be a Doctor Who Fan?
There are as many reasons as there are bumps on a Dalek, but
I think it all stems from childhood.
I grew up watching the Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker stories,
and caught the programme at the top of its game in the mid-70s.
Everyone remembers the one with the maggots, everyone
remembers the Daleks creator Davros, everyone remembers
The most enduring public image of the Doctor is the boggle-eyed,
curly-haired affable loon in the floppy hat and long scarf
the Doctor as played by Tom Baker.
monsters and super creeps
To a kid of six he was a slightly scary figure, and you never
quite knew if he would beat the monsters (actually, in Genesis
of the Daleks he didnt).
Sometimes the Doctor was even scarier than the monsters.
I remember watching Doctor Who as a kid, and there was nothing
remotely reassuring about it that howling, screaming
music, and the incredible title sequence which made you feel
like you were falling into the television.
the pure horror of the monsters, especially:
- half Dalek, half evil, wizened old lady
Wirrn - giant wasps who lay their eggs inside you. Yep,
just like the film Alien - only five years earlier.
The Krynoid - starts off as a tiny shoot, which, if it
touches you, turns you into a walking carnivorous plant-man,
then a giant tentacled turnip the size of St Pauls Cathedral.
Morbius monster the mind of an insane Time Lord
dictator inside a glass bowl atop a body which comprised insectoid
vertebrae, an unfeasibly huge claw and perhaps most horrible
of all, a human arm. Truly the stuff of nightmares.
Davros - looks like a wizened old lady, but has supreme
power over all his subjects, and the scariest voice ever.
Watching Doctor Who was like daring yourself to walk to the
top of the stairs in the dark. Enjoyably scary.
It was that mixture of terror and thrills which kept me coming
Even when all the scares had gone, replaced by a more humorous
(but no less successful) approach in the late 1970s.
Even when Id grown up and presumably out of a kids
programme like Doctor Who.
Well, Im in my mid-30s now and I still havent
grown out of it - its a part of me, and though I love
all eras of Doctor Who it is those early Tom Baker stories
which have the most personal resonance.
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