The Horror Channel wants to make Whovians hide behind the sofa once again. This summer, the channel with the scariest programming in the world is showing some of the scariest Doctor Who episodes of all time (and space). The focus is largely on 1970s and 80s-era stories, especially those that were obviously influenced by the popular films of Hammer Horror. It also seems that those metal-skinned pepper pots from Skaro will get more than a look in, as they are quite possibly the Doctor’s frighteningest foes, well, if you don’t count those pesky time-bending statues.
Having been running for a few weeks now (since Easter), below you will find a list of the classic Doctor Who stories that the Horror Channel will be showing this summer. This writer has tried to summarize each story in the scariest way possible. If you are brave, and actually survive reading this list (Bwah-ha-ha!!!), you may want to catch these episodes in the next couple months! But beware, they are only for viewers with the sturdiest of constitutions!
- Horror of Fang Rock: (19 June) There’s something spooky going on at an old lighthouse, and the Doctor (Tom Baker, of course, who launched the season a few weeks ago!) and Leela are trapped inside!
- The Brain of Morbius: (21 June) Possibly the biggest homage to Hammer Horror that Doctor Who has ever done. The Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane battle a creature and the Dr. Frankenstein-esque crazy Time Lord who made it!
- City of Death: (23 June) An alien who looks like Swamp Thing’s fashion-blessed cousin menaces the Fourth Doctor–and Leonardo Da Vinci–through time and space. And Paris.
- Snakedance: (25 June) Starey McSnake creeps out a whole village, including an unsuspecting Fifth Doctor and Tegan.
- Resurrection of the Daleks: (27 June) Why won’t they just die?! The Doctor’s (Peter Davison) creepiest nemeses zap just about everyone into oblivion, and drive poor Tegan to the edge of sanity!
- The Caves of Androzani: (28 Jun) A masked villain is hiding out in Androzani. The Fifth Doctor and poor Peri fall prey to poisoning!
- The Mark of the Rani: (1 July) Scary for several reasons (cough, cough), this story features not one, but two, of the Doctor’s (Colin Baker) greatest enemies: The Master and the Rani. If the shrink ray doesn’t get you, the terrible gas surely will!
- The Curse of Fenric: (3 July) An ancient Viking curse has awakened water vampires! The Seventh Doctor and poor Ace must contend with these horrors and, oh yeah, World War II is going on at the same time!
- Remembrance of the Daleks: (5 July) Those metal-plated killers are back… back in 1963, that is! Will they turn the Seventh Doctor and Ace into rice puddings before the Doctor can even say “Coal Hill School”?
- Terror of the Autons: (7 July) Store mannequins come to life and start killing people in the streets! Only the Doctor (Jon Pertwee) and Jo can stop this unstoppable force!
- Masque of Mandragora: (12 July) Can the Doctor (Tom Baker) and Sarah Jane (Liz Sladen) escape the horrible gold masques of death? Tune in and dare to watch–if you can!
- The Seeds of Death: (14 July) The Second Doctor visits the dark side of the Moon… and oh no!, what’s that in the shadows? Look out, the Ice Warriors are on a frightening rampage!
The Horror Channel has obviously done a great job picking out some of the most horrifying classic Who adventures of all time.
If they were to ever show the scariest episodes from 2005-on, dear readers, what would they be? And remember, in space, no one can hear you scream!