Tag Archives: Steven

Steven the Deuteragonist

Companion Tropes 28 Most readers of this blog will have probably heard of the term “protagonist”, and also “antagonist”, but in less common parlance is the “deuteragonist”.  This is mainly because the term describes a far rarer kind of character … Continue reading

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Cliffhangers: First Doctor 2

Yesterday we looked at some of the cliffhangers in the First Doctor era, specifically the ones that reveal the monster.  Although these are the most iconic and best-remembered cliffhangers, they are not in the majority.  Most cliffhangers are a moment … Continue reading

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The Savages

Nestled between two popular stories that are complete in the archives, the missing Savages tends to get overlooked and doesn’t provoke much in the way of strong reactions.  It is neither loved nor hated.  If anything, it is forgotten, or … Continue reading

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The Gunfighters

This is one of those stories where Doctor Who crashes into another genre and sees how well the two fit together and how well the Doctor copes with being outside his usual comfort zone.  Broadly speaking there are two approaches … Continue reading

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The Celestial Toymaker

I have been looking forward to this moment with some degree of trepidation, because The Celestial Toymaker is an incredibly difficult Doctor Who story to write about nowadays.  Due to issues of racism it is probably the most controversial Doctor … Continue reading

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Audience Identification: First Doctor

Question: who is the audience identification figure or figures in classic Star Trek?  Who is the pudding-brain who has to ask all the inane questions to help the audience along?  Answer: everyone.  Trek had a clever format: everyone was a … Continue reading

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The Ark

The Ark shows us a bleak vision of the future.  Not for the last time we see the final moments of planet Earth, and the remaining humans are off on a journey to find a new home.  After ten million … Continue reading

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The Massacre

The Massacre is Steven’s story.  Not only is the Doctor absent from two of the four episodes, but he barely interacts with the plot when he is in the story, not even meeting the main villain.  As this is the … Continue reading

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The Myth Makers

This is not so much a historical Doctor Who story as a mythical one.  Donald Cotton’s approach is to look for the entertaining narrative within history, irrespective of any underlying facts or the lack thereof, and as such he accepts … Continue reading

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Galaxy 4

On a couple of lovely summer evenings in Nineteen-ninety-something I read the script of Galaxy 4, published by Titan Books.  This was my first experience of the story, and it was an immediate favourite of mine.  I still love the … Continue reading

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