The Tour has gone through the gauntlet of changing hosting and has emerged only slightly singed for the experience, and now it’s back to the good work which includes a few remarks about some recent Tour updates.
One of the amusements of watching period or ‘classic’ TV is in the trappings shown on-screen. Cars and hair are often dead giveaways to the period, especially in the early 70’s. Cars, at least in American TV, were simply enormous. Heavy, rolling demi-tanks with turning radii the sun would be envious of. Doctor Who, given its format, has largely been immune to this very particular form of carbon-dating, but hair, well that’s a different cut altogether.
Even as a lagging indicator of societal shifts, it’s always fairly easy to distinguish between the close-cropped, skinny ties of the mid-60s to the creeping sideburns and unkempt flowing locks which ran well into the 70s, and in that regard Doctor Who was not-so-immune. Bill Filer from The Claws of Axos has a whole mess of business going on. The guys from IMC in Colony in Space however, well they, and their fine follicle formations, are a more organized lot.
It’s a bold, daring fashion statement to commit to sweeping your hair forward with such consistency, but there it is. In particular we admire the relentless styling of Morris Perry playing Dent. Truly a wonder to behold.