I have been a fan of Doctor Who since I was little. Every Sunday at 4pm (until it got switched to Saturdays at 10am) on the Public Broadcasting Station, the family television in our house experienced a British scifi invasion geared for kids and, somehow, not juvenile in the least. Occasionally, it was dark. Brutal, even. It wasn't afraid to show the ugly nature of man, as well as, his frequent demise. Like a Lovecraft story, characters would die, breakdown, go insane, or turn to evil. That felt like real life to me. Its mature themes kept me enthralled through my teenage years and far beyond.
Most of the time, my Dad watched them with me. Not 25 minute episodes, but full stories... usually 4 episode extra-terrestrial extravaganzas totaling 100 eldritch minutes. Dr. Who was the crowning jewel of every weekend. No matter what plans had been made, a niche was carved out for the Doctor.
He was a remarkable Time Lord with a brilliant mind and keen sense of humor. The Doctor proved himself over and over to be a bastion of righteousness, skeptical of superstition, open-minded regarding the unknown, careful about interfering too much, and, best of all, a renegade who escaped the stoic detachment of his race in order to travel the universe. He's a role-model to many of us. In the Work, he could be likened to Man #7.
Anyways, some of the Cult of Cthulhu forum members and I were talk about Doctor Who recently. I wanted to do a Top 10, so here it is. Hopefully, it won't surprise anyone that the majority of very best Who stories star Tom Baker. If you're curious about my selections or want to discuss their inclusion, then post below. Next month, I'll probably do a Top 11-20, so feel free to offer your recommendations. Without further ado, and in no particular order, here's the list...
1. Genesis of the Daleks
2. Talons of Weng-Chiang
4. Face of Evil
6. The Daemons
7. City of Death
8. The Caves of Androzani
9. The Horror at Fang Rock
10. The Deadly Assassin