Monday, November 26, 2007

Exterminez-vous! Part Six - Le Sixieme Docteur (The Sixth Doctor)


When last we left off, the Fifth Doctor had faced off against not one, but two different Dalek plots by factions led by a thawed-out Davros and the Dalek Supreme. We now come to the Sixth Doctor, played by Colin Baker (pictured left—again, no relation to Tom).

I'm not really a fan of the Sixth Doctor. His outfit is as disjointed as the Doctor's personality, and the stories aren't so great in my not-so humble opinion. However, Siskoid says that the original audio adventures featuring the Sixth Doctor are pretty darn cool so I'll have to give them a try someday.

Like the Fifth Doctor, the Sixth Doctor faced off against the Daleks just once. The story was the two-part Revelation of the Daleks and again featured different factions of Daleks as well as an interstellar hitman and an alien DJ (I swear I'm not making this up).

The Doctor and his companion Peri Brown (played by uber hottie Nicola Bryant, pictured right) visit the planet Necros to pay their respects to a deceased scientist when the Doctor is attacked by some mutant claiming that it's all the Great Healer's fault. Well, we find out that the Great Healer is the disembodied head of Davros and he's trying to turn people into Daleks. Eventually, the some Daleks from the home planet of Skaro get wind of what's going on and capture Davros so he can be executed for tainting the Dalek race. Allegedly, the space mercenary manages to destroy the Daleks' ship—ending the Dalek threat...

I'm not entirely certain of the politics involved at the BBC at this point, but whatever they were, they were responsible for the Sixth Doctor's rather lackluster exit. The TARDIS was attacked by a renegade Tim Lord known as the Rani who appeared to have caused the Doctor to regenerate, leaving his companion Melanie more or less okay. I'm not even going to attempt to rationalize it, so there it sits for the more accomplished Whovian to dissect. After two seasons, Colin Baker's version of the Doctor gave way to Sylvester McCoy (pictured left)—the man who would nurse the series along until the end of its original television run.

6 comments:

smacky said...

Nice wrap-up, my man. The "disembodied head of Davros" is a neat (and creepy) concept.

Siskoid said...

As good as your word, sir!

I have a certain fondness for Revelation, which has Eric Saward somehow channeling Robert Holmes (with the quality double acts). Sad to say that it helps that the Doctor and Peri aren't in it very much. And that has to be Peri's yummiest outfit in that show. Man.

Agree that Nicola Bryant is beautiful, I just wish they'd let her use her real accent.

De said...

The Doctor always ends up the hotties as companions. Must be the way he uses that sonic screwdriver....

Bill D. said...

Siskoid nailed it: Peri was really pretty, but that voice... ugh. It was like Nicola Bryant would spin the Wheel of Accents to see what she'd use in a given scene. Will it be American? British? Canadian? 17th century Sumatran? Tune in to find out!

I do admit that I sort of liked the Peri/6 dynamic though. It was fun to see a companion who was very clearly annoyed that this was not the experience she thought she was getting into, nor was it with the person she thought she was getting into it with. :)

Siskoid said...

Makes sense after getting aboard with Davison's Doctor, but I still don't like our "audience identification character" not liking the experience. It's like "well, give ME a go then!"

But the TARDIS has yet to land on my doorstep.

Nicola's got a great sounding voice in real life. Unfortunately she played American as Nasal.

Bill D. said...

It's funny - I've only ever seen Nicola Bryant in Doctor Who and Blackadder's Christmas Carol, so I only know her as being screechy and nasally! :)

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