Firet of all there was the death of the legendary actor Sir John Hurt who played the War Doctor in the 50th Anniversary special and a couple of series of radio plays for Big Finish.
And while nowhere near as heart-breaking news I must admit that despite expecting it, I was sorely disappointed that Peter Capaldi is handing the TARDIS key to someone else. I've very much enjoyed the less user friendly and bit of an arsehole incarnation as to me, much like John Hurt, he went back to my Doctors, the ones who I watched on telly as a kid whether it be in McCoy's case original broadcast, repeats and home video for the rest. Doctors who were the anti-hero and weren't constantly flirting with their companions, elements Steven Moffatt was bringing back with Matt Smith but were established with Capaldi and I have a feeling quality will go down with Moffatt's departure.
But... I have been planning a 7 Doctors Marathon with Sian who has seen zero pre 2005 Who.
So these are my choices, one four part story for each Doctor (except for Colin Baker due to changes in format)
William Hartnell: The Aztecs
Tempted as I was to go with the very first story An Unearthly Child, I felt the Aztecs is where the series begins to get its stride and is a good example of the different direction the show was originally pitched for. True it plays more like a theatre play with the very Shakespearian way characters talk to the audience but remember TV then was still pretty much either broadcast theatre or radio with pictures
Pat Troughton: The Tomb of the Cybermen
While there maybe some difficulty in understand anything the Cyber-Controller says and there is some questionable racial profiling in this one (we have a middle eastern villain called Kaftan who has a muscular simple black servant) the story is full of memorable moments and fully show cases Troughton's cosmic hobo as the cheeky chap, the manipulative genius and his humane side.
Jon Pertwee: Spearhead from Space
Since the Pertwee era showcased a major change in format (not just the transfer to colour) I felt I should go with the first one as it sets up the scene well and again has some memorable moments such as the Mannequins coming alive and going on the rampage (funny to see how different shopping streets were on early mornings in 1969 hehe).
Tom Baker: The Deadly Assassin
Ok so it may have the stupidest title ever but it is a solid story and sets up a lot of lore about the Doctor and his homeworld and the story has a much darker reading of the Master. The whole Manchurian Candidate atmosphere is superbly complimented by the gothic tones of the story with the church like capitol and the Master haunting the corridors in a very Phantom of the Opera manner, plus we get the surreal sequences in the in a computer generated world called the Matrix. I wonder if that idea would stretch to a trilogy of high budget movies?... Oh and I am fairly sure the emaciated Master's appearance predates Skeletor from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.
Peter Davison: The Caves of Androzani
Okay so this made be the third story in a row I have selected to have been written by Robert Holmes and might give that false impression that all the colour stories were written by Bob Holmes. But I wanted to include a regeneration story which was complete and had four episodes and Caves is generally regarded as the best of the regeneration stories (and frequently tops fan polls as the best 5th Doctor story and always is in the top 5 of all ten favourites). It is a very grim story in essentially every male character dies, we have gun runners, a literal war on drugs and two of the very best cliffhangers the show has ever had. We have another Phantom of the Opera inspired villain in Sharaz Jek, who is a complex character and you could argue that he has a justifiably reason for his war against Morgus. In this world we have the affable cheerful and optimistic 5th Doctor who's gentlemanly code is taken to extremes as he is lost in this seedy world and Jek's very Phantom like desire to ravish Peri.
Colin Baker: Vengeance on Varos
A satire on the backlash about the so-called Video Nasties and protests about TV violence led by self-appointed clean up TV campaigner Mary Whitehouse. The influence of Caves on all of the Colin Baker era is obvious in a lot of stories but this one is much more thanks to the writer Philip Martin who was know for his gritty series Gangsters. There is also a good satire on TV viewership habits in the mix too....
Slyvestor McCoy: Remembrance of the Daleks
Well I can't do Doctor Who without a Dalek story and this is perhaps one of the best McCoy stories and has a good strong plot and plenty of action. In many ways this is the first 7th Doctor story as his previous season was a bit of a false start. Gone is the OTT clowning and we have the beginning of the dark Doctor. The story itself has a nod to the racial tensions of the 1960s with two opposing Dalek factions, a neo-Nazi group and a super weapon