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Doctor's Dilemma

By Jon Preddle

Darrell Patterson has taken up my offer from last issue to explain why the Silurians of Warriors of the Deep do not use their third eye as a weapon. Darrell suggests that the Silurians use their third eye as a hypnotic tool when they are speaking. They direct short bursts of psychokinetic energy from the eye - causing the eye to flash - so the person they are speaking to gets their undivided attention. The eye does not take away the listener's will. Thanks, Darrell.

Darrell's brother, Edwin, and David Ronayne of Rotorua both ask the same question: If Sara Kingdom (the Doctor's travelling companion in The Daleks' Master Plan) is Bret Vyon's sister, then how come they've got different surnames? Edwin points out that Sara seems to be totally devoted to her duty, and not the marrying type. There is no clear answer in the novelisation (John Peel refers to Sara as 'Miss Kingdom', but this is his addition) nor is there any clue in the scripts. (In fact, Terry Nation's original script had Sara being Bret's lover, but as this implied sex, the production team toned down the relationship somewhat!). I do have several solutions so I'll leave it to you to decide which is best: 1) Sara was married, and her husband is now dead; 2) Sara and Bret share the same mother but different fathers. They grew up together as children, and although they are biologically half-brother and half-sister, they consider themselves to be brother and sister; 3) Either one or the other changed their name by deed poll (if there was such a thing in the 40th Century!); 4) Their surnames are Special Space Security code names. After all, they are both 'spies', so it wouldn't seem altogether out of place for them to use fake names.

Philip Gray wants to know if there has ever been mention or the showing of a back door to the TARDIS, or are the main double doors the only entrance? The TARDIS has always been entered/exited via the front doors. In all the shots seen of the TARDIS spinning in space there is no evidence of a second entrance. The only time that the possibility of another door has arisen is in Logopolis Part One when the Doctor appears to emerge from the rear of the TARDIS after breaking from the Master's time bubble. How the Doctor got out of the TARDIS this way remains a mystery. As a side note, when I visited the BBC in 1990, I saw the TARDIS prop in the props warehouse. It was interesting to see that the full sized police box does in fact have two sets of double doors, each on opposite sides of the box. What the purpose of this is I am not sure, but I would hazard a guess and say it was used by the cast to enter the box out of camera so they didn't have to stand cramped inside the box waiting for their cue to exit.

To eliminate Louise Jameson's discomfort at having to wear red contact lenses to make her blue eyes brown, a scene was added to the end of Horror of Fang Rock where Leela's eyes changed colour due to the flash of the exploding Rutan spaceship. Jamas Enright wants to know why were Leela's eyes made to be brown in the first place. According to Louise Jameson herself, the name Leela is Urdu or Indian for 'dark eyed beauty', hence the corresponding eye colour, however this is unlikely to be the sole reason for the change of eye colour. Early publicity photos of Jameson as Leela show her wearing a dark body paint. This in conjunction with Jameson's natural piercing-blue eyes would have looked odd, so the eye colour had to change. As it transpired, the body paint idea was dropped before filming began on The Face of Evil but the eyes stayed brown for some unknown reason.

Alden Bates has two questions about the Make Your Own Adventure books covered in the Slap On A Doctor Who Logo article last issue. His copy of Search for the Doctor lists The Dominators and Doctor Who and the Space Pirates as part of the six book series but not Invasion of the Ormazoids or Mission to Venus. Why? Alden also wants to know how many editions of the books were released by the American publishers, Ballantine. The Dominators became The Ormazoids in order to avoid confusing it with the 1984 Target novelisation of the same name. Although The Space Pirates wasn't novelised until 1990, the BBC probably pointed out to the publishers of the Make Your Own Adventure books that there was a Doctor Who story of that name yet to be novelised, so the MYO book was renamed Mission to Venus. As for the American versions all six books were released in the States, but with different cover artwork, and under the heading 'Find Your Fate' rather than Make Your Own Adventure.

This item appeared in TSV 31 (November 1992).

Index nodes: Doctor's Dilemma, The Daleks' Master Plan, Horror of Fang Rock, Warriors of the Deep