A Masterful Villain

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It makes perfect literary sense. How do you create a villain who is legitimately threatening, an engaging and interesting match for the protagonist’s strengths, but is not over-powerful? Simple solution: You take the hero, and make them evil. If someone is so near to your intellectual and capable equal in nearly all counts, the “chess match” is all the more balanced, and victory that much harder to attain. So it makes sense that Doctor Who showrunners would nurture such a perfect foil, and bring them out every now and again to incite a war of wits. Now, if only there were a way to disguise them, to change their face to keep surprising the hero…

From the moment Roger Delgado stepped into frame and began manipulating the human race in Terror of the Autons, it was apparent that we had a villain cut from the same cloth as our hero. As situations quickly arose that saw the Doctor appearing one step behind, confounded by intellect, technology and physical capabilities matching his own, viewers became invested in a counterpart who was a clear danger throughout time. This week, we look at the Master’s first appearance and compare it to the modernizations of the character recently portrayed by John Simm and Michelle Gomez.

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Our Series 8 Recap

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For three months, we have journeyed with Peter Capaldi on his first series as the Doctor, and it has been every bit of the wild ride we had hoped for. Together, we battled clockwork droids, Daleks, and Cybermen. Side by side, we faced down new villainous threats like the Skovox, Blitzer and the hastily (poorly?) named “Boneless”. With his guidance, we found the hidden truths behind misunderstood monsters like the Teller and the Mummy. Spurred on by his relentless pursuit of adventure and curiosity, we explored complex human struggles like the stuff of childhood nightmares, and the horrifying world of dating. And now, it is time to take a look back at our journey and see just how far we’ve come.

This week, we take a comprehensive view at Doctor Who‘s Series 8, and look at the work that Steven Moffat and his team of writers, editors and producers put into telling a cohesive story — and whether or not they honored all the promises that they spent the entire summer of 2014 dangling in front of our faces like so many carrots. Join us as we travel once more into darkness, and address the tough questions about our favo(u)rite program.

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Duels with Davros

image00From promising young scientist, to father of genocidal pepper pots, Davros has had more opportunities than most to test the Doctor’s resolve. He’s always willing to conduct deep philosophical discussion with the Time Lord on topics of authority, power and morality, and give the Doctor (and the rest of us) something to ponder regarding the limits of evil.

With the newest trailers from the BBC, it’s all but blatantly stated that we will be seeing the return of the malevolent little whack-a-mole. We look into the past altercations the Doctor has had with him, and try to determine what role he may play in the upcoming series.

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Episode 28: Extermination Dissertation

We’re in the home stretch of our “Know Thine Enemy” villains arc, as we take a look at the most popular and iconic baddy of them all: the Daleks. We also get a history (future history?) lesson from Keir about the Last Great Time War.

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