A Quick Guide to Classic Who- Season 04

Hagan is doing a guide to Classic Doctor Who. The whole thing! This is Season 4.


  1. Great work once again! It’s so interesting to see how much of the staples of the show go back so far to the very first few years, and how things shaped up to where they are now.
    To bad that that curator position was filled in “Day of the Doctor”, because you would do a marvelous job at it.

  2. No way is season four better than season three. “The Power of the Daleks” is a massively overrated mess that makes very little sense when you take anything more than a cursory look at it. (http://www.kaldorcity.com/features/articles/power.html). “The Moonbase” is basically “The Tenth Planet” again, but with all the interesting social comment completely excised, and with the Cybermen themselves turned into a bunch of “evil robots” who want to destroy the Earth for completely illogical reasons (http://www.kaldorcity.com/features/articles/moonbase.html). The plot is dreadful, and can only function through the characters being utterly dumb. “The Macra Terror,” unlike “The Ark,” really is racist. For example, the humans are colonists who have come to the planet to set up a Butlins style holiday camp cross-fertilised with Brave New World and Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. And who does the Doctor support? The fascists. And who does the Doctor decide is the enemy? The planet’s indigenous lifeform. And what happens at the end of the story? The Doctor exterminates the Macra, and allows the human colony to continue in all its happy-clappy, flag-waving, mind altering banality. And why? Because Polly thinks the Macra look “horrible.” Between “The Tenth Planet” and “The Evil of the Daleks,” the Doctor, a man who feared to change even one line of history, has been turned into a genocidal, xenophobic maniac. Anything that isn’t a human being from Earth, is by definition “evil” and therefore, “must be destroyed.” Finally, did I mishear, or did you say Professor Zaroff was “the show’s first ridiculously insane villain who wants to destroy everything for the halibut”?

  3. These season overviews are awesome! But then again, I’m pretty sure I could listen to you talk about Doctor Who all day long… I’d be really interested to know the source for the Jamie/Doctor subtext being intentional. Jamie is my favorite companion and the Second Doctor is in my top 3 favorite Doctors (it changes with the day), and I’d always wondered whether or not it was intentional or if I was hallucinating. Looking forward to part 5!

    • Im afraid I cant give you an exact citation or source. Its info Iv picked up at some point in reading/ watching interviews and stuff. Glad you are liking them!

  4. I had a dream last night that I was the Second Doctor. I blame you and these videos.

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