So, time to ask the same question I’ve already asked about the previous few Doctor incarnations: what did the Sixth Doctor do for the show? I’m not dwelling on the negatives, this isn’t another dig at Colin Baker’s time on TV, it’s about the positives and the noteworthy. Yes the context was bad, but there are still many things to enjoy.
The Sixth Doctor
Let’s list the stories:
|The Twin Dilemma||Giant gastropods led by Mestor||Azmael the Time Lord|
|Attack of the Cybermen||Cybermen||Foreman’s Yard, Telos, return of Lyton, Chamelon Circuit|
|Vengeance on Varos||Sil||Dodgy science with the Zeiton-7 ore|
|The Mark of the Rani||The Master and the Rani||A new Time Lord and female for a change|
|The Two Doctors||Sontarans and Androgum||The Second Doctor and Jamie!|
|Revelation of the Daleks||Daleks, Davros||Flying Davros, Alexei Sayle and William Gaunt|
|Trial of a Time Lord (arc)||Valeyard||One long arc, the Inquisitor|
|The Mysterious Planet||Mad Robot||Sabalom Glitz, the Earth moving in Space, London Underground|
|Mindwarp||Sil, Kiv||Brian Blessed, the death of Peri (?)|
|Terror of the Vervoids||Vervoids||Mel appears|
|The Ultimate Foe||The Master||Peri not dead, Sabolom Glitz, the Matrix|
So, for all there aren’t many stories, there is plenty of creativity. The Sixth Doctor only met Cybermen and Daleks once each, the Master gets two appearances and there are any number of new Time Lords on offer, including the Rani and the Inquisitor. Sil is a well-drawn villain and also appears in Big Finish audios. Sabolom Glitz is a great character (yet to appear for Big Finish) and the Valeyard is interesting if controversial.
Whatever else was wrong, there were still ideas. It’s far from perfect, it draws in the show’s past regularly and is the source for the character who is at least as popular as any other incarnation of the Doctor for Big Finish.