may have some big surprises in store, but so far it seems Doctor Who
’s fiftieth birthday will heavily weigh towards the extreme poles of Mark Gatiss
’ docu-drama An Adventure in Space and Time and Moffat’s low-calorie (now with 43 years less nostalgia!), doubtless audacious Smith/Tennant/ John Hurt
team-up. But it’s only right that we fans celebrate the spirit of Doctor Who
, rather than a clip-show celebrating the letter—and pay tribute to its boldest and most original narratives.
So step forward, Revelation of the Daleks (1985)—a triumph from Colin Baker
’s all-too-brief and troubled Doctorate. It’s a thoroughly unique and weird experiment—and its triumph, despite casting aside so much of Doctor Who
’s then-standard repertoire, is as great a testament to Who’s storytelling prowess as any.
No matter what your taste in Doctor Who
, chances are Revelation of the Daleks’ peculiar flavour is not easily acquired.