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50 years of Who: 1988

1988:

TV
Remembrance of the Daleks
The Happiness Patrol
Silver Nemesis
The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (first 3 episodes)

Books
Doctor Who - The Rescue (1)
Doctor Who - Terror of the Vervoids (6)
Doctor Who - The Time Meddler (1)
Doctor Who - The Mysterious Planet (6)
Doctor Who - Time and the Rani (7)
Doctor Who - Vengeance on Varos (6)
Doctor Who - The Underwater Menace (2)
Doctor Who - The Wheel in Space (2)
Doctor Who - The Ultimate Foe (6)
Doctor Who - The Edge of Destruction (1)
Doctor Who - The Smugglers (1)
Doctor Who - Paradise Towers (7)
Doctor Who: The Tribe of Gum (1)

The first Who from 1988 that I encountered:  I watched Remembrance of the Daleks at some point in the wilderness years (and also bought it at the 2005 Worldcon).

My favourite Who from 1988: I really like The Happiness Patrol, and I have come around to the virtues of Remembrance of the Daleks. Among the books, Doctor Who - The Rescue is Ian Marter's last and best.

Moving swiftly on from: the Pip-and-Jane-Baker novelisations.

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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sandman_jazz
Oct. 23rd, 2013 07:20 pm (UTC)
I have clear memories of all of these from first broadcast. I would of been five at the time and it was Doctor Who on TV then bedtime. At five Silver Nemesis was really exciting and I think we played hunting Cybermen in the playground for weeks after, but the highlight for me is Remembrance of he Daleks and as an adult Silver Nemesis is the weakest but I do have a soft spot for it.
Main memory: I can remember running out the living room when Davros was revealed and watching the rest through the door.
scott_lynch
Oct. 23rd, 2013 08:50 pm (UTC)
-Remembrance- changed my life. I've come to feel much fondness for -The Happiness Patrol,- and I think -The Greatest Show in the Galaxy- is a minor classic... really the only clunker in the bunch is -Silver Nemesis,- and even it has a few decent bits (I dig Lady Peinforte and her poor servant, and I'm an Ace fan for life, even if the 80s Cybermen were getting incredibly fragile at this point...).
captainlucy
Oct. 24th, 2013 11:34 pm (UTC)
Of the TV output, I thought at the time that Remembrance was, apart from the Doctor's encounter with the Black Dalek at the end, quite excellent. Happiness Patrol was a good idea lumbering under a lacklustre script and a monster design straight out of a particularly farcical episode of Rentaghost. Silver Nemesis even on first broadcast came across as just a cheap second-rate rehashing of the basic plot from Remembrance, and that was even before the absolute mockery they made of the Cybermen. Greatest Show in the Galaxy was just not particularly memorable at all.
With the possible exception of The Smugglers (not one of Terrence's better adaptations), I think I liked all the adaptations of 60s episodes that came out. Haven't read them in far too long!

Best bit: I'm tempted to put Ace beating the crap out of a Dalek with her +5 Baseball Bat of Rassilon, or the Doctor shouting "Oi, Dalek! It's me, the Doctor. What's the matter? Don't you recognise your mortal enemy?". But I think the highpoint for me was later in the same story, where one character says "I wish Bernard were here", and another replies "the British Rocket Group have their own problems."

Worst bit: Lady Peinforte and Richard hitching a ride with the Americans. *shudders*
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