|Code Name: DOC|
I think it's probably fair to say Doc wasn't anyone's favourite Joe. The pacifist medic managed to fall between two stools, coming out after the original 13 Joes but soon being swallowed by an explosion of more memorable characters. If it wasn't for the famous clumsy edit of Duke's 'death' in the 1987 film, he'd be one of the ones no-one had heard of, and his main achievement of note in the comic was in being the first toy-based Joe to be killed off.
So I'm not sure why I went for the 25th Anniversary version (fittingly issued as a Mailaway, the best way to shift such a low-profile character). It might be because he was cheap and I had a weird fascination for the character (despite much preferring Lifeline).
There isn't much wrong with Doc - he's nicely articulated and one of the more accessory-heavy toys, coming with a medical satchel, a stretcher and two flare-guns (well, one's more of a flare-mortar), plus his little hat (which looks a little bit too much like it should have straws going down to his mouth). However, the khaki fatigues are hardly an interesting uniform, and even the strange green shades don't liven him up much.
Doc might not have many problems (though, to nitpick, his tiny silver flare gun slips out of the holster far too easily), but the stretcher's a bugger. There are clips on the handles designed to go on the wrists of figures, but most of the line (Doc included) are too broad to actually fit between them, while a lot of fiddling is required to get two guys to hold it level (which is why no-one's doing this in my pictures). Not an essential purchase, then.