Doctor Who has featured in a fair few lists recently, from DWM’s best of Big Finish article in print to a couple of interesting compilations online.

First up there’s Digital Spy who make an example out of 1970s Doctor Who pants. Rightly so we reckon.

Doctor Who pantsTheir article The Weirdest Cult Merchandise closes with a photo and bewildered detail that attempts to apply logic to the product, seen here.

Who came up with the idea to emblazon an image of the Fourth Doctor’s head – complete with mop of pube-like curly hair – on the front of children’s underwear back in the late ’70s? Perhaps it was the doing of The Master, trying to foil his arch nemesis by diminishing his respectability.

Meanwhile SFX have compiled a list of 26 sci-fi and fantasy tear-jerkers in which Doctor Who makes a couple of appearances.

Surely the death of Adric in 1982’s Earthshock, Donna’s departure in Journey’s End in 2008 or the separation and brief reunion on Bad Wolf Bay of the Doctor and Rose in 2006’s Doomsday is enough to pull your heartstrings? Or do you prefer harder stuff, such as Tosh and Owen’s deathbed farewells in Torchwood‘s 2008 story Exit Wounds?

David Tennant and Catherine Tate as the Doctor and Donna NobleFor us, though, it has to be the wonderful Donna Noble realising that travel can broaden the mind a bit too much:

“I was going to be with you… forever. Rest of my life. Travelling in the TARDIS. The Doctor Donna. Oh! Oh, but I can’t go back. Don’t make me go back. Doctor, please, please don’t make me go back.”

Wonderful stuff – can’t wait to see Catherine Tate back in the show again this Christmas!

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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