Doctors and companions present a check to Children in Need in 1985.

i love lalla ward’s romana, i really do, but i still wish things had gone down differently behind the scenes so mary tamm would have felt comfortable doing another season. she was really great, it’s a shame things didn’t work out.

"Over five hundred years ago there were two races on this planet. We, the Daleks, and the Thals. After the neutronic war, our Dalek forefathers retired into the city, protected by our machines."
“And the Thals?”
“Most of them perished in the war, but we know that there are survivors. They must be disgustingly mutated, but the fact that they have survived tells us they must have a drug that preserves the life force.”

Doctor Who 1x02b The Daleks: The Survivors (28 December, 1963)
written by Terry Nation, directed by Christopher Barry

have the daleks ever actually shot to temporarily paralyse, rather than kill, since their very first serial? i know they’re meant to have developed into these ruthless killing machines, or whatever, but they do sometimes take prisoners. not everyone would come quietly under threat of death, especially if they know the daleks don’t want them dead. there’s not always going to be someone they care about to threaten and use as leverage, surely.

i was going to say that would probably work as a good cliffhanger, having someone being shot by a dalek, only to reveal in the next episode they were only incapacitated, but after captain jack’s resurrection in the parting of the ways, and the doctor’s partial regeneration in journey’s end, it probably wouldn’t have that much of an impact. we’d probably assume they weren’t really dead, anyway. whatever. ignore me.

but i’m still wondering whether their non-lethal guns have made a reappearance. i don’t think they have, but i could be wrong.

"I hate it as much as you. I’m just as afraid. But what can we do?"
“Well, we could at least stay near the ship.”
“The ship’s no good without him.”

Doctor Who 1x02a The Daleks: The Dead Planet (21 December, 1963)
written by Terry Nation, directed by Christopher Barry

"Everyone cannot be leader."
“No, that’s perfectly true, but in our tribe the firemaker is the least important man.”
“Ha! I do not believe this.”
“He is the least important because we can all make fire.”

Doctor Who 1x01d 100,000 BC: The Firemaker (14 December, 1963)
written by Anthony Coburn, directed by Waris Hussein

my sister’s been collecting these doctor who collector card things, they’re like top trumps or whatever, because one of the kids she nannies collects them, too, and she showed me the list of cards that are available because she was excited that because she’s started watching classic who she now recognises more of the characters/aliens, but i’m so confused by it because they’ve included things like “dalek space ship”, tegana from marco polo, and all the pirates from curse of the black spot (i didn’t even know most of them had names), but they’re missing a ton of companions, like ian, steven, dodo and mel, and they don’t even count k-9 as a companion.

like, they’ve included katarina and sara kingdom, and are a bunch of different version of amy—amelia pond, amy pond, amy pond holding melanie pond—but one of the very first companions doesn’t get a look in??? and the whole concept of pitting most of these characters against each other at all is so odd half of the time. i mean, the amount of “good guys” outnumbers the “enemies” by far, so essentially half the time it’s just in-fighting.

my sister told me that she played it with the nine year-old boy who started her collecting them and he had to use is tenth doctor card against her rose card, so to him it was like they’d turned on each other. when he won he was like, “he killed rose.” it’s so weird to put kids into that sort of mindset, what were they thinking!?

i really love strange doctor who merchandise.

Anonymous:
Good morning, lovely! I hope your day is as utterly brilliant as you are!

i don’t know what prompted this, but thank you, stranger! feeling more sleepy than brilliant at the moment, but that’s okay, too.

"Fear is with all of us, and always will be. Just like that other sensation that lives with it."
"What’s that?"
"Your companion referred to it: hope. Hope! That’s right."

Doctor Who 1x01c 100,000 BC: The Forest of Fear (7 December, 1963)
written by Anthony Coburn, directed by Waris Hussein

my sister came to stay the last couple of nights and we managed to watch twenty-five episodes of classic who, together, which was pretty fun all around! she went into watching the dalek invasion of earth without a) knowing it was called the dalek invasion of earth, and b) knowing it was susan’s final story, so she came to it without an preconceptions at all, and seeing and hearing her reactions throughout was really great.

she genuinely shouted, “no way!” when the dalek came out of the water at the end of world’s end, kept going on about the epicness and scale of the serial when we saw daleks roaming abandoned london landmarks (those are seriously some of the best visuals doctor who has ever produced, you can fight me), straight-up cheered when barbara plowed through the dalek blockade, and by the time the credits rolled on flashpoint she was crying, which is what you want when you share something you love with someone, isn’t it?

it’s still one of my favourite first doctor stories, if not just in general. i’m not usually big on dalek stories, but the way all the side characters are built up here means their deaths actually have weight and meaning, and the daleks feel like a genuine threat, which after many years of constant returns and defeats has kind of dwindled.

the way all the daleks’ kills are obstinately played without any sound on the victims’ parts, just the crackle of the daleks’ guns and flashes of inverted colour, right up until the scene when susan and david are huddled up in hiding, holding each other close as they hear a dalek corner a man, and for the first time we actually hear his shouts and screams of terror as he’s exterminated off-screen, is so incredibly creepy, it gives me chills every time. 

i fall more and more in love with william hartnell’s era the more i rewatch it, tbh. his performance is so childish, despite his age, which is the main thing that stands out to me, as opposed to the more cantankerous elements that people seem to remember him for. the first doctor truly feels like someone who wants to appear older and wiser than they really are, having tantrums when they don’t get their way, but the fact they’ve grown to care for ian and barbara, in addition to susan, actively going out of their way to apologise after being rude to the two of them, or making sure they’re all right after something happens, is so sweet.

i just love the first tardis team a whole lot.

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