Trick ‘r Treat: The Kandyman Kometh

Our fearless reporter Stephen Webb investigates the things that go bump in the night and could quite possibly rot your teeth. Enjoy this very special 'Pull to Open' essay in the last part of our 'Science Fiction Double Feature'... He lurks not only in underground urban kitchens, but also behind the bushes right outside of …

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Making International Electromatics Great Again!: The Tobias Vaughn Story

The first 'Pull to Open' for tonight's 'Science Fiction Double Feature' is a Stone(y) cold classic of a villain and the essay by Steve Hatcher isn't too bad either! Enjoy! Of course it’s ridiculous, isn’t it? Who can really imagine a situation in which a powerful and immensely rich business mogul, whose character traits include …

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The Funhouse Reflection of a Good Man: Davros

Kicking off our month of 'Pull to Open' essays on some of 'Doctor Who's baddest (and best) villains is Don Klees' look at Davros throughout the show's history onscreen and off. Enjoy! As the Doctor once observed (with a bit of help from writer Ben Aaronovitch), "You can always judge a man by the quality …

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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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