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50 years of Who: 1974

1974

TV
The Time Warrior (last episode)
Invasion of the Dinosaurs
Death to the Daleks
The Monster of Peladon
Planet of the Spiders
Robot (first epsiode)

Books
Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion (3)
Doctor Who and the Cave Monsters (3)
Doctor Who and the Doomsday Weapon (3)
Doctor Who and the Day of the Daleks (3)
Doctor Who and the Dæmons (3)
Doctor Who and the Sea-Devils (3)
Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen (2)
1975 Doctor Who Annual (3)

The first Who from 1974 that I encountered: We lived outside the UK for much of 1974, and I'm pretty sure I saw only the last episode of Robot, so my first 1974 Who was probably Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion. This was the last year for some time that I did not see any episodes of Who on first broadcast.

My favourite Who from 1974: This really isn't my favourite era of the TV series, whereas several of these early novelisations are very good indeed. If I had to pick one it might be Doctor Who and the Day of the Daleks.

Moving swiftly on from: The dinosaurs.

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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uitlander
Oct. 9th, 2013 05:35 am (UTC)
Planet of the Spiders is the first one I clearly remember, and with hindsight probably sparked some of my other interests and set me on the path to read the degrees I did (naturally I still collect blue crystals from Metebelis III). The earlier series have many I enjoyed, but none I can recall watching end to end. Some I was convinced I had never seen until rewatches sparked detailed memories of minor details of some scenes.

I hated Tom Baker on first sight. It took about a season to get used to him. On the bright side I would finally stop have recurrent nightmares about Jon Pertwee's nose and face emerging from the title sequence.
conbrunstrom
Oct. 9th, 2013 05:51 am (UTC)
The Pertwee-Baker regeneration is the first regeneration I can remember and still had a profound effect on me. I think the transition was greatly eased by Sarah Jane Smith, who was such a wonderful companion that she sort of managed the process for us on our behalf.

Excitement mounts though, as the Letts-Dicks era gives way to the Hinchcliffe-Holmes era - we are on the cusp of the "Great Years".
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