Dr Who: Tom Baker was the greatest Doctor and the Cybermen are his scariest foes. Check out the National Museum of Scotland if you don't believe me – Susan Morrison
When you were a kid, who sent you scurrying behind the sofa? The tin-voiced Daleks? The relentlessly marching cybermen? Or perhaps another of the legion of weird low BBC budget monsters facing the good Doctor when he left the Tardis?
Back in telly’s black and white days, scaring the living daylights out of children was seen as almost a public duty by the Beeb. Even mum and dad thought it mildly amusing to watch the kids abandon the egg and chips for front-of-the-telly Saturday night dinner to race behind the settee. Had to finish your dinner afterwards, of course.
Personally, the Daleks didn’t scare me. My dad worked for Caterpillar tractors. He told me in no uncertain terms that his earthmovers would flatten the Dalek army before they had even left Troon. No idea why my father thought the Dalek invasion would start on the Clyde coast. Also, Daleks could not get upstairs. This is crucial. It means you could hide under the blankets (note: never a duvet) whilst they trundled about downstairs.
Now, Cybermen, totally different ball game. Stairs were no problem. They could get into your bedroom whilst your mum and dad were sleeping. Terrifying.
Good people, go face your monsters. The National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street is hosting yet another brilliant exhibition. This time The Doctor is most definitely in the house.
It's running till May 1, so you’ve got plenty of time to see the Daleks safely behind glass and the Cybernen unplugged. The most traumatic thing now about Dr Who is realising just how many regenerations back you have to go to find ‘your’ doctor.
Jon Pertwee, as it happens, but the greatest Doctor was and always shall be Tom Baker, and I’m willing to go outside to settle this. Yes, alright, I agree, there’s David Tennant, Peter Capaldi, Christopher Eccleston and Jodi Whittaker. All brilliant, and a remarkable number of them Scottish, including the newest regeneration, Ncuti Gatwa. Well, Scots and doctors, eh?
Got any young folk kicking about? Take them along and tell them about your favourite monster. And bravo, NMS, on another triumph.