1) Love and Monsters
2) Warriors of the Deep
3) Silver Nemesis
But awhile ago I watched L&M again, and I didn't think it was that bad. Not good, but I couldn't see why I listed it as the worst. Warriors of the Deep is needlessly nasty and grim and a Doctor with a "holier than thou" attitude that even Tennant would be shocked by. Just thinking about it is unpleasant. Silver Nemesis is incredibly dull and boring. The only time I'd ever watch it again is if I had insomnia.
Love and Monsters main sin is that it's just awkward to watch. The whole episode has this jokey tone, but it's not funny so it just comes off as bizarre.
I remember Chap with the Wings saying he thinks it's actually one of the greatest pieces of television of all time. His explanation for this was that he interpreted most of the episode being in Elton's head. Here's the exact quote:
chap with wings wrote: My theory about what really happened in Love and Monsters is as follows:
The most important line is right at the end when Elton says “We forget because we must.”
As a boy, Elton Pope finds the dead body of his mother and sees the Doctor for the first time, his world is destroyed and he blocks the memory of the death of his mother out of his mind.
The grown up Elton makes a video diary of his life, or rather, he tells a story of how he would like his life to be, the only thing that happened as seen is when Elton is talking DIRECTLY to camera, and we see the white borders to show that the camera is recording, everything else is from Elton’s point of view, and not necessarily exactly how it happened.
Elton joins Linda and meets the LINDA gang, he has feelings for Ursula Blake, but is too shy to say anything, Victor Kennedy joins, gets a lead as to where the Doctor could be, Elton goes to investigate, but is utterly terrified, we then see Eltons version of events, a comedy runabout, his way of coping with the terror.
I also believe that the events with Jackie never took place as Elton portrays them, she probably caught him and sent him away with a flea in his ear for stalking her, again, Elton’s fragile mind makes a story up.
Victor Kennedy is so intense that one by one the members of LINDA leave, Elton cant stand this so he literally Demonises him and creates the fictitious Absorbaloff to justify their disappearance, its appearance is childish and not very convincing, a generic “Scary Alien”, there is now only Ursula left, and as she leaves Elton makes a fumbled attempt to ask her out, she turns him down and HE not the Absorbaloff chases Ursula.
The Doctor arrives as Ursula storms off, Rose gives him a piece of her mind, the Doctor reminds Elton of the first time they met and it all comes back to him, the horror of a child losing his mother which has ruined his life.
Now, my theory of the paving slab, this is the spot where Elton last saw Ursula, so as a memento he digs it up and takes it home.
Remember my theory that the only real thing we see is when we see the camera recording, we never see Ursula in the slab captured on camera.
So in the end, Elton is still dreaming and making sense of his lot in a world that does not care.
So there you have it, my theory on Love and Monsters, and it is only my theory, I probably watch too much David Lynch and read too much into things, but I love it.
I laughed this off at the time, but thinking about it now, he may have a point. Elton's behaviour and the speaks make him come off a bit like he has aspergers (I've got it myself, so I have a pretty good idea of how someone with it would act). In fact the bizarre tone I mentioned earlier seems like it's come from the imagination of someone who doesn't quite understand the world he lives in.
Having looked at the episode the way Chap with the Wings looks at, I did genuinely think that maybe this is a misunderstood masterpiece and RTD2 is actually a genius. What he described was one of the best pieces of television I'd ever heard of.
Then I remembered what made me so angry all those years ago. The final 10 minutes. The Doctor acts completely out of character in this. He shows up, does nothing and forces a woman to live forever as a slab of cement, but it's okay! AT LEAST SHE GETS TO PLEASURE HER BOYFRIEND!!!!!! I'M SURE THAT' MAKES IT FAR BETTER FOR HER!!!!! WHAT HAPPENS WHEN HE DIES, SHE'S GOT NO ONE ELSE. IS SHE JUST GOING TO SPEND THE REST OF ETERNITY ON HER OWN!!!!!
Sorry about that, but it just makes the Doctor come off as a terrible person. I mean, you can talk about all these hidden meanings that may or may not be there, or you can say that it's just a bad episode, but when The Doctor, a character millions of children look up to as a hero, pretty much says "sort it out yourself, I can't be bothered", it's completely unforgivable in my opinion. The real Doctor would never do that.
So in answer to the question "is Love and Monsters really that bad?" yes, it is.