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50 years of Who: 1980

1980:

TV
The Horns of Nimon
(Shada)
The Leisure Hive
Meglos
Full Circle
State of Decay

Books
Doctor Who and the Underworld (4)
Doctor Who and the Invasion of Time (4)
Doctor Who and the Stones of Blood (4)
Doctor Who and the Androids of Tara (4)
Doctor Who and the Power of Kroll (4)
Doctor Who and the Armageddon Factor (4)
Doctor Who and the Keys of Marinus (1)
Doctor Who and the Nightmare of Eden (4)
Doctor Who and the Horns of Nimon (4)
Doctor Who and the Monster of Peladon (3)
K9 and the Time Trap
K9 and the Beasts of Vega
K9 and the Zeta Rescue
K9 and the Missing Planet
1981 Doctor Who Annual (4)

The first Who from 1980 that I encountered: As in 1974 we were out of the UK for much of the year, but back in time to catch the first episode of The Leisure Hive on 30 August. I was 13.

My favourite Who from 1980: It barely counts, but the punting scene from Shada.

Moving swiftly on from: Adric's attempt to be a vampire convert. (And, "Lord Niiiimoooon!")

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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conbrunstrom
Oct. 15th, 2013 08:31 am (UTC)
Rather enjoyed Prisoner of Zenda rip off "State of Decay". Perhaps the superlative Peter Jeffrey had something to do with it.

All kids hated Adric. This is something that John Nathan Turner never fully appreciated. A boy who wears a badge for mathematically excellence day in and day out and talks about it incessantly is never going to win the hearts and minds of his contemporaries. Not Matthew Waterhouse's fault - just a basic problem of character conception.
seawasp
Oct. 15th, 2013 02:08 pm (UTC)
"All" is an exaggeration. I liked Adric, as I liked Wesley Crusher years later.

I loved "State of Decay"; one of the examples of Doctor Who, even in its $4.50 per episode budget days, trying to THINK BIG. "What if you had a vampire who could consume worlds? What kind of a stake would you put through its heart?"

Plus it had the "Ah! Definitely Earth technology!" moment.

I have fond memories of "Lord Nimon! Loooord Niiiiii-mon! It is I, Soldeed!" and his sudden jaw-dropped "Oh Crap" face.
gareth_rees
Oct. 15th, 2013 09:23 am (UTC)
The only one of these that stuck in my nine-year-old memory is Full Circle. Great science fictional concept, and striking images (especially the marshmen emerging from the swamp).

And speaking of Lord Niiiimoooon, how many Nimons have you seen today?
inuitmonster
Oct. 19th, 2013 01:43 pm (UTC)
I missed a lot of the Leisure Hive and Meglos due to an unwise dalliance with Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (Hiya Buck!). I get the impression I may not have missed too much.

For all that the last Tom Baker season was the official Return To Form, those stories seem to be solid rather than classics, while Horns of the Nimon I remember as an enjoyable romp.
gigs_83
Oct. 19th, 2013 02:38 pm (UTC)
The spider scene in "Full Circle" creeps me out very much so...

So "Shada" would've been released in 1980? Huh, I always thought it was 1979. *shrug* Ah, well. it's the episode I named my horse after, so... :D
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