Doctor Who's 25 Silliest Moments

Much as we adore Doctor Who, we have to admit that sometimes it’s downright ridiculous. Here's a run-down (in chronological order) of 25 of the show’s daftest bits

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“The Chase”, episode four (1965)
Only William Hartnell’s cobwebbed-brained Doc could materialise in a House of Horrors without realising it. On the run from the Daleks, the Doctor and co arrive in a futuristic theme park called the Festival Of Ghana. There they encounter a rubbish Dracula and a mechanical Frankenstein’s Monster, which ends up obliterating the Dalek sent there to kill the Doctor. The most feared monsters in the universe, my arse. You wouldn’t get away with this nowadays – Terry Nation’s estate would send out a hit squad.

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“The Mark Of The Raniâ€, episode two (1985)
First Gary Cady’s Luke Ward steps on one of the Rani’s bizarre mines and is turned into a tree. Then Peri goes innocently wandering in the same wood… and the tree grabs her tight just before she has a chance to step on one. It’s a daft idea, made worse by a very plastic looking tree. Even Peter Jackson and WETA struggled to make a moving tree look something other than ridiculous. And wouldn’t a normal mine have been more efficient?

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This article was originally published in SFX in November 2010.

This is just the tip of the iceberg of course! We haven’t even mentioned Dobby Doctor, or Richard Briers, or Ace taking on the Cybermen with a catapult, or Turlough pretending a hatstand is some kind of laser, or… well, frankly, we could be here all day. Have you got a favourite silly moment from Doctor Who that we’ve missed out? If so, be sure to post a comment and let us know! If we get enough reaction, maybe we'll do a follow-up readers' top ten!

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