Choosing a scariest moment is something that may at first seem a bit silly. For those who are used to the New series, it might seem laughable that the wobbly sets and rubber monsters of the Classic era could be considered scary. But I think they had their moments. And what really made them work wasn’t necessarily just about the the way they looked. It was about the writing and the way the scenes were played. And I think one of the greatest examples is this cliffhanger from “The Moonbase”.
Yes, okay, I know what you’re thinking. And yes, it is another Cybermen story. And maybe it isn’t really the scariest moment in all of Classic Doctor Who, but it’s the one that sticks out most in my mind as being a truly tense and frightening moment.
The buildup is long. And we already know that it is the Cybermen that are sabotaging the base. But watching the Doctor and the rest try to piece the puzzle together makes our knowing completely irrelevant. And let’s be completely honest here, it’s just yet another example of why everyone really ought to listen to Polly more often. Also, another time she’s saved the day by making coffee.
Maybe if she just made the coffee at the start of the story, it would save a lot of time, trouble, and lives. I love Polly.
What’s your scariest Classic Who moment? Are you a fan of “The Moonbase”? Let us know in the comments!