The Zygons are one of those Doctor Who monsters that are a firm fan favourite yet only ever appeared on-screen once.
Stars of the Tom Baker story The Terror of the Zygons, they scared, mainly thanks to the superb direction of blog god Douglas Camfield but also because of their shape-changing abilities, biological technology and weird lifestyle – they need to feed off the milk of the Loch Ness monster to survive.
They also amused, mainly because it was really hard to do convincing blue-screen work back in 1975. Still, who knows? Maybe the Loch Ness monster really does look like it’s made of rubber and has a very stiff jaw.
Since then, they’ve popped up in all manner of unofficial and official tie-ins: Tenth Doctor novels, comic strips, New Adventures and videos.
So it seems appropriate that Big Finish have brought them back for an Eighth Doctor and Lucie adventure that is both silly and creepy.
As I noted a couple of weeks ago, the Welsh didn’t get much of a look-in on British TV until quite recently. For the most part, they were often the butt of comedy or segregated into cartoons, where they didn’t fare much better. Rarely even did the part of the Welsh character go to a Welsh actor: invariably it went to someone English who couldn’t do a proper Welsh accent.
To see what I mean, here are a few classic cartoons featuring the Welsh:
1) The Willo The Wisp episode The Dragon
2) The Ivor the Engine episode The Egg
3) And the Chorlton and the Wheelies episode Happiness is Hatched
You’ll notice that:
There are no Welsh people doing the voices, only English actors doing bad Welsh accents
In two of the episodes they’re over-excitable and evil. In the other, they have no respect for the natural world
There’s a dragon in each one (although one’s not Welsh)
Just thought I’d mention it. Honestly, though, it’s really only an excuse for some old kids shows, seeing as it’s shaping up into nostalgia week, this week.
Time to launch another new blog god-related feature. This one will show off some of the lesser known work of satirist Chris Morris, who’s best known for The Day Today, Brass Eye and Jam.
Naturally enough, I’m calling it Morris Minors.
Anyway, the first entry is a bit of stunt work by the man himself, in which he turned up in the audience of daytime debate show The Time The Place and pretended to be an expert on sex and Roman history. He starts of sensible, he ends up silly, just to see at what point he’ll be rumbled.