14. Favorite Susan Moment of Greatness?
It’s been a while since I’ve watched a serial with Susan in it, but there are a few moments that stick out. In The Sensorites Susan’s psychic abilities allow her a greater understanding of the Sensorites than everyone else. She then makes the decision to go with the Sensorites as a captive, even when everyone else protests. She really moves the story forward and acts as she sees necessary, and things are better for it. What’s really great is that Susan and her psychic abilities continue to be an important part in the story.
15. Favorite Historical Figure?
I thought about this quite a bit, and while looking through a list of serials I suddenly remembered Tavius from The Romans. I watched The Romans with my oldest brother and we both enjoyed it a lot, but Tavius stood out to us in particular. He was so hard to figure out. Doctor Who wasn’t exactly known for complex characters, and The Romans is a comedy that works partly because of a lack of complex characters, but in the midst of all this you have Tavius. Was he a good guy or a bad guy? What was motivating him? Well, it turns out he was a Christian, and suddenly everything made sense. For instance his willingness to buy a slave to give her a better life, but not being concerned over losing the value when she leaves. Instead, he is only concerned with the safety of the now-former slave. I think he was a great character.
16. Favorite Steven Badass Moment?
I’m having trouble thinking of one in particular. Steven is one of my favorite companions, partly because he was always outstanding, but by no means perfect. He was intelligent and had a big heart, but was also more likely to start a fight with an alien than reason with it. He has a lot of great moments, but if I have to choose one I might go with his attempt to charge the fake taranium core in The Daleks’ Masterplan. They needed a way to make the fake core look like the real one, and Steven had the only solution. The Doctor and Sarah both said it was too dangerous and they should find another way, but they couldn’t. Steven accidently encloses himself in a force field, unable to talk, barely able to move, but the core is charged. It actually works to their advantage as they daleks’ try firing on Steven, but he is protected from it. So, he did something dangerous, possibly stupid (and had been warned it was), but since there was no other way he went ahead and put himself at risk and saved the day. Part heroism, part stubbornness.