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So we've arrived. Depending on the mood I'm in this is regarded by me as the point where DW ends as a good series and starts being redunant. I'm not sure why but the death of Adric is either the best thing the series ever did (probably not) or the worst (very probably). John Peel told me that sooner or later one of the companion's luck had to run out but why Adric's? I mean he was the only realistic character on the show, a true teen among fake science types. He had flaws and faults and was easy to identify with. In addition, he was interesting and almost natural. Waterhouse's uneasy acting ability only furthered Adric's unease at being with this team after having his family (Romana, K9 and the Fourth Doctor) taken away from him. The actors tell Matthew that this was the best way to go out and the most memorable and they are probably right, however...it just doesn't feel that way. So many fans and even the actors on the show HATE Adric and it's hard to see why but there are reasons that I wont' go into again. Truth is after Adric, they kept trying to find substitute Adric's to come up with. What they settled on was Turlough, a public school boy (no snickering as Mark doesn't look like a boy and I believe at the time was married) character with zero charm and a nasty attitude. And he didn't last long either. In addition, the show didn't last longer either and the quality went downhill faster than Scooby Do or Johnny Quest on skis.
Sad me. I kept hoping for an Adric reference or an Adric mention someplace ahead but none were to come. Beyond that TIMEFLIGHT beginning. Mind you that started out well enough with the grieving process beginning. But then moments later, the Doc's like, "To cheer us all up we're going on a holiday!" I would have settled for a sign that said, "Six months later..." or anything other than that. That whole grieving scene, the only good thing about TIMEFLIGHT was ruined by that afterthought. And then worse: he appears as an illusion sent to stop them, an enemy! Why bother?
Additionally, the Doctor, THIS Doctor in particular is made to look uncaring, callous and stupid by not saving Adric, by not going back in time to change it to get him back, and by not really agonzing enough over it. And behind the scenes, it was Davison who was responsbile for Adric going. The dolt. He jsut wanted a trad companion so that it would not steal his limelight. Not as if he got better as the Doctor, for he really didn't. For all I put forth about Davison not being the wet vet Doctor, he really, when compared to the other four, WAS. He had no real presense, had no humor to speak of, and was really quite dull. ANd for this, he wanted rid of the other two that had some of that: Adric and Tegan. Nyssa, for all her supposed niceness, was rather wet too. She could have been so much more interesting.
That said, DW wasn't fun anymore. I looked, sad as I was, for someone, maybe even the next Doctor to go and save Adric. The Sixth? Surely the seventh! I looked for him in any spin off, the comics, later the audios (gosh I was so unhappy with THE BOY TIME FORGOT so be careful what you wish for, although ep1 was good). I looked and looked and for a long time he was only mentioned as a wraith, a ghost, an image in the Doctor's mind or a nightmare death of some image on fire. This was just adding insult to injury. One novel had him meet the 7th Doctor and was amazing. Another, by Gary Russell, had the Toymaker and just treated Adric badly. Some of the SHORT TRIPS had him and treated him well and sensitively. But for the most part the death was never really dealt with. To this day, we feel a comp can die thanks to this.
Rambling again. Anyway onward we go. For better or worse, this is the story Adric supposedly dies in. Of course FASA games has him saved by a Time Lady Leona and some of the FASA continuity was entered into some of the "real" continuity someplace but I can't recall what or where or maybe I'm not recalling it correctly. But anyway Adric in FASA was saved, of that I"m sure. The Doctor to me was never the same after Adric died, allowing his comp to die and not doing anything about it. Of course, it made the show more dangerous after he died (but they'd never do it again, would they to anohter comp?), but it also made it less fun, less like an adventure and more...sort of mundane. That also had to do with the mostly poor scripts that followed but never mind. I never looked at the Doctor the same again nor the show. It always felt rather sad to me.
Peel told me, at my request, that the reason I didn't see Adric's name in the credits in FANTASY EMPIRE was that Adric was going to die (of course, his name should be in TIMEFLIGHT's credits but that's another story). BUT Peel did'nt tell me what ep or when or how Adric would die. For that reason, and probably that reason only, EARTHSHOCK was the most tense DW I ever watched. EVER with maybe DOOMSDAY coming close. I sat on the edge of my seat the whole time. When it was over, I felt horrid. I hated DW, hated JNT, hated Davison and hated the Doctor and Eric Saward. Then the opening to TIMEFLIGHT. At least Tegan and Nyssa felt for Adric and wanted to go back and get him. THe Doc wouldn't. Insisting. ANd did'nt. And to make things worse, he just put them on a holiday not long after to cheer them up. And they all just forgot Adric. In my mind, the death of Adric and its repercussions have never been dealt with. Forget Rose being put in a parallel Earth. That was sad enough, tearfully. But this...was worse. MUCH WORSE and the Doctor's reaction to it...was UNACCEPTABLE.
To me, the Doctor never really dealt with Adric's death and that was a missed oppurtunity for find out more about the Doctor. Or maybe we did and I just didn't like what we found out. Adric's death made me HATE DW and for a long time, I just thought it was crap. When I review what followed EARTHSHOCK, I still realize today that most of it was crap. I mean how to explain things like TERMINUS, THE TRIAL OF A TIME LORD, TIMELASH, ATTACK OF THE CYBERMEN, VENGEANCE ON VAROS, TIME AND THE RANI, PARADISE TOWERS, BATTLEFIELD, DRAGONFIRE, and many many more?