I’m increasingly learning that 1970s TV was *far* crazier than just Scooby-Doo’s shenanigans.


Case in point: how many times it takes a pack of highly-trained alien soldiers to shoot a stationary target.

Take 1975′s Genesis of the Daleks, from the era where Doctor Who was made on the budget of a ham sandwich.

Seriously, the yarn to knit Tom Baker’s 12-foot scarf took half the set-building funds alone.

First of all, our heroes need to find a way to get past a heavily-armed alien prison guard. What do you do?

…yup, just punch him. 

One time is enough. No need to overdo it, here.

So, they escape to the rocket-building area…

…start to climb up the scaffolding that’s conveniently built just like a jungle gym

…but oh noes! Futuristic space soldiers!

If you were wondering, the reason you can tell they’re so futuristic…

…is because they’re wearing yellow safety glasses.

Green jumpsuits, yellow safety glasses, and carnival game rifles were all it took to pass for “futuristic alien planet’s supersoldiers” in the ‘70s.

The bad guys start shooting, and our heroes keep climbing,

–and the bad guys keep shooting,

–and the heroes keep climbing, and it goes on and on and they just can’t hit them.

The soldiers:


using rifles 

have all the time in the world to aim

The targets:

maybe 30 feet away

moving slowly upwards, functionally stationary from an underneath perspective

have no cover of any kind

But nope. They simply can’t hit them.

Every once in a while they manage to wing a random unnamed extra, but the prisoners who they’re tracking and most trying to stop? No can do.

Eventually, they send in even more soldiers, because apparently the issue here was numbers and not accuracy…

…but it makes absolutely no difference, and they’re every bit as inept as the others.

Listening to the sounds, there’s no metallic impacts – they’re not just failing to hit their targets, they’re missing the massive, endless scaffolding entirely

And the end of the scene, I went back and counted, curious just how many shots were fired before our heroes got to the top.

Turns out, 46 tries isn’t enough shots to hit two stationary, helpless main characters.

I’m surprised we didn’t hear ricochets from the bullets bouncing off of their plot armor.

–Colin (photo blog | instagram)

Ps. It’s fun to pick on, but was still a great era of scifi so go watch it

Genesis of the Daleks


(Series 12, Episodes 11-16)

Summary: The Time Lords hypocritically send the Doctor back into the history of Skaro to try and prevent the creation of the Daleks.  On Skaro, the Kaleds are jackbooted and sinister and even the Thals aren’t quite as nice as they were when they had hexagons in their trousers.  Sarah befriends a mutant, Harry continues to be posh and the Doctor is given fancy jewellery by the Time Lords, only to promptly lose it and spend the whole serial looking for it.  The story is creepy, atmospheric and multi-layered, the high point being the Doctor’s mesmerising “Do I have the right?” speech.  In the end, Davros shoots himself in the foot (well, if he had a foot, he would have) and amoral sidekick Nyder gets his well-deserved comeuppance.

Watch it because: Davros Begins.

Original Air Date: 8 March – 12 April 1975.

Doctor: Tom Baker.

Companions: Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) and Harry Sullivan (Ian Marter).

Writer: Terry Nation.

Director: David Maloney.

Producer: Philip Hinchcliffe.