Light ‘Em If You Got ‘Em: The Sweet Cadet Cigarette Cards

Remember candy cigarettes? Now they’re as dead as Dodos, disco and Jimmy Saville reruns of ‘Top of the Pops’, but in the 60s and 70s they were as commonplace as lollipops. Hell, even the Daleks sold them! In mid-1964 Cavenham Confectionery marketed a brand of their sweet cigarettes with ‘Doctor Who’. The product, originally titled …

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They Grow Up So Fast: ‘Planet of Giants’

Suitably for a leftover story from Season One’s production block, ‘Planet of Giants’ is one last outing for the dynamics of that season’s core team, though not without some interesting developments. The Doctor and Ian end up in a rather complex emotional triangle with Barbara, but unlike Sir Phillip of Sandifer, I don’t think it’s …

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Fast Return: Wrapping Up Season One

Oh, season one! Where do I begin? Everyone’s so fresh faced and eager and it’s all so elegantly brilliant…and simple. The Doctor and crew are just at the very beginning of one extraordinary long journey. Ian and Barbara are no closer to their time period on Earth, Susan has yet to properly gain her agency …

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‘Enslave Them!’: The Dalek Book

Something remarkable came out on September 30th, 1964. Between the airing of the last episode of 'The Reign of Terror’ and the first of 'Planet of Giants', ‘The Dalek Book’ was first published. With it came the first piece of original ‘Doctor Who’ fiction that was not an episode of television. Thus the show’s expanded …

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The Strange Experiment of Victoria Waterfield

 Here at The Casual Nexus we're to proud to present this fabulous 'Pull to Open' essay written by Heather McHale that celebrates Victoria Waterfield (as played by Deborah Watling ) for the character's 50th Anniversary. Enjoy! “Every time we go anywhere, something awful happens.” Imagine this: you are picked up by the Doctor. You, personally.  …

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Doctor Who: Series 10, Episode 12 – ‘The Doctor Falls’ Review

NO, those aren’t tears running down my face. It’s just hope; lots of wet, sloppy hope.  I was fully prepared to be disappointed with this episode. Most Moffat two-parters never live up to their first installment. Last series’ one-two punch of ‘Heaven Sent/Hell Bent’ is a prime example of this. However, ‘The Doctor Falls’ manages …

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Doctor Who: Series 10, Episode 10 & 11 – ‘The Eaters of the Light’ & ‘World Enough and Time’ Review

Phew! That title’s a mouthful!  Apologies for the excruciatingly late reviews of these last two episodes, but some events in my personal life have put a halt to any writing until now. So, I shall endeavour to do a two-for-one review here… THE EATERS OF THE LIGHT There was a lot of expectation coming into …

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Clara Oswald: The Not-So-Impossible Girl

Guest writer Paul Driscoll tackles one of the most recent and complex companions for this week's 'Pull to Open'.  Despite being one of the longest serving Doctor Who companions, Clara Oswald is surely the most divisive. She has her passionate fans, helped by the limitless fanfic potential of her splinters across the Doctor’s timeline, but …

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