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August 28, 2006

Classics of Western television

Paul pays affectionate tribute to the things that made Doctor Who great. Best lines:

On the TARDIS: "Of all the things, they could have chosen back in 1963, they chose something that looks exactly right."

On the Daleks: "Face it, they are bloody scary. I think it's the face that they don't have faces and don't have legs. They look alien. The fact that they go round exterminating everything in sight is a factor too." Somehow I always thought they were scarier in black and white: I ho-hummed at the inept Daleks of the Tom Baker years and beyond, but when I saw the grainy, inexorable, jabbering monsters of The Dead Planet, I realised what all the fuss was about.

And yes, the theme music, again particularly from the earliest series, is still the most unearthly sound ever heard on television.

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