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precarious since 1997 | by maryann johanson

‘Doctor Who’ thing of the day: Matt Smith could have fought a space cactus, you know

Not everyone was thrilled with every moment of Matt Smith’s debut season. But it could have been worse.

I still don’t know what the hell was going on in “The Lodger” — just who was trying to build a pseudo-TARDIS upstairs, anyway? — but I do now know one thing for sure: It wasn’t Meglos.

Consider yourself lucky if you don’t know who Meglos is. Suffice to say that the late Tom Baker era was not the best among the series’ history, and a demented megalomaniac cactus is not the finest or scariest villain the series has ever known.

What’s the bullet we dodged? The Coventry Telegraph’s Geek Files tells all:

Gareth Roberts told Doctor Who magazine that early drafts of the script for his episode The Lodger had included the villain.

Roberts told Doctor Who magazine: “I’d been joking about Meglos 2 for years and when I sat down to write the first draft [of The Lodger] it suddenly seemed right.

“Meglos survived in my script for quite a long while – but then we saw the [cactus-like] Vinvocci (pictured below) in The End of Time – and as the rest of the story was more comedic, we decided the villain had to be as scary as possible.”

*whew* Lucky break for us there.

(If you stumble across a cool Doctor Who thing, feel free to email me with a link.)



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