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.