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Adric Returns for Two Big Finish Short Trips

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Matthew Waterhouse is returning to his role as Adric for two upcoming Short Trips for Big Finish. The Short Trips range, now in its sixth series, is a download-only set of adventures narrated by the Doctor’s companions. Waterhouse, who has occasionally revisited his role as the Alzarian (or, if you will, Terradon) for the audio company, has read...

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What Doctor Who series 8 can learn from Earthshock

On the eve of Doctor Who's new series, Andrew considers what lessons it could learn from classic Fifth Doctor story Earthshock...

1982's Earthshock casts a long shadow over Eighties’ Doctor Who.

After Tom Baker’s tenure – at best delightfully silly and dramatic, at worst glibly removing any hint of drama in a quest for a laugh – the show hadn’t exactly decided on what it was going to be.

Original Eighties’ script editor Christopher H. Bidmead firmly ushered in an attempt at a harder Science Fiction edge – with Tom Baker injecting some comedic moments – but this lasted one series, with Bidmead only returning to write Peter Davison’s first broadcast story after another script fell through.

At the start of the Davison era temporary script editor Anthony Root kept things ticking over with a variety of styles, some reflecting Bidmead’s taste in their commissioning, but the Davison era
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Matthew Waterhouse & Tom Baker: Reunited?

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The narrative territory of Big Finish just keeps growing – the Companion Chronicles have explored and expanded the early years of the first three Doctors, now sadly lacking their leading men. We’ve had a new companion join Steven and the First Doctor, another come back to life as a possessed house, we’ve had new companions

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Adric Returns in The Fifth Doctor Box Set!

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Matthew Waterhouse makes his Big Finish debut as Adric in The Fifth Doctor Box Set, reunited with former Doctor Who co-stars Peter Davison, Janet Fielding and Sarah Sutton for two four-part adventures. As previously reported, the actor – who was last seen as a hijacked freighter crashed into prehistoric Earth in 1982′s Earthshock (and if

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Doctor Who: a brief history of the male companions

The Doctor has always had an eye for the ladies when it came to sidekicks – but, with Samuel Anderson joining the cast as Danny Pink, here's a look at some of his past bromances

Peter Capaldi won't be the only new arrival in the Tardis when Doctor Who returns this summer. Samuel Anderson will also be joining the cast as new recurring character, Danny Pink, joining a lineage of male companions that, while not quite as pivotal in the show's iconography as the female ones, are just as essential to its DNA.

Danny will arrive as a colleague of Clara's, who is working as a teacher at Coal Hill School in Shoreditch. Fans will know that this was the backdrop for the very first episode, An Unearthly Child, when we saw the Doctor's granddaughter Susan trying to fit into the straight life as a normal schoolgirl. Bringing it round full
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The Legacy, Meaning, And Power Of Doctor Who

Fifty years ago today, the world was recovering from the shocking assassination of John F. Kennedy.But as that death rocked the world and dominated the media, something new was born. At 17:15 on BBC One, the first episode of a new children’s drama serial was broadcast.

At that time, it was practically a miracle that Doctor Who’s first episode An Unearthly Child had been made at all after the disaster of the initial pilot episode. But those twenty-five minutes about a mysterious teenage girl, two inquisitive schoolteachers, and grumpy old man with an impossible machine were the start of a legend that has stretched across fifty years and over two-hundred countries, and become an immortal component of science-fiction, television drama, and British culture.

But the next five decades weren’t plain sailing. Not by a long shot. Despite a successful run and one of the most visible fan communities of all time,
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Doctor Who 50th Anniversary: ‘An Adventure In Space And Time’ At The BFI

It’s not every day that a TV screening gets a standing ovation but that’s exactly what happened on Tuesday night at the BFI Southbank, after the public and press screening for the 50th Anniversary Doctor Who special ‘An Adventure in Space and Time’. The docudrama, written by Mark Gatiss, tells the real-life genesis of first episode ‘An Unearthly Child’ and beautifully explores the world at the time when the cult phenomenon was born. For those who don’t know the history, Doctor Who really was at the forefront of change and invention.

Doctor Who began in 1963 because of American Sydney Newman (played here by Brian Cox) and at the time, they wanted a children’s show that would fit the gap between BBC sport show Grandstand finishing on a Saturday afternoon and just before the variety shows in the evening. He sanctioned the go-head after an idea and the rest,
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Doctor Who Companion Profile: Adric

Adric

Portrayed by: Matthew Waterhouse

Doctor(s): Fourth Doctor, Fifth Doctor

Tenure: 11 stories, from Full Circle (Oct, 1980) to Earthshock (March, 1982)

Background: Adric is a child genius, with a focus in math, from the 32nd century. Though he looks outwardly human, he’s actually Alzarian, or from Alzarius, a planet in E-Space (a parallel dimension). After working with the Doctor and Romana to help the Alzarians take to the stars, Adric stows away aboard the Tardis and joins them on their adventures.

Family/Friends: Adric has an older brother, Varsh, from whom he seeks acceptance. Varsh and some of his friends have left the starliner that is the Alzarian’s home, seeking a new way of life, and though he tries to impress them, Adric is not allowed into the group. During the events of Full Circle, Varsh dies, leaving Adric without any family and prompting him to join the Doctor and Romana.
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'Doctor Who' 50th Celebration: Peter Davison confirmed to appear

New details of BBC Worldwide's Doctor Who 50th Celebration have been announced.

Peter Davison is the latest star to be added to the guest-list for the three-day event, which takes place at ExCeL London from Friday, November 22 to Sunday, November 24.

The fifth Doctor actor joins Matt Smith and former Doctors Tom Baker, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy in attending the celebration.

It has also been confirmed that 50th anniversary special 'The Day of the Doctor' will be screened, in 2D and free of charge, on the evening of Saturday, November 23.

The screening will have limited availability and tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis, with Saturday attendees due to be e-mailed shortly with details about how they can reserve a seat.

The full guest list for all three days is as follow:

Friday, November, 22:

Waris Hussein, Anneke Wills, Kate O'Mara, Richard Franklin, Matthew Waterhouse,
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Earthshock: Doctor Who classic episode #11

The Cybermen reappear in the Peter Davison era in a series that has one of the biggest shocks in Doctor Who history

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Earthshock (episode four, 16 March 1982)

Spoiler Alert: We are discussing some of the Doctor Who adventures broadcast over the past 50 years. In this blog, we're looking at Earthshock. It contains spoilers both about the specific episode and the story as a whole.

I dithered over whether to include this one in our list: I'm not the biggest fan of either the Peter Davison era or the latter-period Cybermen. But the series was certainly popular – sometimes shock value works. Earthshock is a more pacy story than I remember, with episode four in particular ramping things up to breathless tension.

The Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric (yes, all of them) intercept an archaeological mission in 2516 that comes under attack from murderous androids
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Doctor Who Review – 1001 Nights

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

(Warning: Significant spoilers follow!)

Here we have an interesting little anthology package of Doctor Who stories that are linked together into one greater plot. It’s an odd little contrivance that works very well and plays to the strengths of everyone involved.

The arcing story focuses on Nyssa (Sarah Sutton) being held captive by a corrupt sultan (Alexander Siddig, best known for playing Doctor Bashir on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine). He is holding the Doctor (Peter Davison), in his dungeon and forces Nyssa to tell him stories about their travels together in order to persuade him to release the Doctor. This Nyssa does, weaving a set of stories about her travels while the Doctor and the man in the cell next to his (Nadim Sawalha), make their escape.

But of course things are not what they seem, and soon Nyssa and the Doctor find themselves

Doctor Who: 5 Worst Companion Exits

Nothing will be the same again after the departures of Amy and Rory in “The Angels Take Manhattan”.

Until Christmas, of course, when the Doctor gets a new companion.

Arrivals and departures are a major part of life, airports and “Doctor Who”. The good Doctor has seen his share of friends leaving the Tardis, some out of their own choice, and yes, some for reasons far more sinister. But not all exits from the show are heartbreaking or, heck, even very interesting. Here’s a look at some of the strangest and most inexplicable adieus:

5. Adric

One of the most famous, tragic and yet welcome (to many) exits from the Tardis. You see, Adric was a boy genius. What’s that, St:tng fans? You understand immediately? I knew you would. Coming on board during the final days of Tom Baker’s tenure was difficult enough for Matthew Waterhouse; being one

Top 10 Doctor Who Companions

Ah, the Doctor’s companions. No matter who they are, they exist to allow the Doctor to have someone to exposit to and keep him company on his adventures. There’s been about forty of them, mostly attractive women, and they’ve been everything from a Scots highlander to a 51st century time traveler, to a Time Lady, to a robot dog.

Now before we get into this list we have to define what makes for a companion. There’s several possible definitions, but I’ll be adopting the incredibly subjective definition of “they’re a companion because I say they are”. I have the vague guideline that they have to have stared in more than one story, and not get written out in their second story. Traveling with the Doctor in the Tardis is a nice bonus, but not required. Thus I include potential top 10 companions like the Brigadier,
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The Doctor Who Column: Five reasons to forget 'Who' lists

It all started out so easily.

All I had to do was answer a perfectly reasonable question from Andy Griffiths, who was curious to know what my Top 20 Doctor Who stories were. So the favourites started bobbing around my head in an all-singing, all-dancing maelstrom. The Web Of Fear. City Of Death. Can't forget The Caves Of Androzani. Don't forget to include a string of Hinchcliffe-Holmes classics.

By the time I'd got to the end of my mental list though I'd realised that it wasn't that simple. What about The Mind Of Evil? Or Midnight? Or The Invasion Of Time, which I'll still freely admit to being pretty damn good. They were jostling for attention like ashen-faced stray cats wanting to come in through the back door. Suddenly, producing a Top 20 of John's Favourites seemed about as easy as building your own Tardis from nothing but paper and duct tape.
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Doctor Who complete reviews: Night Terrors

I'll tell you what scares the living daylights out of me at the mo – the prospect of portly bank bloke Mervyn King sauntering onto my TV screen. One – because he looks like a hybrid of Peter Ustinov and a slightly demented mole. Two – every time he opens his mouth, a great big tsunami of doom and gloom spews forth, threatening to destroy the will of every living being in its path. Christ, at the moment it seems that all this economic government-inflicted doom and gloom is being fuelled by this wandering Armageddon pedlar prattling on in his pompous fashion about how we'll all be forced to walk around in sacks and live in homes made out of string and paper clips.

Night Terrors, by and large, gets things back on track this season, which is a sigh of relief after the self-indulgent gibberish of A A Good Man Goes To War/Let's Kill Hitler.

Robert Rodriguez Talks Sin City 2 And Many, Many More Projects

I don’t know if WhatCulture! readers are fans of the critically acclaimed sketch show Little Britain, but it’s a guilty pleasure of mine! Anywho this Comic Con news I’ve written about below and just the image I get of prolific director Robert Rodriguez in general, reminded me of one particular sketch from the show, I’m sure you remember it. It involved David Walliams as Matthew Waterhouse an inventor who pitches endless wacky ideas one after another to some unsuspecting business types. His catchphrase is ‘Got another one, got another one’. Sound familiar?

Hollywood’s very own Matthew Waterhouse, Robert Rodriguez chose 2011’s Comic Con to offload an array of ideas, sequels, projects and plans that he has either in development or just ongoing in that head of his. First off Sin City 2, a film that the Texan auteur has been promising for way over half a decade now,
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Doctor Who: Kinda - DVD Review

There.s a serpent in the grassy mind of Tegan and the Doctor has to save his companion before it.s too late. Can he do it? Can the BBC pull off the ambitious script? Kinda, um kind of. The Tardis visits the planet Deva Loka, where the ill Nyssa (Sarah Sutton) remains inside, while the Doctor (Peter Davison), Tegan (Janet Fielding) and Adric (Matthew Waterhouse) explore. Tegan falls asleep under some wind chimes and becomes possessed by an evil force, the Mara. Also on Deva Loka is a survey team assessing the planet for colonization, but three of their number has disappeared and the remainder . leader Sanders (Richard Todd), his paranoid deputy Hindle (Simon Rouse) and the
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Doctor Who complete reviews: Earthshock

The turbulent decade of the 1980s – not much fun, eh? Thatcherism at the height of its powers. The emergence of the yuppies. Not to mention the likes of mannequin crooners like Duran Duran and Spandau Ballet dominating the charts like suited bankers. So no wonder Doctor Who wanted to go revisit the 1960s for inspiration.

Think I'm joking? Well think on this. We've had Hartnell-like temper flares from the main man Davison. We've had an all-new historical adventure. And now, in true Daleks Masterplan-style, a companion is about to bite the dust.

Yes, time's run out for Adric, everyone's favourite laughing stock. He's about to buy it in spectacular fashion at the end of Earthshock, one of the jewels in season nineteen's crown. The great thing about this at the time was that it came totally out of the blue. Normally, companions – of late – tend to leave of their own accord or get married.
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Doctor Who And The Electrans

Some comments on my review of the Doctor Who Christmas Special 'A Christmas Carol' got me thinking about how it came to be that everyone's favourite Time Lord can never seem to get any 'action', romantically speaking. It's not been for want of attention or admirers; even back in the William Hartnell days, The Doctor was capable of flirting and even having a matrimonial 'near-miss' in the 1964 Who outing 'The Aztecs', so Matt Smith's Doctor is breaking no new ground in running away from connubial bliss with the 1957 version of Marilyn Monroe in 'A Christmas Carol'.

Can 47 years of sexual tension ever be released without killing the fundamental dynamic of the show? I've come to believe that it probably can't - which, if true, puts the Gallifreyan rogue at least neck-and-neck with Star Trek's Mr. Spock in terms of 'attractive unavailability'.

When the show
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Doctor Who companions: The Ultimate Tournament

During Doctor Who's 47 years, companions have come and gone and have stuck by the good Doctor through thick and thin. We've had all sorts of companions, from plucky journalists through to shifty non-public school boys; leggy swinging 60s dolls through to haughty Time Lady ice-maidens and trusty schoolteachers through to – erm, Adric.

For completism's sake, I'm including all the companions of The Doctor, so that means one-offs too, like Adelaide and Christina – they were described in the BBC press releases as companions, so they're fair game. There'll be the equivalents of bronze, silver and gold for each category, so let the tournament commence!

Best Journey

3. Zoe Heriot (Wendy Padbury)

But after she's stowed away in the Tardis, Zoe goes from being Spock poster-girl through to a much more warm-hearted and caring companion. She still uses her total recall and whizzkid brain for defeating Cybermen fleets and finding her way through claustrophobic tunnels,
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