While I have “The Sontaran Experiment” and “Genesis of the Daleks” on video tape, last night I tuned in to public television at midnight to watch them.
I grew up watching Doctor Who on Saturday afternoons on public television. In high school I watched it late Saturday nights. Doctor Who on public television at early hours of the morning–that‘s a tradition. And who am I to buck tradition?
I was disappointed. The stories, shown back to back, were episodic, not the movie compilations. For many Americans, the movie compilations are how Doctor Who should be. It’s the episode format that’s odd.
Either the episodes were sped up, or they were heavily cut. They ran about eighteen minutes in length, rather than twenty-five. Odd.
Still, I got a nice nostalgia vibe off it. And lord, wasn’t that yellow outfit Sarah Jane wore in “The Sontaran Experiment” completely naff?