Primary Stories

Canon is a tricky word where Doctor Who is concerned.  Unlike shows like Babylon 5 or series like Star Wars, Doctor Who was created at a time when television wasn’t concerned with continuity or mythology.  At most, you may get a reference to previous episodes, but before the advent of VCRs, people really weren’t going to re-watch all those old episodes.  Why reference the Meddling Monk in 1970 when he hasn’t been seen since the Hartnell era.  Likewise, if a reference was made, and it contradicted the actual episode, who would have called the writers on it?  Thus, Doctor Who continuity is a bit . . . loose.  The Time Lords are at once god-like beings of unimaginable power and stuffy old bureaucrats playing political games with the cosmos.  The Doctor is a Time Lord, an exile, half-human, or a reincarnated Gallifreyan god.  Each viewer of Doctor Who chooses his or her own mythology and tends to like what affirms it and dislike what contradicts it.  This gives Doctor Who wide appeal and longevity, but also makes it a bit irritating because at this point just about any story will contradict what has come before.  In the series five episode The Big Bang, Steven Moffat attempted an in-universe explanation of the continuity errors by having The Big Bang 2 where the universe was reset.  Essentially, if you don’t like what has come before, ignore it.  We have a new universe now.  My personal explanation for the contradictions is that as an interfering Time Lord (and we’re talking about the god-like Time Lords from the Hartnell and Troughton eras), whenever The Doctor regenerates his timeline also alters.  His entire life is recreated each time his body renews.  Ultimately, though, it doesn’t matter.  So long as each era of Who is consistent with itself, I am happy.  Each showrunner sets his or her own rules for how time and the universe works.  Thus, the past cannot be altered, not one line, and time can be rewritten.

All this to say that I consider Doctor Who to have a primary and secondary canon.  The primary canon is the TV show, both old and new (even when it irritates me).  The secondary canon contains Big Finish, the novels, and all other audio productions.  I don’t count short stories or comics because there is a limit to the flexibility of my finances and they just don’t fit.  These pages (Primary and Secondary Canon) will be the archives of the reviews I have done.  They will be organized by Doctor in approximate in-universe order as determined by The Doctor Who Reference Guide.

First Season

An Unearthly Child
The Daleks
Edge of Destruction
Marco Polo
The Keys of Marinus
The Aztecs
The Sensorites
The Reign of Terror

Second Season

Planet of Giants
The Dalek Invasion of Earth
The Rescue
The Romans
The Web Planet
The Crusade
The Space Museum
The Chase
The Time Meddler

Third Season

Galaxy Four
Mission to the Unknown
The Myth Makers
The Daleks’ Master Plan
The Massacre of St. Bartholomew’s Eve
The Ark
The Celestial Toymaker
The Gunfighters
The Savages
The War Machines

Fourth Season

The Smugglers
The Tenth Planet
The Power of the Daleks
The Highlanders
The Underwater Menace
The Moonbase
The Macra Terror
The Faceless Ones
Evil of the Daleks

Fifth Season

Tomb of the Cybermen
The Abominable Snowmen
The Ice Warriors
The Enemy of the World
The Web of Fear
Fury from the Deep
The Wheel in Space

Sixth Season

The Dominators
The Mind Robber
The Invasion
The Krotons
The Seeds of Death
The Space Pirates
The War Games

Seventh Season

Spearhead from Space
The Silurians
The Ambassadors of Death

Eighth Season

Terror of the Autons
The Mind of Evil
The Claws of Axos
Colony in Space
The Daemons

Ninth Season

Day of the Daleks
The Curse of Peladon
The Sea Devils
The Mutants
The Time Monster

Tenth Season

The Three Doctors
Carnival of Monsters

Frontier in Space
Planet of the Daleks
The Green Death

Eleventh Season

The Time Warrior
Invasion of the Dinosaur
Death to the Daleks
The Monster of Peladon
Planet of the Spiders

Twelfth Season

The Ark in Space
The Sontaran Experiment
Genesis of the Daleks
Revenge of the Cybermen

Thirteenth Season

Terror of the Zygons
Planet of Evil
Pyramid of Mars
The Android Invasion
The Brain of Morbius
The Seeds of Doom

Fourteenth Season

The Masque of Mandragora
The Hand of Fear
The Deadly Assassin
The Face of Evil
The Robots of Death
The Talons of Weng-Chiang

Fifteenth Season

Horror of Fang Rock
The Invisible Enemy
Image of the Fendahl
The Sun Makers
The Invasion of Time

Sixteenth Season

The Ribos Operation
The Pirate Planet
The Stones of Blood
The Androids of Tara
The Power of Kroll
The Armageddon Factor

Seventeenth Season

Destiny of the Daleks
City of Death
The Creature from the Pit
Nightmare of Eden
The Horns of Nimon

Eighteenth Season

The Leisure Hive
Full Circle
State of Decay
Warriors’ Gate
The Keeper of Traken

Nineteenth Season

Four to Doomsday
The Visitation
Black Orchid

Twentieth Season

Arc of Infinity
Mawdryn Undead
The King’s Demons

The Five Doctors

Twenty-First Season

Warriors of the Deep
The Awakening
Resurrection of the Daleks
Planet of Fire
The Caves of Androzani
The Twin Dilemma

Twenty-Second Season

Attack of the Cybermen
Vengeance on Varos
The Mark of the Rani
The Two Doctors
Revelation of the Daleks

Twenty-Third Season

The Mysterious Planet
Terror of the Vervoids
The Ultimate Foe

Twenty-Fourth Season

Time and the Rani
Paradise Towers
Delta and the Bannermen

Twenty-Fifth Season

Remembrance of the Daleks
The Happiness Patrol
Silver Nemesis
The Greatest Show in the Galaxy

Twenty-Sixth Season

Ghost Light
The Curse of Fenric

The TV Movie

Cymru Who

Series One

The End of the World
The Unquiet Dead
Aliens of London/World War Three
The Long Game
Father’s Day
The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances
Boom Town
Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways

Series Two

The Christmas Invasion
New Earth
Tooth and Claw
School Reunion
The Girl in the Fireplace
Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel
The Idiot’s Lantern
The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit
Love & Monsters
Fear Her
Army of Ghosts/Doomsday

Series Three

The Runaway Bride
Smith and Jones
The Shakespeare Code
Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks
The Lazarus Experiment
Human Nature/The Family of Blood
The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords

Series Four

Voyage of the Damned
Partners in Crime
The Fires of Pompeii
Planet of the Ood
The Sontaran Stratagem/The Poison Sky
The Doctor’s Daughter
The Unicorn and the Wasp
Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead
Turn Left
The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End

The Next Doctor
Planet of the Dead
The Waters of Mars
The End of Time

Series Five

The Eleventh Hour
The Beast Below
Victory of the Daleks
Time of the Angels
Flesh and Stone
Vampires of Venice
Amy’s Choice
The Hungry Earth
Cold Blood
Vincent and The Doctor
The Lodger
The Pandorica Opens
The Big Bang

A Christmas Carol

Series Six

The Impossible Astronaut
Day of the Moon
The Curse of the Black Spot
The Doctor’s Wife
The Rebel Flesh
The Almost People
A Good Man Goes to War
Let’s Kill Hitler
Night Terrors
The Girl Who Waited
The God Complex
Closing Time
The Wedding of River Song

The Doctor, The Widow, and The Wardrobe

Series Seven

Asylum of the Daleks
Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
A Town Called Mercy
The Power of Three
The Angels Take Manhattan
The Snowmen
The Bells of St. John
The Rings of Akhaten
Cold War
Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS
The Crimson Horror
Nightmare in Silver
The Name of the Doctor


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