The One/Authority (retroactive) viewing list

Hi all! Only a couple of days to go before our first live show episode becomes available – and so we’re getting in just in time to give you a list of viewing for the First Doctor and the theme of Authority, as requested by a few people on our Facebook page. (We’re nothing if not responsive to your suggestions.)

For the First Doctor, we’d suggest the following three stories for a taste:

  • An Unearthly Child (though we won’t mind too much if you skip the last three episodes, aka “Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Cavemen!”)
  • The Time Meddler
  • The War Machines

As an extra post-recording bonus, you may also wish to watch the stories we most talk about: The AztecsThe Keys of Marinus, The Romans and The Gunfighters. Oh, and special extra credit for watching The Tenth Planet – though if you have a copy of that final episode, please do share it with the world, won’t you?

For the theme of “Authority”, our five picks are:

  • Day Of The Daleks (Jon Pertwee, 1972)
  • Genesis Of The Daleks (Tom Baker, 1975)
  • Snakedance (Peter Davison, 1983)
  • The Waters Of Mars (David Tennant, 2009)
  • The Pandorica Opens (Matt Smith, 2010)

Keeping these lists to just five is killing us, but really, we can’t ask you to watch more than that. Let us know what other stories you think fit the theme in the comments!


  1. A. Pedant says:

    I don’t wish to be a pedant, but I think you’ll find the correct title is “Doctor Who In An Exciting Adventure With THE Cavemen”. I remember having the book as a child, as well as the Louis Marx Cavemen and the Cavemen Give-A-Show Projector.

    • Ben says:

      Thanks for the correction, A! I shall amend the post. We can always rely on well-informed fans like yourself to help us fix any errors…

      • A. Pedant says:

        My mother was meant to buy me the Cavemen PVC Playsuit for Christmas but – tragically – on Christmas Eve she burnt the factory to the ground.

        She was a lovely woman, but a life-long arsonist.

  2. Daniel says:

    As a responsible adult who has recently seen The Gunslingers, it behoves me to warn potential viewers that it has THE MOST ANNOYING SONG EVER in it. And that f*cking thing just keeps coming back, episode after episode, until you wish you could scoop your own brain out with a bent fishknife. Other than that, enjoy!

    • Ben says:

      So what you’re saying, Daniel, is that you’d love for us to include a cover of “The Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon” in a future podcast episode? Do I have that right?

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