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50 years of Who: 1981

1981:

TV
Warriors' Gate
The Keeper of Traken
Logopolis
K9 and Company: A Girl's Best Friend

Books
Doctor Who and the Creature from the Pit (4)
Doctor Who and the Enemy of the World (2)
Doctor Who and An Unearthly Child (1)
1982 Doctor Who Annual (4/5)

The first Who from 1981 that I encountered: By this stage I was watching religiously, and made sure to catch Warrior's gate on first broadcast. I was 13.

My favourite Who from 1981: This is a good year, actually. The TV stories are all weird and different, but I'm actually going to single out two of the books, Doctor Who and the Creature from the Pit and Doctor Who and the Enemy of the World, both of which are improvements on the original story.

Moving swiftly on from: K9 and Company.

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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conbrunstrom
Oct. 16th, 2013 06:12 am (UTC)
Warrior's Gate has a hypnotising strangeness to it, which ensures it stands the test of time.

I am no fit judge of the precise technical or dramatic merits of many of the stories that ran from Keeper of Traken onwards because I had too big a crush on Sarah Sutton.
nwhyte
Oct. 16th, 2013 08:15 am (UTC)
I met Sarah Sutton in August (she was signing books along with Matthew Waterhouse and Janet Fielding, in Slough). She is still very cute!
uitlander
Oct. 16th, 2013 09:31 pm (UTC)
By this point I wanted to like it, but.... well.. Adric was almost the least of the sins. Bringing back the Master and moving on from the Peter Pratt version was an excellent idea, but I can't say I ever warmed to Anthony Ainley a poor alternative to Delgado.
redfiona99
Oct. 17th, 2013 04:26 pm (UTC)
Put another one down for loving Warrior's Gate just because it's so pleasingly odd.
wwhyte
Oct. 18th, 2013 02:36 pm (UTC)
Warriors' Gate is one of my favourites of all of classic Who, because of the strangeness but also because the supporting characters are all real people. And like every series from Meglos to Keeper of Traken, but better, it shows a small part of an enormously long story.

Having said that, you missed out the most important Who on TV in 1981, which was The Five Faces. I remember crouching in front of the TV with a cassette recorder for those, not sure when I'd ever get to experience them again.
nwhyte
Oct. 19th, 2013 09:16 am (UTC)
I didn't miss out the Five Faces; just filed it separately!
gareth_rees
Oct. 19th, 2013 11:35 am (UTC)
Logopolis for my nine-year-old self — the paradoxical situation in which the Doctor's TARDIS was materialized around the Master's TARDIS and vice versa has stuck with me ever since (also the joke in which they escape out of a never-seen back door is still funny).
inuitmonster
Oct. 19th, 2013 01:40 pm (UTC)
The three Dr Who stories are all classics, though Logopolis only scrapes in for me as a recent rewatch revealed it to be better on atmosphere than plot. The other two are stone cold classics and very different from each other.

I think it was a mistake in Logopolis to have everyone from the previous story killed by the entropy wave thing.
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