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New DWM with article about Earthshock (Robert Shearman spouts more hate about Adric)

Is this community dead? In any case, the recent issue of DWM 474 has Robert Shearman spout nonsense about Earthshock and Adric. I wrote this in response but I doubt it will ever be printed. They tend to ignore my letters.


Response to Shearman's foolishness about Adric:


I really should stop reading your magazine. First reason: Moffat usually say something infuriating, second: others do: the most recent issue I've seen, it's Robert Shearman. "No one ever really liked him very much." Wrong, Robert. As a long time reader and fan, I can assure Mr. Shearman (if he ever looked almost anywhere on the net, he'd find out himself) that many someones liked Adric a great deal. Sure, there are some sycophants who join the bandwagon and say the "party line" but I seem to recall during the filming of the Visitation that many more fans and viewers were seeking Matthew Waterhouse's autograph than were seeking Peter, Janet, and Sarah. "It leaves us feeling a bit guilty and embarrassed." No. Not really. At all. It left many of us feeling sad that he was gone. Then there's this: "...he's also a buffoon whose actions would have prevented the extinction of the dinosaurs. ...also because he's once again trying to show off how clever he is." Was he watching the same show as the rest of us? I didn't get the "show off" in this episode at all. In fact, Adric had shed that image completely for this story, having learned his lesson in Kinda. In fact, despite popular opinion, I feel that had Adric not acted in that moment, the Earth would have totally destroyed, dinos and all. He might have lessened the impact and thus, saved the Earth anyway. I also never saw him trying to wonder why he wasn't brought friends. I don't know what show Shearman is or was watching. The only reason this Doctor preferred the other two is that they were females and the gender cliché had to be kept: Doctor Who needed the girls to be girls to keep the father's watching (something JNT was fond of saying). It's a shame that to this day there are still DW writers who just do not "get" Adric. At all.
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June 21 2014, 12:19:01 UTC 2 years ago

Hear! Hear!
Thanks! I also was watching Stones of Blood and happened to put the audio on. During the sacrifice scene, Tom (who recorded this maybe some five years ago or so?) said, "I think they're sacrificing somebody named Adric or something."
Could Tom be pissed? He can't really be blamed for that I guess but the abominable way he acted back then to Matthew, to Louise, and to Lalla can't be easily dismissed. I love the man and his work but ...he is eccentric, troubled, and troubling not to mention creative, funny, inventive and very, very smart but...man, what an ass he was back then.