• The Archive Opens

    I no sooner hit “post” than word came through that the BBC has opened their Archive for the 45th anniversary and put early works about the development of Doctor Who online! As this has direct bearing on our project, I plan on reading through a good deal of it over the weekend and will undoubtedly post more about it then. I encourage you to take a look at some of these documents yourselves–remember, history isn’t just kings and queens. This is history too!

    Still I remain


  • Lost in Time-er, I mean Thailand?

    Hello, the Historian here. While we’re gearing up for our grand premiere on Sunday (and Companion Ketina still assures me she’ll introduce herself at some point), I have the shadow of good news. According to a story in the Daily Telegraph, it seems a researcher has traced episodes of “Marco Polo” and (probably) “The Reign of Terror” to Thailand! There’s nothing to say, of course, that copies survive, but it seems the Thai television stations never returned the films to the BBC. It’s at best the shadow of a hope of a dream, but there’s still at least the loosest possibility, if this researcher’s work bears fruit, that we could be seeing more than just reconstructions of stories like “Marco Polo” (like the ones Ketina and I will be viewing in a couple of months’ time) someday!

    Living in hope, as all Doctor Who lovers must, I remain


  • Hmm? What’s that? Who’s there! Oh, it’s you.

    Ahem. Welcome to the TARDIS Project. I am the Historian and, together with my courageous companion Ketina, we will be journeying through the mists of Time to explore the early televised history of Doctor Who. To put it more simply, Ketina and I (and any others we may pick up and drop off along the way–time travellers have a tendency to do that, you know) plan to watch every episode of the first six seasons of the BBC series, one at a time. Ideally, our schedule will be an episode a week, though Ketina has promised to continue to attempt to convince me to watch more at a time. I shall, of course, continue to resist. (We shall see who wins out in this battle of wills and how long it might take!) We will do this using both televised episodes and, where necessary, reconstructions of episodes that are missing. This web log will be used to chronicle our travels with the Doctor, looking at the show’s development, the characters who come and go, our views of the production and probably many other things along the way. Ketina and I invite you to follow us in our quest! Postings should be at a minimum of once weekly from the 23rd of November when we sit down on Doctor Who’s 45th birthday to watch “An Unearthly Child.” We may have to skip a few weeks, we may have multiple posts in a week, so keep checking back!

    Until next time, I remain