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Seven classic ‘Doctor Who’ stories to watch before the Time Lord returns

'Doctor Who’ has a lot of old stories to rediscover. So if you’re jonesing for the Doctor, why not dive into these classic episodes?

Seven classic ‘Doctor Who’ stories to watch before the Time Lord returns

Fans of Doctor Who are eagerly awaiting the show’s return next year, with Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch) taking over as our favorite Time Lord. With no fresh adventures to discuss, time will be going very slowly. The good news is that Doctor Who’s been around long enough to have a lot of old stories to rediscover. So if you’re jonesing for the Doctor, why not dive into these classic episodes?

 

Remembrance of the Daleks

The Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and baseball bat-swinging Ace (Sophie Aldred) take on the perennial alien menace in this 1988 action blockbuster in which the Daleks arrive in 60s London in search of an ancient doomsday device.

 

Vengeance on Varos

Stranded on a planet run by violent reality TV, this story is a highlight of the much-maligned Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker) era. The main villain is an evil slug man. Need we say more?

 

Earthshock

A taut thriller where the peaceable Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison) must escape a spaceship hijacked by recurring bad guys, the Cybermen. The “shock” of the title is a jaw-dropping twist ending.

 

City of Death

The iconic Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) battles a spaghetti-faced alien in an adventure involving a fake Mona Lisa and the creation of life on Earth. Written by Douglas Adams (Dirk Gently).

 

The Claws of Axos

A visitation by seemingly benevolent aliens offering a gift that seems too good to be true. Classic Earthbound action starring the Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee).

 

The Tomb of the Cybermen

Sinister archeologists uncover the frozen hive of the Cybermen, and it’s up to the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton) to stop its thaw.

 

An Unearthly Child

The eerie pilot episode introducing the anti-heroic First Doctor (William Hartnell). The scenes with the cavemen are alright.

With over 150 stories to discover, the classic Doctor Who is just as exciting as its newer regeneration. Allons-y!

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Isaac Hart is an screenwriting graduate, so works part time as a balloon salesman. He knows every Doctor Who story off by heart, is an amateur historian and once got sucked up a pipe in Turkey. Currently working on proposals for four different TV shows, all of which seemed like good ideas at the time.

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