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50 years of Who: 1964

My second post on this series: listing the Doctor Who and related TV and books and reminiscing briefly about the first time I encountered any Who of that year's vintage, as well as my personal favourite and least favourite moments from the selection.

1964

TV
The Daleks (last 5 episodes)
The Edge of Destruction
Marco Polo
The Keys of Marinus
The Aztecs
The Sensorites
The Reign of Terror
Planet of Giants
The Dalek Invasion of Earth

Books
The Dalek Book
Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks (1)

The first Who from 1964 that I encountered: It was a very long time until I saw any of the TV stories from this era. But probably in the late 1970s I read David Whitaker's Doctor Who and the Daleks, originally published in November 1964 as Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks, which I still think is the best of any of the novelisations of Old Who stories.

My favourite Who from 1964: I do love "Day of Reckoning", the third episode of The Dalek Invasion of Earth, with its fantastic scenes of Daleks in London and intense music. But I have soft spots for most of the above, and repeat my recommendation of the David Whitaker novelisation.

Moving swiftly on from: The Sensorites.

So, what was your favourite of the above? What is the best bit? (And if you like, what is the worst bit?)

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Comments

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michaellee
Sep. 27th, 2013 05:56 pm (UTC)
I enjoy the Aztecs a great deal, since there is a lot in that story that later Doctor Who doesn't do, but the story sets up a great deal as well and I wish Marco Polo was available to us.
nwhyte
Sep. 27th, 2013 07:51 pm (UTC)
The surviving pictures from Marco Polo look totally gorgeous. It's a shame it wasn't actually broadcast in colour!
alexmc
Sep. 27th, 2013 08:33 pm (UTC)
Watched these recently

The Keys of Marinus
The Sensorites

And watching this right now this very second...

The Reign of Terror
bookzombie
Oct. 8th, 2013 10:01 am (UTC)
I honestly can't remember the first thing that I saw from 1964, but I suspect it was the VHS release of 'The Daleks'.

I have a certain fondness for the out-and-out weirdness of 'Edge of Destruction', despite it being pretty stagey by modern standards (and doesn't really make any real sense when you think about it.)

The David Whitaker book is still a fantastic read (I re-read the 50th Anniversary release a few months ago) and I'd still hold it up as being one of the best of the adaptations.
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