OK, so four series and a bunch of specials in, the show has settled into a rough format, and one of the recurring gimmicks is at least one episode per season with the Doctor & companion teaming up with a real-life historical figure. So far, we’ve had -
series one - “the Unquiet Dead” - Charles Dickens
series two - “Tooth & Claw” - Queen Victoria
series three - “the Shakespeare Code” - William Shakespeare
series four - “the Unicorn & the Wasp” - Agatha Christie
and so far rumored to appear in series five (or new ‘series one’ or whatever) is…
Vincent Van Gogh - who gets his ear chewed off by a yellow monster.
So, I got to musing over who I’d like to see team up with the good Doc. Two scenarios I thought might have potential are…
ONE: Charles Darwin is on the shores of the Galapagos Islands, cataloging the various species and making notes about the similarities between species and remarking to himself about the curious orderliness about God’s creatures…when suddenly a war party of Sea Devils emerge from the waves, attacking whoever they see, and abruptly throwing all of Darwin’s theories into chaos.
TWO: Sigmund Freud begins treating a patient for schizophrenia, who is bothered by nightmares of a strange being who is intent on possessing him. Freud spins some theories about the man repressing his id, and hypnotizes him. Too late does Freud realize that sometimes a strange subconciousness demon is in fact, a strange subconscious demon…or in this case, the Mara.
I also would love to see a scenario with the Doctor visiting swinging London and teaming up with perhaps the Beatles, or even Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithful. But I’m not sure what the situation would be.