I’m especially glad they’re bringing back the Monk, since he was one of the most fascinating of the Doctors opponents. In his original appearance (I’ve never seen the second, since it’s been lost), he wasn’t doing anything particularly bad or evil. But his goal was to advance human progress – there would be television by the 1500s, for instance – and the Doctor’s argument “You can’t meddle with time” seemed pretty hollow.
The premise of the new series is the Doctor is the last Time lord. Ok, except for the Master. And now the Meddling Monk. Will the Rani be next? Omega? Romana? The one that was a school chum of the Doctor?
I mean it is certainly explainable that the Doctor only THINKS he’s the last but few renegades may have slipped away, but I hope tey don’t overdo it.
Well, the Daleks were supposed to have been destroyed too, and they’re popping up like cockroaches. It seems to me that if there’s one thing guaranteed to ensure the survival of a species, it is to have been completely and totally wiped out in the Time War.
The Monk wanted to give nuclear weapons to medeival warriors. He wasn’t intent on advancing human progress for any good, ‘humanitarian’ aim. He was deliberately tampering with established history and putting millions of lives at risk (billions, trillions even, given that the people who would be killed in a medieval-age nuclear war would therefore not give birth to any of the generations of children that followed them.) And his rationale? “Because it’s so much fun!” IMO, showing callous disregard for an entire planet’s history & population just for the sake of a few laughs is indeed the epitomy of EVIL.
I’ve actually occasionally wondered why Stewart hadn’t already shown up on Nu-Who. (Wasn’t he on the shortlist to play Davros last year?) Given his desire to distance himself from playing Pciard, I’d just assumed he’d want to stay away from any/all sci-fi related projects.
levdrakon, I also agree with you about the Daleks. They’ve grown stale as the ongoing villain. They have the same problem as the Borg - how long can they appear to be the heavy, unstoppable juggernaut threat when they are perpetually having their shiny metal asses handed to them on a yearly basis?
His goal was clearly stated: to advance human civilization. Remember, he wanted people to be able to see Shakespeare’s plays in TV in the 16th Century. The Doctor’s argument with him – “You shouldn’t be meddling” – is particularly weak, especially since that was exactly what the Doctor always does (Tom Baker addressed that later). The Doctor wasn’t concerned about atomic weapons or wars and never argued the issue; his only point was that the Monk shouldn’t be meddling with time.
Also, he only wanted to use a few of the weapons, and given the fact that he wasn’t giving them any other technology, the weapons would be useless once the ammunition ran out.
More than any other Who villain (except Helen A.), his character (at least, in The Time Meddler) was the most interesting. He was trying to make things better, even if he may not have chosen the best way.