Saturday, 23 November 2013

The Bad Day Of The Doctor

"Would you like a jelly-baby?"
Today it's the 50th anniversary of the first transmission of 'Doctor Who'. Of course, in the UK, where the 'real' anniversary is, it's still the day before (or, at least, the early hours of the morning). For those of us in Australia the 'day' will be tomorrow, 24th November.

Confused? Well, it's a day all about time, so you should be.

Tomorrow, on the day, we'll be getting up early to watch the anniversary episode, then we'll be going to see it at the cinema. So that's all good. But what to do on the Day itself? Well, we watched the 20th anniversary episode, 'The Five Doctors'. That was fun. But what else could I do.

Easy. Play HOTT.

I got out my UNIT and Imperial Dalek forces, and played a game. UNIT are mostly Shooters, with the Brigadier a Hero general and the Doctor a Sneaker. The Daleks are mostly Blades, assisted by mercenary human Shooters and The Master (also a Sneaker).

Cue the theme. Themes. Wonderful tunes, all of them ...

The Daleks defended, and set up a suitably alien-looking terrain.

Here's The Master, skulking behind the Dalek lines. really his main role was to prevent The Doctor sneaking through and taking the stronghold.

The human mercenaries move through some alien shrubbery.

The Brigadier and hist trusty Land-Rover deployed out on the flank, ready to make a run for the enemy stronghold whilst the UNIT troopers kept the Dalek line pinned down with gunfire.

The Dalek stronghold - that's Davros as the Dalek Emperor supervising operations.

The Daleks dispatched a considerable force to block The Brigadier, including the Special Weapons Dalek (Artillery).

The battle begins.

The Brigadier soon found himself outflanked, but The Doctor rushed to the rescue.

Meanwhile the Daleks advanced. UNIT's gunfire pushed them back, but didn't really halt the advance.

The Brigadier destroys an element of Daleks.

And the UNIT heavy weapons do the same to some human mercenaries.

The Doctor and The Master meet ...

... and The Master flees.

The Supreme Dalek attacks, exterminating some UNIT troopers. This exposes the end of the UNIT line.

The Daleks exploit their good fortune.

The Brigadier in danger; his recoil is now blocked, although his attackers aren't strong enough to make it count.

On the other flank a fierce gun-battle is underway.

The Brigadier and The Doctor fend off the Dalek attack.

But the Land-Rover is destroyed by the Special Weapons Dalek.

Meanwhile, in the centre, more UNIT troopers are exterminated.

Things are not looking good for UNIT.

The Brigadier now comes under fire from the Special Weapons Dalek. With an enemy to his rear his position is not good; one bad combat die roll and he is finished.

He turns and deals with the Daleks to his rear ...

... then leaving The Doctor to distract the Special Weapons Dalek, he rushes to the aid of his men.

The firefight in the shrubbery has seen casualties on both sides.

The Master distracts The Doctor.

The Daleks move in for the kill, before the Brigadier can oppose them. One element of troopers are destroyed ...

...then the other.

This is enough to defeat UNIT. They lost five elements of Shooters and a Rider.

It was close, though - the Daleks lost three Blades and two Shooters, and were one element away from breaking. UNIT put up a good fight.

Both sides were hampered by PIP rolls of '1' at key moments, which should have benefited UNIT (who can always shoot) but actually stopped The Brigadier from being as effective as he could be.

So, sadly, a loss for The Doctor on his big day. Still, perhaps things will turn out differently in another fifty years.

Let me leave you with this, from the wonderful Dancing Rat:


  1. Original and really good! Very nice work!

  2. good battle report !
    In France, it's also Doctor's Day for the fans !!!
    My daughter is with a friend, disguised as Dr Who (Matt Smith with the fez hat ) and they are watching tv a great part of the night!

    From which manufacturer are your figures ?

    1. UNIT is mostly (in fact entirely) from Peter Pig. The Dalek mercenaries and The Master are Tabletop Miniatures. And the Daleks are home-casts (although it wasn't me that made them).

  3. I've got UNIT/Doctor armies in both 28mm (Harlequin) and 15mm (PP mostly). Led to me getting the Doctor Stu nickname for a few years when we were playing HoTTs a lot.

  4. Excellent post of the battle Alan. I really like the look of your alien plant life. One thing I have always found interesting is the choice one makes for the Doctor's figure. Living in eastern Canada I don't recall any Doctors after Tom Baker before the re-launching of the series with Christopher Eccleston. My own choice for the Doctor would be a William Hartnell figure.

    1. My decision was based on what figures were available for an easy conversion into The Doctor. The one I used required virtually no work at all to make a passable Fourth.

      Ideally I'd like to have eleven (Twelve? Thirteen?) different figures, and swap one in each time the element recoils or flees :)

  5. Love the Doctor Who game I have always wanted a small collection of Cyerbermen but have been shy on the price...nice work

    1. Cybermen in 15mm would be nice. I have some Alternative Armies Shia Khan that stand in for them. Somewhere. Haven't seen them since we emigrated ...


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