Inspired by a series of Facebook posts that I saw, we are going to run through an alphabetical series of Doctor Who-related themes. Today we continue this with the letter D…
(Daily Doctor Who #274)
But actually, not the Doctor, as we usually talk about. Instead, the post is about all the other doctors that have appeared on the show, plus the professors, the scientists, and so on. Both good and bad / mad.
This is a show with no shortage of doctors, professors, scientists…all doing their thing and being a bit less clever than our main characters. My first thoughts are some of the regulars who have had those jobs, like Liz Shaw…
or Harry Sullivan
or Martha Jones.
But for this post I thought I’d look past the regulars, and find some characters who are little bit more “out there”…
The Good: Rachel Jensen & Allison Williams
Two scientists who both participated in an investigation into an alien intrusion in Shoreditch in 1963. This turned out to be two different factions of Daleks, who were met by the Seventh Doctor. Rachel and Allison both ended up assisting him in defeating these groups and preventing them from accessing the powerful Gallifreyan device, the Hand of Omega, and using it as a weapon.
Both women were bright and intelligent and ended up being of great help to the Doctor in their one television appearance, Remembrance of the Daleks. Later, the two characters (and the actresses who played them, Pamela Salem and Karen Gledhill) ended up involved in a bunch of Big Finish audios where they continued to work together as part of the Intrusions Counter-Measures Group, which existed as a sort of pre-UNIT organization to combat alien threats.
And for the bad / mad, well there are lots of choices, from Professor Zaroff to Dr. Stahlmann to Professor Lazarus, but I’m eschewing them all in favor of…
The Bad / Mad: Omega
Maybe it’s because I’ve just listened to quite a good audio drama featuring the character, but I’ve gone for the great Time Lord scientist who helped to unlock the secrets of time travel, Omega.
Omega was one of the great villains of the classic era and is one of the best who has never made it to the revived Doctor Who. He is a tragic figure, having been lost in a world of anti-matter and more-or-less abandoned by the Time Lords. He is more insane than actually evil, though of course that makes him no less dangerous.
Omega appeared in the 10th anniversary story, The Three Doctors, where he was played by Stephen Thorne, and then again in a 20th season story called Arc of Infinity, played by Ian Collier, who also played him in the audio mentioned above. He was also played by Peter Davison, since he’s trying to copy the Doctor’s body in order to get to the positve-matter universe.