Here’s what people had to do in order to enter:
Colin Baker’s sixth Doctor was much criticised for his arrogance, selfishness, violence and general lack of humanity. In “Vengeance on Varos” it was the acid bath scene, during which the Doctor quips “Forgive me if I don’t join you.”, that created the most outrage. But really, the Doctor has often displayed anger, violence and questionable humour in other incarnations. For your chance to win a copy of “Vengeance on Varos”, tell me what your favourite incident of inappropriate behaviour from the Doctor (any incarnation — old or new; series or film or book or audio) is.
This was a more in-depth question than I usually ask for these giveaway. It was interesting to see that the number of entrants fell dramatically… but there was a great thoughtfulness to the answers. So much so, that I couldn’t pick just three winners. Luckily I had an extra copy. Instead of keeping it for one of my talks (where I sometimes give away DVDs), I decided to give it away now.
First up, let’s see the two serious answers…
“In a ‘Town Called Mercy’ when the doctor forces Jex out of the protected barrier outside the town to a certain death — it was totally out of keeping with his character… avenging yes, merciless yes but a cold blooded assassin never! It didn’t sit well with me!
“So many instances of inappropriate behaviour but an incident that stands out the most in my mind is a Tennant episode. It is the episode where he saves the life of a scientist that should have died on Mars. The episode features Australia’s own Peter O’Brien.
At first the Doctor refuses to intervene but eventually he does; however he goes too far as he has developed a god complex. It is quite chilling to watch him when he decides that even TIME has to listen to him. The look on his face when she kills herself revels how much he needs someone; it’s as if he cannot believe that she defied him by killing herself.”
Both excellent answers. And now we move on to the not so serious…
“My favourite incident of inappropriate behaviour from the Doctor was in the Jon Pertwee story ‘Spearhead From Space’, where he sees a well-dressed gentleman at the hospital, thinks ‘oh yeah’ and steals his clothes when he’s out, then proceeds to steal the gentleman’s car as well! Never fails to make me smile.”
Pertwee is my favourite Doctor and ‘Spearhead from Space’ is one of my favourite stories… and yes, I love that scene. Apparently this story is going to be released on Blu-ray next year. I am so looking forward to that.
“That patchwork coat, what was he thinking!”
Definitely the worst Doctor costume and completely inappropriate.
A big thank you to all those who entered. And congrats to the winners… your DVDs are in the mail.
Stay tuned for another Doctor Who DVD giveaway… coming real soon!
Catch ya later, George
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