↳ Full Circle (#112)
★★★ / 5
This serial introduces viewers to the newest member of the TARDIS team: young Adric.
Normally I write my thoughts about each serial immediately after I watch them; however, this one will be different since I completed this serial several days ago.
This season has brought a lot of changes to Doctor Who, and not all of them are particularly good. The incidental music, for example, is too loud and dramatic. It doesn’t fit the stories well at all. It’s actually so noticeable that it distracts from the dialogue.
Concerning our young, new Doctor’s assistant: Adric was interesting enough, but a bit of a pompous jerk. I have heard a lot of criticism about Adric being one of the worst companions in Who-history, but I didn’t want to believe it. Here’s hoping he turns out to be a good one!
K9: All component parts are functioning normally, master.
DOCTOR: I don’t believe it. I don’t believe it! All component parts functioning normally, ha! Pah. You mean to tell me that after all we’ve been through, the systems are functioning perfectly?
K9: Not perfectly, Master, adverb attributed was normally.
- This is the first story in the “E-Space Trilogy”.
- Adric’s name was suggested by script editor Christopher H. Bidmead as an anagram of the last name of eminent physicist P A M Dirac (who in 1930 was the first to predict the existence of antimatter).
- The Doctor briefly mentions Leela, K-9 Mk I and the Key to Time early in this serial.
- At the time of writing this story, Andrew Smith was a seventeen year-old who achieved his lifelong ambition to write for the show.