The Essentials is a review of all eras of doctor who from beginning to present. A new post will go live every Tuesday and you can see them all here.

Wacko Says:

It was the first doctor that introduced us to the mystery, but it was the second doctor that introduced us to the character. Patrick Troughton had the huge responsibility of convincing an entire nation that he would be just as fun to watch has his predecessor, and without the benefit of the “regeneration excitement” He would either make or break the series just on his own merits.

Luckily, he was a skilled character actor and won the harts of the British people quickly. Known as “the vagabond” He also set the precedent on what quirks the doctor would carry over from each regeneration such as jelly babies and sonic screwdrivers.

It was this version of the doctor that became the go to classic reference for future incarnation’s and it’s no coincidence that the 11th doctor dresses and acts so much like him.

John Says:

Essential Episodes

The Tomb of the Cybermen: The Doctor, Jamie, and Victoria arrive on Telos. Where an expedition to uncover the technological remnants of the Cybermen is underway. What they discover instead is that The Cybermen are very much alive and have awoken from their sleep.

The Invasion: The TARDIS makes an emergency landing on Earth after narrowly being hit by a missile which originated on the moon. The Doctor decides to investigate International Electromatics and it’s unpleasant CEO Tobias Vaughn. What The Doctor uncovers turns out to be the beginnings of a massive invasion by an old enemy. (Episodes 1 & 4 were previously lost from the BBC archive but sound recordings still existed and now the episodes are complete again in an animated format. This episode marks the reemergence of Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart who now is promoted to Brigadier and heads up U.N.I.T.)

The War Games: The Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe arrive in the middle of no man’s land in WWI. The Doctor then discovers that they aren’t on Earth. Instead, there is an alien conspiracy led by one of The Doctors own people to kidnap thousands of humans from various eras and manipulate them into fighting a series of war games. This is a problem too big for The Doctor alone to solve, so he is forced to seek help from The Time Lords. (The Time Lords are introduced. The Second Doctor regenerates)