The Peter Davison era of DOCTOR WHO is the one I grew up with. I did start watching the show in Tom Baker’s last series (and have clear memories of watching ‘The Keeper of Traken’ and loving it; but I also remember already knowing who Romana and K9 were, so must have watched it before), but really Peter Davison was The Doctor when my love for the show truly cemented. And yet – despite owning the DVDs – I never really go back and re-watch that era. It’s not that I find it bad necessarily, it’s certainly not the gaudy car crash the same team would soon produce with poor Colin Baker (which, even as a pre-teen, I realised wasn’t good), but still I find something insubstantial about it. The episodes get nowhere near my memories of them and the main emotion I take away from any re-view is disappointment.
Still though, reading Paul Cornell’s lovely capturing of the era was like sinking back into the cosiness of childhood. The Doctor is here (and maybe a slightly more dynamic version than often appeared on screen), Tegan is here and perfectly captured and Nyssa is given much, much more to do than was oft the case. The story is big and grand and has more ambition (and let’s be fair, blood and gore) than would ever have been pulled off in the real Nathan-Turner era.
It’s a grand tale of ancient evil, mischievous time lords, Earth in terrible peril and The Doctor being the brightest person in the toom. Just the way I want it.
With a whole year of no DOCTOR WHO ahead of me, I imagine I will be dipping more and more into my book collection (kept in a geeky box until my bed) and my word, GOTH OPERA is a good place to start.
My debut novel, THE WANNABES – which has been out of print for a little while – is now available for free! A supernatural thriller of beautiful actresses and deadly ambition in London town, it’s well worth your time. You can get your copy here!.