Just before Christmas, my 15yo son suggested we go through a total rewatch of the show from the very beginning, including reconstructed episodes. While I've seen every episode before (and most multiple times) I think this is the first time that I've ever actually watched the entire show in order. We've just finished season 2 and I thought I'd share my thoughts so far, both general and episode specific. General Thoughts There's a lot more continuity than I remembered. Past adventures are frequently mentioned, and with the format of individual episode titles, the final episode of one story often leading directly into the next. The TARDIS exterior is a lot more shabby than it is now. It looks old and beat up. The special effects and make up are atrocious by today's standards, but given the era and budget they did a pretty good job. My son often laughs at some of the effects but he understands that these episodes are (in his terms) "ancient" and were probably considered cutting edge in their day. Episode Specific Thoughts 100,000 BC - I generally treat this as two stories. The opening episode "An Unearthly Child" provides an introduction to the 5 main characters (The Doctor, Susan, Ian, Barbara, and the TARDIS) and sets the scene for an interesting show. The remaining 3 episodes are a bit of a let down after the opening, but set the tone for the show. The Daleks - an excellent introduction to the series' main monster. Probably a bit long at 7 episodes, but it never really drags at any point. We get to know Ian and Barbara a lot better and see their relationship begin to develop (it never really develops fully as it would today, but I guess in that era, chaste friendship was as much as we could hope for). The Edge of Destruction - a pretty weird episode that doesn't really go anywhere much, but again builds the characters and introduces the idea (that doesn't really go anywhere for a long time) that the TARDIS is alive. Marco Polo - this one really tested me. With no remaining footage and just still images, this story dragged on for what seemed like forever. Almost nothing really happens except a lot of moving from one place to another. The pictures suggest that this story must have looked great, but it's pacing really was a struggle to get through. The Keys of Marinus - An interesting concept that must have pushed the show's budget to it's limit. The general idea of 6 episode stories was to limit the number of sets that needed to be built, and this one required new sets for pretty much every episode. It also provided the very first "Doctor lite" episodes as the Doctor gets written out for a couple of episodes. In the end the story really goes nowhere as they spend 6 episodes collecting keys for the machine, only to destroy the machine at the end rendering their work useless. The Aztecs - perhaps the pinnacle of the historical episodes, this story both looks great and is well paced. A real opportunity for Barbara to shine as a character, cementing her (in my opinion) as one of the best all time companions. The Sensorites - a bit of a strange story and quite slow in places. A lot happens that is never really explained. And the idea of a species evolving that has no way to distinguish individual members aside from clothing is fairly laughable. The Reign of Terror - a great story that entertains the whole way through. Planet of Giants - an intriguing concept that would make great viewing with modern technology. The effects on this story have dated poorly. The dead insects and worm look OK, but anytime the main characters have to interact with the giant sized world it's very clear. The scene where Ian sees the dead body and is obviously staring at a wall with an image being projected onto it had both me and my son laughing out loud. But this episode showed that the producers weren't afraid to step outside the box and try new things. The Dalek Invasion of Earth - The best Dalek story of the first Doctor's era, in my opinion. With only the individual episode titles, the cliffhanger with the Dalek emerging from the Thames must have had the audience at the time on the edge of their seats. Every character has a chance to shine and the story nicely fills out it's six episode length without any pacing issues at all. And the Doctor's speech at the end stands the test of time as one of the great Doctor speeches. The Rescue - A bit of a pointless story really, only existing to introduce Vicky. Bennet's scheme really doesn't make a lot of sense and it's never really explained how the aliens survived or what they're doing. The Romans - a fun romp (albeit making light of some fairly serious issues). The scenes where Barbara and the Doctor are walking around Nero's palace just missing each other had my son tearing his hair out at the sheer absurdity of it all. Great for entertainment value as long as you don't think too hard about it all. The Web Planet - possibly the story that has suffered most from dated special effects. This was a brave attempt to show a truly alien planet, with no human (or humanoid) species. The ways in which the show attempted to make things look alien, blurred lenses to show alien atmosphere (dance movements for the Menoptra, alien ways of talking/thinking) really did a good job with the technology and budget available. If this story were remade with modern effects, it would be a truly terrifying episode. The Crusade - a great story and (perhaps surprisingly for it's era) one that shows both sides with both good and bad people. There's no attempt to show one side as the good or bad guys, just individual bad guys on both sides. The Space Museum - the first episode is great, once again trying something new. The idea of skipping a time track is truly intriguing and sets up a great story. Unfortunately it's doesn't really hold up over the full story, devolving into more of a standard runaround. The Chase - A fun story. The Daleks developing time travel (and dimensional transcendence) puts their technology on par with the Doctor and seeing them turn up in a variety of locations is fun. The ending with Barbara and Ian leaving is sad, but the introduction of Steven is great. On a side note I spent most of the night wondering where I'd heard the voice effect of the Mechanoids before. At around 3:30am I remembered that it was the same type of voice effect used by Leia's bounty hunter disguise in Return of the Jedi. The Time Meddler - The first time we meet another Time Lord (although we don't know them by that name yet). A bit of a silly plot but the Doctor's interactions with the Monk are a joy to watch. And Steven and Vicky are sadly relegated to a side plot of getting in and out of the monastery without really impacting on the plot until towards the end. Overall I'm thoroughly enjoying the show so far. I'm a bit nervous as we enter season 3 as there are a lot of missing episodes here which may make it a bit more of a struggle. But I'm committed to see it through.