This year we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who arriving on Earth from outer space, where he had traversed the Universe for eternity as a Time Lord. And over the last 50 years, he has popped up on Earth in his Tardis intermittently, but due to the wonderful invention of television, we have been able to follow Doctor Who’s travels wherever they took him throughout Space.
For the Recordpress author, my favourite Doctor Who episodes were always the ones located on Earth, whether it involved an invasion by the Daleks or the Cybermen. The Doctor Who story that has stayed with me was “The Green Death” which was broadcast on BBC1 in May / June 1973. The central plot was that miners in a Welsh mining colliery were mysteriously dying at the coalface. Doctor Who ( played by Jon Pertwee ) and his very able bodied assistant Jo Grant ( played by Katie Manning ) eventually got to the bottom of the mystery at the bottom of the coal pit……..
It transpired that the miners were being killed by giant maggots, excreting green slime – the maggots had mutated into giants due to poisoning by industrial waste being dumped by a nearby chemical plant. I recently bought “The Green Death” story on DVD and sadly the special effects have not stood the test of time!! The giant maggots had a distinct look of paper mache and the green slime bore an uncanny resemblance to the cleaning agent Swarfega!! However that did not impair my enjoyment in any way. In truth Jon Pertwee was such a charming, charismatic and engaging Doctor Who, that he carried the show with ease.
I was unclear quite why “The Green Death” story had struck a chord and remained with me for the intervening 40 years, until I watched it again on DVD. There are two reasons for it being memorable. Firstly 1973 was the year that the miners went on strike in the UK, forcing the country onto a three day working week and into the pitch darkness ( not in a coal mine but in our homes ) as power cuts struck every night. So the miners were very topical in 1973 Great Britain.
The second reason is less about History, which at the time was my favourite subject at school, and more about Biology which I was yet to start studying!! Yes, “The Green Death” was the last adventure that Jo Grant took with Doctor Who. The 10 year old Simon Sterland was devastated. I was totally smitten and in love with Jo Grant ( Katie Manning ) and I had lost her to scientist in Wales, who she decided to marry and set up home with.
More importantly Doctor Who had lost his sexy sidekick and cut a sorry, sad figure as he drove his vintage car “Bessie” away from the Welsh mining village without her. Somehow Doctor Who was never quite the same again and Jon Pertwee continued for another year as Doctor Who, before putting his foppish, dandy-esque cape away for good, to be replaced by the eccentric and brilliant Tom Baker ( 1974-81 ).
Recordpress would like to hear from you. Answer the three questions below and simply enter our Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Competition ( Prize details below ).
1) Who was your favourite Doctor Who and why?
2) Who was your favourite Doctor Who assistant and why?
3) Which was your favourite enemy or monster and why?
The author of the best reply to these three questions will WIN A PRIZE OF A FRAMED DVD OF THEIR FAVOURITE DOCTOR WHO STORY WITH A COMMEMORATIVE DOCTOR WHO 50th ANNIVERSARY PLAQUE.
Alternatively if you cannot wait to celebrate Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary in November 2013, you can order the DVD of your favourite Doctor Who story; framed and mounted as a picture disc souvenir. You can also personalise it with an inscribed / engraved plaque……
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