10 Major Blunders in Doctor Who

8. The Eric Roberts Version of the Master (Doctor Who, 1996)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ws-HwDZ4TIA So I€™m not bashing on Eric Roberts here. I think he€™s a fine actor, and he clearly did the best given what he was working with. But, oh, dear lord, what a mess. There is really nothing even remotely good about this version of the Master. He makes the Ainley version look understated and the Simms version look straight. He€™s campy, overly evil in that €œI€™m so deliciously EVIL!€ kind of way, seems to have a thing for €œthe Asian child€, and really is just horrible and awful and let€™s move on before I lose my will to live.

7. The Death of the Seventh Doctor (Doctor Who, 1996)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2agMZMNGu0 Oh, look. We€™re here again. I could write an entire article about how horrible this movie was (and I have). It€™s bad from start to finish, with very few good moments. One of the worst is the way the Seventh Doctor (you know, the chess master, the one who was always a few steps ahead of everyone), dies. First, he lands in an unfamiliar place. He hears the rattle of bullets striking the TARDIS. He doesn€™t check the monitor (we assume), and steps out into the gunfire, only to be shot. Even that€™s survivable, but then the surgeon who works on him winds up killing him since she€™s not used to a binary circulatory system, though I will say the use of the opera in the background almost makes this scene cool. So, yeah. Really bad. In fact, the only thing that could be worse would be if he€™d died by, say, hitting his head on the console.
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