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I was a teenage Whovian 
13th-Mar-2008 09:20 pm
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I think my mother must be cleaning out closets. I got a package today from her, containing some old things of mine that ended up at my parents' house. There's a package of bass guitar strings (?), three or four decks of Tarot cards, and a nice little cache of Doctor Who stuff. First, four VHS tapes: "Tomb of the Cybermen", "Masque of Mandragora", "City of Death", and "Curse of Fenric". I no longer own a working VCR, but I'll figure out something to do with them.

Also included: Doctor Who: The TARDIS Inside Out by John Nathan-Turner. Written while Colin Baker was still the Doctor, and therefore missing all the really juicy gossip. It's not really an in-depth memoir, anyway, but I seem to remember it had some cute anecdotes. (And in the days before the internet and mega-bookstores that carry Doctor Who Magazine, books like these were my only real source of information on the show. Also, with the delay in the episodes being available in the States, it's entirely possible that I read about Colin Baker in this book before I ever saw him.)

JNT lists his favorite story for each Doctor:

  • William Hartnell: "An Unearthly Child" (It's the usual choice, I suppose. I really haven't seen enough Hartnell to argue, but I can tell you that when I was 11, I'd have picked "The Sensorites".)

  • Patrick Troughton: "The Space Pirates" (Oh, no fair, JNT! Picking a story that mostly no longer exists.)

  • Jon Pertwee: "The Daemons" (A story with a tragic lack of Liz Shaw, but otherwise a solid choice.)

  • Tom Baker: "Keeper of Traken" (Now that's an interesting choice. Not a bad story, but not the usual fan choice for a favorite Tom story. Of course, maybe it makes sense that JNT would choose a story from his era as producer.)

  • Peter Davison: "Caves of Androzani" (Is anyone's favorite Davison story not "Caves of Androzani"?)

  • Colin Baker: "Vengeance on Varos" (I have either never seen "Vengeance on Varos", or I have suppressed the experience.)

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