As revealed at the recording of our last live episode, Five/Fear, here is your homework viewing for Six/Clothes, which will be recorded on June 15th at Agent 284 in Melbourne (full show details can be found here).
If the Sixth Doctor is new to you, we recommend the following three television stories to see him in his prime:
- Revelation of the Daleks
- Vengeance on Varos
- The Mysterious Planet (aka Trial of a Time Lord episodes 1-4)
Fan wisdom, of course, suggests that Colin Baker really hits his stride off television – in his extraordinarily popular run of Big Finish audio adventures, where he has found a new legion of fans. We’d like to suggest a few of those, too:
- The Holy Terror
- The One Doctor
- Doctor Who and The Pirates
And there’s some thought that the Sixth Doctor’s greatest adventure is actually in print: the comic Voyager from 1984, collected and reprinted in 1989 and 2007.
We’re also exploring the wonderful world of clothes – costumes, fashion and design – and while it’s hard to really pick just a few stories, here’s what we’ve come up with as a sampler of the show’s rich history of sartorial elegance and variety in design:
- The Chase (William Hartnell, 1965; six episodes)
- Robots of Death (Tom Baker, 1977; four episodes)
- The Talons of Weng-Chiang (Tom Baker, 1977; four episodes)
- Black Orchid (Peter Davison, 1982; two episodes)
- Gridlock (David Tennant, 2007; one episode)
We freely admit to including The Chase entirely for Barbara’s cardigan. We wanted something from the new series, but nothing particularly stood out to us that wasn’t just a more recent example of something from the classic series (e.g. historical costumes, space outfits etc.). So we picked Gridlock for its variety – the Cats, the occupants of the cars, etc. We welcome your suggestions! (The End of the World is good for the same reasons, but we’re saving it for Nine.)
A few stories we’ve already listed as homework for previous episodes also fit this theme rather nicely, including Snakedance and Ghost Light. Can you think of any others? Share your suggestions in the comments below!