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Teachers’ Farewell

Two teachers go home

Using Dalek time machine

It’s back to school time

The Daleks return for the second time and once again the story ends with a farewell. This time, Ian and Barbara return to earth, using the Daleks’ time machine, at the conclusion of The Chase, which seems to work more accurately than the TARDIS.

With the departure of Ian and Barbara, the viewers have lost the viewers entrance into the ongoing story and indeed three quarters of the original cast. Season two of Doctor Who was definitely one of change with only William Hartnell remaining from the original cast by season’s end.

But the departure of Ian and Barbara marks a big shift from the original premise of being “educational” and transforming into science fiction. An example of this is the very next story which is set in 1066. Barbara would be very familiar with this year and the most famous battle of this year is the battle of Hastings but this story does not focus on this but on a Viking invasion that happened before the battle. And just to remove this from the elements of a purely historical story, another time traveller is involved.

Doctor Who was evolving…

Barbara Wright: A school teacher who taught history, her cardigans were ruined in her last two stories but she had also been mistaken as an Aztec god and also managed to acquire a suntan while left on a space ship in The Sensorites.

Ian Chesterton: A science teacher who was the action man of the series (a role that future companions Steven Taylor, Ben Jackson, Jamie McCrimmon and Harry Sullivan would step into).

Although the characters never returned to Doctor Who, Jacqueline Hill would return to play Lexa in the fourth Doctor story, Meglos and Ian Chesterton was scheduled to make a return to Doctor Who in 1983. Unfortunately, William Russell wasn’t able to return so another character from the Doctor’s past [or his future from this point in time], Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart (retired). This change in cast has led to real problems for any fans trying to make sense of the UNIT timeline but more of that later.

What are your favourite episodes featuring Barbara and Ian?


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8th Doctor Sale at Big Finish

Doctor for a night

His adventures continue

With Lucie Miller

Paul McGann was the Doctor for just one night on television but thanks to Big Finish, he has had a chance to be the Doctor and continue with new adventures.

Starting on Monday 20th February, Big Finish will have  the four series of Paul McGann Doctor Who stories with his companion Lucie Miller on sale over four days. Series one on Monday, series two on Tuesday etc. click here for more details.

These stories have a feel of the new series in style and format (the stories are approximately 60 minutes and Lucie Miller (played marvellously by Sheridan Smith) would feel right at home in the TARDIS with any of the new Doctors.

If you still aren’t convinced, then you can download part one of Blood of the Daleks to hear for yourself or get them as a treat for that special Doctor Who fan.

A podcast with more information can be found here.

If you are already a fan, I’d love to hear your views about these stories.

Remembering Susan

First companion,

And one of the family

Doctor’s Granddaughter

In a previous post (Dalek Invasion of Earth), the series did something for the very first time. A main character left. In this case it was Susan who became the first of a long line of ex-companions and so I thought I’d do the first of what will be a series of posts about the Doctor’s companions ~ those regular (and irregular) folk who accompany the Doctor and are often the viewer’s access point to the series. They ask the questions that we would ask and get captured/injured on a regular basis.

Lets have a look back at these companions and I hope that YOU will contribute to this post by sharing your memories and opinions about YOUR favourite companions (or feel free to have a rant about your least favourite companions). I will post after I reach a story

Susan Foreman: The Doctor’s grand daughter and only known (or mentioned) relative in the clasic series. She has been travelling with the Doctor before the series started but it hasn’t been revealed (on tv) how she came to be travelling with the Doctor. She is teeneage in appearance (which is not a clear indicator as to her true age as the Doctor’s various regenerations have shown) but it is believed that she is a teenager. She leaves the Doctor when the Doctor locks her out of the TARDIS after she is struggling to decide whether to stay with David or continue her travels.

The character of Susan was, at times, inconsistent. She is enigmatic and wise at times (especially in her debut story, An Unearthly Child) but at other times she is a screaming one dimensional character in need of rescuing. This can be a common problem for companions. They need to be interesting characters but they can’t develop too much or they may out evolve their usefulness to ask questions.

Carole Ann Ford reprised the role of Susan for the 20th anniversary story, The Five Doctors. A story that saw her character trip and fall, injuring her ankle. This kind of harked back to her farewell story when she fell and injured her ankle. She has also contributed to some Big Finish audio stories. The Companion Chronicles, a Doctor Who special (given away if you subscribe in the month of December) called “An Earthly Child” a sequel of sorts featuring Doctor 8 (Paul McGann) and the Earthly Child of the title is Susan’s son played by Paul’s real life son, Jake. Susan has also appeared in the Lost Stories which were stories written for tv but were never made, the stories featuring Doctors no longer with us are performed in a similar way to the Companion Chronicles (in this case with Carole Ann Ford and William Russell on narration duty).

What are your thoughts? What is your favourite Susan story?