Sunday, October 9, 2011

NERD CULTURE SMACKDOWN #5 WHO-LLOWEEN Pt.1

NERD SMACKDOWN PRESENTS
WHO-LLOWEEN


There is something special about Halloween. It could be the soursweet smell of candy corn or the ring of your doorbell with an inevitable, "Trick or Treat!" I believe it is the spirit of embracing the horrific with a laugh. Children, young and old, dress up as the ghastliest of ghouls from poltergeists to politicians or as their favorite characters from Disney Princesses to Doctor Who.

Doctor Who's greatest strength is that, because its a show about an alien and his human companions traveling through time and space, there is no limit to the kind of story that can be told. The best Doctor Who stories involve the strange and terrible monsters that combine the best elements of horror. British parents tell their children how they used to hide behind the couch when the Daleks came on TV but  they lack the same punch. Sure, Daleks are a great match for the Doctor, but it is hard to be scared of them. They're basically a mix between Marvin the Martian, R2 D2 and wasps (What? If wasps could they would "exterminate" every living thing on Earth). The scariest Doctor Who villains are the ones who hold the mystery.

So, to celebrate Halloween I will talk about the scariest monsters of the 9th, 10th and 11th Doctors. Starting this week, we have

THE EMPTY CHILD

Appearances: Series 1(2005): The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances TRAILER

Powers: The Empty Child cannot die, he can punch through concrete walls, he can communicate through any device with a radio transceiver and he can spread his will through touch (and eventually the air). If infected by The Empty Child, you soon grow a scar on your left hand, then a gas mask grows out from your mouth, over your face, and you lose everything you ever were, becoming just an extension of his army.

Weaknesses: He is just a child and can be coerced like a child. A lullaby can lull him to sleep and a stern authoritative command can send him away. Yet, even these weaknesses can be ignored if you're in the way of The Empty Child's misson.

Motive: He wants his mummy?

Catchphrase: "Are you my mummy?"



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