50 Days of Doctor Who- Favourite
Dalek Invasion of Earth- The first attack on Earth in Doctor Who! The evil Daleks are on our territory and are planning to pilot the Earth out of its orbit! It’s an amazingly atmospheric, creepy, character driven bleak survival story, showing the best and the worst humanity can be. And how we can work together to stop the evil that is the Daleks.
The first story to have a lot of location filming, and a story that is iconic and memorable for many reasons; be it the Daleks whizzing about London along Westminster bridge, or Susan’s goodbye, or the Doctor’s ‘No regrets’ speech, Dalek Invasion has it all. It’s always been our favourite, the mood of it stays with you long after you’ve seen it.
The Romans- The TARDIS falls off a cliff and lands in 64 AD near Rome. The brutality of the Roman period is interspersed with the comedic farce of the Doctor hobnobbing with Nero. After Ian and Barbara’s flirting and drinking is interrupted, and they are sold into slavery, we get some very different adventures in Rome as Barbara is pursued by a randy Nero, Ian is forced to fight in the arena, the Doctor plays (or pretends to) the lyre in Nero’s court, and Vicki befriends the court poisoner.
It’s a gem of a serial that never fails to make us laugh. It’s full of golden Doctor moments like the Doctor in a sauna with Nero, or fighting off an assassin, or laughing as he watches Rome burn to the ground. Overall it’s an historical that doesn’t need aliens, just a great TARDIS team, great costumes, great drama, and a brutal period shown in the most amusing and enjoyable way.