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« on: December 31, 2011, 05:56:09 pm »

This is the last story to feature individual story titles, but I think that was a bad move on the part of the makers. I like that even though there were umbrella titles for most of the stories, though not all, I like that there were individual titles as well. I know in the grand scheme of things it doesn't make all that much difference but I think it would have been nice to continue the tradition beyond this serial.
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« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2011, 11:27:54 pm »

The story titles were never used, either onscreen or in the Radio Times.  I think they were mainly a production thing, and a number of the early stories have several alternative titles.

I like the individual titles too, but I can sympathise with them, as I can never think of chapter titles  Cool
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« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2012, 04:17:14 pm »

I like the indivudual titles but I think they were right to do away with them. It's one thing remembering the names of 200+ stories, but with over 700 individual titles it would get ridiculous.
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« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2012, 10:44:01 pm »

I think naming each episode would have been difficult. A lot of the times I think episodes were only written and put into the stories because they had a set amount that they needed to fill and as a result not a lot was actually going on in them. Giving them all names that didn't seem entirely pointless would probably have seemed like a bit of a task.
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« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2012, 02:04:40 pm »

Not directly relevant to this, but I notice the next story (The Savages) was announced at the end of this as "Doctor Who and the Savages".  I don't know if this this represented an error, or if they changed their minds about the format.  By the next week, the story was billed as The Savages, and the only story ever to use that format onscreen was The Silurians.
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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2012, 12:25:02 pm »

I prefer the stories without the individual titles to be honest. I mean, they are fine enough, but nobody ever uses them and they just sort of go to waste. I'd even prefer for the two parters in the current series to just have an overall title as apposed to one for each episode.
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« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2012, 02:05:03 pm »

I think naming each episode would have been difficult. A lot of the times I think episodes were only written and put into the stories because they had a set amount that they needed to fill and as a result not a lot was actually going on in them. Giving them all names that didn't seem entirely pointless would probably have seemed like a bit of a task.

I think this is pretty much spot on.
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« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2012, 03:35:59 pm »

Was there a particular reason why they stopped in the first place?
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« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2012, 06:06:03 pm »

I haven't actually heard, but I suspect it was the difficulty of coming up with around 45 titles a year on an ongoing basis.
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« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2012, 03:19:23 pm »

When did the novelisations start? Could it have been to tie in with them or something?
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« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2012, 11:15:06 pm »

When did the novelisations start? Could it have been to tie in with them or something?

I think the first novelisation came out in 73, give or take a year or two, so I don't think it was related to that.
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« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2012, 01:46:51 pm »

I don't think the episode titles make much difference either way, so losing them wasn't a big deal. It's the overall titles that people are interested in anyway.
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