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2013 Movie List

Sometime in August 2013, I decided to add a "Date Watched" column to my movie database, thus allowing me to at least list what I have watched each year, by year.  Obviously this list only goes back as far as August... :-)

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Barbara Wright

Barbara Wright (Jacqueline Hill) was Susan Foreman's history teacher at the Coal Hill School; along with Ian Chesterton she followed Susan back to the junkyard in which she was living, and encountered the Doctor.  When, concerned for their student, they forced themselves into the TARDIS, they were essentially abducted by the Doctor.

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Ian Chesterton

Ian Chesterton (William Russell) was Susan Foreman's science teacher at the Coal Hill School; along with Barbara Wright he followed Susan back to the junkyard in which she was living, and encountered the Doctor.  When, concerned for their student, they forced themselves into the TARDIS, they were essentially abducted by the Doctor.

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The First Doctor

When the world was first introduced to "The Doctor" (William Hartnell), the idea that he might one day be known as the First Doctor was several years in the future.  He is presented as an irascible but brilliant old man, wily and determined, perhaps content to settle down on Earth in the obscurity of an old junkyard, until his granddaughter's wish to attend a local school attracts unwanted attention and he is forced to once more flee into the unknown.

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Marco Polo

Doctor Who: Marco Polo (1964)

  • The Roof of the World
  • The Singing Sands
  • Five Hundred Eyes
  • The Wall of Lies
  • Rider From Shang-Tu
  • Mighty Kublai Khan
  • Assassin at Peking

It is a good time to be a Doctor Who fan.  The 50th Anniversary is little more than a month away.  The final complete story was recently released on DVD -- or at least, it was the final complete story before the recent discovery of two entire stories in a film vault in Nigeria (now due for release on disc next year, or now on iTunes for those who prefer their video downloaded!)  And there are promising indications, with the recent release of one partially-lost story, and the upcoming release of another, that the BBC may intend to animate all missing episodes!

Speaking of missing episodes, Marco Polo is entirely missing; not a known skerrick exists anywhere.  (As such, and as the longest missing story, there's a chance the BBC won't be getting around to animating it any time soon!)  However, while the video may be lost, the audio for all missing episodes has been pieced together and restored; these stories have been released in Audio format, with narration filling in the necessary gaps in the action.  I admit, despite my love of the Big Finish audio plays, I had my doubts about these restored audio episodes, but since I do want to work my way through every Doctor Who story out there (in order) I've finally had to bite the bullet and tackle this one.

And I'm glad I did.  It was great!

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