Considering the Fifth Doctor with the Radio Times

After the prolific and prolonged Fourth Doctor era, Peter Davison’s stint as the Fifth Doctor perhaps failed to hit the heights of previous incarnations. If you’re a modern Doctor Who fan you may not have much idea of the Fifth Doctor so why not pop over to DoctorWhoTV for a quick introduction.

What did the Radio Times make of the Fifth Doctor?

I always think it worth looking back at Radio Times reviews, and the overall sense for The Fifth Doctor is rather grim reading. A lot of one- and two-star ratings, though some obvious stand-outs such as Caves of Androzani, Kinda, Earthshock, and even The Awakening (which for me is just too much a remake of Daemons).

They give The Five Doctors a generous four-star rating, and this is one of the few reviews with some decent extras in the form of an Ian Levine interview alongside usual bits and bobs.

Overall though a sense the show was in decline (if you just count the ratings) and an era easy to dismiss. I think this is a view worth challenging – look out for some revisits of Fifth Doctor episodes.

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