“Planet of Giants”

First Doctor, Season Two, Serial One

reviewed by Tom-Tom

During the first moments of the Second Season of Doctor Who, the four time travelers, the Doctor, his granddaughter Susan, and two teachers from Susan’s school Ian and Susan experience a shock as the TARDIS doors open during materialization! When they arrive in a seemingly alien world, they find giant ants and flies long dead. Eventually they realize that everything isn’t large but in fact they themselves have shrunk to a tiny size. “Honey, I Shrunk the TARDIS!” might be a proper and prophetic title for this serial.

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“The Daleks”

The First Doctor Season One Serial Two

reviewed by Tom-Tom

The end of Serial One saw the First Doctor (played by William Hartnell), his granddaughter, Susan, and her two schoolteachers race into the TARDIS to escape from caveman society by faking their own deaths with torches and skulls. They came to an alien planet which, unbeknownst to them, is radioactive. This planet is Skaro. If that name makes your ears prick up, you’ll know why. It is the home planet of the Daleks. This is a long serial (7 episodes x 25 minutes) and for those used to current Doctor Who, it can be pretty slow going at times. But there is a gold mine of back story about the Daleks and the entire Skaro world. Continue reading

“An Unearthly Child”

First Doctor, Season One, Serial One

reviewed by Tom-Tom

Current Doctor Who fans may think that the current series resurrected in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor is reinventing the wheel but, upon closer examination, Steven Moffat and co. often make references barely perceptible to even hardcore fans of the series. The Ood, (from the Ood Sphere) introduced during the Tenth Doctor’s time look rather similar to the Sensorites (from the Sense Sphere) revealed in Serial Seven of the Premier Season of Doctor Who.

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