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« on: August 30, 2010, 10:47:02 pm »


Those of you who follow me on Twitter may well know of my liking for Adric. So I thought I'd take a little while and explain what it is about the little Alzurian fella that I find so endearing. First up (and this may sound a little incredible but bear with me) I actually think the idea behind the character is a real. He was an annoying, precocious smart kid. Tons of ability but no common sense. Well actually, I was a bit like that, and I've met people like that. I needed a Doctor figure when I was an adolescent. The relationship also echoed (apparently) that of the actors. Adric needed the Doctor but the Doctor also needed Adric, to remind him of who he once was because actually its not hard to imagine that back on Gallifrey there was more than a little of Adric in the young Dr.

There are two main problems with Adric. Firstly I think people mix him up in their mind with Wesley Crusher off Star Trek - they get lumped into the 'annoying brat' pile. Secondly and far more significantly was the so called crowded TARDIS. Very difficult to have a serious arc when there are two other strong companions. Nyssa & Tegan would have graced any incarnation so to shine through them was extremely tough. When he did get a good story (Earthshock) he put in a great performance. There is very little love for Adric in Fandom but as one last thing, he was part of the final season of Tom Baker which was (IMHO) absolutely awesome. A mathematical genius from another universe who died in the explosion creating life on Earth - that isn't a bad idea for a companion!
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« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2010, 10:51:30 pm »

Cheesy I was waiting for this. Surprised it took you this long Tongue
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« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2010, 10:53:56 pm »

Well, i thought i'd run it up the time column see who salutes it!
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« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2010, 10:56:52 pm »

Well I am with you anyways. Although he isnt one of my favourite companions, he doesnt deserve the negativity he gets by a long shot
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« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2010, 11:04:58 pm »

I think it probably showed the mind of JNT. He had a brilliant idea. Then he forgot about it and had another brilliant idea. Meanwhile Adric was left shuffling round the corridors of the TARDIS with no one quite sure how to deal with him. But honestly I really thought his performances in Keeper of Traken, Logopolis and (especially) Castrovalva were very good.
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« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2010, 11:57:25 pm »

Another member of the cult of Adric here, you cannot overestimate the effect of a companion death on a viewer of a similar age.  Much maligned, but I love him!
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« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2010, 11:06:30 pm »

Who put that wonderful little picture at the top of the thread. That has actually made me do a little giggle *not a euphemism* Smiley Fantastic! The Cult of Adric is small but powerful! And, as usual, Sleekituk has made an excellent point. Not for Adric the "Thanks for my time in the TARDIS but i'm off to...write for a newspaper and return with my own RTD children's show/marry a welsh scientist/lose my mind in a metacrisis/get locked out of the TARDIS and help rebuild Earth after Dalek Invasions." (delete as applicable). No - he died on prime time TV and there was a broken badge and no music. You actually cannot beat it!
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« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2010, 11:08:59 pm »

The picture was my doing. I was prettying up some of the threads in here Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2010, 07:26:13 pm »

 Grin I saw this and instantly knew who would be involved in this thread. Ha!  Cool
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« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2010, 11:58:59 pm »

I thank you Smiley I've thought of some other reasons why he's great if you want them...
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« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2010, 05:30:18 pm »

I was an absolutely massive Adric fan when I was younger, his death was probably the most traumatic thing that happened in my childhood.  I can remember weeping for hours after Earthshock, and writing stories on how he could have really been saved by a future Doctor Embarrassed

As an adult I have to say that I find him a tad irritating, but I can still see why my younger self thought he was a hero.  He questioned people rather than just accepting what he was told, and he tried to solve problems in a different ways.  I just wish that he had learnt more by his mistakes, I think he would be a more popular companion if he had shown more growth during his time in the TARDIS.
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« Reply #11 on: September 08, 2010, 09:51:47 pm »

I am still waiting for my Matthew Waterhouse autobiog but rest assured fellow Adric fans, I will place a review here for your delectation. I'm reading his book - so you don't have to!
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« Reply #12 on: September 19, 2010, 08:28:27 pm »

Bravo! Well said!!

Im never sure why I love Adric but I always have done and I think you just managed to explain wonderfully Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: September 21, 2010, 07:24:48 pm »

Ive been convinced to get his new book after Chris told me it was quite funny and good. I was always going to read it, but never going to rush. Think I will order it soon now though Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: September 23, 2010, 10:15:59 pm »

Ive been convinced to get his new book after Chris told me it was quite funny and good. I was always going to read it, but never going to rush. Think I will order it soon now though Smiley

I promise it is worth every penny. I read it in 36 hours flat - i didn't sleep one night it was the un-putdownable. To give you a little spoiler, he doesn't like Kenny Ball (out of Kenny Ball and the Jazzmen). THAT is the quality of tittle tattle we are treated to. It is a spectacular read!
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« Reply #15 on: September 23, 2010, 10:25:16 pm »

Haha brilliant! Its my birthday very soon, so it is on my 'you must buy me nice things if you want to stay in my life' list Tongue
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« Reply #16 on: October 06, 2010, 09:27:35 pm »

*Gulp* Showing how unknowledgable I am here but, who's Adric? :S
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« Reply #17 on: October 06, 2010, 09:39:03 pm »

Grin

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« Reply #18 on: October 09, 2010, 12:11:34 am »

*Gulp* Showing how unknowledgable I am here but, who's Adric? :S

Its not unknowledgeable merely (in the words of Michael Buble) 'He just hasn't met you yet' Smiley

He was a companion in the end of the fourth/start of the fifth Doctor era in the early eighties. Very controversial because some peeps didn't like either the actor or the character. I thought he was brilliant.
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« Reply #19 on: October 09, 2010, 02:58:24 pm »

He also has his own cult which is, you know, cool Tongue

Adric got a lot more stick than he deserved but he is worth watching. Ignore what you may have heard or read and try him out fir yourself. You may be pleasantly surprised Smiley
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