Classic Doctor Who vs New Doctor Who Part 1 The Doctor & his Enemies

Doctor Who is the world’s longest running science fiction series. Over the past 50 years it has amassed a global following like no other tv franchise, with the possible exception of Star Trek.

However technically Doctor Who can be divided into two different series. Classic Who which ran from 1963-1989, and the revival often referred to as New Who by fans, which began in 2005, and is as of the writing of this article, still going strong after 10 years.

In this article I am going to compare both series and decide which I ultimately find to be superior.

Classic example of an Old Who fanboy and a New Who fangirl arguing about which is better.

Hitler sums up what many Classic era fans think.

In this the first of two articles I will be comparing how the Doctor was written in both series, and how major villains from the Classic Who such as the Daleks were handled in the revival compared to their portrayal in the original.

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Not that Classic Who being shown on the Horror channel and New Who being shown the Disney channel says anything about the quality of both series overall of course. 

1/ Classic Who Doctor vs New Who Doctor

The Doctor is the main protagonist across both series. He is a time lord from the planet Gallifrey, he has two hearts, and he has a time machine called the TARDIS (time and relative dimensions in space) which can allow him to visit any planet, at any point in its history. The TARDIS is also bigger on the inside than the outside.

Whenever the Doctor dies he can come back to life, but his body and outer personality completely changes. He is still the same man underneath, the same consciousness, same memories, same core personality. Its just on the surface he is completely different.

This power is called regeneration, and it is what has allowed the show to endure for so long.

Now I and many others feel that the first 7 Doctors on tv, in spite of how different they may have seemed on the surface, were all believable as being essentially the same character.

The 4 New Who Doctors meanwhile I feel though believable as being the same characters as one another, were somewhat distinct from the collective Classic era Doctor.

In this article I am going to be looking at the Classic Doctor and New Doctor as two separate characters. (I won’t be including 8 in either. Its not that I dislike him, but I feel he is really a wilderness Doctor. Like an odd cross between the old and the new in someways.)

So which is better then? Well I am going to have to say the Classic era Doctor was better for many reasons.

I feel that the Classic era Doctor was more unique, more consistent and ultimately more likable as a hero than his 21st century era counterpart.

To start with the Classic era Doctor was more alien than the new Doctor. The Classic era Doctor I think was actually among the few genuinely alien characters in all of science fiction. It can get a little frustrating in science fiction the way that most aliens behave in a very human way.

Take a look at the character of G’Kar from Babylon 5. Whilst I love G’Kar (he is easily one of the most well developed characters in anything.) He is still a very human character. He is a womanizer, he likes fine food, has an appreciation for art, and he is passionate about the plight of his people the Narn.

All of his character traits could be transferred into a human character in modern day and you wouldn’t notice the difference.

The Classic era Doctor meanwhile does have the same morals as we do, and he is able to form friendships with many human beings. Still ultimately he is very unemotional in some ways. Its not like Spock who is meant to have emotions, but merely represses them as do all members of his kind.

With the Doctor its a bit more subtle. He does have emotions, we see him get angry, happy, sad, but he never loses his cool. There isn’t an instance where the the Doctor completely blows his top and shouts and screams and spits everywhere. We never even see him cry at any point in the 26 year run of Classic Who, even when the worst tragedies befall him.

In Earthshock for instance when his young companion Adric is killed by the Cybermen the Doctor looks sad yes, but he doesn’t cry, whilst his two other companions Nyssa and Teegan burst into tears. We also never see the Doctor show overt fear either. Again he does get scared, but we never see him let his fear overwhelm him. Indeed that’s often one of the defining aspects of the character, that he is often able to wander into the most dangerous situations completely unarmed and seem quite chipper and happy. He can talk to his captors, even torturers as though they were his friends, like Jon Pertwee telling his torturers to stop being so childish, or Tom Baker getting a bit offended when his captor refuses a jelly baby he offers him.

We also never saw the Doctor fall in love throughout the entire series or even become attracted to anyone either.

At the same time not only was the Doctor not as emotional as other characters, but the few emotional responses he did have were often completely different anyway.

The Doctor would often react to the most mundane and meaningless things to us with extreme enthusiasm and manic intensity. Former Doctor Who writer Terrence Dicks once said that you could say to Tom Baker’s Doctor “it’s a nice day outside isn’t it” and he would say, probably whilst grabbing you “Is it? Yes it is a nice day isn’t it!” 

Tom’s Doctor could also be quite callous to things that were important to us. In the story Pyramids of Mars  when the character Lawrence Scarman is tortured to death by his own brother Marcus, who has been possessed by the Egyptian God of evil Sutekh. Sarah the Doctors human companion is naturally horrified, whilst the Doctor doesn’t care at all. He is calmly doing something else and tells Sarah without even looking at her, and with no emotion whatsoever in his voice, that he told Lawrence not to go near his brother again.

Moments like this I think showed how the Doctor didn’t always look at things the same way we did, because clearly his emotions just simply weren’t tuned the same way ours were.

Not only did this make the Doctor more unique as a hero, but also far more unpredictable. Sometimes the writers could use his alien nature for comedy, like having Tom Baker do something silly and inappropriate without realizing it, or sometimes it could be used in a darker way like having the Doctor be quite callous, or even outright ruthless in dispatching his enemies.

Sadly the New Who Doctors I don’t think are really alien at all. I think that the Moffat era Doctors 11 and 12 were far more alien and unpredictable than 9 and 10. Moffat overall had a better handle on the Doctor than Russell T Davies ever did. Still despite this, all of the New Who Doctors are very human in how they react to things.

The New Doctors all lose their cool regularly and scream, they fall in love regularly, they even have casual flings with characters like Tasha Lem, they ogle their female companions too like Clara, who 11 at one point slapped on the bum! They also regularly cry. My dad always used to call 10 the blubbing Doctor, but they ALL blub.

What a bunch of big sissys!

Obviously the biggest difference between the old Doctor and the new Doctor is the fact that the new Doctor is a very romantic character.

The old Doctor was completely asexual. There was never any hint that he even had the tiniest interest in any female character in the series. In fact it was even lampshaded in one story City of Death when the Fourth Doctor Tom Baker says “well you’re a very beautiful woman probably”, showing that he actually can’t tell one way or the other.

Personally I preferred this. To start with as I already mentioned it helped to make the Doctor seem more alien. Also once I think it made the Doctor stand out somewhat from other fictional characters. The Doctor from Classic Who is one of the only characters I can think of who has no love interests of any kind.

Just about every other fictional character you can name has to have a love interest. James Bond, Superman, Tarzan etc.

Even characters who are supposed to be big tortured loners, who shun human company still manage to always have love interests. Look at Angel who is a cursed Vampire that will go evil if he falls in love. Doesn’t slow him down. For his three years on Buffy he had Buffy, and also Cordelia and Faith chasing after him at various points. On his own show he had detective Lockley for a year, then Darla next season, then Cordelia after he knocked Darla up for, and then after Cordelia fell into coma he had a Werewolf girlfriend for the final season of his own show.

Its the same with female heroes too. Buffy always has to have a love interest whether that’s with Angel, Riley or her sado masochistic relationship with Spike. Xena’s the same too. Despite the fact that she is meant to be a loner too, Xena constantly has a string of love interests of both sexes.

Even asexual characters have to have a love interest of some kind eventually. Sherlock Holmes is shown to be attracted to Irene Adler in the novels. Its only hinted at, but still it has become much more prominent in subsequent adaptations, some of which have even had Holmes marry Irene and have children with her. Sheldon Cooper from the Big Bang Theory meanwhile has also fallen in love with Amy Farrah Fowler.

So much for the whole being asexual thing.

The Doctor from Classic Who is the only character who was never given any love interest at all. The closest they came to that was with Romana, a time lady (whose second incarnation was played by Lalla Ward, who was having an affair with Tom Baker at the the time they were making the series.) Still ultimately on screen its never even hinted that the Doctor and Romana are anything but friends.

I also think that the fact they didn’t keep focusing on the Doctors love life allowed them to focus on the science fiction aspects of the series more. I feel that too many science fiction and fantasy series tend to focus on the romantic relationships between certain characters at times. I am not saying that I never want there to be any romance in sci fi or fantasy, but ultimately it can get a little bit too much when the fantasy becomes secondary.

In the revival when they have the Doctor fall in love with his companions, I think it kind of ruins a lot of what makes the Doctor unique, as well as a lot of his appeal.

To start with it does make make the Doctor just like every other hero. The new Doctor always has to have a love interest. In series 1 and 2, its Rose and Madame De Pompadour. In series 3, Martha is in love with him, and the Doctor turns himself into a human in one episode, and then falls in love with a human named Joan Redfern. In series 4 he has Astrid, though Donna is not in love with him, Russell T Davies apparently had intended to have the companion of that series named Penny be in love with him, and the Doctor be in love with her too.

Under all of this is my need to write the Doctor in love again. I think we’ve handled it exactly right for series three: He’d never fall in love with Martha, because he can’t just love the next woman to walk in the door, after Rose. That would cheapen the whole thing. Penny is walking into the Doctors life at just the right time. The first time that the Doctor sees Penny it should be like wham! Both hearts.

Thank god Catherine Tate agreed to reprise the role of Donna Noble!

In series 5 Amy Pond attempts to force herself on the Doctor, then of course we have to deal with River Song, the Doctors wife who makes jokes about having crazy bondage sex with the Doctor.

Then we have Clara whom 11 is borderline in love with, then there is also Tasha Lem boss of the space nuns who also has crazy bondage sex with the Doctor. Finally even 12 is not only still lusting after Clara, but also now has a female version of his former archenemy The Master, called Missy who is in love with him too.

Imagine William Hartnell doing any of this!

I must say though that I think that these two

Are a perfect couple. As a child in the 90’s watching my Doctor Who videos and hearing Billie Piper on the radio, I always knew they would get together.

At the end of the day the Doctor, for me at least should not be a romantic character. His asexuality was part of what made him unique, and now when he is in love with Rose or River he is like so many other characters, a tormented immortal who is in love with a human who will age and die.

Also by placing so much emphasis on the Doctor’s love life the revival has ultimately I feel gone down more of a soap opera route than the original did.

Furthermore I also think that by making the Doctors companion’s fall in love with or at the very least be attracted to him, they have made the Doctor’s relationship with his companions more repetitive.

Look at his relationships with his companions in the 1970’s and compare them to the revival, and you will see that there is a much more variation between the original companions relationships with the Doctor.

70’s companions, Liz Shaw is a scientist, that the Doctor treats as an equal more so than the Brigadier, as he can talk to Liz about his scientific experiments and his TARDIS. Jo Grant the next companion is younger, and the Doctor has more of a fatherly relationship with her, and dotes on her more than he would do Liz. Sarah is older, but she isn’t a scientist. Thus the Doctor can’t quite talk to her the same way he would to Liz, but their relationship is still an equal one.

Sarah is really his best friend, and he is somewhat closer to her than he was too Liz and their relationship is much more intense, though not romantic. Leela meanwhile has more of a confrontational relationship with him, as Leela uses more violent means as a first option than the more cerebral Doctor. Romana meanwhile being a time lady actually has far, far, far greater technical knowledge than the Doctor. The Doctor has more experience than she does having been exploring the universe longer and also being much older too. Romana however actually is better on a technical level and thus in some ways its a reverse of the Doctor, Liz relationship.

With the New Who companions however we have Rose who is in love with the Doctor, Martha who is in love with the Doctor, Donna okay isn’t, River Song meanwhile is in love with him, Amy travels with him because she wants to shag him, though she gets over it, and Clara travels with him too because she wants to shag him, but she gets over it.

Another way I feel the classic Doctor is superior to the revival Doctor, is that his morality is more consistent.

Now the Classic era Doctor was a hero who generally tended to use his mind to solve his problems, but if need be he would use lethal force. He preferred not to, but he would absolutely kill if he had to. There were never moments when the Doctor was not prepared to kill.

The only exception to that was in Resurrection of the Daleks. Here the Doctor has a difficulty in killing Davros and hesitates. This might be seen as something of a contradiction and truth be told it is, but its not that big a one in 26 years. You can also rationalize it. Perhaps the Doctor has difficulty in killing him because technically he is not killing Davros in self defense.

Its not like blowing up a Dalek in a fight. He is planning to kill Davros simply so that he can not cure the Daleks. Whilst it is for a greater good, it is technically cold blooded murder. Even then the Doctor doesn’t so much spare Davros, whilst he is working up the courage to shoot him, he is distracted and Davros escapes and the Doctor is immediately regretful, saying “I’m an imbecile“. Later stories see the Doctor attempt to make up for this by trying to kill Davros every time he encounters him.

Now in the New Who the biggest problem I have with the Doctor is that his morality is all over the place. At certain times he will dispatch certain enemies no problem, but at others he not only doesn’t, but he goes into a big moral speech about how he is better than that.

The most notorious example of this is in the Tenth Doctor story  “The Doctors Daughter” Here the Doctor’s cloned daughter is shot dead by a psychopath right in front of him. The Doctor refuses to shoot him however and gives a big speech about how he never would. Only problem with this is the Tenth Doctor has wiped out entire species before like the Racnoss! Then there is his condemning the family of blood to an eternity of torture which is obviously a lot worse than just shooting a guy.

He tortures minor villains who killed to survive, yet he offered to help Davros a man who tried to destroy every universe? That is like skinning a shoplifter alive and then showing mercy to the most brutal Gestapo officer.

The worst however are in the Doctors dealings with the Master in New Who. The Doctor always shows ridiculous levels of compassion to the Master in spite of how evil the Master is. Even when the Master has tortured his companion, Martha Jones’s family for a whole year, and spent a year torturing Captain Jack Harkness to death over and over again. The Doctor not only doesn’t kill the Master, but he hugs him!

A lot of people say its because the Doctor and the Master used to be friends, but that’s rubbish. Why would he put someone he had been friends with when he was a child above people he was friends with now? Why would he put a psychopathic mass murderer above kind and decent people like Martha Jones?

Tennant’s Doctor crying over Simm’s Master’s corpse in front of Martha whose family just endured a year of torture, and Jack who had just been tortured to death over and over and over, is like if I wept over Hitlers corpse in front of a group of Auschwitz survivors (one of whom was in love with me and had gone through hell for me) because I used to play squash with Hitler at College.

Some people say “its because the Master is the only other member of his kind” which is more understandable, but it still doesn’t make sense. The Doctor is meant to at that point at least to have wiped out his entire people because they went evil. So he killed billions of time lords because they are evil, but not this one time lord? In The End of Time he refuses to kill the Master because that would be so evil, yet he commits genocide at the end technically against his own people?

Its so frustrating as a viewer watching that, as it just makes the Doctor into a raging hypocrite. Worst of all though is in The End of Time when the Doctor refuses to shoot the Master in order to save the entire human race whom he has turned into copies of himself. So he is putting one time lord above 7 billion humans?

Worst of all though is when he forces the Meta Crisis Doctor to live on a parallel earth with Rose because he wiped out the Daleks. The Doctor considers that act of genocide utterly unforgivable, and Rose needs to make him a better man.

Thing is Doctor, the last time you met Rose (Doomsday) she enthusiastically helped you to wipe both the Daleks and the Cybermen. “PULLING EM ALL IN”! I might add those Daleks and Cybermen combined weren’t as big a threat as Davros and his new Dalek empire.

Added to that Rose also wiped out the Daleks at the end of the Eccelston era and gloated about it to Dalek Sec.

“God of all Daleks and I destroyed him HA!”

So again why judge the Meta Crisis Doctor for destroying a race of Daleks far more dangerous than the ones you and Rose wiped out alongside a race of Cybermen? How’s Rose going to teach him that wiping out the Daleks is wrong, when she has already wiped them out twice?

“Oh Doctor who will save your soul” Seriously? SERIOUSLY!

The 12th Doctor has similary proven to be a massive hypocrite when it comes to Missy at least.

In his second story he tells a Dalek that is dying and asking for help to die all he likes. He is also happy to kill the monsters in Flatline too. So again why is it in an issue for him at all to vaporize Missy? Particularly after she has (to the best of his knowledge) butchered his two friends Osgood and Kate in front of him!

Ultimately this inconsistent morality is what makes the New Who Doctor more unlikable to me than the Classic era Doctor.

The Classic era Doctor it was established was willing to kill his enemies and he basically always did. Look at the Classic Doctors dealings with the Master.

He does not ever spare him. In the Masters second ever story The Mind of Evil, the Doctor goes out of his way to kill the Master. The Master has agreed to leave the earth, provided the Doctor gives him the directional UNIT back to his TARDIS. The Doctor however decides that he doesn’t have the right to let him loose on another world.

So the Doctor sets up a plan to murder the Master. He uses the Masters own machine that makes someone see their worst fear on the villain, and leaves him screaming and in pain in an area that is about to be blown to pieces by an atomic bomb. Of course the Master survives, but the Doctor is devastated at his survival.

In The Deadly Assassin, the Doctor once again tries to kill the Master. He kicks him down a flight of stairs and boots him into a bottomless pit. He later says that the Master is the one person in the universe that he would wish death upon, as he is the quintessence of evil. In the Davison era, the Doctor leaves the Master to get torn apart by his own servants in a city that is fading from existence.

In Planet of Fire, he actually burns a pleading Master into nothing but ash. In The Mark of the Rani the 6th Doctor upon seeing a young man get trapped in one of the Masters traps (that was meant for the Doctor), actually tries to murder the Master with his own weapon.

Here in contrast to Missy who is able to gloat over Osgood’s death to 12, the Master has to beg the Doctor and tries to convince him that the trap wasn’t meant for that young man. The Doctor only spares the Master because he needs him to help his companion, but even then he tells the Master that if anything happens to her, he will force the Master to walk over one of his own traps.

Finally the 7th Doctor tries to smash the Masters head in with a rock. He only relents because if he gives in to his violent impulses then the Cheetah virus which feeds on violence will overwhelm him. Thus once again with regret he is forced to spare the Master.

The only time in Classic Who the Doctor gives up an opportunity to kill the Master is when the Master is about to be sentenced to an eternity of torture. The Doctor spares him simply because he couldn’t condemn anyone to an eternity of torture.

Of course ironically the New Doctor did just that to minor villains the Family of Blood, whilst in that exact same season he was hugging the Master!

That about sums it up.

You see again that’s why the old Doctor is a hero you can route for more than the new Doctor. He is willing to kill in order to protect his friends. He doesn’t frustratingly spare the Master and Davros, even after they have butchered his friends in front of him. At the same time they aren’t ever sadistic like the Tenth Doctor is to the Family of Blood. They don’t torture enemies just for the hell of it, as he seemingly does in that story.

Be honest here, out of these two heroes which one do you find it easier to route for? The guy who does this to the evil villain, boots him down a flight of stairs and into a bottomless pit.

Or the guy that kisses Osgood’s killer?

and hugs the man who tortured Jack to death over and over for a whole fucking year?

Ultimately despite the odd blip Classic Who’s Doctor was a far more consistent and less infuriating character when it came to killing his enemies.

Another way in which I feel the old Doctor was better is his origin. Now the New Doctor is meant to be the last of his kind. I actually liked the time war origin in some ways, but still I think it led to the Doctor becoming a god.

In New Who they always make the Doctor into a god. I think this got worse in Steven Moffat’s era where the Doctor goes into these big speeches about how he is the most badass, awesome, godlike hero ever to live.

I personally prefer the idea of the Doctor being a lowly time lord ,who simply left Gallifrey because he was bored.

In the Classic Who the Doctor wasn’t the pivot of the universe. He was a fairly straight forward character. He merely wanted to explore the universe and he was actually back home, something of a loser.

Still at the same time the Doctor does have more experience of the universe because he has explored more of it, whilst the time lords have simply sat back and observed.

Therefore when the time lords need someone to deal with a threat, he is often the first one they call. A little thing like that is enough for me to make the Doctor seem special.

In New Who however they literally turn him into Space Jesus in so many episodes. They have people actually pray to him, do him up as Jesus and in one instance have him fly through the air as a messianic figure!

Another thing about New Who’s version of the Doctor is that I feel they make him too superpowered. In Classic Who, the Doctor didn’t really have any super powers, other than his intellect and his ability to regenerate of course.

In New Who however he can regrow hands, survive falling 10000000’s of feet through a pane of glass, perform Vulcan mind melds, and when he regenerates he can blow up entire fleets of Daleks.

Matt Smith’s regeneration always reminded me of Mario video games where you are on your last life, and you get a star, and you go all gold, and become invincible, and anyone you touch will die, and finally after you have killed enough badguys you get extra lives. That’s what happened with the Doctor here. The time lords give him a star when he is on his last life, and after he killed enough Daleks, he got 13 one up’s.

He is space Mario, as well as space Jesus!

Of course the funny thing is that despite being more super powered than the older Doctor, the New Who Doctor is far more useless as a hero.

The old Doctor was always two steps ahead of everyone. He was like Sherlock Holmes, but sadly the new Doctor is often undermined by his female companion.

During the Davies era, the Doctor saves the day in a grand total of 1 of the four season finale’s. In The Parting of the Ways, it is Rose who conquers the Daleks, in season 3, it is Martha who brings down the Master, and in season 4, it is Donna Noble who leads the two Doctors to save the universe. In Matt Smith’s time the Doctor has a better record at first, but sadly in the season 7 finale Clara, not only saves the Doctor, but it is revealed has also saved the Doctor in every single story up until now. This completely undermines him as a hero. Now his victories are her victories.

In the series 8 finale meanwhile, I don’t know what the fuck the Doctor does in that finale? Seriously what does he do? Has a hissy fit on the TARDIS console and that’s it!

The Daleks face their archenemy, Rose!

The New Doctor is constantly saved by his companions and the fact that he is supposed to be this big cosmic force, that people like Osgood pray to just makes it all the worse when he is useless.

Ultimately as you can see the original Doctor was a much better character in all respects to me. He was more alien and unique, his morality was more consistent than the new Doctors, he was less overblown in that he was just a bumbling traveller rather than a lonely god, and finally he wasn’t undermined in favour of his companions.

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2/ Villains and Monsters

Doctor Who has arguably the greatest rogues gallery of any television series. Over the years its monsters and villains have become an integral part of the show, to the point where just about every Doctor Who story has to have a monster of some kind. One of the things that general public remember the most about the classic who was hiding behind the sofa when monsters such as the Daleks and the Cybermen appeared on screen. But who has the better rogues gallery, old who or the revival?

Classic Daleks vs New Daleks

The Daleks are the Doctor’s greatest enemies. They are in fact arguably the most iconic villains in the entire history of British television.

They are without doubt my favorite villains in not just Doctor Who but possibly anything.

 

Now this is harder to choose which one is better, as I really love how the Daleks have been portrayed across both Classic Who and New Who.

Ultimately however I am going to have to go with the Classic era once again.

There are some things the revival has done that are better with the Daleks. For instance I feel that the Daleks actually seem more like the Doctors archenemies in the new series.

In Classic Who I feel that the producers never really bothered to beef up the Daleks as the Doctors deadliest enemies. They aren’t his most powerful foes, and actually they probably cause him less grief than many of his other enemies. For instance the Daleks never caused the death of an old Doctor. Even the Rani who was in just two stories managed that!

The producers of Classic Who to me it seemed felt like they didn’t need to make the Daleks the Doctors archenemies, because they were already so popular.

In the Davies era at least however, Russell went out of his way to really show viewers why these monsters were the Doctors main enemies. He made them the most powerful, had them inflict the largest amount of tragedies on him, from the destruction of his home planet to the departure of his companions Rose and Donna. They have even been responsible for a number of Doctors deaths in the revival. In fact including the Meta Crisis, the Daleks have caused the Doctor to lose 5 lives in the new series.

The Doctor has had many enemies over the years but the Daleks during Davies’ time were the only monsters he truly despised.

So yes in this respect, the New Who Daleks are superior.

However overall as monsters in their own right, I think that the Classic Who Daleks were much more effective. The Classic era Daleks were much more alien. There was nothing about them that we could really relate to, not just in terms of their appearance but character as well. These were monsters who had no real concept of pity or compassion.

The New Who Daleks I feel are too human a lot of the time. We have Daleks with names, Daleks that are religious fanatics, Daleks that are mad, and far too many good guy Daleks.

In fact there so far has only been three Dalek stories from the revival (as of the writing of this article) that haven’t featured a Dalek turning on other members of its kind because it sees them as evil.

So for me the Classic Who Daleks were far more unique and frightening as a result of this.

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Weeping Angels vs Autons

Now these two villains I feel are very comparable in a lot of ways. They are both examples of an everyday object turned into a monster. In the Autons case mannequins and the Angels statues. The Autons are really disembodied spirits called the Nestene’s that have the ability to animate anything made of plastic, allowing them to take control of dummies, dolls and even plastic chairs that they use to kill people.

The Angels meanwhile are ancient predators who are quantam locked, which means that when you look at them they turn to stone. Look away however and they exist. Either they will snap your neck like a twig, or they will throw you back in time and feed on the lost potential you would have had.

So which is a better take on this type of monster? Well I am going to say the Angels for many reasons.

To start with I think that the Angels are less limited than the Autons. When you look at all 3 Autons stories, there is really very little variation between them. They are all just aliens invade modern day earth stories and that’s that. The three Angels stories however I feel have more variation. Blink is a low key atmospheric story set in the rural countryside, the second Angels two parter is a big aliens style grand adventure, on a far away alien planet, whilst the final Angels story is a crime noir thriller in 1930’s Manhatten.

Also I feel that what the Angels do to you is more unusual. The Autons just zap you whilst the Angels throw you back in time. This allowed Blink in my opinion to be more than just another monster story. It also allowed it to be a very interesting time paradox story too. Also in The Angels Take Manhatten, it was horrifying what they attempted to do Rory. They didn’t just simply kill him or toss him back in time.

They lock him in a tiny little room for the rest of his life, all alone with nothing to do. We see Rory as an old man trapped alone in the bedroom, so pleased when he sees another face after thirty years of being at the mercy of the Angels.

To me this made the Angels far more terrifying than the Autons who would just shoot you.

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Classic Great Intelligence vs New Great Intelligence

The Great Intelligence is a major enemy of the Doctor. It is an evil disembodied spirit that must work through its servants. It originally appeared in the Second Doctor Patrick Troughton’s era where it faced him two times. After this the creature went through an over 40 year absence until it resurfaced as the main villain in Matt Smith’s third season, as the main antagonist where it was played by Richard E Grant and Sir Ian McKellan.

Now this is hard to decide which I prefer. On the one hand I will say that The Web of Fear is the best story with the Intelligence. The Web of Fear is one of my all time favourite stories. Also I prefer the classic era Intelligence’s servants, the Yeti Robots in The Abominable Snowmen and The Web of Fear, to the Whisper men, his servants in The Name of the Doctor. The Whisper Men just kind of seemed like a poor man’s version of the silence, whispery villains who talk in rhymes, have white faces etc. The Yeti however who were furry robots were more original.

Still despite this I think I prefer the Intelligence in the revival. The thing about the Intelligence in the revival is that its more fleshed out as a character. In the original its just a generic villain that wants power because? In the revival however we learn a little bit more about it. We see how it yearns to have a body, how it grows to despise the Doctor because he thwarts it at every turn, and how it comes to eventually only care about making him suffer. Its not surprising in many ways that the Intelligence in the revival would be more fleshed out, as the focus was more on the Yeti’s than the Intelligence itself in the classic era.

Still I’d say overall that the intelligence was superior in the revival and the Intelligence story arc is definitely one of my favourites in the whole series.

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The Classic Master vs The New Master

Well I think this one is obvious to anyone who has read my work before.

The Classic Who Master was a fun rival to the Doctor who was well developed across all of his incarnations. We saw his start out as a ruthless villain who was gradually driven to madness through his bitter, petty and hateful feud with the Doctor.

The New Who Master meanwhile, whilst I enjoyed John Simm’s performance as the villain (and felt it followed on quite well from the original Masters, minus the silly, retconning of the villains origins.) Ultimately I just can’t get on board with Missy.

Nothing against Michelle Gomez, who is an otherwise fine actress, but I think that its ridiculous to suddenly change the Masters sex for no reason, other than to pander to the bullying feminist side of fandom. Its even more ridiculous to re-imagine the character as the Doctors love interest.

I honestly can’t see what the fuck Missy is even meant to be to be honest, other than just pandering? The Classic Who Master was a villain who hated the Doctor more than anything, who would stop at nothing to make him suffer. Often the Doctor would go through absolute hell when going up against the Master such as in The Deadly Assassin.

Missy meanwhile is just a big mad kissy woman who wants to shag the Doctor, and who he seems to to quite like too, but she also kills people for what reason?

All she does is just undermine the Doctor as she shows up kills people for no reason, but he likes her, so he often lets her go, or even saves her life!

Whilst it was true that Tennant went far too easy on Simm, at least I can see the point of Simm’s Master as he was still an enemy the Doctor had to overcome. With Missy however she isn’t even an enemy of the Doctor. She hands him an army of Cybermen in her first story, saves him from the Daleks in her second, and its revealed brought him and Clara together.

So basically all she has done in her own twisted mind is help him, whilst also killing random people for no reason? Missy is a truly terrible character. Nothing but a mix of feminist pandering and a cliched femme fatale trope, that completely undermines the Doctors credibility as a hero.

Whilst John Simm’s Master was great, sadly he is weighed down by the Mistress.

 

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Classic Who Silurians vs New Who Silurians

The Silurians are ancient reptiles who ruled the earth before mankind. They were a highly advanced civilisation but their time came when a natural disaster threatened to wipe them out. The Silurians retreated underground and went into suspended animation hoping to emerge when the earth had recovered.

Unfortunately they slept for too long. In the millions of years they were in hibernation mankind evolved and became the masters of the earth.

When the Silurians finally awoke, they planned to exterminate mankind and take control of the earth which they believe is rightfully there’s as they were her before us.

Now I think that the best Silurian adventure is undoubtedly the first Silurian story “Doctor Who and the Silurians” I’d rate this as being easily among the top 20 Doctor Who stories ever made.

Still despite this I’d say that I prefer the Silurians in New Who those from the original series. To start with I prefer their design. I seem to be in the minority here, as most who fans I have spoken with were angry that they changed the Silurians design as they felt the new Silurians looked too human.

Me personally I liked that look as I think that the Silurians should be more human. They are not like the Daleks they aren’t monsters, they are meant to be capable of being both good and evil.

I also think that the new masks allow the actors playing them like the wonderful Neve McIntosh who plays Vastra a chance to act properly too. Before their faces were completely covered so all they could rely on was their voices.

Also I prefer the new Silurians because I think they get across the idea that these are creatures just like usm with no fixed morality like the Daleks and the Cybermen better than the originals.

Apart from in their first story I think that the Siurians were often just portrayed as monsters in the classic era like in the story “Warriors of the Deep“. The character of Vastra in the revival however a benevolent Silurian who has integrated herself into human society, I think demonstrates how the Silurians are capable of both good and evil.

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The Valeyard vs The Dream Lord

Now these characters are both basically the same idea. They are villains created from the Doctors dark side. They are basically evil Doctors. Some fans have even speculated that the Valeyard and the Dreamlord are actually meant to be the same character though this has not been conformed.

Now I am going to go with the New Who here and say that the Dreamlord was a better take on this idea. Michael Jayston who played the Valeyard was excellent, but ultimately the character I think wasn’t really given much to do throughout most of his appearance in “Trial of a Time Lord” until the end, after which a lot of what we found out about him was contradictory. For instance the Valeyard was said to have been created between his second last and final incarnation. The thing is he also wants to steal all of his remaining regenerations after the 6th Doctor. If he did that then he would technically wipe himself from existence since he comes between Doctors 12 and 13.

Also on top of that I felt that the Dreamlord’s single story “Amy’s Choice” is much better than “Trial of a Time Lord” the Valeyard’s only appearance on tv.

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Classic Cybermen vs New Cybermen

The Cybermen are the Doctors most iconic enemies after the Daleks. They were created by Kit Pedler and Gerry Davies, the then script editor of Doctor Who (who also came up with the concept of regeneration.)

The Cybermen in the classic era were aliens from Earth’s identical twin planet Mondas. They were originally exactly like us, but they slowly replaced all of their organic components with metallic ones until they transformed themselves into cyborgs. The Cybermen seek to do the same to all other life forms in the universe and begin conquering worlds converting the life forms into members of their own kind

Cyber conversion.

Ultimately however the Cybermen are very nearly driven to extinction when their home planet Mondas is destroyed, but a few manage to survive and attempt to rebuild their fallen race. The Cybermen served as quite a good contrast to the Daleks this way, in that, whilst the Daleks were a race with a vast empire and countless resources, the Cybermen were a dead race, struggling to survive. Whilst the Daleks regularly screamed “Daleks conquer and destroy” the Cybermen’s catchphrase was “we will survive”.

In a way the Cybermen were more sympathetic villains than the Daleks. The Cybermen unlike the Daleks, had to conquer other races because it was the only way they could survive as they could not reproduce without converting other life forms.

In the revival the Cybermen are said to come from another universe. They were created from that universe’s version of earth by Cybus industries, and eventually found a way to cross over into our reality.

Now this one is a bit more difficult to decide, as sadly I think that the Cybermen in both series have been handled quite badly.

Its a shame as the Cybermen are brilliant villains. They are an idea that was decades ahead of its time. Many fans have famously compared them to the Borg from Star Trek who debuted over 20 years later. The producers of Star Trek themselves even acknowledged Doctor Who. In an episode of Star Trek The Next Generation”Q Who” the names of the first 6 actors to play the Doctor pop up on a computer screen.

Star Trek references Doctor Who.

Sadly however it seems the writers of classic who and new who seem to enjoy doing the Cybermen down within the stories themselves.

The fourth Doctor mocks them to their faces telling them that they are just a bunch of pathetic tin soldiers skulking about the galaxy in an ancient spaceship. In New Who the Daleks trash talk and completely thrash them. In another episode the Doctor blows up an entire fleet of Cybermen in order to intimidate another villain.

In order to show off how badass another character is, both shows will have them slaughter a huge amount of Cybermen whether that’s the Daleks, Rory, Ace or the Raston Warrior Robot.

At least he doesn’t rub it in like Rory or the Daleks.

Don’t worry Cyber fans though in the Doctor Who/Star Trek crossover the Cybermen kicked the shit out of the Borg very badly. In fact in one alternate time line the Cybemen not only beat the Borg but managed to convert the Klingons, the Romulans, and the Cardassians too.

So at the very least they are more powerful than all of Star Trek’s major enemies.

The Cybermen get back at the Borg for copying them.

Sadly however on tv the Cybermen have usually got their arses kicked and naturally this has completely destroyed the Cybermen’s menace over the years. Its a real shame as even though the Daleks are unquestionably my favourite villains, the Cybermen I think are actually the most terrifying when used properly.

I think the writers just got it in their heads that the Cybermen were second rate villains, because sadly in popular culture they have always been seen that way in the sense that they are seen as the Doctors “other” enemies after the Daleks who are the most iconic. On top of that the fact that they were meant to be a dead race probably didn’t help.

Still whilst there have been problems with the Cybermen across both old and new who I am still going to have to say that the Classic Who Cybermen were better. The heyday of the Cybermen was really in the 1960’s. Their two best stories “The Invasion” and “Tomb of the Cybermen” are from this decade.

In the 60’s stories the Cybermen are portrayed as a force to be reckoned with. Even though they are nearing extinction, they are still crafty, strong, manipulative and ruthless and the Doctor seems genuinely terrified of them.

Also I preferred the way they were often silent in these stories. It gave them a kind of eeriness like they were cybernetic zombies. You could never tell what they were thinking as their faces were completely blank.

So yes overall I am going to go with the Classic era on this one.

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Classic Sontarans vs New Sontarans

The Sontarans are a clone race who glory in war. They just love to fight and cause trouble wherever they go.

Now for me this is easy. I’m going to say the Classic Sontarans are better in every way than the new ones. To start with I think that both The Time Warrior and The Sontaran Experiment, two classic era Sontaran stories are better than any new who Sontaran stories. Also despite their somewhat comical appearance they actually do seem menacing in both of those stories. We see how one Sontaran is capable of outsmarting, overpowering, and torturing several human beings at once. We even see how one Sontaran would be capable of changing the entire course of human history by itself.

In the New Who they have had one appearance as villains and the rest of the time they have been used as comedy stooges. I actually do quite like Stax, but still I think the Sontarans have been somewhat undermined as villains in new who. The thing about them is because their appearance can be somewhat comical, then you shouldn’t make them comical characters, as then they just become a complete joke and sadly that is what has happened to the new Sontarans.

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Classic Ice Warriors vs New Ice Warriors

The Ice Warriors are among the Doctors oldest enemies. They first appeared during the Second Doctors era in the 60’s. They are gigantic reptiles from Mars who house themselves in powerful armour.

No I am going to say that the new Ice Warriors are better. The Ice Warriors have only appeared in one story of the revival so far, but I must admit I preferred it to all of their appearances in the classic era. I don’t dislike their appearances in the classic era, but what can I say I just enjoyed their single new Who story more, and since there really is no difference between how they are portrayed in both series then I am going to go with New Who here.

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Sutekh vs The Beast

These two one off villains are essentially the same idea as one another. Sutekh is an ancient alien from the planet Osiris. He possessed virtually limitless power, yet was still terrified that somewhere in the universe some life form would one day grow to rival him in power.,o he decided to destroy all life where ever he found it. He destroyed billions of worlds across the universe until his own people (whose planet, Osiris, he destroyed) managed to imprison him. In the story Pyramids of Mars he tries to escape from his prison deep beneath a pyramid. He was said to have been the inspiration for both Set the Egyptian god of evil and Satan in mythology.

The Beast is an ancient evil that existed from before our universe. At the beginning of our universe the Beast was imprisoned by the servants of the light in a cave on a far away planet. It claims to have been the inspiration behind all the horned figures in all mythologies all over the universe including Satan.

Both villains are even voiced by the same actor Gabriel Woof who has possibly the best voice of all time.

Now I am going to go with the Classic Who on this one. Sutekh is better simply because the story he is in is superior.

Pyramids of Mars is better in my opinion because it focuses on Sutekh. Remember what I was saying earlier about how the New Who would often focus on the Doctors love life and the soap opera element at the expense of the sci fi? Well sadly that is what happens with the Beast. Even when the Doctor is coming face to face with Satan himself, he still goes on about how fabulous Rose is and its annoying and cheesy.

In Pyramids of Mars when the Doctor faces Sutekh then they are actually able to focus on the idea of Sutekh which is more interesting. They don’t have the Doctor go on about how much he is in love with Sarah for 5 minutes.

See for yourself.

Sutekh wasn’t sidelined in favour of Rose so I am going to go for Sutekh here.

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The Rani vs Madame Kovarian

These villains don’t really have much in common with one another. I admit I am only including them together because they are both among the only female villains in Doctor Who.

I am definitely going to go with the Classic era here. Kovarian I always found to be a rather dull villain overall. The Rani on the other hand I think is a very underrated enemy.

The Rani was a time lady who unlike the Master did not seek to conquer. She is a scientist who experiments on human beings the same way that we do on animals. She is a corrupt Joseph Mengela type of villain. Sadly she has been underused, but still I nevertheless think that there is huge potential in her and clearly so do many other fans as there have been constant calls for her to return to the series.

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Final Result

Classic Who wins this round, but join me in part 2 where I will be looking at the companions as well as the best stories from both series side by side.

Lost in Space Vs Red Dwarf

Lost in Space and Red Dwarf are two science fiction series that blend sci fi (and in Lost in Space’s case fantasy) with comedy. Though they have stood out as oddballs among both genre’s for this reason, they have nevertheless developed very strong followings that have persisted for decades.

Over the years I have noticed a number of similarities between Lost in Space and Red Dwarf. I always suspected that Lost in Space was an influence on Red Dwarf and was delighted to hear that Red Dwarf’s creators Doug Naylor and Rob Grant were big fans of Lost in Space with Doug Naylor, even commenting that there was a lot of Dr Smith in the character of Arnold Rimmer.

The similarities between the two shows are quite big. Both series revolve around a crew who become, well lost in space, or more trapped in deep space in the Dwarfers case. Both shows revolve around the main characters attempts to get back to earth, and both also feature a main character who is a cowardly, self serving, lying, cheating piece of scum; alongside a robot who is braver, more intelligent and more well liked than he is.

This is not to do down Red Dwarf. Every work of fiction is influenced by another and Red Dwarf has certainly carved out its own identity not only from Lost in Space, but its many other influences.

However since both shows are similar to an extent, and since both series are probably in all fairness the most iconic science fiction comedy series: I have decided to examine them in this week’s sci fi showdowns.

As always remember that all opinions in this article are purely my own.

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Overview

Lost in Space was created by Irwin Allen in 1965. Pitched as “Swiss Family Robinson in Space”. It was originally devised as a serious adventure series.

It was set in the then future of the 1990’s and revolved around mankind’s attempts to colonise other planets. Unfortunately the first ship sent to prepare a colony, the Jupiter 2 is blown off course. Its crew, originally just consisting of the Robinson family, and the ships pilot, Major Don West are lost in space seemingly forever.

The first pilot though having impressive effects and an exciting story featuring a giant man eating cyclops, a lost civilisation, a perilous sea, and strange aliens with no mouths, failed to win over test audiences.

A second pilot would soon be made which added the characters of the Robot and Doctor Zachary Smith played by the late great Jonathan Harris.

In the revised pilot Doctor Smith, a slimy saboteur actively sabotages the Jupiter 2, but ends up becoming trapped on the ship as it takes off.

For the first few episodes Smith would attempt to murder the Robinson family and use their ship to return home. Originally the character was to eventually be killed off, but Smith proved to be far too popular with viewers and not only would he be kept on. Ironically he soon ended up becoming the main character.

The character of Smith would be softened over time, though he always remained a mostly unsympathetic, cowardly, selfish character (and the cause of almost all of the Robinsons problems.) Later episodes tended to portray him as more stupid, lazy, and comedic.

The character of the Robot, having initially begun as nothing more than just a tool for the family to use would also develop a personality in later episodes and would often serve as a more heroic comedic foil to the cowardly, inept Smith. Will Robinson, played by Billy Mumy the youngest child of the family often served as the middle man between them.

Later episodes of Lost in Space also saw the show become more of a surrealist comedy series than a serious sci fi show. Whilst some have criticised this development, the show nevertheless remained popular throughout its run and maintains a devoted following decades on. It has also been cited as an influence on later sci fi comedy series such as Red Dwarf itself.

Red Dwarf meanwhile was created by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor over two decades later in 1988.

It originally revolved primarily around two characters, the blokish, slobbish, yet lovable Dave Lister played by Craig Charles and the prissy, uptight, cowardly, bitter Arnold Rimmer played by Chris Barrie. The two despise one another, but are sadly forced to share a room on the mining ship Red Dwarf as they are the two lowest ranking members of the ship.

Things take a turn for the worse however when Rimmer causes an accident that wipes out the entire crew and leaves Red Dwarf floating in space for 3 million years.

Lister is the only survivor of the accident as he was concealed in a stasis pod at the time (as a punishment for bringing his pet cat Frankenstein aboard.)

Three million years later Lister is released by the ships sentient computer Holly (who has gone computer senile.) Rimmer is revived as a hologram, whilst Lister later discovers that his cat Frankenstein also survived the explosion and was in fact pregnant. Her kittens descendants later evolved into a humanoid race who eventually left Red Dwarf with one male, who Lister christens simply “The Cat”, being left behind.

Earlier episodes of Red Dwarf tended to be more of a straight forward sitcom set in space. Much of the humour was derived from the culture clash between Rimmer and Lister, with The Cat and Holly being more supporting characters.

From season 3 onward however the character of Kryten, a mechanoid stranded in the future (who was introduced in series 2 in a single guest appearance) became a regular the stories began to explore more science fiction concepts. It later became more of an adventure series, with the crew battling various monsters, androids and mutations. They also travel through time, slip into parallel universes, and face various evil versions of themselves.

Red Dwarf has to date produced 10 series. Sadly however there have been many gaps between the series and the show much like Doctor Who has often been messed around by the BBC. Still it remains one of the most popular British series, having developed a huge following all over the world, (particularly in America.)

Red Dwarf is in fact the longest running British science fiction series after Doctor Who.

1/ Best Cowardly Trouble Maker

Doctor Zachary Smith

Arnold Rimmer

Now these two characters are very similar. They are both self serving, lying cheats who are either directly or indirectly responsible for all of their ship mates problems. They are also obsessed with the military and war despite ironically being tremendous physical cowards. They are also unbelievable egotists, often going on about how brave and dashing they are. They are also power hungry and greedy, have no loyalty to any other members of their crew, and are the most willing to kill often in dirty underhand ways like shooting people in the back. Despite or perhaps because of these qualities Rimmer and Dr Smith are without doubt the two most popular characters in their respective series.

Rimmer and Smith’s relationships with Kryten and the Robot are also similar. The Robot and Kryten are everything that Rimmer and Dr Smith are not. They are genuinely brave, kind, competent, intelligent and well liked by the rest of the crew. However because they are both robots, they are of a lower rank and therefore not only are not allowed to say anything back to either Smith or Rimmer, but have to endure their abuse for just being robots.

There are a few moments however where Kryten and the Robot are able to slip a little insult in against Smith or Rimmer. A lot of the banter back and forth between Rimmer and Kryten and Robot and Dr Smith is quite similar with Rimmer even making jokes about the shape of Kryten’s head.

Dr Smith/ This tin plated fool is no kin of mine

Robot/Correction I know you like a brother who chickens out when all hands are needed, who steals food when all crew members are on short supplies.

Rimmer/ I don’t loather myself? What could one possibly loathe about me 

Kryten/ Well there’s the fact that you’re vain, cowardly and the awful truth that throughout your entire life no one has ever truly liked you because you are so thoroughly unlikable. 

Dr Smith/ There is only so much a man can be made to endure.

Robot/ MAN?

Rimmer/ I’m a competive man Kryten its what makes me what I am.

Kryten/ We are all perfectly aware of what you are sir. 

The similarities between Rimmer and Dr Smith where even noted by Doug Naylor himself who said that there is a little bit of Dr Smith in Rimmer. Which one is better however?

Well this is probably the hardest one I’ve had to do, but I am going to go with Dr Smith. Rimmer is a much more fleshed out character. Throughout his run Dr Smith was always a cartoony character where as with Rimmer incredibly the writers where able to make us feel sorry for him and show us how he had become the man he was. Still despite this Dr Smith is a better character for me as unlike Rimmer he pretty much carried his series.

Face facts without Dr Smith Lost in Space would be forgotten. The premise of the show was fairly interesting, but it was not that original and the main characters, the Robinsons were fairly boring and bland.

A lot of people say they wish the show hadn’t taken a comedic turn in the later series and focused on being serious science fiction like in its first season. If it had done however I think it would have been overlooked as just another sci fi series.

As a serious sci fi show I don’t think Lost in Space really had anything to make it stand out like Who or Trek. Its premise was fairly straight forward. It wasn’t hopeful like Star Trek’s or offbeat like Doctor Who’s and there certainly wasn’t a really strong, unusual character among the Robinsons like Spock or the Doctor. I think all of the actors in Lost in Space were great, but their characters were poorly developed.

It was the fact that thanks to Doctor Smith the show became really the first science fiction comedy series that it was able to stand out from its contemporaries and become unique and consequently influential.

Not only have the creators of Red Dwarf cited it as an influence, but Matt Groening also has for Futurama too and even claimed that Will Robinson and the Robot’s relationship inspired Fry and Bender’s much like how Dr Smith and the Robot’s relationship inspired Rimmer and Kryten’s.

Whilst some may look on Lost in Space as a wasted opportunity for a serious science fiction series, I see it as the first successful attempt on television to merge sci fi and humour and as the precursor in so many ways to the likes of Red Dwarf and Futurama.

Thus for this reason Smith is ultimately the better of the two characters as it was Smith who caused Lost in Space to take a turn towards the comedic. Without him it would never have become a sci fi comedy. He is more important to Lost in Space and its legacy than Rimmer is to Red Dwarf.

Also I feel that Smith was really the only interesting character in Lost in Space. The Robot and Will Robinson where good characters but it was only because they had Smith to play off of. If you take Dr Smith out of Lost in Space then its nothing. If you were to take Rimmer out of Red Dwarf it would not be anywhere near as good, but I think it could go on. In fact it did in series 7 when Rimmer briefly left the series and it was able to produce a number of good episodes in his absence such as most notably”Epideme”.

Smith is really one of the first examples of a both an anti hero and a break out character in science fiction television and so as much as I love Rimmer. I am going to have to give this one to Dr Smith.

Winner

Lost in Space 1/Red Dwarf 0

2/Best Robot

The Robot

Kryten

Again this is a very difficult one. Both are such hilarious characters and both have such a unique wonderful design and interaction with the other main characters. Kryten and the Robot’s relationships with Dave Lister and Will Robinson are both very heartwarming whilst their relationships with Dr Smith and Rimmer are pure comedy gold.

Ultimately however I am going to have to go with Lost in Space here yet again. The Robot I feel is a very influential character as he is really on television the first robot character who becomes more human but in a quite funny, petty way.

Normally in sci fi when a robot or an alien becomes more human it was treated seriously. We would see how they discovered love or honour or became evil.

With the Robot however whilst we did see him develop a genuine friendship with Will Robinson, we also saw him do things like get drunk and have a hangover the next morning, dress up like a woman, take a huff when someone insults him, boast about how much he understands women because “he has been around”, and get into petty little arguments with Doctor Smith.

These are all characteristics we see later with robots like Kryten and Bender.

Also the Robot I feel again carried the show more than Kryten. Not to the same extent as Doctor Smith, but still I think Smith really needed the Robot as a foil. Rimmer however got on fine for two series without Kryten and there are many who feel that the first two series without Kryten were the best, though I disagree, I feel that Red Dwarf really came into its own from 3 onward.

Finally I feel the Robot is more iconic. “Danger, Danger Will Robinson” is one of the most quoted catchphrases of all time and his design is also I feel more recognisable and unique.

Winner

Lost in Space 2/ Red Dwarf 0

3/Best Spaceship

 

Jupiter 2

Red Dwarf

This is a no brainer for me. Red Dwarf is easily the better ship. I liked the inside of the Jupiter 2 which was very cosy and safe.

The outside however was just a generic saucer. Unlike the TARDIS and the Enterprise which you would instantly recognise as coming from each show, the Jupiter 2 just looks like a billion other flying saucers.

Red Dwarf’s design is more unique and also the inside of Red Dwarf I felt was a lot more interesting too. I often find in sci fi space ships interiors tend to fall into one of either two types of designs.

Either they are very cosy like the TARDIS in Classic Who, the Jupiter 2 or the original Enterprise or they are a bit more dark and gloomy and industrialised like a factory, such as the ships in Star Wars or the Nostromo.

Red Dwarf I feel however manages to blend both together rather well. The inside of Rimmer and Listers quarters for instance is very cosy whilst the long corridors are more dark and gloomy and have more of a Star Wars, Alien vibe to them.

Winner

Lost in Space 2/ Red Dwarf 1

4/Best Monster

Mr Keema

Polymorph

I’m going to give this to Lost in Space. I love both of the Polymorph episodes, but not only do I feel the Mr Keema episode is better than either, but I also feel Mr Keema is a more unique design. The Polymorph is just a kind of generic Xenomorph lookalike. Mr Keema is a far more hilarious and crazy looking monster and his story also plays out like a surreal brothers grimm style fantasy in space.

Winner

Lost in Space 3/ Red Dwarf 1

5/Episode with a good guy version of the cowardly smeg head

His Majesty Smith

Dimension Jump

Now these two episodes follow a similar plot. A double appears (in Dr Smith’s case it is created by aliens, in Rimmers case he is from an alternate universe) of the two most unlikable members of the crew Rimmer and Zachary. Both of these doubles are hard working, honourable, brave, sweet, caring, kind and are loved by all the other members of the crew. They also have funny nicknames Daddy Zach and Ace Rimmer.

Naturally of course both the real Dr Smith and Arnold Rimmer, along with the audience HATE these perfect in every way versions of themselves, though to be fair their doubles don’t exactly like them very much either for obvious reasons.

Both stories represent what Lost in Space and Red Dwarf do well in that they take a sci fi trope, in this case evil doubles of the main characters and provide a humorous twist on it. How could they have an evil version of their main characters Dr Smith and Rimmer who are already pretty nasty guys?

Show us heroic versions of them who drive the originals mad with jealously!

Now which episode is better?

Well Red Dwarf definitely. His Majesty Smith is funny, but Dimension Jump is one of the best ever alternate universe stories and really Ace Rimmer who would go on to appear in two more episodes was clearly a lot more memorable than Daddy Zach. I think part of the reason for that was actually because Ace was a more nuanced character. Ace showed us what our Rimmer could have become if he had tried where as Daddy Zach was just a mock up of the real Dr Smith who happened to be nice. Thus Ace for me was not only funnier, but more well thought out.

Winner

Lost in Space 3/ Red Dwarf 2

Episode 6/ Episode where the cowardly smeg head is put on trial

Condemned of Space

Justice

These two episodes again follow a fairly similar plot. In both of them our main characters are put on trial and tried by intergalactic laws. All are found innocent except for Dr Smith and Arnold Rimmer.

Both are found guilty of sabotaging the space ships (though in Rimmers case it was an accident) both are then sentenced to life imprisonment and the only way the others are able to get them off with it is to claim that they were mentally incompetent and thus unaccountable for their actions.

Of course Dr Smith and Arnold Rimmer, two huge egotists HATE this being said about them in a court of law.

Whilst Condemned of Space is a funny episode Justice is ultimately the superior take on this idea. Watching Rimmer get taken down by Kryten in court is an all time comedy classic.

Winner

Lost in Space 3/ Red Dwarf 3

7/ Episode where the cowardly guy creates a race of clones of himself

The Space Destructors

Rimmerworld

Again we see both series do episodes with a similar storyline. Both of these episodes see Dr Smith and Arnold Rimmer create a race of clones from themselves with whom they hope to achieve glory, however their clones stab them in the back because they are after all clones of a self serving, back stabbing, cowardly, slimy, triple faced, rat hearted weasel. Once again I think Red Dwarf’s take on this idea is the funnier of the two.

Both are very funny episodes and The Space Destructors does contain one of Smith’s best lines “oh dear what a frightful mess I’ve made of everything and all I wanted to do was take over the universe“. However Rimmerworld just has too many funny moments and plays around with the idea of the different Rimmers in a more wild way such as having the women look like Rimmer who snog the men who look like Rimmer, so it takes a small lead.

Winner

Lost in Space 3/ Red Dwarf 4

8/ Best episode where they get back to earth, but there’s a catch

Visit To A Hostile Planet

Backwards

Both of these episodes are stories that only really Red Dwarf and Lost in Space could do as both revolve around the main characters finally getting back to earth after being trapped in deep space for so long. However sadly in both cases it turns out that there is a catch.

In the Jupiter 2’s case they have landed 50 years in the past and everyone thinks that they are aliens called Voltons and try to kill them, whilst in Red Dwarfs they have landed in an alternate earth where time runs backwards.

Despite this however certain members of the crew (Dr Smith and Arnold Rimmer) still want to stay, as it is earth after all, and it beats being trapped in deep space. Once again Red Dwarf wins this one. I do like Visit to a Hostile Planet but Backwards I think is a very interesting take on the alternate universe idea and again its somewhat wilder and more surreal than the Lost in Space episode as a result.

However I do think the conflict over whether or not to stay on earth is handled better in the Lost in Space episode as Dr Smith truly does lose it at the thought of going back into space. You can almost feel sorry for him for once, as he makes it back to earth, his dream for years but just a few decades too early. Still I liked the Red Dwarf episode better so it wins this one yet again.

Winner

Lost in Space 3/ Red Dwarf 5

9/Best episode with evil versions of the main characters

The Antimatter man

Demons and Angels

Lost in Space wins this. I love Demons and Angels and the evil cross dressing sado masochistic Rimmer who seems to have a homosexual attraction to Lister (which considering he is made from Rimmer means these feelings must come from Rimmers mind. That plus the fact that Lister has a homoerotic dream about Rimmer in series 7 makes me wonder at times what the true nature of their relationship is.) Is one of the most hilarious moments in either series.

However the Lost in Space episode is a much better story. The Antimatter man to me represents what Lost in Space does well aside from blending humour and sci fi. Blending sci fi and fantasy too.

This can be seen in many episodes including the final episode of season 1 where John Robinson is taken over by the spirit of an alien. The Antimatter man however is the best example as it features a classic sci fi trope of the evil double but its presented in more of a fantastical way. The evil double is shown to come from a hell dimension full of Demons and living rocks and is presented as being more of a supernatural creature like a vampire who casts no shadow and is seemingly immortal.

The hell dimension that the evil John Robinson comes from is also visually stunning too. It looks like a surrealist painting come to life. Once again this story demonstrated how Lost in Space stood out from its rivals Star Trek and Doctor Who both of whom also did alternate universe stories.

Star Trek’s was the deepest taking us into how the alternate society works, whilst Doctor Who’s was the most frightening showing us the alternate versions of the main characters and the entire alternate world die. Whilst Lost in Space’s finally was the most humorous, whimsical and surrealist too.

The Antimatter man to me sums up perfectly what is so special about Lost in Space and is probably a good one to show non fans to initiate them.

Winner

Lost in Space 4/ Red Dwarf 5

10/Best craziest, wildest, most outrageous episode!

The Great Vegetable Rebellion

Meltdown

Incredibly these are among the two least popular episodes of both series. The Great Vegetable Rebellion is usually seen as the worst episode of all of Lost in Space. People always go on about how its proof that Lost in Space had to end as it had just become too silly. Thing is it was supposed to be silly! I think people always seem to miss that point of Lost in Space in its later years that it intentionally made the move to comedy and as I pointed out earlier became not only very original that way, but also subsequently very influential on other series as well.

Obviously if looking at it as a serious episode The Great Vegetable Rebellion is poor but if looking at it as what it actually is, a funny episode of a comedy series its an all time classic. Its a truly hilarious episode like something out of the British comedy The Mighty Boosh. I often thought that Lost in Space was perhaps more popular in the United Kingdom because its sense of humour was more surrealist which is more in line with British humour like Monty Python and The Mighty Boosh.

Meltdown meanwhile I have no idea why its so hated by the fans, though at least the cast and crew of Red Dwarf have regularly cited it as a favourite.

Anyway as to which is the better or crazier episode, well I am going have to go with Lost in Space. The Red Dwarf episode which features wax droids of the most famous people from history warring with each other Marliyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Ghandi and Winnie the Pooh on one side against Caligula, Hitler and the Boston Strangler on the other is a wonderfully offbeat episode.

However Lost in Space’s episode is just a masterpiece of surrealist humour. It features our main characters getting menaced by a talking carrot, whom Doctor Smith attempts to placate by telling him he loves vegetables and his favourite past time is eating them. The carrot then attempts to turn them into vegetables and succeeds in turning Doctor Smith into a stick of lettuce and it turns out Doctor Smith is happier as a stick of lettuce. Even the name of this episode the great vegetable rebellion is nuts.

How anyone can hate such a comedy classic I’ll never understand. Watching Elvis sing the Red Dwarf theme is a hoot, but not as much as watching Dr Smith or anyone for that matter get menaced by a giant carrot.

Winner

Lost in Space 5/ Red Dwarf 5

11/Darkest episode

Follow the leader

Epideme

Though both comedies Red Dwarf and Lost in Space could occasionally venture into horror territory.

I remember being scared of both of them at times when I was young. Arguably the darkest episodes of both series are Follow the Leader and Epideme.

Follow the Leader see’s John Robinson taken over by the spirit of an ancient alien ghost. This is arguably Guy Williams best performance in the series as we see him take on both John Robinson and the evil spirit Kanto superbly. Kanto is a much more terrifying villain than the majority of Lost in Space monsters. He is a bloodthirsty tyrant and he gives the episode a much darker edge to it.

Epideme see’s Dave Lister infected with an intelligent virus called Epideme that begins slowly killing him. Though Epideme is largely a humorous character there are some genuinely disturbing moments such as when Epideme begins taunting Lister as he slowly and painfully kills him.

This is a very hard one to choose as both episodes are all time classics and fortunately both are fan favourites, however which one is better.

Well Epideme did scare me more growing up. The most frightening moment for me was when we see the victims of the previous ship the Epideme killed. It reminded me of the John Carpenter movie “The Thing” when they see the victims of the monster in the previous base it attacked.

I feel there are also elements of body horror in Epideme  as they have to slice off Listers arm in a failed attempt to stop the virus.

Follow the Leader is a great ghost story, but Epideme is a bit more scary for me so I’ll give this to Red Dwarf.

Winner

Lost in Space 5/ Red Dwarf 6

12/Best catchphrase

Both shows had catchphrases though obviously many series do that’s nothing specific to them, but still the most recognized catchphrase from Lost in Space I’d say would be “Crush Kill Destroy” said by the robot IDAK whilst the most recognised catchphrase from Red Dwarf is of course SMEG. I am going to go with Lost in Space here. Its catchphrase is definitely more recognised overall among the general public, though I will say I don’t think as many people would be aware that it comes from Lost in Space, whilst everyone knows that Smeg comes from Red Dwarf. However I still prefer “crush kill destroy” so Lost in Space wins this round.

Winner

Crush Kill Destroy

Lost in Space 6/ Red Dwarf 6

13/Best theme

 

Another hard one as both have great themes that suit both shows, but I think Red Dwarf is better. There’s something a bit more haunting about the Red Dwarf theme. It seems to suit the characters aimless, lonely journey through the nothingness of space more.

Final Score

Lost in Space 6/ Red Dwarf 7

Red Dwarf is better in this bloggers opinion. I do like certain elements of Lost in Space more. Doctor Smith and the Robot I evidently feel are stronger characters, however I prefer the episodes of Red Dwarf more and overall feel its a better show. Of course I still love both shows immensely and both are classics, but remember that’s just my opinion tell me what’s yours?

Blake’s 7 vs Firefly

 

Blake’s 7 and Firefly are two of the most beloved science fiction television series, which is pretty incredible when you consider that both had a relatively brief run of television.

Both shows have many similarities with one another. Both are space westerns that draw on old classic films such as the Magnificent Seven for inspiration. Both feature characters who are less sympathetic and more morally grey. Both are set in a more dystopian future where technology has improved but nothing else has. Both are also not afraid to kill their lead characters without warning. Both centre on a group of refugees, outlaws, liars, cheats and neer do wells who are on the run from a powerful organisation. Finally both revolve more around the conflict between humans rather than between human beings and alien race,s unlike other science fictions series such as Doctor Who, Babylon 5 and Star Trek.

From its inception Firefly has been compared with Blake’s 7. Google Blake’s 7 and Firefly and you will find dozens of articles and blogs comparing the two, some even claiming that Firefly was closely inspired by B7.

Paul Darrow the star of Blake’s 7, even called Firefly “the Blake’s 7 of today”. However despite this, Joss Whedon, much to many’s surprise recently claimed in a new biography that he never watched Blake’s 7, or indeed any other British science fiction series such as Doctor Who. Any similarity between the two shows is therefore purely coincidental.

Still I do feel there are enough similarities between the two shows to warrant a full comparison.

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1 Best Captain

Roj Blake

Malcolm Reynolds                                                                                     

I am going to have to go with Firefly on this one. Blake was a great character. He was a truly flawed hero.

Though charismatic, brave, loyal and genuine in his desire to free the oppressed masses from the tyranny of the federation. Blake was still nevertheless also obsessive, fanatical, arrogant and perfectly willing to sacrifice millions of innocent lives, including his own men for what he saw as the greater good.

However Malcolm I still feel is a better character overall. First off he had a better look. Malcolm’s costume is an iconic costume. I know that sounds shallow, but its true, Blake never really had an iconic look that was recognisable like other sci fi characters such as the Doctor, Reynolds or Captain Kirk.

Also I feel that Reynolds was a stronger central character. The problem with Blake was he was always kind of pushed to the side in favor of Avon. Even before Blake left, Avon was always everybody’s favourite.Even today Avon is the character everyone remembers the most. Reynolds however was never usurped by any of the other characters, though granted Firefly had a shorter run. Still even if it had gone on as long as B7 I don’t think Reynolds would have been pushed to the side.

Both Reynolds and Blake were more idealistic leaders of a band of outlaws, but where as with Blake I feel his idealism was the only aspect of his character that we saw, with Malcolm we saw other sides to his character too. Also I feel that Malcolm’s relationship with the rest of the crew was more fully fleshed out than Blake’s. Thus I am going to have to go with lovable rouge Nathan Fillion on this one.

Winner

 

Best Anti Hero

Kerr Avon

Jayne Cobb

Two very similar characters. Kerr Avon and Jayne Cobb are both self servers who are shown to be perfectly willing to leave their ship mates behind in a time of peril, or even sell them out. They look at things in a purely cold and logical way and have no loyalty whatsoever to any other member of the crew.

They serve as a wonderful contrast to their more honourable, idealistic, compassionate captains. Which one is better however? Well for me this was an obvious choice. Avon.

Avon was a truly ground breaking character. He was not sci fi’s first anti hero on television. Prior to Avon, we had already had Jonathan Harris’s Dr Smith in Lost in Space. Dr Smith was certainly not your typical leading character. He was a murderer, a liar, a cheat, a coward, selfish, lazy, weasly and someone who would happily betray children just to save his own miserable neck. Despite this however the audience loved him and he became the main character in the series. To this day he is still the most remembered character from Lost in Space.

However where Avon differed to Smith was that Avon wasn’t just merely the most popular or the main character. He was actually the hero of the show. Avon was every bit as bad, if not worse than Dr Smith, but where as Dr Smith was the source of all of the Robinsons problems and was always made out to be a fool. Avon instead would often save the day through his dirty underhand, cowardly means. The classic example of this in the episode Animals, where Avon murders a scientist in cold blood in order to save himself and the rest of the crew. If this were Lost in Space and Dr Smith had suggested this, he would be howled down by the rest of the crew and the Robinsons would have found another way to save the day, with Dr Smith then promptly being humiliated in some way at the end.

In Avon’s case however he manages to convince the crew to go along with it and is actually the hero of the episode because of his murderous actions. At the end he remains thoroughly unapologetic about the scientists death and even jokes about it. “What about dr Paxton?” “Who?”.

Blake’s 7, as result of Avon’s influence was a much more morally grey series than the likes of Star Trek, Doctor Who or Lost in Space. Avon emphasised what a bleak, dark future our characters lived in

There was no one Avon was not prepared to kill. In the episode Orbit, Avon attempts to murder his longest serving ally Villa by throwing him off of the ship they are on which is about to crash because there is too much weight on board. Though Avon is able to find an alternate solution in time, he is still nevertheless once again thoroughly unapologetic about his attempt on Villa’s life, and even jokes about it to Villa at the end. “Its a trip I wont forget Avon.” “Come now Villa you know you are safe with me!”

Jayne sadly just cannot compare to Avon. He was a good character, but he never got away with quite as much as Avon did. Jayne was actually more like Dr Smith in that he did do awful things, but was always proven wrong or even humiliated, such as when Malcolm sticks him in an airlock for nearly selling the team out. Jayne didn’t really bring anything new to the whole anti hero idea like Avon did. Also Jayne never took over the show like Avon did.

Even before Blake left the focus was already starting to drift towards Avon, and certainly after Blake left, Avon proved more than capable of carrying the series on his own. Many fans and critics feel the show only really came into its own after Avon became the central character. I doubt that Jayne could have ever held the show as a lead character. Avon was just simply a much stronger character than Jayne ever was. In fact I would say that Avon was better than any individual character in Firefly. Avon simply made B7 the classic that it was.

Winner

Best Telepath

Cally

River

Firefly wins this easily. I liked Cally, but I think the writers did kind of fall into a formula with her where she would be the one who was always taken over by aliens. River on the other hand, though her story arc was uncompleted, I felt she was simply a much stronger, more mysterious and interesting character. You weren’t always sure which side River would be on.

Winner

Best villain

Servalan

The Operative

                                                                                                         

Two very good villains, but ultimately Servalan has to take the prize. Servalan is one of the greatest tv villains of all time. After Avon she is arguably the character people remember the most from Blake’s 7. The Operative was still a great villain. In some ways he was even more frightening than Servalan. Servalan was a sadist, but she was completely insane, where as the Operative was a sadist yet he felt he was justified. He felt that he was building a better world, and that any atrocity he committed was worth it in the long run. Villains who think they are on the side of right are always more chilling.

However Servalan had far more of a screen presence overall. Her interaction with the main characters, particularly Avon and Dayna was more interesting. I loved the way the more she took from Avon, the more she humiliated him, the more the formerly laid back cynic was driven down the path of madness. I might also add despite being the villain of the piece, Servalan never got her just desserts. In fact she was the only character ironically who most certainly did not die in the entire series, which just futher helped to highlight what a bleak, pessimistic time our heroes lived in.

Winner

Best evil empire

The Federation

The Alliance

Again I am going to have to go with Blake’s 7 here. The Alliance were great, and probably a little bit less cartoonish than the Federation at times, but the Federation were a far more terrifying enemy. What they do to Blake in the first episode alone, brainwash several children into believing they have been raped by him, (in an effort to discredit the resistance) is far more horrifying than anything The Alliance did in all of Firefly.

Winner

Best Ship

The Liberator

Serenity

       

Technically the Liberator is the better ship. In a one on one fight it could outrun and destroy Serenity in about five seconds. Still despite this I prefer Serentiy. The Liberator at times seemed a bit too powerful, where as I liked the way Serenity did seem a bit more vulnerable yet quite cosy at the same time. I also preferred its design too and it was certainly realized a lot better.

Best Theme

Firefly wins this round. I do like the B7 theme  but the lyrics to the Ballad of Serenity were great.

Best Character Death

Gan

Wash

Blake’s 7 wins this round. Wash was a much better character than Gan and his death was just as shocking. However it was the reaction to Gan’s death which made it better for me. The reaction to Gan’s death was quite unsentimental which I felt was more fitting, as in the situation our heroes where in, no one really had time to grieve. They just had to move on as they were in constant danger. I also liked how Avon tried to used Gans death in an attempt to discredit Blake and ruin his credibility with the others.

Winner

Finale

Blake

Serenity

Blake’s 7 wins this easy. Serenity is an underrated sci fi classic and did a good job of wrapping up Firefly, but Blake the last episode of Blake’s 7 is possibly the greatest ending to any cult series. Its hard to describe the shock the first time you watch Blake, and see all of the main characters die violent horrible deaths. Its the boldest ending to any tv series. Even today with the likes of Game of Thrones such an ending would still most likely provoke outrage among the fandom. Even if Firefly comes bac I doubt it could ever top B7’s ending.

Winner

Final Result

Blake’s 7 wins 5- 4.  As much as I love Firefly, Blake’s 7 is still my favourite of the two, though to be fair it did have a longer run. Maybe if Firefly had gone on longer it could have been as good, but as it stands now Blake’s 7 is superior in my opinion.

Doctor Who Vs Star Trek

Doctor Who and Star Trek are the two most iconic science fiction television series ever made. They have amassed a following on a global scale like no other and have stood the test of time for over 50 years.

In this article I will be looking at the relationship between both series, the similarities between them, and I will also be judging which I find to be the best of the two series. Though remember that this is just my opinion, and please by all means tell me which one you prefer in the comments below.

I tend to look at it this way. Star Trek is the Beatles of science fiction. Its certainly the most famous (probably due to the movies more than anything else.)

Even people who have never seen any version of Star Trek still know its catchphrases and icons, such as “Beam me up Scotty”, “KHAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNN”, . “He’ dead Jim”, “Its life but not as we know it”, “phasers on stun” green women, the fighting music etc.

Also like the Beatles the original Star Trek series was very up beat and optimistic and preached love and acceptance.

Doctor Who meanwhile was the The Rolling Stones of science fiction. It was the second most mainstream certainly, but it was always a bit edgier than Trek. Trek pushed the boundaries in positive ways too, like having the first interracial kiss, but Who was like the Rolling Stones in that it enjoyed just provoking controversy.

Doctor Who had horrifying monsters that terrified generations of children, scenes of graphic violence like dolls strangling people, the Doctor being drowned etc, that traumatised younger viewers. Who not only provoked controversy, but absolutely thrived on it at times.

Also finally the Doctor is like Keith Richards in that he is someone who can never die either.

Always remember that Star Trek is the Beatles and Doctor Who is the Rolling Stones.

                                                

Overview of Both Series

Before we start I’ll just give Trekkies who might not be as familiar with Doctor Who, and Who fans who might not be as familiar with Star Trek an overview of the other series. Obviously skip this if you know both of them.

Doctor Who originally began in 1963. It revolved around a mysterious alien called the Doctor, who travels through time and space in his magnificent machine called the TARDIS, which stands for Time and Relative Dimensions in Space.

Originally the TARDIS had the power to change its outside shape and size in order to blend in with its surroundings, whilst its inside shape and size remain the same. However the device that does this, called the Chamelion circuit,is damaged in the first episode, resulting in the TARDIS assuming the form of a police box for the rest of the series.

The Doctors real name and identity has never been revealed, with the Doctor merely being an alias.

Originally the Doctor was played by William Hartnell, who played the character as a doddering, bad tempered, even somewhat callous, but still ultimately heroic character.

The show was a massive success right away, thanks in no small part to the introduction of the Doctors archenemies, the Daleks.

The Daleks were a race of totally inhuman monsters. Hideous slimy mutants, housed within tank like robots, the Daleks sought to exterminate all other life forms in the universe as they believed themselves to be the supreme beings. Devoid of any compassion or pity, the Daleks were an instant sensation due to their ruthless nature, unique design, and frightening voices.

Throughout the 60’s Britain would be gripped in what would become known as Dalekmania which at one point even topped Beatlemania!

Sadly however William Hartnell was not a well man when he played the role and was eventually forced to quit after just 3 years. The writers got round his departure by revealing that the Doctor had the power to change his entire body when he was mortally wounded. This process would become known as regeneration and it would later be revealed that the Doctor could do this 12 times, allowing him to have 13 different bodies.

Whenever the Doctor regenerates though his entire appearance and outer persona change, he is still the same man underneath, with the same consciousness, same memories, and same core personality.

The Second Doctor was played by Patrick Troughton, who would also play the part for 3 years before departing the show at the end of the 60’s. During Troughton’s time many other notable enemies of the Doctor would be established such as the Cybermen (who first appeared in Hartnell’s last story, but became prominent in Troughton’s time,) the Ice Warriors and the Great Intelligence.

I think a large part of Doctor Who’s continued popularity is the strength of its rogues gallery in general, not just the Daleks. Its surely no coincidence that the three most popular superheroes, Batman, Spider-Man and Superman have unquestionably the best villains. I am not saying that this is the only reason these characters, and Doctor Who are popular, but it certainly contributes to their massive popularity with children at least. 

In Patrick Troughton’s last ever story we were introduced to the Doctors race, the Time Lords. The Time Lords were the most advanced species in the universe, but they were forbidden to interfere in the affairs of other life forms, which is why the Doctor was a renegade from his own people. The Time Lords would exile the Doctor to earth in the 20th century as a punishment for breaking their laws. (They would also force him to regenerate once more.) The Third Doctor would subsequently remain trapped on earth for the first 3 years of his run, before the Time Lords finally forgave him in the first story of season 10, (which saw all then three Doctors unite to face a threat to the entire universe, Omega the founder of Time Lord society.)

Jon Pertwee took over in 1970 as the Third Doctor and would play the part for 5 years. During Pertwee’s time the Doctors most persistent single enemy was introduced, another renegade Time Lord, known as the Master. Much like the Doctor, the Master, who was originally played by Roger Delgado, would be played by a number of different actors through the years.

The Master initially changed his appearance through regeneration, but later stories would show the villain after having used up all of his 13 lives, steal other people’s bodies like a Demon to prolong his life.

Tom Baker would take over as the Fourth Doctor in 1975. To date Tom is the longest running and the most popular actor in the role. He played the character for 7 years. During his time the show also developed a much bigger following abroad including in America in particular.

Peter Davison took over the part in 1981 and stayed for just 3 years. After he left, Colin Baker would take over as the Sixth Doctor. Sadly however Colin’s time was beset by problems with the BBC, who at that point despised the show and wanted to finish it. He was dismissed from the role after just 2 years. Sylvester McCoy would then take over as the Seventh Doctor for another three years before the BBC finally pulled the plug on the show in 1989 after a 26 year run.

Doctor Who would later return for a one off 1996 tv movie which saw Sylvester McCoy hand over to Paul McGann. It would be another almost 10 years however before Doctor Who finally returned as ongoing series in 2005. The Ninth Doctor was played by Christopher Eccelston for just one year before he handed over to David Tennant.

During Tennant’s time Doctor Who would be restored to being one of the most popular shows in the United Kingdom, with Tennant being arguably the most popular Doctor since Tom Baker himself. Tennant stepped down from the part in 2010, with Matt Smith taking over as the Eleventh Doctor. In the 2013 story Time of the Doctor, Matt Smith’s incarnation regenerated into the 12th Doctor played by Peter Capaldi whose first series has just begun as of the writing of this article.

Star Trek meanwhile was created in 1966 by Gene Roddenberry. Its original pilot, The Cage was very different to the later series.

Its main character was Christopher Pike, played by the late Jeffrey Hunter who was a more, conflicted, tormented character. His science officer was a cold and logical female character called Number 1. Spock played by Leonard Nimoy did still appear, but he was a rather emotional character whose back story was not fleshed out.

The Cage despite being a classic piece of sci fi performed poorly with test audiences. In some ways I think it was just too ahead of its time with its strong, non sexualized female characters and its incredibly dark content, such as Captain Pike being tortured by the Aliens, who conjure up images of hell itself from his mind.

Star Trek was truly unlike anything else on tv at that time, or since.

The show would be retooled for a second pilot (being one of the few genre series to get two pilots along with ironically Doctor Who itself.) This second pilot featured James T Kirk played by William Shatner as the main character, whilst Number 1’s cold and logical personality was transferred to Mr Spock. (Ironically it had been women who had the most problem with Number 1, whilst Spock would later go on to become the most popular character with female audiences.)

Star Trek was set in the 23rd century. Humanity is living in a golden age where not only is there world peace, but mankind has branched out into space and made contact with other peaceful alien species such as the Vulcans.

Sadly however there are also many hostile species too, such as the warlike Klingons and the Romulans both of whom would go on to be the most iconic alien species in Star Trek.

The main characters are the crew of the Starship Enterprise whose job is to explore unknown areas of the universe, seek out new life forms and make contact with them.

Star Trek sadly was not initially a big success. In fact it was almost cancelled after its second season, but pressure from fans convinced the network to keep it alive for just one more year.

Fortunately whilst Star Trek was not that big a success at first, it nevertheless developed one of the most devoted followings of any series, and would go on to be a massive success in syndication as well as abroad too. In the United Kingdom in particular it was incredibly popular during its initial run. After almost ten years Star Trek would return on the big screen this time in 1978.

Star Trek the Motion Picture was a reasonable success, but it would be the next movie, Star Trek 2 The Wrath of Khan released in 1982 that would completely revive the franchise.

Often hailed as one of the most moving scenes in cinema history. Star Trek 2 Wrath of Khan is undoubtedly one of the greatest films of all time and really secured Star Trek’s future as a major film and tv franchise.

Many more sequels followed featuring the original cast, but it wouldn’t be until 1987 that Star Trek returned to its original home on television.

This series Star Trek The Next Generation was set over 70 years after the original series and revolved around an entirely new cast of characters, led by Captain Jean Luc Picard, played by Patrick Stewart.

Star Trek the Next Generation ran for 7 years in total and much like its parent series, would be followed by a number of films.

The Next Generation introduced many new alien races to the Star Trek universe, including most notably the evil Borg, who went on to become among the most popular alien races in all of sci fi.

Whilst the Next Generation was on, a third Star Trek series, Deep Space Nine was produced. Deep Space Nine would also run for 7 years.

It was a radical departure from the previous two Star Trek series in that it was set on a space station rather than a Starship and focused on problems within the Federation rather than on exploring the universe. Its leading character was Benjamin Sisko played by Avery Brooks.

A fourth Star Trek series would be produced concurrently with Deep Space Nine called Star Trek Voyager, which followed the exploits of Captain Janeaway, the shows first female lead played by Kate Mulgrew. The premise of the series saw the Starship Voyager become stranded in the Delta Quadrant, an area of space controlled by the Borg, and followed its crews attempts to get home.

Voyager was another massive success and ran for 7 years too. It would in turn be followed by a prequel series called Enterprise, but sadly by this point the Star Trek craze of the 90’s had begun to fade, and Enterprise would be axed after just 5 series in 2005.

Still its hard to keep a good franchise down (as Who fans know) and Star Trek would return just 4 years later on the big screen with a new trilogy of films based on the original series, but set in a changed timeline, which is still going strong as of the writing of this article.

Relationship With Each Other

Doctor Who and Star Trek have a very friendly relationship with one another.

There is a bit of a rivalry sure, buts its a very affectionate one (again like the rivalry between the Stones and the Beatles.)

It doesn’t hurt that many people who have worked on both shows are fans of the other. Jon Pertwee who played the Third Doctor was a massive Star Trek fan and even asked if he could interview William Shatner for British tv, which he later did. Sylvester McCoy who played the Seventh Doctor was also a big fan of the original series too, whilst John Barrowman who played one of the Doctors best friends, Captain Jack Harkness was a massive fan of DS9.

In fact many prominent people who worked on Doctor Who have even said that they preferred Star Trek to Doctor Who!

Christopher Eccelston who played the Ninth Doctor was a big Trekkie as a child, and said that it was very important to him, whilst he claimed to have only ever fleetingly seen the original series of Doctor Who.

Christopher Eccelston: Why Star Trek is Important To Me

Freema Agyeman, who played the Doctors companion Martha Jones also has named Star Trek as her favourite series too and said she would like nothing more than to be in it.

She may have been in love with the Doctor, but Martha would much rather have been on the Enterprise than the TARDIS.

Patrick Troughton who played the Second Doctor was also a huge Trekkie and used to watch the original series with his family far more than they ever watched Doctor Who. Ironically one of the last things Troughton ever did before his untimely passing, according to Anthony Ainley (who played the Master), was to get the autograph’s of the stars of the original Star Trek series.

Finally Richard Hurndall who took over the role of the First Doctor for the 20th anniversary story, The Five Doctors after William Hartnell’s passing, said that Star Trek was the only science fiction series he had liked.

“I think I’m a little too old to comprehend science-fiction, really. I’ve seen very few ‘Doctor Who’ episodes, but my favourite in the part is undoubtedly Patrick Troughton, who gets so much humour into it. I rather liked ‘Star Trek’, but otherwise I have left science-fiction to my grandchildren.”

Richard Hurndall

As for the Star Trek crew meanwhile, Simon Pegg who plays Scotty in the new film series is a lifelong Who fan, whilst Patrick Stewart is also a big fan of Doctor Who as well. Leonard Nimoy also became a fan of Doctor Who in the 90’s and even expressed interest in directing a film based on the series. Sadly the plans fell through, but imagine how amazing it would have been if Mr Spock had been the person to bring Doctor Who back!

“Leonard Nimoy is a very pleasant, courteous, soft-spoken and generous man, who had already invested a great deal of time in researching Doctor Who. He had accumulated a fairly extensive collection of videotapes, covering all seven incarnations of the Doctor. We spent a fruitful couple of hours discussing the very basis of the show – what makes Doctor Who Doctor Who – as well as the psychology of its hero, companions, and various off-the-wall casting ideas.”

Many of the writers of the Next Generation were also big Doctor Who fans. Its not escaped people’s attention that The Borg are very similar to the Cybermen. Both are machine creatures who convert organic life forms across the universe into members of their own kind, and the writers of Star Trek acknowledged this by having the names of the first 6 actors to play the Doctor flash up on a screen.

Another episode of The Next Generation, Future Tense, even featured a time capsule that was bigger on the inside than the outside!

Tom Baker was actually almost cast as a time traveller in another Next Generation episode, A Matter of Time, though sadly the plans fell through.

Many cast and crew members from both shows are also good friends with one another too, such as most notably Jon Pertwee and James Doohan who played the original Scotty. The two first met at a convention and got to know each other very well.

William Shatner is also good friends with John Barrowman, with again the two having gotten to know each other at conventions.

Finally Captain Kirk himself wished Doctor Who a happy birthday on its 50th anniversary in 2013, whilst many Doctor Who actors also helped Star Trek celebrate its 50th birthday in 2016

Nichelle Nichols and Freema Agyeman

Happy 50th Birthday Doctor Who From William Shatner

The two franchises did have an actual crossover with each other in 2012, a limited comic book series which saw the 11th Doctor and Captain Picard team up to take on the combined might of the Borg and the Cybermen.

On top of this Colin Baker who played the 6th Doctor will also be appearing in the fan series, Star Trek continues.

As you can see there is a lot of good will between both franchises. I think this might stem from the fact that Doctor Who and Star Trek somewhat paradoxically are very similar, but also very different.

On the one hand the two shows are never really going to be rivals with each other because one is really the quintessential British sci fi series, whilst the other is obviously the greatest American sci fi series. They compete in different markets in different ways. In America Star Trek is the mainstream, homegrown one, whilst Doctor Who is appreciated for being the foreign one, that’s unlike anything they have. In the United Kingdom meanwhile the opposite is true, with Doctor Who being the mainstream, homegrown one, and Star Trek the foreign one that’s unlike anything we have.

They aren’t ever going to be threats to each other, but at the same time they do actually explore a number of the same themes as we will see.

Similarities Between Both Franchises

Doctor Who and Star Trek are quite different in a number of ways. One revolves around a central heroic character, and his sidekicks, whilst another is really more of an ensemble piece. The Doctor in Classic Who was also a very cold alien, distant, mysterious character, whilst the leads in Star Trek are often more flawed and relatable (even when they are aliens.)

Also I find that the aliens in Doctor Who tend to be monsters (apart from a few exceptions like the Doctors people, the Time Lords.) In Star Trek meanwhile the aliens tend to be more human.

There are advantages and disadvantages to both types of alien of course.

On the one hand the aliens in Doctor Who are far more imaginative, scary, and their designs are all very unique and striking, so they tend to stick in you mind more. The Daleks design in particular could almost be considered a work of art.

With the aliens in Star Trek like the Klingons, the Cardassians, the Romulans and even the Borg, you can see that not nearly the same amount time and effort has been spent into making them seem alien and unique like the Daleks and the Sontarans. Basically the crew just stuck wobbly bits on the actors foreheads or ears.

At the same time however the fact that the aliens in Star Trek are more human allows the writers to flesh them out more, and have them interact with the main heroes in a somewhat more deep and meaningful way than most of the Doctor Who aliens. You could never do a scene like the classic “in another life time we could have been friends” between Kirk and the Romulan commander from “Balance of Terror”, with a Sontaran or an Ice Warrior or a Cyberman for instance.

Still despite these key differences, there are a number of strong similarities and parallels that can be drawn between Doctor Who and Star Trek too.

To start with both Star Trek and Doctor Who have been able to run for so long because they are able to change their leads relatively easily for a number of reasons. The Doctor can regenerate, whilst the captain of the Enterprise can be easily replaced. Also both shows have such rich, imaginative universes filled with diverse races and creatures that there are always more stories to tell.

Another key similarity between both Doctor Who and Star Trek is that their leads are also more cerebral characters too. Whilst the likes of Kirk and the Third Doctor may be men of action when need be, ultimately all of the Star Treks leads, and the Doctors use their minds first and prefer peaceful solutions. They all will only ever kill as a last resort (which is sadly quite often.)

I also think quite an interesting parallel can be drawn between Captain Kirk and the Doctor too, in the sense that both are people who in some ways are very strict in following the rules, but in others are quite rebellious. Both are also explorers who hate having to settle down and have a normal life. They are always desperate to search for the unknown, or go where no man or time lord has ever gone before.

Star Trek and Doctor Who would also often use aliens as political metaphors. In Doctor Who’s case the Daleks represented the Nazis and race hatred in general, whilst in Star Trek the Klingons represented the USSR, and the tensions between the Klingons and the Federation also represented the cold war paranoia that was rampant at the time too.

Both the Cybermen and Khan also represent technology being abused in an effort to try improve humanity.

Both series were also very progressive for their time as well, and have continued to be so in the decades since.

Star Trek and Doctor Who are really (apart from a few stories) mostly politically neutral. They are entertainment for everyone to enjoy. Still they did often combat prejudices of the time through positive representation.

Star Trek had a multi racial crew, which included a Russian during the height of the Cold War, a Japanese man soon after World War 2, and a black woman during the height of the civil rights movement.

It also had the first ever interracial kiss in an American drama series. None other than Martin Luther King himself praised Star Trek’s progressive values and urged Nichelle Nichols not to quit the series.

Doctor Who meanwhile in various stories set in earth’s future such as The Tenth Planet, and The Moonbase would similarly depict a multi racial vision of the future, with The Tenth Planet featuring a black astronaut as one of its main characters.

Both series would also give strong roles to women too from Uhura, to Number One, to Barbara, to Sara Kingdom, to Zoe, to Liz Shaw, to Leela, to Sarah Jane Smith.

That’s not to say that there still wasn’t some sexism and racism in Star Trek and Doctor Who. Its to be expected in television from the 60’s after all, but still by and large Doctor Who and Star Trek were decades ahead of their time.

Not surprisingly Doctor Who and Star Trek had a very special appeal to many marginalised groups of people throughout the 60’s and 70’s.

Due to the fact that it was one of the few series to give a strong role to a black woman, many black people were inspired by Star Trek, including actress Whoopi Goldberg who said watching Uhura on tv convinced her that she could be an actress. She later landed a role on Star Trek The Next Generation too. Mae Jemison meanwhile an astronaut and the first African American woman in space was also inspired by Star Trek, and later guest starred in Star Trek the Next Generation as well.

Doctor Who on the other hand has always had a special appeal to LGBT people. Throughout the entirety of the Classic era the Doctor was almost always portrayed as asexual. He was about the only leading male character who didn’t get the girl at any point.

Furthermore the Doctor was also portrayed as an outsider, who had fled his own people because he had never really fitted in, and was also always a somewhat camp character too.

For many gay men in the 60’s and 70’s the Doctor was the closest thing they had to a role model. (It also didn’t hurt that the show was produced by a gay man throughout the entire 1980’s.)

For me, as a young boy and a teenager, growing up in the north of England, in a world where I could never imagine being a gay man, let alone settling down and finding someone, I think Doctor Who was really asexual. There were programmes like The Sweeney which were very much about men chasing women, men getting women, whereas with Doctor Who you had a show that never really dealt with that.” 

-Doctor Who producer Phil Collinson on the impact Doctor Who made on his life growing up.

Finally both Star Trek and Doctor Who explore many similar science fiction ideas and concepts. Both involve exploring the furthest reaches of the universe, and both also feature many time travel stories.

Time travel is obviously not as big a feature of Star Trek as it is of Doctor Who (though interestingly enough Doctor Who prior to the 11th Doctors era never really had that many stories that focused on time travel, with time travel instead always being used as merely a plot device to get the Doctor somewhere.)

Still many of the most popular Star Trek stories do focus on time travel such as The City on the Edge of Forever and Star Trek 4 The Voyage Home.

Whilst they have very different styles, as you can see they are at their core very similar shows and in the final section of this article I am going to draw up a list of specific examples of the franchises exploring similar stories and characters, in order to see which I prefer. I will also look at what I feel to be the best episodes of both series and the main characters as well.

1/ Most famous leading man

Tom Baker                                                                                  

William Shatner

This was a very hard one to choose. Tom Baker and William Shatner are both legends. To this day there are no two actors who are more closely associated with these franchises, which is no mean feat considering both franchises have more or less being running for the past 5 decades continually in some form or another.

Both men had huge personalities and were shameless hams too. More importantly both men were also great actors when they needed to be and could inject real gravitas into their larger than life characters when needed such as in “Search for Spock” when Kirk discovers that the Klingons have murdered his son, or in “Genesis of the Daleks” where the fourth Doctor is wondering on whether or not he has the right to destroy the Daleks.

Both men as you can see from these clips took the stronger scripts seriously, but for the poorer stories would often overact which in turn would elevate them greatly.

So who’s better? Again hard to say but I am going to have to go with Tom here. I feel bad saying that anyone is better than William Shatner, but I’m going to go with Tom only because based on everything I have ever seen of Tom outside of Who, he actually is the Fourth Doctor. Willaim Shatner does have certain similarities with Kirk, but not to the same extent as Tom does with the Fourth Doctor. If anything the Fourth Doctor is just a stripped down version of Tom Baker.

Winner

2/ Main Heroes Best Friend

Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge Stewart

Spock

Though the Doctor has had many companions over the years, I think its fair to say that The Brigadier is his best friend. Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge Stewart was the head of UNIT, an organisation designed to track down alien threats. The Doctor worked with him during his exile on earth, but the Brig would go on to meet the Doctor throughout many of his incarnations.

Spock meanwhile was the half human, half Vulcan Science Officer of the Starship Enterprise. He and Captain Kirk had one of the most enduring friendships in all of fiction, with the entire slash fiction subgenre having grown out of it.

Which is better however? Well this time its Star Trek. I love the Brig, but Spock takes the lead here as he is just as iconic a character as Captain Kirk himself. Everyone knows who Spock is, everyone knows his ears, his cold logical nature and the live long and prosper sign.

Also I feel that Spock had quite a large impact on television in that not only was he one of the first examples of a supporting character ending up being arguably the most popular with audiences, but he also kind of established the trend in sci fi and fantasy series of there being a non human member of the team, who is the odd man out, but in some ways the most useful.

Whilst the Brig will always be a hero to Doctor Who fans, Spock is one of the most important characters in the history of science fiction.

Winner

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3/ Unrequited love interest

Martha Jones

Nurse Christine Chapel

This one wasn’t as hard as for me, Martha Jones beats Nurse Chapel easily. Chapel and Martha had the rather bad luck to fall in love with cold, unfeeling aliens (well the Doctor was more just unfeeling towards her) however Martha I think had more to her character than just being the unrequited love interest. She saved the entire earth from the Master in the season finale, and she eventually got over her crush on the Doctor and came back in Doctor Who series 4 and Torchwood series 2, as a truly strong and independent character. Chapel however never really got over Spock, and though she did help to save the day a few times, it was never to the same extent as Martha Jones, so Who definitely wins this round.

Winner

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4/ Less annoying boy genius

Adric

Wesley Crusher

Classic Who and The Next Generation both had this type of character, the smug boy genius who thinks he is better than the main hero, and not surprisingly is despised by the majority of fans as a result.

Of the two of them I’m going to say Adric was less annoying. I think people tend to be a bit too hard on Adric. I always felt he was quite interesting, as he was one of the most tragic characters in the history of Doctor Who. He never fits in anywhere, even among the Doctor and his companions (with the Doctor often treating him as a bumbling oaf at best.)

The only person who ever truly cares for him, is his brother who is killed horribly. Finally however when it looks as though the Doctor is beginning to respect him, and he might just have found acceptance, he is killed by the Cybermen.

Wesley Crusher meanwhile felt like Gene Roddenberry simply living out his fantasies through this character who was clearly based on a young version of him, Eugene Wesley Roddenberry.

Also Wesley Crusher took over the show and actually did undermine Captain Picard, whilst Adric’s arrogance was often used against him. Indeed it causes his death, as he stays behind on the Freighter because he thinks he can save humanity (when ironically if he had succeeded then he would have wiped the human race from history.)

With Wesley however again it simply felt like the writers just wanted him to be right all the time, and didn’t care that he came across as an obnoxious, arrogant know it all.

Also finally Adrics death is far more powerful than any scene with Wesley, so Adric takes this easily.

2017 Edit Update

Not that it matters as Adric had already won this, but still Wesley slips even further down in my estimation since Will Wheaton was revealed as a self loathing fanboy, Anita Sarkeesian brown nosing, white knight, SJW fuckwit.

Normally its best not to associate an actor with the character they played, but since I never liked Wesley anyway, then this is just more reason to be team Adric in this debate.

Winner

By miles and miles.

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5/ Best Archenemy

Khan and the Master are the two most iconic individual villains in the Doctor Who and Star Trek franchises and both are quite similar characters in a number of ways.

The Master is a megalomainiac who wants to gain power over the cosmos. He believes that when he is in charge things will be better. Khan similarly was determined to rule the world and later the Federation, as he believed that he would in his own words bring order.

Whilst both villains have such grand ambitions for humanity, ironically they end up more obsessed with a petty vendetta against one man, the Doctor and Captain Kirk.

Khan despises Kirk because he left him on Cita Alpha 5, whilst the Master though respecting him at first comes to loathe the Doctor for foiling him so many times.

The Master and Khan’s hatred for their mortal enemies causes them both to actively sabotage their plans for conquest in some instances. In Wrath of Khan, Khan pursues Kirk through the Mutara Nebula which will compromise his ship, when he could have just left with the Genesis Device and had everything he wanted. In The Deadly Assassin meanwhile the Master uses the Doctor as part of his plan to steal the eye of harmony’s power, when he could have used any random time lord, rather than the Doctor who would be smart enough to figure out what is going on.

Even when near death and in the most unimaginable agony, Khan and the Masters hatred of the Doctor and Captain Kirk drives them on more than anything else. 

The Master and Khan also are both master manipulators. Almost ever Master story from Terror of the Autons to Last of the Time Lords will show the villain twist the mind of someone, until they become his loya servant.

Khan meanwhile is shown to similarly manipulate Lt Maria McGivers into helping him take over the Enterprise in Space Seed (though unlike the Masters female cohorts such as Lucy Saxon, Khan at least did genuinely love McGivers. In fact its her death which he blames on Kirk that motivates him more than anything else in Wrath of Khan.)

Both villains are also shown to use mind control on their victims too. The Master has always been hypnotic in some form or another. Whether that’s Delgado’s hypnotic chant of “YOU WILL OBEY ME!” or Eric Roberts spit that takes people over, or John Simm using the Archangel network.

Khan meanwhile memorably sticks horrible worm like creatures in Checkov and Terrell’s ears which allows him to control them.

Khan and the Master were also more of a match for the Doctor and Kirk too. The Master was a time lord like the Doctor and has his own Tardis, whilst Khan was actually superior to Kirk in a number of ways. As a result both Kirk and the Doctor are often pushed to their limits, and might even be forced to fight dirty in order to take down The Master and Khan.

Though normally more cerebral heroes who prefer to find a peaceful solution, the Doctor and Captain Kirk are still prepared to kick their enemies into bottomless pits and smash their head’s in with pipe’s if need be.

Whilst both the Master and Khan are excellent villains I am going to give this one to Star Trek.

Khan is a superior villain in pretty much every way for me.

To start with his backstory is more fleshed out. A problem with the Master is that you can’t really explore his backstory, as his whole thing (much like the Doctor) is that he is mysterious. Unfortunately this means that sometimes the Master can become quite a flat character.

Khan’s backstory in the Eugenics Wars was fascinating. It helped to flesh out the mythology of Star Trek itself and has served as the basis for some great spin off material. Also Khan I feel was written in a more 3 dimensional way. As wicked as he was you could actually have some sympathy for him. His grievance against Kirk is genuine, as Kirk ultimately did just dump him on a planet and then not bother with him for 20 years. If Kirk had just checked once then all of the horrors of Wrath of Khan could have been avoided.

With the Master meanwhile as much as I like him he could feel like a Saturday Morning cartoon villain some times.

 

Compare their dialogue to see what I mean.

DOCTOR: The Master’s consumed with hatred. It’s his one great weakness.
MASTER: Ha. Weakness, Doctor? Hate is strength.
DOCTOR: Not in your case. You’d delay an execution to pull the wings off a fly.
MASTER: This time, Doctor, the execution will not be delayed.. I have suffered long enough from your stupid, stubborn interference in my designs. Now we are coming to the end of our conflict, Doctor.
(Spandrell moves forward and the Master shoots him.)
DOCTOR: Why have you brought me here?
MASTER: As a scapegoat for the killing of the President. Who else but you, Doctor? So despicably good, so insufferably compassionate. I wanted you to die in ignominious shame and disgrace.
(The Doctor steps forward and gets shot.)
MASTER: Now, do as I say, Coordinator, or you’ll get the same.
(Engin strips the late President of the Y shaped sash and gives it to the Master.
MASTER: They’re not dead. Stunned. They’ll live long enough to see the end of this accursed planet, and for the Doctor to taste the full bitterness of his defeat!

KIRK: Khan, you dirty bloodsucker!! You’re going to have to do your own dirty work now! Do you hear me?! Do you?!
(Khan reacts to Kirk’s voice with shock. He clutches the communicator.)
KHAN: Kirk! Kirk, you’re still alive – my old friend
KIRK: Still ‘old friend.’ You’ve managed kill just about everyone else. But like a poor marksman, you keep missing the target.
KHAN: (ironic) Perhaps I no longer need to try.
KIRK: (desperate) Khan, Khan, you’ve got Genesis, but you don’t have me! you were going to kill me, Khan! You’re going to have to come down here! You’re going to have to
come down here!
KHAN: I’ve done far worse than kill you. I’ve hurt you. And I wish to go on hurting you. I shall leave you, as you left me, as you left her. Marooned for all eternity in the center of a dead planet. Buried alive!

You can see how of the two of them Khan has more proper motives. He despises Kirk because Kirk caused the death of the woman he loves, and abandoned him on a dying world for years, where as the Master it seems hates the Doctor because he’s a little goody two shoes?

Also its not like I’ve chosen a crap Master story and compared it with Wrath of Khan. That scene is from The Deadly Assassin, one of the all time greatest Master stories, written by the most popular Doctor Who writer Robert Holmes.

Also everything Khan did made sense. With the Master at times they’d have him just do evil things because he’s evil! Or they’d have him do gimmicky things like dress up in disguise for absolutely no reason whatsoever.

Also Khan was wisely only used sparingly. He appears just twice in the original Star Trek canon. The Master meanwhile was horribly overused throughout much of Classic Who. As a result of this the Master’s effectiveness as a villain was not only greatly diluted, but he has also been in some absolutely horrendous stories.

Take a look at this scene from one of his latest appearances, The Last of the Time Lords. Here the Master has taken over the earth and aged the Doctor (who for some reason has shrunk?) Whilst the Doctors faithful companion Martha Jones has travelled the entire world for a year and, well see for yourself.

Easily one of the worst scenes in the entire history of either Doctor Who or Star Trek. This scene alone practically puts Khan ahead of the Master. Even the Cumberbatch version of Khan was never in anything as shit as that!

Still even when you look at the Masters best stories like The Deadly Assassin and Survival, they still in my opinion can’t match Wrath of Khan, and at the very least they don’t exceed Space Seed either.

Star Trek definitely takes this.

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6/ Alien Invaders

The Daleks

The Klingons

This is one that I don’t think many people including even Trekkies would disagree with me on. The Daleks are far better than the Klingons. Both are great villains and both served as great allegories for different things, in the Klingons case the Soviet Union, in the Daleks the Nazi’s. Ultimately however I think the Daleks still have to stand as the better alien invaders.

To start with they are more genuinely alien. The Klingons in the original series look liked us and in later series they still looked by and large like us, except they now had bumpy foreheads. The Daleks however looked totally alien. Okay I can understand that to some people the Daleks design might look a bit silly, but even then no one can deny that their design does not look even remotely human.

It has no legs, no arms, no face, nothing we can recognise about it. Also in terms of behaviour the Daleks were more alien than the Klingons too. The Klingons behaved in a very human way. They had their own culture, their own code of honour, their own literature, even their own booze. The Daleks however had nothing we could relate too. They don’t have any culture, there are no Dalek laws, no Dalek customs, no Dalek literature, no Dalek art, no Dalek poetry, no Dalek code of honour, no Dalek society etc.

There are no Daleks that behave differently, no good guy Daleks, no extra fanatical Daleks, no Daleks that seek to gain power for themselves. All the Daleks behave exactly the same from the lowliest drone to the emperor.  However they are not merely robots, they are flesh and blood creatures and they are also emotional creatures too. They are not driven by logic, but by irrational fear and hatred of other life forms.

Thus they aren’t really like anything we can relate too. They obviously aren’t like us, but they also don’t resemble any kind of animal, and they aren’t simply robots either.

I don’t really think there are any other aliens you can say that about. The Predator for instance is still very human, not just in terms of how it looks, but its whole warrior culture, whilst the Xenomorph aside from still having some human features like arms, legs and a mouth, is basically just like a big overgrown animal.

The Daleks however to ironically use a Star Trek quote are genuinely “life but not as we know it”.

I also feel that the Daleks simply have more charisma and screen presence than the Klingons. Their, rasping, screeching voice alone, never mind their design is spectacular and instantly imitable, which probably accounts for a large part of their popularity.

Another way you can tell the Daleks have the greater presence is that they take centre stage whenever they appear.

In all of their appearances in Classic Who they are the main villains and the focus is entirely on them except for one story “Frontier in Space”, though even here they are still the main villains we just don’t find out until the end. In the New Who they have been the main focus in all but two stories they appeared in .

The Klingons however in their appearances in the original series were not always the main villains or focus of the stories. In Errand of Mercy the main focus I feel is on the aliens the Klingons are persecuting, in Fridays child  again I feel the main focus is on the aliens. In The Trouble with Tribbles the main focus is on the Tribles. The Klingons could be replaced by any alien in that story. In Day of the Dove meanwhile the main villain is the alien that is pitting the Klingons and the humans against one another.

The Daleks when compared with the Klingons are just simply too big a presence to be pushed to the side.

Finally the Daleks I feel have made a much larger impact on popular culture than the Klingons have. The Klingons are iconic, but not to the same extent as the Daleks. The Daleks are recognised all around the world. They have popped up in many American television series including “The Simpsons”, “South Park”, “The Big Bang Theory” and also the movie “Looney Tunes Back in Action”.

In the United Kingdom however the Daleks are almost a way of life. Back in the 1960’s the Daleks were ever bit as popular as the Beatles. Britain was gripped in “Dalekmania”, there were Dalek toys, soaps, posters, stage plays and even films based on the monsters.

In the decades since they have still remained popular. Most of the time whenever they return they are on the front of the radio times. The word Dalek even made its way into the dictionary at one point.

The Klingons have never enjoyed that level of fame at any point in Star Treks long history. It could be argued that the Daleks were responsible for Doctor Who’s initial success. The show really took off after they appeared. The Klingons meanwhile I feel were only popular because they were in Star Trek. They piggy backed on the shows popularity, where as with the Daleks if anything back in the 60’s it was the other way around and Doctor Who piggy backed on the Daleks huge popularity to become a monster hit.

Winner

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Here are some examples of why the Daleks are way more badass than the Klingons just to further ram the point home.

and the final proof when did you last see a Klingon with John fucking Lennon?

7/ Cyborg Invaders

Cybermen

The Borg

This is a bit of tricky one. The Cybermen and the Borg are a very similar concept and indeed many fans of both series have commented on this over the years. Both are mechanical creatures who seek to convert all organic life forms across the universe into members of their own kind.

Its very hard to say which was the better take on the idea. On the one hand when the Cybermen were scary in stories like “Tomb of the Cybermen” and “The Invasion”, they were far more terrifying than the Borg ever were. However over the years the Cybermen I think have been a lot more mistreated than the Borg. They have had their asses kicked by just four Daleks, wiped out by a teenager with a sling shot and beaten up by James Cordens baby.

Cy-Derp Men

Ultimately however even with all of these humiliating defeats, I am still going to have to go with the Cybermen. They still scare me more for a number of reasons.

The thing about the Cybermen is I feel that a lone Cyberman is scary. If you are cornered by a Cyberman then there is really nothing you can do. You can’t reason with it and you certainly can’t fight it off either. You’ll break you fist if you just try and punch it!

Also Cyber conversion is far more terrifying. When they convert you, everything about you goes. You become a totally faceless, emotionless drone.

With the Borg not only can the process be reversed (as seen with Captain Picard who briefly became Locutos), but you can still see traces of the humans they once were in there.

Take a look at this Cyber leader in comparison.

For all you know in life he could have actually been a she. A big, statuesque Lucy Lawless type beauty, or a shy, retiring, cute, nerdy girl with thick glasses like Bernadette from The Big Bang Theory. Or maybe he was a big burly guy, or a frail 86 year old who walked with a stick? We don’t know cause everything this person was has been replaced with a cold lifeless machine.

Cyber conversion is also a far gorier, more drawn out, and painful process than becoming a Borg too.

To me the Cybermen were far more frightening, though again I can see how the Borg are superior in a number of ways, as they were never undermined in quite the same way. Ultimately however I am still going to go with the Cybermen here.

Winner

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8/ Member of a villainous race who became a good guy

Madame Vastra

Worf

Both Trek and Who have had these types of characters. Vastra a member of the Silurians major enemies from Classic Who, and Worf a member of the Klingons major enemies from the original Star Trek series, who both become proud warrior allies of the main heroes.

Of the two I have to say that Worf is a much better character. As a lead of two long running series he was naturally more well developed than Vastra, who has only been in a few episodes so far. Also whilst I do like Vastra, at times I do feel that she and her sidekick Strax can feel a bit like novelty characters. Worf on the other hand never did, he was always a fully fleshed out member of the crew.

Winner

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9/ Best Leader Of Alien Invaders

Davros

Borg Queen 

Davros and the Borg Queen though different characters fulfil a similar role to each other.

They are both not only the commanders of vast interstellar empires, but they also were designed to give the leading characters (The Doctor, Captain Picard and later Captain Janeway) a more human adversary to play off of.

The Daleks and the Borg are great villains, but understandably a lot of the actors playing the Doctor and Patrick Stewart found them quite limiting to play off of, as neither have any individual personalities. They are all mindless drones who mostly just shout their catchphrases “YOU WILL BE ASSIMILATED” or “YOU WILL BE EXTERMINATED!”.

Davros and The Borg Queen both of whom had individual personalities could finally give the leads an adversary they could have a proper confrontation with rather than just simply fight.

You can see how Davros and The Borg Queen gave the Doctor and Picard enemies that they could actually argue with, exchange ideas with and again do more than just simply shoot at, or run away from.

Now whilst the Borg Queen was a very good villain I think that Davros really has to take this.

The Borg Queen was really just another variant of leader. She had more personality sure, but really she’s just kind a kind of glorified Supreme Dalek, or Cyber Leader.

Davros however created the Daleks and it was fascinating the way we could see how Davros had essentially created these monsters in his own image. Also the relationship Davros had with the Daleks was more complex too.

The Daleks on the one hand despised Davros almost as much as the Doctor as he is a non Dalek and therefore the enemy. However they also do still have some form of twisted affection for him.

Davros didn’t just simply give the Daleks life. He poured all of his own twisted beliefs into the Daleks and gave them their purpose to conquer all other life forms in the universe.

The monsters know that they would literally be nothing without him so they can never quite bring themselves to kill him. There are so many opportunities where they could have finished him for good yet they almost never take it. In Revelation of the Daleks for instance they decide to take him back to Skaro to stand trial for his crimes against them, rather than just simply zap him there and then.

Similarly in Genesis of the Daleks though they do shoot him, they don’t stick around to finish the job and Davros ultimately survives. Whilst some might argue that the Daleks simply didn’t know that his life support machine could keep him alive,  in the next story Destiny of the Daleks it is revealed that the Daleks knew that he had survived as ultimately they are searching for him.

Again why would they leave a lesser life form alive for so many centuries just to gather cobwebs? Simple because they couldn’t quite bring themselves to murder Davros as in a twisted way, he’s the closest thing the Daleks have to a father.

The Borg Queen’s relationship with her drones was ultimately not as interesting as at the end of the day they were just her servants, so Davros is ultimately a more interesting take on the idea of giving a race drones a leader with an individual personality.

Winner

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10/ Best Story of Original Series Run

Genesis of the Daleks

Balance of Terror

Two television classics. Both of these stories instantly disprove the myth that Star Trek and Doctor Who are silly, childish series.

There’s really nothing I can fault about either story. The cast are all superb. William Shatner and Tom Baker are at their absolute best here, and the actors playing the main villains Mark Lenard as the Romulan commander (who later landed the role of Spock’s father) and Michael Wisher as Davros are among the best guest stars either show ever had. They both bring a tremendous amount of gravitas and menace to the villains.

Both stories whilst exciting on the surface, also have very deep meanings behind them. Genesis shows us how evil men like Davros can rise to power and even reshape an entire society in their own twisted image, not just through their own cunning, but through the idiocy and inaction of those around them. The Kaleds, Davros’ own people whom he later wipes out still foolishly think they can reason with him,  whilst the Thals stupidly fall for Davros’ lies simply because its what they want to hear.

Balance of Terror meanwhile shows us how ironically the soldiers who fight in wars are not always actually enemies. They are often people who are being forced to fight someone else’s battle and were it not for the great powers who are forcing millions of young men to slaughter each other, the combatants might have even been friends.

You can view Genesis of the Daleks as being World War 2, as we have a twisted, evil, xenophobic maniac who creates a new order of xenophobic maniacs to wage war against anyone who doesn’t fit his idea of the perfect being. Balance of Terror meanwhile is World War 1, in that it involves two great armies whose men don’t even want to fight and unlike the Nazis or the Daleks, have no real hatred towards one another, but have to fight anyway in what is ultimately a pointless conflict.

Now as for which of these two stories is better, well that’s very hard to choose. Still I’m going to go with Genesis here only because Genesis is slightly more interesting for me, in  the way it takes us into the full history of Skaro. Skaro is a truly nightmarish world. Its surface has been destroyed by a thousand year conflict, the most hideous mutants roam the wastelands and the two intelligent life forms, the Thals and the Kaleds are both evil.

Its not hard to see how the most evil monsters in the entire universe could emerge from such a place.

Winner

Only marginally

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11/ Best Story of the Sequel Series

Day of the Doctor

The Chain of Command

I’m giving this to Star Trek. Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary story did its job of not only celebrating the history of Doctor Who, but also moving the series forward by having the Doctors save Gallifrey. I’m really looking forward to seeing where Steven Moffat takes the search for Galifrey story arc.

However I feel that Chain of Command is still the better story for a number of reasons. First of all its easier to watch. Day of the Doctor really only makes sense to a life long Doctor Who fan. To be fair that is kind of the point of an anniversary story, but still I can’t imagine even a casual fan having any time for it.

The Chain of Command meanwhile I think would hold up to even a non Star Trek fan as its a fantastic story all around. Its a brilliant character piece as we see the sadistic Gul Madred slowly try and break Picard’s will. Gul is definitely one of the shows most effective villains. David Warner who plays him is amazing in the role, and gives the villain an eerie charm.

My favourite moment is definitely the final confrontation between the two when Maldred has been ordered to release Picard but tries one last time to break his enemy.

Though its true the story obviously borrows from George Orwell’s classic novel 1984, it does still manage to do something new with it. Definitely one of Patrick Stewarts best performances; there is really nothing wrong with this story which sadly I cannot say about Day of the Doctor

Though I do like Day of the Doctor, its true that the Zygon story with Queen Elizabeth is silly and takes up far too much of the episode.

Winner

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12/ Best Ancient Astronaut story

Pyramids of Mars

Who Mourns For Adonais

Both Star Trek and Doctor Who have done stories that revealed the gods were aliens. “Who Mourns for Adonas” and “Pyramids of Mars”. Both stories I think demonstrate the differences between Who and Trek better than anything else. The Star Trek take on this story is a very romantic, philosophical story where the villain is still a very human character for better or for worse. The Doctor Who take on this story meanwhile is a very dark, frightening story where the main villain is a total out and out monster. Both stories are all time classics and it isn’t really fair to compare them, as even though they touch on the same subject, they try something completely different and succeed just as much at what they set out to do. However still since we are comparing them both here, I would have to again go with Doctor Who. Sutekh the destroyer terrified me growing up. I defy anyone to find a better villains voice than Gabriel Woof, the actor who plays him.

Winner

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13/ Best Alternate Universe Story

Inferno

Mirror Mirror

Alternate universes are another subject that Trek and Who have touched on many times in their history, but definitely the most famous example from each would be “Mirror Mirror” from Trek and “Inferno” from Doctor Who.

I must admit at first I thought I would have gone for the Who story as Inferno has always been a favourite of mine, but ultimately Trek is the winner here. “Mirror Mirror” is really the daddy of all alternate universe stories. Its where all of the others including Inferno come from, so it really deserves to win. Both stories are classics though and both offer us an interesting insight into the characters of the Brigadier and Spock.

Their evil selves represent what they could become if they were raised in a different environment. Their evil counterparts are the same people underneath. The Brigade leader is just as devoted to the military as the regular Brig is, whilst the bearded Spock relies on logic just like our version, but because both are now working for a corrupt regime they are the villains,. Still Star Trek wins, as Doctor Who was really following Star Trek’s lead.

Winner

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14/ Best movie

Daleks Invasion Earth 2150AD

Star Trek 2 The Wrath of Khan

This isn’t really a fair fight is it? The two Cushing movies are great, cheesy, 60’s fun, but Wrath of Khan is one of the greatest films ever made simple as that.

Winner

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15/ Worst story

Love and Monsters

The Omega Glory

Much like in deciding who was better Adric or Wesley Crusher here we will determine who is the winner by looking at which is the less awful out of the two worst episodes. This time its Star Trek that’s the winner. The Omega Glory is terrible, dated, crap. I cringe at that moment when the American flag is brought out. However even that is still better than “Love and Monsters” with its abzorbing monsters, lame jokes about Doctor Who fandom, soap opera drivel and blow job or rim job jokes.

Winner

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16/ Best story where a main character dies

Adric/ Earthshock

Tasha Yar/ Skin of Evil

Doctor Who wins this as Adrics death at the hands of the Cybermen was far more moving, unexpected and quite bleak too, as Adric dies alone, scared and thinking that he failed to save billions of innocent people. Also the Cybermen are a better villain than Armus to kill off a main character.

Winner

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17/ Best story where a historical figure fights a monster

Vincent and the Doctor

The Savage Curtain

Doctor Who takes this easy. Vincent and the Doctor is a truly moving and poignant piece of television. It gives us one of the most mature and sensitive depictions of someone suffering from mental illness I have ever seen on tv.

Its not afraid to show how difficult it can be dealing with someone with severe mental health problems, and how sometimes a persons issues can be too great for any help. It also explores the ignorance some people can have of depression too, with Vincent Van Gogh being show to be treated as a freak by those around him.

Still at the same time it also shows how every little bit of support is important regardless of whatever happens. Even though the Doctor and Amy ultimately fail to help Van Gogh overcome his problems, the Doctor still feels that it was worth it as they still made him happy for a short period of time at least.

Winner

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18/ Best crossover episode

The Three Doctors

Trials and Tribble ations

Star Trek wins this time. I love the Three Doctors, but the Star Trek episode is better as it actually takes us back into the original series. Its not just simply a case of the original character comes back. Here we actually do get to see the two very different worlds collide which is a lot more fun and unusual.

Winner

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19/ Best Cosmic Love Story

The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang

City On The Edge of Forever

As good a love story as Rory waiting outside a box for 10000 years for Amy is I don’t think any of us can really forget Captain Kirk and Joan Collins tragic love story. Though “City on the Edge of Forever” may seem unoriginal now, that’s only because it has been copied billions of times since. Indeed its the precursor to many Doctor Who episodes, such as the Waters of Mars which sees the Time Lord become torn on whether to save one good person and change history in catastrophic ways, or sacrifice an innocent persons life for the greater good.

Winner

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20/ Best story with an evil version of the Hero

Amy’s Choice

The Enemy Within

“Amy’s Choice” is a great episode and the Dream Lord is a very memorable character. However Star Trek has to take the lead here as its story is I feel much more bold and daring in terms of how evil it is willing to make the darker version of the hero (which is ultimately what we want to see from a story like this.) It has its evil version of the hero Kirk actually try and rape somebody. To have your main character, even just an evil version of them try and do something like that is incredibly shocking even by today’s standards, and an example of how Trek was willing to push the boundaries too.

Winner

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21/ Best theme

Doctor Who wins this one for me. There have been several Star Trek themes over the years where as Doctor Who has kept the one theme. There are different arrangements of it, but its basically the same theme. The best Star Trek theme for me would be the one that was used in the film series and the Next Generation. Even it however is not quite as brilliantly off beat and surreal as Doctor Who’s.

Winner

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22/ Best Love Story Where Someone Is Trapped In Another Place Away From Their One True Love Forever

Doomsday

All Our Yesterdays

A very specific idea, but again an example of how Doctor Who and Star Trek often explored similar concepts to each other.

In the Doctor Who story Doomsday, the Doctors greatest enemies, the Daleks and the Cybermen invade the earth. The Doctor defeats them by pulling both armies into the void, the nothingness between universes (there are shades of another classic Star Trek episode The Alternative Factor here, where the two versions of Lazarus are trapped in the nothingness between universes, fighting each other forever.)

Unfortunately however Rose, the woman the Doctor loves, ends up trapped in another universe as a result, and there is seemingly no way the Doctor can find her again.  At the end of the episode however the Time Lord is able to send a projection of himself through one tiny little crack left between the universes. Sadly before he can tell Rose he loves her he is cut off, leaving both the Doctor and Rose heartbroken.

In All Our Yesterdays, Kirk and McCoy end up trapped back in the past of an alien world that is about to be consumed by its own sun, after accidentally falling through a portal created by a time machine. The two land in a barren ice age, where there is no intelligent life except for one woman named Zarabeth.

Zarabeth reveals that she was sent back here as punishment after taking part in a failed rebellion. If she ever leaves this time, then she will die. She lies that after having travelled through time, Spock and McCoy can’t travel forward back the way or else they will die too.

Zarabeth and Spock soon fall in love, but McCoy soon discovers her deception. Furthermore, Kirk back in the present discovers that as they were not prepared, Spock and McCoy will die if they don’t get back to the future and Spock is forced to leave Zarabeth behind in the past, where she will remain alone for the rest of her life.

As you can see both stories explore the idea of two lovers being separated by entire worlds. Both stories even feature the lovers standing on either side of a wall with it only looking like its the wall separating them, when it is in fact two entire realities.

Now both stories are classics, but I am going to give this to Star Trek. I have never liked romance stories with the Doctor. I just don’t think it works with the character. The Doctor really is most effective as the Holmesian, professorial, crazy old uncle type of figure.

Also I think that All Our Yesterday’s is a far more moving and tragic story all around too. Whilst its sad that Rose ends up separated from the Doctor, she does still live a brilliant life in that other universe. Indeed arguably better than the one she would have had with the Doctor.

She lives in a mansion with her whole family (including an alternate version of her dad who died in her universe) and she has a job that she love where she hunts monsters and saves the world.

Zarabeth on the other hand lives in a miserable little dark cave, in a frozen wasteland, with only raw bits of meat for company. Its a miserable existence and there is nothing the main characters can do to save her from it. The final shot where she walks away crying as Spock is forced to leave her is absolutely heartbreaking.

It also doesn’t help that Russell T Davies would later go on to undo the ending of Doomsday two years later by not only having Rose return to our universe and reunite with the Doctor, but also later gain her own Doctor clone too.

Winner

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23/ Best All Powerful Organisation That Forbids Its Members To Interfere

Time Lords

United Federation of Planets

The Federation and the Time Lords are similar in some respects.

The Time Lords are the Doctors people and the most advanced race in the universe. After abusing their power for centuries, the Time Lords vowed to never interfere in the affairs of other planets ever again.

The Doctor however obviously broke this law many times. Originally he simply wanted to explore the universe as he was bored back on Gallifrey, but he ended up interfering in the affairs of other planets due to his strong sense of morals.

The Federation meanwhile represents the unification of several planets including the Earth and Vulcan. Just like the Time Lords they are forbidden to interfere in the affairs of other life forms. This law is known as the Prime Directive.

As I have been over both Kirk and the Doctor frequently get into trouble with the higher ups in the Federation and the High Council of the Time Lords.

Whilst I liked the Time Lords, I do think that the Federation were better. The Time Lords were very inconsistent. They went from being all powerful, benevolent gods, to corrupt, petty bureaucrats with primitive technology, to evil, vengeful monsters wanting to destroy all of creation. The Doctors attitude towards them changed too, from wanting desperately to get back to them in the Hartnell era, to being scared of being caught by them in Troughton’s time, to being annoyed with them, but respecting them in Pertwee’s time, to looking down on them in Tom’s time, to wanting to destroy them in the Tennant era, to finally doing all he could to save them in the 50th.

Also the Time Lords were best used fleetingly. The more we saw of them in stories like Trial of a Time Lord, the less interesting they became.

Winner

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24/ Best All Powerful God Like Villain

Black Guardian

Q

These two creatures power and very nature borders on the supernatural. They are the closest thing the Star Trek and the Doctor Who universes have to Gods.

Now I am going to go with Doctor Who here. The Black Guardian was a brilliant villain. He was only used fleetingly and whenever he did appear he was genuinely menacing.

Q meanwhile to start with was horribly over used. Also much like Wesley Crusher at times he did feel like a bit of a creators pet. Whilst I don’t dislike the character quite as much as some other fans, ultimately I think the Black Guardian was the far more sinister take on the idea.

Winner

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25/ Best Ship

Tardis

USS Enterprise

Doctor Who takes this. I do like the Enterprise. It has a spectacular design and is rightfully recognised around the world just as much as the Tardis.

However the Tardis is better in a number of ways for me. First of all its alive, and therefore can never be replaced, unlike the Enterprise which has been replaced many times.

Also the Tardis can travel to anywhere in the universe, and its virtually indestructable. The Tardis I feel is more unique the way its bigger on the inside than the outside too. It blends a classic sci fi idea like time travel, with surrealist ideas.

You can compare the Enterprise to a dozen other spaceships (though granted that’s only because most of them have copied the Enterprise.) Still the Tardis truly is one of a kind.

Winner

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26/ Best Reptile People

Silurians

Voth

Two very similar races. The Silurians first appeared in the 1970 story Doctor Who and the Silurians. They were a highly advanced race of reptile men who lived during the time of the Dinosaurs. When they discovered that an asteroid was destined to collide with their planet, they sealed themselves below ground in hibernation chambers where they would remain for 65 million years in suspended animation, until the humans accidentally awoke them.

The Silurians would then attempt to wipe humanity out, though later stories would show some Silurians live in peace with humanity. The recurring character of Vastra for instance who not only becomes an ally of the Doctor and protects humanity from various other threats, but she later ends up marrying a human woman named Jenny.

The Voth meanwhile evolved on the earth during the time of the Dinosaurs, and like the Silurians built a highly advanced society. They left the planet when they discovered it was going to be hit by an asteroid and travelled to the farthest reaches of space, eventually settling in the Delta Quadrant. The Voth would come to believe that they originated in the Delta Quadrant but would later discover their true origins.

Much like with the Borg and the Cybermen, many fans of both series have commented on the similarities between the Voth and the Silurians.

As for which is better, well that’s very hard to say as there is so little differences between them? Really I think the only way to decide is by looking at the quality of the stories they were in. Personally I think that the Silurians first appearance, Doctor Who and the Silurians was better than any Voth episode. Though at the same time Warriors of the Deep another Silurian story is one of the worst stories in either Doctor Who or Star Trek.

Still as I do love the Silurians first story then I’ll go with Doctor Who this time. I suppose though a more accurate assessment would be the Voth never reached the heights of the Silurians, but they never plumbed the depths of their worst stories either.

Winner

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27/ Best Electronic Sidekick

K9

The Doctor

Star Trek wins this one. K9, the Doctors pet robot dog is to be fair far more iconic than the hologram, the Doctor from Star Trek Voyager.

Still that doesn’t mean that he isn’t still a crappy, gimmicky, silly character who really should never have been introduced in the first place.

The Doctor meanwhile was a great character all around. In fact I’d say he was my favourite from Voyager and Robert Picardo was brilliant in the role.

Winner 

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28/ Best Story Where Time Is Changed And Humanity Is Fucked

Day of the Daleks

Yesterday’s Enterprise

Now this is a very difficult one to choose as both stories are among the best of either Doctor Who or Star Trek.

Both involve a change in history creating a timeline where humanity is at war with, or even conquered by the main villains of the franchise, the Klingons and the Daleks.

Day of the Daleks sees a group of humans from a Dalek ruled future travel back to the 20th century to kill the man they believe is responsible for their terrible future, Sir Reginald Styles.

Earth is on the brink of a third world war in the 1970’s, and Styles has gathered together all of the world leaders to try and reach a peaceful solution. Unfortunately however it turns out that Styles is a maniac and after gathering all of the world leaders together he kills them all and himself in an explosion.

World War 3 begins and devastates the earth allowing it to be easily conquered by the Daleks. The Doctor discovers however in a brilliant twist that it was actually one of the rebels who caused the war. In a last ditch attempt to kill Styles the rebel blew himself up, being unaware that the other delegates were in the house at the time.

In Yesterday’s Enterprise the timeline is changed thanks to the presence of USS Enterprise C which falls through a time rift. Originally Enterprise C was destroyed whilst defending a Klingon outpost from an attack by the Romulans. This action helped to establish an alliance between the Klingons and the Federation (among other things.)

Sadly however now that that never happened the Federation and the Klingons are at war with each other and the Enterprise D’s crew must do all they can to get the Enterprise C back through the anomaly, even though it will mean the death of the entire crew.

Both stories represent among the best time travel adventures in either show, but which is better? Well I honestly can’t choose. On the one hand Day of the Daleks I think uses the concept of time being changed in a more interesting way. Its a brilliant twist that the people who tried to make their future better ended up creating the nightmare they live in instead.

Yesterday’s Enterprise’s time paradox is more of a straight forward problem, just someone falling through time. However on the other hand, Yesterday’s Enterprise explores the effects that the change has on the main characters better.

One of the characters Tasha Yar was killed in the original timeline, and has to face the dilemma of either staying in a horrible timeline, or dying a pointless death in the original better timeline. Yesterday’s Enterprise is also somewhat bolder in the way it shows main characters like Riker be butchered on screen by the Klingons.

Ultimately for the first time I am going to have to call it a draw.

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29/ Best Story Where Main Character Is Consumed With Hatred For Hostile Alien Race

Dalek

First Contact

In these two stories the Doctor and Captain Picard are so consumed with hatred for the Daleks and the Borg that they begin to lose their heads.

Again its hard to choose which is better. I’d say as stories they are just as well acted and written as one another. Dalek is a more low key story sure, but for what it sets out to do then its just as good.

However I think that Dalek tackles the main heroes hatred of his mortal enemies in a more effective way. I think in First Contact they try and point out the comparisons with Captain Ahab a bit too much. They had already done the Moby Dick in space thing with Wrath of Khan and it really felt like they were just retreading old ground here.

These scenes I think demonstrate why the Daleks and the Borg are so popular with viewers. They really get under the main heroes skin like no other villain.

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30/ Best Story Where Brains In Jars Take Over A Society

The Keys of Marinus

The Gamesters of Triskelion

Both of these adventures have the same basic core premise. They revolve around a race who has evolved beyond the need for bodies as their brains are so well developed they can control others with their minds.

They both enslave the other humanoid life forms on the planet around them and torment them for their own amusement.

I am going with Star Trek here. The Gamesters of Triskelion is really the quintessential 60’s cheesy Star Trek episode. Its certainly not the best one, but its still tremendous fun. So much of what we think of when we think of Star Trek comes from this episode such as Kirk teaching an alien woman how to love, or the famous fighting music

Its hard to believe that in 26 years they never gave the Doctor great fighting music.

Winner

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Conclusion 

The Third Doctor fanboying over Captain Kirk.

Doctor Who is better in this bloggers opinion. It wins barely by a 15/14. I am surprised in a way as I always preferred the Beatles to the Rolling Stones, but to be fair I think I have always known in my heart that Who was my favourite. Overall two great shows, and franchises but Doctor Who is just a little bit more special to me. Still that’s just my opinion. Tell me what do you think?