It started with Hartnell. Troughton’s era wasn’t much better. Whether intentional, accidental or a fumble too expensive to reshoot, Doctor Who’s terrible lines have made it into the unwritten but all-too-well-known ledger that gave Doctor Who its reputation.
A list of these could inspire any film director into self-praise. It could upheave the notion that Doctor Who was, despite its budget, a quality television program. But, most of all, it could display the inimitable charm of the program, which remained unchallenged for four decades.
So here it is.
Below: One of the many brilliant Hartnellisms. From The Edge of Destruction.
Above: Dun dun duuuuun. From The Ark.
Below: Let’s go out on a limb. From The Space Museum.
Above: The Doctor’s reason for why the TARDIS doors opened mid-flight, miniaturising the crew to the size of an inch. From Planet of Giants.
Below: Oh Ian. From The Crusade.
Above: He was shot soon after. From The Gunfighters.
Below: Steven gets a bit too pally with The Toymaker in The Celestial Toymaker.
Above: A surprised Doctor in The Krotons.
Below: The Doctor’s response to a yeti attack in The Abominable Snowmen.
Above: A witty insult from a Cyberman in The Moonbase.
Below: But don’t worry, it’s relatively painless. From The Underwater Menace.
Above: It’s “fault locator”. From The Edge of Destruction.
Below: Presumably he meant “won’t”. From The Daleks’ Master Plan.
Above: I don’t even… From The Wheel in Space.
Below: This is my new text alert tone. From Terror of the Autons.
Above: I’d wager she has. From Doctor Who and the Silurians.
Below: Except The Doctor and his companions. From The Underwater Menace.
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