Haiku

Television

Spearhead from Space

Before The X-Files

It’s Hinchcliffe before Hinchcliffe

With scary Autons.

Doctor Who and the Silurians

Brilliant, if slow,

Malcolm Hulke does the Cold War

Thoughtful and spiky.

The Ambassadors of Death

Random gibberish,

Saved by cast and production

But it has power.

Inferno

Apocalyptic

Simple, but huge and gripping

Seven-parters rule!

Terror of the Autons

Holmes’s weakest script.

It’s random Master nonsense,

But still evil fun.

The Mind of Evil

Plot’s a bit messy

But it’s fun and hard as nails.

Watch in black-and-white.

The Claws of Axos

Fairly stupid, but

Also funny, with a theme.

It’s enjoyable!

Colony in Space

Hulke’s social conscience

Instead of a story.  Zzzzz.

Thoughtful, but dreary.

The Daemons

Endearing wibble.

Interchangeable plot beats

But iconic charm.

Day of the Daleks

Does the plot make sense?

Quite a strong Dalek story,

But where’s the ghost mood?

The Curse of Peladon

Good, but a bit dull.

Novelisation’s better.

I still love it, though.

The Sea Devils

Stupider, but more

Exciting than the first one.

It looks better too.

The Mutants

An underrated

Four-parter, but followed by

Two more episodes.

The Time Monster

Unlike ‘The Mutants’,

The first four episodes stink.

After that it’s good.

The Three Doctors

Genuinely good.

Omega’s monumental.

It’s also funny!

Carnival of Monsters

The coolest, oddest

Pertwee story, with Robert

Holmes on mighty form.

Frontier in Space

Hulke’s being stupid.

Funny, thoughtful, epic…  but

The plotting’s lazy.

Planet of the Daleks

Nation’s still doing

Sixties pacing, yes, but the

Production’s flaccid.

The Green Death

Working class miners,

Environmentalism,

Great baddies…  and Jo!

The Time Warrior

Gormless director

Gets the tone wrong, which isn’t

Robert Holmes’s fault.

Invasion of the Dinosaurs

Earnest and worthy

But a bit dull, except for

Reptile comedy.

Death to the Daleks

Dour, but cool ideas.

Galloway’s fascinating.

Interesting Daleks.

The Monster of Peladon

Sincere but plodding,

Almost an imitation

Of Hulke (in dull mode).

Planet of the Spiders

It’s fascinating.

Ignore its reputation.

Distilled Letts era.