Friday, 12 February 2016

Ranking the Hinchcliffe era in order...


1) The Talons of Weng-Chiang - Sublime, colourful, dark and beautifully directed

Not reviewed yet...

2) The Seeds of Doom - One of the scariest Who's of all time


3) Pyramids of Mars - Three outstanding episodes, one slightly disappointing climax

Not reviewed yet...

4) Genesis of the Daleks - As good as everybody says it is...


5) The Robots of Death - Psychologically disturbing, expert world building


6) The Brain of Morbius - Playful and sick, I adore this naughty slice of Who


7) Terror of the Zygons - Traditional but realised within an inch of its life


8) The Ark in Space - Clinical horror, scripted by a master and superbly played


9) The Deadly Assassin - Gallifrey as we have never seen before or since


10) The Masque of Mandragora - Beautifully produced with great characters


11) Robot - A crazy fun story, Terrance producing some awesome character material


12) Planet of Evil - Surprisingly atmospheric for SF horror, not an area this show always excels in


13) The Hand of Fear - I appreciate this one more than most, especially for loopy Lis Sladen


14) The Face of Evil - Chris Boucher is a great writer but this is his weakest story for me

Not reviewed yet...

15) The Sontaran Experiment - For such a short story it is packed with lovely moments


16) The Android Invasion - Great first episode but goes downhill from there...


17) Revenge of the Cybermen - Pants



5 comments:

Ed Azad said...

"Revenge of the Cybermen - Pants"

I never considered it from that angle, but yes, pants is the perfect descriptor for that story. Gets right to the meat of the nut, this Joe Ford.

Nesta said...

I'm listening to Jago and Litefoot audios and I feel the need from time to time to rewatch Talons only to see this great duo in the flesh!

Anonymous said...

About your ranking, I would put The ark in Space second to Talons of Weng Chiang and The Face of Evil much higher, but, again, it's all question of personal tastes

Anonymous said...

and totally agree with your positioning of Revenge of the Cybermen, pants indeed (from this story onwards, it was all downhill for the Cybermen in my eyes, from the scary soulless monsters from the Troughton era to camp, hands-on-hips and emotional robots of the Eighties. Maybe I'm the only person in Who fandom who isn't fond of Earthshock, but since my favourite cybermen story and design is The Tenth Planet... You can shoot me now)

Liam Morrell said...

I am the only one that thinks Pyramids of Mars isn't brilliant? It's certainly good, part one is faultless but after that I think it loses steam, it would be nearer the bottom of my version of this list