The Twin Dilemma
Episode / February 3, 2016

Aired 22 – 30 March 1984 Following the superb ‘The Caves of Androzani,’ it was almost inevitable that any story would seem like a letdown. Unfortunately ‘The Twin Dilemma,’ plagued by a hackneyed script and bland direction, is truly an uninspired Doctor Who offering regardless of the circumstances of its airing, a shame since it is also the first chance for Colin Baker’s Sixth Doctor to enter the spotlight. The characterization of the Sixth Doctor is an intriguing one, one perhaps better on paper than how ultimately written and portrayed on screen. In a bold and inspired choice, the new Time Lord has an almost entirely different persona than his predecessor, brashly and arrogantly performing right from the start. The original concept was to have him start off as more of an unlikable anti-hero and to slowly win over audiences through the exploits of his adventures. This approach has worked in other franchises, but the writing on display here takes things a bit too far in the unlikable direction, not so much creating a more tragic figure than the Fifth Doctor whom he is so clearly a critique of in this ever-darkening universe as simply creating a more bombastic version…