hammard (hammard) wrote in who_at_50,

14 Weeks To 50: The Deadly Assassin

We're now into the top 20 of my 50th Anniversary countdown of aggregated poll results for Doctor Who Books, TV Serials & Audio Dramas, with number 14:

14. The Deadly Assassin

Doctor: 4th (Tom Baker)
Companions: None (the closest is probably Borusa)
Villains: The Master
Responding to a summons to Gallifrey, the Doctor receives a vision of the President being assassinated. He soon finds himself caught up in a web of conspiracy that goes all the way to the foundations of Gallifrey.
Why is it so well loved?
1. The Doctor is without allies and constantly on the backfoot as he is caught up in this conspiracy.
2. Although extremely controversial among Doctor Who fans at the time it establishes most of our understanding of Time Lord society.
3. The scenes in the Matrix are a disturbing and nightmarish vision of a virtual reality. (Plus they predate Gibson’s Neuromance by almost a decade)
Statistical Snippet
Gallifrey is the most popular planet (after Earth) for stories settings, with 4 appearances in the top 50. The next most popular is Skaro.

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Tags: 50 years of who, fourth doctor, poll-of-polls countdown, television stories
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