We have now finished reviewing all of Colin Baker – Sixth Doctor episodes, in the episodes section.
Colin Baker’s time in Who can be summed up as; the era that could really have been. If it was not for circumstances and forces outside of the shows control, which would do there best to sabotage everyone’s collective efforts.
For the most part, Baker was not given the material which was deserved of such a larger-than-life individual, who had such a unique take on the character.
The writing at times was lazy and iffy, a badly misjudged post regeneration turn in The Twin Dilemma – 1984 had the Doctor act most unlikably – and even attempt to kill Peri!
Also, clouds were developing behind the scenes aswell. Key background personnel resigned or moved on, budgets were cut further, episode format and transmitting times changed.
The Twin Dilemma – 1984, Attack of the Cybermen – 1985, Vengeance On Varos – 1985, Timelash – 1985 and The Mysterious Planet – 1986; failed to showcase Baker’s particular strengths in the role – and mostly felt like (more violent) cast-off Peter Davison adventures.
Season 22 was much criticised for the unforgiving violence but at times, almost felt like Sixth Who was going to broach its own unique level of style. Davros having his fingers blasted off, the cannibal Shockeye and the acidbath on Varos particularly noted for being too extreme for a childrens show.
It did introduce a new villain into the proceedings – The Valeyard. A cleverly conceived and shadowy personification of the Doctor’s darker side, based on an abandoned idea for the Master.
It was a brave attempt to breath life into the series but ultimately wasn’t enough to save the show. Producer JNT changed the ending of The Ultimate Foe – 1986, from a downbeat ending; showing the Doctor trapped in the Timelord Matrix. To an upbeat one, showing the Doctor continuing on with his travels; fearing that the original ending would give Beeb execs the excuse to cancel the show – there and then.
Just as Colin Baker was the first actor to be cast in Doctor Who, after previously appearing as a different character. Baker was also the first to be fired – at the end of season 23 more on that here.
What was your favourite Colin Baker epi?
Season Twenty-One – 1984
The Twin Dilemma🔴⚪⚪⚪⚪