I NEVER UNDERSTOOD STAR TREK.
The cheerful teamwork, the scientific gobbledygook, the lycra outfits,
the alien enemies that were never very alien, or remotely frightening –
and all those life-lessons to be learned each week.
Doctor Who – now that I could get. Science-fiction needs to foster a
sense of otherness in order to work. Star Trek, Time Tunnel, Lost In
Space were fun but always felt cosy and safe. Doctor Who, on the other
hand, refused to be neatly pigeonholed, for the simple reason that you
never knew where each new story would take you.
Three clichés have been endlessly repeated about Doctor Who.
One: everyone of a certain age remembers watching it from behind the
Two: the props people would have been lost without perspex and
Three: you can’t have a universe-conquering enemy that can’t get up