Genesis of the Daleks

You know that old cliche about how Bob Dylan’s songs are great so long as they’re not performed by Bob Dylan? That’s exactly how I feel about Terry Nation as a writer. The man clearly has his finger on the pulse of something, having created both the Daleks, which made Doctor Who an unlikely overnight…

The Sontaran Experiment

Another victim of Doctor Who‘s unfortunate tendency to name episodes after their plot twist, The Sontaran Experiment is an odd, effective, but ultimately unconvincing little number … which doesn’t mean it isn’t worth watching. The plot is complete rubbish. As promised in the previous episode, The Doctor, Sarah and Harry transmat down to the Earth’s…

The Ark in Space

What’s wrong with The Ark in Space? The special effects, mostly. I know that no one who lacks a strong stomach for bad special effects has any business watching classic Doctor Who at all, but here they’re particularly bad. The Wirrin have all those legs that never move; instead the prop men just shove fiberglass…

Revenge of the Cybermen

There’s no doubt that Revenge of the Cybermen is one of the low points of season 12. Notice that I don’t say THE low point – because honestly, Robot is worse. There are things about Doctor Who. fandom I will never understand – what people ever saw in the Pertwee era being somewhere near the…

Attack of the Cybermen

Doctor Who has an annoying tendency to name episodes things like Attack of the Cybermen, put the title right there in the title sequence, and then expect us to be surprised when it’s revealed that the shadowy presence in the sewers is ZOMG CYBERMEN! And, well, Attack of the Cybermen is the worst offender. Why…

The Twin Dilemma Dilemma

I’m a bit of a contrarian. Once you know that about yourself, you have to second-guess your opinions sometimes – just in case. When I read that The Twin Dilemma was consistently ranked worst or second-worst in Doctor Who fan polls (most recently in 2009), I decided this was one of those times. Because I…