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« on: July 03, 2011, 10:29:45 pm »

The Doc mentioned in the R&R thread that the story was originally going to be different so I thought I would dig up some info on what should/could/would have been if it went out as the original 6 part story, which I found HERE.

“Hand Of Fear” was set in the 1990s, at a time when technology and the military are forbidden. Sarah is sent to live in a commune while the Doctor is despatched to a labour camp. There he meets the aged Brigadier -- now part of EXIT, the Extraterrestrial Xenological Intelligence Taskforce -- and discovers that an anthropologist named Mountford has unearthed a mysterious fossilised hand. The hand takes control of Mountford's mind and forces him to transport it to the Nuton nuclear reactor (previously seen in Baker and Martin's Season Nine story The Claws Of Axos), which is in the process of being decommissioned. There, the radiation allows the hand to regenerate into its original form: a creature called an Omegan made of teryllium, which has travelled to Earth from inside a black hole.

It transpires that there are actually two Omegans at work on Earth, representing different factions of their people. The “hawk” Omegans wish to destroy humanity, while the “dove” Omegans simply want to remove mankind as an interstellar threat. They have accomplished this by slowly devolving men into ape-like Trogs, which manifested itself early on as the backlash again science. Sarah is now undergoing the same transformation. This is undone, however, when the “hawk” Omegan (who crashlanded on Earth, necessitating his reconstitution at Nuton) destroys his “dove” counterpart. He then flees Earth in the other Omegan's spaceship, having configured Nuton to explode and obliterate the planet. At the last second, the Doctor manages to redirect the power of the blast to fuel an experimental rocket called the Icarus. Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart commandeers the Icarus and uses it to pursue the Omegan, ultimately sacrificing himself by ramming the enemy vessel head-on, preventing it from impacting with the Earth.


Personally, I'm glad they went with the one we got. Especially as they were going to kill off the Brig too Shocked
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« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2011, 11:32:19 pm »

Yes, I think we got the better story.
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« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2011, 02:50:36 pm »

We definately got the better story. The one above doesn't seem as fun and I can't imagine the reaction killing the Brig would have got from fans. Saying that though, was he as popular back then or is it more of a hindsight thing?
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« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2011, 07:59:38 pm »

I think we definately got the better story
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« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2011, 12:35:01 am »

We definately got the better story. The one above doesn't seem as fun and I can't imagine the reaction killing the Brig would have got from fans. Saying that though, was he as popular back then or is it more of a hindsight thing?

He was popular back then, but he'd pretty much disappeared from the scene - he hadn't been in the last two stories to feature UNIT (The Android Invasion, Seeds of Doom) so maybe killing him off seemed a logical step.  I'm just glad they didn't.
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« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2011, 11:53:06 am »

I think, because as Nyki has said, the Brig was pretty absent for a time, that perhaps killing him off would have been a bit of a disservice to the character. To me, it seems that it would have made a lot more sense to kill him off if he had been in it a lot around the time they were planning it, and that way it would have packed a bit more of an emotional punch, especially given his long association with the show. I'm glad they decided against it though. The Brig should live forever!
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« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2011, 02:25:52 pm »

I think killing off the Brig would have been a hugely bad idea back then. Not because they would be killing him off, but because I don't think they would have come up with something suitable for such a longstanding character. They had a tendancy back then to just move on from story to story with old villains, companions or whatever sometimes never getting a mention again. I think if they had killed the Brig off, while they also shouldnt dwell on it, they would have just moved on and everything would have been dandy in the next story and I don't think that would have been fitting given the Doctor's relationship with him and his standing in the show.
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« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2011, 06:14:48 pm »

So he wasn't a regular who turned up in practically every story then? I thought, because I have heard people talk about 'The UNIT Years' and things like that, that for a long time during the classics they were all in every story. I know it started in the Third Doctor era, but I thought it went right though to Five or something.

When were the UNIT years? Why are they so called? And how many years were there?
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« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2011, 02:19:31 pm »

You never know, perhaps killing off the character of The Brig would have made him even more popular than he is now. He didn't really develop much beyond this point and his appearances got fewer and far between so giving him a big heroic sendoff could have actually been a positive thing for the character. I'm glad they didn't, but I thought I would throw it out there as a suggestion
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« Reply #9 on: July 09, 2011, 12:29:21 pm »

It's an interesting theory, but I am glad they didn't go through with it. His appearances may have been fewer but they were always great
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« Reply #10 on: July 09, 2011, 04:00:49 pm »

So he wasn't a regular who turned up in practically every story then? I thought, because I have heard people talk about 'The UNIT Years' and things like that, that for a long time during the classics they were all in every story. I know it started in the Third Doctor era, but I thought it went right though to Five or something.

When were the UNIT years? Why are they so called? And how many years were there?

UNIT was first introduced in The Invasion, right at the end of Troughton's era (late 1968).  From Pertwee's debut in 1970, The Brig and UNIT were in every story in 1970, all but one in 1971, two out of five in 1972 & 1973 and three out of five in 1974 (though the Brig only made a cameo in The Time Warrior).  When Tom Baker took over, they were in one story each of the first two series.  UNIT featured in two further stories, but the Brig wasn't in them.  He then reappeared in two stories in 1983 and one in 1989  Quite a few stories in "the UNIT years" didn't feature either UNIT or the Brig, but there were usually a lot of references to them, since the Doctor and the companions (mostly) worked for UNIT.
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