox LIVE, Playstation Network, etc..  You can also rent in some places.  But I’m talking about ala carte streaming such as Netflix.  I’m not covering all the places you can digitally purchase Doctor Who.  Just stream it.

Also, there’s also other lesser thought of ideas like your local library.  Where I live, the library system has every Doctor Who DVD available to borrow.  Granted, it’s a library, so the discs won’t be in pristine condition, but it is available.  Something else to think about.   But basically, if it’s available on DVD, you can get it from Netflix’s DVD delivery or from Blockbuster’s DVD delivery services:

So with all that out of the way, here’s the list:

Doctor 1: William Hartnell

Series 1 (1963-1964)

An Unearthly Child (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes (as part of the “The Beginning” Box) [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available

The Daleks (7 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes (as part of the “The Beginning” Box) [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available

The Edge of Destruction (2 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes (as part of the “The Beginning” Box) [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available

Marco Polo (7 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Sort of.  All 7 episodes are missing; however there’s a condensed reconstruction on the “The Beginning” Box set.  [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available

The Keys of Marinus (6 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes.  [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available

The Aztecs (6 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes.  [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Available from Netflix & Amazon Prime Videos

The Sensorites (6 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: No.
  • Streaming Status: Sort of.  This is one of the stories available at the BBC’s Doctor Who Youtube channel.  It used to be available for streaming in the US, but as of the writing of this document, it’s blocked in the US.

The Reign of Terror (6 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: No.  However, production is currently underway to release this on DVD in 2012 with animation for the two missing episodes.
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Series 2 (1964-1965)

Planet of Giants (3 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: No.
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Dalek Invasion of Earth (6 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Rescue (2 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Romans (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Web Planet (6 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Crusade (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Sort of.  This is an incomplete story.  Episodes 1 & 3 exist, 2 & 4 do not.  The existing episodes plus audio of the missing ones are available on the “Lost in Time” box set. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Space Museum (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Chase (6 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Time Meddler (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Series 3 (1965-1966)

Galaxy 4 (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  No.  All four episodes are missing, however, there’s a 5 minute segment plus some clips that are available on the “Lost in Time” box set. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Mission to the Unknown (1 Episode)

  • Available on DVD:  No.  This episode is lost.
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Myth Makers (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  No.  All four episodes are lost.  However, a few short clips appear on the “Lost in Time” box set. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Daleks’ Master Plan (12 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Sort of. Only Episodes 2, 5, & 10 exist, the rest are lost.  The three existing episodes, and a handful of clips from other episodes appear on the “Lost in Time” box set. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Massacre of St Bartholomew’s Eve (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  No.  All four episodes are lost.  This is also the only story where not a scrap of footage exists to this day.
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Ark (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Celestial Toymaker (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Sort of.  Episodes 1-3 are lost. However, Episode 4 is included in the “Lost in Time” box set. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Gunfighters (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Savages (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  No. All four episodes are lost. However, a couple of clips are included on the “Lost in Time” box set. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The War Machines (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Series 4 (1966-1967)

The Savages (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  No. All four episodes are lost. However, a couple of clips are included on the “Lost in Time” box set. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Tenth Planet (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  No.  Episodes 1-3 do exist, but have not been released on DVD.  However, a couple of clips from Episode 4 are included on the “Lost in Time” box set. [ Purchase ].  Additionally, the three existing episodes with a reconstruction were released on VHS some time ago.
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Doctor 2: Patrick Troughton

The Power of the Daleks (6 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  No. All six episodes are lost. However, a couple of clips are included on the “Lost in Time” box set. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Highlanders (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  No. All four episodes are lost. However, a couple of clips are included on the “Lost in Time” box set. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Underwater Menace (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Sort of. Episodes 1, 2, & 4 are lost. However, Episode 3 is included on the “Lost in Time” box set. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Moonbase (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Sort of. Episodes 1 & 3 are missing. However, Episodes 2 & 4 (plus audio for 1 & 3) are included on the “Lost in Time” box set. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Macra Terror (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  No. All four episodes are lost. However, a couple of clips are included on the “Lost in Time” box set. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Faceless Ones (6 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Sort of. Episodes 1 & 3 exist, the rest are missing. However, Episodes 1 & 3 are included on the “Lost in Time” box set. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Evil of the Daleks (7 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Sort of.  Episode 2 exists, the rest are missing. However, Episode 2 (and some other footage from Ep 7) is included on the “Lost in Time” box set. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Series 5 (1967-1968)

The Tomb of the Cybermen (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Yes, from Amazon Prime Instant Video Streaming.  It is not available on Netflix.

The Abominable Snowmen (6 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Sort of. Episodes 1 & 3-6 are missing. However, Episode 2 (plus some other clips) are included on the “Lost in Time” box set. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Ice Warriors (6 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  No.  Episodes 2 & 3 are missing.  The remaining episodes were released on VHS some years ago with some talking head dialogue for the missing episodes.
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Enemy of the World (6 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Sort of.  Episode 3 exists, none of the others do. However, Episode 3 is included on the “Lost in Time” box set. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Web of Fear (6 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Sort of.  Episode 1 exists, none of the others do. However, Episode 1 is included on the “Lost in Time” box set. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Fury From the Deep (6 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  No.  All episodes are lost, however, some clips and behind the scenes footage are included on the “Lost in Time” box set. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Wheel in Space (6 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Sort of.  Episodes 3 & 6 exist, the rest are lost.  Episodes 3 & 6 are included on the “Lost in Time” box set. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Series 6 (1968-1969)

The Dominators (5 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Yes. [ Purchase ].  However, this one is not available as a disc from Netflix; it is from Blockbuster, though. Not sure why.
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Mind Robber (5 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Available from both Netflix & Amazon Prime Video Streaming.

The Invasion (8 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Yes. [ Purchase ] – It should be noted though that episodes 1 & 4 are missing.  They are on here via cel drawn animation; it was the first attempt to completely replace a missing episode with animation on DVD.
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Krotons (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  No.
  • Streaming Status: Sort of.  For some odd reason, Episode 2 only is available on the legal BBC Youtube Dr Who channel.  All four used to be there, not sure why there’s only Episode 2 there now.

The Seeds of Death (6 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Space Pirates (6 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Sort of.  Episode 2 exists, the rest are lost.  Episodes 2 (and some other clips) are included on the “Lost in Time” box set. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The War Games (10 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Doctor 3: Jon Pertwee

Series 7 (1970)

Spearhead from Space (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Available from both Netflix & Amazon Prime Instant Videos

Doctor Who & The Silurians (7 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Ambassadors of Death (7 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  No, although work is underway for a release (unknown date as of yet).
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Inferno (7 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Series 8 (1971)

Terror of the Autons (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Mind of Evil (6 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: No.
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Claws of Axos (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Colony in Space (6 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: No, but it’s due out in November 2011. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Daemons (5 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: No.
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Series 9 (1972)

Day of the Daleks (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  No, but it’s due out in September 2011. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Curse of Peladon (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Sea Devils (6 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Mutants (6 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Time Monster (6 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Series 10 (1972-1973)

The Three Doctors (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Available from both Netflix & Amazon Prime Streaming Videos.

Carnival of Monsters (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Yes. [ Purchase ]  It appears to be out of print, though.
  • Streaming Status: Available from both Netflix & Amazon Prime Streaming Videos.

Frontier in Space (6 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Planet of the Daleks (6 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Green Death (6 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Available from both Netflix & Amazon Prime Streaming Videos.

Series 11 (1973-1974)

The Time Warrior (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Invasion of the Dinosaurs (6 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  No.
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Death to the Daleks (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  No.
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Monster of Peladadon (6 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Planet of the Spiders (6 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Sort of.  Not available from Netflix or Amazon, but all six episodes are available from the BBC Youtube Doctor Who channel.  Except they’re not available in the US.

Doctor 4: Tom Baker

Series 12 (1974-1975)

Robot (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Ark in Space (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Available from both Netflix & Amazon Prime Streaming Videos.

The Sontaran Experiment (2 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Genesis of the Daleks (6 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Revenge of the Cybermen (6 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Series 13 (1975-1976)

Terror of the Zygons (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  No.
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Planet of Evil (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  No.
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Pyramids of Mars (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Available from both Netflix & Amazon Prime Streaming Videos.

The Android Invasion (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD:  No.
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Brain of Morbius (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Seeds of Doom (6 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Series 14 (1976-1977)

The Masque of Mandragora (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Sort of.  It’s not on Netflix or Amazon, but it is listed on the BBC Doctor Who Youtube Channel.  Can’t view it in the US, however.

The Hand of Fear (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: No.

The Deadly Assassin (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: No.

The Face of Evil (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: No.
  • Streaming Status: No.

The Robots of Death (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ] – Appears to be out of print, though.
  • Streaming Status: Available from Amazon Prime Streaming videos.  Not Netflix, though.

The Talons of Weng-Chiang (6 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ] – The original DVD release is out of print, a new one is coming out in October 2011.
  • Streaming Status: Available from Amazon Prime Streaming videos.  Not Netflix, though.

Series 15 (1977-1978)

Horror of Fang Rock (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Available on both Netflix & Amazon Prime Streaming Videos.

The Invisible Enemy (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Image of the Fendahl (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Sun Makers (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ] – Not available from Netflix, but is from Blockbuster
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Underworld (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Invasion of Time (6 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Series 16 (1978-1979)

This season was collectively known as “The Key to Time”, but each story had it’s own individual title and plot.  This was the first season to be released all at once in a Season box set.  It was originally released on DVD in the US in 2002.  It was later re-released as a “Special Edition” box set in 2009.  Both boxes can still be purchased if you want, although the 2002 version is out of print.   Each story is available for individual purchase as well.

The Ribos Operation (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Available on both Netflix & Amazon Prime Streaming Videos.

The Pirate Planet (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Available on both Netflix & Amazon Prime Streaming Videos.

The Stones of Blood (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Androids of Tara (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Available on Netflix only.

The Power of Kroll (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Available on both Netflix & Amazon Prime Streaming Videos.

The Armageddon Factor (6 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Available Amazon Prime Streaming Videos only.

Series 17 (1979-1980)

Destiny of the Daleks (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

City of Death (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Available on both Netflix & Amazon Prime Streaming Videos.

Creature from the Pit (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Nightmare of Eden (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: No.
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Horns of Nimon (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Shada (6 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: No, although it was released on VHS some years ago with narration from Tom Baker.
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Series 18 (1980-1981)

The Leisure Hive (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Available on both Netflix & Amazon Prime Streaming Videos.

Meglos (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ] – It is not available from Netflix, but is from Blockbuster.
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Full Circle (4 Episodes)

State of Decay (4 Episodes)

Warrior’s Gate (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes, as part of the “E-Space Trilogy” box. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Keeper of Traken (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes, as part of the “New Beginnings” box, or individually. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Logopolis (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes, as part of the “New Beginnings” box, or individually. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Doctor 5: Peter Davison

Series 19 (1982)

Castrovalva (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes, as part of the “New Beginnings” box, or individually. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Four to Doomsday (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Kinda (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Visitation (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Available on both Netflix & Amazon Prime Streaming Videos.

Black Orchid (2 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Earthshock (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Available on Amazon Prime Streaming Videos only.

Time-Flight (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Series 20 (1983)

Arc of Infinity (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Snakedance (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Mawdryn Undead (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes, as part of the “Black Guardian” Box set. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Terminus (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes, as part of the “Black Guardian” Box set. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Enlightenment (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes, as part of the “Black Guardian” Box set. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The King’s Demons (2 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Five Doctors (1×90 Episode)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Series 21 (1984)

Warriors of the Deep (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Awakening (2 Episodes)

Frontios (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ] – Not available from Netflix on DVD, though.  It is from Blockbuster.
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Resurrection of the Daleks (2×45 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ] – It is out of print, though.
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Planet of Fire (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Caves of Androzani (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Available from both Netflix & Amazon Prime Streaming Videos.

Doctor 6: Colin Baker

The Twin Dilemma (4 Episodes)

Series 22 (1985)

Attack of the Cybermen (2×45 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Vengeance on Varos (2×45 Episodes)

The Mark of the Rani (2×45 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Two Doctors (3×45 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Timelash (2×45 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Revelation of the Daleks (2×45 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Series 23 (1986)

This series is collectively known as “The Trial of a Time Lord”, and officially is one big story with 14 episodes.   However, for practical production purposes, it was produced with four separate titles.   The titles are not sold individually on DVD; they are only available in the season box set, which can be purchased below.

The Trial of a Time-Lord (14 Episodes)

The Mysterious Planet
Mindwarp
Terror of the Vervoids
The Ultimate Foe

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Doctor 7: Sylvester McCoy

Series 24 (1987)

Time and the Rani (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ] – Not available from Netflix on DVD, though.  It is from Blockbuster.
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Paradise Towers (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ] – Not available from Netflix on DVD, though.  It is from Blockbuster.
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Delta and the Bannermen (3 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Dragonfire (3 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: No.
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Series 25 (1988)

Remembrance of the Daleks (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes, “Special Edition”. [ Purchase ] – This was originally released on DVD in 2002, you can still buy that one here if you want.
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Happiness Patrol (3 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: No.
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Silver Nemesis (3 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: No.
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Series 26 (1989)

Battlefield (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Ghost Light (3 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Available from Amazon Prime Streaming Videos only.

The Curse of Fenric (4 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Available from Netflix and Amazon Prime Streaming Videos

Survival (3 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available.

Doctor 8: Paul McGann

Paul McGann only recorded one televised story, although he’s done a tone of audios as The Doctor.  The lone story was a TV movie made in 1996 called (officially, anyway) just “Doctor Who”.  The DVD of it calls the thing “Doctor Who: The Movie”. It aired on FOX in the US as well as the BBC, and was an attempt to revive the show in the United States.  Didn’t work, but McGann was excellent.  Shame we never got to see more of him on TV.  Maybe someday as a cameo.

TV Movie (1×90 Episodes)

  • Available on DVD: Yes. [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not Available.

Doctor 9: Christopher Eccleston

The show came back in 2005 with a new Doctor, and a new everything.  The show had a real budget, was done properly, was a glorious return to form.

Virtually everything of the modern series is available on streaming, but pretty much just the episodes.  Any of the “extras” from the DVD’s are mostly not streamed.  Some of the most recent series have special extras just for streaming – that will be noted below.

Also, officially when the show came back, it was labeled as “Series 1”, not “Series 27”, since according to the BBC, it was “officially” a new program.

On DVD, the episodes were released in the United States as season box sets.  They were not released individually like they have been with the classic series.   Chris Eccleston’s season was also released in smaller “vanilla” packages of like 2-3 episodes on DVD and some other oddball formats, but subsequent seasons were not.   Subsequent seasons (save for the 2011 season) were released in the UK in “vanilla 3 packs”, where the series would be broken up into smaller DVD releases with just three episodes on them, so people could buy it faster, as opposed to waiting out the year to buy the full box set.  Those vanilla releases did not come out in the US.

All episodes from this point forwards are at least 45 minutes long.   The Christmas Special episodes are a full hour, and the odd episode here and there ran long due to story (anywhere from 50 to 75 minutes) The classic series episode lengths were about 25 minutes each, except for Series 22 when it was 45 each, and a couple of oddball scheduling stories where it was forced to be 45 minutes (that happened twice).

Series 27/1 (2005)

10 Stories comprising 13 episodes

  • Available on DVD: Yes [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Yes, from Netflix and Amazon Prime Streaming Video

Doctor 10: David Tennant

Series 28/2 (2005-2006)

11 Stories comprising 14 episodes

  • Available on DVD: Yes [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Yes, from Netflix and Amazon Prime Streaming Video
  • NOTE: Includes the 2005 Children in Need Special, as well as the 2005 Christmas Episode.

Series 29/3 (2006-2007)

11 Stories comprising 14 episodes

  • Available on DVD: Yes [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Yes, from Netflix and Amazon Prime Streaming Video
  • NOTE: Includes the 2006 Christmas Episode.

Series 30/4 (2007-2008)

11 Stories comprising 14 episodes

  • Available on DVD: Yes [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Yes, from Netflix and Amazon Prime Streaming Video
  • NOTE: Includes the 2007 Christmas Episode, and the 2007 Children in Need Special, “Time Crash”.

There was no full series in 2009.  They had decided the show was going to “rest”.  It wasn’t taken off the air, but there was a series of “specials” scattered through 2009, with the first one airing on Dec 25, 2008, and the last one actually airing on Jan 1, 2010.   The first of these specials (The Next Doctor) was the final Doctor Who story made in standard definition.  Everything since then has been in HD.  When the Specials box was released, it was the first Doctor Who release on Blu-Ray.   For the Blu-Ray box, “The Next Doctor” was upconverted to HD from it’s SD original format.

Series 30/4 Specials (2008-2010)

4 Stories comprising 4 episodes

  • Available on DVD: Yes [ Purchase ]
  • Available on Blu-Ray: Yes [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Yes, from Netflix and Amazon Prime Streaming Video

Doctor 11: Matt Smith

Series 31/5 (2010)

13 episodes comprising 10 stories

  • Available on DVD: Yes [ Purchase ]
  • Available on Blu-Ray: Yes [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Yes, from Netflix only
  • NOTE: The disc releases include two short “mini episodes” produced just for the DVD set, and are not available on streaming.

Series 32/6 (2010-2011)

From this point onward, it is a bit different.  For the first time, the 2011 Series was split into two pieces, with seven episodes airing in the spring, and six airing in the fall.  Due to that, the DVD release has been skewed, and the Christmas Special from Dec 2010 was released on it’s own early.

14 episodes comprising 11 stories
Not all have aired as of the writing of this page.

  • 2010 Christmas Special DVD: Yes [ Purchase ]
  • 2010 Christmas Special Blu-Ray: Yes [ Purchase ]
  • Series 6 Part 1 DVD: Yes [ Purchase ]
  • Series 6 Part 1 Blu-Ray: Yes [ Purchase ]
  • Streaming Status: Not available (not yet, anyway)
  • NOTE: There are special extras just for these episodes available on Amazon Video & iTunes that are free.  The episodes are not, but the extras are.

Presumably when “Series 6 Part 2” is all transmitted, there will be a “Series 6 Part 2” DVD/Blu-Ray Release, as well as a full Series 6 box with proper extras, as well as the 2010 Christmas Special, and the two “Comic Relief” mini episodes from March 2011 called “Time” & “Space”.

 

Doctor Who Ages

With the new series of Doctor Who starting in less than two weeks now, I thought I’d revive a post I made on another forum about ages of the actors. Was talking to a friend of mine who asked me how old David Tennant was (he’ll be 37 on April 18th), and it reminded me of this. I did some research as to how old all the lead actors were when they started in their role on the show, and did some comparisons.

Mostly useless information, I admit, but I tend to do things like this. Especially about Doctor Who. This post only for the hardcore nutters. :)

Here’s the ages they were when their respective times in the show started. I am not breaking it down to days. That’s just too stupid. I’m also not counting Colin Baker’s appearance as Cmdr Maxil or Lalla Ward as Princess Astra, those are different characters. The companions are listed by which Doctor they started with, not ended with.

Doctors:

William Hartnell: 55 years, 10 months
Patrick Troughton: 46 years, 7 months
Jon Pertwee: 50 years, 5 months
Tom Baker: 40 years, 5 months
Peter Davison: 29 years, 11 months
Colin Baker: 40 years, 10 months
Sylvester McCoy: 44 years, 1 month
Paul McGann: 36 years, 7 months
Christopher Eccelston: 41 years, 1 month
David Tennant: 34 years, 2 months

Companions:

Doctor #1:

Carole Anne Ford (Susan): 23 years, 5 months
William Russell (Ian): 39 years, 1 month
Jacqueline Hill (Barbara): 33 years, 11 months, died Feb 18, 1993
Maureen O’Brien (Vicki): 22 years, 5 months
Peter Purves (Steven): 26 years, 4 months
Adrienne Hill (Katarina): Unknown birthdate, died Oct 6, 1997
Jean Marsh (Sara): 31 years, 1 month
Jackie Lane (Dodo): 18 years, 8 months
Michael Craze (Ben): 23 years, 5 months, died Dec 8, 1998
Anneke Wills (Polly): 24 years, 4 months

Doctor #2:

Frazier Hines (Jamey): 23 years, 3 months
Deborah Watling (Victoria): 19 years, 5 months
Wendy Padbury (Zoe): 20 years, 4 months

Doctor #3:

Caroline John (Liz): Unknown birthdate
Katy Manning (Jo): 21 years, 3 months
Elizabeth Sladen (Sarah): 24 years, 10 months, died Apr 19, 2011

Doctor #4:

Ian Marter (Harry): 30 years, 2 months, died Oct 28, 1986
Louise Jameson (Leela): 25 years, 9 months
Mary Tamm (Romana I): 28 years, 5 months
Lalla Ward (Romana II): 28 years, 3 months
Matthew Waterhouse (Adric): 18 years, 11 months
Sarah Sutton (Nyssa): 19 years, 11 months
Janet Fielding (Teegan): 24 years, ?? months

Doctor #5:

Mark Strickson (Turlough): 22 years, ?? months
Nicola Bryant (Peri): 21 years, 4 months

Doctor #6:

Bonnie Langford (Mel): 22 years, 4 months

Doctor #7:

Sophie Aldred (Ace): 25 years, 3 months

Doctor #8:

Daphne Ashbrook (Grace): 33 years, 4 months
Yee Jee Tso (Chang Lee): 21 years, 2 months

Doctor #9:

Billie Piper (Rose): 22 years, 6 months
Bruno Langley (Adam): 22 years, 1 month
John Barrowman (Jack): 38 years, 2 months

Doctor #10:

Noel Clark (Mickey): 30 years, 5 months
Freema Agyeman (Martha): 28 years, ?? months
Catherine Tate (Donna): 38 years, 2 months

Others:

John Leeson (K9): 34 years, 7 months
David Brierly (K9): 43 years, ? months
Gerald Flood (Kamelion): 55 years, 11 months

Notes:

  1. I counted Mickey with Doctor #10, as he wasn’t a “traveling companion” until that point. It’s the same reason I haven’t counted characters like Jackie Tyler, or the Brigadier, as they weren’t traveling companions, just support characters. It’s a fine line I know. I also realize I condtradict that by the use of Grace & Change Lee from the 1996 movie, but if you didn’t count them, Doc 8 would have NO companions, and that’s not right, either.
  2. Some of the companions have ?? as months, as their birth month was not given, just a year, and a couple have totally unknown birthdates. I listed ’em anyway, but with as much info as I could get.
  3. I debated what to do about using “Others” are they were merely voiceovers, and weren’t on screen. But I put the info in there for the heck of it. The actor who voiced Kamelion would be the oldest “companion”, but since these characters were robots, I’m not sure if that should count.

Oldest/Youngest:

The youngest overall companion was Jackie Lane, Doctor #1’s Dodo Chaplet at 18 years 8 months. The second youngest, and youngest male companion was Matthew Waterhouse; Adric. He was 18 years, 11 months. The oldest was William Russell, one of the original companions (Ian) at 39 years 1 month.
Older than the Doctor:

1) There’s only one companion (discounting Kamelion) who was older than their Doctor at the time of their taking the role. That was Catherine Tate. She was 38 years 2 months old when she appeared in “Doomsday”, and David Tennant was 35 years, 3 months at the time of “Doomsday”‘s airing.

2) John Barrowman was 38 years 2 months when he first appeared in the Doctor 9 story “The Empty Child”. At that point he was younger than Christopher Eccelston. However, when he reappeared in Utopia with David Tennant’s Doctor, that changed. At the time of the airing of Utopia, Barrowman was 40 years, 3 months. Tennant was at that time 36 years, 2 months.

I’m such a dork.

Doctor Who!

The official launch of the new season of Doctor Who in the UK has been formally announced as April 5th. I’ve known about that for a couple of weeks now due to a source I’d rather not name, but it’s nice to see it pubicly out there now.

UPDATE: The official Series 4 trailer has been released in high quality by the BBC, on their official Youtube Channel.


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The BBC are calling this “Series 4”, but that’s the fourth series of the revived Doctor Who. Since the history of the modern show includes the old show, I believe it shouldn’t be “Series 4”, but “Series 30”.

You have now concluded reading this blog entry by Mr. Pedantic.

Last of the Time Lords

The season finale of the current series of Doctor Who just aired in England over the weekend. I rather liked it, but then again I’m a Who nut, and will like most anything they do. :)

Anyway, the finale did seem to borrow a lot of “elements” from other things that have already happened. In reading the forums over at the Outpost Gallifrey website this weekend, I saw this thread where someone had posted the plot of the finale by using screen grabs from other movies and TV and similar stuff. I can not take credit for this, the idea was not mine, but I thought it was darned funny. I did add on to the original, though. The last picture and the fourth in my sequence were not in the original.
If you have NOT seen the finale of the current series (the third of the revival, the 29th overall) then do not look at the extended version of this message.

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Doctor Who Trivia

This is some research I did on the 10 actors who have played The Doctor on the TV show “Doctor Who” in regards to ‘length of service’. I needed a place to put this, so my blog is it.

Note: Since David Tennant is the current doctor, these stats cover the 2007 series that is scheduled to air between March and June this summer.

Doctor Stories Episodes Seasons
William Hartnell 29 134 3 full, plus two stories
Patrick Troughton 21 119 2 stories short of 3 full
Jon Pertwee 24 128 5 full
Tom Baker 41 172 7 full
Peter Davison 20 69 1 story short of 3 full
Colin Baker 11 31 2 full, plus one story
Sylvester McCoy 12 42 3 full
Paul McGann 1 1 Just the 96 TV Movie
Christopher Eccleston 10 13 1 full
David Tennant 24 30 2 full so far, plus addtl

I was then asked if I would do the same information for the companions, so I whipped up the following chart. The companions are a trickier lot, several exceptions had to be made due to the oddities of cameos, story issues, etc. Here’s some notes on my companions chart.

  • This does not take into effect situations during the first two doctor’s runs where actors were away on vacation, and the character did not appear on screen. If the story happened during their “run”, then I counted it. Having the actors away on vacation was fairly common during the first six years of the series, as they made on average between 44-46 episodes a year then.
  • I’m not counting 1993’s Dimensions in Time, as it’s canonicity is in doubt.
  • I am not counting the UNIT folks as companions. I’ve seen some lists of companions list them as such, but UNIT characters while important to Doctor #3’s run, were never formally listed as show companions.
  • I am not counting the official repeat of Evil of the Daleks inside the show’s own storyline.
  • I am counting the Five Doctors as one episode, as that is how it was originally made, despite being broadcast mostly since in four 25 minute parts. Also, I do not count Romana II’s appearance in the Five Doctors as a story, as it was recycled Shada material, and I already counted that appearance in her episode count as Shada. Likewise I am counting cameos in this story as an appearance.
  • I am counting 1986’s Trial of a Time Lord as 4 stories, not one, as they were made in four production blocks and then sequenced together into “one story”. Officially it’s classified as one 14 part story, but that’s a production thing, almost everyone else classifies it as four stories (4-4-4-2)
  • For 25 of the 26 years of the classic series, episodes were 25 minutes in length. During the 1985 (22nd overall) plus the 2005 series onwards, episodes are 45 minutes in length. I have not compensated for that in the episode count, although it made me think about doing a third column, “adjusted episodes”, or “screen time”, but that might be too complicated.
  • K9 was also left out of several stories during his run due to technical problems with the actual K9 machine. I feel it would be too much work to go back and look at the plots of all the stories he appeared in to figure out which ones he was not included in, so if it happened during K9’s original companion run, I counted it. I also did not make a distiction between the four different K9 models that have appeared in the series.
  • I did not count K9 & Company, as that was officially a spinoff.
  • While Shada was not formally transmitted, bits of it were made, and as such I counted it.
  • I am not counting “A Fix with Sontarans”, as that is officially an episode of another series (“Jim’ll Fix it”).
  • Resurrection of the Daleks was made as a four episode story, and then edited into two longer episodes due to the Olympics at the time. I am counting it as four episodes.
  • Paul McGann’s lone story was one 90 minute movie, so I’m counting it as one episode.
  • The Children in Need mini episode inbetween Series 27 & 28 I counted as an episode.
  • Three episodes in the series run had no companions at all, and as such were not counted: Mission to the Unknown (1966), The Deadly Assassain (1976), & Attack of the Graske (2006)
Companion Stories Episodes Years Notes
Susan Foreman 11 52 1963-1964, 1983 Doctor’s Granddaughter. Stayed on Future Earth to be married. Appeared in The Five Doctors
Barbara Wright 16 77 1963-1965 Returned to Earth with Ian
Ian Chesterton 16 77 1963-1965 Returned to Earth with
Barbara
Vickie 9 37 1965 Stayed in Troy in the past
to be married
Steven Taylor 10 50 1965-1966 Became Leader of the Tribes
Katarina 2 8 1965 Died
Sara Kingdom 1 9 1965 Died
Dodo Chaplet 6 19 1966 Returned to Earth, left
halfway through final story
Ben Jackson 9 40 1966-1967 Returned to Earth with
Polly, overlapped Doctors 1 & 2
Polly Wright 9 40 1966-1967 Returned to Earth with Ben,
overlapped Doctors 1 & 2
Jamie McCrimmon 23 117 1966-1969, 1983, 1985 Forced back to Earth by Time
Lords.  Cameo in Five Doctors, returned for The Two Doctors with
Doctor six.
Victoria Waterfield 7 41 1967-1969 Stayed on Earth with the
Harrises.
Zoe Herriot 9 51 1968-1969, 1983 Forced back to Earth by Time
Lords. Cameo in Five Doctors.
Liz Shaw 5 26 1970, 1983 Reason for departure never
stated, cameo in The Five Doctors
Jo Grant 15 77 1971-1973 Stayed in England to be
married
Sarah Jane Smith 20 80 1973-1976, 1983, 2006 Dropped off on Earth when
the Doctor could not take her to Gallifrey.  Overlapped Doctors 3 &
4.  Was in Five Doctors and School Reunion.
Harry Sullivan 9 34 1974-1975 Decided to stay on Earth with UNIT when an adventure took the crew there.
Leela 9 40 1977-1978 Stayed on Gallifrey to be
married
K9 24 96 1977-1981, 1983, 2006 Stayed with Romana II in
E-Space.  Cameo in Five Doctors; appeared in School Reunion.
Romana I 6 26 1978-1979 Regenerated into Romana II
Romana II 11 46 1979-1981 Stayed in E-Space with K9
Adric 12 46 1980-1982 Died, overlapped Doctors 4 &
5.
Nyssa 13 50 1981-1983 Stayed on Space Colony to
heal lepers, overlapped Doctors 4 & 5.
Tegan Jovanka 19 67 1981-1984 Stayed on Earth after
“having enough” following a Dalek story, overlapped Doctors 4 & 5.
Kamelion 2 6 1983, 1984 Killed by the Doctor after
requesting he do so
Vislor Turlough 9 33 1983-1984 Returned to home planet
after being exonerated of past crimes.
Perpugilliam Brown 11 33 1984-1986 Left the Doctor to be
married to King Yrcanos; was initially thought to have been killed by
said King.  Overlapped Doctors 5 & 6.
Melanie Bush 6 20 1986-1987 Left to travel with Glitz.
Overlapped Doctors 6 & 7.
Ace 9 31 1987-1989 Reason for departure never
stated, was incumbent companion when classic series ended.
Dr. Grace Holloway 1 1 1996 Decided not to travel with
the Doctor
Chang Lee 1 1 1996 Decided not to travel with
the Doctor
Rose Tyler 22 28 2005-2006 Trapped in alternate
dimension, unable to return
Donna Noble 1 1 2006 Decided not to travel with
the Doctor
Martha Jones 10 13 2007- Incumbent companion

Doc 1: 10 companions (3 male, 7 female)
Doc 2: 5 companions (2 male, 3 female)
Doc 3: 3 companions (all female)
Doc 4: 8 companions (2 male, 5 female, 1 robot)
Doc 5: 6 companions (2 male, 4 female, 1 robot)
Doc 6: 2 companions (both female)
Doc 7: 2 companions (both female)
Doc 8: 2 companions (1 male, 1 female)
Doc 9: 1 companion (female)
Doc 10: 2 companions (both female)

The overlapping companions were counted more than once, so this won’t match up exactly with the number of companions listed above. I’m still torn on what to do with the 2005/2006 extra characters like Mickey, Jackie, Capt Jack, etc… For now I’m not listing them, since most places do not refer to ’em as companions, but I’ve included ones from the past with more spurious connections. Arrgh!

Doctor Who is better than Desperate Housewives

Yes. Doctor Who is better than Desperate Housewives. Why? Well, read this. It’s from a friend of mine who posted this on his blog earlier today. The friend he refers to is me, and the bit about “my wife” refers to my wife. Lynn was the one who said the remark to me last night which started all of this. Read what Jake had to say on his blog.

So I like Doctor Who right? Yeah, I do. I’ll admit it. I was just talking with a friend who likes it as much as I do, and he mentioned

>> “My wife asked me if she wants me to have her make some special dinner and clear the schedule for when the new Dr Who hits Sci-Fi Channel.” <<

It’s funny, but that struck a chord. Even on Christmas day I had to have an hour to myself to watch the Christmas Invasion episode.

The thing is, I’m actually going to defend this. I’m past admiting I’m sad about this, and I’ve moved into the “What’s wrong with it?”. Christ, all these people watch Desperate Housewives, but I’m the weirdo for liking a TV show that actually has some morals to it?

When I was a kid I was the last of 6 children – my Mum and Dad just didn’t have the time for me that you’d get if you weren’t the last of 6 kids (this is no knock against them – they did great by me, but there’s only so much time in a day when you have 6 children. I never felt unloved or any of that, just that I didn’t necessarily have the 1 on 1 time that other people may have got. Any, enough whining). So I spent a lot of my time watching TV shows or with my head in a book. I LOVE to read and was always reading some really tacky Sci-Fi book or something.

And you know what? Most of that stuff has far greater morality and ethics than Desperate Housewives will ever have. I turned out a pretty ok guy – I know right from wrong and quite frankly I think that there are worse things that learning what kind of man to be from something like Star Trek.

You know after reading this, I have to say he’s spot on. Stuff like Star Trek and Doctor Who has some sort of moral base, which virtually nothing on regular network television does. Let alone something like Desperate Housewives, which has no moral backbone at all. I don’t want to even get into rubbish like “The Book of Daniel”.
So here’s to you mate – you wrote about this a lot better than I would, as I’d probably go off on an angry rant. Read Jake’s thoughts for what I really think about this issue. Yes, Doctor Who is better than Desperate Housewives. I’d even go so far as to say that Nicola Bryant’s cleavage is better than Teri Hatcher’s! But I would put all of the Housewives actresses higher up on that scale than Bonnie Langford, Jake. ;)

Back to the Vortex Book Review

by J Shaun Lyon

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a big Dr Who fan. Of all the TV I’ve watched over my lifetime, I daresay Doctor Who is probably my favorite show of all time. Without boring you with the entire history here, the TV show went off the air in 1989 (after running for 26 years). There was an attempt to revive it in 1996, but it didn’t get off the ground past a pilot movie. It finally returned to the TV in the spring of 2005. I was cautious, as I didn’t know how the show would play out now, 16 years after it ceased being on the air. But I shouldn’t have been worried, it was a tremendous success – was renewed for two more years after the one in 2005. The show was fabulous, and not just because there was new stuff. My wife, who abhors the show watched a few, and genuinely liked them.

The new series is where this book comes in. “Back to the Vortex” was written by an old friend of mine Jim Lyon (who now goes by the name Shaun Lyon). It’s a superbly detailed behind the scenes story of the making of the new series from how it came about to the press on it’s return, to the actual physical shooting, plus a lot more. It’s got a level of detail that might overwhelm some readers. One part that almost bored me was the bits about shooting. As I don’t live in Cardiff Wales, the acutal locations mean little to me. Several sections of the production areas of the book were “OK, filiming was done here, and they shot until the darnkess..” After several such lines like that, they all seemed to blur together. it’s my only fault with the book.

After the book gets to the point of the show being on the air, it switches to programme guide mode, where each episode is broken down into several parts, it’s an extremely detailed guide, offering both a factual, and opinionated look at the story in question. There’s also an appendix discussing ratings, and other information.

If you like Doctor Who, and have been lucky enough to see the series (as of Dec 2005, it has yet to air anywhere in the US, nor are there any current plans to do so (on TV anyway, it comes out on DVD in Feb 06)), then you should check the book. Some of it reads like a reference guide, but I guess that’s what the book is.
Also make sure and visit Lyon’s Outpost Gallifrey website, it’s by far the best Doctor Who site on the net.

Books

Heart of TARDIS (Doctor Who Series)


Tonight I was looking through my nightstand in my bedroom for something, and realized what a horrifically large number of books I have on the “to read” pile. It’s taken up the entire lower drawer of my nightstand, so many that nothing else can fit in there.

I also haven’t read much in the last several months. The last book I read was a Doctor Who Book called Heart of Tardis, which I thought was really bad. I read it mostly on a flight home from visiting family this past July. However, I got about 35 pages left in it, and I realized I still had no idea what was really going on. It was very confusing, and quite frankly, I felt that 200 or so pages into it you should have an idea what was going on. I didn’t, and decided on Jan 2nd, 2005 to finally abandon a book I was not having any fun reading 6 months ago.

However, my point was not really to write about the Doctor Who book, but the state of my to read list. I noticed that quite a few books were not in my online version of the to be read list. So I brought it all up to speed. Check out my books page, where you can read reviews of various books I’ve read, things I’m currently reading, and the all too large list of books I still need to read (which totals TWENTY NINE).

New Doctor Who Series

As I’m sure you probably know if you follow Doctor Who, the show will be back in early 2005 after being off the airwaves since 1989. The fan community is all abuzz about it, as it’s the first real Doctor Who series produced in the era of the Internet (We had Fidonet back when the old series was on, but it wasn’t the same).

One of my old friends runs the best Doctor Who sites on the net – Outpost Gallifrey. However, this weekend, he’s done an great service to fandom by coming up with an extremely comprehensive and detailed FAQ concerning the new series.

I can’t think of a question that isn’t covered by this. If you liked Doctor Who at all, go read this. All of it. It’s a spectacular read (assuming you like Doctor Who).
http://www.gallifreyone.com/newseriesfaq.php

Chef! & Doctor Who Return

I love British TV. I know a lot of folks who like British TV are zealots about it, watching every single show that’s produced. I’m not quite like that, but the ones I do like I like a lot, so I tend to know a ton about them. Over the past weekend, two of the ones I like the most had some big development updates. They’re “Chef!” and “Doctor Who”. Read on for details.

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