We’ve all done the conga at parties, haven’t we, maybe even in fancy dress… but this is truly impressive:
OK, so they aren’t actually doing the conga. Another shot of the same scene will give us more information:
Ah, so that makes sense. They are waiting for a bus. Wait… what? That Zarbi is a long way from Vortis. Why is he waiting for a bus? We need one more photo to explain everything:
A different group of children, and a different bus stop, but the sign in the background is our clue as to what was happening. Shawcraft Models made many props for Doctor Who, including the Time-Space Visualiser from The Chase, the giant Macra prop from The Macra Terror, and in these photos they were obviously taking a Zarbi for a stroll around the local streets. Here’s one last one from presumably the same day:
Well, if you’re going to have a pet it might as well be an impressive one. But remember, when you are out for a walk, please clean up after your pet. I hope he had a big bag with him… RP
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Thank you, RP, for another reason to look back nostalgically on the oldest monsters of Doctor Who.
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