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50 years of Who: 1982


Four to Doomsday
The Visitation
Black Orchid

Doctor Who and the State of Decay (4)
Doctor Who and Warriors' Gate (4)
Doctor Who and the Keeper of Traken (4)
Doctor Who and the Leisure Hive (4)
Doctor Who and the Visitation (5)
Doctor Who - Full Circle (4)
Doctor Who - Logopolis (4)
Doctor Who and the Sunmakers (4)
1983 Doctor Who Annual (5)

The first Who from 1982 that I encountered: We tuned in for Peter Davison's debut, you betcha! I was 14.

My favourite Who from 1982: I don't like much of the rest of the story, but Adric's death is a moment of great drama.

Moving swiftly on from: Time Flight. What were they thinking?

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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Oct. 17th, 2013 02:29 pm (UTC)
Alas, I never got into poor Peter Davison as the Doctor. Part of it was the companions: I *really* didn't like Tegan, Turlough was no prize though part of his story arc was interesting, Nyssa had stolen what made Adric work as a companion so that Adric just became the problem child (yes, I know, much of that was due to Waterhouse's real-life issues in both his own life and interacting with the rest of the cast).

That said, Adric's EXIT was done beautifully, giving him one final moment to be the genius he used to be, and with the literally most heart-rending end-credits ever. I did, in fact, cry at the dead silence and the broken badge.

"Black Orchid" was the worst. In fact, it has always been in strong competition for my "worst episode of Doctor Who Ever" list.
Oct. 19th, 2013 01:32 pm (UTC)
I have not heard any of this stuff about Waterhouse having problems, but on relatively recent rewatches of old Dr Who stories I think he and Adric are a bit under-rated. He comes across as being a bit strange, but subtly so, like the maths nerd he is meant to be.
Oct. 19th, 2013 11:47 am (UTC)
Kinda was the last Doctor Who I watched as a child. Not sure why I stopped, but most likely the move in the schedules from Saturdays to weekday evenings clashed with something (cub scouts? orchestra rehearsals? I don't remember).

I know that Kinda gets a lot of flak for the weak snake effect at the end, but it has moments that stand up to rewatching (which very little from this period does). The scenes with Tegan and the Mara are delightfully creepy and the breakdown of Hindle is well-acted by Simon Rouse. Even Adric works quite well here.
Oct. 19th, 2013 01:36 pm (UTC)
Of these stories Kinda and Earthshock are the ones I remember fondly. The spooky buddhist mind-stuff and anti-colonial message in Kinda was very impressive to teenage me, while Earthshock had a great action adventure quality that more mature rewatches might not be kind to.

I saw Castrovalva again recently and was very disappointed. The pacing is all wrong and it has this ludicrous episode ending where the Master shows up on a monitor to laugh maniacally at them. The look of it is great, though, as is the episode 3 cliffhanger (which I think would have been the episode 2 cliffhanger in a properly paced story).
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