Post by Ed Brown on Jan 29, 2017 21:20:06 GMT
In this repeat, Genesis of the Daleks was a big disappointment, as it was so heavily edited: 2 x 45 minutes was all we saw of it, IIRC, even though it was a 6-parter. We had to wait until the 1990s for a complete tv repeat of this serial.
But Curse of Peladon, at least, was shown in full, as 2 x 45 minutes, with only the closing credits from one episode and the opening credits from the next being dropped at the 22 minute point, so that none of the actual story was lost. I remember how poor the picture quality was on the first 45 minute part, due to it being an NTSC conversion.
Earthshock (another 4-parter) was at the time a very recent serial, which had only just been shown on its first transmission, in the new 2-episodes-a-week format introduced with Peter Davison, so no one in the UK paid much attention to the fact that it was being repeated as two 45-minute compilations.
Say what you will about the dreaded JNT, but he fought very hard for the show in his early years in the job, getting two big repeat seasons aired, with The Five Faces season in 1981 and then this Doctor Who and the Monsters season, plus getting a big anniversary special on air for the 20th Anniversary that November. He pushed through more repeats than the show had ever had before.