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A Round, Pleasant, Open Face: The Fifth Doctor's Times

General note for this entire series: this will, obviously, be a terribly subjective analysis. Firstly, because I'm me, and my ideas of good and bad will certainly vary differently from those of others. Secondly, because I will be basing my musings on an incomplete assemblage of sources. This includes all of the classic serials on DVD, but no others--I know, I know, but I'm fairly new to Who fandom, and I am not buying VHS tapes that won't even fit anywhere in a year or so. It also includes selected Big Finish audios, which are delightful on the whole. A parting note before I dive in to Doctor number 5: I love the new series, I love the old series, I love all the Doctors, and I love pretty much every companion, so, any criticism or picking which follows, comes from a place of love.

The TARDIS may essentially be endless, but that's no excuse for having far too many companions. This is in no way Peter Davison's fault, and he's repeatedly expressed his own frustrat…

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My recommendations for the 4th Doctor's era, in order of broadcast:

Robot (rather fun and Baker gets of to a flying start)
The Ark in Space (a brilliant first episode and great supporting performances)
Genesis of the Daleks (the best of the Baker era, I think)
Pyramids of Mars (not my personal favorite, but it has some great stuff and is a milestone)
The Hand of Fear (Liz Sladen says goodbye, and she does it in style)
The Robots of Death (one of the other contenders for best in era)
The Talons of Weng-Chiang (again, a real winner, though with an awful giant rat)
City of Death (the funniest Who ever, hands down)
Logopolis (a ho-hum story, perhaps, but you gotta watch Tom's farewell)

The Three-Fold Man: The Fouth Doctor, Part III

General note for this entire series: this will, obviously, be a terribly subjective analysis. Firstly, because I'm me, and my ideas of good and bad will certainly vary differently from those of others. Secondly, because I will be basing my musings on an incomplete assemblage of sources. This includes all of the classic serials on DVD, but no others--I know, I know, but I'm fairly new to Who fandom, and I am not buying VHS tapes that won't even fit anywhere in a year or so. It also includes selected Big Finish audios, which are delightful on the whole. A parting note before I dive in to Doctor number 4: I love the new series, I love the old series, I love all the Doctors, and I love pretty much every companion, so, any criticism or picking which follows, comes from a place of love.

(go here for the first part of my Tom Baker scribblings--here for the second part)

Good Lord, is series 18 of Doctor Who a departure. New theme music, new title sequence, new costume for the Docto…