In the latest Doctor Who Magazine, Peter Capaldi shows why he has been a fan for most of his 55 years and at the same time makes a couple of excellent observations about the classic series.
When asked about the early Who series he watched as a child, the Twelfth Doctor actor states:
People look at them now and, understandably, mock the bargain-basement monsters, and the accidents and collisions that came from having virtually no time in the studio to shoot fantastically ambitious stories. But those old shows were only made to be watched once, on a flickering monochrome telly that smelled of valves and furniture polish.
In that context, they succeeded immeasurably… They were triumphs of imagination.
And further warming the hearts of fans everywhere, Capaldi remembers how he felt watching those 1960s episodes for the first time.
It may surprise you now, but something like The Web Planet  lived powerfully and expansively in my head for decades… until the DVDs came along and spoiled the party. But I’m glad to say that the Menoptra eventually flitted back into my dreams, where they belong.
Mr. Capaldi absolutely hits the nail on the head when it comes to how many fans feel about the classic series and exactly why their love of the show has lasted so long. Those done-on-a-shoestring episodes had to rely on a mix of imagination, storytelling, and charm, and it’s easy to see why a now-grown-up Peter Capaldi would want to be the Doctor and create some of those dreams for a new generation.
Kasterborites, do you miss the wobbly sets and flimsy monsters? Do the new episodes feel any less “magical” to you because of the higher budgets and computery special effects?