Published on August 12th, 2010 | by Meredith Burdett
ATV news network has written an article (a little late) on Gareth Roberts’ comments in Doctor Who Magazine regarding the return that never was of villainous cactus Meglos.
For those that have not seen the 1980 Fourth Doctor adventure (youâ€™re not missing much), Meglos was a megalomaniac who was intent on destroying the planet Tigella. As a shape shifter, he took on the form of the Doctor in order to cause all sorts of mayhem.
While this sounds brilliant on paper it wasnâ€™t too well realised at the time (although Tom Baker was very good as an evil version of the Doctor – the one saving grace).
Roberts recently revealed that his villain for the 2010 episode The Lodger wasnâ€™t always a rogue computer (suspiciously-similar-to-the-Eighthâ€“Doctorâ€™s TARDIS) but in early drafts was intended to be Meglos! Roberts said:
“I’d been joking about ‘Meglos 2′ for years but 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 whileâ€”but then we saw the Vinvocci 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.”
Meglos was thankfully cut for a more interesting foe and was left in the 80â€™s where he belonged. Had he reappeared, it would have surely been overkill for the eleventh Doctorâ€™s first season which already featured returns from notable villains such as Daleks, Cybermen, Silurians (Homo Reptilia actually!), Autons, Sontarans, Roboforms and a string of others that were mentioned off screen.
Still, itâ€™s always nice to see old foes revamped for the twenty first century so the only question to put to Kasterborous readers is who would you like to see return in the 2011 series?