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50 years of Who: 1979

1979:

TV
The Power of Kroll   (last 2 episodes)
The Armageddon Factor
Destiny of the Daleks
City of Death
The Creature from the Pit
Nightmare of Eden
The Horns of Nimon (first 2 episodes)

Books
Doctor Who and the Hand of Fear (4)
Doctor Who and the Invisible Enemy (4)
Doctor Who and the Robots of Death (4)
Doctor Who and the Image of the Fendahl (4)
Doctor Who and the War Games (2)
Doctor Who and the Destiny of the Daleks (4)
Doctor Who and the Ribos Operation (4)
1980 Doctor Who Annual (4)

The first Who from 1979 that I encountered:  I was glued to The Power of Kroll, despite its flaws, and the Armageddon Factor likewise. I was 10. But we were out of the country for the second half of the year so missed Season 17 entirely.

My favourite Who from 1979: There really is no contest, si there? I am not among the sizeable camp that sees City of Death as the best Doctor Who story ever, but I'll happily agree that it stands head and shoulders over anything else produced that year.

Moving swiftly on from: The rest of Season 17, especially the Mandrells. (And, "Lord Niiiimooon!!!")

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

gareth_rees
Oct. 14th, 2013 09:35 am (UTC)
This is where I came in: The Armageddon Factor was the first Doctor Who I watched. The dilemma inherent in Astra being the final segment to the Key to Time really grabbed me—it's the only plot point I can remember from that year (though some images remain from the others, like the head of the Jaggaroth, and the excavation of Davros). So although looking back now as an adult, I can see that it's a just an overly padded runaround in corridors with an incoherent plot, it was much more than that in my eight-year-old imagination. So that was the best story of this year's Doctor Who for me.

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