We begin this term by comparing and contrasting two new series episodes set in schools, featuring the Doctor’s old alias, “John Smith”. First, in School Reunion, the Tenth Doctor and Rose go undercover in a school to investigate strange occurrences, including hyper-intelligent students and bizarre administrative decisions, and bumps into his old friends, Sarah Jane Smith and K-9. Then, in The Caretaker, the Twelfth Doctor goes undercover as the new caretaker in teacher Clara’s school to track down a dangerous alien on the loose and finally meets her boyfriend.
We will be welcoming members of the Cambridge Doctor Who Society to Oxford for a Doctor Who trivia quiz of Oxford vs. Cambridge and having lunch with them.
When the Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane travel to then modern-day Devesham, the two must avoid mysterious beings dressed in white shooting at them while trying to figure out why the town is deserted. This episode features the Fourth Doctor’s visit to a pub.
The Axons, a group of aliens, land on earth near UNIT HQ, offering to exchange a revolutionary substance called Axonite, which can turn into any substance, for fuel. Is the miracle substance too good to be true? Why is the Master involved? Can the Third Doctor, Jo, and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart save the day?
This week's theme is "saving the world with historical creative figures". In Vincent and the Doctor, the Eleventh Doctor and Amy must save Vincent Van Gogh’s village from a giant, invisible alien only the artist can see. The episode was written by Richard Curtis of Blackadder and Love, Actually fame, who also gave Steven Moffett his first Doctor Who writing job, The Curse of the Fatal Death. In The Unquiet Dead, the Ninth Doctor and Rose team up with Charles Dickens to save Cardiff from murderous reanimated corpses.
In the legendary Geek Quiz, members of Oxford's geekiest societies get together in order to battle it out for the crown of "team who won that term". If you can write a round not entirely related to Doctor Who, bring it along. A really fun evening, and who knows, you might even get an answer right occasionally...
As a fun twist, cosplay will be encouraged but not compulsory. Please come dressed in a way that represents our society, if you would like to.
We will be watching our favourite fan-made Who-related videos. We will send out a link to a public YouTube playlist beforehand for you to add any videos you like to watch with the society. On the day, we will play the list at random.
To take advantage of the summer, we will be holding a Who-themed scavenger hunt around Oxford with a prize! If the weather is unkind, we will instead be having a marathon. In The War Games, the Second Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe land in the midst of what appears to be WWI only to discover that multiple wars from different human eras are occurring simultaneously. Join us for the last black and white serial and the appearance of Patrick Troughton’s son, David. We will let you know the plan a few days in advance based on forecasts.
We will determine where we would like to eat our termly meal closer to the date.
We will be either doing the scavenger hunt or a marathon, depending on which event took place the previous Saturday. If the weather is unkind on both weeks, we will not be holding an event.
Eighth week is Eighties week! The Seventh Doctor and Mel have won a free trip to 1959 Disneyland with an intergalactic tour company! They soon learn that one of their fellow passengers, Delta, is an alien queen being pursued by a group of genocidal humanoids called the Bannermen. This episode features the introduction of the Doctor’s question mark umbrella!
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