D is for Doctor Who

D is for Doctor Who!

This wee video appeared on my birthday last year, only a couple of weeks after I'd joined Twitter:


@neilhimself: "I call this video, @amandapalmer and the littlest Dalek..."

Speaking of cuteness, here's a baby Dalek dress:


Steve Manfred, a Doctor Who Expert, tweets live while watching older episodes, and sometimes I really appreciate the insights into the Doctor's frame of mind (please read from the bottom up):


Neil Gaiman (author of the episode The Doctor's Wife) did a recent feature on NPR, discussing his imaginative favourites. At the time, on 28 January he tweeted: "There was a lot of Doctor Who that didn't make it onto the NPR list at http://j.mp/VMaJvi. But the stuff that did is kind of fun..."

I wonder which episodes he was thinking of?

He's shared orts and outtakes from The Doctor's Wife. I happened to be discussing them... and he replied!


Speaking of outtakes, here's one that someone shared a link to: Hartnell and Pertwee acting together, many - many! - years before The Three Doctors:


Hartnell is rather dashing! (Even when he's falling down a staircase!)

And then there's Tom Baker:


And Troughton:


And the Daleks, of course:



It's amusing to poke fun of the Daleks, but actually, they scare me quite a bit, especially in the older episodes where it's more the power of suggestion of terror than actual terrifying acts. I still remember how frightened I was when I first "met" Davros. That frisson of fear was done really well in the last Christmas episode with the snowmen:





Which episodes do you love?
Or, if you don't watch Doctor Who (!), which shows or books give you that delightful thrill of fear?
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