Much as we adore Doctor Who, we have to admit that sometimes it’s downright ridiculous. Here’s a run-down (in chronological order) of 25 of the show’s daftest bits
MARY SHELLEY 1 TERRY NATION 0 “The Chase”, episode four (1965)
Only William Hartnell’s cobwebbed-brained Doc could materialise in a House of Horrors without realising it. On the run from the Daleks, the Doctor and co arrive in a futuristic theme park called the Festival Of Ghana. There they encounter a rubbish Dracula and a mechanical Frankenstein’s Monster, which ends up obliterating the Dalek sent there to kill the Doctor. The most feared monsters in the universe, my arse. You wouldn’t get away with this nowadays – Terry Nation’s estate would send out a hit squad.
DOUBLE TROUBLE “The Chase”, episode five (1965)
So the Daleks have created a robot double of the Doctor. But it’s a rubbish one. Edmund Warwick, bless him, looked as much like Hartnell as Colin Baker looks like Sophie Ellis Bextor. Warwick had been Hartnell’s double on a number of other stories, but never had his un-Hartnell-like face been seen as clearly as it is here, as he lip-syncs to Hartnell’s voice with all the animation of Nookie Bear. The double’s even beaten by the Doctor in a fight, making it surely the feeblest robot ever made.
TRAY AMUSANT “The Moonbase”, episode four (1967)
“They’ve punctured the dome!” the crew yell as the Cybermen blast a hole in the titular moonbase. Oh no! What to do? Ah, of course, a jacket can seal it off! Oh no, it was just sucked through the hole! What else? Ah, of course, a drinks tray! One piece of plastic kitchenware, and suddenly the whole base is safe. Just to remind you: Kit Pedler, writer of “The Moonbase”, was scientific advisor to Doctor Who and was hired to inject a bit of hard science into the programme…
GOING, GOING, GURN “Spearhead From Space”, episode four (1970)
For an actor who was desperate to show how serious an actor he was, it’s strange how Carry On Jon Pertwee gets when strangled by the tentacles of the Nestene Consciousness. Normally straight-faced to the point of pomposity, he becomes a goggle-eyed loon whenever there’s something wrapped around his neck. Do people really pull faces like Marty Feldman when they’re being killed? If you’re a strangler on the loose, do let us know.
PRETTY VAGRANT “The Claws Of Axos”, episode one (1971)
The undoubted star of this Pertwee tale is Pigbin Josh, the comedy relief tramp who becomes the first victim of the Axons, dying with a plaintive, “Oh ar? Oh ar? Aaargh!” But first, before he meets a sticky end, Josh (stunt arranger Derek Ware) rides a bicycle into a pond and spouts a load of Mummerset gibberish about, “Furge thangering muck witchellers rock throbblin’ this time o’ day!” Hats off to his creators, Bristolian boys Dave Martin and Bob Baker.
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