Ah yes, as always you can click the pix to biggify - although I'm afraid it doesn't get much bigger. However, I'll be providing closer details of the bracket as we motor along (...in Bessie, no doubt).
So on forth we sally to the Elite 8:
FIRST DIVISION: #1 seed) CITY OF DEATH Vs. #2 seed) TALONS OF WENG-CHIANG
#1 seed) CITY OF DEATH - Ranked #8 in "The Mighty 200" Doctor Who Magazine Readers' Poll. In that magazine, Gareth Roberts wrote: "It's got a glow so warm you could toast bread off it."
running through Paris, we're running through Paris, we're running through Paris . . . we're running through France." The ancient Jagaroth pilot (played with relish and wit by Julian Glover) explodes his spaceship back in primordial Earth and inadvertently creates the spark that begins life on the planet. Splintered into 12 separate but connected versions of himself throughout history, the Count nudges the development of the human race forward so that his final version (in 1979 Paris) will have technology capable of building a time machine to undo his boo boo. All through time, the You're a beautiful woman, probably." That was wonderful. The interesting thing about running around the streets of Paris, of course, was that in England they'd look at you in amazement, whereas in Paris they just liked the scarf!"
#2 seed) THE TALONS OF WENG-CHIANG - Ranked #4 in the "Might 200" Doctor Who Magazine Readers Poll and the one that won it all at #1 in the original OUTPOST GALLIFREY fan poll! In aforesaid DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE, Philip MacDonald writes: "No Doctor Who story is entirely perfect, although this one gets pretty close..." Like CITY OF DEATH, the story has only one real letdown in the budgetarily-challenged giant rat. However, the gloriously realized BBC version of Victorian England circa Sherlock Holmes, Jack the Ripper, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, gaslights on fog-enshrouded streets, hatchet-throwing Tong members and Houdini-type stage shows is so good you could eat it!
"...pompous, incompetent and self-deluded..." (as pointed out in the ABOUT TIME books) which continues "It's telling that the script replaces all Li H'sen Chang's "r's" with "l's" only when he's on the stage, suggesting that it's just part of the act he puts on for the sake of the ignorant British." If a role's portrayal doesn't denigrate a race or utilize racial stereotypes, there is no reason why it cannot be played by any actor considered good enough to hire; stating that only a Chinese actor can play a Chinese role (aside from instituting a hiring practice based on an actor's race) is no more valid than saying only a Swedish actor can play a Swedish character or indeed that a woman cannot play the lead in Shakespeare's "THE TEMPEST" . . . or, for that matter, in DOCTOR WHO. Talons is still the one that all the fans talk to me about. It's the one that turns up in conversation more than any of the others. And Robert Holmes was, to me, the best writer on the show. And although it plagiarized many outside stories - Sherlock Holmes, My Fair Lady, and so on - it also had a weird and wonderful thrust of its own. I think the cast was fantastic - Chris Benjamin and Trevor Baxter, and lovely John Bennett. You couldn't get better, three classical actors appearing in a sci-fi - it was an absolute joy."
THE WINNER: (after much agonizing): THE TALONS OF WENG-CHIANG
SECOND DIVISION: #1 seed) THE SEEDS OF DOOM Vs. #2 seed) THE ROBOTS OF DEATH
#1) THE SEEDS OF DOOM - Ranked #16 in DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE's "Mighty 200" Readers Poll. A seed pod falls to Earth from outer space nearby a scientific outpost in Antarctica. Naturally, a scientist brings it back and becomes infected by the "Krynoid" which slowly transforms him into a plant creature.
THE SEEDS OF DOOM is such a lavish production it almost doesn't feel like DOCTOR WHO at all; this is a story with the Doctor as action hero, felling gangsters with an uppercut to the jaw, lobbing petrol bombs at lashing tendrils and crashing through a skylight to hold the villains at gunpoint. And what villains they are: John Challis as the sneering mercenary Scorby and Tony Beckley as the serenely smiling Harrison Chase, never happier than when he's adjusting his black leather gloves or noodling on his synthesizer in his green cathedral. It's DOCTOR WHO at it's most uncompromisingly gruesome..." Tru dat!
#2 seed) THE ROBOTS OF DEATH - Ranked # 9 on "THE MIGHTY 200". The Doctor and new companion Leela land on board a sandminer run by a society who have become largely dependent upon robots to "do" for them. Soon, a crewmember turns up murdered and this Agatha Christie-like whodunit cranks into high gear. Which crew member is committing murders . . . it couldn't possibly be the robots whose "prime directive" programming is never to harm a human. You KNOW this is gonna be good! Chris Boucher's script is a jewel and Michael E. Briant's taught direction never lags for a moment! It's almost like Douglas Camfield's back holding the reins!
THE WINNER: (do I need mention there was much agonizing once again???): THE SEEDS OF DOOM
Join us in a little bit for the second part of our Elite 8.........