Magician, mentor, madman. When Sylvester McCoy took the control panel of the TARDIS from Colin Baker during the break between Series 23 and 24, he had quite the challenge in front of him. Thanks to a complex repertoire of dramatic skills ranging from classical to slapstick, a primary script writer who had a clear direction of the story he wished to tell, and a viewer-satisfying Companion arc, our Seventh Doctor rose to that challenge, and this week we delve into three episodes that testify to that accomplishment: Dragonfire, The Curse of Fenric, and Survival.

(We’re also thrilled to be joined in the studio again by our newest GPR regular contributor, Haley Malle, whom we promptly throw into the deep end of Classic Who with no preparation, and see how she floats. Geronimo!)

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