HEROES OF DOCTOR WHO ADRIC MATTHEW WATERHOUSE

PROBABLY THE MOST MALIGNED COMPANION IN THE SHOW’S HISTORY, ADRIC HAS BEEN THE BUNT OF MANY BAD STUFF OVER THE YEARS AND ONE OF THE FEW COMPANIONS NEVER TO HAVE RETURNED TO HE BIG FINISH AUDIO SERIES. HOWEVER HE DID RETURN IN A DIFFERENT GUISE BUT PLAYED BY ANDREW SACHS.

ORIGINALLY FROM ALZARIUS, A PLANET IN E SPACE, ADRIC WAS DEVISED AS AN INTERGALACTIC ARTFUL DODGER WITH A MATHEMATICAL GENIUS TWIST BUT SADLY, THIS ASPECT NEVER REALLY MATERIALISED AND ADRIC BEGAN TO REDUCE TO SOMEONE WHO CHANGED SIDES UNCONVINCINGLY AND FOREVER HUNGRY AND DID VERY LITTLE EXCEPT ARGUE WITH TEGAN. ACTING WAS NOT A STRONG SUIT HERE AS MATTHEW NEVER CONVINCED BUT THAT IS ALSO DOWN TO THE WRITERS. AN ACTOR CAN ONLY WORK WITH WHAT’S ON THE PAGE  AFTER ALL. SO IF THERE WERE FAILINGS IN THE CHARACTERISATION THEN A LOT OF BLAME MUST FALL TOT HE PRODUCERS AND CHARACTERS OTHERWISE YOU GET THE SITUATION THAT HAPPENED WHERE THE CHARACTER WAS NOT THOUGHT THROUGH AND DETAILED ENOUGH TO HOOK STORYLINES ON.

MATTHEW HAS OFTEN BEEN CRITICISED BY HIS COLLEAGUES ABOUT HIS ATTITUDE BUT HE WAS ONLY YOUNG AT THE TIME AND LIVING EVERY FANBOY’S DREAM.

HOWEVER, ADRIC IS A HERO. HE SAVED THE EARTH FROM THE CYBERBOMB AND DIED AS A RESULT. HE GIVES HIS LIFE SO THE OTHERS CAN ESCAPE. NOT GOOD NEWS FOR THE DINOSAURS BUT GOOD FOR MANKIND.

IN THAT MOMENT BEFORE HE DIES, VIEWERS ARE SCREAMING IN DISBELIEF BECAUSE SOMEONE THEY KNOW IS GOING TO DIE AND IT IS STILL ONE OF THE MOST TALKED ABOUT STORIES IN THE HISTORY OF THE SHOW. IN MANY WAYS, HE WAS A VICTIM ALL HIS LIFE WHETHER IT BE AT THE HANDS OF HIS PEOPLE OR THE MASTER BUT IN HIS LAST MOMENTS HE WAS A HERO, WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT.

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