Ha! Weren't expecting that were you?
There's a few things going on here, but Nesshead hasn't seen the episode this comes from yet and there's spoilers abound. I had to send him screen caps to keep him spoiler free, so he has no idea the significance of this scene.
So, let's try spoiler text...
In case it hasn't worked; best stop reading now, Nesshead.
This is, of course, where Adric is meant to die. The Great Intelligence saving him tells us a couple of things here.
Firstly; it's a great way to mess with the Doctor's time stream. Without the regret that accompanied Adric's death the Doctor might not have been compelled to regenerate into the gentleman we know as the 6th Doctor, after what was his last word?
Secondly; we're starting to get an idea that maybe the Doctor is starting to affect the Great Intelligence as well as the other way around. I've always thought that saving Adric was probably the first thing the Doctor would change about his own past. We've never seen regret on the Doctor's face the same way it appeared on 5's at the end of this episode.
And now we resume normal service...
In other news I'm a little frustrated that I can't get hold of a copy of 'Trial of the Valeyard'. At least not just now, I'll have to wait a year before I can buy it unless I invest in a subscription and quite frankly I don't want to pay that for a single disc. I don't suppose anyone out there has a copy they'd mind lending me their copy?
Right, we've got one more strip from Jim for this year then we're interrupting the arc for two reasons. One is to give Jim and Nesshead a break over the holidays (don't worry, Jesse and I have back up covered) and the other is that the end of next weeks strip makes for a good cliffhanger. Not quite as good as the Panic Button, but I still think it works pretty well.
See you all next week and have a Very Merry Christmas in the mean time!
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