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Doctor Who top five

Meme from calapine:

Five least favourite stories:
Restricting it to those I have seen or listened to recently, which I actually think are disastrous rather than merely unimpressive:
  • Battlefield (oddly enough I saw Ben Aaronovitch in Forbidden Planet in London on Friday)
  • The Mutants
  • The Space Pirates
  • The Idiot's Lantern
  • The Twin Dilemma (Actually I haven't seen this since its first broadcast but it was so awful then that it sticks in the mind)

Five favourite stories:
Very difficult to restrict this to five. Ask me again in a few weeks and I may have a different view.
  • Genesis of the Daleks!
  • The Deadly Assassin!
  • The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances!
  • School Reunion
  • The Daleks' Master Plan

Five least favourite female companions:
This was pretty easy to choose. There are any number who were just average, or a little below or above, but these are the ones I find especially awful or disappointing.
  • Jo (blonde and screams)
  • Victoria (brunette and screams)
  • Mel (have never actually seen any of her episodes, and no desire to)
  • Ace (nice concept, but not really delivered)
  • Katarina (essentially a one-line character)

Five favourite female companions:
Again fairly easy; but ask me again in a few months, I have a feeling that Evelyn Smythe may get in there.
  • Sarah Jane Smith - the one I grew up with
  • Martha Jones - is getting off to a good start
  • Zoe - cor!
  • Romana - a real match for the Doctor
  • Susan - with whom it all starts

Five least favourite male companions:
This and the next category are very difficult to choose from since there only are, what, a dozen male companions, so almost all of them ought to be put in one list or the other if you're doing the meme properly.
  • Kamelion (need one say more?)
  • Mike Yates (may reflect my lack of knowledge of mid-Three stories)
  • Turlough (never saw the point)
  • Ben (chirpy Cockney cliché and man of limited action)
  • Adam if he counts; Adric if not.

Five favourite male companions:
  • The Brigadier (even in his silliest most Blimp-ish moments, adds a certain gravitas)
  • Mickey (actually got a proper plot arc, much more than Rose)
  • Ian (does the man of action bit and essentially is the first viewpoint character)
  • Steven (gets pushed around, but pushes back)
  • Harry (comic relief, but one I watched way back)

Five favourite villains:
I think this includes also monsters, and possibly non-humans generally; the Draconians and the Aridians, as humanoid races with intersting stories behind them, just failed to make the cut.
  • Davros (at least the Davros - the greatest villain in the greatest story)
  • The Master in all five (or six) versions
  • The Daleks
  • Scaroth, last of the Jagaroth
  • Mr Finch, AKA Brother Lazarus

Five favourite Doctors:
  • Four (the one I grew up with, and surely the best)
  • Nine (superb re-establishment of the character)
  • One (superb establishment of the character)
  • Ten
  • Two


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 15th, 2007 10:53 am (UTC)
Is Battlefield really that bad? A friend with the same opinion gave me a copy and I'm starting to feel quite sorry for it.

I'm quite interested in how your first Doctor affects these lists because, due an accident of BBC scheduling, my first Doctor was 3, and so I'm a lot fonder of Yates and Jo than you are.
Apr. 15th, 2007 11:39 am (UTC)
I thought Battlefield was that bad. The music was terrible, and I thought the fights were awful too (as you are a fencer, I will be interested in your assessment). And it all Made No sense, but not in a good way.

Yes, I think one's first Doctor does make a difference! Everyone else is measured against Sarah Jane and Four for me.
Apr. 15th, 2007 02:29 pm (UTC)
I only ever saw a tiny bit of "Battlefield", but I saw of it was indeed appalling. The horrible electropop music combined with the badly choreographed and essentially pointless fighting made it all look a music video from some band on the slide.

On the music - one of the most striking things about early Doctor Who was the music (both the theme and the incidental music), made on monstrous analogue synthesisers, mysterious things for treating noises, and tape loops. The BBC Radiophonic Workshop people managed to create sounds in the 1960s which still sound otherworldly and timeless now. It is interesting how in later old Doctor Who, when cheap synthesiser technology had arrived, the music became essentially suckass and very much of its time. It is shame that new Doctor Who is not using Delia Derbyshire's realisation of the theme, it being far stranger than the version they are now using.
Apr. 15th, 2007 12:07 pm (UTC)
Romana I or II?
Apr. 15th, 2007 02:22 pm (UTC)
Both! (But more II.)
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