The 10 Things I Love About Doctor Who(David Tennant fans,move along,he ain’t in here)

Posted: July 25, 2009 in Doctor Who, Stuff & nonsense
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The Dalek Invasion Of My Bookcase

The Dalek Invasion Of My Bookcase

10.Watch the episode entitled DALEK,from the 9th Doctor’s season.After the opening credits,there is a scene where the characters are walking down a corridor.See that handsome young fellow with the clipboard? That’s Twitter’s very own @dean_cummings.Follow him on Twitter,he’s been in Doctor Who,the jammy blighter!!

9.Begonia Pope was the fruitily named woman who had the job of knitting Tom Baker’s scarf for his role as the 4th Doctor.A large quantity of wool was supplied to her,but sadly no pattern.Undaunted,she knitted the lot,and the rest is history.When they went round to her house to collect it they had to talk to her through the letterbox,they couldn’t open the door for scarf.

8.Doctor Who,a programme about time travel,even managed to predict the future itself-

Terror Of The Zygons,a 4th Doctor story,first aired in 1975.In one scene the Brigadier takes a phone call from the Prime Minister….to whom he replies “Yes Madam.” Cue much hilarity at the thought of there ever being a female PM.

The Daemons,a 3rd Doctor story from 1971,features a reporter from BBC3.Cue even more hilarity at the thought of the BBC ever being able to afford another channel.

Colony In Space,another 3rd Doctor story from 1971,features a scene where 2 technician types discuss the colony’s all round handyman whose name is Jim.This gives one of the characters the chance to say “Jim’ll fix it” and giggle at their funny BBC in-joke.


Jim’ll Fix It starring Sir Jimmy Saville didn’t start until 1975…

7.Many scary moments are seared into my synapses.My fear of spiders comes from seeing the final Jon Pertwee story Planet of the Spiders at a far too young age(3)…although it’s proper title is Planet of the Big-Arse Spiders That’ll Will Scare A 4yr Old For Life.Another fun memory is visiting the now sadly defunct Who exhibition at Longleat at a very young age.I’d made it through the entrance ok,cunningly disguised as the TARDIS,happily gasping and oohing at the exhibits,ooh look a Dalek,ooh look a Zygon,ooh look a Krynoid,ooh shit it’s moving…cue swift exit crying and screaming.That was damn scary with all its tentacles and things moving and all that,even behind glass…because,after all,what’s a glass cabinet to something I had seen eat a house?

6.1983 Doctor Who’s 20th anniversary bash at Longleat…my mother and I queued for 3 hours to get Peter Davison’s autograph on my novelisation of  The Visitation,only to have him give me an (admittedly polite) ear-bashing because I dared to ask for a signed photo as well…you couldn’t have both apparently.Anyway I was too dumb-struck with adulation and fear to argue.And while we were waiting in line,Anthony Ainley,who played The Master,sauntered past and said to everyone “I hope you won’t have to wait too long” causing my mum to have a bit of a hot flush.AND I saw Bessie AND Sarah-Jane AND got my photo taken with a Sontaran AND…oooh loads of things…

5.The companions,specifically the female ones,were a great comfort to me throughout my teenage years.

Moving swiftly on…

4.Theme music.The Doctor Who theme was composed by Ron Grainer in 1963,and arranged by Delia Derbyshire of the Radiophonic Workshop.She used magnetic oscillators,tape loops and reverse effects to produce a unique sound that was unlike anything heard before,and is one of the first television themes to be created solely by electronic means.Much of the Doctor Who theme was constructed by recording the individual notes from electronic sources one by one onto magnetic tape, cutting the tape with a razor blade to get individual notes on little pieces of tape a few centimetres long and sticking all the pieces of tape back together one by one to make up the tune. This was a laborious process which took weeks.

Retro,yet futuristic….like the Doctor himself.

3.Earthshock.This 5th Doctor story starts off happily enough with a bunch of space soldier types in unrealistic uniforms doing something in a cave and hiding from killer robots.You would have been forgiven for thinking that this was going to be just another typical Doctor Who story.

But you would have been wrong.Very bloody wrong.

As the first episode draws to a close,we get to see through one of the robot’s point-of-view…and we see who’s been watching all this time…

The Cybermen.

NOBODY knew this was going to happen…it was an awesome unexpected moment,although I had suspected it earlier in the episode,because I wore glasses.This would not be possible today,because all the big moments are revealed months in advance…just imagine if you can a world without the internet.From this moment on,anything could happen…

And Holy Jelly Babies it did….they killed off a companion.Adric was stone buggering dead.

I didn’t cry though.Not much,anyway.

2.Jon Pertwee.There have only been 2 men in the history of the planet Earth that have been able to pull off the ruffled shirt look…Jimi Hendrix and Jon Pertwee.He is the coolest Doctor ever (but not the best).In his first ever episode,he steals a car.He liked to beat up his enemies with Venusian aikido.He was in the “one with the giant maggots”.Pertwee was the toughest of the Doctors but also the most stylish-he was more concerned with what he was going to wear than with learning his lines.Second best Doctor.

1.”It’s the end…but the moment has been prepared for…” Those are Tom Baker’s last words in his final story Logopolis.The 4th Doctor,the best,boldest,biggest,brashest,most bohemian and let’s face it,most often drunk Doctor Who ever was dying,having fallen from a radio telescope.A flashback shows his former companions…it was like a flashback of my own life….it felt like a part of me was dying as well,and I was only 10.Tom Baker had been an integral part of my young life for the past seven years…and when you’re that young,seven years is a bloody long time.

Logopolis is his finest hour.He looks absolutely knackered throughout it…the pressures of being a living legend taking their toll…ready to hang his scarf up for good.It’s the best ever regeneration scene…only fitting for the best Doctor.

And the music during this scene makes me well up every time.

Every time.

  1. BunnyNut says:

    It was well worth the wait!!

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