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September 17th, 2012
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In Saturday’s episode the Doctor went to the Wild Wild West but A Town Called Mercy wasn’t his first Western outing.

For this week’s Remember when…, the Sheriff spotlight is on the First Doctor’s 1966 serial The Gunfighters – written by Donald Cotton and directed by Rex Tucker.

When the TARDIS arrived in Tombstone in 19th century US, the Doctor and his companions, Steven and Dodo, faced the wrath of reckless gunslinger Johnny Ringo.

Of course, a Western adventure wouldn’t be complete without a final shoot off, and so in keeping with tradition Johnny’s fate was ultimately sealed in a showdown at OK Corral…

Have you seen The Gunfighters? Share your memories of the classic serial right here…

September 10th, 2012
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Tissues at the ready for this week’s Remember when…, as we say a fond farewell to yet another Doctor.

Cast your mind’s back to January 2010 – the start of a new year saw the end of an era, as David Tennant’s incarnation of our beloved Time Lord regenerated in spectacular style on New Year’s Day. Over 12 million people tuned in for his final moments in The End of Time, Part Two, and we are pretty sure that all of us were blubbing into our cushions as he left our screens (but not our hearts) forever…

What are your memories of the historic episode? Share your thoughts in the comments…

Above – The end is nigh as the Tenth Doctor realises there’s nothing he can do this time.

Talkin’ ’bout regeneration? You’ll be pleased to hear there’s more where that came from!

September 3rd, 2012
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The Doctor will be facing Dinosaurs on a Spaceship this Saturday but it won’t be his first encounter of the prehistoric reptiles – it’s time to Remember when!

Back in 1974, the Third Doctor, played by Jon Pertwee, and his faithful companion Sarah Jane Smith found themselves caught up in an adventure of primeval proportions.

In the aptly named serial Invasion of the Dinosaurs, London was evacuated as the creatures returned from extinction.

But just who or what was behind their untimely return? See a classic clip from it below…

Post your memories and reviews of Invasion of the Dinosaurs in the comments section!

August 27th, 2012
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The Doctor returns to our screens this week in what looks set to be one of the biggest Dalek stories EVER, so it felt only fitting to dedicate this week’s Remember when… to those metal monsters in question.

Today we pose the question, do you remember when the Doctor battled the Daleks? “Which time!?” we hear you cry. Well… every time! The Skaro race have been a huge and important part of the show’s history and success – we want to hear your favourite memories of them, past and present!

The exterminating foes have pretty much been on our screens for as long as the Doctor himself. Introduced in the 1963 serial ‘The Daleks’ (the clue is in the title!), they’ve gone on to become one of the most iconic creations in British television history. With countless appearances, they are definitely the more persistent of foes, and let’s thank the Mighty Jagrafess they are, as they have given us some of the most memorable and dramatic scenes to date. What are your cherished Dalek highlights? There is plenty to pick from…

Above – Then & now: Daleks in 1963 (The Daleks) and 2010 (Victory of the Daleks).

We have seen gold ones, red ones and even the odd half-human one, but, whatever their paint job, their purpose has always remained the same – to ex-ter-min-aaaate their way to the ultimate victory. Which of the attempts sticks out in mind? Let us know!

August 20th, 2012
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We’re just over a year (459 days to be precise!) away from the big 50th anniversary, but for this week’s Remember when we travel back to what was another landmark year.

In November 1983, Doctor Who turned 20 years old, and to mark the occasion, the producers put together a celebratory (and feature-length – love a feature-length!) story, in which one Doctor, quite literally, became five. It was an adventure of epic proportions, as a mysterious figure defied the laws of time and space itself in order to kidnap the Five Doctors.

It was a meeting of minds as the Time Lords battled it out for dominance in the Death Zone (five Doctors – we can’t tell you what Captain Jack is thinking right now…), but just who was behind this cunning plan…? All the answers lay at the heart of Rassilon’s Tomb…

Share your personal memories of the 20th anniversary special in the comments below!

Above - The Five Doctors with companions Sarah Jane, Susan, K-9 and The Brigadier.

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August 13th, 2012
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The Doctor is no stranger to, well… strangers, and after nine centuries of time and space travel, we bet his address book is bigger on the inside – just think of all the Christmas cards he has to write too!

Once in a while though someone comes along who manages to capture both of his hearts. The Doctor needs a best friend by his side (we have all seen what happens when he travels alone…), and in 1971, that responsibility was handed over to Jo Grant, the star of this week’s Remember when.

The Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee) first encountered UNIT’s junior civilian operative when he found himself stranded on Earth in Terror of the Autons. Assigned in the coveted role of his new assistant, the Doctor was initially reluctant to allow her onboard the TARDIS – but Jo had other ideas. Together they went on to encounter giant maggots, dæmons, the odd time-eating monster and even the Master to boot, so nobody could blame her when she decided to call it a day in 1973, but see the moment her life changed forever below!

In 2010 she met the Eleventh Doctor when she starred in The Sarah Jane Adventures.

August 6th, 2012
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It’s Monday *ahem* and for this week’s Remember when, we pass the torch (unrelated Olympics pun – just ’cause!) to River Song, that enigmatic “queen of mischief” whose life makes about as much sense as the Doctor’s wardrobe.

As we know all too well, River’s never been one to do things by halves, so if she is gonna get rescued, she is gonna do it in style, no? Well, she did just that in The Time of Angels, when she sent the Doctor an intergalactic message to make sure he was in the right place at the right time. Inspired!

It resulted in one of the most epic rescue’s in the show’s history, made more impressive by the fact she is safe in the TARDIS before the opening titles have even rolled! Relive the moment below – and you might want to find something to hang on to for this one…

And that’s not all River’s been up to in recent years – remember this historic moment…?

Get nostalgic and relive an iconic Doctor Who moment with us every Monday!

July 30th, 2012
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It’s just another manic Monday, another Remember when, and another regeneration!

This week, the Third Doctor takes the limelight, as we relive his heartbreaking final moments in the 1974 serial, Planet of the Spiders. After defeating the Spider Queen and vanishing in the TARDIS, the Doctor was nowhere to be seen, and his faithful companion Sarah Jane never thought she’d see her best friend again. Disappearing acts have the Doctor’s name all over them though – just ask Amy Pond that!

Of course our beloved Time Lord’s always got a surprise or two up his sleeve (that’s why we love him!), and three weeks later Sarah Jane and the Brigadier heard that beautiful sound of the materialising TARDIS once more. But out of it stumbled a weak Doctor. His time was up yet again and he transformed before their very eyes. “A tear, Sarah Jane?”

Talkin’ ’bout regeneration? There’s plenty more where that came from! Take a trip in the TARDIS to commemorate the final moments of the First and Fourth Doctors – allons-y!

July 23rd, 2012
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You can always rely on the Doctor to come charging to your aid*, and for this week’s Remember when… we’re reliving one of his most epic rescues to date.

It was Christmas Day 2006 and fans across the land (nearly 10 million of us to be precise!) were cuddled up away from the winter weather to share in the festivities with Donna, who we then knew as The Runaway Bride. ‘Tis the season for a thrilling car chase, and that year – like Santa Claus – Russell T Davies definitely delivered!

When Donna hopped in that taxi who would’ve thought that its driver was in fact a robot minion of the Empress of Racnoss’ sinister plan to take over the planet!? As they raced down the motorway, time was running out, and there was one thing for the Doctor to do.

Pretty epic eh!? Do you remember seeing it? Share your memories and follow that car…

* Unless he has been trapped in the Pandorica/lost the TARDIS/forgotten who he is, etc.

July 16th, 2012
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It’s just another manic Monday – and the Doctor’s given us his keys to the TARDIS for our weekly visit to the past!

For our latest Remember when…, we’re journeying back to 1981. A new decade had only just begun, but this year holds significance for Doctor Who fans because it marked the end of an epic era – on 21st March, another one bit the dust! As the Doctor’s fourth incarnation fell to his death from the top off a telescope dish, Tom Baker’s record-breaking tenure in the TARDIS reached its climax.

As always in Doctor Who, though, the ending was just the beginning, and in came Peter Davison as No. 5, in all his celery and cricket loving glory! But that’s for another week…

Were you around to see the Fourth Doctor’s final breath? Share your memories below…

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