‘Doctor Who’ thing of the day: six ways Colin Baker’s Doctor got screwed

If you missed the FlickFilosopher meetup this past Saturday, you missed meeting Andy Hughes, who came all the way from Boston to say good-bye to me and who happens to be a huge Doctor Who fan. Hughes is a contributor to the amusingly named Topless Robot, where he recently posted an apologetic for Colin Baker’s Doctor… which is, frankly, much in need. I think many Whovians would agree that C. Baker did not get a fair shake at the role, and Hughes lays out a few good reasons why in “6 Ways the Sixth Doctor from Doctor Who Got Screwed.” From his intro:

The Sixth Doctor was deliberately designed to be a change of pace: brash, verbose, aggressive and manic, his on-screen behavior to become the stuff of infamy among fans. At the time, Baker was enthusiastic and speculated that he might go on to be the longest-running Doctor ever: the following debacle would make that statement seem like some sort of a sick joke, as Colin became not only the shortest-lived Doctor on TV (aside from Paul McGann’s Eighth) but the most controversial as well.

And the first reason (counting down to No. 1):

6) He Didn’t Get to Pick His Own Costume

Check it out, and feel free to share your own reasons here how the Sixth Doctor got the shaft.

(If you stumble across a cool Doctor Who thing, feel free to email me with a link.)

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