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  • An explanation of absence, and a couple of news bits

    Hello everyone, the Historian here. My apologies for our absence last week, and apologies in advance for this week. I’ve had what I will euphemistically refer to as a “family emergency” and have been called out of town. I assure you, though, that (barring the unforeseen) we will be back on 6 February with episode 4 of “The Space Pirates.” Lord help us all.

    And now, two news notes.

    Unfortunately, Barry Ingham has passed away. We’ve “seen” him as Paris in “The Myth Makers”, and actually saw him as the Thal leader, Alydon, in the Aaru movie of Doctor Who and the Daleks.

    A bit of very good news to follow the very bad–it’s been reported (I certainly haven’t heard it yet) that part of William Hartnell’s 1965 “Desert Island Discs” interview has been found! This would be one of the few interviews with Hartnell, during his time as the Doctor, to exist! I cannot wait to hear it!

    Once again, I apologize for the “radio” silence. As I said above, we will be back with a new episode on 6 February. Until then, I remain


  • RIP Derek Martinus

    Hello all, the Historian here. I’ve just returned from the first day of the Emerald City Comic Convention and seen the sad news that Derek Martinus has died at the age of 82. Martinus directed a good number of the stories we’ve seen in the Project, although we were sadly only to get a general idea of his direction as many of his episodes are currently missing. His Doctor Who stories were:

    Galaxy Four
    Mission to the Unknown
    The Tenth Planet
    Evil of the Daleks
    The Ice Warriors

    And Jon Pertwee’s first story, Spearhead From Space, which falls just outside the range of the Project.

    We salute Mr. Martinus’ work and thank him for the hours of enjoyment he gave Doctor Who fans. Rest in peace, sir.

  • RIP Christoper Barry

    Hello everyone, the Historian here, with some sad news. One of the great directors of Doctor Who’s first fifteen years or so, Christopher Barry, has passed away. He was 88.

    Barry’s directoral career was large and long, and he directed at least one story for each of the first four Doctors. Of the stories that form part of the TARDIS Project, Barry directed about two-thirds of The Daleks (no, he was not responsible for “The Ordeal”), The Rescue, The Romans, The Savages (all for William Hartnell’s Doctor) and Patrick Troughton’s first story, The Power of the Daleks (for which there isn’t yet a wrapup post). He also directed the Jon Pertwee classic The Daemons…and the less classic The Mutants. For Tom Baker, he directed Robot (Tom’s first story), The Brain of Morbius and The Creature From the Pit.

    More than all of that, though, Christopher Barry was reported to be a real gentleman. And he became a familiar face and voice on Doctor Who DVDs, appearing in numerous documentaries and recording commentaries.

    Another of the greats who contributed to the most classic of the “Classic Series” is gone. The TARDIS Project salutes Christopher Barry. Our best to his family and friends.


  • And we are LIVE!

    We are now all caught up with our backlog of old discussions. The Wheel in Space part3 was posted immediately after we finished the discussion. Please enjoy!

    NOTE FROM THE HISTORIAN: Just wanted to let everyone know that the Celestial Toymaker wrapup post is up! Follow the link to check it out!
    And The Gunfighters wrapup! I’m on a roll!
    And The Savages! When will I stop! (Hint: Probably nowish, as I have to go back to work tomorrow. But more to come!)

  • Wrapup — The Celestial Toymaker


    Hello everyone, the Historian here. At this point I am one full story behind where the Project actually is, but I hope to catch up soon! For now, let’s talk about one of Doctor Who’s early experiments.
    I have to admit, I was surprised by how much disagreement and disapproval this story provoked among Project members.


    And that’s where I left things back in 2011, when the first iteration of this blog kind of ground to a halt. Ketina has gone over the whys and wherefores elsewhere, but briefly, writing the summaries and the pressure I was putting on myself got the better of me. I kept falling further behind, and the further behind I got, the harder it became to get myself going again…and two years got away from me. As I type this, we are about to finish the fifth season (one to go!), and the old blogspot website has lain fallow. Then, last year, Ketina decided to take matters into her own hands and here we are! She is posting our discussions and I plan/hope to add wrapup posts for stories and (I hope!) seasons. Eventually, if I get very industrious, I may even add some summaries!
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  • RIP Roy Skelton

    Hello all, the Historian here. Yes, I know this isn’t the post you might have been expecting (I’ll catch up soon! I promise!), but I wanted to note the sad passing of actor Roy Skelton, one of the not-sung-enough heroes of Doctor Who. He was the voice of the Daleks from 1967 until 1988 as well as voicing the Cybermen and multitudes of other creatures and appearing on-screen in the Third Doctor’s final adventure, “Planet of the Spiders.” As an odd coincidence, the TARDIS Project will be watching Skelton’s first work for the show this week (and I will hopefully catch up on things and blog about it by next week).

    Here’s a nice obituary of Mr. Skelton from the Doctor Who News Page. (Warning: mild spoiler for the current TP story buried in there.)

    RIP Mr. Skelton. Thanks for making so many monsters as scary and believable as they can be.


  • 2 – The Plague

    Hello everyone, the Historian finally here. Let me, first and foremost, apologize deeply for the huge delay between posts. I have plenty of excuses, but none of that matters. I can only say that I will try to be more prompt in the future. Getting “meta” for a moment, I can say that what has been tripping me up has been the high level of detail in my summaries–they do take a lot out of me! The solution I’ve come up with, to try and catch people up with the discussions (which are actually the point of this whole thing) is to do a summary in a few sentences for now. I may go back later and insert longer summaries later. I will also include links to the episode transcripts that have helped me get the level of detail lately. Again, I apologize to our readers and the Project members.

    Now, several weeks ago I was joined by Ketina, Ronelyn, Schmallturm, Spoo, MisterMother, Photobug and Cz to watch another episode aboard the ship to Refusis II. Let’s get to the summary!
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  • Late Post

    Hello everyone, the Historian here. As you can obviously tell, last week’s post is kind of late. Immediately before watching the episode, I was felled with what can only be described as a terrible cold that only got worse over the next few days. I’m finally seeing daylight at the other side of the tunnel, so I’ll get to work on the summary soon.

    The only vaguely positive note is that last week’s post was going to announce that we’d be taking a week off this week, due to personal commitments of core Project personnel. (It’s someone’s tenth anniversary, congrats you two!) But now, you’ll get a post anyway! Sure, it’ll be last week’s post, but…

    So yes. “The Sea Beggar” will be coming soon, I promise. Until then, I remain


  • No post this week

    Various illnesses have felled various Project members, enough that I decided I had to cancel tonight’s episode. Sorry folks. We’ll be back next week with the first episode of our new story. Until then, I remain


  • The TARDIS Project lands in the Emerald City!

    For any readers in the Seattle area, Project members Ketina, Ronelyn, (maybe) Cz and I will be at the Emerald City Comicon this Saturday, March 5th. We’ll be wandering the floor, together or separately, probably for most of the day. I’ve no idea what I’ll be wearing, but Ketina tells me you can just “look for a woman with long purple hair in a Doctor Who t-shirt. Seriously, how many of those can there be a convention?” We should have TARDIS Project business cards (no idea how many, though!) to hand out to all and sundry…or simply sundry, depending on how long they last. You can ask us about the blog, give us feedback or just talk Doctor Who in person–how exciting!

    Hope to see a few of you there! And look for the new “Daleks’ Master Plan” episode post this weekend as well!