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A History of Doctor Who in 100 Objects...

_______________ #75 _______________ NYSSA’S TEST TUBES

Readers with long trousers and short sleeves may remember that some months ago, during one of our periodic investigations into a certain much-loved two-parter – I speak, of course, of that peerless jewel in Doctor Who’s diadem, Black Orchid – I raised the intriguing possibility that something wholly remarkable happens at the end of the story. On the one hand we have Ann Talbot, plucky adventuress and sometime fiancée of the late George Cranleigh, now heading instead for an unpromising marriage with his brother Charles, a stay-athome aristocrat whose intelligence, without wishing to be unkind, makes the average Ogron look like Jacques Derrida. On the other hand we have Ann’s identical double, Nyssa of Traken, a prim young lady who was born with a silver spoon in her mouth before being thrown headlong into a series of terrifying adventures in space and time, a state of affairs with which she has seldom seemed tremendously happy. Powdering their noses during a quiet moment after Bolshie George’s funeral, who’s to say that Nyssa and Ann don’t decide to do the obvious thing, and swap clothes while nobody’s looking?

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DWM 506 celebrate 50 Years of the Second Doctor, as played by Patrick Troughton. Contents include: behind the scenes on the new animated version of The Power of the Daleks; the Second Doctor's era is explored in a feature by Jonathan Morris; 1968's Fury from the Deep is reviewed; showrunner Steven Moffat answers readers' questions; a biography of Peter Brachacki, the man who designed the TARDIS back in 1963; The Fact of Fiction looks back at 2005's The End of the World; directors Ed Bazalgette, Douglas Mackinnon, Daniel O'Hara and Daniel Nettheim reveal more secrets of their work on Doctor Who in the second part of DWM's exclusive interviews; Comic Strip - Bloodsport Part 2, written by Mark Wright and illustrated by Staz Johnson; The Time Team watch 2010's The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang; plus reviews, previews, prize-winning competitions, the latest official news, fun and nonsense with the Watcher and much, much more.