The Seven/Religion viewing/listening list

As revealed at the recording of our last live episode, Six/Clothes, here is your homework viewing for Seven/Religion, which will be recorded on July 14th at The Public Bar in Melbourne (full show details can be found here).

To discover the secrets of the Seventh Doctor, we recommend the following three television stories:

  • Remembrance of the Daleks
  • Ghost Light
  • Survival

We realise we’ve already recommended Ghost Light, for fear…but it’s so good! We had to double up. You may also like to watch Delta and the Bannermen to get the measure of Mel.

Since many of us feel that Sylv and Sophie were cut off in their prime, we’d also like to recommend some Seventh Doctor Big Finish audio adventures:

  • Colditz
  • A Thousand Tiny Wings
  • Magic Mousetrap
  • Live 34
  • Bang-Bang-a-Boom

We’re also exploring the theme of religion in Doctor Who, on which topic we reckon the following stories probably have the most interesting things to say:

  • The Aztecs (William Hartnell, 1963; four episodes)
  • The Daemons (Jon Pertwee, 1971; five episodes)
  • The Face of Evil (Tom Baker, 1977; four episodes)
  • Planet of Fire (Peter Davison, 1984; four episodes)
  • The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit (David Tennant, 2006; two episodes)

We’ve revised this list a little since the podcast, to avoid doubling up too much; other relevant stories include The Crusades and The Myth Makers (well, what you can find of them), and the previously recommended stories The Curse of Fenric (Sylvester McCoy, 1989; four episodes), and Gridlock (David Tennant, 2007; one episode). If you have any other suggestions, please share them in the comments below!


  1. Colin Russell says:

    A minor point of correction, guys – Planet of Fire was one of Peter Davison’s stories, not Tom Baker šŸ™‚

      • Colin Russell says:

        Further stories I suggest would be: The Massacre of St. Bartholomew’s Eve (if you can lay your hands on a copy of the soundtrack, it’s pretty hard to get hold of), The Curse of Peladon, Planet of the Spiders, Meglos, and The Fires of Pompeii.

        • Colin Russell says:

          If anyone wants to jump ahead and take a look at the 8th Doctor, (because some of the Big Finish audios aren’t that easy to get ahold of if you haven’t got them already) in addition to the movie, (of course) I recommend the Shada webcast, (Big Finish released it on CD) Sword of Orion, Time of the Daleks and Zagreus

  2. Mathew Guglielmi says:

    Excellent overview of the demise of the Seventh Doctor era and cancellation of the series on you tube

  3. Andrew Waddington says:

    Wow! What an interesting show that was: good luck reducing that down to an hour of podcast. As an atheist myself I had never really considered that theist’s would enjoy the show as much as I do. Or at least a theist from a Christian perspective. The countless references of evolution and a planet 4 plus billion years old to me put pay to any thought of a ‘creator’ making the world 7,000 years ago as some young earth creationists would have us believe. After all, the Doctor is a time traveller: [his first adventure involved cavemen] he could go back and watch dinosaurs [or kill them with Adric] and meet Jesus etc! New Who has explored the concept even more with No.10 actually watching the planet come together.
    But I ramble, forgive me please. My mother, a staunch christian, loved Who, (although she thoroughly disapproved of stories involving witchcraft: she banned the Target novelisation of The Daemons from the house!) and maybe now I can see why she did so after Sunday.
    A great topic and a great podcast: maybe worth a revisit with a slightly altered topic heading of Morals?
    P.S: I’ve already got the Ace Adventures so don’t worry about entering me in the vertual door prize chaps!

  4. Ignacio Ugarte says:

    Great show.Can’t believe i just discovered these podcasts in last 2 weeks. Needless to say I have been madly catching up with them. I had been aware of doctor who on ABBC all my life but didn’t really get into it until about 1991 when I inherited about two dozen target novelisations spanning all the doctors. As a 9-13yo I then became obsessed and utilised the libraries and ABC shops to back catalogue and track down all the classic episodes. Doctor Who for me was really about the novelisations and whatever repeats I could catch on ABS at the time, which were mainly Tom Baker and Peter Davison. I must say that MAcquarie Library, Sydney had an amazing collection of episodes on video which I used to borrow or watch in the library. As my experience was largely book driven, my doctor became Sylvester McCoy although I had never actuallly seen any of his episodes on television. The novelisations were rich and “more adult”. The back story on books like Curse of Fenric, Ghostlight and Rememberance of the Daleks convinced me that Doctor Who was not just for children, as I entered my early teens, and I became absolutely obsessed with the new adventures and Ace’s increasingly rich characterisation and development arc. When I managed to go back and watch the episodes aside from being ashamed and embarassed for most of 7’s first season I was not disappointed with the rest as the season’s got better and better. The new adventures are as much a part of DW and Syl McCoy’s doctor for me as the old episodes. As an aside I still remember the furore at the time in Doctor Who Magazine when Transit was released and it mentioned one of the main characters not being able to get the get the semen taste out of her mouth. Naughty Ben Aaronivitch!

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