Sunday, June 20, 2010

DOCTOR WHO: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The Good:
Matt Smith popping out of a big cake. Scientific fact: Matt Smith is a bazillion times better than David Tennant.

Christopher Eccleston verbally abusing a Dalek.

Tom Baker's eyeballs.

The part in "Day of the Daleks" when Jon Pertwee delivers a heinous, Captain Kirk-level back chop to a thug from the future without spilling his drink.

Patrick Troughton's facial reactions to monsters and/or foam.

William Hartnell in general. The OG (Original Gallifreyan)

The Zygons: half fetus, half octopus...ALL TERROR. Still Doctor Who's greatest monster? (Yes.)

Leela's cavegirl from the future costume.

Roger Delgado as the Master. That's a widow's peak that means business (and evil).

Doctor Who being canceled in 1989. A mercy killing if there ever was one.

The Bad:
In the mid-1980's it was decided that Doctor Who's level of resemblance to a rodeo clown was dangerously low.

The time when Doctor Who got life advice from Geoffrey the butler.

Doctor Who celebrating its triumphant return to the airwaves by stealing jokes from Austin Powers 2: The Spy Who Shagged Me.

The Doctor mawkishly manufacturing a doofy doppelganger to bone the buxom and big-lipped Billie Piper.

Timothy Dalton and his stupid power glove.

The Ugly:

Tip for aspiring writers: do the opposite of whatever this book says about plot and you'll be fine.


  1. With the exception of your estimation of Tennant, I agree 100 percent. (It's Eccleston that I didn't like.)

  2. Eccleston was at his best when he was intense. "Dalek" being the best example. I don't think he was comfortable with shit like Anne-Droid and it showed. One day I will be vindicated about Tennant when everybody realizes he had two settings: maudlin and smug.

    Matt Smith is the best, truest Doctor since Tom Baker. FACT!

  3. Not seen any of the new stuff beyond the first episode of Eccleston's series and about ten minutes of a Tennant one where he was in ancient Rome, I think, with Catherine Tate. Both pretty awful, I thought.
    But I agree with you on all the rest, especially the general excellence of Hartnell, the original and probably the best, if the accident of my being born in 1973 didn't insist on my having a nostalgic preference for Tom Baker (not controversial) and Peter Davison (a little controversial).
    As you say, by the time of Colin Baker it was all over. Still is, for me.

  4. Davison has his moments. Kinda is a little pompous but it's fascinating. Enlightenment is great. Caves of Androzani is a top five episode for sure. He's a little bland for the part but he was a genuine actor unlike Docs 6 and 7.

    The new stuff isn't all bad actually. Any of the new series that's written by Steven Moffat is pretty good. You're right about Fires of Pompei. Atrocious.

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