Whenever the wheel turns there is suffering, delusion and death

The forthcoming DVD release of the 1982 Doctor Who serials Kinda and Snakedance (in March, as a boxset in the UK, and as two separate releases in the US in April) is being promoted with a trailer more exciting than a movie featuring Tyson Beckford and Tyrese Gibson as incestuous twins:

Mummy. Worth getting just for the frightening dream sequences in Kinda, these gems from the 80s are the perfect antidote to Doctor Who in 2010, which has become, sadly, completely unwatchable shit. Unless slick Spielberg/Disneyesque homages are your thing.

Of Kinda, The Discontinuity Guide says:

"One of the best Doctor Who stories ever, astonishingly directed and written as a theatrical piece brimming with allusions and parallels. It's not really an allegory, as, unusually for Doctor Who it's a very original piece of genuine SF. It's 'about' boxes (the healing device that cures colonialism, the tank that the colonists wander about in, the pigeonholes where they want to put the Kinda) and male/female relationships, with the Doctor the only man wise enough to know he's foolish."

Kinda also features troubled gay boy geek Adric, of whom I'm a huge fan. A quick Google image search for this article led me to some... surprising cartoons of Doctor Who characters in action, which I feel duty bound to share. One of my favourites is the cartoon below, showing the fourth Doctor with Adric, and the fifth Doctor with Turlough, comparing pecs. Or something.

Below, we have this deliciously dark image of the Master with a nude, terrified Adric, and a thoroughly subjugated Turlough. Fabulously creepy!

Next we have the Doctor and Turlough (clearly my own aversion to gingers isn't universal) using the TARDIS console in ways it hasn't seen since Ben and Jamie were aboard the Ship in the '60s... Presumably Tegan was off sharpening her tongue in the TARDIS workshop.

Another Turlough piece follows (who knew he had it in him?) but I'm not sure who's supposed to be ravishing him in this one. Is it Nyssa?

Lastly is this cute tribute to (a much younger) Adric by FireFiriel... Now, someone needs to draw his big brother (Varsh, from 1981's Full Circle).

Wouldn't that be something?


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