Thursday, September 15, 2011

Day 4 - Your favourite character (non Doctor Who)

So now we branch out away from the Who-niverse for the first time and find a favourite character from some other show. I'm very tempted to go with the Marquis de Carabas from Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere. However I don't want to keep repeating choices that have been made in other, better blogs like the Timevault.

There's one character from the the very earliest days of British science fiction TV that I really like. He's an inquiring scientist who gets involved in strange goings on and usually manages to sort them out with just the power of his mind. I am, of course, talking about Professor Bernard Quatermass.
The writer Nigel Kneale and producer/director Rudolph Cartier practically invented the genre on British TV. I love the idea that the streets and pubs would clear when Quatermass was on. Imagine all those people huddled around a limited number of television sets to watch this fascinating scientist investigate space rockets, alien invasions and a haunted underground station in Hobbs lane.

I really like the idea of this earth bound scientist who solves problemes with rational thought and the character could easily be revived for another serial.  Professor Quatermass has now been played by nearly as many actors as have played the Doctor. Who could play him next?

1 comment:

  1. Good choice! Personally though Andre Morell was easily the best on TV, radio or film.

    However, my favourite non-Doctor Who character will always be John Steed (as played by Patrick MacNee). After Doctor Who, The Avengers is my favourite programme of all time, so it would have to be him!