Monday November 19thEnglish: Metropolitan Police - inspired by a visit from a policeman, who impresses upon us how very, very good the police are at catching criminals. This may have been part of West Yorkshire Police’s huge campaign to flush out the Yorkshire Ripper. Afterwards, I pair up with Andrew Wall in a disastrous attempt to make plastercasts of our footprints. This is the last piece I write in my English book during my first term.
Saturday November 24thDoctor Who: Nightmare of Eden - Part OneNightmare of Eden is a great little Doctor Who story. It’s silly in places and suffers from the same lack of budget the rest of the show suffers from, but it’s full of great ideas and crackles with an energy the other stories around it don’t quite have. On transmission however, I remember this being a bit of a milestone in terms of how dissatisfied I was with the show as a whole. My Dad had been wearing me down for a while. Maybe because he didn’t want to keep spending money on Doctor Who books and Doctor Who comics, I don’t know. But he thought (not without good reason) Doctor Who was a bit rubbish really, a bit embarrassing. Especially when you compared it with something like Star Wars, which had been made with a much higher budget and much better special effects. And actors with American accents, which sounded much more realistic in space. Or maybe even Blake’s 7, which was still British and piss-poor for cash, but a bit more grown-up, with people who occasionally snogged, and other stuff that adults liked. Doctor Who was just a kids show basically, and I was eight years old now. I should be growing out of stuff like that. But this week, Dad was mad keen to watch it, because he’d heard (I think from some DJ on Radio 1) that this week’s cliffhanger was hilarious. And sure enough, when the monster (a Mandrel) came bursting through a hole in a wall at the end of the episode, we all burst into laughter at how ridiculous it looked. I had to admit, for once, that my Dad was right. Doctor Who was indeed rubbish, and I really should start growing out of it as soon as possible. Pity I didn’t understand all the drug references or I might have felt differently. I still continued to watch it every week. For now.2000 AD Prog 141The Professionals: The Madness of Mickey Hamilton
Thursday November 22ndDoctor Who Weekly No 7Star Wars Weekly No 92 features an ad for Action Man and Rolf Harris’ “new electronic stylophone” (plus Rolf’s Magic Brush Set!)Top of the Pops - another one that’s difficult to find, presented by Dave Lee Travis. From this playlist it looks like there may not have been many newly-filmed clips this week. Except maybe this one by The Pretenders?
7.30 pm: The cast and crew working on the Doctor Who story Shada return from lunch to find the studio locked, owing to a strike called by the Association of Broadcasting and Allied Staffs (ABS). Unable to complete the recording block they had just prepared for, they continue rehearsal for the next two weeks, hoping to catch up in December. Other programmes like Top of the Pops are also affected (its shows this week and next feature no new studio recording). The strike is resolved by the end of the month, but on November 30, BBC management decide to reallocate Doctor Who’s studio time to other shows they prefer instead. As a result, Shada is never finished.