The stories of Adric (story codes 5R-6B)
Season eighteen (1980)
Watch out for detailed synopsises and reviews of these stories, with special emphasis on Adric's involvement......coming soon!:-)
According the orginal BBC character outline (taken from The Companions (David J. Howe and Mark Stammers), used without permision) Adric was orginally conceived as: Adric is fifteen, small for his age, wiry and strong. With short straight black hair. His dominating elder brother, Afrus [later to become Varsh], is the leader of a juvenile street gang on a planet we'll call Yerfillag, and under his tuition Adric has learnt to lie and steal, activities which are the dark side of his natural optimistic brashness and enormous intellectual curiosity. Adric never fitted into the gang he was pressed into by his brother, [clearly a point where what we saw varied widly with the orginal idea] partly because of his superior education, and partly because he is a born non-conformist, even among outlaws. When he meets the Doctor, his strong sense of self preservation prompts him to assume an air of subdued innocence and false naivete. Though a disguise, this impersonation reminds us of Adric's very real vulnerability as a young mortal ( as opposed to the Time Lords and their all-capable K-9)-vulnerability that is going to play an important part in future adventures. At the end of the story that introduces Adric, his brother Afrus has given up his life to save the Doctor and Romana. With the last of his family ties broken, Adric stows away in the TARDIS, where he remains undiscovered until the opening of the next story.
Another reason recently suggested for Adric's lack of popularity is his costume. Let's face it, it isn't a good costume, it's a pair of pyjamas with wellies. Your allegiances to companions/Doctors etc are often formed in childhood, and what you do in childhood? Playtime! You play at Doctor Who or whatever, and who wants to be Adric and dress up in your pyjamas and wellies? You want to dress up as characters with cool costumes like Darth Vader, or as a Cyberman.
"The trouble with Adric was that from the beginning he was so damn complicated"- Matthew Waterhouse
"As far as I'm concerned, in each four episodes he was a new individual. Every time I started to get a gut feeling about him, about what he should do and think, it was contradicted in the next script"- Matthew Waterhouse
[Of Matthew Waterhouse] "He was not the type to be found on the front of choclate boxes!"- JN-T
"I think Adric is androgynous, in the correct sense of the word. He would have liked hanging out with boys who wear gashes of lipstick but are not necessarily gay. Those people who transcend labels- what the poet Jeremy Reed has called the 'night lost'"- Matthew Waterhouse
"It wasn’t poor Matthew Waterhouse’s fault that Adric was such a pain, but it was Matthew’s fault that he was such a pain. He was young enough to be stupid enough to think there was something clever about him. Well, there wasn’t. He was a smart-arse with people like costume ladies who asked him to take his costume off to eat his lunch. That wasn’t necessary that was just common sense. I have worked with one or two really great actors, and when your at least really big names and can be really nice and generous and if they can be like that then Matthew Waterhouse can be like that. To be fair, he had a terrific break, and he didn’t understand his good luck I don’t think." -Lalla Ward