Starter Pack/List of Recommended Stories
So, you love Doctor Who and want to see what the Classic series is all about. But, you know, it ran for 26 years and it’s fucking huge and just way too daunting, and something about missing episodes?? Help?? Never fear.
The great thing about Doctor Who, especially Classic Who, is that watching it in order really isn’t that important.
So, as far as I’m concerned, the best way to get into Classic Who is to sample a bit of each Doctor, and see what takes. And so here is my list of recommendations for each Doctor for those of you wanting to give this beautiful low budget sci-fi meme-factory masterpiece a try.
Note 1: Classic Who is formatted differently to New Who. It’s made up of ‘serials’, which are storylines of anything from 2-10 episodes, 25 minutes each. Most are 4, but 2 and 6 parters are also common in some eras. So I’m recommending the serials, as opposed to episodes, obviously.
Note 2: I want to express that this is my personal rec list, and what I think people will enjoy/enjoyed myself. I’m not claiming that these are definitely the best storylines or the ones people will enjoy most because Doctor Who is an incredibly subjective show, and deciding on ‘best’ storylines is so difficult. So, this list is fallible, probably, but I hope you like it anyway.
These are listed, in chronological order, with serial title, then companions, and then any additional notes I have about the story.
(Italicised serial title is my top rec for that era if you’re just looking for one of each, with the exception of The Unearthly Child because it’s the first one so just watch it, okay?)
An Unearthly Child(not the unaired pilot version, the proper first episode!! If Susan is drawing weird shit on paper you’re watching the wrong one) - Ian, Barbara and Susan - just episode 1 and first half of ep 2, once they leave the TARDIS you’re good to stop unless you want to keep going which is totally fair but it’s just a lot of cavemen grunting about fire really, though there is an interesting moment where the Doctor wants to kill a dude with a rock
The Aztecs- Ian, Barbara, and Susan - okay basically if you want the serious historical storyline go with this one, otherwise see The Romans
The Dalek Invasion of Earth - Ian, Barbara and Susan
The Romans - Ian, Barbara, and Vicki (newly joined) - if you want the funny, very silly historical storyline, go with this one, otherwise, go Aztecs
The Mind Robber - Zoe and Jamie
The War Games - Zoe and Jamie (as a warning, it’s fucking 10 episodes long but really good if a little stretched out) - first naming of and appearance of Time Lords as a people, Two’s regeneration episode
Three’s era has way too many great serials so I’m just gonna let you pick from what you think sounds good. All of these feature the Brigadier to some capacity, too.
Spearhead in Space - Liz (first appearance) - important for getting an idea of what the UNIT situation is, first Auton appearance, first episode following the regeneration
Inferno - Liz - it’s basically an “all the Doctors friends are evil!AU verse” story
Terror of the Autons- Jo (first appearance), first appearance of the Master
The Sea Devils - iconic Best Enemies serial (the sword fight!), has the Silurian’s “cousins” the Sea Devils, plus the actual Navy and lots of boats
The Three Doctors - Jo - MULTI DOCTOR, First and Second Doctor, first appearance of Omega
The Time Warrior - Sarah Jane (first appearance) - first Sontaran appearance, first naming of Gallifrey!
Genesis of the Daleks - Sarah Jane and Harry - first Davros appearance/Dalek origin stuff! TMA/TWF in Series 9 of New Who is basically a sequel to this story
Invasion of Time - Leela - set on Gallifrey with Time Lords and Sontarans
City of Death - Romana II (Time Lady companion!!) - centred around the Mona Lisa kinda
The Five Doctors - Tegan and Turlough - plus old companions, MULTI DOCTOR, first five doctors except Four
Caves of Androzani - Peri (newly joined) - very acclaimed story, Five’s regeneration episode, think Phantom of the Opera meets alien mining shit
I’ve not seen enough of his first season so this is my main rec, along with the whole Trial of a Time Lord season if you’re looking for more Six.
Mark of the Rani- Peri - first appearance of the Rani (another renegade Time Lord, amoral scientist who was at school with the Doc and the Master, hates them both lmao), plus the Master, it’s a big messy school reunion set during the Industrial Revolution
Remembrance of the Daleks- Ace - set at Coal Hill, Ace beats a Dalek up with a baseball bat, literally creating the “defining moment of awesome” trope because she’s that iconic
The Happiness Patrol - Ace - dystopia where unhappiness is illegal, the TARDIS gets painted pink
The 1996 movie- Grace - take the ‘half human’ thing with a grain of salt because Eight is a little shit and the Master was dealing with shifty information
And there we are!
If anyone gets through this list and wants to ask for additional recs, feel free to come into my inbox, I’m always up for helping others get into the joy that is Classic Who.
Otherwise, sit back, strap in, and prepare to laugh at some questionable guest acting, stuffy Time Lords in stupid clothes, and of course the old/cheap special effects. And of course, enjoy, because the storylines are still solid as HELL and so are the main characters.
the doctor's ever changing opinion of gallifrey/timelords
fuck dese guys I'm out
wow my life's great now, can't believe I spent 200 years on that god forsaken orange rock, without jamie too!!
you know what idc that u pompous arseholes banished me to earth, I got da brig with me and let me tell you something they don't have moustache's like that on gallifrey
first u accuse me of treason and now you want me for president,oh my daze you guys are such nerds, jelly baby?
you killed peri! then fragmented her in to 5 different versions of herself, you guys are fucked up, stay away from my humans!
shit man... me, the master and the rani, used to be so cool back at the academy, like the ultimate squad y'know, now we all so damn fucked up, that's what gallifrey does to innocent childrens
take the master's jiggly sperm back to gallifey they said, it'll be fine they said
haha GALLIFREY STANDS bitches, totally keeping this jacket as a memento
well I'm just going to have to cover up my severe psd with immense sass, any way it's not all bad at least I have rose she's great, although somehow she reminds me of the time war and why am I still wearing the jacket that I wore when my planet burned?!?
well the thing is martha its like every story about a kid who wants to get out of their small town but then ends up missing it, except the kid is 900 years old, the small town is an entire planet and the kid ends up committing the genocide of his own species
yay!! my people are back they are actually alive and I can go home, this is the best thing ever!! two tics clara I need stand on a cloud with me, myself and I and stare at this beautiful planet full of my problematic faves
the bae is dead and its probably your fault!! my hybrid valeyard arse has smashed on some glass for two billion years to get here and get my revenge, I told you to stay away from my humans!! and clara and peri both have scattered lives, way to rub it in. jeeze I can't believe I was so thirsty for you two hearted cunts to come back
Coffeeshop AUs are all well and good, but I could bear to see more conventioneer/artist’s alley AUs. Doctor Who for example:
Barbara and Ian got tickets to the con because Susan was talking about it at school, but once they got there, they realised they had no idea what they were in for.
Susan also dragged along her grandfather, who was less than pleased.
Vicki is carrying around a big stuffed monster as part of her cosplay and won’t stop cuddling it.
Stephen and Dodo got roped into karaoke at the last minute to make up the numbers.
Two and Jamie did a couples cosplay and get stopped for a fanservicey photo every five minutes.
Two has a booth where he sells various handmade hats. He seems to be wearing a different one every time you see him.
Three made a really intense, detailed, working cosplay with special effects and mechanical parts but once they get it to the con they need to fix it several times over.
Lethbridge-Stewart tries to organise a photoshoot, but the other cosplayers are all late or lost, he has to send Benton and Yates to chase them down, and it’s generally chaos.
Benton is coming in from a coffee run, carrying more drinks than he should be able to because he could not turn down anyone who asked
Romana brought eight cosplays for a three day con and changes multiple times a day.
Four cannot keep track of where Romana actually is.
Sarah Jane only came to film an amature documentary on conventions, but three and four sort of abduct her into participation.
Five and his kids have packed one cosplay each and wear it the entire weekend.
Five has crammed more people into their hotel room than hotel regulations allows, they are nervous that they might be found out when the staff delivers extra pillows.
With only two beds in the room, Tegan and Nyssa share one. Adric wonders if this is just becauses of the tight quarters or something else, aloud, until the Doctor hits him with a pillow and tells him to just go the fuck to sleep.
Kamelion drew the short straw and sleeps in the closet.
Turlough slept in the bathtub on the first night, but moved to the floor between the beds after he dreamed that the bath knobs started talking to him.
Adric ate all of the ramen and powerbars he brought for the con on the first day and keeps begging five to take him to a restaurant after the AA closes.
Tegan just wanted to go to one particular panel, but it keeps getting moved.
Six and Peri were planning to do a couple’s cosplay, but they brought a hefty dose of con drama with them. The only thing worse than being on their floor while they’re fighting in their room is being on their floor when they’re making up from the fight.
Frobisher has the best cosplays you’ve ever seen and while most people are pretty sure he’s rooming with six and Peri, he doesn’t came back to the hotel room or appear to need sleep.
Melanie is either rooming with six and Peri or seven and Ace, but she gets up before any of them so they aren’t sure where she actually slept.
Seven preregistered for the con a year ago. Seven preregistered for the con several years ago. Seven preregistered for the con before the con was formed. No one has seen seven since he checked in, but they’re sure he’s here, because he’s on a panel…
(it turns out to be nothing mysterious, really. Seven was on Staff and didn’t tell anyone.)
Ace brings a new person back to her hotel room with her at every con. The relationships are brief, but they are intense and adorable.
Eight is on the lolita panel. They don’t know why, but neither do they question it.
Charley exclusively cosplays male characters.
Someone asked the Warlock to watch their artist’s alley table and hasn’t been seen since. They wait patiently, because he said that they would stay until they come back.
Torchwood are all crammed into one hotel room. They are collectively the reason “Yaoi Paddles” have been banned at this con.
Rose agreed to do half of a couples cosplay with nine, but discovers to her dismay that ten also dressed as the other character and for some reason people take way more pictures of her with ten than with nine.
Ten is one of those guys with a good cosplay who refuses to wear a wig or even style their hair differently.
Amy got an artist’s alley table to sell her cute little sculpty figures of various characters, but the precon rush was so overwhelming for her, she’s practically dead on her feet. Rory offers her a blanket and watches over her table while she takes a nap behind it.
Eleven is not cosplaying anything, but everyone thinks they are. They keep buying new hats from two.
Eleven thinks that he has his own hotel room, but the hotel doesn’t, so he crashes on the Paternoster Gang’s floor. Strax offered to share his bed, since Mrs. and Mrs. Flint were in the other one, but eleven refused.
Twelve brought a cosplay, wears it on Friday, but wears his pyjamas all day saturday and thinks that’s good enough. He has a table in the Artist’s Alley where he sells CDs of his music.
Clara doesn’t cosplay but wears really cute outfits, spends more time than she wants to smoothing out twelve’s con drama.
Danny is on a one-man crusade for more kid-friendly con activities and generally is the opposite of Torchwood.
The Paternoster Gang always win the cosplay contests. It’s a matter of pride.
Ashtildr is at every panel and never appears to need sleep. How does she do it.
I don’t like Rose because she’s selfish, unlikable, self-centered, entirely codependent on The Doctor, many of her actions is like that of a sociopath and she never develops as a character at all and really if there is one person in all of Doctor Who who does not have a life outside The Doctor it’s Rose. She was likable with Nine(despite that she treated Mickey like shit) but annoyingly obsessive with Ten. She may be a good companion for Nine and Ten but she treats people like playthings then tosses them away like they’re nothing to her unless it suits bringing her closer to her precious Doctor. Because of Rose leaving the fans wouldn’t give Martha(who is an awesomely underrated companion) a chance and treat her like an abomination. She pretty much turned Ten from a ancient alien who travels the universe for fun into a love sick human with emotions and the forced unbearable romance between her and Ten which then resulted in fans going “OMG Rose is the only one true love for The Doctor” I’m sick of it, I’m sick of the fans and I’m sick of Rose Tyler.
Maybe I should explain. At first I liked her in the beginning, she was a good companion to Nine in series 1 but after a while she just seems so bad as a companion. There are sometimes where I like her like from stopping The Doctor from killing the last Dalek something he might regret(well not really since The Fifth Doctor regretted not killing The Daleks when he had the chance and The Seventh Doctor manipulated Davros into blowing up Skaro and talked a Dalek into killing itself), she saved The Doctor from The Daleks, she saved Jack and that allowed him to change Torchwood in The Doctor’s name and for the better, she saved Donna in Turn Left and brought Donna back to The Doctor to warn him, she stopped “The Beast(refuse to call this Satan because there would at least be interesting dialogue between The Doctor and Satan), and she did make him better(not really since The Doctor is and has always been a mysterious mad alien anti-hero who travels the universe for fun) in a way. But let’s get to why I don’t like her. Okay at first she seems perfectly normal. She has a good job, a mother and boyfriend who loves her but one fateful day when The Autons appear she meets The Doctor. The problem? She may love The Doctor but she treats people like playthings and tosses them aside when she’s done with them. How she treats Mickey. For series 1 she has this stupid boy on her string and he is so hopeless that he doesn’t know or has any choice or say in the matter. While he was her boyfriend she ran off with a stranger she just met, left him alone without so much as a goodbye and he was to blamed for her year of absence, everyone including Jackie thought he killed her (‘cause really, it’s a bloody MIRACLE that Mickey’s still alive after that long given how Britain can be in situations like that, especially when it’s a black man accused of killing a white woman). and when she see’s him all she says is “I was gonna call you and I’m sorry” at that moment it made me impossible to like her. and she gets all whiny when he says he moved on because she expects him to wait for her like a loyal lapdog wow just wow. Jackie her mother. She leaves her without so much as a goodbye, lets her worry for a year, she can’t trust Jackie enough to just tell her where she’s been. She doesn’t have to tell the police or whoever else, just her mum. And she doesn’t. Nor does she ever thank Mickey for keeping her secret for a whole FREAKING YEAR and ruining his life! That’s some freaking dedication. That guy needs a medal. and finally The Doctor. At times Doctor/companions romance is love/hate for me but the bad thing in Rose’s case is they shove it down our throats. 99% of the time, The Doctor or someone else had to rescue Rose, or if she did the rescuing, she screwed up things worse than before. From a psychological perspective, with The Doctor just returning from the Time War because of this dependency thing. He HAS to rescue her, without killing her. Now Nine and Rose together I liked because Nine and Rose brought out the best in each other where Ten and Rose brought out the worst in each other. But I found this on why I find Ten/ Rose unbearable “I think That Rose took the war-torn, conscienceless Ninth Doctor and helped him realize his human side. Then the human-like Tenth Doctor and Rose became arrogant and started to think of themselves as gods. That is why The Tenth Doctor is unbearable to me. You know, surprisingly enough, I was just thinking about this a while back and I realised what was bothering me about Ten and Rose’s relationship; and why the majority of us can see it was so toxic for both of them. Not only was Rose attempting to treat Ten like a human, Ten was attempting to treat Rose like a Time Lady. Think about it for a moment. Anyone who’s watched Classic Who as well as New Who will get what I mean immediately. Ten treats Rose exactly like he treated Romana. Which he should never have done. Sometimes he puts Rose in situations requiring abilities and intelligence far beyond human capabilities. And Rose tries, because, like a lot of The Doctor’s companions, she wants to impress him and make him proud. But Rose can’t do the majority of these things, and it’s not fair of The Doctor to have made her attempt them. It allowed Rose to put unrealistic expectations upon herself And over time, you see The Doctor realizes this. But he can’t bring himself to stop until it’s too late and Rose refuses to leave him for her own safety. This is the fault of Ten. He’s become too human-like and thinks Rose is now his equal, like Romana was to him previously. But The Doctor is not human and Rose is not Time Lord. They are not equals. This is even more saddening when you bring the time-locking of Gallifrey into it. The Doctor is desperate for someone to be like him, survivors guilt, he doesn’t want to be alone. Rose’s fault is she wanted The Doctor to be human. The Doctor’s fault is he wanted Rose to be a replacement for his lost people, so, with the hive mind of a Time Lord, he adapted to what Rose wanted. And Rose wanted a forever, and that could never be.” I may ship certain Doctors with certain companions(Three x Jo, Four x Romana, Five x Nyssa, Six x Peri, Eight x Charley, Nine x Rose, Eleven x River and The Doctor x TARDIS) but I just prefer to the idea of the original director during the First Doctor’s era that The Doctor should be and should remain asexual and it just feels wrong and out of character that The Doctor falls in love with his companions, to me it should just be best friends traveling time and space in The TARDIS like Sarah Jane Smith, Ace, and Donna Noble.
Now let’s talk about the things she does episode wise that isn’t the way she treats Mickey, Jackie and The Doctor. Father’s Day. I hate this episode because I hate her. So Rose saves her dad, something that the Doctor told her she couldn’t ever do. And yeah, if my dad died and I had a chance to save him, I would want to as well. She isn’t evil or bad for wanting to save him, she’s just stupid for actually doing it. When the Doctor tells her he’s going to leave, she says, “You don’t scare me! You’ll come back!” like she’s so fucking entitled that he’s beholden to her. And when she finally realizes what she’s done, she gives him a half-assed apology because she knows that’s all she has to give him.
Bad Wolf/Parting of the Ways. She’s not too bad in this, except for raping the TARDIS and all. She does genuinely want to help the Doctor and Jack save the people on Satellite 5 and she does listen to what the Doctor tells her to do, except for the whole stay home part. And now, I”m going to give her a little leeway right here. Because if I was in that situation, I’d try whatever I could to save the Doctor too. That makes sense. But the poor TARDIS is like “Um, sweetie, no.” and Rose doesn’t listen. And no, I’m not going to blame her for the Doctor regenerating because she wouldn’t have known that was going to happen. That isn’t her fault. She was trying to help.
But when the Doctor DOES regenerate, she refuses to accept it. And yeah, I admit that it would be weird and probably scary if you didn’t know it was coming. And not to mention confusing. But she spends the whole Christmas episode whining to her mom about how he left her. He explained this to you, he’s the same person. AND HELLO, HE DID IT TO SAVE YOUR LIFE, YOU UNGRATEFUL TWAT.
And season 2 is when she starts getting really bad. I can deal with her in season 1, but I can’t even watch season 2 because of her. In Tooth ANd Claw she makes a bet with Ten that she can make the Queen say "I am not amused” yeah this would be funny if it wasn’t for the fact that there was an assassination plot AND A FUCKING WEREWOLF THAT WAS FUCKING KILLING PEOPLE! She’s mildly annoying up until School Reunion, when we see the brilliant Sarah Jane Smith return. Rose gets stupidly defensive for no reason, like she should be the only one who’s ever traveled with the Doctor. She knows how old he is, it’s not ridiculous that he’d be friends with other people. Get over it. She treats Sarah Jane terribly because of this. To her credit, they’re friends at the end, but that doesn’t discount the way that Rose acted.
And then we have The Girl In The Fireplace. Rose gets pissy because the Doctor finds himself friends with Madame de Pompadour. Rose obviously feels threatened by her, because she treats her like crap too. And now Mickey is with the group, though Rose is basically still ignoring him. (The Doctor does feel some attraction to her, but Madame de Pompadour is freaking brilliant.) And she doesn’t treat Rose the way that Rose treats her.
And in the two Cybermen episodes, she gets clingy over her dad (who isn’t her dad) who she thinks is also beholden to her in someway. He isn’t her real dad, but she acts like he should adopt her or something. She assumes he’s going to automatically accept her, and when he doesn’t, she gets all hurt like it’s his fault. And then, she suddenly gets upset when Mickey leaves, like she actually cared whether he was there or not.
Fast forward to The Impossible Planet, where the Doctor is faced with the most horrifying thing imaginable: living a normal life. Rose automatically decides they’re going to be living together, something that The Doctor doesn’t say anything about. The idea of being forced into one place and time is something he hates, but she’s happy to back him into a corner as long as she gets her fairytale.
And oh god, Love and Monsters. Rose gets mad at Alton for upsetting her mum. UM, WHO HAS BEEN THE ONE UPSETTING HER MUM FOR THE LAST TWO SEASONS? AND TREATING HER LIKE SHIT? Oh yeah, Rose has.
And Doomsday. She was trying to help the Doctor save the world and got trapped in the parallel universe. Okay. She gets credit. Credit where credit is due. EXCEPT HOLY GOD, THE BEACH SCENE. “I can’t come to the beach and see you, if I do it will blow a hole in spacetime and both universes will collapse.”
And what’s her answer? “So?”
SO?!?!?!? FUCKING ‘SO’? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? “I don’t care about killing my family and trillions and trillions of people, destroying all the planets everywhere and taking away all the days that never came, I just want to hug you.”
REALLY? Okay, I get that you’re sad. I’d be sad too. But I wouldn’t jeopardize the future of my family and two universes for fucking sentiment. And, FYI, she’d be killing the Doctor too. He kind of lives in one of those universes.
AND REALLY Rose was prepared to leave her mother, father and Mickey in a parallel universe. She was willing to throw away her family, friends and old life just to be with her precious Doctor. Hell Rose would sacrifice everyone, anything and everything in the universe to be with her precious Doctor and you know it’s fucking true.
So, fast forward to the end of season 4. She is responsible for Donna’s death in Turn Left. She whines and complains that Martha is there with the other companions and she isn’t but that’s not what gets me about Rose in series 4. She builds a fucking dimension cannon to do EXACTLY WHAT THE DOCTOR TOLD HER NOT TO. I am 100% convinced that if Davros & The Daleks weren’t involved with series 4, then it would be Rose’s fault that the universes are collapsing and the stars are going out because Rose couldn’t stay put, she couldn’t be content and so codependent and so sociopathic that she’d be willing to sacrifice trillions and billions of lives just so she could be with her precious Doctor. But anyway, she builds the cannon and jumps back to her original universe. She puts trillions of people in danger, AGAIN, because she can’t live without her man. And then she gets a stupidly undeserved happy ending.
People often complain that Moffat’s companions have no life outside The Doctor, but really? They do. ALL the New Who companions have lives outside The Doctor except for Rose. If there is anyone in all of New Who who does not have a life outside The Doctor, it’s Rose Tyler. That’s right the very first companion of New Who and the one that most of you love and the one I absolutely despise has no life outside The Doctor. Now why do I think this? Now before The Doctor she DID have a life outside The Doctor but her job at the shop ended when the Autons attacked. But ever since The Doctor? Nothing she has had no life outside The Doctor. Oh sure she may go visit Jackie from time to time but other than that? She has nothing. She is clingy and obsessive over The Doctor. In Doomsday she was practically insulting herself, putting down her old life and acted like she didn’t matter till she met The Doctor(and people call Moffat sexist) and she practically told Jackie that the 19 years of life she gave her didn’t matter and all she needed was The Doctor, all she needed was a man! She has no character arc, she has no development, she does not care for ANYONE except The Doctor, she treats everyone who is not The Doctor like puppets on a string as a means to an end to help her get to The Doctor and tosses people like old used toys when she’s done with them, she acts like her old life, Jackie and Mickey do not matter, and she was willing to destroy billions and trillions of lives just so she could be with The Doctor
I’m sorry if I offended any fans of Rose but I really don’t like Rose, I liked her when she was traveling with Nine but that’s it. I liked Billie Piper as The Moment’s Conscience and the sassy personality it had(and wish Rose was more like it) I like Billie as an actress and a singer. Again I’m sorry if this offends her fans but I just don’t like Rose.
Most disliked character(s)? Why: Well, the one I talk the most about is Simm!Master and I’ve gone into my reasons often enough, so I’ll bring up someone different—Sabalom Glitz. I can’t stand that kind of character, and he’s a particularly odious example. He’s portrayed as this lovable rogue type, but he literally sold his crew into slavery and had sex with an underage and vulnerable Ace in the EU, so yeah, I hate him.
Most disliked arc? Why:Does Lungbarrow count? Or, if we’re talking more minor arcs, what about the Master’s drums?
Is there an unpopular character you like that the fandom doesn’t? Why: Plenty, in particular TV!Six and Peri. Something about them just clicks with me and I’m always ready to defend them.
I like large Tardis crews, so sometimes I like to picture what would happen if all or most of a Doctor’s companions were travelling together. Today I got the image of six, Peri, Frobisher, Evelyn and Mel the morning after a party. Mel is the only one without a hangover and has fixed everyone grapefruit slices, whole grain toast, and carrot juice and is loudly and perkily explaining that this wouldn’t have happened if they didn’t drink so much.
Evelyn says nothing but just glares at anyone who tries to engage her in conversation over the edge of her cocoa mug.
The Doctor clutches his head in both hands and just tries not to shout at anyone because it would hurt his head. He has a large mug of hot, sweet tea but can’t bring himself to drink it because that means moving.
Frobisher has collapsed on the edge of the table with his beak in a mug of coffee and occasionally sticks his tongue into it but other than that shows no signs of life.
Peri decides the whole morning is a loss and goes back to bed. Unable to find her own bed, she crashes face-down fully clothed on the Doctor’s bed and hopes for his sake he has enough sense not to fight her about it.
“In all my travelling throughout the universe, I have battled against evil, against power-mad conspirators. I should have stayed here. The oldest civilisation: decadent, degenerate, and rotten to the core. Power-mad conspirators, Daleks, Sontarans, Cybermen - they’re still in the nursery compared to us. Ten million years of absolute power. That’s what it takes to be really corrupt.”