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By James Whittington, Friday 11th April 2014
10. The Daleks: Episode 1 - The Dead Planet. During the final moments Barbara is trapped and confronted by an off-screen menace. All viewers see is a sucker arm. What could she have been screaming at? The next episode it’s revealed to be the arm of a Dalek.
9. The Brain Of Morbius: Episode 1 – Sarah Jane discovers the headless body of the creature. A pure Frankenstein-esque moment and one Hammer would have been proud of.
8. Planet Of The Spiders: Episode 6 – The moment a giant spider appears on the back of Sarah Jane is considered by many a classic horror moment.
7. The Daemons: Episode 4 - The cliff-hanger contains the Master summoning the creature Azal which appears and grows to an incredible size in front of everyone.
6. Genesis Of The Daleks: Episode 5 – Creator of the Daleks, Davros is posed a question by the Fourth Doctor, “Davros, if you had created a virus in your laboratory, something contagious and infectious that killed on contact, a virus that would destroy all other forms of life, would you allow its use?” Davros replies, “It is an interesting conjecture”, “Would you do it?” asks the Doctor. “The only living thing”, whispers Davros, “A microscopic organism, reigning supreme, a fascinating idea”. The Doctor poses the question once more, “But would you do it?” “Yes. Yes. To hold in my hand a capsule that contains such power, to know that life and death on such a scale was my choice”. His voice begins to grow louder with each sentence, “To know that the tiny pressure on my thumb, enough to break the glass, would end everything. Yes. I would do it. That power would set me up above the Gods and through the Daleks, I shall have that power!” A moment of chilling terror that almost 40 years on retains the power to make the hairs stand on the back of your neck stand to attention.
5. Attack of the Cybermen: Episode 4 – Lytton double crosses the Cybermen and in return they crush his hands for all to see.
4. The Deadly Assassin: Episode 3 – Whilst inside the Matrix on Gallifrey the Fourth Doctor finds himself fighting in a flaming marsh. His assailant, Chancellor Goth gets the better of him and the episode ends with the Doctor’s head being held under water.
3. The Mind Robber: Episode 3 – The cliff-hanger has the Second Doctor and Zoe trapped beside a wall trying to avert their gazes as Medusa approaches them. “Don’t look into her eyes!” shouts the Doctor as the snake-haired monster gets steadily closer.
2. The Three Doctors: Episode 1 – The Third Doctor and Jo come face to face with a pulsating blob that emerges from the drains, they escape but it takes the Doctor’s car, Bessie. Later the same episode a tribe of Gell Guards attacks the UNIT team.
1. The Robots Of Death: Episode 3 – Towards the end of this episode robot V4 heads towards the Fourth Doctor, its eyes glowing red. We see from its POV the Doctor’s screaming face as its metallic hands grip his throat.
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