Here it is! Blogtor’s personal countdown of his 50 favourite Doctor Who television stories, one a week till the big day in November 2013. Now, just to point out, this choice is purely my own. So don’t expect reasoned debate or objectivity. Or even the need to please every fan out there. This is my list, and I stand by it. I will also add that I’ve seen every Doctor Who story released (at least twice), so I feel like I know what I’m talking about. Anyway, enough chittle of the chattle, let’s begin…
Thankfully, it lived up to my pre-teen’s expectations when I eventually watched it some fifteen years later or so. The eerie evocation of the deserted village on page was lifted on to screen superbly (yes, I realise it was actually the other way around).
And those opening scenes are terrific stuff, with the location filming really sparking the tale. The jump of the UNIT soldier to his “death” is perfect and still a striking image after all these years whilst the android village is the epitome of classic Who.
But it’s the personal touches that really make me lurve The Android Invasion, namely from Baker and Sladen – who are both at the pinnacle of their collective performances here. Just check out the fun they have as they first land on “Earth”, namely the “eenie-meenie-minie-mo” sequence and the joy expressed at our beautiful planet.
And just check out some of the brilliant lines they get: Sarah Jane’s ticklesome, “like a couple of ‘nanas” and “we should’ve hoofed it while we had the chance”; Tommy B’s oft-mentioned query, “Is that finger loaded?”; and, not to be outdone, Styggron gets in on the laughs with, “Resistance is… inadvisable!” (Possibly not intentionally funny that one though. Possibly.)
However, my ultimate favourite moment is: “Ginger beer”. I simply adore the way Tommy B drawls the words in Episode Two; almost as if he’s drinking the sounds in like the tasty beverage itself. Seeing The Doctor in such a traditional pub environment is also a hoot; with his awesome darts skills and appreciation of horse brass. That’s the kind of place I’d like as a local!
The Android Invasion often gets overlooked due to its more flashier (and, in some cases, better) neighbours – Season Thirteen is truly a belter – and perhaps the numerous potholes put some off but I heart it dearly. The Doctor and Sarah Jane are at their most loveable and it’s crucial that their friendship is key to to the story here. A friendship that sucks me in and makes me feel like I’m their buddy too.