Class Of Who: The Invasion
An eight-year-old's journey into Classic Who.
The Fan Can: So, what did you make of The Invasion?
Lizzie: I got a bit bored by it.
What did you think when I first told you it was black and white and eight episodes long?
I thought, "Oh nooooo!" It took such a long time to finish. You don't know if it's going to be all boring. I knew it was boring at the start, but I didn't know if it was going to be boring when the baddies turned up, and it was. And it took ages for the Cybermen to turn up. It was really annoying.
So, what was the story?
It was about a man who was friends with the Cybermen, and then he destroyed that machine of theirs and he was going to try to destroy the Cybermen as well.
What did you like about the story?
I liked the cartoon episodes a bit. I'm into cartoons. But what's the point in only having two cartoon episodes?! [I explain the BBC policy of dumping tapes in the 1970s, and of 2Entertain's work to reconstruct these episodes with the help of Cosgrove-Hall, but her eyes glaze over]
What did you think of Patrick Troughton in this one?
I thought he was a bit like a human.
Is that a good thing or a bad thing?
I don't really like it so much. I prefer him to be more alien like the new Doctors.
He's quite silly and funny though.
Not really. Matt Smith is a funny Doctor.
Out of the old ones, who is your favourite Doctor?
I do like Peter Eccleston.
No, the ones you watch for Class of Who. Any of them?
The only one I really like is Sylvester McCoy.
What is it about them you don't like?
They act a bit too human. Sometimes they're not so clever and sometimes they are clever, and that's very like a human.
But that's the Doctor though, isn't it. Sometimes he's brainy, sometimes he's childish.
Oh yeah. I forgot about that.
What did you think of Jamie and Zoe?
I liked Zoe. I like models. My Granny, she used to be a model, and I know that she was very pretty when she was young, because I've seen some photos. I liked Zoe because she was acting a bit like Granny. She likes dressing up in clothes and she's a bit like Granny with her fashion. Even nowadays, Granny is still in the fashion mood. She likes snakeskin shoes! Zoe probably likes them too.
Did you like UNIT in it?
Is he the bad guy?
No, it's the army people!
Sorry! I keep forgetting!
Do you like the Brigadier?
I like him. He's very clever and he's not at all like the Doctor. Also, he has a lot of army men that are good people. They're very strong. He made a good choice at choosing who he wanted in the UNIT.
You think he's brainier than the Doctor?
Only a little bit.
He does act more serious than the Doctor, but it doesn't mean he's brainier.
Yes, he does act very serious, doesn't he.
You know Patrick Troughton is Matt Smith's favourite Doctor?
I did know he was Matt Smith's favourite Doctor. Actually, no, I'd forgotten that.
What else did you like about the story? What were your favourite bits?
You know Miss Watkins - Isobel - well, her uncle I thought he was somebody from a different Doctor Who, from one of the first ones. I can't remember their names. [After five minutes we realise she's talking about Ian Chesterton] Yes, him! I thought her uncle was going to be Ian. So that was my favourite bit because I was expecting him to be in it.
What made you think it was going to be him?
I don't know. I just heard the name Ian in it.
Did you like the Cybermen in it?
They're not really very powerful. Mostly, they're dying all the time. Every time I saw a Cyberman they were dying! Nowadays, Cybermen are better than them. Seriously, they're very non-powerful! That man made them and he made them really stupid!
So, do you think you could kill an old Cyberman?
Yes. I'd throw buckets of ice cream on it and then eat it.
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