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I’ve been very quiet on this and my other blogs recently. Its not because I no longer enjoy doing them. I’ve had quite a rough 2018 so far with my depression having returned. I simply didn’t have the energy to devote my time to my work here, but fortunately I’m feeling better and there will be more articles coming soon.

I also hope to share some more of my original fiction here soon too.

 

Stock Characters in Vampire Fiction

 

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Vampires are unquestionably the most popular supernatural creature. There’s far more you can do with them than you can with other favourites like say Werewolves, Zombies and Ghosts. Vampires can be both the perfect hero and the perfect villain. They can also be integrated into far more settings than many other types of monsters. There have been Vampire westerns, Vampire spy stories, Vampire detective stories, Vampire teen dramas and even Vampire superhero films.

Despite this however there are still a number of character types that we see replicated again and again in many of the most celebrated Vampire stories across all mediums, and in this article I am going to run through them, how they came into being, the most famous examples, as well as what my favourites are.

Just about any popular piece of Vampire fiction of the last 100 years or so will usually have at least two or more of the following characters. I’m not knocking them for doing this of course. I’ve used many of these characters in my own Vampire fiction and I’ll do so again. You don’t have to be totally original. As long as you do something new and interesting or even just enjoyable with an old idea. Who cares?

Still the following character types certainly seem to be the most popular with authors of Vampire fiction. Many of these character types may also be blended together as well, but these basic templates always persist.

We will also be looking at characters in some non Vampire, but supernatural series like Charmed. After all though they may not have Vampires as the main villains, they still ultimately follow the same tropes laid down by Vampire stories.

Also most supernatural series tend to feature a kitchen sink of supernatural creatures too. Even if they aren’t the main threat or focus, Vampires, Demons, Zombies, Ghosts, and Witches are bound to appear at some point in your average supernatural themed series these days anyway.

The Good Guys

1/ The Peter Cushing Style Mr Exposition Guy

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Originator: Peter Cushing’s Van Helsing (obviously)

Other Notable Examples: Rupert Giles (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Professor Grost (Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter), Abraham Whistler (Blade franchise) Wesley *Wyndam Pryce (Angel), Bobby (Supernatural), Master Kau (Mr Vampire), Professor Abraham Setrakian (The Strain) 

Peter Cushing’s iconic performance as Van Helsing in 5 Hammer Dracula films, “The Horror of Dracula”, “The Brides of Dracula”, “Dracula AD 1972”, “The Satanic Rites of Dracula”, and “The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires”, helped to lay down the template not just for this type of character, but Vampire hunters in general in popular culture.

Prior to Cushing’s performance as Van Helsing, the Vampire hunter was not really a classic horror movie character. There had certainly been no films that featured a Vampire hunter as a main character. In the classic Universal horror movies, the monsters were always killed by angry villagers, the bland leading man, their own loved ones, or by themselves.

Their deaths were also always presented as tragic moments, with the audience almost always having sympathy for monsters like the Wolfman, the Frankenstein’s Monster and Dracula’s Daughter when they died.

The character of Van Helsing obviously did exist in both Stokers original novel, and the 1931 adaptation of Dracula starring Bela Lugosi, where he was played by Edward Van Sloan.

Still he was very different to the Van Helsing we would later recognise from popular culture. He wasn’t a Vampire hunter per se. He was simply an eccentric scientist who had many interests, with study into the occult being one of them. He lives an otherwise normal life, and certainly has not devoted his existence to hunting the undead. Indeed Dracula is the first Vampire he has ever actually encountered.

Though he does supply our heroes with the knowledge needed to defeat Dracula, and slays the Vampires three brides, he is ultimately not the one who finally kills Dracula in the book (though he does offscreen in the 1931 film.)

Cushing’s Van Helsing meanwhile was re-imagined as being someone who did devote his entire life to destroying Vampires. Cushing’s Van Helsing, travelled from town to town hunting them, believed it was his duty to exterminate the undead from the face of the earth, and was also a much younger character who would fight the monsters in one on one conflicts. Finally he was also presented as Dracula’s ultimate nemesis who fought with him many times, and was the only person who could match the legendary king of the Vampires.

Cushing’s Van Helsing was also the lead character, and played by a far better known actor than the one who played Dracula. (At that point Christopher Lee was virtually an unknown, whilst Peter Cushing was a very well respected television actor.)

This would pave the way for other films and television series in the ensuing decades to focus on the Vampire or monster hunter, rather than always the monster such as Buffy, Blade, Charmed, Evil Dead, Mr Vampire film series etc.

Added to that traits of Cushing’s Van Helsing, specifically the person who travels from town to town, saving people from Vampires, yet is often blamed by the ignorant locals for the killings the Vampires carry out (as he is always there at the scene of the crime.) Can be found in characters like the Winchester brothers from Supernatural, Captain Kronos, Blade and Whistler and even Ash from the Evil Dead franchise.

Cushing’s Van Helsing is really the daddy of all Vampire/monster hunters, but whilst his influence is far and wide reaching, I think its fair to say that he created a very specific type of Vampire hunter that we have seen replicated in certain characters more than others.

Cushing’s Van Helsing was very much a British gentlemanly, stiff upper lip, no nonsense, serious, dedicated character. There wasn’t any room for little quips, or jokes after he slew a monster like there would be with later characters such as Buffy, Blade, the Winchesters and Ash.

He didn’t hunt Vampires because of some vendetta, or because he was the chosen one or anything like that. Van Helsing simply felt it was the right thing to do to free the world of this unquestionable evil, and he never complained about not being able to have a normal life, or wanted to give up being a Vampire killer either.

At the same time however Cushing’s Van Helsing could also appear somewhat cold and ruthless. He is so utterly devoted to destroying Vampires that at times it could seem like he was willing to do anything. In the above clip for instance he is willing to leave Lucy in her nightmarish state as a Vampire for a short while longer to track Dracula. His actions make sense of course, but understandably to those who knew and loved her in life, it seems abhorrent to even suggest leaving her like this. Even when Van Helsing stakes Lucy at Arthur’s request, we still see a slightly colder side to him.

When she screams in agony, her brother Arthur can’t even look, but Van Helsing doesn’t react at all, showing how hardened he has become to the horrors around him.

Cushing’s Van Helsing had a will of absolute iron. Very few things could faze him either emotionally or physically. We can see this in The Brides of Dracula when after having been bitten by Baron Meinster, Van Helsing rams a seering piece of hot metal into his throat to cauterise the wound.

Cushing’s Van Helsing also whilst being able to take care of himself in a fight, lacked the super strength, and cool gadgets of later Vampire hunters like Buffy and Blade. Instead he had to rely on his wits and knowledge of the Vampires weaknesses. Killing Vampires, even the lowliest minion of Dracula was shown to be a dangerous, drawn out process in the Cushing movies. It wasn’t something our hero did in spades to show how badass they were like with later Vampire killers such as Blade or Buffy.

Van Helsing genuinely felt like he was fighting for his life, and he was famous for often being forced to improvise and turn anything he could into a weapon against Vampires, from candle sticks, to the sails of a Windmill, (both of which he used to form a cross), to mirrors that he used to deflect sunlight onto a Vampire, to even a shower (with clear running water being a weakness of Vampires in Hammer movies, which is something I always personally hated as it kind of undermined their menace.)

At the same time however underneath Cushing’s Van Helsing’s level headed, rational, seemingly unbreakable exterior, lurked a great anger and passion. Whilst he isn’t motivated by hatred, sometimes his strong sense of morals cause his disgust towards the monsters he fights to push him over the edge.

Cushing’s Van Helsing was also in the movies Dracula AD and Satanic Rites of Dracula, a very paternal character. In both movies, Dracula seeks to make his grand daughter, Jessica, into a Vampire to punish the entire Van Helsing family.  The later Van Helsing movies with Cushing, which were made when he was older also show him take on the role of a mentor, even father figure to the young action heroes such as in The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires.

Cushing’s Van Helsing, much like his literary counterpart is obviously the worlds greatest expert on Vampires, Demons and the supernatural in general. He has an entire library on the paranormal, and would often have to explain how to kill Vampires both to the other characters and through them, the audience too.

Finally Cushing’s Van Helsing, whilst viewing Dracula and the other monsters he faces as repugnant, nevertheless is somewhat fascinated by them. Studying and fighting Vampires is a moral crusade he feels he must do for the good of humanity, yet its also bizarrely a hobby for Van Helsing too.

You can see all of these traits replicated beat for beat in many leading and supporting Vampire hunter characters.

Master Kau played by the late Lam Ching Ying, the main protagonist in the classic Chinese Mr Vampire film series followed Cushing’s template perfectly.

Kau was a taoist priest who fought Vampires, Ghosts, Demons and other monsters. He used a variety of spells and enchantments to not only slay monsters, but tame them. He even kept some tame Vampires as pets. In the movie Vampire vs Vampire, his adopted son is a friendly Vampire child called “Wee Okay Boy”.

Obviously Mr Vampire was a brilliant character and Lam Ching Ying brought an incredible physicality to the role. Still you can see how he was essentially a Hong Kong version of Van Helsing.

Kau much like Cushing is an ultra serious, no nonsense Vampire killer. He hunts Vampires, Ghosts, and Demons much like Van Helsing because he thinks it is the right thing to do. Kau even has compassion for the monsters he hunts. He doesn’t see them as monsters, more souls that are not given a chance to properly rest.

At the same time however just like Cushing’s Van Helsing, Master Kau can come across as a ruthless, callous individual at times because he is so dedicated.

In the movie Spooky Encounters, Master Kau tries to exorcise a young Ghost lady who is not doing anyone any harm. In fact she still looks after her ill mother who is unaware that her daughter has died.

Kau however not only tries to banish her, but also reveals that she has died to her mother which breaks the mothers heart. Kau’s own assistants even attack him for his ruthless actions, but we later discover that he was actually protecting both the mother and her daughter. In the Mr Vampire universe, Ghosts regardless of whether they are evil or good will draw the life out of whatever human they spend too much time with.

Ironically this was why the Ghosts mother was ill in the first place, with the daughter being unaware that she was actually killing her own mother.

Whilst much like Van Helsing using Lucy to find Dracula, Kau may have seemed callous to the family of the loved one who had been cursed, he was ultimately helping them.

Just like Cushing’s Van Helsing there are times when Kau can blow his top despite his iron will and serious demeanour, though usually its in more comical ways, directed towards his bumbling assistants.

Master Kau is also someone who despite being a devastating fighter, is not able to kill Vampires in a straight fight, and often has to use his wits and resources to bring them down.

Finally Master Kau much like Cushing’s Van Helsing is not only portrayed as the greatest expert on Vampires (and thus has to provide exposition on the monsters.) But he also is a much older character and serves as a mentor, even father figure to the younger monster hunters around him, such as Sammo Hung’s character, “the fat man” who appeared in various Hong Kong horror movies.

Whilst they may not have become mainstream hits in the west, the Mr Vampire movies still nevertheless have a huge global following, and among genre fans around the world, Lam Ching Ying is usually regarded as one of the greatest on screen Vampire hunters of all time.

Rupert Giles is obviously another iconic Vampire hunter that follows the Cushing template to a T. (Joss Whedon even based Giles somewhat on Cushing’s performance as Van Helsing, and indeed the Watches Council who originated from Britain were essentially an organisation of Peter Cushings.)

Giles much like Cushing’s Van Helsing is a British gentlemanly expert on Vampires, who has countless books on the subject and who often has to give exposition to Buffy, her friends and the audience on Vampires, Demons and other monsters.

Giles just like Van Helsing is also somewhat fascinated by the supernatural creatures he faces. He even smiles with delight when finding out that there is a Werewolf loose in Sunnydale, commenting that he’s pleased to get a chance to read up on one of the classic monsters, with Buffy commenting “he needs to get a pet”.

Giles hunts Vampires and Demons because he believes it must be done to protect humanity just like Van Helsing too rather than because of a vendetta, or because its his calling. He also has to often convince Buffy to fight them in the earlier episodes and even just take her calling seriously.

Giles like Cushing’s Van Helsing is also much older, ultra serious, no nonsense character, who generally keeps a level head in tense situations.

However once again like Cushing’s Van Helsing, when his loved ones are threatened, he can completely lose it as seen when Angelus murders his lover Jenny Calendar and Giles responds by burning his house down, and beating the Vampire to a bloody pulp with a flaming baseball bat!

Giles like Peter Cushing’s Van Helsing is more than capable of fighting and killing Vampires, but again he obviously can’t take on hordes of them at once, so he tends to have to rely on his wits and skill more when fighting one.

Giles can also like Van Helsing and Master Kau can appear quite ruthless and callous at times. Indeed all Watchers in the Buffyverse are. A Watcher’s job is to basically go to a 16 year old (sometimes even younger) girl, take her away from her family and tell her that she needs to spend the rest of her, (consequently very short), life fighting Vampires and Demons.

There are many examples of Giles clashing with Buffy and other characters over his more callous methods, such as most memorably in the classic 5th season finale, The Gift. Here Giles is actually willing to murder Buffy’s 14 year old sister, Dawn Summers to save the world. Again his logic is sound just like Van Helsing’s with Lucy’s or Kau’s with the Ghost Lady, but its still pretty shocking to see Giles, argue in favour of murdering someone who is essentially like a daughter to him. “Yes we bloody well are!

Dawn isn’t the only member of the team Giles is shown to be willing to sacrifice however. In season 7 he actually attempts to kill Spike, along with Robin Wood, when Spike becomes a liability to the team thanks to the Firsts ability to control Spike.

Then of course there is Giles ruthless murder of Ben, the human host of the evil Goddess Glory, (the most dangerous, and powerful adversary of Buffy at that point.)

Finally Giles much like Cushing’s Van Helsing is also a fatherly figure and mentor to those around him, such as Willow, Faith, Anya, Dawn and of course Buffy Summers herself.

Wesley who began on Buffy and later crossed over onto Angel also followed this template. Not quite to the same extent of course. Wesley was a younger, more naive character than either Cushing, Kau or Giles, and when he did toughen up in the later series he became a much harder, more violent, even unstable character.

Still Wesley like Cushing, Giles and Mr Vampire is an expert on the occult. Like them he regards Vampires, Demons and the supernatural as evil monsters that have to be destroyed, but he is also fascinated by them, with study into these creatures being his greatest passion. In contrast to Buffy who wants to always quit being a slayer, in both instances when Wesley gets fired by Angel, he honestly doesn’t know what else he can do with his life.

Wesley is also obviously very much the stiff upper lip, ultra serious Vampire killer. Though there is some humour with the character, its more unintentional on his part, like when he dances and he has no idea how stupid he looks.

Wesley still takes hunting monsters 100 percent seriously and never makes jokes or anything like Buffy.

Wesley is also shown to be very ruthless and callous just like Giles in both Buffy and Angel. He is happy to leave Willow in the care of the Mayor and Faith (who will surely torture and kill her) to stop the Mayors plan. He also memorably steals Angel’s child to avert a prophecy that Angel will murder his own son, and doesn’t hesitate to strike the Demon Illyria in the head with an axe whilst it has taken control of the woman he loves, Fred (for all the good it does).

Abraham Whistler meanwhile also fulfils a similar role to Blade. In the classic 90s Spider-Man series where the character was introduced and voiced by actor Malcolm McDowell, he was very much a prim and proper older British character like Cushing and Giles. He was also a scholarly expert on Vampires who supplied Blade with knowledge on how to fight Vampires and weapons. He was also both a mentor and father figure to Blade.

In the 90s/00s Blade movie series, the character of Whistler was played by American actor and was re-imagined to be a lot more rough around the edges. His cause for hunting Vampires is also a lot more personal in the film series as well. Still he nevertheless serves as the older, father figure to Blade and the expert on the occult too.

Finally the character of Bobby from Supernatural also fits this template too as again he is the older, father figure to the Winchesters, the expert on the Supernatural, the character who can’t slay Demons as easily as the young heroes, but is still as tough as an old pair of boots and wiley.

The Peter Cushing character is probably the most prolific Vampire hunter character in all of fiction. Most Vampire hunting teams from the Scooby Gang, to Angel Investigations, to the Nightstalkers will have a Peter Cushing type, stuffy old English guy, with countless books on Vampires, who knows everything about them, and serves as the father figure to the group as a whole, and who keeps them in line.

The reason for this is because the Peter Cushing character, unlike a lot of other Vampire hunters who tend to always take centre stage, can be both a leading character and a pivotal supporting character.

There are many advantages to having him as the lead over other Vampire hunters. The Vampires are at their most terrifying when he is the leading character, as again he genuinely struggles against them, unlike the later superhero Vampire hunters such as Blade and Buffy who can undermine their menace when they curb stomp 20 of them without breaking a sweat.

Of course I love these brilliant fight scenes as much as anybody else, but you can see what I mean. Vampires in these instances do kind of become less threatening as we always see them get mowed down in droves. And its by someone who is making jokes about how easy it is to kill them!

With the Cushing character as the lead however you get the impression that taking even one Vampire on requires the utmost preparation, training and knowledge, and even then its still a dangerous experience.

Still in the stories about more modern superhero Vampire hunters like Buffy and Blade, the Cushing character is not obsolete. In fact he is probably the most essential after the main hero themselves, as its through him that the writer can explain what is going on, and develop their own supernatural lore and mythology.

Personally I’d say this is my favourite type of Vampire hunter. I’ve always loved the more old fashioned, fatherly, somewhat eccentric professorial type of hero, who relies more on his wits like The Doctor, and Sherlock Holmes (its no surprise that Peter Cushing played both of these characters too.)

I think it would be interesting to see some more female counterparts of this type of character. I’m not saying that I care about representation or anything self indulgent like that, but since these characters are always men then it might be quite interesting to see a woman play a similar type of character of the old wise mentor, who has to survive on her wits rather than physical strength, and is actually interested in studying the occult.

Of course again rather than just lazily turning an existing male character into a woman, it would be interesting to see someone come up with a new female character like this.

We have seen at least one female version of the Peter Cushing style monster hunter already. The main heroine in Roald Dahl’s version of The Witches. Simply referred to as the Grandmother in the novel, and Helga in the film, she is really a female Peter Cushing almost beat for beat.

She is an expert on Witches, Ghouls, Demons and various other supernatural creatures. Like Cushing’s Van Helsing, she finds them evil and loathsome, but at the same time, has a weird fascination with paranormal creatures. You can sees this when she tells her grandson about the Witches. She clearly LOVES to talk about them.

She also obviously fulfils a parental role to the main character of the novel, (who is named Luke in the film adaptation.) Not only is she his grandmother, but she also raises him too after the tragic death of his parents.

The Grandmother also has a very similar dynamic with the Grand High Witch that Peter Cushing’s Van Helsing had to Christopher Lee’s Dracula in the modern day Hammer horror films.

Both are sworn archenemies who have faced one another many times in the past. One is the old wise Monster hunter, the other the dark, alluring, but utterly loathsome leader of a group of famous monsters, Vampires and Witches.

In both cases the leader of the monsters even targets the grandchild of their archfoe, (Jessica Van Helsing, and Luke respectively.) The monster in both cases foolishly thinks that because their archenemy has now aged and seemingly become frail, that they can’t possibly threaten them, which ultimately allows their old foe to outwit and destroy them once and for all.

Both letting us know what goes bump in the night. 

Both dropping the ball and letting their archenemy get near their grand child.

Both destroying their archenemy in a very undignified and unpleasant way. 

In the film adaptation, the Grandmother was played by the late Mai Zetterling, whilst the Grand High Witch was played by Anjelica Huston.

Both were brilliant in the roles, and to be honest I think Anjelica Huston as the Witch scared me when I was younger more than any Vampire. I mean I love Vampires the most, but all a Vampire can do is just kill or torture you. Being trapped in a painting for 60 years like Erica however is much worse!

Imagine being trapped in one little farmhouse, with nothing to do, no one for company, and worse, being forced to watch the world go by, knowing that all the years of your life were being wasted, watching your family grieve for you. I’d take getting strangled to death by Christopher Lee over that any day.

Sadly however whilst The Witches is rightfully regarded as a cult classic, the Grandmother character hasn’t really entered into popular culture like Van Helsing or Rupert Giles, so this character still tends to always be a guy in most works.

The Outcast, Freak, Good Guy Vampire/Supernatural Superhero

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Originator: Vampirella

Other Notable Examples: Blade (Marvel), Lilith (Marvel), Angel (Buffy and Angel), Spike (Buffy and Angel), Cole (Charmed), Castiel, (Supernatural), Hellboy (Hellboy), Spawn (Spawn), Crowley (Supernatural), D (Vampire Hunter D)

This character in many ways took over from Cushing’s Van Helsing as the new main male hero in Vampire fiction.

This character is usually a Vampire, but he may be some other type of supernatural creature (a Demon is usually the most popular after a Vampire.)

This character is a member of a race that is normally completely evil, but for some reason, he will be a good guy. He will also as a result have devoted himself to fighting other evil members of his kind and ultimately wiping them out. His Vampire or Demon powers will obviously make him a great asset, if not the greatest asset to any team of Vampire hunters he is a part of.

Sometimes this guy will be good just through his own force of will, but usually its because there is something special about him. He may be half human, (Angel who has a human soul, Blade who has a human mother, Cole whose father was human, or Castiel in season 5 when his powers are stripped.) He may have been raised by humans (Hellboy) or he may have been experimented or cursed on and be forced to reluctantly fight the good fight (Crowley, Lilith, Spike, and to some extent Angel too, who only became good after the Gypsies cursed him.)

Point is these creatures are viewed as freaks by the rest of their kind regardless if they are good or not which is partially why they are on our side. Your regular Demon, Vampire, even Angel will refer to this character as a traitor, freak, or mock their humanity.

We can see this the way that Darla tries to kill Angel when he has a soul, the way that other Vampires call Blade “the Daywalker” with disgust, and perhaps most notably in the brilliant Vampire Hunter D series of novels, where the main protagonist D, is a Vampire/human hybrid that both Vampires and humans regard as a filthy mongrel.

Of course ironically when this character embraces his evil side, he will actually be among the most evil of his kind (Angelus the most flamboyantly sadistic Vampire, Cole who was one of the Charmed ones most dangerous enemies and killed hundreds of Witches, Crowley who was one of the Winchesters most evil and dangerous adversaries.)

This character may have even started out as the most dangerous enemy of the heroes (Spike, Crowley, Cole) and they may also flip flop between being good and evil. This usually won’t be their fault. They will often be taken over, or lose their humanity in some magical way. For whatever reason they will be the most unpredictable member of a monster hunting team, and will usually be disliked, or at least not trusted by most of the other members.

Look at Angel famously going bad in season 2 of Buffy, all the times Castiel has fucked up badly for the Winchesters, Spike going evil in season 7 of Buffy thanks to the First, and the many, many, many times that Cole flipped from good to bad.

There will usually be one member of the team who is loyal to this monster above all else, even when it would probably be better for them to just get rid of him, they’ll still protect him. Examples of this obviously include Buffy with Spike and Angel, Phoebe with Cole and even in a non romantic way, Dean with Castiel.

Of course the person who defends this benevolent monster will also later after one too many betrayals come to hate their former friend/lover more than anyone else, and may even try and kill them.

This character also has a habit of dying (after being killed by members of the team) and coming back again and again too.

In many ways its not hard to see why this character ended up becoming the most popular leading male character in modern Vampire fiction.

I personally prefer the Cushing/Van Helsing Vampire killer (though I do love this type too of course.) Still this character was a lot younger, more romantic, and could also take Vampire movies into more of an action oriented direction, allowing them to properly compete with big blockbusters and franchises.

These characters could jump through the air, beat up dozens of Vampires at once and withstand getting shot by hordes of bullets, and thrown off of buildings!

Whilst this character is almost always male, its worth noting that the first ever version of this type of character was actually a woman.

Vampirella, created in the 1960s, was really the first Vampire superhero. We had seen good guy Vampires before of course, but none of them had been comic book characters who used their Vampire powers to fight other Vampires, and other supernatural creatures such as Demons.

Still whilst Vampirella initiated the idea, it was definitely Blade that set the template that these characters were to follow.

Originally introduced as a supporting character in Marvels Tomb of Dracula series. Blade was initially not a Vampire/human hybrid.

In the comics his mother, whilst pregnant with him had been bitten by the Vampire Deacon Frost. She died just after giving birth to him and Blade as a result would gain some Vampiric powers. He aged much slower than a human, and he was also immune to a Vampires bite too.

It was in the classic 1990’s Spider-Man The Animated Series however that Blade was re-interpreted as a half human/ half Vampire superhero. In this series his origins were altered. Now his mother had fallen in love with a Vampire and bore him a child that she later abandoned.

This child had the superhuman strength, speed and healing of a Vampire, but none of their weaknesses. Sadly he also inherited their inhuman thirst for blood, which he has to suppress every day. Blade (real name Eric Brooks) was later found by a man named Abraham Whistler who trained him to fight other members of his kind, as well as other supernatural threats.

Elements of both the animated and comic book origin were later fused together for the Blade trilogy starring Wesley Snipes, with its version of Blade’s mother being bitten and killed by Frost like the comic book version, but Blade also becoming a full Vampire/human hybrid as a result like his animated counterpart.

With Blade you can see so many traits of later characters like Angel. He is a miserable, brooding loner, who is scared of getting close to people, his attempts to control his thirst are treated very much as a metaphor for a recovering alcoholic, and even in terms of his look, Blade dresses in long, black, leather and trench coats too, which is usually the look for these types of characters like Spike, Angel and Cole.

Blade had a huge influence on Angel in particular. There are some strong similarities in their story arcs.

Both Angel and Blade are special, human Vampires who can feel guilt and sorrow for their actions, and both end up living in the gutter, until they are found by a man, who in both cases is named Whistler, who takes them off the streets and teaches them to control their thirst and use their powers for good.

Joss Whedon was/is a massive fan of Blade and Tomb of Dracula and has mentioned it as an influence on the tone and style of Buffy.

Of course Angel would also add a lot to this character too. He would add more of a romantic aspect to this character, which wasn’t really there with Blade.

There have been a few other female examples of this type of character aside from Vampirella. Lilith, Dracula’s anti hero daughter in Tomb of Dracula, who predated Blade was another example. In fact Lilith in some ways actually has more in common with the Blade of both Spider-Man the animated series and the later films than the comic book version did.

She like him is a half human, half Vampire that shares all of their powers, and none of their weaknesses. She also shares their thirst which she struggles to control, and she regularly feuds with her parent who is a Vampire (Dracula in her case, Mirum in Blade’s.)

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Lilith, the original Daywalker.

Ruby played by Lucy Lawless (Xena the Warrior Princess) from Ash Vs Evil Dead also loosely fits this template.

Still overall this character is usually male, perhaps because it tends to be more popular among female viewers ironically when it is male.

It makes sense in a way. As this character will also often be in love with, or utterly devoted to someone to the point where it takes over their entire character like Cole and Spike, a lot of young female viewers would probably find it demeaning to see a woman chase a guy all the time, and even get punched in the face by him, yet still come back for more.

When its a guy however, then that coupled with the fact that he is a badass monster killer, ( and not completely just some creepy guy who is obsessed with her.) And is willing to die for her, get tortured for her, fight off being a monster for her, can lead to this character becoming something of a romantic fantasy for young girls.

I’m not knocking the fan girls for this of course. Everybody has pin ups, its completely natural, and hey the need for this type of pin up has led to some great stories, like the whole Buffy and Angel story arc (which is my favourite story arc from Buffy.)

Still I think this could explain why this character is overwhelmingly male. It was really once the romantic aspect was added to this character from Angel on, that his fate as, as well a he, was solidified.

3/ The Reluctant Vulnerable Strong Female Hero

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Originator: Rachel Van Helsing

Other Notable Examples: Buffy Summers, (Buffy) Charmed Ones, (Charmed) Cordelia Chase (Buffy and Angel), Mandy (Mandy the Monster Hunter), Annie (Being Human)

This character is in many respects the polar opposite to the Cushing/Giles type of Vampire Killer.

This character to start with is obviously a woman. She is also much younger, more vulnerable and also above all else does not want to be a Vampire killer.

She just wants to have a normal life, and will still try to have one, even whilst fighting Vampires. In contrast to Van Helsing who devotes his every waking minute to reading about Vampires, this Vampire killer will be desperate to still go to college, have a relationship with someone who is not aware of the supernatural, have a family, and have a career outside of monster busting.

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At the same time however, whilst she might be more reluctant to fight the paranormal, she will also be the greatest Vampire fighter of them all. She’ll kill scores and scores of them without breaking a sweat, and strike fear into their hearts like no one else.

We can see these traits replicated in Buffy, the Charmed Ones and Cordelia Chase (who develops into this type of character on Angel) and Mandy the Monster Hunter. Incidentally whilst this character is obviously almost always female, we do see a few male counterparts too. Sam Winchester from Supernatural, in the earlier episodes at least tended to fall into this category.

Buffy was obviously the character who propelled this type of Vampire hunter into popular culture, but it is worth noting that she was not the first character like this. Rachel Van Helsing who appeared in Tomb of Dracula in the 1970s was kind of a proto Buffy in some ways.

Rachel was obviously the descendent of the legendary Vampire hunter, Abraham Van Helsing. The Van Helsing family in Tomb of Dracula were Vampire hunters even before Abraham, with Rachel merely being the latest in a long line.

Like Buffy however at first she doesn’t want to follow in her predecessors footsteps, but she soon ends up becoming Dracula’s new archenemy. Like Buffy she also has a Peter Cushing style, stuffy old English mentor who becomes like a father figure to her (Quincy Harker) and later a boyfriend (Drake) who feels inadequate compared to her as a Vampire hunter like Buffy’s boyfriend Riley.

Rachel much like Van Helsing was also created to try and reverse the image of the little blonde girl in horror movies who would always be lured away and torn to bits by the monster. This would be a common trait among other similar characters that would follow in Buffy’s wake too. They’d often take what had been seen as a weak, demeaning role for women and make it strong, such as Cordelia who was the stereotypical valley girl even after she matured.

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From Rachel Van Helsing, to Buffy Summers, to Mandy, to Phoebe Halliwell, the stereotypical image of young blonde women in Vampire and horror stories has certainly improved quite a bit in the last few decades.

Obviously of the two, Buffy was the better character, and again I’m not knocking Joss Whedon for possibly taking influence from Rachel Van Helsing. Everyone takes inspiration from something else and at the end of the day, for me Buffy and Angel are the greatest supernatural themed television series ever made.

Still its quite interesting that a lot of the things that Buffy became an icon for, Rachel Van Helsing did about 20 years earlier.

Whilst there are undoubtedly many reasons why Rachel is still relatively obscure and Buffy is beloved, I think that ultimately it can be boiled down to the fact that Buffy was her own character whilst Rachel was kind of trapped in the shadow of her more famous relative.

This Buffy/Rachel type of hero has really become the third main Vampire hunter character alongside the Cushing style exposition guy, and the freak hybrid Vampire hunter. Whilst Buffy is easily as well known as Van Helsing (and far better known than Blade or Angel or any other similar character.) Ultimately as this type of character was more recently introduced than the others, then we haven’t seen quite as many imitators yet.

There are some areas where the Buffy/Rachel type of character is superior to other Vampire hunters and others where she is weaker, depending on your tastes.

The Buffy type of hero will tend to drag supernatural stories into soap opera territory. Obviously a part of her character is that we focus on how she juggles her everyday life with being a monster hunter. We’ll see her struggle at college, at school, at her job, going on dates, or even just spend a lot of focus on her relationships with the people around her like her friends, her family etc.

Many fans and critics have said that they prefer this take on not just a Vampire hunter, but a superhero in general, as it helps to flesh these larger than life characters out more, make them seem more human, or even relatable.

Spider-Man similarly made a huge impression on young male readers for being a more vulnerable, down to earth, relatable hero back in the 1960s. In many ways Buffy is kind of like a female Spider-Man.

On the flip side however some people have criticised the likes of Buffy and the Charmed ones for being too whiny.

Whilst I agree at times we did see Buffy complain a bit too much about her calling, in some respects I think this actually made her seem more heroic than other Vampire killers.

The thing you have to remember about the Peter Cushing/Giles type of character is that they actually in some ways like the life they are living. Yes okay no one wants to see their loved ones hunted by Vampires, but as we have been over for a character like Van Helsing, Giles or even Helga from the Witches, they are actually interested in the supernatural. Their free time is spent reading books on paranormal creatures, they can’t wait to give a big bit of exposition about Vampires or Witches.

With the good guy Vampire character like Blade meanwhile, we similarly have someone who chooses to live that kind of life. Okay he doesn’t really have a choice, but still he doesn’t want to, or even know how to just settle down. He wants to go out there and kill monsters almost every second of every day.

With the Buffy/Rachel type of hero however, we have someone who could give it up if they wanted to, who never asked to be part of a war against the forces of evil, and who is basically having to give up all of her aspirations, hopes for a normal life, maybe even her loved ones simply because other people have decided her fate for her.

Its understandable that in contrast to a guy like Van Helsing, Buffy would be a little bit more bitter, and even just terrified. Still the fact that she always without fail, overcomes her fear, if anything makes her more heroic, and yes more human too.

I think the reason that Buffy/Rachel type of character, the Blade/Angel type of character, and the Cushing/Giles type of character have become kind of the big three for Vampire killer characters, aside from the fact that they have starred in the most popular Vampire franchises, is also because they all go really well together.

The Buffy/Rachel type of character being younger, more unsure of herself, obviously needs a paternal figure, and someone to tell her all about monsters, which obviously the Cushing/Giles character can do.

At the same time the Cushing/Giles type of character who is often older, even quite frail needs someone young and strong fight the strongest monsters and creatures out there, so the Buffy/Rachel character is just as useful to him.

Finally the Buffy/Rachel character and the Blade/Angel type of character are obviously a fantastic pair to put together. It can get complicated when you have a Vampire in love with a human, but having a Vampire be in love with the greatest Vampire killer of them all just makes it all the more uncomfortable for both characters, and consequently a more exciting dynamic for the viewers.

These three characters despite being polar opposites in some cases, are such a brilliant fit for one another that its no surprise that they are almost always put together.

The Buffy/Rachel type of character is unquestionably the most popular Vampire hunter of them all to more modern fans and viewers at least.

Young girls obviously love her, because she is not only an empowering role for women, but she is presented as being strong because she is feminine too.

Young boys meanwhile like her because of, well obvious reasons. She’s beautiful, strong, intelligent, down to earth, and brave.

Again the fact that she is more recent than other types of Vampire killers is why we haven’t seen quite as many imitators, but give it time.

The Buffy/Rachel character manages to bring Vampires and Demons into everyday surroundings like no other before her and so in that respect I think she will always be one of the most popular.

4/ The Vengeful Crusader

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Originator: Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter

Other Notable Examples: Blade (Blade), The Winchester Brothers (Supernatural), Jack Crow (Vampires), Tom McNair (Being Human), Kelly (Ash vs Evil Dead) Charles Gunn (Angel), Robin Wood (Buffy)

This character is probably the most prolific after the Cushing/Giles character.

This character hunts Vampires and Demons because they killed somebody close to him in the past, usually a family member.

This character will have devoted the rest of their life to exterminating every single Vampire or Demon they find. They will often kill them in far more brutal ways too. In complete contrast to Cushing and Lam Ching Ying respectfully performing the last rites over a slain Vampire, these guys will blow bits of them off while they are alive, stab them hundreds of times, and burn them in holy water.

They will usually have the most impressive arsenal of Vampire and Demon hunting weaponry. Guns that fire stakes, bombs that filter out UV light, even water pistols filled with holy water!

The Vampire or Demon that killed their loved one will often be their archenemy who they spend years chasing. It will also often not just be any old Vampire or Demon that killed their loved one, but a legendary, feared monster, maybe even the leader of their race. It makes sense really as if this character is supposed to be the ultimate Vampire/Demon killer, then the Vampire/Demon that manages to avoid them would have to be pretty special too.

Also there is quite a nice irony that perhaps the leader of the Vampires/Demons who thought he would lead his race to glory, ended up creating their kinds worst nightmare without even realising it.

This character will also perhaps be a bit more ruthless in terms of dealing with human allies of Vampires and Demons. He will kill and even torture ordinary humans who choose to side with Vampires and Demons just as often. Sometimes the writer will use these scenes to show how unstable they have become in their hatred for the undead.

This character was really created by the classic and underrated Hammer Horror film, Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter.

Captain Kronos was essentially like the Winchester Brothers of the 70s. He was dashing, handsome, swashbuckler who travelled from town to town, hunting and killing Vampires alongside his Cushing exposition style, father/mentor figure Professor Grost.

Kronos was motivated by the death of his mother and sister at the hands of Vampires. Both were actually turned into Vampires, though we never see the Vampire that turned them.

He had special anti Vampire weapons, and he often killed them in more explicitly gory ways that reflected his anger towards the undead.

Other characters who would follow this template include Jack Crow, the main hero of John Carpenters overlooked cult classic Vampires.

Crow, played by James Woods, became a Vampire hunter when his own father was turned into a Vampire and killed his mother.

Jack now leads a team of Vampire slayers who kill the undead, first by unloading tons and tons of bullets into them until they can’t move before dragging them helplessly into the sunlight. He also collects their charred skulls as trophies!

Jack is even more vicious than Kronos. In one character defining moment, he goes as far as to torture a priest who with holds information about the leader of the Vampires from him. He beats the Priest, cuts him and tells him how as he had no trouble killing his own father who had become a Vampire, then he would have no problem killing him. The priest gives in almost instantly as he knows Jack isn’t lying!

In some ways Jack was actually my favourite example of this type of character. Others like Kronos, and the later Winchester brothers were still a bit too polished for what is supposed to be a dangerous, fanatical character.

Jack Crow however did seem in some ways as unpleasant as the monsters he was facing. You got the impression that fighting Vampires had crushed almost every bit of compassion out of him. All that’s left is just raw anger and hatred and that’s the only reason he fights Vampires. Its not even because he cares about helping people anymore.

Blade also followed this template to a degree too. Again Blade also obviously not only followed, but helped to set the good guy Vampire character template in popular culture. Still as I said in the introduction, many of these characters can be merged together, and with Blade he obviously followed the Kronos template as well as his own too.

Blade’s mother had been killed by a Vampire, and so he hunted them because he hated them (as well as because it was the right thing to do.) His mother had also been bitten by Frost, the leader of the Vampires too.

As you can see Blade also tended to kill Vampires in a slightly messier, albeit more creative way than the likes of Buffy and Peter Cushing and showed no mercy to their human allies.

Other more minor examples of this character include Robin Wood and Charles Gunn in the Buffy and Angel franchise.

The Winchester brothers from Supernatural meanwhile are probably the definitive take on this type of Vampire killer for most people.

Supernatural is after all the longest running paranormal themed series of all time (stealing that distinction from Charmed.) Like all long running cult series, its quality has gone up and down at various points, but overall I would definitely rate it as a classic series, and Sam and Dean Winchester are both brilliant characters. Jensen Ackles and Jared Padelicki’s chemistry is truly unique and the show overall has also offered some brilliant new takes on old classic monsters like Vampires and Demons.

Still Sam and Dean follow the Kronos template almost beat for beat. Both hunt Demons because their mother (and fiance in Sam’s case) were killed by a Demon (much like with Blade and Frost, it was the king of the Demons, Azazeal that killed their mother.) Both travel the road trying to find this monster, whilst hunting other Demons. Both have a Cushing style, exposition guy (Bobby) to help them, both have special anti Demon weapons. Much like Kronos they are presented as a more romantic interpretation of this type of character, as opposed to Jack Crow.

Whilst this character is usually a male, there are some female examples. A recent female example is Kelly from Ash Vs Evil Dead. Kelly’s mother and father were both killed by, and turned into Deadites and so much like Kronos and the Winchesters not only is she motivated by hatred, but she tends to kill her the Deadites in a lot more explicit ways (which is really saying something considering the Deadites are ALWAYS killed in gruesome over the top ways.) Kelly is also hinted to be a bit unstable too.

Dean Winchester and Kelly would make a brilliant couple. They are probably the most well matched pair of Vampire/Demon hunters along with Cushing’s Van Helsing and Helga from The Witches.

This character is quite a good compromise of the main three types of Vampire killer, which is probably why it is so popular among both writers and audiences.

Like Cushing’s character, these Vampire hunters are often ordinary humans and so they can’t just curb stomp Vampires and Demons like Buffy and Blade. The monsters still retain their menace, but at the same time, as these characters are often younger, and are equipped with special Vampire killing weapons, then they can be involved in more action packed sequences than the Cushing Van Helsing character can.

Also as he is younger, then he can be a much more conventional, romantic character too as seen with the Winchesters and Kronos, so you can retain the pin up and romantic elements of characters like Angel and Buffy too.

5/ The Slacker, Every Man, Bumbling Hero

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Originator: Ash Williams

Other Notable Examples: Xander Harris (Buffy), Doyle (Angel), Fatman (Close Encounters of the Spooky Kind), Shaun (Shaun of the Dead)

This character is usually male. He’s not exclusive to Vampire stories, but since he does tend to pop up in a lot of Vampire/Demon stories then I felt he should be included here.

This character is obviously not the worlds greatest expert on the occult like Peter Cushing, he’s not the chosen, greatest hero of all time like Buffy, and he’s not a badass, super strong Vampire. He’s just an ordinary guy. He’s not even particularly fit or strong, and doesn’t seem to be that bright. In fact on paper he seems to be quite down on his luck, is maybe is a bit of a nerd, if he has a job, then its a low paying one, and even among his friends, he is generally seen as a bit of a moron.

He will also have an eye for the ladies, but unlike with Dean Winchester and Spike, they usually won’t like him.

Of course when the chips are down he will end up being brave, resourceful and a hero, though he may fuck up a few times along the way and even make things worse before he makes it better.

This character was really brought into the horror genre with Ash Williams, the main protagonist of the classic Evil Dead franchise, played by Bruce Campbell.

Ash was just an ordinary guy who had been thrust into a horrible situation, when all of his friends (and even his sister and girlfriend) are possessed by the spirits of Kandarian Demons.

He stumbled his way through the situation, fucked up lots of times, and even lost his hand (which he later replaced with a chainsaw.) Still throughout it all he did always try and do the right thing, and gradually over the course of the three movies and later tv series he did become a more competent hero, thought he never becomes a full blown conventional hero. He doesn’t always save the day, still tends to bumble his way through things, and also has a more childish, jokey attitude towards the paranormal than other characters like Dean Winchester or Van Helsing.

The massive influence of the Evil Dead series on popular culture would see similar characters like Ash emerge in heroic roles, such as Xander from Buffy, and Shaun from Shaun of the Dead.

All of these character thought distinct, do still kind of follow the Ash template of not being trained monster hunters, being more jokey in the face of danger, screwing things up and making them worse, being seen as an idiot by people around him, but still being brave and occasionally saving the day through his hidden intelligence.

Whilst Ash was really the template for this type of character in western horror movies, he was predated by Sammo Hung’s character, simply referred to as the Fatman who appeared in various Chinese horror movies, Close Encounters of the Spooky Kind, Spooky Encounters, and The Dead and the Deadly.

This character was a well meaning, but slow witted normal man, who again had to stumble his way through his battles with monsters, Demons and Vampires.

In Spooky Encounters, the Fatman would develop a father son relationship with Master Kau from the Mr Vampire series. The bumbling, every man hero often goes well with the Cushing style Vampire hunter. The Cushing character can serve as a stern father figure to him, give him a chewing out when he fucks up, and generally keep him in line, though at other times, the more down to earth, normal character can put the stuffy, pompous, Cushing style hero in his place too. We see this dynamic with Giles and Xander in Buffy too.

Whenever this character is the lead then the story has to be a bit more comedic. Close Encounters of the Spooky Kind, The Evil Dead, and Shaun of the Dead are all horror comedies, and Xander also tended to bring the comic relief to many episodes of Buffy.

6/ The Magic Junkie

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Originator:  Father Shandor

Other Notable Examples: Willow Rosenberg (Buffy), Sam Winchester (Supernatural)

Though not as common as other examples, this character has appeared in a few prominent pieces of Vampire fiction.

Essentially this is someone who tries to fight fire with fire. They’ve seen how their friends struggle against the forces of darkness and come to believe that ordinary people will never be able to take down Vampires, Demons and Monsters, so they will turn to the black arts to fight them.

Their friends will warn them about this. Maybe even fall out with them, or shun them, or abandon them over it, but they will still think they are doing the right thing.

Father Shandor, who first appeared in the Hammer movie, Dracula Prince of Darkness was really the first example of a character like this.

In the movie he was played by Andrew Keir, and was a bad tempered, shotgun wielding monk who had little time for the idiots around him. Despite his rough manner however, he was still nevertheless a brave and heroic individual who eventually slays the newly resurrected king of the Vampires, Count Dracula.

The character proved popular enough that he would be given his own spin off comic book series, Father Shandor Demon Stalker.  In this series Shandor travels to a Demon dimension in order to rescue his friend who has become trapped there after a spell went wrong.

Shandor is despised by all of the other priests in his monastry for using the black arts, even though he only does so to fight Demons and Vampires. Though Shandor is successful in rescuing his friend from the hell dimension. In the process he is cursed by a Demon and when he returns to our universe, he finds that he cannot touch anything without killing it.

Banished from the Monastry and human society, Shandor goes on to travel the world using his new Demon powers to continue to fight the forces of darkness.

Whilst Shandor was a very original character at the time, sadly he is a relatively obscure character today. It would really be Willow Rosenberg that would propel this character into being one of the classic stock paranormal hunters.

Willow, played by Alyson Hannigan, was Buffy’s best friend. Though initially being nothing more than a computer whizz, Willow over the course of the shows 7 seasons, slowly became an incredibly powerful Witch.

Much like Father Shandor, Willow initially believed that she had to use her magic to battle the forces of evil, and she was a valuable ally in this respect. Her magics are what bring down the main villain of season 4, Adam.

However eventually the magics consume her, she becomes reckless, arrogant, abuses her powers, and at one point even brainwashes her girlfriend, Tara (and attempts to do the same to Buffy.) Though she does try to control her addiction to magic, eventually after the death of Tara she goes insane and becomes Dark Willow, who nearly destroys the world!

Willow’s descent into Dark Willow, much like characters such as Angel and Blade’s attempts to control their thirst, is treated very much as a metaphor for drug and alcohol addiction, (with Willow even crashing a car she and Dawn are in whilst driving under the influence of Magic.)

Supernatural would go down a similar route with Sam in season 4. Sam much like Willow discovers that he has magical powers. Specifically the ability to draw Demons out of their host bodies and destroy them completely. At first Sam thinks he is doing great work with his new powers. Not only can he destroy the Demons, but he can save their hosts too.

Of course Dean thinks that Sam’s powers are evil, and even turns on him at one point. Things get worse however when it is discovered that Sam’s powers are fuelled by drinking the blood of people possessed by Demons.

Just like with Willow, Sam’s dependence on his powers, as well as the Demon blood that gives him them is treated as a metaphor for addiction to drugs.

These stories were among the interesting and nuanced in both series. They served as a more sympathetic metaphor for addiction, as we saw how two good people fell into such bad habits.

Indeed in both cases you can understand and even agree with them at first when they start using this dark power. Willow’s dark magics allow her to take on Glory, and play a key role in the hell Goddesses downfall, whilst Sam’s Demon powers allow him to remove the Demon without killing the humans they take over.

However as time goes on you can see how not only reckless they are, but how it begins to change who they are too, slowly but surely, and how ironically whilst their addiction only happened to make themselves seem stronger, its now brought them to their lowest point, with Willow sprawling on the floor begging Buffy not to leave her, and Sam being dependent on the blood of the monsters he used to fight or else he’ll go crazy.

Of course both stories were very controversial among fans, particularly fans of Willow and Sam who naturally hated seeing their favourite characters in such awful states, and doing such awful things, like Willow’s cruel taunting of Dawn, telling her everybody would be happier if she died, or Sam turning his back on his brother for a Demon!

But again personally I thought it was better to have two such normally reasonable and kind people be seduced by the dark forces, as it showed how strong they were, and again was a better metaphor for addiction, by showing how it can affect people who have everything to live for.

Its not just the stereotypical image of addicts being either criminals, or even just people who are depressed and drink and take drugs for distraction. You can get people who have the best quality of life, like Willow who has brilliant friends, a loving girlfriend, yet still ends up falling into this bad habit. Again its a much more nuanced and sympathetic view of addiction than we see in most forms of media, despite ironically existing in a total fantasy setting.

7/ Genre Savvy Hero

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Originator: Peter Vincent

Other Notable Examples: The Frog Brothers (The Lost Boys), Bruce Campbell (My Name is Bruce), Ghostfacers (Supernatural)

This character is someone who knows about Vampires, monsters and the supernatural from movies. He might be a huge geek, or he might be someone who stars in monster movies, but the point is he’ll have a more romantic idea of what its like being a Vampire killer before he actually encounters one.

He’ll be shit scared at first, but much like the everyman hero he will eventually become more heroic and brave, though never a conventional hero.

The movie that really brought this type of character into popular culture was Fright Night.

Released in 1985, Fright Night revolved around a young fan of horror movies, Charlie Brewster discovering that he lives next door to a Vampire named Jerry Daindridge. Charlie is forced to go to his favourite horror actor, Peter Vincent for help. Peter Vincent was named after and based on Peter Cushing, with Vincent much like Cushing being known for playing Vampire killers

At first Vincent is portrayed is terrified, but as time goes on he rises to the challenge and helps Charlie save his girlfriend Amy from Jerry.

Fright Night though only released as a B-movie proved to be very successful and influential on the genre. It was the first of its kind really, to poke fun at the genre in an affectionate way, yet also be a good Vampire movie in its own right.

The fact that its characters were either fans or had starred in Vampire movies meant that they could recognise a lot of the cliches and staples of Vampire movies when they were encountering them themselves.

Among the other examples of these types of characters in Vampire and supernatural films and television series include the Frog Brothers in The Lost Boys and The Ghost Faces in Supernatural.

The Frog Brothers, much like Charlie Brewster are big fans of horror movies, though unlike Charlie they tended to fancy themselves as big macho Vampire killers, but of course they get a rather nasty surprise when they meet a real Vampire and much like Peter Vincent, even when they kill a Vampire its a clumsy, awkward fight where they constantly panic as opposed to Buffy and Blade who mow them down whilst making quips!

The Ghost Facers meanwhile tend to take after the Frog Twins more in that they are wannabe monster hunters who’ve seen Peter Cushing and Buffy kill monsters on tv and think it looks easy. Though even when they do encounter monsters it doesn’t burst their bubble and they even attempt to make a tv show out of their battles against the supernatural which goes about as well as their attempts to be big sexy monster hunters.

Finally Bruce Campbell’s ficitonalized version of himself in My Name is Bruce is essentially a more sleazy version of Peter Vincent. Like the real Bruce Campbell, he is known for playing monster hunters and is asked to fight a real monster by one of his fans. Like Peter he chickens out at first before stepping up and doing the right thing.

This type of character would prove popular enough to appear in stories beyond the Vampire and even horror genres.

Galaxy Quest for instance, though not a Vampire movie follows the Fright Night template bit for bit.

Both Fright Night and Galaxy Quest revolve around actors who are known for playing monster hunters/heroes, who are down on their luck (and are parodies of real life genre icons, William Shatner and Peter Cushing.) Both are asked by their fans to help fight a real life example of the type of monsters/villain they always beat on tv. Both at first think their fans are just having a joke, and when they discover the truth they both want to run away, before finally facing their fear and becoming the hero their fans always thought they were.

Scream is another non Vampire movie that follows the Fright Night template to a degree in that it features characters who are fans of the horror movies it satirises. The character of Randy Meeks, played by Jamie Kennedy in Scream is much like Charlie Brewster, a horror movie fan who encounters villains just like the ones in all of his favourite horror movies. Scream much like Fright Night is also a good solid horror movie all around.

These characters are popular as for those who like the genres they are parodying, then they can be as effective heroes as any other for serious stories, yet to people who don’t like the genres they are parodying then they can be quite enjoyable send ups of all the cliches and staples of the genre.

8/ Vampire Detective

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Originator: Hannibal King

Other Examples Angel: (Buffy and Angel) Nic Knight (Forever Knight)

The Detective genre has been merged with the Vampire genre more frequently and more successfully than any other.

The Detective genre and Vampire genres tend to take place in similar, gloomy, gothic surroundings. Little dark alleyways, seedy little bars, corrupt, crime laden underbelly’s of big city’s where someone can go missing and no one will even notice are the perfect environments for down on their luck detectives and Vampires.

The first ever Vampire Detective was Hannibal King, a recurring character in Marvel Comics series Tomb of Dracula. Hannibal had been turned by Deacon Frost, the same Vampire that killed Blade’s mother. Unlike all other Vampires he resisted the urge to feed on humans, and still continued to function as a detective tracking down both regular and paranormal criminals.

King eventually came into conflict with Blade who mistook him for a common Vampire at first. Blade eventually saw that King was different and together they would form a paranormal agency, the Nightstalkers who faced Dracula, Frost, and various other supernatural threats.

Hannibal King would go on to influence Angel, when the latter gained his own series and became a Vampire detective. Angel and Gunn’s relationship was somewhat similar to Hannibal King and Blade’s.

In both cases you have a character (Gunn, Blade) who live on the streets, hunt Vampires and who despise them fanatically because a family member was killed by Vampires (in both cases it was a young female relative who later became a Vampire and who they then had to kill.) This character then meets a goodguy detective Vampire who is a more reserved, quiet, contemplative character (Angel, King) and at first they try to kill them, and refuse to believe that a Vampire could be a good person, before eventually coming to see that King and Angel are different, after which both Blade and Gunn become part of a paranormal detective agency with Angel and King.

Another example of a Vampire Detective was the Canadian series Forever Knight. Here the Vampire in question, Nick Knight much like the later Angel, is on a quest for redemption after having spent hundreds of years killing people.

Forever Knight was somewhat different however in that he did not face other Vampires or supernatural creatures that often like Hannibal King or Angel. His series was often actually a straight detective series, though much like Angel there were often flashbacks to his mysterious past.

Other examples of Vampire Detective stories include the short lived American fantasy series Moonlight, another Canadian series named Blood Ties, and finally Nightwalker: The Midnight Detective, a Japanese series that revolves around a private detective who is secretly a Vampire named Shido and who by night fights Demons and other monsters including the Nightbreeds.

The Vampire Detective is an effective trope, but it can end up getting a bit more repetitive than some of the other examples on this page, as it is obviously tied to a specific genre.

9/ The Romantic, Conflicted Vampire

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Originator: Carmilla Karnstein

Other Examples Angel (Buffy), Spike (Buffy), Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles), Dracula’s Daughter (Dracula’s Daughter), John Mitchell (Being Human), Salvatore Brothers (The Vampire Diaries),  Gary Oldman’s Dracula, (Dracula 1992), Frank Langella’s Dracula (Dracula 1979), Edward Cullen (Twilight)

Now obviously there can be overlap between this good guy Vampire and other characters like the Vampire Detective and superhero Vampire character.

Still I feel that this character is their own trope that doesn’t always have to be associated with the other two types of heroic Vampires.

This Vampire character can be either male or female just as often, unlike other characters who tend to largely be one gender.

This character will be a centuries old Vampire who in the past may have been one of the most evil. However they will renounce their evil ways when they meet someone they fall in love with who is good.

Unlike Blade who wants to control his thirst for human blood because its the right thing to do, this character is motivated solely by being in love which in some ways can make them seem more unsympathetic, yet in an odd way more human and relatable.

As a result of this, this character isn’t a Vampire hunter per se. They might be, but most of the time this Vampire just wants to try and live as normal a life as they can. Compare Mitchell from Being Human to Blade for instance. Yes Mitchell occasionally helps people and takes on Vampire kings like Herrick, but he’s not out every night actively hunting Vampires like Angel or Blade. Same applies to Carmilla, Lestat, and the Salvatore brothers.

These characters are more likely to be involved in a love triangle than in fighting monsters and they all tend to be quiet, mopey and brooding characters.

Finally this character may also be LGBT too. Carmilla, Dracula’s Daughter, and Lestat are all bisexuals.

In fact Dracula’s Daughter was even advertised as giving female viewers “a weird feeling”.

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Of course some have naturally interpreted the association of Vampirism with homosexuality to be homophobic. It doesn’t help that they refer to women being attracted to women as “that weird feeling” in the poster for Dracula’s Daughter.

Still I think that most of the time, certainly in stories like The Vampire Chronicles and even in the older works, like Carmilla and Dracula’s Daughter, the good guy Vampire was used as a sympathetic metaphor for LGBT people. Much like LGBT people would have been at the time films like Dracula’s Daughter and stories like Carmilla were made, then the reformed, romantic Vampire is a character that is rejected by everyone simply because of who they are.

Humans obviously view them as freaks, but so will regular Vampires. Their love is also be seen as forbidden by all around them too.

Obviously its not a perfect metaphor, as in all fairness its understandable that humans might reject a Vampire, since they are monsters that kill people! Still no metaphor is perfect. The mutants in the X-Men are used as a metaphor for LGBT people (and other persecuted minorities.) However much like with Vampires, and unlike with LGBT people, you can kind of understand why some people might be a bit scared of mutants considering they can (and frequently do) shit like this.

Similarly the Daleks are good metaphors for racial hatred and the Nazis, but again they are obviously far more cartoonish, over the top and evil than even the most twisted and bigoted humans throughout history.

So no metaphor is completely perfect, but still at their core this type of Vampire character would have undoubtedly captured the feelings of loneliness and having to hide the knowledge of who you love, and ultimately just who you are that many LGBT people would have sadly been forced to live with.

This type of Vampire lead is the most popular among mainstream audiences. Most people like a good love story, and these characters are also often played by conventional attractive leads too.

Among hard core genre fans these characters tend to be a bit more polarising however. Obviously some examples such as Angel and Spike are very popular, but others tend to be viewed as more sappy, weak characters. I think a lot of genre fans also prefer Vampires to be evil monsters, so again something like True Blood which turns Vampires into sexy, misunderstood, tormented anti heroes, is obviously not going to be that popular among the Buffy, Peter Cushing crowd.

10/ Agent of Anti Paranormal Organisation

Originator: Hellboy

Other Notable Examples: Gabriel Van Helsing (Van Helsing), Riley Finn (Buffy)

This type of hero isn’t that popular. Really Hellboy is practically the only major iconic example. The 2004 Van Helsing though having developed a cult following, was largely a flop, whilst Riley is similarly one of (if not the) most disliked character in Buffy.

I think the reason as to why this character is less popular is perhaps because they are less vulnerable than other Vampire hunters characters.

The likes of Sam, Dean, Peter Cushing, even Buffy and Angel, all kind of had to do it themselves in terms of finding things out about monsters, getting weapons to fight them, and even just convince the authorities that they weren’t serial killers!

With this character however they have the backing of an entire organisation behind them, so they have access to an endless supply of weaponry, knowledge on Vampires and even cover ups for the police. Really very little can actually threaten them.

Still that’s not to say you can’t ever make these characters work as we have seen with Hellboy, but I think its more of a challenge than with other more famous Vampire hunter characters.

The Darkhorse character Hellboy who worked for the organisation called the B P R D really laid down the tropes that later versions of this type of character would follow.

There are many similarities between Hellboy and the Hugh Jackman version of Van Helsing for instance. Both are supernatural beings (a Demon and an Angel respectively) who arrived on earth under mysterious circumstances. Neither knows why they were sent to earth, and both were found by an organisation that hunts the paranormal, who took them in, and trained them to be warriors for their cause, whilst helping them try to understand their past.

Both also have a connection to their archenemy too, Rasputin and Dracula, though we don’t find out much about either’s mysterious link to the head Demon, Vampire.

I think the fact that Jackman version of Van Helsing followed this template was why it didn’t really work. Its an enjoyable monster mash, and Hugh Jackman as always is great in the role.

However he isn’t really Van Helsing. Obviously I don’t expect Van Helsing to always be the same in every adaptation. The Cushing Van Helsing was younger and more dashing than the one from the novel.

However the two defining traits of Van Helsing’s character are that he is the greatest expert on Vampires, and that unlike Buffy and Balde, he is just an ordinary man who hunts Vampires. He followed in a long line of scholarly, gentlemanly heroes like Sherlock Holmes, and he was created to be Mr exposition and a way for Stoker to develop his supernatural world and creatures.

The Jackman version of Van Helsing doesn’t know anything about Vampires, Demons or monsters. In fact he has his own standard Cushing/Van Helsing who tells him about Vampires, called Carl.

He also is not just an ordinary man, being a former Angel, who becomes a Werewolf and kills Vampires using his superpowers.

Whilst the Cushing Van Helsing did do something new with the character, it still stuck to the core principles of his Stokers version, but when you look at Jackman’s version you can never imagine him as Van Helsing.

If the Jackman Van Helsing had been a totally original character then I think he would have been better thought of. Its kind of like the 98 version of Godzilla for instance who similarly did not resemble the character he was supposed to be.

The Bad Guys

1/ Vampire Supremacist

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Originator: Bram Stokers Dracula

Other Notable Examples: The Master (Buffy), Herrick (Being Human), Deacon Frost (Blade), Alpha Vampire (Supernatural), Mr Snow (Being Human), Valek (Vampires), Azazel (Supernatural) Muriel (Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters)

My favourite type of Vampire villain. This guy is the antithesis to the romantic, conflicted Vampire who just wants to be human.

This Vampire will LOVE being a Vampire. He will regard his species as the ultimate race, obviously far above humans, but also above other supernatural creatures too. (If there are Werewolves around he will usually hold them in a special kind of contempt.)

He will want to create a world where humans are rounded up into cages like animals, bled slowly, and tortured for the Vampires amusement. (Again other supernatural creatures may get a similar treatment too.)

There will often be an alternate what if scenario where we see the Vampire Supremacist has succeeded and created this “perfect world”. All of the main heroes, (except for one who is able to turn things back) will either have been killed in the most horrific ways, or worse become the Vampire Supremacists most vicious minions, such as in the Buffy episode The Wish or Being Human’s 4th season.

This Vampire will be fond of going into big grandiose speeches about the superiority of Vampires and why they should rule the world such as the following.

Buffy: The Wish

The Master: Behold the technical wonder that is about to alter the very fabric of our society. Some would say such an advancement goes against our nature. I say to them. Well I don’t say anything to them because I kill them. Vampires! Undeniably we are the worlds superior race. Yet we have always been to parochial. Too bound to the mindless routine of the predator. Hunt and kill, hunt and kill, titilating? Yes. Practical? Hardly. Meanwhile the humans with their truly plebian minds have brought us a truly Demonic concept. Mass production!

Blade

Frost: Let me tell you what we are. We’re the top of the fucking food chain. Tonight the blood gods coming and everyone in his path will be turned. How are going to cure the whole fucking world.

He will also get angry when his human enemies think they can threaten him. He won’t just look down on humans, he will literally regard them as filth, and may even live under ground because he can’t stand being among them. He will absolutely despise any display of “humanity” he sees among his Vampire minions too.

Supernatural

Alpha Vampire: When your kind first huddled round the fire, I was the thing in the dark, and you think you can harm me! 

Of course he will be a complete hypocrite too in many of his beliefs. He will regularly murder his Vampiric minions in the most horrific ways for trivial failures, in spite of all of his brotherhood of Vampires shit, and will generally show no regard for them whatsoever.

The reason for this is because his belief in Vampiric superiority stems simply from the fact that he is one. If he were a human then he would be the most fanatical Vampire hunter. In some ways this kind of character reminds me of Eric Cartman in the classic South Park episode Ginger Kids.

In this episode Cartman goes on about how much he hates red haired people (he even compares them to Vampires), until Kyle sticks a red wig on him in the middle of the night. Believing he has suddenly become a ginger, Cartman leads a “red power” movement to conquer and exterminate all non red heads. He even says “I will not be part of a god damned minority!”

That is pretty much what the Vampire Supremacist character is. He’s not going to be part of a race that skulks in the shadows, lives in fear of their existence being found out by humanity. He’s going to make sure that his people are the master race for himself.

Yet another example of this characters hypocrisy is the fact that whilst he will often rant about hating human emotions and weaknesses etc. He will still have a favourite lackey that he will love like a child, and whose death may even break him.

Physically this Vampire also may look more monstrous (The Master, Mr Snow) again to highlight how little humanity he has and how much older he is.

This guy will also be far more powerful than any other Vampire. In fact he will probably be immune to most of their weaknesses and whenever our hero tries to take him on in a straight fight it will end in a curb stomp in his favour unquestionably. He will also kill various other Vampire hunters to show how badass he is. The hero will have to use some kind of trick, or dirty tactic to finally take him out.

He will also be very fond of badass boasts too like commenting on all the Vampire hunters he’s killed. He might even boast about having killed a famous figure in history. His age will never be revealed, but he will casually mention having been at an event which establishes him as truly ancient, like the fall of Rome, or he might even mention having met cavemen!

This character to me is the best type of Vampire villain for many reasons. To start with he can give us a Vampire villain that is evil, yet we can kind of understand in a way.

In many ways we don’t really have the moral high ground against Vampires. At the end of the day Vampires kill what they regard as lesser creatures to survive, just like we do. Indeed considering human beings don’t actually have to feed on animal flesh, where as Vampires in many pieces of Vampire fiction DO have to survive on human blood, humans actually could be considered worse.

Of course you might argue that Vampires treat their human victims worse than we do our animals, but really that argument doesn’t hold much water when you consider how poorly animals are treated.

So really in what way are Vampires worse than us? Obviously yes we are not going to root for Vampires, because we are their prey, but at the end of the day, we can’t really say that Vampires are worse than human beings. As Doctor Wu said in Jurassic World “monster is a relative term, to a canary a cat is a monster. We’re just used to being the cat.”

If Buffy, Peter Cushing and Dean Winchester go home and have a chicken leg, or a lamb chop or a cheese burger or a few strips of bacon for tea, well then they are complete hypocrites. This Vampire character will be aware of that, which can lead to a very interesting confrontation that does genuinely make the viewer question the heroes righteousness, even though they are up against a monster that is genuinely evil.

Added to that this Vampire also being so powerful, can help Vampires to regain some of their menace too in things like Buffy and Blade, where we see regular Vamps get overpowered and killed easily all the time. This guy will show you that a Vampire, provided its able to live long enough, can still be a truly unstoppable foe, even against the ultimate Vampire killers.

The great irony is that it was Bram Stokers version of Dracula that created this type of character, yet almost all versions of Dracula are not depicted this way.

Stokers Dracula is not a romantic character. He is an arrogant monster who has lived for hundreds of years, and he seeks to make Vampires the dominant race on the planet. This is why he travels to England as he hopes to use the British Empire to spread Vampirism like never before.

Like all of the usual Vampire Supremacists he has his favourite lackeys, but is willing to abandon them for his own safety. He also gets angry when people like Van Helsing think they can threaten him, famously  ranting “They would play their wits against mine. Me who commanded armies and nations before they were even born. Fools!

Sadly however for some reason this aspect usually gets left out of Dracula’s character whenever he is adapted, and many versions actually turn him into more of a low key villain, pursuing someone out of revenge, or because he is in love with them. It would be nice to see someone actually portray the original Vampire king properly on the big screen after all this time.

This character doesn’t always have to be a Vampire. You can have a Demon Supremacist who fulfils all of the same tropes too.

Azazel the Yellow Eyed Demon from Supernatural is a Demon version of this type of character, beat for beat.

Azazel believes that his kind, Demons should rule the earth, and regards humans as little more than filth. He spends years trying to bring this plan about by freeing his father, Lucifer himself.

Azazel also looks unique (with his yellow eyes) and is immune to many standard Demon weaknesses too. He is a sadistic monster who enjoys killing women in the most horrific ways, yet much like the Master with Darla, he does genuinely love his Demonic children, Meg and Tom.

Azazel: (To Dean) As far as I’m concerned this is justice. You know that little exorcism of yours? That was my daughter. That one in the alley? That was my boy. You understand.

Dean: You’ve got to be kidding me.

Azazel: What? You’re the only one who can have a family? You destroyed my children. How would you feel if I killed your family? (Smiles at Dean.) Oh that’s right I forgot, I did. Still two wrongs don’t make a right.

Dean: You son of a bitch.

Azazel: You know, you fight, and you fight, and you fight for this family, but the truth is they don’t kneed you. Not like you need them. Sam? He’s clearly John’s favourite. Even when they fight that’s more concern than he’s ever shown you.

Dean: I bet your real proud of your kids too huh? Oh wait I forgot, I wasted em.

Azazel really walked into that one!

Another non Vampire and non Demon example is Muriel, the Grand High Witch and main antagonist from the movie Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.

Muriel wishes to allow her kind to rule the earth, and she is obviously far stronger than your average Witch. Also whilst preaching about how her kind should come together to rule the world, she memorably sends her minions through the booby trapped woods to see if its safe!

Generally speaking however this character is usually a Vampire, though much like with other stock Vampire characters, a Demon is most commonly used in place of a Vampire as seen with Azazel.

2/ The Just Want To Watch The World Burn Vampire

Originator: Christopher Lee’s Version of Dracula

Other Examples: Angelus (Buffy and Angel), Evil Hal (Being Human), Frost (Blade), Count Karnstein (Twins of Evil)

The most frightening and vicious Vampire villain of them all. This Vampire is a monster right through to his core. He will have no redeeming features, and no plans or ambitions except to torture and kill people.

These monsters will be dangerous to everyone and everything around them, even other Vampires and their most loyal servants. Most of the time he will kill someone not for food, but for his own amusement. He will also prolong his victims torture for as long as he possibly can.

When these Vampires plan something big, then it will be the destruction of the entire world. We’re not just talking about the end of human society like a Vampire Supremacist. His plan will literally kill everything on the planet, including all other Vampires too, and even himself, but he won’t care. For him it will be the ultimate act of horror and the perfect way to go out.

Finally this Vampire will also get the most horrific death. A simple stake is too good for him. In order to really make the audience happy after building him up to be the most evil monster this Vampire will need to really get his just deserts.

Christopher Lee’s Dracula was the one who established this type of Vampire in popular culture. Lee’s Dracula was a bloodthirsty monster who in contrast to later versions of the Vampire count, had no love or affection for the women he went after.

Indeed Lee’s Dracula was probably the least romantic version of the Vampire there has ever been. Most of the time he only killed the young women to feed, or just to punish their father, fiance or relative who was a Vampire killer, or had wronged him in some way.

Lee’s Dracula would also rape his female victims too, as he would force them to sleep with him using mind control. Furthermore after making them into Vampires he would always discard, beat, or even kill his brides because he didn’t want to have to share his kills with them.

In Scars of Dracula, Lee stabs his Vampire bride Tanya to death with a silver blade, and has her body burned in acid, whilst in Dracula Has Risen From the Grave, he regularly beats Zena, his human bride and demeans her. Later when she fails to bring him another woman he plans to make into a Vampire, he tortures her and makes her into a Vampire, before ordering his servant to burn her to death!

In Taste the Blood of Dracula meanwhile he brutally murders one of his Vampire brides when she attempts to get close to him, and dumps her body in the canal for her brother to find. Finally in Satanic Rites of Dracula he is shown to keep his Vampire brides chained up in a cellar, with all of them having been reduced to the level of animals.

Lee’s Dracula also didn’t always kill his victims to feed on them. He often killed for his own amusement, and he often killed his victims in the most horrific ways.

In Scars of Dracula, Lee’s version of the Vampire dispatches a horde of bats to devour all of the women and children in the town. Its one of the most disturbing moments in any Vampire film, as the men of the village, having believed they have finally rid themselves of Dracula after burning down his castle, arrive back at the church where they believe their wives and children were safe, only to find their mangled remains scattered all over the former house of god. Even the local priest himself declares the church to now be a place of evil!

Dracula’s treatment of Klove, his most loyal servant is no better meanwhile. Whenever Klove steps out of line, Dracula beats him with a whip, and then sticks a burning hot sword into his whip wounds! In Dracula Has Risen From The Grave, another example of his horrific treatment of his servants can be found in the way he forces a priest to do his bidding through mind control.

The weak willed Priest is forced to carry out such horrors on Dracula’s command as burning young women alive, bludgeoning other priests to death, and kidnapping young women for Dracula to rape, kill and make into blood drinking monsters! The priest is awake throughout all of it, yet can’t resist the Vampires sadistic commands.

In Satanic Rites of Dracula, the Vampire finally decides to end the world. Having grown bored of his immortal existence, Lee’s Dracula desires to rest forever, but naturally wants to not only go out in a blaze of horror, but take down the entire world with him.

So he creates a plague that is spread by touch, and kills its victims in the most horrific way possible. It literally eats the flesh from the bones, and it stimulates the pain receptors of its victims to the absolute maximum they can be stimulated. It also kills its victims over the course of several days, and can infect and destroy any animal on the planet, not just humans.

Dracula intends to exterminate every single life form on earth with the plague, using his four carriers, (one of which he intends to be his archenemy Van Helsing, with Jessica Van Helsing meanwhile being turned into a Vampire, so that she will be immune to the plague, and be forced to watch as everyone and everything she knows and loves is destroyed!)

Dracula’s servants believed that he was only going to use the plague as a deterrent to force the world powers to obey their commands, and when one of them protests, Dracula actually forces him to infect himself using his mind control. Its one of the most gruesome scenes in the entire Hammer Dracula catalogue as we see the virus slowly eat away his flesh.

Finally Lee’s Dracula would also always suffer an extremely painful and humiliating death too. He was burned in the sun, drowned, impaled on a cross and melted into a puddle of blood, struck by lightening and set on fire, and trapped in a hawthorn bush and shredded.

Lee’s Dracula was the ultimate horror movie monster. A totally evil creature that was devoid of any conscience, who was as cruel to his servants and brides as he was to his enemies and victims, and killed people in the most horrific and painful ways, whilst also dying in the most spectacular and over the top ways too.

He made a huge impact on the horror genre, and naturally we started to see other Vampire villains created in a similar mould, including Count Karnstein from the Hammer movie, Twins of Evil.

Karnstein is shown to be a sadistic, bloodthirsty maniac even before he becomes a Vampire. He kills not just to survive, but for fun and has no regard for his Vampire brides who he regularly beats and sacrifices for his own survival.

There were also elements of this in Frost’s character from Blade. Whilst he wanted to take over for the good of his people, Frost was still an unrelenting sadist who didn’t always kill just to feed as seen here.

Frost also just like Lee’s Dracula suffers a truly heinous death (its definitely the most horrific out of the three main Vampire villains in the series.)

Vampires in general following Lee’s Dracula were made to be more sadistic monsters. For instance in Buffy all Vampires are shown to enjoy torturing their victims. To be fair though this was as a result of the rise of the Vampire hunter as a major character. If we are going to root for the person who kills Vampires, then the Vampire itself has to be a monster that we don’t mind be killed in the most horrible ways regularly.

Still Lee’s Dracula was really the first such example and in many ways the template for those who came after.

Definitely the most successful and iconic example of this type of Vampire after Lee’s Dracula was Angelus, Angel’s evil counterpart from the Buffy/Angel franchise.

Angelus is every bit as evil and twisted as Christopher Lee’s Dracula. He enjoys torturing his victims in the most brutal ways for hours, possibly days on end. He also enjoys breaking his victims psychologically as seen with the likes of Drusilla and Holtz whose loved ones he kills, and who he both drives insane. Angelus is also shown to take a particular delight in torturing and raping his female victims too such as Holtz’ wife or the gypsy girl he spent an hour torturing and raping to death.

Angelus: Chicks just love a good accent. Makes em all buttery in the nether regions. Isn’t that right Fred? You know I had a bit of an Irish brogue back in the day. If you like I can use it on you when I rape you to death!

Angelus also is shown to kill people more often for his own amusement than to feed. Arguably the most infamous example of this can be seen when he murders Jenny Calendar, Giles’ girlfriend and later places her corpse in Giles bed, setting things up to look as though she is waiting for him up stairs.

We later find out he has done this to his other victims too, including one instance where he snapped the necks of several infants and laid them in their crib for their father to find. It was only when the father leaned in to kiss them goodnight and felt how cold they were that he found out the truth.

Finally Angelus is such a bastard that even other Vampires hate him because he is just as cruel to them too. When Spike is in a wheelchair, Angelus sleeps with his girlfriend Drusilla, and taunts Spike about it for months on end until Spike eventually turns against him, allies with Buffy and beats Angelus with a crowbar.

Spike: Have you forgotten that you’re a bloody guest in my bloody home.

Angelus: And as a guest if there is anything I can do for you, any responsibility I can assume while you’re spinning your wheels… (looks over at Drusilla) Anything I’m not already doing that is.

Spike: NOW THAT’S ENOUGH (leans out of his chair to punch him, Angelus laughs.)

Similarly when he first meets the Master he insults the elder Vampire to the point where he beats him to a bloody pulp. I love the way Angelus as you can see here literally can’t stop being an asshole no matter what. Even when he is in the presence of someone like the Master who could kill him in like three seconds flat, he still insults him because he doesn’t know how to not be an asshole.

One thing the Master, Giles, Spike and Buffy all have in common is wanting to smash this bastards face in. 

Finally Hal’s evil persona in Being Human is similar in that much like Angelus he enjoys killing for fun. We can see this when he calmly chokes the Werewolf Larry to death, taunting him before hand, and calmly telling Larry “this is the real me!

The just want to watch the world burn Vampire is obviously not the most complex Vampire villain, but he is still nevertheless by far and away the most terrifying.

He really takes advantage of what it is that makes Vampires such effective monsters. Monsters like Zombies and Werewolves are not really evil. They are just animals who kill for food.

A Vampire however is a thinking creature that is aware that it has to kill other sentient creatures to survive. There are obviously many avenues you can go down as a result of this that you can’t with something like a Zombie, or even other thinking monsters like Demons and Witches who don’t have to kill to survive like a Vampire.

You can obviously have a Vampire try and find another way to survive, or you can have it look at it from a practical way of what its doing is no worse than what humans do to animals, or you can have it actually enjoy having the power to take people’s lives like Angelus and the Lee Dracula, which is all the more terrifying.

This character can obviously only be featured in the darkest type of Vampire story.

3/ The Broken, Vengeful, Twisted Vampire Killer

Originator: Daniel Holtz (Angel)

Other Notable Examples: Gordon Walker (Supernatural), Kemp (Being Human)

The dark counterpart to the vengeful crusader. This character is also quite a nice counterpart to the Vampire Supremacist as he is essentially the same character, just on the other side.

This character will hate Vampires because his loved ones were killed by them. There’s a good chance that he will have had to kill his loved one who was turned into a Vampire too. He will often carry something around that reminds him of his deceased loved one.

This character will seem like a hero at first, as ultimately he just wants to rid the world of Vampires like Buffy, Blade or Van Helsing. However as time goes on we will see that he is far more unstable and fanatical. He will want to kill any Vampire, or Demon regardless of its alignment, and he will also be willing to murder innocent people too. This character will also often suffer an ironic fate, maybe being turned into the very monster he hated, or being punished in the same way as he did others.

Daniel Holtz from Angel was really the first example of this type of character. Holtz was inspired by Xena’s archenemy Callisto. Callisto was a warrior who had been driven insane when Xena burned her village to the ground and killed her family. Callisto is even more embittered when Xena reforms and becomes celebrated as a hero, and tries to make Xena pay through any means necessary.

Holtz was a Vampire hunter whose family were murdered by Angelus. Much like Callisto, Holtz is even more embittered when the murderer of his family reforms and becomes a hero, and still tries to ruin his life any way he can. (Both Holtz and Callisto target the children of Angel and Xena, and ironically are only able to thanks to the misguided, but ultimately treacherous actions of the heroes best friend, Wesley and Gabrielle, both of whom the hero tries to kill afterwards.)

Holtz was a truly fantastic villain who was played superbly by Keith Szarabajka. Holtz would lay down almost all of the tropes that this type of character was to follow.

At first he seemed like he was a genuine hero, as he hunted Vampires to protect the innocent, and even in his feud with Angel he at first wanted to slay the Vampire to actually free his human soul from the torment he was in.

However as time goes on it becomes obvious that all he actually cares about is revenge, and worse he is willing to take away an innocent child’s life and turn him against his father, as well as manipulate other, broken and damaged people for his own ends, and even kill innocent people like Wesley.

Holtz is aware of how twisted he has become, even saying to his right hand woman Justine that he knows he is going to hell before he makes her kill him.

It was a great twist to have what would normally have been the main hero in any other Vampire story become the villain. Holtz is the same as Captain Kronos, Jack Crow, even Blade. All 4’s loved ones were killed by and turned into Vampires and all 4 have as a result devoted themselves to destroying them. With Holtz however unlike those characters he not only comes across a Vampire that isn’t evil, which throws the righteousness of his crusade into question, but its actually the same Vampire that killed his loved ones and so sadly he ends up becoming seen as a villain by the audience.

Another character that would follow a similar template was Gordon Walker from Supernatural. Walker much like Holtz lost a loved one to Vampires, his sister, who was also turned and who he later killed.

Walker at first seems like just another hunter, and he and Dean Winchester even bond. However it soon becomes apparent that much like Holtz he is a fanatic who views all supernatural creatures as being the same.

We see this when he captures and brutally tortures a reformed Vampire named Lenore (played by Amber Benson, best known as Tara on Buffy.)

Later Gordon tries to kill Sam Winchester when he finds out that he has Demon blood, though in the process he ends up getting a wonderfully ironic death when he is turned into a Vampire as punishment for the Vampires he has killed in the past.

Gordon is condemned to an eternity as the thing he hates. In Supernatural, the souls of monsters such as Vampires, Werewolves, Ghouls, Shapeshifters, and Djinns go to Purgatory when they die instead of heaven or hell.

Purgatory essentially resembles a giant never ending forest and the monsters hunt each other there for all eternity. Whenever they die in Purgatory, they will come back to life again and thus are doomed to die over and over again forever.

To me this was the greatest piece of lore from Supernatural, as it made the Vampires and Werewolves far more terrifying than ever before. In other pieces of Vampire fiction when someone becomes a Vampire its tragic, but at least they are freed when they are slain. Here however when you die you are still a Vampire, and worse, you are sent somewhere where you will never see your loved ones ever again, and be forced to fight and kill other monsters.

It doesn’t matter if you were a good person as a human before you became a Vampire, and it doesn’t even matter if you are a heroic Vampire who uses his powers to fight other members of your kind like Blade. Similarly you can be a Werewolf who does his best to make sure that you never escape on the night of the full moon and live a perfectly otherwise normal life, like George Tully from Being Human or Oz from Buffy.

When you die you are still going to Purgatory, away from your human loved ones who go to Heaven, where you will be stuck in your wolf or monster form, having to fight other monsters for all eternity.

With this in mind it truly is the perfect fate for Gordon a man who spent his entire life hunting Vampires, to spend eternity in the forests of Purgatory as a Vampire, hunting them and all of the other monsters.

On the one hand its his worst nightmare being the thing he hates, yet on the other, killing Vampires is what his idea of heaven would look like anyway. One can only imagine he will be chasing the Vampire who turned him forever, though at the same time he will be chased by many of the Vampires who he killed, including his own sister! That will be an awkward family reunion to say the least.

Finally another example of this type of character is Kemp from Being Human. Kemp much like Holtz saw his wife and children killed by Vampires and devoted the rest of his life to destroying them. Though he views Vampires as the most abhorrent supernatural creatures, he is still shown to want to wipe out Werewolves and Ghosts too, regardless of their moral alignment.

Kemp is also shown to be willing to murder innocent people in his quest, including his own assistant who he brutally stabs to death in order to exorcise Annie, and later Jaggat who he kills simply for associating with a Vampire, a Ghost and a Werewolf.

Much like Holtz, Kemp keeps a reminder of his wife and children’s death. Holtz would often sing the lullaby he used to sing to his daughter (and that he sang to her the final time he held her in her arms, after she had become a Vampire, just before he threw her into the sun.)

Kemp meanwhile carries the blood soaked bible he used to ward off the Vampires that killed his family.

Finally Kemp like Gordon Walker also meets a fitting end when Annie, a ghost he exorcised against her will, brings him into her dimension.

This character is obviously always paired against a more heroic Vampire or supernatural creature to show what a fanatic they are, but I think it would be interesting to see this type of character go up against the Vampire Supremacist too.

Obviously you’d still always need a good guy Vampire there, or else this character would just end up being the hero.

Still I’d love to see a Kemp/Holtz/Gordon Walker go up against a Master/Frost/Herrick/Dracula type of character. There’d be room for some brilliant conflict between these two fanatics, who in many ways are just the same, but on different sides.

4/ The Romantic, Conflicted Vampire

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Originator: Dracula’s Daughter

Other Notable Examples: Jerry Daindridge (Fright Night), Count Dracula (Gary Oldman Version)

This Vampire is obviously similar to the good guy, conflicted romantic Vampire character like Lestat, with the key difference being that he just simply isn’t strong enough to give up feeding on humans.

He hates being a Vampire, will actually feel guilt over his actions, and will even fall in love, but ultimately he or she just won’t be strong enough to overcome being a monster. When they die they will often have a look of peace on their face, and may even thank the person who killed them.

Of course this character will still ultimately be a villain, and will still do absolutely horrific things. The fact that they will also often be a love rival for the main hero may also cause them to behave in a more deplorable way than other Vampire villains, as after all love makes us do crazy things.

This Vampire tends to be a polarising villain among fans of the genre. Obviously in some ways he can be a more complex type of villain than say the want to watch the world burn Vampire, but at the same time he can also be a bit more mopey, and is extremely limited compared to other Vampire villains as all he can really be in are love triangle stories.

5/ The Young Upstart Vampire

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Originator: David From The Lost Boys

Other Notable Examples: Spike (Buffy and Angel), Frost (Blade film series only)

This type of Vampire much like the Vampire Supremacist LOVES being a Vampire, but its in a different kind of way.

Where as the Vampire Supremacist will develop an ideology about why his people are the rightful rulers of the earth, this guy will love being a Vampire in a more shallow way. He will love having super strength, being young and sexy forever, being able to fly, being able to drink loads, and smoke and not have to worry about his health etc.

He will be an adrenaline junkie, and have a real love for aspects of modern popular culture, like television series, music, and will often dress in modern clothing too (as opposed to other Vampires who tend to dress in more extravagant, old fashioned clothes.)

Finally this Vampire will be in some kind of conflict with the more old fashioned type of Vampire. Perhaps it will be because he is drawing too much attention to them with his antics, but whatever the case he will not behave in a way Vampires are supposed to, much to the annoyance of his fellow Vampires, and Vampire hunters alike.

David from the Lost Boys who was played by Kiefer Sutherland really pioneered this type of character. Though he wasn’t technically the main villain of the film, he was still nevertheless its most popular character and he would along with Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious be one of the three main inspirations on Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  (Spike’s relationship with Drusilla was inspired by Sid and Nancy, but James Marsters said he based his swagger, and cocky attitude on Johnny Rotten, even telling Joss Whedon “I’m going to give you Johnny”)

One of the main influences for Spike.

Still despite the influence of the Sex Pistols two front men, there is a lot of David in Spike. Even just physically the two are very similar, with their platinum blonde hair and dark leather coats.

Spike’s whole character is based on challenging what we think we know about Vampires.  He rejects the Master and the Order of Aulerius’ way of life from the start, even declaring “from now on there is going to be a lot less ritual and a little more fun around here”. He is also shown to embrace human culture, and have genuine romantic feelings for Drusilla. Later he is even shown to fall in love with a Slayer.

Spike went against what people believed Buffyverse Vampires could do, both in universe and in the real world, which is what made him both a popular and controversial character.

Finally another example of this type of character was Frost in the original Blade movie. As we have seen Frost embodied elements of other Vampire stock characters too, but there were definitely traces of this type of character in him too.

In the comics Frost was a much older, more mature character, and a Vampire supremacist, but for the 98 film he was a much younger, more modern, upstart who wanted to challenge the Vampire traditions of remaining hidden and blending into human society. Much like Spike did with the Anointed One, Frost kills the stuffy, more old fashioned Vampires and takes charge.

This type of Vampire villain though not as common as other types tends to still be very popular among fans and viewers. Not only is he often a lot younger, and more attractive than the stuffy old, often inhuman Vampire kings, but he is also a lot more fun too. He isn’t mopey, doesn’t spend all his time skulking in a crumbling old castle or a crypt. He actually does make it look like its cool being a Vampire. You get to play by nobody’s rules but your own, stay up all night, and kill anyone who pisses you off. What’s not to like?

The fact that he also doesn’t follow the usual Vampire traditions and expectations means that he is also obviously a much more unpredictable character than any other type of Vampire villain too.

6/ Hiding in Plain Sight Villain

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Originator: D.D. Denham (The Satanic Rites of Dracula)

Other Notable Examples: Grand High Witch (The Witches), Dick Roman (Supernatural), The Mayor (Buffy), Wolfram and Hart (Angel)

This monster will be a villain who not only has resources, but is a respected public figure. They will be a philanthropist, known to the public as a kind, generous person in their private life and be the last person anyone could suspect of any wrong doing. Of course behind closed doors they will be the worst, most deplorable monster.

D.D. Denham in the last (and in my opinion one of the greatest) Hammer Draculas really pioneered this type of character.

D.D. Denham was Dracula’s latest alias. To the public he was a powerful, eccentric, reclusive, but generous millionaire, but in secret he was not only capturing girls, torturing them and making them into Vampires, but he was also creating a plague to wipe out humanity!

In a way D.D Denham can be seen as an unintentional metaphor for men like Harvey Weinstein who abuse women and are able to use their connections and influence to not only get away with it, but actually be seen as respected and admired figures in most people’s eyes.

Lee’s Dracula was always portrayed as a sexual predator. He does rape his victims as well as kill them, and the fact that he can now get away with it in the modern world, (and even keep young women essentially as his sex slaves in the dungeon of his house.) Actually makes him more terrifying than ever before.

Like so many of the victims of scumbags like Weinstein, or the victims in grooming gangs in places like Rochdale, Denhams victims are completely ignored, with even Van Helsing not being aware for two years that Dracula is preying on these girls, who quickly go on the missing persons list and are then quietly forgotten about.

The Grand High Witch from Roald Dahl’s novel and the later film adaptation (where she was played by Anjelica Huston) may be an even more disturbing example meanwhile.

She was the head of the leading charity to help children in the United Kingdom. Furthermore all of the other board members of said charity were her minions. In Dahl’s story, Witches are Demons who hate children and use their magics to torture and kill them in horrific ways (like trapping Erica in the painting, or worst of all in the novel, turning children into hot dogs and feeding them to their parents whilst they are still conscious!)

There is a frightening moment in the book, when Luke is playing with his pets in a room the charity for children’s safety is about to take place in, and assumes that these people who love children, won’t mind a little boy playing with his pets whilst they set up their meeting.

He of course gets a rather nasty surprise when they take their faces off! (In the novel this essentially costs him his life, as unlike the happy ending of the film where he is turned back from being a mouse. In the book he remains a mouse at the end and is told that he will die in about 8 years, meaning he’ll only live to 16!)

Just as D. D. Denham was a perfect metaphor for sexual predators like Harvey Weinstein, then the Witches are a perfect metaphor for twisted individuals that target children such as Jimmy Savile who use their public status as a supposed “friend to all children” to both make themselves untouchable and gain access to victims.

Much like with D.D Denham and his victims who suffer in silence, what the Witches do to children as flamboyant as it may seem, has a certain real horror to it in scenes like this.

Here we have a boy attending a meeting that his parents think is made up of people who love children, but who actually want to do him harm, and who are relishing in the fact that he is alone in their company.

The Mayor in Buffy meanwhile is obviously similarly a metaphor for not only how politicians behind closed doors can have shadier personalities and motives, but also how they may even be in the pocket of a criminal underbelly who’ve helped them get to power (with Mayor Wilkins being a Demon worshipper who by paying tributes and making sacrifices to the monsters of Sunnydale has gained the influence and supernatural powers he has.)

Whilst the Mayor was a great villain of course, he was a slightly more humorous example of this type of character than the Grand High Witch and D.D. Denham. In one scene we see that he actually keeps human skulls and bones in his closet!

Joss Whedon played with this trope again in Angel of course with Wolfram and Hart, the Demonic law firm. Wolfram and Hart much like Mayor Wilkins could be used in a humorous way, with the joke obviously being Lawyers as Demons. Still there were obviously darker elements such as a senator who is served by Wolfram and Hart being willing to brainwash her rival into being a pedophile.

Being Human and Charmed also play with this trope too with Herrick, the Vampire king being the head of police, and Cole being both a Demon and a Lawyer too.

The Leviathans meanwhile in Supernatural were also corporate monsters, who played on conspiracy theories of those in the top trying to brainwash us by spiking our food and control how the masses think and act.

These villains bring monsters into our modern world like never before, and so naturally as the setting of Vampire and Demon stories has shifted to modern day, then these villains have become among the most common.

7/ Exotic, Otherworldly, Ghostly Vampire

Originator: Dracula (Bela Lugosi Version)

Other Notable Examples: Dracula’s Daughter, Dracula (Frank Langella Version), Dracula (Buffy Version)

This Vampire villain is almost like a Ghost. They will creep about in the shadows, live in old crumbling castles, and a greater emphasis will be placed on their hypnotic powers.

Unlike other Vampires who use their super strength and physical powers, these guys will instead place people under their thralls with just one glance.

There will always be a certain romantic aspect to these Vampires personalities. They may not be in love in with their victims, but they will at the very least not hate them. They will view turning someone into a Vampire as a positive thing as they are making them young and beautiful forever.

This Vampire will also often be somewhat more exotic looking and very beautiful physically, yet there will be a certain stiff, cold aspect to their mannerisms and appearance.

These were among the original movie Vampires and in some ways set the template for almost all who followed.

Bela Lugosi, the original and for many still the greatest Dracula, pioneered this type of Vampire in the original Universal version of Stokers novel. Lugosi’s Dracula was an alluring, attractive, icey character in contrast to the more savage, powerful monster from the book.

Lugosi even became something of a sex symbol for his role (at one point he received more fan mail than even Clark Gable!) This would of course twist the public’s perception of Vampires into being more attractive creatures in popular culture, setting the stage for later more romantic Vampires.

For the next few decades almost all film Vampires would similarly be portrayed as more hypnotic, otherworldly, charming characters.

Gradually however these types of Vampire characters would be phased out following the onset of the Hammer movies.

Hammer focused more on the Vampires physical powers, such as their superhuman strength, and the horror around Vampires was more visceral and explicit. Rather than watch Vampires creep about in the shadows, and hypnotise people, we would see them burst into a room with blood stained fangs, grabbing people by the throat and tossing them across rooms.

As the decades rolled on, later Vampire films and television series would expand on what Hammer started to the point where we have modern day Vampires jumping hundreds of feet in the air and ripping people to pieces.

You can see how Vampires physical prowess and powers overall have changed over the years.

This brilliant sketch from Armstrong and Miller pokes fun at how much Vampires have changed over the years.

Whilst this type of character may be seen by some as old fashioned, it still nevertheless set the template for romantic and appealing Vampires in general in popular culture, whilst the image of Dracula is still largely Bela Lugosi too.

The black widows peak, the long flowing cape, the penguin suit, and the thick Hungarian accent all come from Lugosi, rather than the Stokers novel.

Occasionally writers may return to this model such as the Buffyverse version of Dracula.

8/ Jiang Shi (Chinese, Hopping Vampires)

Originator: Chinese Mythology

Other Notable Examples: The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires, Mr Vampire, Mr Vampire 2, Encounters of the Spooky Kind, Mr Vampire 4, Vampire vs Vampire.

The Jiang Shi were originally completely different monsters to Vampires. They were undead monsters from Chinese mythology who fed on the souls of their victims. They were as single minded as animals, never spoke, only roared and had hideous rotting faces. Myths about the Jiang Shi developed entirely independently from European myths about Vampires, but when Western stories about Vampires began to make their way to China, then the Chinese began to associate European Vampires with their own Jiang Shi. Dracula was even referred to as a blood sucking Jiang Shi in the Chinese translation.

It would be in the 1970s Hammer movie, The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires that the Jiang Shi would actually be made into Chinese Vampires for the first time. The Jiang Shi in Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires were as single minded as animals like the Jiang Shi from myths. They also had hideous rotting faces, and whilst they drank blood, they could also steal people’s souls and turn them into mindless zombie servants (who like the Jiang Shi from myths would hop up and down when they moved.)

The Jiang Shi make their film debut.

Whilst The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires did introduce the Jiang Shi to film audiences, it would later be the Hong Kong Mr Vampire film series that would cement their place as a classic movie monster around the world.

Starring the late Lam Ching Ying, these movies revolved around Master Kau, a taoist priest who hunted Jiang Shi. Kau did not always kill them however. He sometimes would tame them using magics, and even keep them as pets!

The Mr Vampire film series led to a massive horror boom in the East, comparable to the one that Universal kicked off in America in the 30s and 40s, and that Hammer studios kicked off in Britain in the 50s and 60s.

The Jiang Shi from the Mr Vampire movies were referred to as both Jiang Shi and Vampires, and they had a number of traits of both European Vampires and Jiang Shi. They feed on blood like European Vampires rather than souls, but they have hideous rotting faces, are as single minded as animals, and move by hopping up and down like the Jiang Shi of myths.

Their weaknesses are also a combination of European Vampires and Jiang Shi. They are killed by piercing the heart like European Vampires, but are vulnerable to Chinese herbs and enchantments like the Jiang Shi.

The Mr Vampire films were hugely successful in China and Hong Kong, and they would develop a very strong cult following in the west too. From that point on they have usually been referred to as Chinese Vampires. They would even be featured in some more Western works as Chinese Vampires such as Kim Newman’s Anno Dracula series.

The Jiang Shi are almost always depicted as villains, but the most common heroic Jiang Shi in films is a friendly Jiang Shi child. This character will often be presented in a more comical way. He will be a sweet friendly boy who likes using his Vampire powers to play harmless tricks on people. The first example of this type of character was Wee Okay Boy in Mr Vampire 2.

Whilst there are myths about undead Demons that feed on people to survive in almost every culture. the Jiang Shi have undoubtedly become the most famous around the world, alongside the classic Western Vampire and Zombie.

9/ Degenerate, Aristocratic Vampires (British Vampires)

Originator: Christopher Lee’s Dracula

Other Notable Examples: Baron Meinster (The Brides of Dracula), Doctor Ravna (Kiss of the Vampire), Count Karnstein (Twins of Evil), Count Mitterhouse (Vampire Circus), Dracula (Marvel Version)

This Vampire is most commonly found in British fiction, and in many ways they could be considered British Vampires, the same way the Jiang Shi are Chinese Vampires.

These characters will have been aristocrats in life, and probably cruel, horrible people before they became Vampires too. In contrast to the Lugosi Dracula who lives in crumbling castles, these Vampires will live in polished, luxurious castles, filled with beautiful art and fancy furniture. He will be pompous, arrogant and dress in fancy over the top clothes. He will also be a colossal pervert, with his crimes almost always being sexual in nature.

Everyone in the local village will know this character is a Vampire, and they will want to kill him, but will be too terrified to even lift a finger against him. It won’t just be because of his power as a Vampire but his influence as nobleman or a count.

The Vampire will be aware of this and will always taunt and laugh at the villagers for being pathetic cowards.

Whenever the villagers do finally rise up and strike out against him, then it will end very badly for them. We see this in Scars of Dracula of course where all of the women and children are torn to pieces by bats, sent by Dracula, and in Vampire Circus, where Count Mitterhouse after being staked, curses the villagers that they will all die, their children will die and their town will die (all of which comes true!)

This character grew out of Hammer’s habit of portraying their villains as vicious members of the upper class. In movies like Taste the Blood of Dracula, The Curse of the Werewolf, and Frankenstein Created Women, the monsters are all created by spoiled rich brats, land owners and lords.

These Vampire characters continued this tradition brilliantly and served as the perfect metaphors for corruption and decadence at the top of society, that sadly often .

10/ Fists and Fangs, Thug Vampires (American Vampires)

Originator: The Lost Boys

Other Notable Examples: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Blade, Supernatural

The opposite to the British, Aristocratic, pompous Vampire. This Vampire will live in crappy, rundown, abandoned warehouses, mouldy old crypts, or even in the sewers.

They will grab people off the streets at night and kill them, though they may also take them back to their lair and torture them for their own amusement.

These Vampires can look human but will almost always revert to a more monstrous form when feeding. They will tend to dress in more toned down, normal clothes like leather coats and they will talk in a more casual, common way.

These Vampires are used as a metaphor for thugs, street predators, rapists and gang violence. A classic example of this can be found in the Angel Episode, Warzone.

Here the fight between Vampire hunter Charles Gunn’s team and a local pack of Vampires is written as being more like a gang war than anything else. When the Vampires all pile on top of Charles Gunn’s sister to feed on her, its treated almost like a gang rape.

Just as the British Vampires were the perfect metaphors for corruption at the top of society, these Vampires were excellent metaphors for the worst kind of scum at the bottom of society.

These Vampires only tend to pop up in American series like Blade, Supernatural and Buffy. Thus just as the Jiang Shi are the Chinese Vampires, the perverted, corrupt Aristocrats are British Vampires, then these guys can really be seen as the modern day American Vampire.

11/ Vampires Who Can Make Their Blood Into Weapons (Asian Vampires)

Originator: Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl

Other Notable Examples: Vampire Detective

These Vampires appear to be quite common in Asian films and television series such as the Japanese film Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl and the South Korean television series, Vampire Detective. They have the power when to turn their blood in weapons such as axes, swords or projectiles that can cut their victims to pieces.

These Vampires however are almost always presented as the protagonists, as after all a Vampire this powerful would be a lot harder for Buffy, Peter Cushing or Blade to kill.

These Vampires will tend to be somewhat more surreal, over the top and even somewhat comical compared to other Vampires.

Asian Vampires are fucking awesome!

12/ Ugly, Freak, Outcast Vampire

Originator: Count Orlock (Nosferatu)

Other Notable Examples: The Master (Buffy), Count Orlock (Klaus Kinski version), Nomak (Blade 2), Kurt Barlow (Salem’s Lot)

This Vampire character is utterly repulsive to look at. He will be bald headed, have rat like teeth, pale skin, and long, dirty talons.

He will usually be an evil Vampire that despises humanity and is not presented as being romantic on the surface, but underneath unlike the Vampire Supremacist he might be full of self loathing and guilt. He will only be so evil, and twisted because he has been rejected for ever his appearance, and knows he will never fit in.

This Vampire will show us how horrible it actually is being a Vampire. In a lot of other works Vampires can end up being more of a teenage fantasy. Being a Vampire can even look quite cool. You get super powers, never get sick, never age. Yes there’s the whole bloodlust thing, but even that often looks quite easy to control in certain films and tv series.

This type of Vampire however shows a different side to the myth. Here when you become a Vampire, you end up as an ugly, foul smelling, rotting, beast, condemned to spend eternity alone.

These monsters are both terrifying and pitiful, and ironically despite their more demonic appearance, in some ways they can end up having the most complex personalities of any Vampire villain.

In many ways this is the second most popular image of Vampires in popular culture after the attractive, alluring Vampire. In some ways, all Vampire characters can broadly be split into these two categories.

13/ Monster God

Originator: The Old Ones (HP Lovecraft)

Other Notable Examples: The Old Ones (Buffy and Angel), Lucifer (Supernatural), Eve (Supernatural), Captain Hatch (Being Human),  La Magra (Blade) The Dark Ones (Ash vs Evil Dead)

This character is an ancient monster responsible for creating the main race of monsters in the franchise, be they Vampires or Demons. He will have been sealed away in another universe many centuries ago and passed into legend, even among the supernatural.

Still the Vampires and Demons (who he may have created as a way of escaping) will naturally worship seek to bring him back to our world so he can overrun humanity and allow the Vampires or Demons to finally rule the earth.

The great irony is that this monster will often not care for the Vampires or Demons he created. He will instead view them as nothing but fodder at best, and may even be disgusted at them for some reason, and seek to wipe them out once they have fulfilled their use.

The Old Ones from Buffy followed this template beat for beat. They were the original Demons who ruled the earth and were far more powerful than any other breed. They created Vampires, after feeding on and infecting a human, who became the first Vampire.

Many Vampires want to bring the Old Ones (who were banished to another universe) back, including the main season 1 villain The Master, who in the season finale manages to open the Hellmouth and briefly bring them back into our world.

The irony is however that the Old Ones are shown to regard Vampires as nothing but half breeds, and look down on the greatly as seen with the Old One Illyria. Had the Master succeeded in bringing the Old Ones back it probably would have spelled trouble for him and his kind, as they would have been Z-class citizens at best in the new Demon world.

In Supernatural we see a similar relationship between Lucifer and the Demons (the main antagonists of the series.)

Lucifer created Demons in Supernatural, before he was sealed away in hell. Azazel and many other Demons seek to free Lucifer from his cage.

Unfortunately for Azazel and the rest of his Demons, Lucifer actually despises them. He does just regard them as cannon fodder to use in his war against the Angels, but actually despises them. Lucifer in Supernatural after all hates humanity because he views them as corrupt and decadent. Imagine what he must think of his own children!

Unlike the Vampires in Buffy however, at least one Demon in Supernatural, Crowley comes to this conclusion and tries to help Sam and Dean stop Lucifer, simply to save his own skin.

CROWLEY: I want you to take this thing to Lucifer and empty it into his face.

DEAN: Uh okay and why exactly would you want the Devil dead?

CROWLEY: Survival. Lucifer isn’t a Demon remember.  He’s an Angel remember. An Angel famous for his hatred of humankind. To him, you’re just filthy little bags of pus. If that’s the way he feels about you. What can he think about us.

SAM: But he created you?

CROWLEY: To him we’re just servants. Cannon fodder. If Lucifer manages to exterminate humankind, we’re next.

In Being Human, Captain Hatch similarly created Vampires, Ghosts and Werewolves and is shown to regard all of them as nothing more than fodder and a food supply.

Finally Eve in Supernatural is similarly the mother of all monsters, though unlike Lucifer she does actually care about her “children”. Still she fulfils the same basic idea of being a monster God who was sealed away for many centuries only to be brought back by her monster followers in the hopes that she can create a world where they will rule.

The original monster gods were of course the Old Ones created by HP Lovecraft. The Old Ones were ancient monster gods who were banished from this universe and imprisoned centuries ago, with many of their servants wanting to bring them back.

Not only did the Old Ones serve as the inspiration for other primordial monsters, but other franchises such as Buffy and The Evil Dead would actually utilise Lovecraft’s Old Ones themselves.

3/ Other Supernatural Creatures

1/ Other Vampire Breeds

Originator: Hammer Films

Other Notable Examples: Marvel Comics, American Vampire, Fright Night 2011

Some pieces of Vampire fiction will play around with the idea of there being several different Vampire species.

There are many advantages to this of course. First and foremost it can allow you to to do various different types of stories, and it can also allow you to explore different Vampire myths too. As we have explored almost every culture appears to have its own myths about undead monsters or demons that exist by feeding on the blood or life essence of people. In India its the Vetala, in China its the Jianghsi, and in Europe its Vampires, but they are all essentially the same. Monsters who were once people, who have returned from the grave, who now feed on blood or at least the life force of the living, can only be killed by certain rituals, and are weak against certain herbs, foods and religious symbols that are sacred to their culture.

When you have multiple Vampire breeds you can obviously incorporate aspects of all of these wonderful myths and stories about Vampires from all over the world, and throughout history into your work, and it can also be quite interesting seeing how these different Vampire breeds view each other. For instance maybe the British style Vampires would view the American and Chinese Vampires as nothing more than runts, whilst the American Vampires may view the British Vampires as degenerate, stuck up, pompous cowards.

At the same time you can also show us how certain Vampire hunters might only be useful against certain breeds. For instance Buffy and Van Helsing wouldn’t know how to deal with a Jiang Shi that would be immune to all of their usual anti Vampire repellents, whilst the reverse would be true for Master Kau going up against a Western Vampire.

The Hammer movies were really the first to explore this wonderful idea. In The Brides of Dracula, the second entry in their Dracula series, Van Helsing reveals that there are many different types of Vampire and that the Vampire he is facing, Baron Meinster is of a different breed to Dracula’s.

Meinsters breed of Vampire is able to shapeshift and has greater hypnotic powers than Dracula’s, but they also lack super strength which Dracula’s obviously had.

In the later Hammer film Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter, Professor Grost reveals that there are as many species of Vampire as there are birds of prey, and the Vampire in question is shown to drain its victims youth rather than blood.

Finally The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires, the final Hammer Dracula film, sees Cushing’s Van Helsing travel to China where he battles Chinese Vampires who just like the myths are as single minded as animals, have hideous rotting faces, and can steal people’s souls.

Fittingly in the later Chinese horror movie, Vampire vs Vampire, the east’s greatest Vampire killer, Master Kau would come up against Dracula himself.

Vampire vs Vampire was actually intended to be an unofficial sequel to The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires, though Dracula is obviously played by a different actor.

Just as Cushing’s Van Helsing was inexperienced in dealing with Chinese Vampires, then Kau at first struggles to deal with Dracula as all of his usual anti Jiangshi weapons don’t work on the Count.

Marvel comics meanwhile would also play with the idea of there being various different Vampire breeds too, as would the recent comic book American Vampire written by Scott Snyder and Stephen King.

The idea of there being multiple breeds of Vampires is yet another idea that Hammer movies pioneered in Vampire fiction.

2/ Second, Feral, More Powerful Vampire

Originator: Nelapsi (mythology)

Other Notable Examples: Reapers (Blade 2), Turok Han (Buffy), Apocalypse World Vampires (Supernatural)

Obviously this is a similar idea to there being more than one species of Vampire, but this is a little bit more specific. This Vampire is the only other species of Vampire to the main one, and it is far more powerful, vicious and all around dangerous than the regular kind of Vampire.

It will also be far more hideous and monstrous looking than regular Vampires and will be as single minded as an animal, living for nothing but the kill. Regular Vampires will live in fear of it, and it might even kill and feed on them regularly. It will essentially be the Vampires, Vampire.

The Nelapsi were the first such examples of a second race of more dangerous Vampires. They originated in Slovakian mythology and were said to be so powerful that they could kill you with just a glare. They also could not be killed and could only be prevented from rising at night through certain rituals.

Whilst the Nelapsi have gone on to appear in a few pieces of Vampire fiction, sadly the second, more powerful race of Vampires has not gone on to be featured quite as prominently in other pieces of Vampire fiction. I think its a great idea personally, but still it hasn’t caught on quite as much as some other tropes.

Still both Buffy and Blade featured Vampires that Vampires fear. In Blade there were the Reapers, an attempt to create the ultimate Vampire, which instead created a mutant race called the Reapers who fed on both human and Vampire blood. The Reapers entered into popular culture for their famous, 3 way leech like jaws.

The Turok Han in Buffy meanwhile were described as being to Vampires, what Neanderthals were to humans, an ancient and entirely separate race.

Both the Turok Han and the Reapers also looked quite similar too. Both had bald heads, monstrous features, both never spoke, only roared, and both had similar powers, with both having a bone plate over their chests which protected them from staking for instance.

The Nelapsi and the Reapers and the Turok Han are such a simple idea, which is probably why the are so appealing. What are the monsters that keep monsters awake at night?

3/ Monster Supremacists 

Originator: The Scourge (Angel)

Other Notable Examples: Leviathans (Supernatural), Illyria (Angel), Glory (Buffy)

Similar to the Vampire Supremacist, this character will believe that his race are the chosen people, destined to rule the world and will seek to make humans into nothing more than cattle for his people, or wipe them out completely.

The difference is that he will be an original monster, and furthermore he will not only regard all of the classic monsters like Vampires, Werewolves and Demons to be lesser than his people, but he will regard them as inferior to humans as well. He may even plan on wiping them out, which will force humans and Vampires and Demons to enter into a very uncomfortable alliance with one another to bring him down.

The Scourge from Angel and the Leviathans from Supernatural both follow this template perfectly. The Leviathans are ancient monsters, older than Angels themselves. They are shown to view humans as nothing but cattle, but in quite an interesting twist they appear to view Demons and Vampires as being even less deserving of respect than humanity and memorably chew out both the leader of the Demons (Crowley) and Vampires (the Alpha Vampire) when they both attempt to make alliances with the Leviathans.

The Scourge meanwhile are pureblood Demons who despise any Demon species that is tainted with humanity and plan to wipe them all out (they regard Vampires as the lowest of all half breeds.)

Illyria meanwhile along with Glory from Buffy aren’t so much a monster supremacists like the Leviathans and the Scourge in that unlike either of those two examples, neither wants to kill other monsters that they regard as inferior per se. However they still demean them, have no quams about killing them, and regard them as filthy and repulsive.

Glory is shown to take a particular sadistic delight in torturing the Vampire Spike.

This monster can help flesh out the supernatural world the main characters live in as we can see how there is a hierarchy in the Demon world just like the animal kingdom and the monsters we fear the most like Demons, Vampires and Witches are ironically quite low on the pecking order.

Its also quite a nice irony to see Vampires, Witches and Demons that always seem so terrifying and powerful to us, get victimised and persecuted, like Spike and Tara ( a Witch) being tortured by Glory, or Crowley being helpless against the Leviathans who reject him as a bottom feeding mutation. It just goes to show you how there is always a bigger bully out there.

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Even Christopher Lee and Anjelica Huston would be small fish compared to Glory. 

4/ Werewolves

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Originator: Return of the Vampire.

Other Notable Examples: Underworld Film Series, Being Human series, Van Helsing, True Blood, The Vampire Diaries

Werewolves are the favourite sparring partners of Vampires in popular culture. There are almost too many examples to list across all mediums, film, television and video games.

The irony is however that its really a recent thing in comparison to how long Vampires and Werewolf myths have been around.  It only really begun in the 30s with Bela Lugosi, the most iconic (and for many still the greatest) Dracula who fought a Werewolf enemy in The Return of the Vampire. It wouldn’t be until the Underworld film series however that the trope became fully solidified in popular culture.

Vampires vs Werewolves has been used as a metaphor for everything from the Nazis persecution of the Jews such as in Being Human where we see Vampires in the bad future round Werewolves up into concentration camps, torture them, and brand them with L for Lycan. To even just rival football teams, such as in the comedy “What We Do In The Shadows” where the Vampire/Werewolf feud is presented as being more like mods and rockers, rangers vs celtic, IE a tribal, petty thing, than a full blown race war.

Still despite this, there are certain tropes that can be found in Vampire vs Werewolf stories. There will often be a love triangle between a Werewolf, a Vampire and a human woman. The Vampires will also have the advantage in terms of numbers and influence. It makes sense after all as Vampires have the power all of the time, whilst Werewolves usually only change on the full moon.

Vampires may even have driven Werewolves to near extinction, such as in Twilight and The Vampire Diaries and will often demean them in various ways (which can often lead to a Werewolf who becomes a badass Vampire hunter who kills scores of Vampires.)

Of course Werewolves and Vampires are often put together simply because they are also the two most popular monsters. Still over the years a number of writers have found a way to give the two monsters a very special relationship.

After Werewolves, Vampires tend to get paired with Demons the most. Vampires and Demons tend to more just regard each other with contempt however in things like Buffy and Charmed, rather than be sworn enemies like Vampires and Werewolves. Vampires and Demons may even in some instances be shown to be friendly with each other, such as in Angel, where the main Vampire hero works alongside several Demons.

Zombies meanwhile may often be paired with Vampires, but they will usually be their pets that they feed people too such as in the Blade film series or Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires.

Vampires and Ghosts meanwhile aren’t brought together that often in western popular culture (though there are a few exceptions such as Being Human and The Vampire Diaries of course.)

In Chinese horror movies however, the reverse is true, and Vampires and Ghosts appear together in many films. This is probably because Ghosts are far more popular film monsters than Werewolves in the east.

Rather than simply pit Vampires against Ghosts however, Chinese horror movies will often contrast their two most popular monsters by depicting them in entirely the opposite way, rather than simply have them fight.

The Ghosts in Chinese horror movies, are often female, and are presented as sympathetic characters. In the original Mr Vampire film for instance there is the Ghost of young woman who falls in love with Master Kau’s assistant after he lays a tribute by her grave. In life the woman had no family or friends. No one even came to her funeral, or notices her passing, except for Kau’s assistant which causes her to follow him home, where she eventually falls in love with him after seeing what a hero he is.

Unfortunately however because she is a Ghost, whenever they are together she ends up draining his life force, and Kau is eventually forced to chase her away. Even Kau however is shown to take pity on the lonely Ghost and ultimately spares her.

Spooky Encounters, a crossover film with Sammo Hungs Fatman character and Master Kau features a sympathetic Ghost lady who helps our main heroes defeat the evil Wizard.

The classic A Chinese Ghost Story film series meanwhile also revolves around a tragic female Ghost character, as does of course Rouge.

The Vampires meanwhile as we have been over in Chinese horror movies are almost always male, always presented as being utterly hideous in appearance, but as single minded as animals and have no desires except to maim and kill.

Thus Vampires and Ghosts in Chinese films serve as quite interesting foils for each others. The Ghosts are almost always beautiful, alluring and likable, whilst the Vampires are always scary, and monstrous. The Ghosts show Master Kau’s crusade as not being quite so black and white, as whilst he does ultimately have to exorcise them. Ghosts are not actually evil. They can’t help the fact that they will drain the life out of any human they get close too, so Master Kau can come across as cold and unfeeling when dispatching them. He is in a way murdering innocent people, but he has no choice as if he doesn’t then more innocents will die.

With the Vampires however it is of course completely black and white when Kau slays them, and we never doubt that is hero when he goes up against a roaring, bloodthirsty, ugly Vampire.

In some ways the first Mr Vampire movie almost feels like two different horror films merged together because of how it depicts its two main monsters. One a tragic, moving supernatural love story about a lonely Ghost, the other a straight forward, action packed Vampire flick.

Interestingly enough however, despite being two of the most popular supernatural creatures, Vampires vs Witches doesn’t tend to be a very popular pairing in any part of the world. They have appeared together in a few prominent works, like in True Blood, The Vampire Diaries and Buffy, but even then in a lot of cases they don’t have much interaction. Sometimes Vampires are depicted as being immune or at least having a greater immunity to a Witches Magic unlike other supernatural creatures.

We see this in Charmed, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Buffy (where Vampires are immune to some, but not all magics, such as Glory’s spell that makes people forget she and Ben are the same.)

It would be interesting to see Vampires pitted against other types of supernatural creatures in the future.

Settings

Monster Club

Originator: Monster Club (R Chetwynd Hayes novel)

Other Notable Examples: Caritas (Angel) Willies Bar (Buffy) LL Secundo (Supernatural) Blood Clubs (Blade film series), Titty Twister (From Dusk Till Dawn)

As its name would suggest, this type of setting is a club, or a bar where monsters of different kinds go to relax, enjoy a pint of blood and socialise with other abominations.

It was first featured in R Chetwynd Hayes novel The Monster Club and the subsequent 1980s film adaptation starring Vincent Price and John Carradine.

The premise sees a friendly Vampire named Erasmus invite a horror author to the local Monster club where he tells him three stories about monsters for inspiration.

The stories include one about a Shadmock ( a monster hybrid) who is used by two scam artists with tragic results, another about a Vampire family, and finally one about a horror movie director who ends up trapped in a town called Loughville, that is populated by flesh eating Ghouls.

I must admit the last story about the Ghouls terrified me as a child. In fact I’d go as far as to say that this sequence and Erica being trapped in the painting terrified me more than any other two scenes in a horror movie.

In this scene below the film director manages to escape to a small church where he finds the skeleton of a priest, as well as his diary which details how Loughville was overrun by the Ghouls.

Ironically it was priests fault. He found the first Ghoul in a graveyard, and whilst the rest of the villagers wanted to kill it, he hoped that he could rehabilitate the monster. Despite his efforts however, he later found the monster feeding on the remains of one of the villagers it had killed and chased it away, but by that point it was too late, and the monster returned with more of its kind to take control of the village.

The Priest ended up trapped in the church where the monsters couldn’t enter. He was forced to listen as they tore everyone else in the village apart, before he eventually died of starvation.

The reason these two scenes scared me was because of the idea behind them. Blood and gore is horrible to look at, but a horrible idea sticks in your head for longer and keeps you up at night.

I had so many nightmares as a child where I was the priest who invited the first Ghoul in.

I’d dream I was trapped in the tiny little Church, nowhere to go, wondering whether to die slowly of dehydration in the Church, or get it over quickly, but die in agony by being torn to pieces by the creatures outside.

I could also not only hear the monsters laughing and taunting me, but the people of Loughville that I had doomed (in the dream of course as I was the priest) cursing my name for not killing the first Ghoul. The final line from the Priests diary (which is sadly partially cut off in the above video) “Even as I write I can hear the howls” always stuck in my head.

I’d always be scared when I went to bed that I would wake up in Loughville in the Church and hear the howls of the ravenous Ghouls outside!

Whilst the Ghoul story was terrifying, the actual Monster Club itself was portrayed in a very comical way with the monsters all being very friendly. Vincent Price’s Vampire character is by far and away one of the most likable and sweet monsters in anything, and at the end of the film, he even manages to convince the Club to include his human friend as a member.

In both Buffy and Angel we’d see two more Monster Clubs, Carritas and Willies. Much like Wyndham’s Monster Club, these were both portrayed in a more comical way, with the monsters singing Karoke and having a fun time.

Supernatural also featured a monster club in what was intended to be the pilot episode for its first spin off, bloodlines.

The Blade film series featured blood clubs where Vampires would gather together and literally drip blood from their ceilings. They’d often bring at least one live person in there to torture and kill for fun.

Obviously unlike Caritas, or Price’s Monster Club this was a far more terrifying depiction of the idea.

Finally the monster club would be the premise for Quentin Tarrantino and Robert Rodriquez Vampire trilogy, From Dusk Till Dawn which features a bar run by Vampires that lures truckers and passers by in to feed on.

I’d definitely rather visit this Monster Club.

The Monster Club is a fun idea. I think overall it tends to lend itself better to comedy. Even the From Dusk Till Dawn movies have a certain tongue in cheek aspect to them (much like the Evil Dead films.)

Still overall it can be adapted for moments of genuine horror too. Its always a frightening idea when you are alone with someone who is secretly a monster. Now imagine being in a room full of monsters!

Anti Paranormal Organisation That Goes Evil

Originator: The Initiative (Buffy)

Other Notable Examples: The British Men of Letters (Supernatural) Men in Grey (Being Human) Kemp and Lucy Jaggat’s organisation (Being Human)

These characters will be part of a secret underground military organisation who not only hunt Vampires, Demons, and monsters, but capture and experiment on them. They may even try and cure them, though often these cures will be brutal and even possibly lethal. (Spikes chip, the attempts at curing Werewolves in Being Human.)

There will often be someone close to the hero who works for this organisation who is able to seduce the main character into working for them, or going along with them (Riley, Jaggat).

However it will become apparent that this company is disrupting the natural order and has sinister plans to use the monsters powers for their own benefit. They will almost always unleash a far worse threat (Adam, Captain Hatch, Mitchell and Daisy’s bloody rampage in revenge.) Eventually this organisation will be torn apart by the very monsters they hoped to contain in a spectacular way.

This type of setting tends to be a bit more controversial than others. The Initiative for instance is generally regarded as one of the weaker arcs in Buffy, whilst similarly season 2 of Being Human is often regarded as the weakest series.

I think a lot of fans tend to see this as a “humans are the real monsters” type of a story, which if not done right can end up as the most terrible cliche.

Personally thought I think it can be quite an interesting to see how the military can attempt to utilise magic and the paranormal the same way would any natural resource, only to learn the hard way how out of their league they are.

These stories can also I feel reinforce the threat of creatures like Vampires and Demons, as the failure of organisations like the Initiative and The Men in Grey, who have all the resources and weapons in the world, but still not only fall to the monsters, but also usually end up playing into a far worse evils hands, shows the audience how these monsters really cannot ever be underestimated.

Vampire Town

Originator: Vault of Horror

Other Notable Examples: Sunnydale (Wishverse version, Buffy), Loughville, (Monster Club), Purgatory (Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat), 

An extension from the Monster Club idea. What’s scarier than one Vampire? A club of Vampires. What’s scarier than that? A whole town, maybe even city of Vampires!

Possibly the first example of this trope in action was the Amicus movie Vault of Horror. Vault of Horror, like many of Amicus’ best movies was an anthology piece, and the first story, called Midnight Mess saw a corrupt man named Harold Rogers murder his sister, Donna who had recently moved to a mysterious town in the middle of nowhere, in order to get their father’s inheritance.

When Harold explores the town, he is warned by the locals to get in before the sun goes down. Foolishly ignoring their warning, he then settles down in a local restaurant only to discover that it is run by Vampires when they ask him how he likes his blood clots!

The Vampires then string him up, and Harold discovers that Donna is in fact the leader of the Vampires and she personally cuts his throat open.

Like all of the stories in Vault of Horror, Midnight Mess was a great mixture of comedy and genuine horror. In the final scene its somewhat humorous watching a room full of posh Vampires talk about how blood is always the nicest when its fresh, but the final shot of Harold’s twitching corpse, strung up like an animal in a slaughter house, whilst his own sister drinks a glass of his blood, is truly disturbing.

Amicus would play withthis trope again in their final horror movie, The Monster Club with the town of Loughvile. Loughvile as we have explored was a town that was overrun by Ghouls.

Its not quite a Vampire town, but its obviously still a similar idea. A remote place where people are literally nothing more than cattle for a race of hideous, undead monsters that prey on humans.

Loughville for reasons I’ve explored terrified me the most growing up. Unlike the Vampire town in Vault of Horror, no people lived in Loughville, except for a Ghoul/human hybrid, called a humgoo.

The humgoo character named Luna is a young girl who is forced to help lure passing travellers into the monsters village. She is shown to befriend the film director however and helps him escape to the church for which the Ghouls attempt to devour her.

She later attempts to flee the village with the director, only to be killed by the Ghouls. In contrast to Harold, the Humgoo is a sympathetic and tragic character. She doesn’t want to hurt anyone, is constantly mistreated and abused by the Ghouls (including her own father) and yearns to escape to the city, only to be murdered seconds before she is about to finally escape her nightmarish existence.

In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode The Wish, we are introduced to an alternate version of Sunnydale, when Cordelia Chase inadvertantly makes a wish to the vengeance Demon Anyanka that Buffy had never come to Sunnydale.

This version of the famous town is not too dissimilar to the Vampire town in Vault of Horror. Unlike Loughville people still live here, but they obviously don’t go out after dark, and live very frightened, miserable lives.

The Vampires meanwhile just like those in Vault of Horror don’t just bite people, but drain their blood out through machines and serve them in glasses and cups!

Cordelia can be seen to occupy the role of Harold from Vault of Horror in that she is the ignorant outsider who doesn’t know why everything is so strange, and later discovers that her rivals are now Vampires. There’s even a similar scene where Cordelia is warned to get in before the sun goes down just like Harold.

Finally another notable example of this trope is the underrated cult classic Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat, which blends the Vampire and western genres together.

Starring Bruce Campbell and David Carradine this movie flips the Vampire town idea on its head by having the Vampires all be reformed, well most of them are. The film revolves around a civil war between the good guy Vampires (led by a rare heroic version of Dracula.) And those who don’t want to give up their old way of life.

One thing that the Vampire town stories all seem to have in common is bleak endings. The Wish, Vault of Horror and The Ghoul story from Monster Club all end with the main characters being killed (though Giles is able to undo the Wishverse, and Harold was a pretty horrible guy, so you don’t care that he ends up dying.)

Really I don’t think you can have a character escape a Vampire town, as it just ends up undermining their menace too much.

Post Apocalyptic Vampire Ruled Earth

Originator: I Am Legend

Other Notable Examples:  Being Human (Season 4), Anno Dracula

The final extension from the Monster club idea. You can’t really top a planet of Vampires! This idea was originally conceived by classic horror and sci fi author Richard Matheison for his novel I Am Legend.

Its no exaggeration to say that I Am Legend is one of the most important horror novels ever written. Its up there with Dracula and Frankenstein in terms of helping to reshape the genre.

I Am Legend marked the first time that Vampirism was explained away through rational, scientific means, rather than supernatural. It also marked the first time that we saw the last human surviving in a world now populated by undead monsters that wanted to eat him!

Not only would it inspire 3 film versions, but it also inspired George A Romero, with his iconic Dead trilogy (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead.) All revolving around a similar premise of the last people on earth having to survive against hordes of undead monsters.

The only difference was that Romero called his monsters Zombies (and Ghouls in the original Night of the Living Dead) and had them eat their victims flesh instead of just drinking their blood. He also made them less intelligent too, but essentially the Zombies in the Romero movies were the same as Vampires in Matheison’s I Am Legend.

Both classic undead monsters, who are normally supernatural, but are now created as a result of science gone wrong. Both are horrible, shuffling, rotting corpses who physically are very weak and easy to overpower, but are scary because they move in packs.

Of course as we know the Romero films would spawn countless imitators, influence many other major franchises such as Resident Evil and The Walking Dead, and propel the Zombie to being one of the major movie monsters. There were Zombie movies before the Romero films of course, but they were to Zombies what Jurassic Park was for Velociraptors, in that they propelled them to being a monster everyone would know.

Essentially the modern Zombie genre grew out of a Vampire story. Its funny when you remember this article where Charlie Brooker said that Vampires were the worst monsters and Zombies were the only good ones.

Charlie Brooker Hates Vampires

“Real serial killers are so mental they can scarcely tie their own shoelaces. So bollocks to the screen version. And don’t even think about mentioning vampires, with their gothic pretension and crappy teeth. They’re annoying, not scary. Fuck vampires. But zombies — now there’s a threat I can relate to. Zombies are the misanthrope’s monster of choice. They represent fear and disgust of our fellow man. The anonymous animal masses. The dumb, shuffling crowd. Them — the public. They’re awesomely stupid. They have an IQ of one. Proper zombies can’t operate a door handle or climb a ladder. Toss one a Rubik’s Cube and it’ll bounce off his thick, moaning head. All they do is walk around aimlessly, pausing occasionally to eat survivors. The idea for the show came about one night in 2004 while I was watching 24. Jack Bauer was performing a tracheotomy on a terrorist with a splintered peg or something, and another terrorist came running through the door. ‘I’m enjoying this,’ I thought, ‘but these terrorists are just ridiculous. They’re like waves of Space Invaders. They might as well be zombies.’”

Oh the irony! The very Zombie genre he loves wouldn’t exist without a Vampire story. The Zombies he claims are the best monsters begun as just a variant of Vampire!

Of course while the modern Zombie has taken over the post apocalyptic genre, there are still a few examples of a Vampire apocalypse such as in Being Human’s 4th series.

Conclusion

As you can see there are a lot of tropes and ideas that pop up in Vampire fiction from time to time. Again nothing wrong with that, as long as you can provide a new and interesting take on it.

Of course it could be a challenge for a writer to try and write a Vampire story without ANY of these characters or ideas. Or alternatively, you could try and write a story that incorporates all of these characters and ideas which hasn’t actually be done yet.

Buffy and Angel I think incorporate the largest amount, but even then they leave out quite a few major tropes such as the Vampires vs Werewolves feud.

Thanks for reading.

 

 

Right Wing SJWs and The Horse Shoe Effect

Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right, here I am, stuck in the middle with you.

I have identified as a socialist for pretty much most of my adult life, but in the last few years I have come to see that socialism is obviously far from perfect. No political ideology is. I still believe in socialised concepts such as the welfare state and the NHS, but now I think a mixed economy utilising the best aspects of both socialism and capitalism is the way forward for the west, until we are ready for a full socialist society.

Sadly however despite still having some overlap with them on many key issues, I would never wish to associate myself with the left as in the last few years it has become a sick parody of its former self.

Its bigoted towards white men, its fascist and threatens to shut people who disagree with it down, it is willing to look the other way in the face of atrocities for its own agendas, and finally the left also has a soft bigotry of low expectations towards dark skinned people.

As a result of this many young people have abandoned the left and turned towards right wingers. In fact generation Z is said to be the most conservative generation since World War 2.

I myself whilst never abandoning my left wing principles, would certainly in the last few years have probably viewed the right as being better than the left overall I must admit.

However fortunately I have realised that actually there are just as many SJWs on the right.

Right wing SJWs currently are not as big a threat as left wing SJWs as its the left that has all of the institutional power. Yes we do have a right wing government in power in both the UK and the US, but ultimately the media is where the real power lies, and it is totally dominated by left wing identity politics. Also in real life if you say you disagree with any piece of received left wing dogma, like say the gender wage gap which has been debunked time and time again.

The gender wage gap is a myth

Then you are more likely to become a social pariah among friends you’ve known for years, even decades. You might actually be fired from your job and black listed.

Still this doesn’t mean that right wing SJWs wouldn’t do the same if they were in power. They can appear to be more logical, and reasonable because they are attacking the current fascists in power, but don’t be fooled.

An SJW, right wing or left wing is still an SJW. They are not really political. They are tribal and they have decided to latch onto one team, and will follow everything their home team does regardless.

Things like capitalism, socialism and feminism have really replaced religion in modern secular societies. If you dare to question anything these ideologies preach, then you will be attacked by their followers for being a heretic.

In this article I am going to run through the ways that the right and the left really are no different in terms of their behaviour.

Politics is not the same as religion. It should be looked at in an objective and fair way, and what is best for the current situation we are in, but sadly the following examples of tribalism from both sides prevents that from happening.

1/ Fidel Castro and Augusto Pinochet

These two fine gentlemen dindunuffin.

When the Cuban dictator Fidel Castro died, the left lined up to canonise him as a great man and a fighter for justice and freedom around the world.

Naturally many people on the right called them out on their hypocrisy. They pointed out that Castro was above all else a dictator who took away people’s right to vote, and that in the earlier years of his rule he, by his own admission persecuted homosexuals.

Fidel Castro Takes Blame For Persecution of Gay People

Yet the same people like Justin Trudeau and Jeremy Corbyn who love to virtue signal about how much they hate Trump for supposedly being homophobic were singing the praises of this man.

The leftists will often try and justify Castro’s human rights violations by pointing to the good things he did for his country, such as freeing it from the corrupt government owned by the American Mafia (who were definitely worse), and bringing in free education and health care for his people.

Still this obviously does not even begin to excuse the inhuman barbarity that LGBT people in Cuba were subjected too for years from Castro’s government.

This Is How Fidel Castro Persecuted Gay People

Still whilst the rightists were correct to call the left out on their hypocrisy here, at the same time they ultimately lost the moral high ground when they started defending Augusto Pinochet.

Pinochet was a Chilean dictator who ruled from 1973 to 1990. He overthrew the democratically elected socialist government of Chile and imposed a truly brutal regime that silenced any opposition.

Whilst it did not cause as many deaths as some other dictatorships, the Pinochet regime was still nevertheless notorious for its horrific sadism.

Pinochet’s soldiers tortured men, women and children in such gruesome ways as electrocuting their genitals, raping them, and forcing them to carry out incest, pedophillia and even cannibalism at gun point. He even had women raped by dogs!

Here are some sources to back this up.

Law Lords Told of Pinochet Atrocities

Agusto Pinochet’s Nazi Pedophile Cult

The Absurd Defence of Augusto Pinochet

Yet in spite of this and the fact that he was a dictator, the very same right who ridiculed leftists like Justin Trudeau for overlooking Castro’s sins and saying that it was okay that he took away the people’s democratic rights because he did some good things for the economy. They all line up one after another to actually try and defend a monster like Pinochet.

Sargon of Akkad who did a whole video attacking Castro and his apologists for instance is an apologist for Pinochet to some extent. He said in a recent video that all Pinochet did was get rid of his communist problem.

Its disgusting that Sargon would dismiss women who were forced to have sex with their own children, had spiders shoved up their genitals, and men who were raped in front of the rest of the prisoners and were forced to eat their own shit; as just being Pinochet getting rid of his communist problem.

Look at this video from Coach Red Pill.

All of the same arguments the left used to try and overlook Castro’s faults are used by Coach Red Pill.

1/ There were no atrocities in Cuba or Chile, because I lived there, went on holiday there and I didn’t see anything.

2/ Yes he was a dictator who took away the people’s right to vote, and he silenced all opposition in the most brutal ways possible, and normally I’m a big supporter of democracy and freedom of speech, but well it was okay when Pinochet/Castro did it because of the uh, economy.

3/ All of the people they tortured and killed were just trouble makers trying to overthrow their rightful leader, even though a lot of their victims were just citizens, innocent people, even children who suffered the most horrific deaths, I’m still going to dismiss them as getting what they deserved.

Now sometimes it is true that in order to prevent a greater threat we have to take the side of a dictator. For instance in Syria right now Assad though a brutal and evil man is a better option than ISIS as if they were to take control from him, even more innocent people would die.

This article here from a gay man, a group that Assad is persecuting sums up why its better to side with Assad over ISIS as with Assad for the most part you can still live under him, even if it isn’t exactly a good existence, yet with ISIS they would throw you off a roof for being gay.

We Don’t Have Rights But We Are Alive

However the right and the lefts defence for Pinochet and Castro isn’t just a lesser of two evils attitude. To be fair an argument could be made for Castro being the lesser of two evils compared to what ruled before him. But again the likes of Corbyn don’t come at it from that attitude. They praise him as a great man and overlook all of his faults.

Pinochet meanwhile was ironically only able to seize power thanks to American intervention. Many of the rightists who are apologists for Pinochet are also against intervention in places like Syria, Libya and Iraq (hence their support for Trump.)

I agree with them of course on foreign intervention in countries like Iraq and Libya just making the existing problems worse, but still how can these people then suddenly think it’s okay to remove an actual democratically elected leader which Salvador Allende was, and back a brutal dictator when its Pinochet?

The reason for this is again because of their tribalism. With Assad, his supporters on the left and the right aren’t really tribal about him. They will acknowledge that he is a monster, but say that removing him at this stage would be worse as it would allow ISIS who are demonstrably worse a chance to rise, would throw the middle east into absolute anarchy, and could possibly provoke a war with Russia and China.

Thus support for Assad is purely logical, and there are no attempts to dismiss the horrors he has carried out, or stupid memes designed to make him seem like a cool guy, whilst overlooking, or even ridiculing the people he tortured and killed.

Image result for pinochet pepes

With Pinochet and Castro however because they both represent the political ideology the rightists and the lefties are part of (socialism in Castro’s case, free market capitalism in Pinochet’s) and because that ideology is their religion, then neither the left, nor the right will accept that either could have done anything wrong.

Again look at the comments from right wing SJWs on this video which actually documents the horrors of the Pinochet regime.

These people just simply can’t accept that their favoured political ideology might be open to abuse, and might lead to things like the above, so they do their best to cover it up, or even just stick their fingers in their ears when being presented with the horrors it has caused.

This in turn just leads to my next point.

2/ “They Just Weren’t Doing It Right”

Right wingers will often sneer at SJWs who identify as communists and socialists. Whenever people bring up the communist and socialist states that have failed and led to massive human loss, the left wing SJWs response will always be “they just weren’t doing communism right”.

Hilariously however right wingers like Paul Joseph Watson and Sargon of Akkad use the exact same defence when trying to excuse the horrors and atrocities that capitalism has caused on a global scale too of “that’s not real capitalism, that’s just corprotism”.

In the above video we see a debate between a socialist and a capitalist. Now again on the surface the capitalist obviously seems more reasonable, and he is more reasonable. The left winger who was given the unfortunate nickname of Aids Skrillex by the internet, screams and shouts, is openly bigoted towards white men, and dog piles with his friends on the one guy.

Still ultimately Aids Skrillex and the Info Wars Journalist’s arguments on socialism and capitalism are really no different. One is saying they never did socialism right in any of the countries it failed in, another is saying “I’ve never seen actual capitalism in my life time, its just been crony capitalism.”

Again both sides are desperately trying to cover up the faults of their side, by saying it wasn’t because these systems can lead to abuses of power and inequalities and poverty, no it was just bad people at the top. Furthermore they are also more desperate to try and score points against the other side “yeah socialism may be failing in Venezeula, but capitalism caused the Iraq war”.

Then of course we get absolutely laughable attempts from other people to discredit the other side, which actually have nothing to do with politics, just who is cooler, such as this.

As a result neither are able to look at the failings of their own political ideologies, acknowledge them and try to fix them. Leftists and rightists are both locked in a cycle of “no its just bad people” and whataboutism.

Free market capitalism does lead to corprotism. In the free market you have to eliminate all competition, so naturally the biggest business will want to crush all of the smaller ones, leading to everything eventually being owned by one corrupt organisation. I’d also argue that globalism comes from free market capitalism too. After all a business will have to expand beyond even its home country, and eventually become the dominant global business.

Ironically all of the people that those on the right despise, George Soros, and Hillary Clinton are free market capitalists who are just simply trying to make their business the top one, regardless of the cost.

Of course at the same time, yes communism and socialism that wants to hand more power over to the government is obviously more open to fascism.

This is why I favour a mixed economy, as it does allow independent businesses to flourish, whilst at the same time allowing natural resources to be open to everybody, and safety nets for people.

Sadly however tribalism prevents any kind of true progress as not only do you demonise everything about the other side, but you will refuse to acknowledge any faults with your own.

3/ Soft Bigotry Of Low Expectations Towards Dark Skinned People

People hate me just because I am a strong black/Muslim woman. Its totally not because I am a lying, two faced, scummy, money grubbing bigot.

Neither the left nor the right these days hate dark skinned people. well the alt right does, but since its such a tiny minority among the actual right then it doesn’t really matter.

Still both have sadly shown that they do not treat dark skinned people as equals. They often don’t hold dark skinned people to the same high moral standard as they do white people, and worse they are also fond of using black people as human shields to defend their arguments and use them as trophies to show how not racist they are to their enemies.

The left’s soft bigotry of low expectations is most notable in their attempts to shut down any criticism of Islam.

Islam is possibly the most evil ideology on the planet. Its holy book the Quran tells all Muslims to exterminate non believers, that women are inferior to men, that all gay people be exterminated and that all black people are ugly pug nosed raisin headed animals, fit only to serve white people.

Ironically Muhammad was not only described as being snow white, but in the Hadith it is said that to describe him as dark skinned is punishable by death! Its also worth noting that Arabs are classed as Caucasians too.

Here are sources to back up what I am saying about Islam.

Quranic verses of violence

Islamic Slave Trade

Islamic View of Homosexuality

Now this is not to say that all Muslims are evil. There are many decent Muslims in the west. These Muslims either ignore the heinous parts of the Quran, or I think in some cases they haven’t even read it, and have just taken their parents or their local Imam’s word that Islam is a peaceful religion. After all not all Jewish people have read the Old Testament either in the west, and not all Christians have read the bible either.

For these kinds of Muslims, their religion is either just a source of comfort for the hardships of life, like losing a loved one, or its just a series of traditions and a way of keeping their people together in a community, or even just a social thing.

However Muslims who do follow and are raised on what the Quran actually says at least hold bigoted views towards women, Jews and LGBT people, as well as other religious groups such as Hindus and Christians.

In any country where Islam is allowed to call the shots such as Saudi Arabia, or Iran then homosexuality is illegal, or punishable by death and women hold fewer rights than men, whilst many Muslim countries still hold Africans as slaves.

Twenty First Century African Slaves in Islamic Countries

Christians are also as a result of Muslims actions, the most persecuted religious group worldwide

Christians Most Persecuted Religious Group Worldwide

Christians Most Persecuted Religious Group

Then of course there is the historic genocide of Hindus as a result of Islamic actions, and their current persecution of Hindus in countries like Bangladesh.

Muslim Persecution of Hindus In Bangladeshi

Muslim Persecution of Hindus in India

The Biggest Genocide In Human History: Islamic Invasion of India

Islamic Genocide In India

Even in the United Kingdom over 50 percent of British Muslims think homosexuality should be criminalised, compared to 2 percent of all other groups in the UK.

Over 50 Percent of British Muslims Think Homosexuality Should Be Criminalised

The majority of grooming gangs are also Muslim as well. This behaviour stems from what Islam says about women. Muhammed outright said that “your women are your fields, so go into your fields whenever and whichever way you want.”

Not surprisingly when one group of people are raised on these types of beliefs then they are probably going to be better represented in things like grooming gangs rather than in things like winning the Nobel Prize.

Grooming Gang Statistics

Now again this is not to say that ALL Muslims are like this, or that we should ban Muslims from coming to the country. However a proper and sensible discussion needs to be had about Islam.

The same problems are not happening with other religious groups like Sikhs and Christians. To say that all religions are equally bad is not only dishonest, its utter cowardice.

Yes there are dodgy passages in the New Testament, but overall Jesus is a benevolent figure. He was someone who ultimately said to love your enemies, he made a point of separating the Church from the state, and didn’t command his followers to conquer people.

The Old Testament meanwhile is morally every bit as disgusting as the Quran. However from a practical point of view it is less dangerous in the modern world than the Quran is for a number of reasons.

To start with its open to interpretation. There are so many contradictions in the Old Testament, and it is also not presented as the actual word of God, but a second hand account. Also the Old Testament doesn’t actually promise its followers an afterlife if they martyr themselves either.

The Quran however is presented as the definitive word of God and therefore everything in it has to be taken literally. Also it is not full of contradictions either. Muhammed does preach love and acceptance in the early stages of his career, but he later tells his followers to ignore these teachings.

The reason Muhammed preached peace in the earlier passages of the Quran was simply because at that point his forces weren’t as strong. Once they were however he abandoned this, and even claimed that he had been made victorious with terror!

Furthermore Muhammed also told his followers that when they are low in number, they should lie about being peaceful to non Muslims until their forces are strong enough, after which they should then exterminate all non believers.

Muhammed named this process Taqiyya.

David Wood sums it up as always.

Taqiyya in action.

Finally the Jewish and Christian faiths have also had many reformations too that have purged them of their violent passages.

For all of these reasons Islam is currently the most dangerous ideology, never mind religion on the face of the planet.

I would love if it just vanished, but its too deeply rooted for that. So instead I think it needs to be made toothless until it does just become a harmless faith.

Peaceful measures can be taken to achieve this that don’t involve tarring all Muslims as the same.

To start with Saudi Arabia should be boycotted the same way that South Africa was. Also Islamic reformers such as Imam Tawhidi should be given more air time and support.

Also no more concessions should be made to Islam. All Sharia courts, Muslim faith schools etc, should be shut down right away. Islam needs to integrate with OUR culture, not the other way around.

Also Islam should be criticised in public as much as any other ideology and religion to ensure that there are no double standards against other faiths.

Shutting down all legit criticism of Islam will lead to more suffering for everyone.

Obviously the victims of Islam, here and around the world will be left out in the cold to suffer in silence.

Rochdale Grooming Gang

Politically Correct Do Gooders Shutting Down Discussion About Muslim Grooming Gangs

Silencing Rochdale Grooming Gangs Is Foul Snub To Victims

Furthermore the Muslim reformers who are threatened with death every day will be more vulnerable as a result too, as no one will know the danger they are placing themselves in, in trying to reform the most retrograde ideology, as hey Islam is already peaceful right?

Imam Tawhidi Sent Chilling Death Threat

Assault Threats To Australian Imam Over Calls To Close Muslim School

Death Threats Are Nothing New For Muslim Reformers.

Finally the more problems Islam causes in our society, the more anger there will be directed towards the Muslim community as a whole, but with no practical solution being offered up, people will eventually turn to genuine right wing extremists who will smear all Muslims as potential terrorists.

Acid Threats To Muslims

Sadly however the left are the people who are preventing any reasonable discussion about Islam being had, as they see all criticism of Islam as racist (despite Islam not being a race), simply because most Muslims have brown skin.

That literally is it. If Islam was a religion practised by mostly white people like Christianity or Scientology, then left wingers would have no problem with attacking it. Hell they’d probably be calling for it to be banned.

Of course ironically the left ends up betraying many of the groups that it sees itself as champions of such as women and LGBT people when it tries to silence all reasonable criticism of Islam as racism.

Goldsmith University Feminists Side With Islamists

I know Kraut is a doxxing arsehole, but this vid is probably the best run down on the horrific extent of Islamic homophobia there is. Set some time aside and give it a watch.

These leftists don’t view dark skinned people as their equals. They view them as children who shouldn’t be held accountable in the same way as white people, so its okay if a dark skinned person hates gay people, hates women, or if they follow a religion that says gay people are inferior, as well you don’t expect the same kind of morality from a dark skinned person do you?

Case in point look at Donald Trump and Linda Sarsour. Trump’s comments about grabbing women by the pussy were pathetic and stupid, but they were not contrary to popular belief advocating rape.

Trump says in the video “they let me do it“, so he isn’t boasting about grabbing women without their consent. What he is actually saying if you listen to the full clip is that because he is a big tv star and millionaire, women who normally wouldn’t look at him throw themselves at him and let him grab them by the pussy.

It doesn’t show much respect for his exes, but to be fair Trump has probably dealt with more than his fair share of gold diggers (and no that’s not saying gold diggers are all women. I think most billionaires of both genders are probably going to have to deal with a few gold diggers.)

Linda Sarsour meanwhile is a Muslim woman, and the left’s new darling. She actually organised the woman’s march in both 2017 and 18. Now this woman also like Trump made a vagina related remark.

She said that she wanted to take Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a feminist critic of Islam’s vagina away from her. Ayaan Hirsi Ali who grew up in Somalia had her genitals mutilated as a child.

I would have thought it was worse to make a remark about wanting to remove a former child victim of FGM’s vagina away in public to all of your followers, than to make a stupid joke about how because you’re rich, women will let you grab their genitals to your friends in private.

Yet the left organises marches to protest Trumps sexism, whilst making Sarsour their darling? The reason for that is again because Trump is a white man, so ironically these supposedly not racist people hold him to a higher moral standard than they do the Muslim woman.

Look at slavery. White people are made to feel guilty as a whole for slavery that happened over 100 years ago by SJWs, yet Muslims are never made to feel guilty as a whole for not only having a far more brutal slave trade, which lasted longer, but is still going strong today. In fact there are more Islamic slaves today than there ever were in the European slave trade.

https://clarionproject.org/islamists-still-perpetuating-slavery-today/

Yet white people should still feel guilty for things that happened over 100 years ago, and Muslims shouldn’t? PS I am not saying that all Muslims SHOULD be made to feel guilty for the actions of others, but again if leftists think that about white people (despite being white not actually being an ideology like Islam is.) Then again why don’t these same leftists make Muslim children do things like this.

Simple because yet again they don’t hold them to the same ridiculously high moral standard that they do white people which makes them racist.

You only have to look at a lot of these edgy fedora wearing atheists who regularly ridiculed Christians in an effort to show how smart and logical they were, but when it comes to Islam they are either nowhere near as harsh or worse adopt a “noble savages” view of, we can’t criticise their culture just because its different.

Rational Wiki are a prime example of this. Rational Wiki is a website that I dislike greatly. They do make some valid points, particularly about the hypocrisy of right wingers like Sargon of Akkad. Sadly however not only is a lot of the information on the website biased, but they also though making some critiques of Islam, are far easier on it than Christianity.

Take a look at the following two Youtubers, NonStampCollector and Syeten. Both of them do cartoons mocking religion. NonStampCollector focuses solely on the Judeo Christian faith, whilst Syeten focuses primarily on Islam.

Both do humorous recreations of stories and passages from the bible and the Quran (in Syeten’s case he has modern day figures represent those from the Quran. For instance radical Muslim preachers such as Anjem Choudrary represent Muhammed and his followers, whilst Tommy Robinson represents the pagans who were terrified of Muhammed’s influence growing throughout their land, and feminists like Steve Shives represent the pagans who foolishly thought Muhammed could integrate.)

Both men also point out the corruption, and outright stupidity in both the old testament and the Quran too.

You can see that Non Stamp Collector and Syeten’s styles are similar in that their humour is very unapologetic, shocking and doesn’t hold anything back. Yet Rational Wiki brands Syeten a bigot simply because he targets the Islamic faith.

About Syetens videos they say. “Prolonged exposure may result in the following side effects: Nausea, depression, high blood pressure, loss of IQ, periodic outbursts of hysterical guffaws and broken keyboards“. Whilst about Non Stamp Collectors they say “Warning this video may cause excessive hilarity.

The youtuber Logicked meanwhile (whose work I highly recommend) also commented on how Rational Wiki used to like his videos when he skewered the Christian faith, but now that he attacks Islam he is on their bigots and Webshites list.

Rational Wiki Doesn’t Like Me Now That I Criticise Muslims.

Richard Dawkins meanwhile a long time critic of religion has been deplatformed from many events for tweeting negative things against Islam.

Richard Dawkins Banned From Event For “Hate Speech” Against Islam

Richard Dawkins Dropped From Science Event

The left haven’t bothered to analyse or read into anything they claim to be experts of like Islam. As they are a little tribe, then they will naturally just follow what the received wisdom is for that tribe. The received wisdom for the left is of course, that dark skinned people are always the poor victims of evil white people, so it doesn’t matter that Islam is the most conservative, bigoted, retrograde, backwards and misogynistic ideology there has possibly ever been. The fact that Muslims are mostly brown, means that they have to be the poor victims of evil white people.

Hence we get Owen Jones, a socialist, a feminist and supposed man of the people white knighting over Islamophobia, whilst telling us that white people don’t experience racism in the United Kingdom, right in the middle of a scandal involving hundreds of thousands of white girls being sexually abused and tortured on an unprecedented scale, because they are white all across the country!

White Women Are Only Good For One Thing

White People Are Not Victims Of Racism In The United Kingdom

Owen Jones is an utter disgrace, but sadly he is typical of people on the left these days.

Now when it comes to Islam then the right have obviously done a better job than the left. They have actually spoken out against the ideology, and indeed I think this possibly more than anything else, is why they have gained more support in the last few years.

Even then though I find some right wingers are less willing to be as critical of Islam as they are of other ideologies. Take Sargon of Akkad for instance.

Now Sargon has criticised Islam many times, and I respect him for that. However Sargon I feel is still more willing to say he hates an ideology and all of the people in it, if that ideology is practised mostly by white people.

He has openly said that he thinks if you are a communist, then you are a bad person, and has said that he wanted to bring McCarthy a man who took away communists rights and blacklisted them back.

I could never imagine him saying the same thing about Muslims. If you follow Islam then you are a bad person, and that he wants Muslims fired from their jobs and black listed so they’ll never work again.

Not that I want him to say that about Muslims of course, but still if he is going to say it about communists, then be consistent. When it comes to Islam, Sargon will say “not all Muslims” but when its communists, then it IS “all communists are evil people” simply because again most Muslims are brown so he doesn’t want to be seen as a racist.

Still whilst the right might be more willing to criticise Islam overall they have been shown to be just as willing to talk down to dark skinned people in other ways too.

The recent Candace Owens/Red Pill Black fiasco was quite illuminating. Candace Owens was a former left wing SJW who had tried to set up a website called Social Autopsy that would doxx people who said mean words online and reveal where they lived.

Thankfully the website never got launched but Candace a few months later returned as a supposedly reformed conservative. She still didn’t take the website down however until the youtuber Tree of Logic did a video exposing “Red Pill Black” for who she was.

Now it can be debated as to whether or not Candace wanted to still launch the Social Autopsy website. Personally I don’t think she was an actual left wing SJW like Tree said, though I can understand why Tree would say that.

I think Candace is just cynical and simply goes wherever the money is. This great video by April Reigne sums up the type of person Candace is.

Whatever her intentions the fact that so many right wingers like Paul Joseph Watson and Stefan Molyneaux, and Dave Rubin not only welcomed her with open arms, but did all they could to promote her, without checking her background first, showed that they were desperate to have a black woman on their side.

Almost everything about the way every right winger promoted Candace was to do with the fact that she was black. Hell even her youtube name “Red Pill Black” . Who cares if she’s a black conservative? All that matters is if you agree with her opinions or not. Its hilarious that Paul Joseph Watson and Alex Jones, two people who often attack identity politics would revel in it.

In one interview with Candace, Alex Jones even agrees with her that he needs to have more women on his show to get the female perspective.

Hmmm isn’t that the kind of thing a left wing SJW would say? So much for the meritocracy and hiring people based on their ideas and talent which the right always claims they are for. When they can get several women and minorities on their side as trophies to show that their side isn’t racist, like the left claims, they are all for diversity hirings and using black people as trophies.

Furthermore the fact that these conservatives kept white knighting for Candace when she was found out, and even lied for her, shows how desperate they were not to have their novelty of a black conservative end.

Paul Joseph Watson for instance lied that Social Autopsy was from 4 years ago, and he still promotes her.

In this video here, Tree of Logic, a black conservative talks about how disappointed she was to find out that in some ways her side was really no better in terms of talking down to black people and viewing them as their children.

Sadly this type of thinking will always happen when people become part of little tribes and are desperate to score points against the other.

As Tree herself said in the video, the likes of Stefan Molyneaux and Paul Joseph Watson do care about what the left thinks of them. They can’t stand being called racists, so they basically went to the first black woman they could find and promoted her as the proof that they are not racist.

The great irony is that Candace Owens and Linda Sarsour are two people that no one in their right mind would want to associate with if it wasn’t for their minority status that they shamelessly exploit.

Candace has nothing original or intelligent to say, and she is an arrogant, obnoxious bigot too. Look at her debate with Blaire White on the Rubin Report. She not only shouts over Blaire but resorts to calling Blaire, a trans woman, a man several times.

In fact all of the times she called Blaire a man have been gathered together in a video here.

Linda Sarsour meanwhile aside from saying she wants to cut out women’s vaginas is also a racist against white people (even dismissing a man’s opinion in public because he was white.) And is a terrorist supporter too.

Democrats Revere Linda Sarsour

Why would you want to associate yourself with these people, other than to have a minority trophy to show people how not racist you are.

I understand that it must have been extremely frustrating for Tree, a black woman to learn that both sides didn’t treat her with actual respect because of her skin colour, but again that’s just further proof of why its best not to be a part of either

4/ They Are Both Okay With Censorship And Ruining People’s Reputations

We all know that left wing SJWs are happy to get someone fired from their job and even ruin their life if they disagree with them.

The first thing a feminist will often do if they lose an argument with you is ask to speak to your employer.

Again it kind of reminds me of when people would speak out against religion centuries ago and they would be branded as heretics and ostracised. Just replace heretic with misogynist and that’s pretty much the situation we are in today.

The MeTooMovement meanwhile is a witch hunt.

Obviously there is corruption in Hollywood, but that does not mean that A/ there is a patriarchy designed to oppress women throughout all of western society or that B/ all men are rapists.

People at the top will obviously be able to cover up their sleazy actions and crimes and so its not surprising that we see abuses of power for many different crimes, not just sexual assault in places like Hollywood.

The problem with the MeTooMovement however is that first of all in most cases its advocates adopt a guilty until proven innocent stance as seen recently with Stan Lee.

Also worst of all they are trying to equate things like cat calling, and wolf whistling with actual sexual assault which not only threatens to undermine the real horror of sexual assault, but also further demonize men.

Hell some feminists have even tried to make it impossible for men to approach women as they are so wrapped up in this ridiculous all men are rapists crap.

Bar Where Men Are Not Allowed To Approach Women

The MeTooMovement however doesn’t care about the innocent men who are accused and then instantly treated as though they are guilty’s lives being destroyed.

Teen Vogue Columnist Not Concerned If Innocent Men Go To Prison

Of course the right is no better. Many on the right including Sargon of Akkad and Stefan Molyneaux have defended Joseph McCarthy of all people. Indeed he has become quite the hero among the Pepes for apparently saving America from the evil Commies in the 50s.

The hilarious irony of all this is that McCarthy was the SJWs, Third Wave Feminism and MeTooMovement of his day.

Like them he was against free speech and would try and shut any of his critics down.

Like them he was also such a foaming at the mouth fanatic that he would smear anyone who he even slightly disagreed with as the worst thing he could think of.

A feminist will call a man who cat calls a rapist, a man who makes a stupid joke a promoter of sexual assault or even tell people who say things like “I don’t want a female Doctor Who or I don’t like the new Ghostbusters move” a misogynist.

McCarthy meanwhile was exactly the same. Anyone who even associated with a person that had the most mild left wing views was tarred as a Stalinist. As Humphrey Bogart said “They’ll nail anyone who ever scratched their ass during the national anthem.”

McCarthy also famously not only got people fired from their jobs for expressing political views he didn’t like, but he also blacklisted them to the point where they wouldn’t be able to find any work after.

Many innocent people’s careers and lives were completely ruined.

Modern third wave feminism is of course exactly the same. As we have seen they are quick to try and get people fired simply for expressing political opinions that they don’t like such as Thunderf00t, and just like with McCarthy if you are fired for supposedly espousing “sexist views” like Thunderf00t would have been, then you will be unlikely to get another job afterwards, and you will be made a social pariah, as seen with Tim Hunt a noble prize winner whose career was completely derailed by feminists.

Victims of McCarthyism

Tim Hunt “I’ve been hung out to dry.”

Again at present the left wing censors are more dangerous, but in 50s America, it was the right wing censors that were the threat and I can easily see it swinging back that way in a few decades time. If generation Z is the most conservative generation since World War 2, then yes, thanks to people like Sargon and Stefan Molyneaux who are trying to reassess McCarthy as a hero, and are even saying that they want him back; I can quite easily see the next generation not only smearing anyone with even the slightest left wing or liberal beliefs as a communist, but also wanting to shut them down too.

Don’t let someone like Sargon fool you. He may seem like a champion for free speech now because he is talking against the likes of the MeTooMovement, but the fact that he has said he wants to see McCarthy, one of the biggest threats to free speech in America of the 20th century back, shows that he’s okay with the people he dislikes being shut down for the sake of his greater good, just like an SJW.

It is true that McCarthyism and MeToo will have rooted out genuine threats to Western society and genuine sexual predators, but unfortunately for every actual communist spy or Harvey Weinstein they caught or exposed, about 1000 other innocent people were slimed as communists, sexual predators, misogynists etc until all they really accomplished was to sadly make the public doubt any actual claims of a threat to the west or sexual assault.

McCarthyism and the MeTooMovement do far more harm for the cause they supposedly champion than good as well as ruin the lives of many innocent people, and attack free speech.

5/ They Both Have Utter Contempt For The Working Class

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The left have in the past 30 or so years forgotten what the main thing that divides people in society actually is, class.

The modern left is too hung up on the civil rights movement. The leftists who fought for the rights of black people in the 60s are more revered, than those who simply fought for the rights of workers and the underprivileged in general. John Maclean for instance isn’t as attractive a figure for young University students as say Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, because in order to know what Maclean accomplished you actually have to be political and analyse exactly what it was he was fighting for.

Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, though not to do them down of course, but what they accomplished is a lot easier to understand because they were so obviously in the right, as their main goal was to simply want equal rights for everyone.

Unfortunately for the modern day SJWs the civil rights movement has more or less been won. I’m not saying that out modern society is perfect, but the general population are not racist, there are no laws designed to discriminate people based on their skin colour or sexuality or gender, its illegal in fact to do so, and would make you a social pariah anywhere you go.

Class inequality however is still a pressing issue, but again the modern day so called leftists don’t give a shit about under privileged working class white people, nor do they even care about ethnic minorities if they don’t fit their idea of what they should be.

Worse than that however the modern day SJWs, many of whom come from privileged, upper middle class back grounds themselves, will often sneer at the “plebs” who they think are idiots that are easily duped.

Look at all the “low information voters” crap we see about Brexit. Its the most condescending, “these stupid little Englanders don’t know what was good for them” attitude I have ever seen.

I’m Disappointed About Brexit But The Remainers Snobbery Is Ridiculous

How Brexit Gave Us A Different Class Of Snob

Remainers Sneering and Snobbery Must Stop

GSCE Post Demonstrates Shameful Snob Culture

Now I am not pro Brexit. I actually didn’t vote one way or the other because I couldn’t decide.

On the one hand the EU is a good concept, but it has become corrupt and degenerate in the last few decades. Furthermore I did enjoy watching the mainstream media get an absolute kicking. For once things didn’t go their way and it was glorious.

On the other however I think we might be seeing a change and reformation of the EU, and Britain could very well be leaving at the worst time. Of course this change will only have been motivated by a large country like Britain leaving, but sadly it could have been another country. We I think ended up being the sacrificial lamb.

Don’t think that because of Brexit I never vote or decide one way or another in other situations. I voted yes to Scottish independence and would do so again, even despite my utter loathing for the SNP. I feel that Scotland should be independent simply because when connected to England, a much larger country, it tends to be forced to go along with its decisions about important issues.

For instance the Scottish vote has made 0 difference in any election outcome for the UK since WW2. Remember it was supposed to be a United Kingdom, not a smaller country becoming part of a bigger one.

A lot of people in England voted for Brexit for the same reason of wanting to decide their own future and whilst the situation with Brexit and Scottish independence is obviously not exactly the same, in that respect I completely understood and respected the people in England who were confident enough to want to decide their future.

I also in regards to Trump and Hillary was completely on Trump’s side too. I don’t like Trump. He’s obviously far more to the right than I am in a lot of ways, as his recent attack on the NHS shows.

Still Hillary Clinton was a vicious war monger who was by far a bigger threat to world peace.

Thank god this woman didn’t win!

Trump at the time of his election promised to improve relations with Russia and China.

You may not like Putin, but it would have been foolish to not want to see an improvement to the relationship between the two great nuclear powers.

Now obviously there have been some bumpy moments in Trump’s first year as President such as his attack on Syria. The biggest problem with Trump is that he is a flip flopper and unpredictable. He may very will still provoke Russia, but ultimately back in 2016 he was the one who promised to improve things with them to avoid a war, whilst Hillary openly said she would attack them over suspected cyber attacks!

Trump has actually in his first year already taken the USA further away from a war with Russia in some respects.

Ask yourself this. Would you have rather this woman here

than this man here

Putin Thanks Trump For Intelligence In Foiling Terror Attack

be the President at a time when Russia and America were teetering on the brink of a full scale nuclear war over Syria?

So again don’t think that I am so much of a centrist that I will never come down on one side. Brexit I just simply found to be a bit more of a difficult decision to make, but regardless of whether it was right or wrong, it brought out a lot of the left’s ugly contempt for the working class.

The same applies to Trump’s victory. Trump supporters are often derided as a basket of deplorables and stupid hicks who simply didn’t know the full facts.

Look at this article Stephen King wrote about what he imagines Trump supporters to be like. It has all of the most sneering, arrogant and condescending stereotypes he can conjor up. Apparently Trump supporters in his mind are stupid plebs who voted for Trump because Hillary looked like a lesbian.

Stephen King: How Do Such Men Rise

It never occurs to King that people could have genuine reasons for voting for Trump, or indeed that actual left wing people voted for Trump too because of his anti war stance.

Here’s a video that John Pilger did in 2016 on why it was better to support Trump than Hillary Clinton. Pilger for those of you who don’t know is a left wing journalist, and possibly the most influential left wing journalist of the 20th century.

He has done more to expose the full horrors of western imperialism than anybody else in the media, yet he of all people still wanted Trump to win over Hillary.

Please watch the video if you have time its great.

The lefts class snobbery even extends to more first world issues such as its takeover of certain franchises and series.

Take a look at what Dan Aykroyd said about the racists that attacked Leslie Jones on Twitter. He made a point of saying that they are all people with low income jobs who are probably on benefits, as though someone from a high paying job, with a lot of money can never be a racist asshole (I direct you towards Hillary Clinton who called black people super predators back in the 90s.)

See here Dan Aykroyd Attacks Leslie Jones Haters

Similarly take a look at what Whovian Feminism had to say about those who didn’t want a female Doctor.

Now Whovian Feminism, real name Alyssa Franke, is a blogger who as her name would suggest looks at Doctor Who from a feminist perspective. She is an absolute curse on the Who fandom.

To start with Alyssa Franke says that anyone who doesn’t want a female Doctor is a sexist. Of course it could never just be that they find it jarring to change a characters sex after 50 years for no reason? PS its ironic as Whovian Feminism NEVER watches, reviews or comments on ANY tv series starring a woman hero like Xena, Buffy, Charmed, Once Upon A Time etc, yet she always tells people who don’t want a female Doctor that they need to get used to seeing a woman on tv. Maybe she should practice what she preaches?

Anyway like Dan Aykroyd before her, Whovian Feminism equates being a horrible sexist to having a low income, and states that we wouldn’t want these people with low incomes to be watching Doctor Who anyway.

“If a misogynistic jerk who disparagingly refers to a woman Doctor as “The Nurse” says he’ll quit watching the show, he’s exactly the type of fan we should be proud to piss off. I promise you more fans (especially ones with disposable income!) are waiting in the wings to take his place.”

Tommy Robinson meanwhile, an outspoken critic of Islam has often been the recipient of the left’s condescending attitude, and outright contempt towards the working class.

In early 2017 Tommy Robinson and Lily Allen clashed on twitter over Islam. Lily having lost the argument with Tommy actually threatened to sue him!

Now I used to be a massive fan of Lily Allen, but sadly she has become a feminist/Islam apologist/SJW in the last few years. Even then though that wouldn’t have been enough to put me off her. It was this particular argument however where sadly I think Lily showed her true colours as a spoiled rich girl and a class snob.

Not only was Lily willing to shut someone down simply for disagreeing with her (like a true feminist), but she also gloated to Tommy Robinson for apparently not having as much money as her, telling Tommy “to get saving HA.”

George Galloway, a famous left wing politician despite claiming to be a socialist and supposed man of the people, also let his ugly attitudes to the working class slip out when debating Tommy Robinson.

Its interesting when you compare Galloways debate with Tommy to his debate with Nigel Farage. Both have pretty much exactly the same views on Islam, but Galloway treats the posh, erudite, well spoken Farage with the utmost respect, whilst with Tommy Robinson he calls him a knuckle scarping moron.

The left as you can see really view the working class as idiots who are all easily led into being racists and Nazis without their superior moral guidance. Also most hilariously of all the left who are critics of capitalism when it suits them, will nevertheless deride their opponents for not making enough money, as seen with the likes of Lily Allen and Whovian Feminism.

The right however once again is not really any better. Many right wingers like Sargon of Akkad and Paul Joseph Watson and Stefan Molyneaux are so tribal about capitalism that they will almost dismiss all of the poverty it inevitably creates as being simply the people who can’t compete in a fair, free market.

Paul Joseph Watson will often dismiss critics of capitalism as being benefit scroungers, too lazy to get an actual job (often when he has absolutely no idea who they are.) Whilst Sargon had this to say about those living in poverty.

“The only people who are actually oppressed by capitalism are people who either can’t work, people who’ve lost a leg or are morbidly obese or something like that, or people who don’t want to work because they are fucking lazy, or people who don’t have any other skills because they did gender studies degrees. Believe it or not everyone else actually does pretty well out of capitalism, y’know something like a house, a car, holidays, food on the table, entertainment, luxuries.”

These right wing SJWs hate the working class for a different reason. They can’t stand seeing people in western societies like Britain and America who live in genuine poverty because their plight demonstrate the flaws in right wingers beloved political system.

Its like the fundamentalist Christians despising Darwin for disproving their theories about how life developed wrong.

All poverty created by socialism in the right’s eyes is 100 percent proof of how socialism doesn’t work, whilst all poverty created by capitalism is just lazy people not bothering to get off their arses and use a system that works for everybody else.

The only place the working class are likely to find any ounce of sympathy for their problems is among more politically neutral people.

Tommy Robinson for instance has done more for the working class of this country than most others in the media.

Tommy is himself working class and he has been an outspoken critic of Islam, and has as raised other issues affecting those living in poverty in areas of Britain.

Sadly Tommy Robinson has been slimed as a racist by the leftist media because of his views on Islam.

Tommy Robinson as far as I’m concerned doesn’t have a racist bone in his body. I’m not saying he hasn’t made mistakes. Personally I wasn’t keen on the EDL that he founded, and I don’t think street protests are really ever that successful as they do often just lead to clashes with the police.

Still at the same time Tommy is not a racist. He has simply attacked the ideology of Islam. He has never even said that all Muslims are evil. He has gone out of his way to say that isn’t the case, and has worked with Muslim reformers in the past too.

You should definitely watch these two interviews if you have the time. They are both long, but its good to hear from Tommy’s perspective, given how much the media tries to tar him as a Nazi. In the second video meanwhile Tommy and a true Muslim reformer, Imam Tawhidi have a very interesting discussion about dealing with the problems Islam is creating in our society, as well as how Islam can be changed to be more peaceful.

Someone like Tawhidi, who does represent the future for Islam will ironically only ever be given a platform by a supposed racist like Tommy Robinson.

Tommy Robinson isn’t really political. I’m not saying that to do him down. He’s someone who focuses more on social issues affecting people, which yes obviously are linked to politics, but still ultimately I wouldn’t say that Tommy belongs to any political party or side.

The right may use him, and even claim him because they have a mutual enemy in Islam, but it would be wrong to say Tommy is far right, or far left. As a result he actually cares for the working class of this country.

For instance a leftist like Owen Jones, dismisses the problems women like Chelsea Wright , a working class white woman, targeted and violently sexually assaulted for her skin colour go through by saying that “white people don’t suffer racism in the United Kingdom” as would most SJWs on University campus’s such as those who chastised an Asian woman for saying that dark skinned people can be racist too.

Hell white women are now seen as being as privileged as white men by many feminists.

White Women Stop Pretending That We Don’t Benefit From White Privilege

You wouldn’t think that people would write articles like that, right in the middle of things like this going on.

The unprecedented rape and abuse of white girls across the country because of the colour of their skin.

The sad fact is that Chelsea again isn’t as attractive a victim to champion for the left wing SJWs because she is white and in their minds a “pleb”. Thus they will virtue signal about things like there not being enough black superheroes in Marvel, but Chelsea’s plight goes completely un-commented on. I guess she has white privilege.

At the same time however someone like this veteran who, having had a stroke, is now living in poverty, would be dismissed by many right wing SJWs.

This veteran is proof that hey capitalism isn’t perfect. Its a system where someone like this isn’t able to get money he needs for rehabilitation, but 8 people own half the money of the entire world.

World’s 8 Richest People Have Almost The Same Wealth as The Poorest 50 Percent

A right wing SJW either doesn’t want to hear about a situation like the one Tommy Robinson describes, or worse, would dismiss the veteran who is paralysed as just being too lazy to help himself, and playing at being a victim.

Take a look at this video from Candace Owens. I understand if you don’t want to watch it, as its rather cringey, but still its interesting as a display of tribalism and the rights mentality.

Candace talks about her admiration for a disabled person who still goes to work and doesn’t want us to pay for their medical care and says that he is proof that anyone can work hard if need be.

This video from Stefan Molyneux is even worse.

If you can’t be arsed watching that video (and I wouldn’t blame you. Molyneux’s videos are always an ordeal to sit through.) Molyneux basically says that he considers people who work 9-5 jobs, 40 hour weeks to be parasites who are leeching off of the hard working entrepreneurs. He also regards anyone with a low paying job to be a moron, and less hard working than he is.

Molyneaux’s arguments are of course pig ignorant and don’t address wealth that is inherited, or how things in the public sector have been taken over by businessmen, and he does not take into account why wages, hours and conditions for workers even in the most well developed Western countries are worse than they should be.

How Wages Fell In The United Kingdom

The 8 Hour Work Day Doesn’t Work

The 5 Day Work Week Is Bad For Business

Effects of Bedroom Tax On Children In The United Kingdom

Scale of Food Bank Use In The United Kingdom

Construction Fatalities Rise

Work Related Deaths Arising In United Kingdom

Austerity Leads To 120,000 deaths

Molyneaux’s arguments are a straw man. He tries to paint all of those at the top as honest entrepreneurs who got to the top through their own hard work. Obviously I am not saying that there aren’t people who start honest businesses and get to the top because they deserve it.

I just don’t think that wages need to be as low as they are, that working conditions need to be quite so poor, and that basic essentials such as electricity should not be owned by private companies any more than other basic essentials such as water.

That has nothing to do with wanting to take money away from all of those who have earned it. Its also extremely naive just to think that because you are at the top you are automatically the best. There are many talented writers, artists and musicians that died in poverty, whilst talentless cretins like Tracy Emin have spent their entire life farting their arse through silk.

Is Tracy Emin a more talented person than Vincent Van Gough Stefan? She’s at the top, he died at the bottom?

Things like luck, connections and what family you’re born into in most cases are what help people get to the top, hence why the likes of Van Gough, one of the greatest talents who ever lived died in poverty, whilst Justin Bieber was a millionaire by the age of 15.

You can’t just dismiss those at the bottom as not being hard working, or stupid, or even talented, and you certainly can not use the fact that they are at the bottom as proof that they are deserving of the most appalling working and living conditions.

This borderline sociopathic attitude of “me first” that people on the right like Stefan Molyneaux use to excuse the horrors of capitalism stems from Ayn Rand, a woman that many right wingers and even anti SJWs see as a hero.

In reality Ayn Rand was a disgusting person who ironically worshipped a serial killer that hacked young women to death. In fact the ideology that the likes Molyneaux get their free market crap from, comes from her worship of a serial killer.

Trump Praises Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand: Paul Joseph Watson

The Left Attacks Ayn Rand: Stefan Molyneaux

Sargon of Akkad and Yaron Brook on Ayn Rand

THIS is the woman they admire?

Ayn Rand: Sociopath That Admired A Serial Killer

Ayn Rand Loved A Serial Killer.

Stefan Moluyneaux and many other major figures on the rights entire beliefs around the working class stem from a sociopath’s view of clemency being wrong!

The left and the right are never going to comment on class, the single greatest cause of inequality in the western world today.

Only people in the centre like Tommy Robinson are going to try and bring attention to problems faced by those at the bottom of society, because he has no axe to grind against one particular side.

6/ They Both Have Horrible Attitudes Towards One Gender

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In the lefts case they are obviously bigoted towards white men, whilst among the right I have noticed some sexist attitudes towards women developing.

Feminism has in the last 30 or so years become a sick parody of its former self. Whilst the movement like many others always had its own problems, (mostly idiotic infighting.) It still did a lot of good for women in the past, and produced many admirable people from Sylvia Pankhurst, to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, to Christina Hoff Sommers. Feminism however began to decline for many reasons.

First and foremost it became trendy from round about the 80s on. When that happened we started to get people like Anita Sarkeesian, people who didn’t actually give a shit about women, but wanted the glory that actual champions for women in the past were now getting.

So they picked an easy target, like say video games, or sci fi and they smeared them as sexist for the most petty, ridiculous reasons, and with a little media manipulation they were able to look like they were fighting a worthy cause.

Of course ironically when it came to actual issues affecting women like FGM, these “feminists” were either as silent as ghosts, or worse outright apologists!

Still sadly as the media was on their side, these feminists had a greater influence on the next generation of young men and women, who came to believe their bullshit, than the few genuine feminists who were left like Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

On top of this a lot of women I feel started to use feminism as a way of venting their frustrations against the opposite sex too which led to bigotry against men being legitimised as it was now just seen as complaints from a previously respected movement.

Finally feminism as I have pointed out before kind of replaced religion for a lot of people. It became this holy, sacred thing that must never be criticised. If you dare to even say that you don’t believe in something like the gender wage gap (which is bullshit.) Then you are branded as someone who hates all women and may even be ostracised from people you’ve known for years.

As it couldn’t look in on itself and see where it was going wrong, then feminism became stagnated and out of date and the bigotry towards men was also allowed to foster to the point where it sadly did become a defining feature of modern day feminism.

Feminists love grouping all men together as privileged. They also love to demonise them as being potential rapists, and even ban them from certain events, jobs and activities simply for their gender.

Swedish Music Festival To Be Men Free Until Men Learn How To Behave

Women Only Wonder Woman Screenings Illegal

Banning Men Is Only Way For Women

British Transport Office Bans White Men

Man Hating Feminism Not Just A Myth

23 Quotes That Will Make You Rethink Feminism

Owner of Men’s Rights Abuse Shelter Kills Himself

Anita Sarkeesian “You Can’t Be Sexist Against Men”

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NUS Defends Banning White Men From Positions

As feminists have their talons wrapped around the left now then their anti men bigotry has seeped its way into left wing politics in general.

Labour Bans White Straight Men From Equality Conference

The right meanwhile are in their own way just as sexist towards women. Of course ironically the right has often been accused of being sexist against women for the wrong reasons. Idiots like Rational Wiki will often call right wingers sexist because they criticise feminism.

Feminism does not equal all women. It is a social and political movement and must therefore be judged on its own merits, not the group it claims to be fighting for.

Ironically most women whilst supporting the equality between sexes, do NOT identify as feminists, which is a bloody good thing.

Only 7 Percent Of Britons Consider Themselves Feminists

So no, criticising this movement in principle does not make you a sexist. I’d argue that its actually fewer than 7 percent of women that identify as feminists.

Feminists are intolerant bullies who will often attack any woman that doesn’t identify as a feminist.

Take a look at Kaley Cuoco, Taylor Swift, Lily Allen and Katy Perry ALL of whom merely said initially that they weren’t feminists but were attacked by feminists until they actually apologised for not being a part of this particular political movement, and said they were feminists.

Attacks on Kaley Cuoco Expose More Feminist Hypocrisy

Lily Allen Feminism Shouldn’t Be A Thing Anymore

Lily Allen Tells Feminist Critics To Fuck Off

Lana Del Ray and The Fault Of Our Feminist Stars

Incidentally I feel that when many of these women cave and become feminists, ironically they end up becoming much less empowered, individual and independent.

Take a look at Lily Allen and Katy Perry. Before they were brainwashed/bullied into being feminists, they at the very least regardless of whether you were a fan of them or not, where their own women.

Look at them in these videos from before their feminist days.

They are unique and clearly in charge of everything to do with their music, fashion, look, etc.

Now look at them. You’d be hard pushed to tell them apart. Both have the same hairstyles, looks, both have the same personalities. Spouting vapid, meaningless, first year political student crap that just makes everybody cringe, interspersed with the most vile bigotry against white men.

To me feminists are kind of like the Cybermen from Doctor Who.

The Cybermen for those of you who don’t watch the show were originally a race of organic creatures who slowly transformed themselves into machine creatures with no individual personalities, and who seek to transform any other organic life form they come across. They are a dead race who in order to reproduce have to force themselves on other species, and once they convert you, you loose all individuality.

Feminism similarly is a dying movement, as demonstrated by the fact that women, the people who it claims to be fighting for are turning against it. So in order to survive it needs to force itself on popular culture, the education system and even forms of entertainment, like comic books, video games and even ironically Doctor Who!

Also much like the Cybermen, feminists have no individual personalities. They all follow the group think of ” the wage gap is real, white men are all evil, Islam is a religion of peace etc” and in much the same way as the Cybermen’s main aim is to convert people, the actual main aim of feminists, rather than helping women is “lets get more people to be feminists and ruin the lives of those who refuse.”

The question is of course how many women are there like this in the supposed 7 percent, that have been forced into just going along with the movement out of fear of being ostracised from their social groups or slimed as a sexist or a traitor to their own gender?

Feminism can also be seen as an abusive spouse to all women. It actually demeans them, tells them in society they are worthless, unless they support this movement, tries to make out that all of women’s accomplishments are to do with feminism etc.

In addition to their bullying ways, feminists I feel finally are often able to get people on their side by spreading this bullshit idea that if you support equality between the sexes, then you are a feminist.

No you’re not. You are just a decent person. Again its similar to when religious fanatics used to say that if you didn’t believe in god then you lacked a moral centre.

No group or ideology has a right to claim a trait that all decent humans should have. It would be like if I set up a new ideology called say Burrunjorist, and then said if you don’t think innocent people should be hacked to death by psychopaths then congratulations, you are a Burrunjorist! And then I tried to force you to go along with all of my other beliefs, and if you didn’t agree with them, I accused you of being pro hacking innocent people to death because you were anti Burrunjorist.

Its a slimey tactic and yet more proof that feminists don’t actually care about women, just in forcing more people to be part of their little tribe, and silencing opposition.

So yes with this in mind, I  absolutely do not think that right wingers are sexist for hating feminists. I think hating modern feminism can be seen as a sign of common sense!

Sadly however many on the right have I feel now crossed over into actual woman hating.

Take a look at this video from a popular conservative youtuber Naked Ape to see what I mean. He outright says that he hates the majority of modern women. Not feminists, WOMEN, because he believes that women when they are younger are selfish sluts who reject nice guys, so that they can sleep around with jocks, but when they get older, they get saggy and ugly and no man wants to fuck them. Most revolting of all, he actually compares older women to used meat, and calls them “roasties”

Naked Ape claims that women become bitter rejects when they’re older because they want to settle down and have families but by that time its too late. I might add by older he means 30!

He’s a charmer isn’t he.

This is like something I’d expect a blue haired feminist, the type of people Naked Ape obnoxiously thinks he is a logical alternative too, to say about men. A problem in society comes about simply because the other half of population are all selfish, lazy, privileged, evil etc.

I do agree that modern women are a lot less happy now, but there are many reasons for that. I think that to start with more modern people in general in some ways are less happy now because there are more distractions and the population is more fragmented.

In the 60s for instance there was no internet, no computer games, even tv wasn’t what it is now. There was no netflix, no DVDs, no repeat showings. TV wasn’t even ON during the day. There were also only two channels as well.

As a result of this people obviously wouldn’t feel as tempted to stay in, as there wasn’t as much to do, and they couldn’t chat to their friends online either, so they’d have to go out to socialise with people.

Nowadays however whilst younger people obviously have it better in many ways, they are more tempted to stay in, play video games, and can generally feel more lonely as a result.

Lauren Southern actually did a great video on the subject here.

Now it can be worse for a woman, for her sake, to leave it to start things like settling down and having a family until later in life, simply because there is a time limit for when a woman can have children.

Men can waste the first half of their life playing video games, and still settle down and have a family, but a woman who might just want to bum around, enjoy the many distractions there are for her, could end up coming to regret it when she reaches 40 and realises she wants to have a family but can’t unless she adopts which isn’t always as easy.

Its not fair, but its biology. Also a further problem for women is that I think that women in certain professions have to make a choice between actually having children and having a career, as obviously in order to have children, a woman will need to take lots of time off unlike her husband. Sadly however in professions like say the medical profession, taking lots of time off can derail your entire career.

Females In Medicine

Shared paternity leave and proper accommodations for single mothers would solve a lot of these problems.

This is a pressing issue for women today and it is yet another one that modern day feminists have not really addressed as often as trivial bullshit, like changing the sex of male super heroes on tv, or banning men from things!

Most people want to have children. There is nothing wrong with someone who doesn’t of course, but still I feel that many people today are unhappy because they A/ feel like they are wasting their lives as they are spending too much time on hobbies, are B/ much lonelier because its harder to meet people as more people prefer to stay indoors and the population is fragmented, and C/ in the case of women, not only can they not afford to mess around for as long as men if they want to have children, but also whilst women thankfully have been given more roles and opportunities, sadly society has not taken into account that in some situations, women might need accommodated in a way men don’t simply because they have children.

Sadly however feminists are never going to solve these issues because they’ll just say its because men hate all women, whilst people like Naked Ape won’t either as they’ll just say its because women are lazy whores who want to “ride the chad cock” and never have any responsibility.

Naked Ape isn’t alone in his vile views towards women among the right. A lot of people on the right seem to have this idea that the more opportunities women are given in society the worse it is for them and society as a whole.

The right thinks that a woman’s role is to raise the children, and that they are at their happiest when doing that, and that for a woman to want to do anything else is a woman trying to be a man.

See for yourself.

How To Make Women Happy? MILO

Stefan Molyneux meanwhile not only supports this view that a woman’s place is essentially in the home, but he also holds women responsible for all the ills of the world.

Molyneux claims that men are evil when they are not raised properly by women. He also much like Black Pigeon Speaks and Naked Ape blames women for “choosing assholes”.

“Women who choose assholes will fucking end this race. They will fucking end this human race, if we don’t start holding them a-fucking-countable.

Look women who choose assholes guarantee child abuse. Women who choose assholes guarantee criminality. Sociopathy. Politicians. All the cold hearted jerks who run the world came out of vaginas of women who married assholes. And I don’t know how to make this world a better place without holding women accountable for choosing assholes.

If asshole wasn’t a great reproductive strategy it would have been gone long ago. Women keep that black bastard flame alive. If women choose nice guys over assholes we would have a glorious and peaceful world in one generation. 

Stop fucking monsters, we get a great world. Keep fucking monsters, we get catastrophes. We get war, we get nuclear weapons, we get national debt, we get incarcerations and prison guards and all the other florid assholes who rule the world. 

Women worship at the feet of the devil and wonder why the world is evil? And then you know what they say? We’re victims. Poor us.”

There are disadvantages that both men and women face in the world today. I feel that they stem from the fact that society doesn’t take the differences between men and women into account, rather than because we live in a society designed to oppress women, or because women are all apparently selfish whores.

Men and women are equal, but they are different. That’s not sexist to say that as I am not saying because of those differences one gender is smarter or better. However in certain situations one gender might have an advantage more than the other as a result of those differences.

In the medical profession men have the advantage, as they don’t need to take time off to start a family.

In the education system however women have the advantage as the education system is geared more towards feminine interests, hence why fewer boys are going to university.

Christina Hoff Sommers has done a lot to bring attention to the issues faced by men in modern society. Of course she’s become a pariah among the left as a result. The great irony is if most feminists were like Christina Hoff Sommers then they wouldn’t have to  try and bully people like Kaley Cuoco, and Katy Perry into being feminists as most people would be okay with the movement.

We need to try and take the differences between men and women into account and deal with the problems both genders face to stamp out the last traces of inequality in our society.

Becoming part of little tribes, and listening to bigoted, bitter, pseudo intellectuals like Stefan Molyneux and chancers like Anita Sarkeesian is not just a dead end. Its fucking toxic!

7/ They Both Ignore Science When It Suits Them

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In yet a further parallel with religious fanatics, both the left and the right will deny scientific facts and even accuse you of some kind of bigotry if you disagree with their consensus.

For the left this is primarily to do with gender, whilst with the right its a variety of things.

Left wingers often claim that there are no real differences between men and women, whilst also somewhat paradoxically claiming that there are hundreds of genders.

Its total nonsense and a misguided attempt to help trans people and women.

Obviously I am not saying trans people don’t exist or that intersex people don’t exist, or that women are inferior to men.

Trans people are proof that there are differences between the genders. If there weren’t why would these people go through long, costly and incredibly painful operations to change?

Gender dysphoria, which trans people suffer from is a serious condition where people feel they were born in the wrong body. There is also a growing body of scientific evidence that trans people are actually born with brains that match the opposite gender to the one they are born in, which is why its better for their well being to change.

Men and women do have different brains, and no that’s not saying that one is smarter.

Being Trans Is Not A Choice

So again being trans is a proper, medical condition, and obviously I have 0 issue with someone changing their gender. Its more or less proven that that’s the best way to treat gender dysphoria, and obviously there’s nothing wrong with it either.

However at the same time gender dysphoria does not prove that trans people are a third gender. In fact it proves the opposite. They are one gender, and then change into another gender. If anything trying to make out that they are neither men, nor women is more offensive to them, as basically you are saying that they aren’t the gender they want to be?

There are only two genders. As always there will be some exceptions to the role. Men born with more feminine brains, people born with both sets of genitals, but these are anomalies. That doesn’t mean these people are freaks, or amoral. Depression is caused by an anamoly in brain chemistry, but again that doesn’t mean people with depression are freaks or amoral.

Still that’s the point intersex isn’t a new gender. You are a woman born with male reproductive organs or traits as well, or vice versa. Nothing wrong with that at all, but that’s all it is.

Similarly if you are a man with more feminine traits, or a Tomboy that doesn’t justify creating a whole new gender either.

Here from a trans person.

A lot of these people who claim to be trans but don’t do anything about it, ie don’t have any surgery, don’t even dress in clothing that they opposite gender wears, don’t act like the opposite gender, but just insist that they are somehow trans, in my opinion are merely doing it to be trendy.

I have no issue with them doing this in principle, and if they insist on being called Xe, or whatever then I’ll do it to be polite. However there is no scientific validation for this. At the end of the day it is just self indulgence in my opinion, and wanting to cash in on a craze.

Furthermore I think it trivialises what trans people go through, as it makes it look like being trans is this easy thing. Apparently you can switch from between being a man and a woman by say, not wearing lipstick if you are a woman, or wearing lipstick if you are a man, because gender is fluid.

No gender is not fluid. Changing gender is a big deal, and gender dysphoria is a very difficult condition to live with.

You can’t just say “you are trans”, not do anything to show it, and expect that people will see you as the opposite gender as much as someone like Blaire White who has gone through a full operation and surgery to be the opposite sex. Being a Tomboy or being a an effeminate man is not the same as actually hating the body you were born in, and changing it through surgery.

Furthermore, you can’t get someone fired from their job for not seeing you as the opposite sex, when you do NOTHING to look or act like the opposite sex, which has actually happened.

Teacher Fired For Misgendering Pupil By Mistake

I wouldn’t want Candace Owens fired for calling Blaire a man. I think it was pathetic, and a dirty tactic to try and throw Blaire. Also in contrast to the above instance, Candace had to constantly keep reminding herself to call Blaire a man, as when you look at Blaire, you’ll just instinctively think of and refer to her as a woman.

The hilarious thing is that Candace DOES refer to Blaire as she and her, several times throughout the interview, when she obviously isn’t thinking and deliberately trying to rattle Blaire.

However even if you had someone who was more of a “trans trender” than Blaire White, I still wouldn’t go out of my way to deliberately “misgender” them, but if someone however instinctively calls someone who looks, acts, dresses and talks like a man, a man, or calls them it without even knowing that they are transgender, then they do not deserve to be black listed!

Sadly however much like religious fanatics these leftists cannot stand it when reality threatens their delusion.

With the right however meanwhile like I said I find that they tend to deny a broader spectrum of things that don’t suit their agenda.

Paul Joseph Watson did a hilariously ignorant video on depression. He argued that depression doesn’t really exist and that its just a lot of attention seeking millenials.

Sadly this is just the tip of the iceberg for both Paul and the right.

Paul Joseph Watson and many on the right are also climate change deniers. Now I agree that its open for debate as to what is causing climate change, whether its a natural process or man made, I am willing to listen to both sides.

Still Paul and many on the right take it that one step further and deny that there is ANY climate change whatsoever.

I am still a fan of PJW. As Eazy himself says in the video, there are some topics where he gets it spot on like Islam and feminism, but sadly he is a classic example of a right wing SJW in other respects, and is certainly one of the easiest places to go if you want to see how the right comes out with bullshit pseudo science.

His latest was claiming that soy makes men more womanly and left wing.

Seriously!

Soy boy has since become a popular insult to use online (I hate to say I used it once.) To be fair though using it doesn’t mean you believe in Paul’s ridiculous idea that soy turns you into a left wing SJW.

Its more just that a lot of left wing SJWs eat soy, because they are vegans.

Paul Joseph Watson is a Complete Idiot (Re Soy Boys.)

Whatever the case you can see how both sides are willing to buy into the most ridiculous nonsense from that there are billions of genders, to eating soy makes you a cuck, if it suits their agenda.

8/ They Want To Take Over Entertainment

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Now this is a bit more of a first world problem. Obviously compared to the other things on this list this isn’t as important, and I was unsure about including it at first for that reason.

Still I decided to include it as I think this shows how the fanatics on both sides operate. Also they often go after the entertainment industry before anything else, because that’s the easiest to take over, as most people will tell someone that complains “oh stop whining about that its just a tv show, video game, comic book etc”

Still whilst it might seem trivial at first, its an important thing to stand up for in the long run.

Let the SJWs take over a big part of your culture and they won’t stop. After the entertainment industry, then its the media, and after the media its your education system, and then you have a whole generation weaned on nothing but this particular political belief, which obviously then finally spills its way into, and tries to control every aspect of your life.

You should always stop this type of censorship at the start and hopefully the sad fate of the following major forms of entertainment that have been hit the hardest by right wing and left wing SJWs should serve as a warning to the rest of us.

Even if you don’t care for any of these forms of entertainment that have been affected, ask yourself. How long before they come for your hobbies and way of life?

Doctor Who

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The series to suffer the most at the hands of SJWs. Obviously I have commented on this before, and again as a result I wasn’t originally going to talk about it again here, but its needs mentioning as Doctor Who has been hit harder than any other form of entertainment.

Doctor Who for those of you who don’t watch it is the worlds longest running science fiction series. Originally premiering in 1963, the show revolves a mysterious alien called the Doctor who travels through time and space in his magnificent machine called the TARDIS which is also bigger on the inside than the outside.

The Doctor also has the power when he dies, to come back to life, with his appearance and outer personality changing as a result, though all of the Doctors are still meant to be the same person with the same core persona. This power of the Doctors, called regeneration is what has allowed the show to endure for so long, with 13 and counting actors playing the Doctor over its 50 plus year history.

Sadly however despite the shows big international following, throughout its history its had to deal with a few whiny crybabies demanding that it cater entirely to their interests.

We’ll start with Mary Whitehouse. Now to those of you who haven’t heard of her, Mary Whitehouse was a right wing SJW. She was a conservative woman who constantly attempted to censor television series, films and music that she found offensive.

Doctor Who was a particular pet peeve of hers. Whitehouse complained that Doctor Who was far too violent, and frightening. Of course she also admitted that she never watched it, but still she wanted this show, that she had no interest in and really knew nothing about to cater to her, instead of the people who actually did watch it.

Whitehouse also personally slandered and insulted the makers of the series, calling them “dumb” and twisted in interviews.

Sadly the BBC eventually caved to her, and others like hers constant whining about the shows violent nature and the then producer of the series Phillip Hinchcliff was actually dismissed from the show as a result.

There were no other reasons for Hinchcliff’s dismissal. His era is ironically regarded as a golden age for the show, that many feel has still never been surpassed. Furthermore it was also at that point the most successful era in terms of ratings and mainstream critical acclaim too.

To get rid of of someone who had produced the most successful era of a show, with its fans and mainstream viewers, that had been running for over a decade would have seemed ridiculous and it was, but it shows you how the loud minority really can get their own way if they push hard enough.

Graham Williams who was brought in to replace Hinchcliff, was told to make the show lighter and more comedic. Now personally I like the Williams era, and have no problems with the humour he brought to the show as for the most part it didn’t undermine the drama.

Still the point isn’t however whether Williams was good or not. Its that the show should not have gotten rid of its existing producer, whose take on the show at that point was the most successful, simply because of a small group of whiny viewers.

Sadly Whitehouse didn’t stop there. She continued to claim that the show was too violent during producer John Nathan Turner’s era. This was eventually used by Michael Grade, the controller of the BBC as one of the reasons for cancelling the show in 1985, when its viewers were still strong, both in the UK and abroad.

To be fair Grade openly hated Doctor Who and wanted to cancel it anyway. Still Whitehouse’s constant attacks on the show for being too violent gave him the ammunition that he needed, and it also contributed to the shows reputation falling.

Worse the show once again when it came back (after international outrage) was forced to be lighter and more humorous to pander to Whitehouse and her cronies during season 24, Sylvester McCoy’s first season as the Doctor.

Unlike the Williams era this was an utter disaster with fans, critics and mainstream viewers, and contributed to the shows viewers, which had already been hurt by the 1985 cancellation to fall even further.

Whitehouse contributed to the demise of the original 1963-1989 series. There were other factors, such as the BBC’s hatred for it, but Whitehouse still nevertheless contributed her part to its reputation falling.

Sadly however Whitehouse’s actions would pale in comparison to the left wing SJWs in the 2010s.

Feminists began to latch onto the Doctor Who franchise from about 2010 on. Before they had always dismissed it as sexist in the 80s (and even played a role in denting its reputation too.) Doctor Who was never actually sexist of course.

The simple fact that it had a male hero and a female sidekick didn’t make it sexist. By that logic, Xena is misandristic as it has a female hero and a male sidekick.

The female companions in Doctor Who were often strong, brave and resourceful characters in their own right. Yes some of them were wimpy, but there were plenty of wimpy male characters too. Not every male or female character can be an unstoppable badass.

Still from 2010 when the revival was at the peak of its popularity, then feminists latched onto the shows fanbase and in typical fashion, they tried to take it over.

Much like Whitehouse they accused the show of not espousing the correct values, and harming the youth of today. They also tarred its makers as horrible things too.

Steven Moffat the producer of Doctor Who throughout most of the 10s was called a sexist, a racist, a homophobe, a transphobe, an abelist etc by feminists, the same way that Philip Hinchcliff was called a purveyor of violent and degenerate material in the 70s by Mary Whitehouse.

The man’s reputation was completely ruined as a result, as the mainstream media picked up on these stupid “Doctor Who and Steven Moffat are sexist” theories and started printing them as fact.

Here are examples of the smear campaign against Moffat.

Doctor Who Is Racist New Book Claims

Trigger Warning Sexual Assault In Doctor Who

Problematic Posters for Doctor Who

Steven Moffat Is A Classist

Why Does The Man Behind Doctor Who And Sherlock Still Have A Job

Because You Are Not Autistic You Are Not Complaining

Steven Moffat is Ableist

Asylum of the Daleks Is Problematic

Doctor Who Returns New Direction

As you can see these complaints are really no different to Mary Whitehouse. Mary Whitehouse was worried that stories like The Deadly Assassin would convince young boys to become murderers when they grew up, by filling their heads full of violent images.

The feminists and the the left wing SJWs meanwhile actually thought that Matt Smith’s Doctor, of all Doctors, the most childlike, innocent and sweet, would convince young boys to start sexually assaulting young women because of a scene where Matt Smith kisses Rory in a eureka moment and doesn’t get his consent.

The Captain Kirk Problem: How Doctor Who Let Down Matt Smith

Sadly all of these ridiculous complaints evidently bothered Steven Moffat, and the BBC, as much like Mary Whitehouse, the complaints weren’t just a simple critique of the show, but designed to slander it and its makers.

See here.

BBC Responds To Sexist Claims

Karen Gillan: Steven Moffat Is Not Sexist

Peter Capaldi Denies Steven Moffat Is A Misogynist Claims

As a result of this the BBC and Moffat, just like the Beeb did when they fired Phillip Hinchliff to cater to Mary Whitehouse in the 70s, began to pander to these people, and eventually identity politics bullshit not only began to seep its way into Doctor Who, but took it completely over from about 2014 on.

Its worth noting that directors and producers on the series began to speak with and promote Whovian Feminism, a hard line feminist blogger too.

Whovian Feminism Interviews Rachel Talalay

Whovian Feminism Interviews Sarah Dollard

You can see what audience they were going for with this in mind.

To start with there were many anti men, and anti white people remarks throughout Doctor Who and its spin off the short lived, disasterous Class throughout this period.

Master/ Do as she says is the future going to be all girl?

Doctor/ We can only hope.

Tanya/ White people

April/ White people what? 

Tanya/ Always so optimistic. Always so certain things are going to work out for you. Oh, well because they usually do.

April/ My Dad tried to kill me when I was eight.

Tanya/ But you got your mum up walking again. Typical white person happy ending.

Yeah things always work out for white people don’t they?

Newcastle Grooming Victim Suicidal And Sleeps With Knife

I guess this also applies to Van Gough too? Remember when Doctor Who did a very nuanced, sympathetic, and acclaimed episode on Van Gough back in 2010?

The episode, called “Vincent and the Doctor” saw the Time Lord take Van Gough into the future to see what a celebrated artist he will become. Sadly however Van Gough’s long standing mental health problems still cause his death, but the Doctor takes solace in the fact that he at least made Van Gough’s life a bit happier.

The story makes a brilliant point of how when dealing with someone who suffers depression, every single little bit of help matters. People will often blame themselves if they can’t help someone they care for who is suffering from mental health problems, but sometimes a person can be so far gone that nothing could help them, but at the very least you can take comfort that you made their lives happy for even just a short time.

Quite a big comedown for a franchise to go from this, to telling all white people that they are privileged shitlords isn’t it?

I guess Vincent got his white person happy ending didn’t he? Vincent can get to fuck actually. He is white, AND he’s a man! The bastard!

Clara/ Hush. Go, now. Go and find Vikings on other planets. The universe is full of testosterone. Trust me, its unbearable.

River Song/ What’s that face, are you thinking? Stop it, you’re a man. It looks weird. 

Now I wouldn’t mind these remarks if they were both ways, but they aren’t. Furthermore again when you look at the rest of the show, you can see an obvious agenda behind them.

The actual stories of the Peter Capaldi era of Doctor Who (2014-2017) began to cater to what the SJWs wanted too,

Clara the Doctors female companion began to take over the show to an insane degree. Most of the stories during series 8 revolved around her and her place of work.

Also there was a lot of rewriting of the shows history and lore to make her the most important person, and Clara was also shown to emasculate the Doctor too. She even slapped him a few times.

The reason for this was because again SJWs had complained that Doctor Who was sexist simply for having a male lead, so until they could turn the Doctor into a woman, Steven Moffat had to undermine the male Doctor for Clara.

The Depressing Disappointing Maleness of Doctor Who

Doctor Who Feminist

To be fair there were elements of undermining the Doctor for his female companion in the Russell T Davies era (2005-10). Russell was a bit of an SJW himself, but still it reached new heights during Clara’s time on the show.

Clara was retconned into being the hero of every Doctor Who story ever made in an adventure called The Name of the Doctor, where an enemy of the Doctors, the Great Intelligence travels in time and rewrites his entire past to make every victory a defeat. Clara goes back however and undoes the Great Intelligence’s actions.

She also goes back in time in another story, meets the Doctor as a boy, and helps him overcome his fear which leads to him becoming a hero.

In yet another episode, another time travelling version of Clara is also revealed to have told him what TARDIS to steal too.

As if that wasn’t enough she was also the one who convinced the Doctor to save the Time Lords, and later convinced the Time Lords to give him more regenerations too.

Worst of all perhaps was in a story called Kill The Moon. In this adventure the Doctor discovers that the moon is about to hatch, as apparently, the moon is an egg for a giant space dragon.

The Doctor for some reason leaves Clara to deal with the dilemma of should they kill the Dragon to stop it hatching and spare humanity, or should they let it live and doom the world when broken bits of moon fall to the earth.

The entire world votes to kill the Dragon, but Clara on nothing more than a hunch spares the Dragon, and so it hatches. The moon harmlessly disintegrates, sparing the earth, after which it lays a second egg/moon (bigger than its whole body.)

Not only that, but the sight of the Dragon hatching is apparently what inspires humanity to exist to the end of time. So Clara is the most important person in the history of the universe.

You can see how the need to pander to people hurt the writing of the series.

At the end of her time on the series, Clara ended up becoming a better Doctor than the Doctor himself, as she became completely indestructable and gained her own TARDIS that she could travel the universe in, fighting monsters.

Everything in Capaldi’s first two series was about making Clara more important than the Doctor to prove that the show wasn’t sexist, which undermined the Doctor, caused the writers to ironically make Clara unlikable. (I don’t think a character who comes in, does everything the hero does only better, is the most important person in the universe, and slaps him around, is ever going to be a big fan favourite.)

It also caused them to come up with ridiculous, over the top ideas to make her important, like the moon egg, shifted the focus onto her boring school, and finally the rewriting of Doctor Who’s mythology to insert Clara into it both alienated new viewers, with its continuity references, whilst also ironically pissing off the only people who got those constant continuity references too.

The makers of Doctor Who during this time also started to replace all of the male roles in the show with women.

UNIT, a military organisation designed to track aliens and monsters down, was staffed entirely by women in the Capaldi era.

Now this was of course unrealistic as the majority of soldiers are men. Personally though I didn’t mind the all female UNIT in principle, and I even liked one of the characters, Osgood played by Ingrid Oliver.

However again when you look at everything else that is happening in the show, the female UNIT sadly becomes yet another part of an agenda.

Worst of all however was when Steven Moffat brought the Doctors archenemy, the Master back as a woman.

Now The Master had been in the show since the 70s. He was a Time Lord like the Doctor who could regenerate into a different form. All of the Masters however were meant to be the same character underneath their different faces, much like the Doctor.

The Masters three main aims in the original Doctor Who series were to conquer the universe, because he believed that under his rule things would be better, to kill the Doctor his most hated enemy, and to prolong his own miserable life. (In later stories the villain loses the power to regenerate and ends up trapped in a decaying, zombie body, though he does get more regenerations later.)

Moffat however not only brought the Master back as a woman, but had the female version of the Master be in love with the Doctor and try and win him back. Missy, the female Master doesn’t try and conquer the universe like the old male Masters. Instead her plans are spent trying to win her “boyfriend” back and getting rid of women like Osgood and Clara that she sees as rivals for her man.

This was a huge comedown for the villain, and worse made a mockery of his past characterisation for the last 40 years. When you look at old stories where the Master was motivated by his hatred of the Doctor, you laugh now.

Either the Master was a repressed homosexual who couldn’t accept that he was gay for the Doctor, which led to him wanting to kill him, or worse, the Master regenerating into a woman caused him to suddenly notice how much more attractive his archfoe was before.

Are we supposed to expect that a Time Lords sexuality changes when they regenerate? How ridiculous. Does that mean then that Christopher Eccelston could have morphed into Jennifer Lawrence and then fallen in love with Mickey, Rose’s boyfriend? Or that Susan could have morphed into Russell Brand and abandoned the love of her life, David?

Also worst of all Moffat salted the earth for future writers to do something interesting with the Master. You can’t go back to writing the Master as the Master anymore after the drastic change to his and the Doctors relationship. That villain has essentially been written out of the show and replaced with another character.

See for yourself.

This is what the Master was for 40 years. He was the Doctors archfoe. He hated the Doctor more than anything else, and he wanted to rule the universe. His creators had intended for him to be Moriarty to the Doctors Holmes and that’s what he was.

However in order to pander to feminists, Steven Moffat turned the Master into this instead.

Those are just not the same characters, in fact they are the opposite to each other. Why would you bother to make Missy the Master? She could easily have been a new character.

The answer is that Moffat only made her the Master in order to set up a female Doctor to pander to feminists and SJWs who had been pushing for a female Doctor for years.

Sadly despite the failure of Missy, a female Doctor did finally happen in 2017.

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Now a female Doctor is an idea that the overwhelming majority of Doctor Who fans hate.

It began as a joke by Tom Baker to make then producer John Nathan Turner (who he hated.) Look inept to the press.

It was never contrary to what SJWs always say, been part of the canon of the show until the early 10s when they bullied Steven Moffat into making it canon, with things like the Corsair, Missy and the General.

For the first 50 years we never saw any Time Lord change gender when regenerating. Furthermore we saw Time Lords use up all of their regenerations in many instances and not change gender. A Time Lord can only regenerate 13 times, and characters like Morbius, the Master, Azmahel and even the Doctor himself went through all 13 regenerations as the one gender.

Furthermore its been said many times that Time Lords choose how they are going to look when they regenerate.

With this in mind if they had no preference, why the fuck would they use up all of their lives as the one sex?

All Time Lords and Time Lady’s been written as male characters, and female characters. Some Time Lords have even been in romantic relationships with humans. The Doctors grand daughter Susan went off to live with David a human male, and Leela a human woman went off to live with a Time Lord male.

Their relationship is going to be awkward to say the least if Susan trips and bangs her head and turns into Brian Blessed! And don’t say that Brian Blessed is a ridiculous choice for Susan. If you support the bullshit idea of the Doctor can be absolutely anybody, and there is no template to how the Doctor should be, then okay same applies for every Time Lord character. In that case, why can’t Susan regenerate into Brian Blessed?

Also not to get into the details of it, but if Time Lords have no gender, how does that work in the bedroom with a human? Finally I might add that the Master was written as a violent misogynist before in his male incarnations. How the fuck does that work if Time Lords have no concept of gender?

This whole gender bending Time Lords crap doesn’t work because its too late in Time Lords development to introduce it. No one minds a race of gender neutral aliens, but actually come up with a new race like that. At this stage, trying to rewrite it that Susan and Romana can technically regenerate into Brian Blessed and Vinnie Jones and that William Hartnell can turn into Jodie Whittaker is like trying to take a square peg and make it fit a round hole.

All of the Doctors are not meant to be different people. They are the same person whose body has simply changed. Yes his outer persona is a little bit different, but that’s explained in universe as simply being because of the shake up of regeneration, and also because living in a different body would affect your personality too. The Third Doctor for instance is more willing to fight his enemies because he is in the body of a 6 foot 3 guy with a ripped build than the Second Doctor who is in the body of a little overweight, middle aged guy.

The Doctors core personality always remains unchanged, from incarnation to incarnation. This isn’t just my interpretation. The most prominent people involved in Classic Who all said this.

Terrance Dicks the shows longest running script editor said that the single most important thing was not to change the Doctors character too much. Tom Baker the shows longest running and most popular Doctor also said the character was the most limited role he had ever played, as there were so many things he couldn’t do in the role as then he wouldn’t seem like the Doctor anymore.

The character can not change into absolutely anybody. There is a definite template to the character. Now the Doctors gender is a part of this template, really by default.

He was never, until the early 2010s written as a genderless character. Even then he wasn’t actually written as a genderless character. It was just mentioned that he was.

The character of the Doctor has always been written as a man, played as a man, all of his relationships have been from a male perspective, he is recognised in popular culture as a man. To act as though he could switch gender and it would be no different is ridiculous.

I’d also argue that rewriting it to be that the Doctor can be genderless and anybody is insulting the makers of Classic Who. Its creating an idea in popular culture that the Doctor could have always been a woman, but they never did it because they were sexist. The makers of Classic Who ironically were often ahead of their time in their portrayals of female characters.

Pretty impressive for a teenager to take on an alien war machine/mini tank with a baseball bat and make it call for reinforcements!

Yet now the makers of Classic Who and its fans will forever be tarred as sexists who were too scared to have a woman as the hero, to future generations who don’t know the show and will think “oh well a female Doctor could have happened, they just didn’t do it,” when that wasn’t the case at all.

The makers and fans clearly had no problems with strong women as seen with characters like Barbara, Ace, Leela, Sarah Jane etc. I might add that there were always series starring female leads that ran concurrently to Doctor Who. The Avengers, Wonder Woman, The Survivors, Alien film series, The Bionic Woman, Xena, Buffy, Once Upon A Time, Ghost Whisperer, so its not even like a female lead would have been seen as unprofitable from a business point of view.

Its just that the makers and fans felt that that the particular character of the Doctor, who had an established history and personality, was set as a man, so it would be awkward to change that, and since there was nothing to suggest that he could turn into a woman (and plenty to contradict it.) Why bother going down that minefield? Particularly when there are so many great female heroes out there like Buffy, Xena and Ripley?

Also within the narrative of the show its going to be a difficult thing to pull off. Its not like a female Doctor is even a female character. She’s a man forced to turn into a woman against his will. She’s not a transexual character either. In fact shes the opposite. Trans people change gender because they feel they were born in the wrong body. The Doctor meanwhile apparently doesn’t care and has been changed in a flash against his will.

Having a character change gender against their will really seems kind of silly. Its like this episode of Futurama, and bogs the show down too much in gender politics as the character will obviously have to comment on those differences. Gender politics isn’t good for any series.

Jodie’s first moment as the Doctor, her gurning “Aw Bwilliant!” at her gender changing, after having been a man for 20000 years, and not feeling uncomfortable at all (apparently gender dysphoria doesn’t exist), already reminds me of this episode of Futurama, as do Missy’s cringey lines about becoming a woman being an upgrade and the Generals about all men being egotists.

Funny how even though Time Lords are supposedly gender neutral we haven’t seen ANY female Time Lords regenerating into men and preferring it? What about Susan, the Doctors grand daughter? Or The Rani a female adversary of the Doctor, or Romana.

When its all the one way, you can’t help but feel there is an agenda here.

I might add that even from the point of view of “I need muh representation” a female Doctor is a terrible idea.

I personally think the need for representation is a lot of self indulgent, narcissistic tripe, but more on that later.

Still if you do think it matters why on earth would you be for a female Doctor? Its not going to do anything for female representation to start with. The character of the Doctor is a man. There have been 13 versions of him as a man, he’s known around the entire world as a man, the longest running and most popular versions of him are men, Tom Baker, Jon Pertwee, David Tennant etc.

One female version after that is not going to cause people to always view him as a female character.

Furthermore by making out that a female Doctor is a milestone you are actually at this stage harming female representation. Jodie Whitaker recently gave an interview where she went on about how groundbreaking she was, simply for being a female lead in a television series. So then Charmed, Xena, Buffy, Once Upon A Time, Nikita, Alias, Dark Angel, Charlies Angels, Wonder Woman, Ghost Whisperer, Star Trek Voyager, Ab Fab, etc were all meaningless.

Its Nice To Be A Milestone, But People Need To Grow Up

Apparently they were according to Jodie. Apparently, all of these original, iconic female characters, mean nothing compared to a male character being turned into a woman? The only way a woman can be iconic is if she was once a he?

Its a terrible message to young women, and at the same time its not giving them a hero of their own.

It would have been better if the makers of Doctor Who had brought back any of the three Time Lady characters from the shows past, Romana the Doctors old companion, Jenny his daughter, or even Susan his grand daughter, made them  popular with new viewers and then given them their own spin off series.

The SJWs didn’t want an original female character however, because they wanted to A/ spite male viewers whom they despise, and B/ impose their agenda on as many people as possible by taking over a beloved character.

Sadly however the SJWs, even though they couldn’t supply one reason for a female Doctor, won and worse they were vicious bullies to those who weren’t happy about the decision including former Doctor Peter Davison, who they eventually chased off of twitter.

Peter Davison Quits Twitter Over Toxicity of Doctor Who Fandom

Finally as if this wasn’t enough, the conventions and the shows fandom have also been completely taken over for the SJWs agendas.

Here’s a Doctor Who convention from the 90s.

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Here is one from this year.

It might as well be a feminist convention now. If you were to show someone the first picture they’d obviously know it was Doctor Who related as there is a Dalek and the TARDIS there, but the second? What the hell does it actually have to do with Doctor Who at all!

Even if you were actually at a convention you’d probably be unaware that it was about Doctor Who.

See here.

A Wonderful MeTooMoment Unfolded At Gallifrey One

Rachel Talalay on MeToo At Gallifrey One

Its hilarious that Rachel Talalay even says in the above article that at the entire panel, there was only ONE short story about Doctor Who.

You might think “well MeToo is more important than a silly sci fi show” but the point is, it was a convention designed to celebrate that silly sci fi show! It would be like if I took over the Buffy fandom and insisted that Buffy conventions all be about Scottish Independence, and that anyone who just wanted to talk about Buffy, was an anti Scots bigot.

Doctor Who is not long for this world. Its viewing figures have decreased every single year since 2014, when the SJW pandering really took hold. Matt Smith’s final episode was seen by over ten million viewers. During the latest Peter Capaldi series, the shows viewers sunk to barely over 2 million at one point. Literally the lowest in the shows entire 50 plus year history.

Doctor Who Ratings Fall To Record Lows

Doctor Who Lowest Ratings

Whovian Feminism and her fellow SJWs have done far more harm to the show than even Mary Whitehouse. They’ve dragged it to literally the lowest point in its history.

And it is solely them, make no mistake. Nobody else wanted a female Doctor. The general public as you can see above, switched off in droves at things like Missy, all the anti men remarks, Clara taking over the show.

The fans have also not only always been historically opposed to a female Doctor, but made it clear just before Jodie was cast that they still didn’t want a female Doctor either.

Woman Do Not Want A Female Doctor

Most Fans Against A Female Doctor

Yet even with all of this the producers still pandered to the Whovian Feminism crowd?

Its quite fascinating in a way. The vast majority who loved Hinchcliffs darker, edgier take on Doctor Who, and who switched off in droves at Steven Moffat’s SJW friendly version, clearly didn’t matter as much to the makers of the show as the tiny, complaining audience of Mary Whitehouse and Whovian Feminism.

Why would anyone who wanted their show to succeed do that? Simple because the Whovian Feminism and Mary Whitehouse minority were bullies who would stop at nothing to get what they wanted.

They made themselves appear as the majority, and also slandered the makers of the show as well. The key is not to ever give in to these people. Mary Whitehouse and Whovian Feminism should have both been told to fuck off. They were spoiled brats used to getting their own way, whose ideas for making the show better were utter crap.

I might add that a lot of the SJWs much like Mary Whitehouse don’t even like Doctor Who. Whovian Feminism claims to be a fan, but truth be told she hasn’t seen that much of the show. She hadn’t even seen any stories featuring Colin Baker, the 6th Doctor until 2015.

Joss Whedon meanwhile who openly mocked those who don’t want a female Doctor, ironically said he hated Doctor Who growing up and openly ridiculed the show too.

See here.

Joss Whedon says he thought Doctor Who was cheesy

Joss Whedon on Female Doctor Who

Why the hell does this guy care about who plays the Doctor with this in mind? He according to his own biography, watched one episode and thought it looked shit!

PS its also ironic that Joss would try and whittle down the only differences between men and women to genitals. By that logic, Blaire White shouldn’t be called a woman, as hey she still has a penis. Same applies to an intersex woman who has a penis too. I guess Joss sees her as a man?

The reason Joss and Mary Whitehouse despite having 0 interest in Doctor Who still want it to fit their vision, is because they are such intolerant people, they literally can’t stand something that doesn’t espouse their views even existing!

Doctor Who isn’t the only sci fi franchise the SJWs have influenced. They seem to have their talons locked around the sci fi and fantasy genres like no other.

The irony is that the sci fi and fantasy genres have often been among the most progressive. Its had plenty of strong black characters like Blade, dozens of strong female characters like Xena, Buffy, Charmed Ones, Wonder Woman, Bionic Woman, and plenty of LGBT characters like Xena, Buffy, Willow, Captain Jack.

In fact the sci fi and fantasy genres have often been ahead of the curve in terms of representation, with things like Star Trek the original series featuring the first ever interracial kiss in an American drama series, and being praised by none other than Martin Luther King who called it important to the civil rights movement.

You won’t find anywhere near as many female, black or LGBT heroes in other genres like spy espionage, crime thriller or westerns. Yet feminists don’t target them?

That’s because like all bullies, SJWs and feminists are pitiful cowards. As I said earlier people like Anita Sarkeesian and Whovian Feminism want to be seen as champions for female empowerment, but they are too scared to go after the single biggest cause of inequality for women in the world today, Islam.

They aren’t going to want to go through what someone like Tommy Robinson does in trying to bring attention to girls like Chelsea Wright who have been raped. They aren’t even going to want to go through what someone like Pat Condell who gets called a racist goes through.

So they pick a target that is completely benign and smear it as sexist, so they can appear to be “fighting the good fight”, and get all the credit for that whilst not doing a bloody thing to help any women.

Sci fi and fantasy are easy genres to bully because their fans are often nerds with low self esteem, and furthermore, sci fi fans in contrast to say western fans won’t want to stand up for their love of the genre quite so passionately, because its looked down on.

Fans of sci fi and fantasy are often seen as sad gits by the media after all, so people like Will Wheaton will not only not want to stand up for their favourite franchises, but may even bully those who do, to show that they are not sad gits whose lives revolve around Doctor Who and Star Trek.

Still even among sci fi franchises Doctor Who has been hit the absolute worst and sadly its turned from a show that was once a global phenomenon, to a show that most people probably aren’t even aware is still on.

Video Games

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Video games are probably the SJWs favourite whipping boy after Doctor Who. Fortunately unlike a lot of other spineless fandoms, gamers have stood up to both right wing and left wing SJWs that tried to take over their industry. (As a result they were tarred as Nazis by the mainstream media, during the whole Gamer Gate fiasco.)

Still I’m proud of video game fans for being about the only group who did stand up to these puritanical bullies.

Video games like many other popular forms of entertainment were derided by right wing SJWs for apparently corrupting the youth of today and encouraging violence.

The most famous example of this was Jack Thompson, who led a decades long campaign to get video games banned for encouraging violence.

His arguments have been debunked, time and time again. Studies have shown that there is absolutely no link between playing violent video games and being violent in real life.

Long Term Study Shows No Link Between Violence And Video Games

Yet in spite of this Thompson would continue to trot out the same arguments, never offering any counter claims, and would play the victim by going on about all the death threats he had received from video game fans.

I don’t doubt that Thompson did receive some death threats. That doesn’t prove that video game fans by and large are violent psychopaths however. There are loonies in any group, including feminists.

Look at the death threats Thunderf00t received for speaking out against feminism.

Does that prove that feminists are all psychopaths?

Thompson resorted to these tactics because he couldn’t debunk the gamers arguments against him.

Fortunately in the long run Thompson lost, but he was ultimately replaced by Anita Sarkeesian.

Sarkeesian who was obviously the epitome of a left wing SJW, said she felt that video games were corrupting the youth of today by making them sexist.

Sarkeesian had 0 proof of this and her arguments such as that there are no strong roles for women in video games, or the gaming community is misogynistic overall, were easily debunked.

Of course just like Thompson, rather than try and respond to these reasoned arguments. Sarkeesian went down the pity route by making out that all of her critics were just people sending her death threats.

The great irony was that many of the same liberals who mocked Thompson as being an old fashioned conservative kill joy, were lining up to white knight for Anita Sarkeesian.

Of course the same was true of Doctor Who as well. As much of an influence as she had over the series, at the very least the media and all Doctor Who fans hated Mary Whitehouse and the influence she had on the show, whilst with Whovian Feminism and the people who smeared Moffat as promoting sexual assault, the media were completely on their side.

This video from Chris Ray Gun (one of my favourite youtubers along with ShoeOnHead, Barbara 4U2C and Blaire White) did on the liberals hypocrisy as well as how SJWs are able to take things over is great.

It doesn’t mention Doctor Who, but it does cover how SJWs took over and sunk the New Atheist Movement too, though Chris probably won’t appreciate this video being shared as since he made it, he and Laci Green, who is among the feminists he includes that sunk the Atheist movement, are now dating! Still its a good video anyway.

When you’re part of a tribe you don’t really have any principles or actual beliefs. If your tribe says something you had previously attacked another tribe for, like saying that video games influence people to do bad things, then you’ll be for it.

Comic Books

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Comic Books have had a long and difficult history with SJWs.

Initially it was the right who tried to censor comics, and even outright ban them. Just like Jack Thompson with video games, and Mary Whitehouse with Doctor Who, many right wing activists saw comic books as being a threat to our values because they were too violent and demanded that their content change and that in some cases they even be banned.

Of course like all whiny, narcissistic, intolerant bullies they got their way, despite not representing the majority viewpoint by constantly attacking comic books in all forms of media they could.

The result of this was several horror comics being banned in the UK, and restrictions being imposed on what Comic Book creators could write about.

The Comics Code Authority was eventually established in the 50s to give Comic Book creators a chance to have a greater freedom, but it sadly ended up leading to even greater censorship.

By the late 50s, the CCA had almost sunk the industry, with almost 75 percent of the industry having gone out of business in 1954.

5 Memorable Moments of Comic Book Censorship

The CCA had a very right wing slant and for decades it prevented there from being stories about things that they thought would corrupt the youth. Sadly as a result of this, there were no LGBT characters in comic books for decades.

How The Code Authority Kept LGBT People Out Of Comic Books

CCA vs LGBT People: Battle of the Century!

Fortunately the CCA’s influence began to die down and comic book writers and creators began to experience more freedom, and could tell the stories they WANTED to tell.

Sadly however just like with Doctor Who and Video Games, left wing bullies would start to take the place of the right wing censors.

Nowadays every comic has to basically be approved by the SJWs first. If not much like with Steven Moffat and video games they’ll tar it as racist, homophobic, and sexist.

Now you might be thinking “well all the SJWs want is more women, LGBT, and black characters so what’s wrong with that?”

Obviously the overwhelming majority of comic book fans don’t have a problem with non white, non straight, and non male characters. As I have said before the sci fi, and comic book fandoms were often among the most progressive in terms of representation.

An SJW comic however is totally different to one that simply has a leading black character like Blade or X-Men.

An SJW comic, or tv show first of all will have negative comments directed towards white men in general, and white men will often be depicted in a negative way because they’re white and men.

Also the female and LGBT and black characters will have to constantly remind us of how they are black, female and LGBT in the most obnoxious way, that’s basically the writer telling the audience “I’m going to teach you plebs watching/reading at home that minorities and women are people too.”

Take a look at Red Dwarf, or Blade. They both feature black leads, but its not mentioned in either case as it shouldn’t be. As a result no one even noticed that they had black leads. When do you ever see Red Dwarf, which is actually the second longest running sci fi show in the UK after Doctor Who, get hailed as this big progressive series? Its main love story between Lister and Kochanski is an interracial one. In fact half of the cast is black! Yet no one noticed!

Compare that to the ridiculous bullshit there has been around the Black Panther movie where people have been told that they shouldn’t be allowed to watch it.

I’m not joking see here.

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I think this is proof that the SJWs have done far more harm for representation than good. In the 90s we got stuff like this.

And nobody gave a shit. Nobody even noticed! Yet here we are in an age where you can’t have a film with a black lead without all of this ridiculous race baiting shit being propped up by those on the left who ironically claim to be fighting racism?

Anita Sarkeesian even said in a recent episode of her Feminist Frequency Radio series (which listening to is a truly stomach churning experience.) That she was angry that there were any sympathetic white characters in Black Panther.

Also the SJWs want to change and even outright replace existing characters just to suit their agenda. Wolverine, Iron Man and Thor have all been replaced with new female characters who have taken up the mantle.

Comic book fans obviously are never happy when their favourite character is written out and replaced with somebody else. Regardless of whether that someone is a white man or not. When Damian Wayne for instance took over from Bruce Wayne as Batman there was fan outrage.

However you didn’t get called a bigot for not wanting Damian Wayne to replace Bruce Wayne, the same way you get called a bigot for not wanting a new character, who happens to be a black woman, to take over as Iron Man instead of Tony Stark.

Added to that other characters sexualities have suddenly been changed too.

Whilst no one has a problem with a gay character, obviously people don’t like their favourite characters, whose story that they have followed for years suddenly being changed in a big way for no reason, and in a way that completely contradicts their established history.

And yes that applies all ways. I for instance wouldn’t want an LGBT character to suddenly say that they aren’t LGBT. Like take Captain Jack Harkness for instance. A big part of his character is that he is bisexual. Imagine if I suddenly came in and rewrote it so that he was actually always asexual and that his previous bisexual tendencies were just complete lies that he made up because?

Obviously retcons to characters histories can sometimes work, but they need to be taken on a case by case basis. You need to take into account how big of a contradiction it is, whether the audience can accept it, and whether it changes the character beyond all recognition, and how good of a story it is.

The SJWs however never want to look at anything in a nuanced way. They just trample over other people’s characters with their size 12s and demand that all characters regardless of their history and characterisation be changed to their liking, and if you don’t like THEIR ideas for other people’s characters you are a sexist, racist, or a homophobe.

There is nothing to stop these people from going out there and creating their own characters. If they are great, then people will love them just like they did Blade, Xena and Buffy.

I acknowledge that this might be harder with DC and Marvel. Not because their fans are racists or sexists, but because its hard to introduce any new character to Marvel and DC that is going to be as popular as the classics like Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, or even the likes of The Flash. As these characters were created in the 30s and 50s and 60s then obviously the bulk of them will be men.

Still that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try if you really are so desperate. After all Wolverine was created much later than most of the X-Men and he is now the most popular.

I think it is also somewhat harder to have a woman occupy all of the same roles a man can in a sci fi and fantasy adventure, not because women are less believable as the hero, or people have problems with a woman being the hero. TBH I think most nerdy comic book guys prefer female heroes to male heroes.

The problem is however that a hero has to obviously get tortured, beaten up, even regularly killed in order for their adventures to be exciting.

Being a hero can be tough sometimes.

I don’t think people are as willing to suspend disbelief and enjoy watching a female hero get tortured, beaten up or killed as much as the would with a male hero.

I’m not saying that’s right of course. A large part of why I always thought Xena the Warrior Princess was so good for women in the genre (aside from just being a great show.) Was because it didn’t hold back in terms of what its female characters, both heroic and villainous went through. Xena got beaten up, tortured, crippled just as much as Batman would, her female enemies like Callisto and Alti got killed in horrific ways like being blown up, impaled, submerged in quicksand the same way any male villain would.

Sadly however I don’t think as many writers and directors are as willing to show women go through it as much, which is why there are fewer roles for women overall, not just heroic roles. Obviously a villain has to get beaten up and killed, men also make up the henchman the hero kills, his sidekicks and the victims too. Look at the Jurassic Park film series for instance. It has far more male characters than female, but that’s because most of its male characters get killed by Dinosaurs. So far only ONE woman has been killed on screen in all 4 Jurassic Park films.

Feminists certainly aren’t making it easier for comic book writers to give women more interesting roles as they complain every time anything even remotely violent happens to a female character as being an example of how misogynistic the writer is, inspiring the young men who read it to go out and kill young women etc.

Fox Apologises For X-Men Poster

DC Comics Forced To Pull Batgirl Poster

With this in mind how are writers supposed to make stories about female characters as exciting as those about male character, when they aren’t even allowed to be threatened?

If anything feminists are actually standing in the way of women being able to occupy all of the same roles that men are, because much like the CCA, they are attempting to police what types of stories people are allowed to tell.

Much like the CCA, the feminists and SJWs don’t actually care about the quality of the stories, just in A/ pushing their agenda to as many people and B/ making sure that everything, even something they have 0 interest in, behaves in what they believe to be the “correct” way.

The proof of that is the fact that all of these people who are desperate for a female Doctor Who, a female Thor, a female Iron Man etc, always go on about how representation is important, and growing up they just desperately wanted to see a character who was gay/black/a woman etc, yet they NEVER watch or read anything starring female/black/LGBT heroes.

Look at Claudia Boleyn, a popular youtuber who always goes on about how she wants to see more female heroes, LGBT heroes like her, yet all of the shows she watches, and talks about star men like Doctor Who, Supernatural, Merlin etc. Furthermore there are actually female counterparts to every single one of her favourite shows.

Merlin, a pseudo historical fantasy series, that is not only completely historically inaccurate, but revels in its inaccuracies in humorous ways and blends hard, gritty drama, with the most over the top, broad, camp humour.

The same is also true of Xena the Warrior Princess which stars two bisexual women as the leads, yet Claudia NEVER even comments on Xena, whilst always going on about Merlin, the one with two male leads? PS Xena was even cited by the makers of Merlin as one of their biggest influences!

Then there is Supernatural, another of Claudia’s favourite series about two brothers who battle Demons and come from a long line of people who battle Demons. The youngest of them however falls in love with a Demon who wavers between good and evil, who the elder sibling despises, and who he is eventually forced to kill. The elder sibling meanwhile develops a really close relationship with a Celestial being.

What about Charmed however? A series about three sisters who battle Demons and who come from a long line of Demon hunters. The youngest of the Charmed sisters also falls for a Demon, that the other two despise, and who wavers between good and evil, before they have to kill him for good, whilst the older one develops a relationship with a celestial being.

Then there is Class the awful Doctor Who Spin off Claudia likes, which revolves around a school where there is a rip in time and space that allows monsters to come through. A group of misfit students have to cover up the rip and save the world. Oh and one of them is a blonde, who used to be an enemy of the main character, but got something stuck in their head which stops them from even hurting someone else, and they always whine about how they want to get this out of their head.

Gee where have I head that before? Oh that’s right. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, one of the most celebrated genre series of all time, which stars a female hero, and has a lesbian woman as the most powerful character in the universe, which Claudia has also never commented on.

With this in mind I can’t exactly take her claims for wanting to see someone like her seriously, when there are existing alternatives to series she already adores, that star female heroes.

Whovian Feminism is another one who ironically NEVER talks about female led series. Seriously why the fuck does she talk about Doctor Who if she is interested in female led shows?

It would be like if I went on about wanting to explore themes of Scottish independence and nationalism in film and television, and then only ever looked at say Xena, and whined because it wasn’t about that?

Look at the blog, youtube channel of anyone who goes on about representation, from angry feminists like Whovian Feminism to white knights like Mr Tardis Reviews and you will be lucky if they are a fan of even one female led series.

To be honest anyone who goes on about a female, or a black hero being a big deal in this day and age simply shows how little interest or knowledge they have in either the genre or female heroes in general.

As a 90s baby I practically grew up on female heroes. Xena, Buffy, Charmed, Alias, video games like Resident Evil etc. Its not a big deal, but people like Whovian Feminism, Will Wheaton, Claudia Boleyn, Paul Cornell, Mr Tardis Reviews etc, still act like this is the 30s when a female hero is a big, groundbreaking thing?

Of course they know that its shit that there are never any female heroes in comic books, video games or tv shows. They just want to still pretend that it is like the 30s so that they can be seen as the brave people, fighting for the little guy, and so that they can use this “need for representation” to force their ideology on existing characters like Wolverine and the Doctor.

Personally I don’t think representation actually matters in the modern world anyway. I don’t get why so many nerds are intimidated by this argument of “I need my representation” that SJWs use to change or replace some of the most iconic characters of all time?

Representation did matter in the 50s and the 60s. Back then western society was genuinely racist, sexist and homophobic. There were signs plastered in pubs all over the UK saying “No Blacks Allowed”, whilst in America as we all know things were even worse for black people, with the Jim Crow laws, segregation and widespread support for groups like the KKK. Women meanwhile were genuinely paid less for the same work, whilst homosexuality was illegal in the United Kingdom.

Back then if you were gay/black or a woman, you’d have to deal with being made to feel inferior for who you were. So seeing something like Dan Dare, the most popular comic book in the United Kingdom throughout the 50s, feature a black character as Dan’s boss would probably help to make you feel better. It would show you that not everybody felt that way, and that it might be possible for you to be accepted. Also it had a place in the wider civil rights movement too, as it helped to counteract the racist propaganda that was all over society.

Sci fi again, far from being this deeply bigoted genre that the feminists love to paint it as, did give positive representation to marginalised minorities during this time, with Doctor Who, Star Trek, Dan Dare and both DC and Marvel all giving strong roles to women and black people.

However times move on. The civil rights movement won, homosexuality was legalized and it was made illegal to pay women less for the same amount of work as men.

As the decades went on people became okay with black, LGBT and female entertainers and characters in general. In the UK the best selling album of all time is by Queen a band with a Zoro Astrian, bisexual man, Freddie Mercury who dressed up in women’s clothing, whilst the two best selling albums of the 21st century are by Adele, a plus sized woman, and Amy Winehouse, a bisexual, Jewish woman who was influenced by black music.

For the past 3 years, white straight men have been a minority among the top 10 earning and most powerful celebrities in the west.

With all of this in mind I don’t think representation matters at all. I’m not saying don’t make anything with a female or black or LGBT lead. Make as many as you want. If they are good I will judge them on their own merits like I did for Xena and Blade.

The point is that it doesn’t need enforced like it did in the 50s and 60s, and we certainly shouldn’t be getting rid of beloved characters like Wolverine solely based on some bullshit about representation.

Audiences and studios are clearly willing to see something with a black or female character. Yes there aren’t as many black heroes, but that’s because in the west there aren’t as many black people. How many white people are there in Bollywood movies.

Also why do you need to see someone like you anymore? In the west nobody lives in a society that tells them they are inferior for who they are, like blacks in the 60s. I’m not saying there is never any racism in our society, but fortunately there isn’t really any institutional bigotry, and most people are tolerant and open minded.

If someone were to hang a sign outside a pub that said “No Blacks Allowed” they’d be arrested for hate crimes. The type of racism that does still exist in our society is more subtle and needs fought in different ways. Representation isn’t really going to make a difference in solving things like police brutality against black people in America (which is a complicated issue that is over exaggerated by lefties, yet down played by a lot on the right.)

If anything representation in dealing with problems like this can just be seen as a stupid distraction. Hey we have a black superhero, that will fix everything in the black community right?

Representation was only a useful tool in combating an overtly racist society. A modern secular society, that is overall progressive, but might still have a few lingering hang ups from the past, needs to analyse the problems it still has and try and overcome them.

I actually don’t understand why in a society where the overall population is not racist, there are no racist laws, and any racism is seen as evil, abhorrent, and has to happen behind closed doors, because its illegal, you would need to see someone like you other than complete narcissism?

Also how stupid is it to define yourself by one aspect of your personality. Apparently if a character is gay and you are gay then that means that they completely represent you? What if said character has totally different political beliefs to you? What if you are more of a Rolling Stones fan, and they are a complete Beatles fan who hates the Stones? What if they think science is boring, but it is your greatest passion?

Similarly who has more representation between me and an African American man for instance? I am a Scottish white guy, so on the one hand, if we choose to define my personality and every aspect of my being by the fact that I am white, then its me. However if we decide to define our entire beings by another aspect of our personalities, our nationality, then he has more representation. There are more American heroes than Scottish superheroes after all.

Its shit like this that ultimately leads to the oppression Olympics where people are trying to out compete each other in terms of who is a bigger victim.

Ultimately I find people in the 21st century who go on about the need for representation to be misguided at best.

Most of the time they are posers like Neil Gaiman and J J Abrams who want to make themselves look better. People like Gene Roddenberry (creator of Star Trek), Frank Hampson (creator of Dan Dare) and Terry Nation (creator of the Daleks) all still receive praise for how progressive their stories were in the 60s and 70s and rightfully so.

They did combat the genuine racism and sexism around them, but again in the modern world, its not edgy or a big deal to have a black or female leading character. So people like Gaiman and Abrams have to try and make out that it is so they can basque in the praise from ignorant SJWs who don’t know any better.

Neil Gaiman On Buffy

Thank you Neil for telling a sexist pleb like me that women are people too! Representation is yet another way for cowards like Anita Sarkeesian and Neil Gaiman to make themselves look like social justice champions, without doing a thing to help women or minorities.

Or as we have been over they are bigoted bullies like Whovian Feminism who want to impose their agenda on everything and hide behind this supposedly righteous cause.

Or if we take them at their word, then they are such narcissists that unless they have something in common with a hero or character then they can’t enjoy it, and furthermore it has to be that one thing they have chosen to define their entire personality and being by too. They could have 1000 other things in common with this character, but if that character isn’t say gay or has the same skin pigmentation as them, then there is no way that they can relate to them.

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Replace name with “my skin colour” or “my sexuality” and you have modern day comic book and sci fi “fans” who think representation matters in a nutshell. Homer has just chosen to define himself by his name.

Of course much like Doctor Who, Comic Books sales have begun to sink as a result of pandering to these people.

Comic Book Sales Tanking

Retailers Complain About Collapsing DC and Marvel Sales

The fact that Doctor Who and comic books have nose dived as a result of pandering to these people whilst video games whose fans fought back have remained strong, shows why you need to stand up to these bullies.

Yes you will get tarred as bigots like the gamer gators were, but at the end of the day the thing you love will be saved.

I think comic book geeks and Doctor Who fans biggest problem however was in not seeing that the feminists and the SJWs were no different to the likes of the CCA and Mary Whitehouse.

Video game fans saw right away that Anita Sarkeesian was no different to Jack Thompson. All she had done was replace the idea that games are making people violent with games are making people sexist.

With comic book fans a lot of them however I think foolishly came to think that this representation crap was important, because it had been in the 60s, and came to see the feminists as being like the people who fought against the CCA in the 60s and the 70s.

Ironically they had no idea that they were now becoming the new CCA, as they were supporting people who wanted to limit and control what types of stories people could tell like the CCA, and were actually bigots just like the CCA, except rather than against homosexuals, they are bigoted against white people.

Comedy

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Much like Doctor Who, video games, and comic books, comedy is something that has historically been limited and censored by right wing SJWs, but in the last few decades its really more the left wing SJWs that have begun to censor comedy.

It was always the conservative Christians that wanted to get outrageous comics they found offensive banned.

Probably the most notorious example of this was the banning of Life of Brian in certain areas of the UK, including Glasgow, as well as the constant attacks on it from the right wing media for supposedly mocking Jesus (which missed the whole point of the movie.)

See here. City Lifts Ban on Life Of Brian

Then of course there was also Terry Rakolta’s famous campaign against classic American 90s comedy Married With Children.

Rakolta was basically the American counterpart to Mary Whitehouse. She was a conservative woman who founded the organisation known as Americans For Responsible Television. Her favourite target was Married With Children which she believed to be obscene.

The campaign she launched against the show caused many of the shows sponsors to pull out. It was also moved to a late slot at her urging, and the content of the show had to be toned down after a public boycott she launched against the series.

Terry Rakolta, The Bitch Who Tried To Get Married With Children Off The Air

Nowadays of course comedy series have to regulated from a more feminist/left wing perspective or outright banned.

So many prominent comedians from Jerry Seinfeld to John Cleese to Stephen Merchant have mentioned how their comedy would not work today because of left wing censors.

Stephen Merchant Says BBC Would Be Too Scared Of Liberal Left To Make The Office

Then of course there are the SJWs recent attacks on Friends of all shows.

Why Friends Is Actually A Super Problematic Show

The One With The Homophobia

Friends is the lightest, most feel good, non offensive comedy imaginable. That was why it had such a mass appeal. It was really good escapism, its main characters though obviously flawed, where basically nice, likable people.

Yet the SJWs are such delicate little snowflakes that they can’t even cope with Friends? How the fuck are they going to cope with genuinely dark comedies like Seinfeld, Bottom, The Young Ones, any iteration of Blackadder, South Park etc?

I honestly never thought that I would see a time when Friends of all shows was the outrageous one! I think with this the left wing SJWs have outdone the right wing SJWs.

But hey who needs Friends, Married With Children and Seinfeld when you have this type of comedy from SJWs.

To be fair a lot of this stuff is funny, but not in the way they had hoped.

I could list may other examples of forms of entertainment that have been taken over, sunk or otherwise limited by these crybullies, but you probably get the point.

The important things to learn here are.

1/ That it makes no difference between left and right. All that matters is whichever one is in power. They’ll both try and take over every aspect of your life, and they are both such intolerant fanatics that they can’t stand any thing that doesn’t agree with them, or espouse their views even existing. Even if its something they have no interest in, or have outright contempt for (like Joss Whedon and Doctor Who.) It doesn’t matter. They’ll still demand that it goes their way and tell people who do love it that they are the intolerant bigots.

2/ That it doesn’t matter whether they are an extreme minority. They ALWAYS get their way, because they are willing to play dirty tricks like smearing a man’s reputation as seen with Steven Moffat.

3/ You should NEVER give in to these people. Not only is what they want often to the detriment of whatever it is they are taking over (because they don’t actually care about it, only in pushing their agenda.) But they also want to take it all over. Like with Doctor Who, it wasn’t even just a female Doctor, they had to have the male Doctor be emasculated, a female Master, an all female UNIT, anti men jokes etc.

4/ They hilariously will often complain about the other side, without realising that they are exactly the same, as seen with the liberals who rightfully criticised Jack Thompson but later went on to white knight for Anita Sarkeesian, or the “edgy” comedians who spent years attacking Mary Whitehouse for being censorious yet now stick up for feminists attempts to police all forms of entertainment from sci fi series to comedy.

5/ If you see this happening to any form of entertainment, call it out. I think that there has been a problem where people won’t comment on it if its not something they like being affected.

Take a look at Doctor Who. Many of the people who defended video games from feminists and SJWs either didn’t care when Doctor Who was taken over in exactly the same way, or were even apologists for it!

ShoeOnHead for instance said that there was no problem with the Doctor having a female body, whilst centrist Youtuber Top Hats and Champagne said that a female Doctor was a good idea. Of course both admitted that they have never even watched a second of Doctor Who.

So with this in mind why comment on it? They both have no idea that the Doctor does have a consistent character and that it is jarring to suddenly change it in such a huge way, or that it only happened because of a calculated smear campaign against the show, its makers and fans.

Just a little bit of research would have shown them that Doctor Who is in the same boat as video games (both of which they admirably stood up for), and that if it gets taken over, then that’s a huge victory for SJWs. Far bigger than them taking over the Atheist Movement, which Shoe commented on many times.

Doctor Who is arguably the most influential British television series of all time. It has a history of over 50 years and is seen in over 150 countries by over 160 million people, yet these bullies were actually able to completely take everything about it over, from its lore (gender neutral Time Lords), to its casting choices (Jodie Whittaker, Michelle Gomez) to its story arcs (Clara being retconed to being the most important person in its history,) to its fandom (like a Doctor Who Convention that only mentions DOCTOR WHO once, because the rest of the time they are talking about feminism and MeToo.)

If the SJWs can take over Doctor Who in such a drastic way, then really no television series is safe, and once they have a monopoly on tv, then other forms of entertainment are in danger, and from there other areas of popular culture, and media too.

Fair enough Shoe and Top Hats are not Who fans, but again a little research before they commented on it wouldn’t have killed them. I’m not the biggest gamer either, but I still comment on what the feminists are doing to video games because I can recognise it is another form of entertainment that is going through what Doctor Who is right now. It would be ridiculous of me to say that what Anita says about video games is just fine, but then criticise Whovian Feminism, when both are exactly the fucking same.

I still like Shoe of course, but I was a little disappointed in her with this, and really it reminds me of that old saying “I didn’t stick up for them when they came after so and so, but then when they came after me there was no one left.

Always call this shit out. Even if its a show you don’t like, even if its your side that is now doing what you always criticised the other side for doing. Call it out for the sake of free speech, and writers, artists, directors and actors basic right to tell the types of stories they want to.

9/ They Both Like Fake News

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He’s talking to both his supporters and critics.

Both sides will distort the facts to suit their own agendas whilst hilariously trying to take the moral high ground against the other, for not supporting fake news.

As the left currently has the media backing, its fake news is obviously a lot more dangerous and noticable.

CNN have been caught lying about so many things, from editing a black woman calling for violence to make it look as though she is objecting to it, to their hilarious in hindsight polls about Clinton having 90 percent of the vote over Trump.

CNN Apologies For Editing Clip

CNN edits Trump Video on Japan

Then of course there is the leftist media’s disgusting attempts to smear individuals they don’t like such as Tommy Robinson as white nationalists and racists.

The lefts most recent attempts to slander Tommy Robinson, attempt to paint him as being in contact with the terrorist behind the Finsbury Mosque attack. See here.

As you can see this isn’t just a lack of research. This is outright lying. Editing clips, trying to connect Tommy to criminals and fanatics that ironically hate him in real life.

Whilst many on the right such as Paul Joseph Watson have rightfully called out the leftist media on their bias, they too have been guilty of peddling lies and mistruths to promote their own agendas

Paul Joseph Watson famously tweeted a parody photo of Antifa (who for the record I despise too.) Holdin a NAMBLA sign. NAMBLA are an infamous pedophile organisation.

When it was later pointed out to Paul that it was a hoax, he actually said “Does it matter if its a false flag or not, given how funny it is?”

Sargon of Akkad is no better. He regularly refers to Hugo Chavez as a dictator. Whilst Chavez was far from perfect, he was most certainly not a dictator.

Jimmy Carter Calls Hugo Chavez Election The Most Fair He Has Ever Seen

Added to that Sargon always leaves out the devastating effect the US has had on Venezuela, because it doesn’t suit his narrative that its all to do with socialism.

US is tearing Venezeula apart

Now I am not saying that this is the whole reason that Venezeula is failing, but it is a valid idea that Sargon completely overlooks. Similarly in his Castro video Sargon cites a picture on Google image as proof that Cuba’s hospitals were all shit. He has no idea where this photo came from or who made it, he literally just said he put Cuban hospital into Google image.

Seriously Sargon? Google image is your source? I can find pictures of Amy Winehouse and Elvis Presley sitting together on Google image.

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So by Sargon’s logic then Amy and Elvis must have had an affair? I mean hey I got this on Google images after all?

In some ways this compulsive lying ties right into the left and the right’s contempt for the working class. They think that they are idiots, the great unwashed who are so thick they will believe anything they are told. Fortunately however people are waking up to their lies.

10/ They Think That People Can Change Their Sexuality

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We all know how the right for years believed that homosexuality was a sign of degeneracy, and tried to “cure” homosexuality through electro conversion therapy or the notorious “Pray the Gay Away”.

Pray The Gay Away

Now obviously its not reached the same extent, but we have started to see incredibly enough a similar attitude of men who don’t want to sleep with trans women bigoted.

Now personally I find trans women like Blaire White attractive, however I can understand why a straight man might not want to sleep with a trans woman, as most of them still have male genitals.

Sadly however the believe that sexual preferences are bigoted if they are straight, and think a straight man should just change his sexual preferences right away.

Blaire White did a great video on the subject here, and even commented on how ironic it was that the left are now trying to police people’s sexual preferences.

Conclusion 

Don’t end up like this guy.

Tribalism is the biggest enemy to true progress. We are all supsceptible to it in many areas of life, even if its just what band, football team or tv fandom we are a part of.

Still when it creeps its way into politics then it leads to the current brand of right wing and left wing identity politics that is causing severe problems for both actual left wing and right wing politics.

I feel that this tribalism is being promoted by the people at the top to keep those who could make a positive change fighting among themselves.

George Soros for instance funds things like Black Lives Matter and the 2017 Women’s March. Why do you think billionaire and former Nazi collaborator George Soros supports these movements? Out of the goodness of his heart?

No its because it splinters left wing politics. Rather than work together as a united front, people are instead fighting each other over the most stupid differences, whilst ironically thinking they are fighting for equality.

Women are telling men that they have male privilege, black people hate white people for their supposed white privilege, even among the LGBT community there are divisions.

Identity politics has such a stranglehold on the left that some leftists have actually said that a millionaire who is black is still not as privileged as a white person who is homeless, whilst gay men are viewed as not suffering persecution if they are white, as well as racists because they are white.

NUS Tells LGBT Societies To Abolish Gay Rights Because They Don’t Suffer Persecution

White Students Are Told They Are Born Racist

Added to that because the majority of the critics of capitalism are also wrapped up in rubbish identity politics, I feel more left of centre people are drawn to the right as a result.

Sargon of Akkad is a classic example of this. I don’t think Sargon is a bad guy personally at all, and I used to really like a lot of his videos. I also above all else still respect him for giving people like Tommy Robinson a platform when so few others were willing too.

Sargon also believe it or not used to even say that he was quite a socialist in some ways and he supported a socialised health service and welfare state. He also used to criticise capitalism regularly and even supported Bernie Sanders before he was torpedoed by Hillary. (Though I agree with more of Sanders policies than Trump, I think Sanders still revelled in identity politics too, such as his bullshit comments like “white people don’t know what its like to be poor.”)

Still Sargon I think ended up becoming a right wing SJW because he grew so disgusted with the left and its racism against white people and Islam apologism, that he completely turned towards the right.

Watch any of his recent videos and I’d wager he can’t go 5 minutes without ranting about how much he hates socialists. Then there is his wish to see the Tory party saved, and his ridiculous apologism for capitalism to the point where he outright said furiously that its not causing any problems around the world.

Really Sargon?

5th Of United Kingdom Population Live In Poverty

Child Poverty In Britain Set To Soar To New High

Effects of Agent Orange On Vietnam

What We Lost: 10 Ways The Iraq War Harmed The US

10 Years Later: Death, Disease, Destruction: The Legacy of The Iraq War

The Human Cost Of The War In Iraq

Obama The Butcherer Of Women And Children

Death Toll Of Capitalism

(Note: I don’t agree with all of these figures in the last article, but there is a lot of other interesting bits of information here. The author includes World War 2 as a war caused by capitalism for instance which I absolutely do not agree with. Nazism was a political spectrum beyond either left and right. Still saying the Nazis evil came from capitalism is no more ridiculous than saying that there were communists or socialists which Sargon and other right wingers have done.)

Sargon ignores all of this however and only focuses on socialism’s faults to the point where having once defended socialised health care and welfare, he now has a hatred of all socialists that’s quite frankly comparable to SJWs demonisation of right wingers ironically enough.

In despising one tribe, Sargon has become part of another. He might refer to himself as a classical liberal, but he is a total right winger now.

The best thing you can do so you don’t end up like Sargon is not think that because you agree with the left or the right on one big issue, that means you have to agree with everything they say.

Political policies should be looked on in a purely practical way, and that’s why I personally favour a mixed economy that takes aspects from both socialism and capitalism.

I’m not saying a mixed economy is perfect as no system is. Human beings aren’t perfect so I doubt we could ever invent a perfect ideology.

12 Pros and Cons Of A Mixed Economy

However a mixed economy can overcome many of the problems inherent in socialism and capitalism and I feel it has a better success rate at getting countries out of poverty.

Take a look at the United Kingdom for instance. We leaned more towards a mixed economy after World War 2 with the introduction of the NHS and the nationalisation of coal, gas and electricity.

Clement Attlee: Our Greatest Post War Prime Minister

It would be wrong to say that Attlee made Britain into a total socialist state however. He still kept certain aspects of a capitalist economy for the United Kingdom and for the next 30 or so years our economy flourished as we continued to function under a mixed economy.

Later when we switched to more of a capitalist economy in the late 70s under Thatcher, then poverty and unemployment increased dramatically. Yes its true we still have the NHS, but Thatcher as well as the current Tory government have done everything they can to attack and undermine the NHS to the point where it is sadly on its last legs, as more Doctors are turning to private practice due to a lack of money and support for the NHS.

Lack of Funding For The NHS

As soon as the NHS, the last semblance of our former mixed economy is dismantled by the current right wing government, then the poorest in this country will suffer even more.

China meanwhile is another example of a mixed economy being a success in terms of lifting people out of poverty. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying for one second that that justifies China’s human rights abuses or its censorship, or that the people who have suffered as a result deserved it.

China demonstrates that a mixed economy is every bit open to becoming fascist as a capitalist or socialist or communist one.

The battle for free speech is separate to which economy you think works best, or equal rights for men and women and all ethnic minorities, and for LGBT people too.

This is why you must always fight for freedom of speech regardless of whether you are left or right, and not fall into a “its okay if the people I don’t like are shut down by McCarthy because they are communists, or if they are shut down by feminists because they are sexist.”

Still whilst I am not going to defend the police state in China, at the same time it cannot be denied that the mixed economy has been a success in terms of getting the general population out of poverty.

China Lifts 68 Million People Out Of Poverty In 5 Years

China Lifts 800 Million Out Of Poverty Since 1999

China Lifts 13 Million Out Of Poverty Each Year

All the while our more capitalist economy is floundering and Venezuela is suffering terrible poverty.

Ultimately I think we should eventually move towards a socialist economy, but I don’t think that should be for some time yet (even Sargon has said that he thinks socialism will work, but not for possibly centuries.)

However I don’t think we should stay in a strict capitalist economy. It is demonstrably failing in the UK alone and has been since the 1980s.

A mixed economy is the way to go. I believe in the NHS and the Welfare State. I also think that conditions for workers, hours, money, etc should be greatly improved from what they are now, and essentials such as electricity and gas should be made public sector again.

However at the same time independent businesses should be allowed to thrive. I don’t believe in allowing the government to control every single business.

All of these things I believe will allow more money to come into our economy and provide safety nets for people during dark times.

A final thing you can do to stop becoming tribal is to look at as many sources as you possibly can from both the left and the right.

Even people you hate, as that way you wont just be in your own little echo chamber. Watch as many debates as you can, criticise people you are normally fans of, if you think they say something you disagree with. Hell even if its your friend (though don’t be a condescending asshole about it.)

All of these things in my opinion stop you from feeling as though you are boxxed into one little side and as a result have to defend everything that side says and does.

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Sci Fi Classics That I’d Like To See Animated

 

Animation is a brilliant medium for genre stories. Sadly even with the recent explosion of popularity of franchises like Marvel and DC, sci fi is still really a niche thing.

Ask yourself how much sci fi there is on mainstream television for example, and how many big sci fi films are there right now that aren’t part of established franchises?

Added to that on television and film sci fi and fantasy, more than any other genres can often be severely limited even with the best budgets.

With animation however all of these problems can be overcome. Animated movies obviously are more of a niche thing anyway, and there is already quite a fair bit of overlap in sci fi fans and fans of animated movies. Also its obviously far easier to depict things like giant monsters, strange new planets, and alien invasions in even the cheapest cartoons than it is in the biggest budget movies.

Thus in much the same way as many iconic DC comics storylines have been adapted as animated films as part of the DC Animated Original Movies series. Then I’d like to see classic sci fi novels, comics and even some old sci fi television series be adapted as cartoons for the new generation.

In this article I am going to run through which stories I’d like to see adapted as films and television series.

Some of these stories are sadly a bit more obscure, but again I don’t think that would be a problem if they were part of a line that included more established sci fi characters and films. In fact I think in the long run it could help to bring more attention to many overlooked classics if the line was a big hit.

As for who I’d like to see produce this series, well I’d be happy for anyone as long as they have love and respect for the source material.

Doctor Omega The Animated Series

Doctor Omega is sadly a relatively obscure French novel by Arnould Galopin. Written in 1907, many have speculated that it was the main influence on Doctor Who, as the story does bare a number of remarkable similarities to the later BBC series.

Doctor Omega is mysterious inventor (who is often referred to simply as the Doctor), who comes from an unnamed race of aliens that are said to be the most advanced species in the universe. Omega’s people apparently discovered the secret of time travel through experiments with black holes.

Omega is estranged from his people, and lives on earth with his grand daughter, Suzanne. Omega performs a series of strange experiments which attracts the attention of his neighbour, a sensitive, reclusive, but very creative, musical person named Denis Borel.

Omega takes a liking to Denis and reveals what he is building. A time space craft called the Cosmos which can function on land and water.

Along with his assistant Fred, Omega asks Denis to join him on an expedition to Mars, 3 billion years ago, and Denis eventually agrees.

They journey through the vortex where they are almost destroyed by a gigantic fireball, before landing in the Martian sea. There they encounter various species of giant Martian fish, as well as a hostile race of reptillian Mermen before they escape to the surface.

On the surface they encounter poisonous trees, gnome like creatures with tentacled arms and a giant monster that preys on the gnomes, before escaping to the red valley where they meet giant snake monsters, and bat like men who have fashioned artificial wings to escape from the snakes.

They next encounter a highly advanced city of gnome like aliens who capture them and take the Cosmos apart. After performing experiments on the three travellers, the gnomes come to the conclusion that they are not dangerous and Omega, Fred and Denis are allowed to explore their city.

Unfortunately however just as the Cosmos is rebuilt and ready to go, war breaks out between the Gnomes and their enemies who live on the other side of the planet. During one battle the Gnomes discover that the metal Omega used to build the Cosmos is immune to their enemies death rays, and so they cannibalise it to use as shields.

With their only hope of escape seemingly gone, Doctor Omega is able to build an SOS machine that sends a signal through time to his grand daughter Suzanne. Suzanne then enlists the aid of another renegade from the Doctors people, the mysterious Professor Helvetius who arrives in a similar craft to the Cosmos and takes them all back to earth. The travellers also take a Martian named Tiziraou who helped them escape back as a companion.

Tiziraou stays with Denis and even helps him compose an opera, before Omega builds another Cosmos and asks his companions to join him on another adventure.

Its not hard to see how this novel is a precursor to Doctor Who. Both revolve around a mysterious alien who comes from an advanced race of time travellers, who he is estranged from. In both cases the alien develops an affinity for earth and takes humans on as companions.

Also both Doctor Omega and the Doctor have a grand daughter named Suzanne, who are both about 15 years old.

Even physically and in terms of personality Doctor Omega is strikingly similar to the first Doctor. Both are old men who walk with sticks, have long flowing snow white hair, are grumpy, awkward, and are also shown to be willing to even endanger their friends lives in order to explore.

In the first Dalek story the first Doctor memorably pretends that a vital component of the TARDIS has broken down, the fluid link so that he can explore the city of the Daleks, whilst similarly in Doctor Omega there is a scene where the Doctor reveals that he pretended a part of the Cosmos was missing simply so that he could explore more of Mars.

Yet in spite of this, both Doctor Omega and the Doctor have a very strong moral code and will only ever kill if they have too. Both also are shown underneath their grumpy exterior to be genuinely fond of their human companions too, and to have a very close and loving relationship with their grand daughters.

Doctor Omega has never been acknowledged as an influence on Doctor Who by its creators, but many fans believe that it may have been as the similarities are obviously rather big.

Doctor Omega sadly languished in obscurity for almost 100 years until 2003 when it was discovered by Jean Marc Lofficier and Randy Lofficier who translated, retold and republished the story.

Since then Doctor Omega has developed something of a following among Doctor Who fans and there has even been a number of sequel stories published which were collected in the anthology book, Doctor Omega and the Shadowmen. A second sequel, Doctor Omega and the Electromen is currently planned.

Personally I think that Doctor Omega could be the basis of a fantastic animated film or television series. The original novel alone would be the basis for a fantastic cartoon. So many of the colourful creatures, landscapes, and buildings on Mars would look absolutely fantastic animated.

As for who I’d like to see play the lead characters well. I’d like to see Kelsey Grammar play Borel. Borel is kind of like Frasier in that he is a bit of a snob, very musical, and very sensitive and creative. I could see Grammer bringing the character to life wonderfully, whilst adding a lot of humour to his more cowardly tendencies too.

As for Fred sadly he doesn’t have much of a personality, but Brian Blessed would be a good choice as Brian Blessed is obviously good at playing big, tough guys, and as he has such a big personality himself, then he could overcompensate for the relatively bland character he was given.

Finally for Doctor Omega himself, there are so many actors who would be wonderful for this character, so I’ll just whittle it down to the following two people, Tim Curry and David Warner.

Sadly Curry suffered a stroke in 2012 which rendered him unable to walk and slowed his speech down somewhat.

Still he can act, and has even done quite a lot of voice work since his stroke such as Auntie Whispers in the award winning series, Over the Garden Wall and Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars. He also appeared as the narrator in the 2016 remake of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

I think he could easily voice the Doctor and give him an unearthly, yet charming persona.

David Warner meanwhile could basically just recycle the persona he used for the alternate version of the Third Doctor in the Unbound Doctor Who audio series (which are set in alternate universes to the main series.)

Warners version of the Doctor even looks like Doctor Omega too.

There’s a lot of scope in a Doctor Omega animated series as much like Doctor Who, the fact that he can travel anywhere obviously allows the writers a chance to have him go on many different types of adventures, which again wouldn’t be hindered by budget constraints in the same way in an animated series.

Star Maker Film 

Star Maker is a classic sci fi novel by Olaf Stapeldon which revolves around an unnamed narrator whose mind is transported out of his body by unexplained means.

His disembodied spirit goes on to explore the entire universe. Along the way he encounters various alien species, the concept of alternate universes, galactic wars and the idea that Stars are actually sentient.

The narrator is also joined by various other minds that detach from their bodies from various other worlds across the universe.

At the end of the book the various minds come into contact with the Star Maker, who is the creator of all things. The Star Maker is revealed to have created almost an infinite number of universes and has created them merely for his own amusement. After learning of some of the other universes the Star Maker has created, the narrator is transported back to his own body at the moment he left to resume his life.

Now Star Maker is one of the greatest works of science fiction ever written. It conteains so many fascinating concepts and ideas, many of which were decades ahead of their time such as the Dyson Sphere.

It would be a very difficult thing to bring to film however, if not impossible which probably explains why, despite its high reputation, no one has even tried.

Still I think it could possibly make an effective animated movie. Personally I think Patrick Stewart would be a fantastic choice for the narrator of the story. His voice is ridiculously brilliant. Its practically not even human its so marvellous! You’d obviously need someone with a strong voice to get us through the exploration of the universe, and Stewart does have experience as far as that’s concerned.

The Martian Chronicles Film

A series of stories written by the late Sci Fi legend, Ray Bradbury about man’s colonisation of Mars and subsequent conflict with the native, telepathic Martians.

The stories were written over the course of a decade and were not originally intended to be linked, but when they were reprinted Bradbury would loosely connect them together.

Some of the stories were adapted as a live action miniseries in the 1980s which starred the likes of Roddy McDowell and Rock Hudson. Sadly though I quite enjoyed it, the series was not that big a success. Ray Bradbury himself even described it as “just boring”.

I think given that the stories aren’t really that strongly connected, The Martian Chronicles would work better as an anthology film. You could collect the very best stories together with a loose narrative being the history of man’s first contact with Mars. I also think it would be cool if they got well known sci fi actors to voice the lead characters in every segment too, such as Mark Hamill, Karen Gillan, William Shatner, Colin Baker, Eliza Dushku etc.

The Lost World Film

Written by Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The Lost World revolves around a group of explores led by the irascible Professor George Challenger who venture to a mysterious plateau where Dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures as well as vicious ape men roam.

Often considered THE Dinosaur novel, The Lost World set down the template that most Dinosaur stories were to follow for the next 100 years, of there being a remote location such as a valley, or island where Dinosaurs still exist.

Now obviously there have been many film and television adaptations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic novel over the years, but I think an animated adaptation that tries to blend various different aspects of all the other versions there have been could be quite interesting.

The Lost World is a novel much like Dracula and Frankenstein, in that whilst its very important in the genre, and still holds up tremendously well as an enjoyable novel in its own right. A lot of what we think about the story in popular culture actually comes from its adaptations.

For instance with Frankenstein the idea of the Professor being evil, the monster being a stupid, lumbering brute, and having green skin, bolts through his neck and a flat top head, all come from the films, whilst with The Lost World, the idea of a spoiled rich woman going on the expedition to the plateau, a friendly native woman who falls in love with one of the team, and various Dinosaur species such as Tyrannosaurus Rex (which was obscure when the original novel was written) all come from the film and tv adaptations, yet they are all completely synonymous with the Lost World.

The intro alone of this show is not faithful to the book. There were no T.Rex’s or main female characters in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s version of The Lost World. 

I think it would also be interesting to show us a version that had Dinosaurs that actually looked more like outdated depictions of Dinosaurs.

I would LOVE to see the animated Lost World draw on the paintings of Charles R Knight (whose work later inspired both Ray Harryhausen and Willis O’Brien.)

Its such a shame that we never see Dinosaurs depicted this way anymore. Obviously I like the way they look in modern films like Jurassic Park too, but its a shame that this style was completely and utterly ditched.

Its not even like people want them to be depicted accurately in films and tv shows (unless of course they are documentarys.) Hence why we didn’t get any feathered Raptors in Jurassic World.

For some reason however things like T.Rex’s standing upright and Brontosaurus’ in swamps are a rarity now, so I think it would be quite a nice throwback to the novels early 20th Century’s roots if we saw more old fashioned Dinosaurs.

As for who I’d like to see play the leads, I think Brian Blessed would make an exceptional Challenger.

Challenger is described as being a mountain of a man, with a huge bushy beard, deep, bellowing voice, and is prone to fits of chronic rage, whilst also at other times being quite witty and charming.

You can see how the illustrator of this book even based Challenger on Brian Blessed. I’m not the only one to make the connection!

Brian Blessed has also named The Lost World as one of his favourite novels. In fact he even explored a part of the mysterious region the book was set in.

Brian Blessed Shares The Books That Mean The Most To Him

Really he has to play the role. He’s practically a real life version of Professor Challenger!

As for Lord Roxton, I think Aidan Turner would be a good choice. I’m not the biggest fan of Roxton. He is a bit of a Gary Stu in that he is the all perfect, brave, dashing hero of the book, but Turner is quite good at being the big strapping  hero, as seen in The Hobbit, and he has a great voice too.

As for Summerlie, Challengers pompous, snobby rival, I think Chris Barrie, best known as Rimmer in Red Dwarf would be a brilliant choice.

Arthur Darvill might be quite a good choice for Malone meanwhile. Malone is a bit bland, but Darvill could probably give him more personality like he did with Rory another fairly bland character.

Finally for the posh, rich girl who thinks it will all be a good laugh, but gets scared, and then finds she is stronger than she thought. Rachel Shelley would be an excellent choice.

You could also produce sequel films based on the later stories that feature Challenger too, The Poison Belt and The Land of the Mist. The Poison Belt is very underrated. I’d rate it as one of Doyle’s best works.

It revolves around the entire earth passing through a poisonous fog in space. Whilst the fog ultimately does nothing more than knock people out for a few hours, until then Challenger believes that the fog will kill all life on earth. Thus our main characters are forced to face not only their own deaths, but the death of all of mankind too.

It’d make a brilliant film and I hope it gets animated along with the other Challenger books.

A Princess of Mars

The first in Edgar Rice Burrough’s classic John Carter series. A Princess of Mars, revolves around John Carter, a confederate veteran from the American civil war who is transported to Mars via unknown means where he battles strange creatures, comes into contact with two warring civilisations and eventually falls in love with a beautiful Martian princess Dejah Thoris.

It was the first in a long series of novels about John Carter, and is often regarded as one of the greatest stories in the genre as well as one of the most influential being arguably the first ever example of planetary romance. I also inspired such big names as Ray Bradbury, and Arthur C Clarke.

The first movie could be the start of a whole new series of animated movies based on the John Carter series.

As for who I’d like to see play Carter and Thoris, I think Nathan Fillion would be excellent as Carter, and Katie McGrath would be brilliant as Thoris.

Fillion is always good for the dashing, lovable rouge, (and has proven to be a talented voice actor too.) Whilst McGrath not only has experience playing Princesses in fantasy lands, but would bring a lot of gravitas and strength to the role too.

Honorverse Film Series

A series of books written by David Weber. The Honorverse series revolves more around humanity’s conflict with one another, with some human beings having been augmented and mutated. The series draws on real life historical events for inspiration, though Weber has also cited the Horatio Hornblower series as his main influence.

There are still some alien species, but for the most part they are no more intelligent than animals.

The theme of the series is that technology has improved, but sadly mankind has found new ways to divide itself. In a way it kind of reminds me of Firefly in this respect.

I think that all of the main novels would be the basis for some fantastic animated movies. There are many actresses who would be excellent as the leading character Honor Harrington.

Famke Janssen would be the best choice in both live action and animation. She is about the same age as the character, and Honor is also said to be about 6 foot 2 inches tall, which is round about Famke’s height. Added to that Famke obviously has experience in sci fi and genre series, is a fantastic actress, and can do action scenes well too.

The perfect choice for Honor Harrington.

Of course Lucy Lawless would be another perfect choice as would Eliza Dushku, both of whom have experience in voice acting too.

Stranger in a Strange Land Film

A classic sci fi novel from Robert A Henlien. Stranger in a Strange Land revolves around a Martian named Valentine Michael Smith who after being raised by Martians comes to spend his his adulthood on earth and ends up having a profound effect on human society as a result.

The novel explores such themes as cannibalism, xenophobia, faith in the afterlife and even the pitfalls of celebrity culture.

It would make a genuinely surreal and interesting movie and I think that Matt Smith would be an excellent choice for the lead role of Valentine. He obviously can do the quirky alien thing brilliantly, so he could get quite a lot of humour out of the story, but at the same time he also would be able to capture the characters shadier and more frightening side superbly too.

The War of the Worlds Film

H.G. Wells classic novel about Martians invading then modern day earth has been filmed and updated as both film and television series a few times over the years. It was also adapted as a musical in the 1970s by Jeff Wayne.

Whilst I enjoyed both the 50s and the 2005 version I have always wanted to see a version that is set in the time it was written in Victorian London and stays completely faithful to the novel.

Obviously the Martians and the scenes of the monsters smashing their way through Victorian buildings would look spectacular animated too.

The Time Machine Film

Another Wells classic. The Time Machine revolves around an eccentric scientist building a machine which enables him to travel to the future.

There he discovers that humanity is destined to split into two sub species. The beautiful, but utterly useless Eloi, and the intelligent, but savage, degenerate ugly Morlocks.

The Time Machine has much like a lot of Wells work, been adapted several times, including as two films in the 50s and the 00s. Whilst I enjoyed both of the film versions they were famously guilty of being a bit too Hollywood in that they gave us a perfect happy ending with the Eloi being freed from the rule of the Morlocks. They also somewhat simplified the story too.

It became good guy Eloi vs evil Morlocks. In the novel whilst the Morlocks are obviously evil, the Eloi are not presented sympathetically either. They are shown to be so useless, that the main character just leaves them to their fate.

I would like to see a version that actually kept the more bleak tone of the novel. Also a sequence from the novel that is always omitted involves the time traveller after his adventure with the Morlocks travel several million years forward into the future where he encounters giant crabs and finally sees the earth itself die.

It would make an absolutely spectacular animated sequence.

20 Thousand Leagues Under The Sea Film

20000 Leagues Under The Sea is a classic novel about a mad scientist named Professor Nemo who plans to wreck vengeance on mankind using his fantastic inventions, including his war ship, the Nautilus.

It has been filmed quite a few times, including most notably in 1954 by Disney and starring Kirk Douglas.

Still I think there would be a lot of scope in animated version. The Nautilus would look spectacular animated, and I think an animated version could perhaps capture the scale and spectacle of the novel better. I would also love to see Charles Dance voice Nemo too.

Edison’s Conquest of Mars/ Crossover Film

Edison’s Conquest of Mars is an unofficial sequel novel to War of the Worlds. It’s set not long after the Martian invasion was repelled and sees Thomas Edison mount a mission to Mars, made up of the worlds greatest geniuses to strike at the invaders first.

The story was the first to explore many ideas that have since become staples of science fiction stories, such as that aliens built the Pyramids, disintegrator rays, space battles, Asteroid mining and space suits.

Its a brilliant and overlooked book, and I would like to see it adapted, but rather than use Thomas Edison (who has become a somewhat controversial figure.) It could use Doctor Omega as the genius who mounts a mission to Mars.

You could also have the geniuses Doctor Omega enlists to help him build the spaceship to Mars and the weapons being characters from other classic sci fi novels, including Captain Nemo (with Charles Dance reprising his role.)

You could link Doctor Omega and War of the Worlds this way. After all in his first adventure Doctor Omega visits Mars at an early point in its history, and the intelligent Martians he encounters are not too dissimilar to Wells’ Martians (Wells was an obvious influence on Doctor Omega.)

Like Wells’ Martians the creatures in Doctor Omega are frail, big headed and somewhat cold, and logical, they also rely entirely on machinery and even have death rays.

It would be a brilliant twist if Doctor Omega discovered that the Martians he helped win against their enemies and gave the metal from the Cosmos, Stellite to, ended up at some point in their future, becoming the Martians who later invaded the earth in War of the Worlds, and it had been because of the Stellite that Doctor Omega gave them that they had been able to become so advanced and deadly.

Thus Doctor Omega by finally crippling their power in this story would be trying to make amends for his earlier mistake. At the end of the film, you’d have the Martians power base be destroyed just as in the novel, but some of the Martians would then escape into space to try and rebuild their power base. They could then become recurring enemies of Doctor Omega in his animated series, with the time traveller encountering them at various points throughout their history when they have later rebuilt and become a force to be reckoned with in the universe.

The Martians from War of the Worlds were among the influences on the Daleks in Doctor Who. Both are horrible slimy, octopus like aliens that house themselves inside powerful machines and seek to invade the earth.

Thus it would be fitting to have the Doctors literary predecessor, Doctor Omega, fight the Daleks literary predecessors, Wells Martians.

Doctor Who The Animated Series

Okay first things first when I say I’d like to see a Doctor Who animated series its not with any actors who have played the Doctor in either old or new who.

All of these actors are continuing their performances in Big Finish audios, and obviously an animated series would be a rival to them. I wouldn’t want to create a threat to Big Finish as I really like the work they are doing and have done for the past 2 decades, also since they are producing stories with old Doctors that are doing really well, then most people would probably think “well what’s the point of doing an animated series anyway?”.

I think that an animated Doctor Who series instead would be better as an alternate sequel to Classic Who rather than just more unseen stories with existing Doctors.

Its no secret that many of us classic era fans have been unhappy with New Who. Even before all of the PC posturing with things like Missy and Jodie Whittaker’s casting, the makers of New Who really rarely tried to actually write the Doctors character properly.

For those of you who haven’t ever seen Doctor Who (though I’m sure most of you had probably heard of it.) I’ll give a brief rundown of the show and why the revival wasn’t really a faithful sequel.

Doctor Who is the worlds longest running sci fi series. It revolves around an alien known as the Doctor, who travels through time and space in his magnificent machine, the TARDIS. The TARDIS is bigger on the inside than the outside, and it can visit any planet, at any point in its history.

The Doctor also has the power when he dies to come back to life, with his body and outer persona changing as a result, though he is still the same man underneath. This power called regeneration, is what has allowed Doctor Who to run for so long as whenever one actor leaves, the Doctor simply regenerates allowing a new actor play the role.

Doctor Who originally ran for 26 years, 1963-1989 with 7 actors playing the role in that time. William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy.

It returned briefly in 1996 for a one off tv movie, before coming back full time in 2005.

The 2005 version of Doctor Who has been very popular (though its viewership has declined in the last few years.) Still it has always provoked controversy from many old school fans to say the least, as it has taken many great liberties with the character of the Doctor, and the shows lore.

Its true that the Doctors outer persona changed when he regenerated, but all of the different Doctors were still meant to be the same person. They all followed a basic template that was laid down by the original Doctor, William Hartnell.

This isn’t just my analysis. All of the actors who played the Doctor as well as the shows script editors and producers have regularly said this too. Tom Baker the longest running and most successful actor in the part, said that the Doctor was the most limited role he had ever played as there were so many things he couldn’t do or else he wouldn’t seem like the Doctor anymore. Terrance Dicks the shows longest running script editor, also said that the Doctors character should never be changed too much.

Basically all of the Doctors personalities must follow this template.

The Doctor is always a mysterious character. We never find out his real name, or much about his history on Gallifrey, and upbringing. The name of the show after all is Doctor Who, so there has to always be a bit of mystery there.

The Doctor always loves to travel and explore the universe. His curiosity often gets him into trouble, but he just can’t help himself.

The Doctor also is someone who prefers to find peaceful solutions to problems, but will kill if need be. He’s quite unique in that on the one hand he is not strictly speaking an action hero like Batman or Superman who just goes in there and beats people up, yet on the other he is probably the most violent hero of all time.

Even James Bond hasn’t killed as many people as the Doctor.

The Doctor is also asexual. Throughout the entirety of the classic era, the Doctor never showed even the tiniest bit of interest in any of his female companions, with the possible exception of Romana (another Time Lady.)

The Doctor just wasn’t a romantic character. Not only was he often played by an actor much older than his companion, but the character was really more of a grandfatherly figure. His first companion was his grand daughter, Susan, who left him to stay on earth. The Doctors later companions were often young women that he would develop a fatherly relationship with, and they were obviously meant to be surrogate replacement figures for Susan.

You can see how in the second clip Victoria is a replacement for Susan, whilst the Doctor in turn is a replacement for Susan’s father Edward Waterfield who was murdered by the Daleks.

Even physically there was something of a template to the Doctor. All of the Doctors tended to dress in more old fashioned, Edwardian/Victorian era clothing. The Doctor was very much created in the mould of popular heroes from that time such as Sherlock Holmes. The old, refined, dashing gentlemanly British hero. All of the Doctors also had long, flowing, big hair too which again was meant to reflect the bohemian, eccentric nature of the character.

Basically regeneration was like an advanced form of healing. The Doctors body broke down and then repaired itself, but in doing so took on a new appearance, which in turn shook up his outer persona to an extent, but didn’t change who he was fundamentally.

Sadly however New Who had the Doctor do things like fall in love with his 19 year old companion, and boast about all the crazy bondagey sex he had with River Song.

You see what I mean? Its hard, if not impossible to imagine any of the first 7 Doctors being in this scene.

They also messed up many other time honoured traits of the character such as his relationship with his enemies and his morality too.

That’s not to say that New Who didn’t carry on ANY characteristics from the first 7 Doctors, but overall they threw out a lot of his key personality traits and worse, from the Tennant era on they actually made out that each Doctor was a totally different person which completely destroyed the point of regeneration.

The female Doctor was the final straw for many, as now the character is so far removed from the original, its impossible to imagine any of the first 7 in the role.

Men and women are different. That’s not sexist to say that. No one is saying because they are different one is better.

Obviously a woman could embody many of the Doctors personality traits, but as the character has been a man for 50 years, all of his relationships have been from a male perspective, he was never written as genderless, and he is set in popular culture thoroughly as a man, then a woman would always seem terribly out of place, and worse ruin the image of all of the Doctors being the same man too, even more so than the previous romantic or anti guns Doctors did.

So with this in mind I’d like to see an animated sequel to the original Doctor Who series that actually tries to carry on the character and style from the classic era in the following ways.

No soap opera mince with the companions home life.

A wide variety of companions from different times and planets.

NO Doctor/companion love stories.

Focus on a wide variety of adventures. Some invasion earth stories, some pure historicals, plenty of stories set on alien planets (which unlike the classic era would not be limited by the budget.)

No PC posturing, no female Doctor or Master. All of the Doctors people the Time Lords have the power to regenerate, and so the new who team in order to lay the groundwork for a female Doctor, had the Master regenerate into a woman. The Master was the Doctor’s archenemy in Classic Who who despised him so much, that even when he was horribly burned his hatred for the Doctor kept him alive!

New Who however had the female Master, Missy, be in love with the Doctor and even try and shag him on many occasions which turned the Master into a joke.

That’s the proper Master and Doctor. Two guys who hate each other and whose feud spans all of time and space.

Not this slash fic, SJW pandering, teenage bullshit.

Absolutely NONE of this crap!

No god moding the Doctor and making him into “the oncoming storm” or any of that crap which I haven’t liked in New Who. Okay the Daleks know of and fear the Doctor, as do the Cybermen, but that should really be it. The Doctor works best as a bit of an underdog that people think is a moron, and even among his people is regarded as a bit of a joke, but who is cleverer and scrappier than people give him credit for.

NONE of this macho, ego porn, bullshit.

Of course at the same time a great irony is that the New Doctor is far more useless than the one from Classic Who.

The New Doctor Who has been pandering to SJWs for quite a while and the SJWs think its sexist for the Doctor to be the hero in his own show, if he is a man of course.

There are dozens of articles complaining about how awful it is to see the Doctor a man save a woman, so the writers of New Who will often undermine the Doctor for his companion.

In the first 4 seasons the Doctor saves the day in just 1 season finale, whilst in the first season he only saves the day in 2 stories overall. The rest of the time its his companion.

Worse than that, companions of his like Donna and Clara gain his powers and abilities and use them better than he ever did, and outright tell the Doctor  he is useless to his face!

Clara is also in a story called Name of the Doctor retconed into being the hero of every single Doctor Who story ever made.

See for yourself.

Now again obviously I have 0 problem with a woman saving a man. The point is that its the Doctors show! He should save the day in most of the stories.

When I watch Xena, which is one of my all time favourite series, I don’t want Xena’s male sidekick Joxer the Mighty to always save the day and tell her she is useless. If that were to happen I’d think “why isn’t this show called Joxer?”

Sadly however because the Doctor was a male character, and the makers of the show were pandering to SJWs and feminists, then he basically had to be undermined for his sidekick until he became a woman of course. I somehow doubt that Jodie’s Doctor is going to have her male companion get all of her powers and save the day whilst two versions of her trail behind like David Tennant, or for that matter regularly slap her into place and threaten to hit her like Clara did to Capaldi.

We get the worst of both worlds in the New Doctor Who. On the one hand the Doctor has to be made the pivot of the universe and constantly boast about “I AM THE DOCTOR I AM THE MOST BADASS, AWESOME, COOL HERO WHO EVER LIVED” in cringey speeches, yet when it actually comes to saving the day and beating the Daleks he is often hopelessly overpowered, until his companion is given some magic super power and completely saves the day.

The animated Doctor would go back to being just a hero, who is smart, scrappy and resourceful, with companions who are smart and resourceful too, but neither are the centre of the universe, and ultimately as its the Doctors show, he saves the day the most.

As for who I would like to see voice the animated Doctor meanwhile, I have a number of suggestions.

Dylan Moran was always one of two people I wanted to see play the Doctor when I was a young boy during the 90s, early 00s and the show was off the air.

Dylan Moran has all the right qualities for an old school Doctor. He is naturally eccentric, and much like William Hartnell, he can be quite grumpy, and arrogant, but never to the point where you actually hate him.

 

You can see how well he’d fit the part even just from his stand up. Another positive with Moran is that you would NEVER be able to do any romances with his version of the Doctor.

I can just imagine Bernard being given the script for Doomsday and reading the scene on the beach with Rose and screaming “THAT’S RUBBISH! DON’T MAKE ME SICK INTO MY OWN SCORN.”

Tim Curry meanwhile is also someone I have always wanted to see play the Doctor. He was my other big choice for the Doctor growing up. I remember being disappointed when both Eccelston and Tennant were cast. Again nothing against those two guys, but I just really, really, really wanted Tim Curry and Dylan Moran.

I first thought of Tim Curry as the Doctor when I saw him in the cult classic Clue. For those of you who haven’t seen the movie, its based on the board game and is a who dunnit murder mystery with three alternate endings.

Curry plays Wadsworth the butler of the house, who in all endings figures out who the murderers are. The scenes of Wadsworth running around from room to room acting out the entire evening in order to explain how the murderer killed people are hilarious, and you can see how Curry would make an excellent Tom Baker style Doctor from these clips.

Tim Curry obviously has the charisma, eccentric nature, and humour for the role. He can look as though he is smarter than everyone else in the room, yet at other moments come across as quite bumbling too like Patrick Troughton, and Tom Baker.

Sadly Curry’s stroke has prevented him from being able to play the role in live action (though the way the show has gone now he wouldn’t have been considered anyway as he’s a fucking white male!)

Still as he can thankfully still speak and act then he could play the role in animation. His performance due to his condition would still be more subdued than Wadsworth however, but that’s okay, I’m sure there would be a lot of interesting things he could bring to the character.

Also again there’s NO chance you could do any romantic crap with his version of the Doctor

Robert Carlyle would also make a great Doctor. In the past I have suggested him for the Master and I do think he would be an excellent choice for the villain too, but I can also see him giving us a Colin Baker style darker Doctor.

Carlyle did express interest in the role back in 2010. He said he didn’t like to talk about it when another actor was in the role as it was rude, but that now Tennant was leaving Carlyle said he’d love to be Doctor Who and that he would treat the role with respect.

I Would Love To Be Doctor Who

So really if we could get him he’d make a fantastic animated Doctor.

Paterson Joseph would also make an excellent Doctor. Joseph is best known for playing the character of Alan Johnson in Peep Show. He is also a good dramatic actor too however, and even had a serious role in Doctor Who, as the weasly contestant on the weakest link who is exterminated by the Daleks. You can see what a great actor he is from that episode, as his cowardly, snivelling, unlikable character from Doctor Who couldn’t be more different to the larger than life, charismatic, bombastic Alan Johnson.

Much like Curry I can see Joseph give his Doctor a huge personality, but again not to the point of parody as both are serious dramatic actors.

Jason Watkins meanwhile would also make an excellent McCoy, Troughton style Doctor. Much like with Carlyle I have suggested Watkins for the Master in the past as he does make an excellent villain as seen with his performance as Herrick, the main villain in Being Human. Still I can see him giving us a Doctor who is quite impish on the surface, but maybe has a bit more of a dark, manipulative side underneath.

Adrian Lester, best known for starring in Hustle, would make a fantastic, Jon Pertwee style, dashing Doctor too, and he has rich, strong voice which would be great for animation.

Damien Molony is also someone who I’ve always thought would make an excellent Doctor Who. Molony is best known for playing the Vampire Hal in Being Human. He is a bit too young and conventional for the Doctor, but to be fair I don’t mind a younger actor as long as they don’t go down the romantic route.

Damien much like Matt Smith can do the old guy in a young guys body really well, as seen with his performance as Hal a 500 year old plus Vampire. He’s also quite naturally eccentric, and has a fantastic voice too.

Another younger actor who would make an excellent Doctor is Colin Morgan who is best known for playing Merlin.

Whilst there were some problems with Merlin, Colin was always excellent in the role, and Merlin was a fairly similar character to the Doctor in that he was a more cerebral hero, and somewhat eccentric and bumbling on the surface.

Adrian Edmondson would also be a brilliant Doctor Who.

Edmondson if you are not familiar with him is best known for his comedy double act with the late great Rik Mayal.

For 25 years Rik and Ade played 2 sad, repulsive, perverts that regularly beat the shit out of each other in the most cartoonish ways across The Young Ones, Filthy Rich and Catflap and Bottom.

They were never actually meant to be the same characters, but they had the same characterisation to the point where they might as well have been. Ade’s characters like Vyvyian and Eddie would usually be the stronger of the two and would as a result usually beat the absolute shit out of Rik’s characters, though they were both always losers anyway.

Now I’m not saying Ade would be a brilliant Doctor based on his comedy career. I’m a huge fan of all of his and Rik’s work. I’d rate them as my favourite comedy double act.

However I think Ade would be good choice because he is actually a serious, and dramatic actor. He won massive acclaim for his role as Abra on the medical drama Holby City. . Ade has often said that whilst he is very proud of his work with Rik, he does regret not doing more serious acting throughout his career.

He actually trained as and wanted to be a serious actor at first, but he ended up falling into comedy when he met Rik and became typecast thereafter as a comedy actor.

If he were given a role like the Doctor in either animation or live action I think Ade would do all he could to separate it from his comedy characters and would end up actually being one of the most serious and dramatic Doctors.

The same was true of Jon Pertwee who prior to playing the Third Doctor, was much like Ade is now, most well known for playing comedy roles in series like The Navy Lark and the Carry on films. Pertwee much like Ade had also always regretted not doing more serious, “proper” acting and so when given a chance to be the Doctor he ended up being the most serious version of the character there has ever been.

I can see Ade being very like Pertwee in this respect. Rik Mayall also would have made an excellent Doctor for this reason too. Rik much like Ade was actually a very good serious actor, and could play straight roles too, and again like Pertwee I can see Mayall wanting to really use the Doctor to prove to people that he could do more than silly characters.

Johnny Lee Miller who currently stars as Sherlock Holmes in the American series Elementary is also another person that I think would be excellent as the Doctor.

He is an amazing Sherlock Holmes, and Holmes as we all know was one of the main inspirations on the Doctor, with both being the quite eccentric, insufferable genius type, the Doctors companion being the Watson, and the Master being his Moriarty, so he’d really just be able to recycle his Holmes persona and it would be brilliant.

A slightly less original choice would be Sean Pertwee, son of the third Doctor actor Jon Pertwee.

Sean is a very talented actor in his own right, and I think his Doctor based on his performance as Alfred in Gotham would be a lot harder and more gritty than previous incarnations, but not to the point where he’d ditch all of the characters flamboyant traits like Christopher Eccelston’s Doctor.

Sean however has apparently said he isn’t interested in playing the Doctor. I can understand why as he wants to stand apart from his father as an actor, but still he might be more open to the role in animation, and again I don’t think his incarnation would really be like his fathers at all.

Finally another choice for the Doctor that might seem a bit more odd is Bruce Campbell.

Now Campbell is a cult legend who is known for starring in a variety of campy horror, sci fi and fantasy film and tv series. His most famous role is as the lead hero, Ash Williams in the classic Evil Dead trilogy and the sequel series, Ash vs Evil Dead.

Not many people would want Campbell for the role as he is American and most fans I’ve talked to at least, want the Doctor to stay British.

I can understand this level of thinking, as the Doctor is very much the British gentlemanly hero, but I wouldn’t mind the odd American Doctor. I don’t think that it should be a regular thing, but ultimately if an American actor had the right eccentric, offbeat nature I don’t see why you wouldn’t cast him?

Hell lots of British actors have played America’s greatest heroes like Batman, Spider-Man and Superman so why shouldn’t an American get a chance to play the Doctor?

It does annoy me when people say that an American Doctor is out of the question, but a female Doctor is okay like in this article here.

The Depressing Disappointing Maleness of Doctor Who

Seriously? An American Doctor is more out of place than a female Doctor?

Of course the only reason these people are saying that is if you say I don’t want an American Doctor no one is going to jump down your throat and smear you as an anti American racist, where as we all know what were to happen if you said I don’t want a female Doctor, even though your reasons in both cases are exactly the same. You think there IS a template to the Doctors character and that it shouldn’t be broken, but apparently that line of thought becomes sexist when referring to a sex change even though that is a far, far bigger change than giving the Doctor an American accent!

I think some fans get scared at the idea of an American Doctor because they are afraid of Americans getting hold of Doctor Who and changing it too much. However again, the way the British have fucked it up in the last few years, the Americans could hardly do a worse job could they?

So yes I have no problem with the odd American Doctor, and Bruce Campbell I think would be great.

Bruce Campbell is a great actor above all else and has played a number of completely serious roles over the years such as in the first Evil Dead movie which was more of a straight horror film unlike its sequels which blended horror with slapstick, and in Charmed where he played an evil Witchfinder, so I am in no doubt that he could handle the dramatic aspects of the character.

He also however has a naturally eccentric persona, having played some wildly over the top roles and so he could also bring a lot of personality to the part too which is essential.

Campbell’s most famous role of Ash is actually not too dissimilar to the Doctor in that both are blunderers who are good at improvising. Whilst the Doctor is a more cerebral character like Sherlock Holmes it is true that unlike Holmes he often doesn’t think things through as much.

He will usually just bluster in somewhere, get captured, beaten up, tortured and then have to improvise his way out. Ash is the same. Ash is very good at adapting to a crisis like replacing his evil hand that he had to cut off with a chainsaw, but not as much in stopping it in the first place.

Campbell’s Doctor would be very scrappy and like Troughton maybe a bit more bumbling on the surface.

There are so many actors out there that would make wonderful Doctors. I think the two key ingredients are to always get an actor with a naturally quite big and dominating personality, and an actor who is never really going to be a conventional leading man.

I would also like the animated series to make the 13th Doctor the final incarnation.

In hindsight I think it was a mistake to give the Doctor an unlimited supply of regenerations in the Christmas special The Time of the Doctor.

It has long been established that the Doctor (and all Time Lords) can only regenerate 12 times, allowing them to have 13 lives in total. Now obviously the producers of New Who got round this law because they wanted to extend the life of the show.

However they only had to do that because they wasted so many regenerations. Eccelston was there for just 1 year, even Tennant and Smith though doing the standard 3 seasons were actually cheated out of 1 year each, as there were only specials in Tennant’s 4th year, and Matt’s third season was split into two mini series across 2012 and 13.

Furthermore they completely wasted two whole incarnations with the War Doctor who was only in a few episodes and making Tennant’s aborted regeneration in The Stolen Earth count.

In my opinion they should have tried to get all they could out of each Doctor and called it a day when he reached his 13th life. That way the original 13 Doctors would have been a complete story, and then if they wanted to continue the franchise, they could do so in a remake. In a remake they could literally do anything they wanted and I wouldn’t care as it would not actually be Hartnell’s Doctor underneath.

Also I think you could do a great story involving the Doctors final battle with the Daleks and Davros (they’d have to be the villains that finally finished him.) You could have a really dark, Logan style showdown where the Doctor goes out as a hero, which to me would be better than just leaving it lingering on.

The Doctors death wouldn’t even have to be the last story they made either.  Much like Big Finish does, they could release the animated stories with different Doctors at random over the years.

As for who could play other roles in the series such as the Master, well Simon Templeman as always would be an excellent choice for the Master.

Templeman’s performance as Doctor Doom in the classic 90s Fantastic Four Animated series basically is just the Classic era Master. Like the Master he is charming, suave, manipulative, and craves ultimate power because he believes that under his rule things will be better, whilst ironically also being consumed with the most petty and jealous hatred of his former friend, Reed Richards.

Its also doesn’t hurt that the Burned Master looks EXACTLY like Doctor Doom as well.

You can see how the Master is just kind of Doctor Doom mark 2 in some ways. Simon is also a huge Doctor Who fan too. When I tweeted to him that I would love to see him as the Master he said this.

Love the Doctor

So I think its safe to say he would probably be up for playing the Master.

Another actor that would be excellent as the Master is Aiden Gillen. Well known for a wide variety of roles in series as diverse as Queer as Folk, and Game of Thrones, what really made me think he would be an excellent Master was his performance as the smarmy villain in the classic Jackie Chan/Owen Wilson buddy comic movie, Shanghai Knights.

Gillan would be more of an Ainley type Master, IE more needlessly cruel, and smug. I think it would be important not to burn through the Masters as well. Again New Who used up two Masters in just one episode, so whilst I wouldn’t want Simon to be the only Master, at the same time I wouldn’t want to see them go as far as one Master per Doctor.

I would also keep the idea of the Master not being able to regenerate either. The idea of the Master having to steal bodies made him more than just an “evil Doctor” and also far more frightening too.

As for the Rani, the Doctors female archenemy, there are a number of actresses that would be excellent in the role. Juliet Aubrey and Lucy Lawless in particular would be brilliant choices. Aubrey has already played basically the same character in Primeval. Helen Cutter, a snarky, ruthless, cold scientist who prefers Dinosaurs to people and even attempts to erase humanity from existence. Meanwhile Lucy Lawless is brilliant at playing the really vicious villain.

Though best known for playing Xena the Warrior Princess, nearly all of Lucy’s other major performances have been as villains. Lucretia in Spartacus Blood and Sand, Ruby in Ash vs Evil Dead and Number 3 in Battlestar Gallactica.

Hell even Xena herself started out as a villain in Hercules before her heel face turn, so I think Lucy would be good for a really vicious Rani.

I think my favourite choice for the role of the companion meanwhile would be Dana Delorenzo. I recently discovered this brilliant young actress in the series Ash Vs Evil Dead where she plays the leading character of Kelly.

Dana is extremely likable, feisty and has a fantastic voice. The character she plays on Ash Vs Evil Dead is pretty much already the kind of companion I’d like to see in Doctor Who. Strong, capable, but not the most important person who ever lived like Donna or Clara

She would be kind of an Ace style companion.

Of course we’d need more than one companion to span the multiple Doctors, but again there are dozens of actresses both British and American who would be good.

Personally I think Doctor Who the Animated series would be an excellent way of carrying on the spirit of Classic Who which has been tampered with by New Who.

That’s not to say that New Who was all terrible. Up until the PC posturing in the Capaldi era, I did enjoy a lot of the New Doctor Who (as this blog attests) and all of its leads, both Doctor and companion were played by great actors.

Ultimately however not only in the last few years has so much of the lore been trashed, but I think it would be good to actually see the Classic series be properly continued which ultimately I don’t think New Who ever really even tried to do.

Dan Dare The Animated Series

Dan Dare is a long running British sci fi comic book. Originally created by Frank Hampson in 1950, Dan Dare was set in the then future of the 1990s which was depicted as a golden age, with all races of the world living together in peace, and technology having advanced to incredible levels.

Captain Dan Dare is a high ranking pilot in Space fleet, which is essentially like an earlier, British version of the Federation in Star Trek.

Whilst Dan encountered many strange monsters and aliens on his adventures, his most recurring and iconic enemy was the Mekon. The Mekon was the leader of a race of xenophobic reptile men, the Treens who originated from Venus. The Treens had created the Mekon to lead them.

Though the Treens and the Mekon are driven off of their native Venus in the first story (after an unsuccessful attempt to conquer humanity and the other natives of Venus, the human like Therons.)

The Treens and the Mekon continue to be a huge threat to mankind throughout the series, and at one point in the epic “Reign of the Robots” they even manage to conquer the earth for 10 years.

The Treens, and their leader, Dan Dare’s archenemy, the Mekon!

Dan Dare was during its heyday the most popular comic in the United Kingdom, selling over 3 million copies.

Towards the end of the 60s however, after an almost 20 year run its popularity began to dwindle, and eventually the comic that produced the strip, the Eagle folded in 1969.

Nearly ten years later however Dan would be revived by 2000 AD originally as their flagship character.

This version of Dan Dare though a direct sequel to the original was very different in tone. At some point after the events of the original series, Dan has one last battle with the Mekon where he is nearly killed.

Spacefleet puts Dan into suspended animation until medical science will become advanced enough to help him.

200 years later Dan is revived, in his final battle with the Mekon he was also badly disfigured, and thus his face is completely reconstructed when they revive him, which gives Dan a totally new appearance.

Aside from looking completely different, this version of Dan also had a totally different personality. The Dan of the 50s and 60s had been very much a stiff upper lip, pip pip and tally ho chaps, proper British gentleman, whilst the 70s Dan was a violent, anti hero, who was willing to kill his enemies, and was also an anti establishment character, with the future he lived in being a far bleaker and darker one.

The 2000 AD series though controversial among old school fans was still popular when first released and ran for a few years, before 2000 AD lost the rights.

The Eagle would then relaunch in the early 80s with a new version of Dan Dare as its flagship character.

This version of Dan was said to be a descendant of the original, who again battled the original Mekon who had returned after a long absence.

This version proved to be very popular among general audiences and die hard fans of Dan Dare as it was more faithful to the 50s version. It would run for over 10 years into the 90s before it finished its run.

Since then there have been two miniseries based around Dan Dare. The first of these, Dare written by Grant Morrison in the 90s ignored all of the other sequels. In fact it ignored all of the original stories except for the initial Dan Dare serial. Whilst some praised it for its gritty, and dark take on Dan Dare, personally I think it was the worst attempt at reviving the brand.

The second miniseries produced by Virgin comics in the late 00s similarly ignored most of the previous versions, and much like Morrisons take, it depicted the future of Dan Dare as being much worse than we were previously led to believe.

In addition to this a fan made strip, Spaceship Away has been ongoing since 2003. Though it only has a small circulation, Spaceship Away has received praise by fans of the Dan Dare franchise for sticking to the original series’ tone.

Recently it was announced that Titan comics will be reviving Dan Dare as an ongoing series, whilst Big Finish has also recently produced an highly successful, award winning series based on the original 50s strips.

Dan Dare is one of the most influential works of science fiction ever made. Not only did it greatly inspire sci fi series such as Thunderbirds, Doctor Who, and Blake’s 7 (Davros the evil creator of the Daleks, and the Doctors archenemy was directly inspired by the Mekon.)

It also inspired many real life scientists and engineers too. Stephen Hawking actually attributed his career as a scientist to his boyhood love of Dan Dare.

There was already a previous attempt at a Dan Dare animated series in the early 00s. Whilst it was okay, I don’t think it really captured the sheer scale and spectacle of the original comics. The stories were too condensed, and I didn’t like the animation for them either. It was that awful CGI animation they used in early 00s shows that thankfully died out.

I would love to see a version that featured big, long serialised stories like the 50s strips and had drawings that tried to evoke Hampsons style as well.

I wouldn’t just want to to see an adaptation of the original Dan Dare series but also of the sequels too (except for Grant Morrison.)

I’ve always thought the fact that Dan changes his face, much like the Doctor could allow him to have a very long life on tv, in live action, not just animation, as you could obviously change the actor.

I’d like to see them do an animated series that starts out in the time line of the 50s stories, and adapts all of the best stories from the original run, before ending with Dan being disfigured in a final battle with the Mekon.

You’d then adapt the 70s, 2000 AD series after. I’d LOVE to see the Lost World stories from the 70s era adapted (especially the story where Dan lands on a planet of Vampires.) Also a series that tried to recapture the art work from this time would look stunning too.

Another advantage to adapting the 70s era is that you could finally resolve the saga of the 2000 AD Dan Dare.

Sadly the 2000 AD series ended on a cliff hanger. Dan had been framed by the Mekon who was planning something big, but we never found out what. You could finally show us how Dan, Sondar and Morag prove their innocence and reveal what the Mekon was after.

At the same time you could have it lead into the 80s series. You could have Dan have more surgery to change his face to hide from the Mekon and others, which could lead to Dan looking like the way he did in the 80s series.

Furthermore the 80s series begins with the Mekon having conquered the earth, so again you could link the 70s and 80s stories by having the Mekon’s big plan that we never saw at the end of the 2000 AD series result in his invasion of earth in the 80s series.

After Dan repels the Mekon’s invasion of earth, then we would adapt the 80s Dan Dare comics, before doing a story that saw the final showdown between Dan Dare and the Mekon.

I think you could extend the life of the animated series this way and develop Dan and the Mekon across all of the different iterations. We’d see the Mekon start out as a cold, ruthless, conqueror who is motivated by his xenophobic belief that his people should rule the universe, and then slowly watch him learn how to hate because of Dan, and then degenerate into a hateful, insane monster, whose only purpose is to torture and kill Dan.

We’d also see Dan go from an upbeat, idealistic, stiff upper lip gentlemanly hero to a more cynical, violent, ruthless character after having seen countless deaths at the hands of the Mekon, being horribly disfigured and ripped out of his own time and thrown into the future away from everyone he ever cared for.

You could also see society itself go from the golden age of the “90s” to the bleak future of the 2000 AD era Dan.

You’d also regularly change the supporting cast too, (apart from the Mekon.) For the stories based on the 50s and 60s strips you’d have the classic characters, like the good Treen, Sondar, Dan’s loyal batman Digby, and Professor Jocelyn Peabody.

For the 70s series meanwhile there’s a wide range of characters to draw from. Personally I’d like Dan’s main crew that go with him to the Lost Worlds be Dan’s only love interest Professor Rodan (and even then its only implied!) Monday the 5th Generation Martian, and Rok the Wolfman from space, who were all more interesting than the crew he actually had in that story arc.

A Dan Dare series either live action or animated could span so many years, characters and different types of stories. I think if done right it could be one of the greatest animated series of all time.

For the 50s Dan, I think Tom Ellis would be an excellent choice. Ellis is currently starring as Lucifer on the American series of the same name. Now granted his performance as Lucifer couldn’t be more different to Dan, but I think he’d be good for the role, as he is obviously very dashing, but more importantly he can be very light and straight down the middle too.

There are so few actors who can do that type of straight forward good guy anymore which is a real shame. Of course as he can still play darker characters, Tom could show us the character slowly be driven down a darker path the more battles he has against the Mekon.

Tim Curry meanwhile would be excellent as the original 50s Mekon. Whilst better known for playing crazy, over the top characters like Wadsworth, Frank N Furter, and Pennywise, I think Curry would actually be good at the more icey and cold Mekon based on his performance as Auntie Whispers in the award winning animated series Over The Garden Wall.

Auntie Whispers is a sinister Witch (though not to give anything away, but there is more to this character than meets the eye.) Still the voice Curry gave her I think would be excellent for the Mekon.

I always imagined the Mekon’s voice sounding a bit like that. A kind of soft, but unsettling monotone, with brief flashes of anger when he confronts Dare.

For the cartoons based on the 70s comics meanwhile you’d recast Dare due to his surgery. Dan would join the Doctor and James Bond as being a classic British hero that’s played by multiple actors.

John Barrowman I think would be excellent as the 70s/ 2000 AD Dan. Whilst I may have some problems with New Who, I did always love John Barrowman. He’s a great leading man and always brings his all to any part he plays.

John much like Tom Ellis would be an excellent choice for Dan in a live action series as well as an animated one.

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Also like Ellis, John can be light and straight forward, but can also be very dark as both a hero and a villain if need be, so I think he could give us a Dare who was obviously more ruthless, but at the same time not ditch all of the humour from the character completely.

I think it would be good to recast the Mekon for the 70s series too. You could easily have it that he had mutated in the hundreds of years in between. Simon Templeman would be an excellent choice for the 70s era Mekon, as by that point the villain has become more flamboyantly evil and sadistic.

Finally for the cartoons based on the 80s strips, well. I would like to see Michael Fassbender play Dan. I realise that is obviously very unlikely as he is becoming a big film star, but hey he’d be a good choice as he much like John Barrowman and Tom Ellis is good at being the big square jawed hero, but obviously has a lot of gravitas too.

Jason Watkins meanwhile would be a good choice for the third Mekon. I can see him blending the more flamboyant version of the villain, and the cold calculating side together, just like he did with Herrick.

Nick Frost meanwhile would be a brilliant Digby. Digby was Dan’s loyal butler and best friend throughout the 50s and 60s. He appeared to be somewhat slow witted on the surface, but underneath he was very wiley and was even able to outwit the Mekon on some occasions such as in Voyage to Venus and The Reign of the Robots.

Nick Frost has pretty much all the right qualities for Digby. He has made a career out of playing the loyal, somewhat slow on the surface, but resourceful and wiley sidekick for almost his entire career in things like Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, Paul and Hot Fuzz. The only problem is that he isn’t old enough to be Digby, but that obviously wouldn’t be an issue in animation.

Katie McGrath meanwhile would be a good choice for Professor Joecyln Peabody, the only female member of Dan’s team who was also the worlds greatest scientist.

For Rok I’d like to see Mark Hamill voice him. Whilst Hamill is best known for playing either the boyish hero Luke Skywalker, or the effeminate, camp villain, the Joker. Hamill has actually played a number of tough guy roles over the years, such as most notably Wolverine and Christopher Blair.

Also wouldn’t it be great to watch Mark Hamill and John Barrowman fight monsters together across the universe? Yes it would.

For Doctor Rodan meanwhile I think that Ingrid Oliver would be an excellent choice. She’s already had experience playing a brainy girl with Osgood in Doctor Who, though Rodan would have to be a bit harder, but that’s okay she can play stronger characters too like Natalie the rapist in Peep Show (which is my favourite performance of hers.)

For the Dark Lord I would LOVE to see Clancy Brown play that role. The Dark Lord is Dan’s archenemy throughout most of the 70s series. Though he has a pretty lame name, the Dark Lord was a brilliant enemy for Dan, as he was more human than the Mekon. The Dark Lord is presented as being the ruler of the Lost Worlds, with Dan eventually bringing down his empire. Its one of my favourite story arcs and if included in the animated series could help stop it from descending into just constant battles with the Mekon.

I would also like to see the Vampires king be made into a major character. The planet of the Vampires story, sees Dan and his men be lured to a planet with a single heart shaped continent.

Its people are somewhat primitive but seemingly friendly and they welcome Dan and his men at first, though they also force Dan and his team to abandon their weapons. Later however Dan discovers that they are Vampires when two of his men are cornered and have their hearts ripped out.

Dan and his team then have to fight their way back to their ship through a horde or red skinned, bloodthirsty Vampires unarmed.

Not only would this be a spectacular episode, but I think you could do a really interesting story arc from it too. You could have it that after the Dark Lord is overthrown, then the Vampires (whose planet is in the Lost Worlds.) Are able to rise up and become a major power in the Lost Worlds area of space and they are even worse, with ironically the Dark Lord’s empire being the only thing that was stopping them from leaving their planet.

The Dark Lord simply enslaved people, but the Vampires would slaughter whole planets. It could be an interesting metaphor for how sometimes its better not to interfere, even if things are bad as you can just end up unleashing something even worse.

As for who could voice the Vampires King, I think Tony Todd would do a fantastic job. For those of you who might not be familiar with him, Tony Todd is a character actor who is best known for playing the horror movie villain, The Candy Man. He’s also popped up in Xena, Angel, and recently voiced Zoom in The Flash.

He’s got the perfect voice for a villain and I’d love to see what he’d do with a Vampire tyrant from out space who tears people’s hearts out!

Finally another major foe of Dan’s from the 2000 AD series that I’d like to see animated is the Two of Verath. The Two of Verath was actually two separate criminals who had been fused together as a punishment.

One of the criminals was a ruthless scientist who had performed the most horrific experiments on his victims, whilst the other was a serial killer.

The two despise each other and regularly fight and even sometimes try and kill one another, despite the fact that if you kill one, you kill both.

I think that Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson would have been a fantastic choice for the two, though sadly that’s no longer possible as Rik tragically passed away in 2014. Still imagine how much fun Rik and Ade would have had with those two characters.

As for who I’d like to see voice the character now, I think that David Warner would be excellent for the ruthless scientist, whilst Vinnie Jones would be good for the thuggish member of the two.

Vinnie Jones and David Warner would be an odd two to put together, but that is kind of the point.

There is so much potential in an animated version of Dan Dare, and since there are already two revivals of Dan Dare along the way (with the Big Finish one doing really well.) I hope the greater interest in the brand results in a new animated series sometime soon.

Romana The Animated Series

Romana was a character who originated in Doctor Who. She was a Time Lady who was sent by the high council to assist the Doctor in finding the segments of the Key To Time before the Black Guardian’s minions did.

Romana was much younger and more naive than the Doctor, but she had a far greater scientific mind than he did. She was the golden girl at the Time Lord Academy, whilst the Doctor had only scraped by on the second attempt with barely over 50 percent (this was obviously before all of the crap of the Doctor being the oncoming storm.)

In some ways Romana was more useful than the Doctor due to her greater scientific knowledge but at the same time however she didn’t undermine the Doctor as he still had more experience of the universe and was obviously older and more mature.

Romana was originally played the late Mary Tamm throughout her debut season, after which Lalla Ward took over the role.

At the time Ward was in a somewhat turbulent relationship-with Tom Baker who played the Doctor. This translated somewhat onto the screen, making it the only time there was ever even the hint of a romance between the Doctor and his companion in the classic series. Personally I don’t ever really like romantic stories with the Doctor. The character just isn’t designed to be romantic, and they often get in the way of the story too, but with Romana it was less out of place than it was with Rose as at least she was a member of the same species as the Doctor, and at least it was only ever hinted and not the focus of entire stories either.

Romana eventually left the show after three years to explore E-Space, another universe on her own.

She did return in various audio series which not only saw both Lalla Ward and Mary Tamm reprise their roles, but also a third incarnation of Romana played by Juliet Landau (best known for her role as Drusilla in Buffy and Angel) appear.

Sadly Romana never appeared in the revival, though considering the way they fucked up other icons of the series like the Daleks, the Master and the Brigadier, maybe its just as well.

Personally I’ve always thought Romana could have easily carried her own series. The big argument against this was always “no one knows who Romana is” but that is bullshit. Bring her back to Doctor Who and make her popular with viewers, then give her her own show.

I must admit, though I always liked Romana as a character, I initially came to the idea of a Romana spin off as an alternative to a female Doctor Who, but the more I’ve thought about it, the more I actually think a Romana spin off series would have been a great idea even if this whole female Doctor debate wasn’t around.

On the surface a Romana show would seem like Doctor Who all over again, as both would be about aliens exploring space and time, but that doesn’t mean you couldn’t give it its own identity.

Xena and Hercules on the surface were both pretty much the same show. Both revolve around big muscle bound, dark haired heroes, who in both cases are followed around by a short, blonde haired sidekick. Both also are set in the same time, both even feature much of the same supporting characters and villains like Ares, Callisto and Aphrodite.

Similarly Angel and Buffy are both about people who fight Vampires, Demons and supernatural creatures in big modern cities, in both cases the groups are made out to be a band of misfits who have been rejected by modern society. There are even comparable characters. There’s the book guy who knows all about Vampires, Demons and monsters (Giles and Wesley.) The sarcastic one who mocks the team, but we later see a softer side to them when they fall in love with the hero, (Anya, Spike, Cordelia.) And there is the geeky sweet girl, who starts out as a total wimp, but later ends up going evil and becoming the most powerful and dangerous villain in the whole show (Fred/Illyria, Willow/Dark Willow.)

Yet despite this, both Xena and Angel were able to establish their own identities and followings as they were able to bring something new to the original series premise. The fact that the leading hero was a different gender in both cases allowed them to explore certain themes and stories that the other series couldn’t. Added to that both series were given totally different tones, styles, and even when they did use the same characters, they were portrayed in totally different ways on either show.

Ares and Spike for instance were both much more romantic, conflicted characters on Xena and Buffy, than they were on Angel and Hercules, where they were much more petty and humorous characters.

So with this in mind I think you could easily make Romana her own character, and her show completely distinct from Doctor Who despite having a similar premise.

A key difference between Romana and the Doctor is that you can flesh her backstory and character out a bit more. The Doctor always has to be mysterious and some writers have found it difficult to flesh him out as a result of this.

With Romana however that wouldn’t be a problem as we already know her real name, and she isn’t mysterious at all.

Also the fact that Romana is more naive might make her a bit more fallable and vulnerable than the Doctor ever was at first, which could eventually lead to her becoming harder and more cynical and even perhaps more ruthless than the Doctor as time goes on.

Also you can have Romana explore different parts of the universe. She has no real affection or attachment to earth. In fact they often make a point of that with Romana often being bored when the Doctor takes her around great landmarks, and pieces of art from earth that mean so much to him.

So we could have Romana make a totally different planet her favourite world the way the earth is the Doctors.

This would not only allow the writers to create an entire alien planet, its history, people and customs, but they could also be a bit more bold and have really terrible things happen to this world too.

In Doctor Who as most stories on earth are set on modern day, then you can’t go too far for the sake of future stories that will be set on earth. Everything has to be resolved rather tidily and wrapped up.

With the planet Romana gets attached too however you could actually show the effects of an alien invasion on the planet in the long term with society now knowing how to cope with the knowledge of aliens at first, the alien technology that is left behind being abused etc.

We could also see how Romana’s relationship with this planet and its people changes over time too. Perhaps Romana, being a bit more naive at first than the Doctor would become known to them and seen as a great hero at first, but then it would all turn sour for her for various reasons.

Perhaps she would not be there when they were invaded one time, or when there was a world war, a famine, a problem she could have easily fixed, and they would have come to blame her for not helping them.

Perhaps when they discovered that she could change her face several members of their kind would attempt to pretend to be future incarnations of Romana in order to gain power and influence.

Or perhaps she would find herself in the middle of a civil war with both sides expecting her to help them, whilst she wouldn’t want to help either, and would end up being hated by both and become a wanted woman on the planet for years after.

You could also do an episode where Romana’s favourite aliens are invaded by humanity in the future. After all in the Doctor Who universe it is established that mankind does go on to conquer other alien races.

It would be interesting to see a story where primitive aliens are being invaded war of the worlds style by humans, and we are viewed as the monsters by them, with Romana having to stop the evil humans from harming her favourite species, in much the same way the Doctor would protect humanity from the Daleks.

You’d also have to develop a different dynamic between Romana and her companions than you had with the Doctor and his.

You could also give Romana a whole new rogues gallery too. You could still have her fight the Daleks and the Cybermen too now and again. In the audios Romana was kidnapped and enslaved by the Daleks for several decades of her life, so if you kept that as canon, that could lead to some quite interesting confrontations between Romana and the Daleks.

Still it would be better to give Romana her own enemies, who if popular enough could cross over into Doctor Who.

I’d obviously want this Romana the animated series to be set in the same continuity as the Doctor Who animated series and not New Who.

There are so many actresses who would be amazing as a 21st century Romana.

Sarah Parish would be a fantastic Romana. She would bring a real maturity and eccentricity to the part. I think Sarah is really underrated. Her performance in Merlin as the Troll who bewitches Uther is one of the most gloriously over the top and crazy performances I’ve ever seen. She definitely needs more appreciation.

Dawn Steele meanwhile is another actress that would be good as Romana. I think she would bring a harder edge to the character than other actresses.

Ingrid Oliver is obviously an actress I REALLY like. She is gorgeous, funny, likable and she has a fantastic, smooth and sexy voice.

Ingrid is a very versatile having played all kinds of different character from vapid airheads to shy, nerdy geeky girls, to tomboyish rapists!

She doesn’t even look like the same person in any of those roles. Though she has already played a character in Doctor Who, obviously Osgood, she could easily play Romana in an animated series that was not part of the same canon, and to be honest I think she would be the best.

Finally Rachel Shelley would be another fantastic choice for Romana. I can see her being like Mary Tamm. Very English, very classy, but not in a condescending way or anything.

To me a Romana spin off series is just screaming to be made, and I hope it does as a cartoon alongside a proper sequel to classic who. I personally would LOVE to see Ingrid Oliver’s Romana work alongside Tim Curry’s Doctor Who in a crossover episode.

Quatermass The Animated Series

Quatermass was one of the greatest British sci fi series ever made. Originally conceived by sci fi legend Nigel Kneale, Quatermass was an eccentric British, Holmsian scientist who worked for the organisation British Rocket Group to track down extraterrestrial and paranormal threats.

The stories explored many themes such as alien invasion, ancient astronauts, early myths being inspired by alien invasions, body horror, alien possession and even then contemporary racial tensions and issues, with the story Quatermass and the Pitt being inspired at least partly by the Nottingham race riots of 1958.

Hugely popular in its heyday, and enormously influential on later works. Quatermass was a great influence on Doctor Who in particular, with the Third Doctor Jon Pertwee’s era essentially being modelled on Quatermass.

Of course ironically Nigel Kneale utterly despised Doctor Who, considering it to be the worst idea for a television series he had ever heard.

Quatermass still retains a big following 60 years on, and whilst there are rumours of another live action series, sadly nothing has yet been conformed.

Personally I would love to see an animated version that tried to adapt and update the old classic stories as well as feature new adventures with the character.

As for who I’d like to see play the role of Quatermass, I think Anthony Stewart Head would be excellent.

Head obviously has experience in genre roles, and as seen with Giles he can play the old, scholarly, expert on the paranormal brilliantly.

The new Quatermass hopefully. 

Brave New World Movie

One of the all time greatest and most influential sci fi novels. Brave New World by Aldious Huxley revolves around a future where human beings are grown in laboratories and divided into caste systems based around intelligence.

One member of the society Bernard Marx visits a group of people who live outside the supposed utopia, in what are referred to as the savage reservations.

With Bernard in danger of being exiled, he discovers that the director who planned to exile him has an illegitimate son among the “savages”, John who he takes back to try and discredit the director.

His plan is successful, but sadly John’s outrageous behaviour eventually causes Bernard and his friends to be exiled anyway, whilst John is left behind. Mustapha Mond, the Resident World Controller for Western Europe, tells Bernard and his friend Helmhotz that exile is a reward as only outside of their society will they meet truly individual people. Mond cruelly keeps John around however, despite the fact that he wishes to be exiled too, just to see what will become of him.

Sure enough John is later unable to cope in modern society and after publicly attacking Lenina, a woman he has conflicted feelings for, John hangs himself.

Brave New World if anything is more relevant today than it was when it was first written. The novels dark ending where the crowds gather round John just to watch him deteriorate is terrifying foreshadowing of the way the mainstream media and the public loves to build celebrities and public figures up, only to tear them down in the most vicious ways and then laugh at their suffering and pain.

Brave New World has been adapted as a telemovie two times, and there were plans for another live action film to be directed by Ridley Scott and star Leonardo Dicaprio. Sadly however those plans appear to have fallen through.

An animated movie might be quite interesting, though like a lot of the DC animated movies it would have to be made for a more adult audience due to the darker content of the novel.

Abslom Daak The Animated Series

Abslom Daak for those of you who are unfamiliar with him, was a comic book character from the 1970s.

He was a vicious criminal who agreed rather than face execution for his crimes to help in a war against the most evil creatures in the entire universe, the Daleks!

During his war against them, Daak fell in love with a space princess who was later murdered by the Daleks which made him more determined than ever to destroy the monsters.

Whilst the comic was obviously a spin off of Doctor Who, the Doctor never appeared in the series, but Daak would go on to encounter the 7th and 11th Doctors many years later.

Daak was popular among comic book fans, but sadly he has never been included in the actual series, though there were a few homages to the character in the revival.

The 9th Doctors speech about wiping the Daleks out was based on the one Daak gives after his beloved is exterminated by the monsters.

Daak also did make a tiny cameo in the story Time Heist when the character of Seb is looking through a database of the galaxy’s worst criminals, Daak makes a blink and you’ll miss it cameo.

An Abslom Daak animated series would have a lot potential for many reasons.

First and foremost I have always thought that the Daleks were capable of holding their own tv series. Whilst they obviously work brilliantly against the Doctor, I think it would be interesting to see how species like humanity have to deal with the monsters without the help of the Doctor.

They have already been proven to be capable of carrying their own spin off series in audio, with the Big Finish Dalek Empire series, so I don’t see why they couldn’t in animation?

Abslom Daak meanwhile would be the perfect enemy for the Daleks as he couldn’t be more different than the Doctor. Visually he would be an interesting character for animation too. Daak always used laser chainsaws to kill Daleks.

Scenes like this animated would be exciting to say the least.

A Daak animated series could be aimed at a more mature audience. Doctor Who is not a kids show, its a family show, but obviously there is a limit to the levels of violence you can show in Doctor Who.

With Daak however you could actually show the full extent of the horror of the Daleks. The way they slaughter entire races, round millions of people up into labour camps, torture and experiment on their victims. The Daleks could be made even more terrifying in this series.

I’d love to see a confrontation between Daak and Dalek X. Dalek X is a character from spin off material. He is the most sadistic Dalek of them all, and is feared by every creature in the galaxy, even Dalek bounty hunters. There’d be some scope for great conflict between those two characters.

My main choice for voicing Daak would be James Marsters. Marsters is best known for playing Spike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin off Angel.

He’d capture the characters swagger, rage and hatred against the Daleks, as well as his vulnerability too. Also who better than Marsters to play a guy that starts out really evil, is redeemed by falling in love with a little blonde woman, and absolutely LOVES fighting and brawling?

I’d also like to see Tony Todd voice Dalek X too. The Zoom voice and persona recycled for Dalek X would be scary.

Finally I’d also like to see a three way crossover where Romana, the Doctor, and Daak have to team up to take on the Daleks who are planning something big.

Tim Curry, Ingrid Oliver, and James Marsters fighting Tony Todd as the most evil Dalek of them all would be brilliant.

The City and the Stars Movie

Arthur C Clarke’s masterpiece about the future of mankind. The City and the Stars is set one billion years into the future in the city of Diaspar, which by this stage is the only city left on the earth.

All of the planets oceans have dried up, and mankind has long since mostly left the earth.

The reason that the humans of Diaspar still live here, is because of an old legend that states that a race of ruthless invaders beat humanity back to this planet and agreed that they could live, only as long as they never leave the city.

All of the humans in the city are created by machines and only a few of them are allowed to live actual lives, with the rest merely being stored in its databanks. Most of the humans are also reborn again and again too, but a few are “unique”.

One such human, the main character of the novel, Alvin is able to find a way out of the city, where he stumbles upon another human settlement named Lys, an agricultural paradise, whose people are all telepathic.

As he continues to explore the outside world, Alvin eventually stumbles upon an alien and its companion, a robot. The robot claims to have been the companion of the Great Master who came to this world many centuries ago.

Alvin takes the robot back to the city and after the central computer that runs the city is able to break the block on the robots mind, they all discover the truth about the history of mankind.

The alien invaders it turns out where a myth, and the real reason only a few humans remained on earth was because of their rejection of the greatest scientific achievement in human history, the creation of an artificial mind. The first such attempt went insane. It even became known as the Mad Mind and ravaged the cosmos before being imprisoned in an artificial star named the Black Sun.

The second attempt at creating an artificial mind, the Vanamonde later left the remains of the Galactic Empire after making contact with another advanced alien race, though it is believed that he will return at the end of the galaxy to battle the Mad Mind.

The novel ends with Alvin planning to rehabilitate the earth, whilst the robot searches for survivors from the galactic empire across the galaxy.

The City and the Stars would make a fantastic animated movie not just because it has a brilliant story, but also because so much of it would look brilliant animated. The city’s, the landscapes, the robots would all look absolutely stunning, and indeed they already do in the illustrations for the novels, as well as a lot of fan art I’ve found online such as the following.

The City and the Stars is a very overlooked classic and I hope it gets more recognition.

War with the Newts Film Series

War with the Newts was written by Karel Capek, the Czech author who famously coined the word robot.

Much like his other more famous work R.U.R, War with Newts is a satirical novel which deals with subjects such as colonialism, fascism, Nazism and the arms race.

At 23 chapters, it is divided into 3 books. Its premise revolves around mankind discovering an intelligent race of amphibian men who are enslaved and exploited by humanity before rising up and exterminating most of the human race. What’s interesting about the novel is at the end of the story the Newts are shown to be no better than humanity, not only in the disgusting way they treat the humans, but the destructive effect they have on their environment too.

War of the Newts is simply too long to be made into one film, so I think it would be better if it were a trilogy of animated films.

I’d love to see how the Newts themselves would look animated.

Slaughter House Five Movie

One of the all time greatest sci fi novels. Slaughterhouse Five helped to propel Kurt Vonnegut to fame.

Its a somewhat surreal novel, which like many of Vonneguts later works blends various different genres and styles together from dark humour to meta fiction to sci fi.

It follows the life of Billy Pilgrim, a soldier who is kidnapped during the Second World War and is forced to endure life in the Dresden slaughterhouse, before his escape, recovery from PTSD, his marriage and raising his children, his later survival of a plane crash in 1968 and finally his death in 1976.

Interspersed throughout his life story, are flashbacks and sometimes flash forwards of Billy being abducted by aliens known as the Tralfamadorians who force him to mate with a famous actress, Montana Wildhack.

The reader is left to wonder whether the aliens are real or just delusions of Billy’s mind.

Slaughterhouse Five would be a difficult book at adapt to film, as its non linear narrative might be more confusing on film. Still I think it could make a brilliant film, and the Tralfamadorians have a lot of potential in animation too. They are described as looking like upright toilet plungers with a hand at the top, and a single green eye on the hand.

I’d love to see how an artist would try and draw that, and it not just look completely silly.

As for who could play Billy meanwhile, I think that Robbie Kay would be good. Kay is best known for playing Peter Pan in the series Once Upon A Time. His version of Peter Pan was portrayed as evil. As a man he gave up his only son, Rumplestiltskin so that he could become a child again and live forever.

It was a brilliant take on the Peter Pan idea, as here we had someone who had never grown up, but in a really terrible way. Malcom (Pan’s adult self) was lazy, selfish, shirked all of his responsibility, and didn’t care for anyone but himself.

You can see how brilliantly Robbie does the old guy in a young guys body. When he and Robert Carlyle talk, you completely believe that Carlyle is actually Robbie’s son as ridiculous as that sounds.

With this in mind Robbie would be brilliant as Billy as he would be able to voice the character during his youth, but could also voice him right up until his death to as he would be able to convincingly play the character in old age, as seen with his performance as Pan.

This would be another benefit to animating the novel rather than just filming it, as you could have the same actor playing Billy right the way through.

Judge Dredd Animated Series

Now I confess I am not the biggest fan of Judge Dredd. I only got into it recently after I read the 70s Dan Dare strips and was interested in reading more 2000 AD series.

So whilst I can’t really talk in detail about which stories I’d like to see animated, I do still think there is a rather obvious potential in an animated version.

Judge Dredd was originally created in the 1970s. He ended up becoming the most popular character in the 2000 AD strip and has remained one of the most iconic fictional British characters of all time.

Judge Dredd is set many centuries in the future after earth has been devastated in many global conflicts. What’s left of humanity now congregate into “mega cities.”

The strip takes place primarily in Mega City One, though other strips are visited. The lead character Dredd is a genetically altered super soldier, designed to curb the rampant crime in the city.

The strip was noted for its violent and pessimistic tone, with Dredd going on to become seen as one of the most iconic anti heroes of the genre.

There are plans for a Judge Dredd live action series, and I wish it well, but personally I think that it might work better as a cartoon, as again there no constraints in terms of what you can show in a cartoon.

As for who I would like to voice Dredd, I’d be more than happy for Karl Urban to reprise his role. Urban was excellent as Dredd in the 2012 film adaptation, and he’s a brilliant actor all around. I’ve been a fan of his since I first saw him in Xena the Warrior Princess as Julius Cesar.

 

Thank you for reading, and please let me know what sci fi classics you think would make great animated movies or series.

Happy New Year From Burrunjor

Well 2017 is nearly over. Its been a year of highs and some lows for me. I didn’t get nearly as much work done on my own original fiction as I had hoped.

My depression has been particularly bad this year. I’ve had it my whole life and it flares up at certain points, but I had really terrible onset in January and April in 2017 which delayed my work for quite a while.

Still I hope to get more stories finished in 2018 and more work done on this blog too.

I’d also like to pay tribute to a follower of this blog and supporter of my work general who I learned sadly passed away earlier this year.

Michael Thomas Knight, an acclaimed horror author who ran the blog Parlor of Horror sadly lost a long battle with cancer earlier this year.

I didn’t know him that well, but I always really appreciated his comments and opinions on this blog, as well as the support he gave me as a young, aspiring horror author and my heart goes out to his family at this sad time.

Hope all my regular readers have a fantastic new year and I’ll see you in 2018.

Remembrance of the Daleks Review

The final Dalek story of Classic Who. Remembrance of the Daleks also marked a radical change in the character of the 7th Doctor.

Initially at the urging of Michael Grade to supposedly counteract the levels of violence in the Colin Baker era, the 7th Doctor was portrayed as a clown, but from this story on he would be a much darker, more manipulative character.

Plot

The Doctor and his companion Ace arrive 1963 London near Coal Hill School where the first Doctor arrived many years ago.

The Doctor claims to have unfinished business that he needs to clear up.

The Doctor soon discovers that two warring Dalek factions are here. One the renegade Daleks who follow a black Dalek, the other the imperial Daleks who follow the Emperor.

The renegades base is on earth, whilst the Imperials is a gigantic mothership hovering the earth.

After a showdown with a renegade drone and some soldiers, the Doctor investigates Coal Hill School and discovers that the Imperials are teleporting their minions to earth via a transmat in the basement of the school. 

The Doctor deduces that the Daleks are after the hand of omega. The hand of omega is the device that omega used to create the eye of harmony, which ultimately gave the Time Lords mastery of time and space. Though both Dalek factions can obviously time travel, the eye of harmony will make the Daleks as powerful as the Time Lords and allow them to decimate all of time and space. 

The Doctor buries the hand of omega in a nearby grave, but the renegade Daleks human servants are able to find it.

The renegade Daleks are served by a former Nazi sympathiser named Mr Ratcliff. Among his followers include a member of Group Captain Gilmore’s platoon Mike, who are helping the Doctor contain the Dalek civil war from spilling out into the streets of London. 

Ace develops feelings for Mike until she discovers his true nature after which she is heartbroken.

The Doctor stops the renegades from leaving with the hand of omega by sabotaging their time vessel.

The Imperial Dalek forces who are greater and have a special weapons Dalek, slaughter all of the Renegades except for the black Dalek who flees the battle. Mr Ratcliff is killed by another of the Daleks human servants, a little girl that they have taken over, whilst Mike escapes with the Dalek time machine.

The Imperials steal the hand of omega and take it back to their shim. The Doctor contacts them and demands that they return it. The Emperor of the Daleks reveals himself to be Davros and tells the Doctor that he intends to use the hand of omega to turn Skaro’s sun into a source of unimaginable power, and that the Daleks will then destroy all earth and Gallifrey.

The Doctor angers Davros and then feigns fear after which the villain puts his plan into action. To Davros’ horror however he discovers that the Doctor has rigged the hand of omega to destroy Skaro’s sun, vaporising the planet into nothing. The feedback then destroys the mother ship, seemingly killing Davros (though unknown to the Doctor he manages to escape.)

The little girl who serves the Daleks kills Mike and confronts Ace, whilst the Doctor faces down the Black Supreme Dalek.

The Doctor tells the Dalek that his home planet is destroyed, and his race is dead. The black Dalek refuses to believe at first but when reality hits home it goes insane and kills itself.

Upon its death the little girl is freed from its control, though sadly she is left emotionally broken by the experience.

After attending Mike’s funeral, the Doctor and Ace leave, with Ace unsure if they did the right thing. The Doctor tells her that “time will tell. It always does.”

Review

Remembrance of the Daleks is a fitting end to the Daleks for the classic series, not only because its a fantastic story to see the monsters out on, but also because in many ways it brings the monsters back to their roots and resolves a lot of loose ends.

First and foremost Remembrance returns the Daleks to being the centre stage again. Though Davros appears and is integral to the plot, its only in the last few minutes.

I liked Davros but it is true that he was overshadowing the monsters a bit too much.

The monsters are also suitably formidable and dangerous here too. Only the most powerful weapons are shown to be capable of taking down a lone Dalek drone, and at one point the Doctor even mentions that the Dalek mothership is capable of cracking the planet open like an egg!

An old weakness is also finally conquered as we see a Dalek ascend a flight of stairs. I must admit I think its done far better here than in the revival. The revival just goes for a full CGI option, whilst Remembrance actually uses a proper Dalek prop and balances it on several poles that they keep hidden.

This story also returns the Daleks to being parallels for the Nazis, by having a former Nazi collaborator work with them.

Mr Ratcliff who is played superbly by former UFO star George Sewell, serves as the Mavic Chen, devious humanoid type of figure for the Daleks to play off of in this story (as Davros is only featured at the end and for once is in a full position of authority.)

He’s not the most complex example of this type of character, but still its good to see the trope being used right to the end, and there are some wonderful little moments where we see how Ratcliff is drawn to the Daleks ideology for much the same reasons, and how his bitterness at being rejected for his beliefs drives him on.

The relationship between Davros and the Daleks also takes a great new turn in this story as well. Davros has finally managed to gain control of the Daleks but its at a cost to his for want of a better term humanity.

Davros knows that the Daleks will never accept him because he is not one of them. However if he creates an army who are simply loyal to him then they won’t be as effective as they will just be mindless drones who can’t think for themselves like the Necrosian Daleks who were destroyed easily.

So Davros changes himself to the point where he now is basically nothing more than a glorified Dalek.

I feel that Remembrance served as a brilliant way of ending both the Daleks and Davros, yet also leaving the door open if they wanted.

At this point it must have been obvious to John Nathan Turner that the show wasn’t long for this world. It was despised by virtually all of the heads of the BBC, sci fi as a mainstream genre in the United Kingdom was on its way out, and the show had been consigned to the graveyard slot.

Thus Remembrance resolves all of the dangling plot threads that have been building up since the 70s.

The Dalek civil war finally comes to an end with Davros at last gaining control of the Daleks, but at a cost to his own self. The Doctor also finally does what he should have done with Davros and the Daleks decades ago.

In Genesis he genuinely thought that he did not have the right to carry out a genocide, even to a race like the Daleks. Now however he feels he has to, as the Daleks are on the cusp of becoming as powerful as the Time Lords themselves. Similarly with Davros we have seen 5 struggle with the decision to kill him as Peter Davison, and be ready from a moral point of view to kill him as Colin Baker, but ultimately still not be prepared from a practical point to dispose Davros.

The 7th Doctor in contrast is ready for Davros in every respect, and we see that superbly in 7’s final showdown with Davros where he not only tricks him with the hand of omega, but plays on his irrational anger and vanity into provoking him into using it without thinking.

The Doctors callousness to Davros as the latter pitifully begs him for mercy is also a brilliant call back to Genesis, except this time its the Doctor ironically, that Davros is begging to show mercy.

Remembrance also resolves the Daleks vs Time Lords theme that has been running throughout many previous Dalek stories too.

Before I always thought that the idea of Daleks fighting the Time Lords in general, and not just the Doctor was mostly a New Who thing, but on a recent rewatch of all the classic era stories, you can see that it was actually quite a big thread throughout many key Classic era stories.

In Planet of the Daleks the Time Lords send the Doctor stop them on Spirodon, in Genesis the Time Lords are terrified of the Daleks to such an extent that they are willing to break their most important law and completely change the history of the entire universe to stop them.

Whilst its true that the Time Lords have sent the Doctor to interfere in the affairs of his other foes like the Cybermen in Attack of the Cybermen. They have never gone to such drastic measures before, and thus you can see how as early as Genesis, that the Daleks are deemed potentially to be the biggest threat to the Time Lords.

Resurrection meanwhile shows the Daleks now be bold enough to take the fight to the Time Lords, albeit in sneaky, underhand ways.

Remembrance finally however shows the Daleks be willing to wage an all out war on the Doctors people. They know they still aren’t quite ready to take them yet, so they steal the hand of omega which will make them powerful enough to in Davros’ words “sweep away Gallifrey.”

It is only thanks to the Doctors actions that either the Renegade or Imperial Daleks are not able to decimate Gallifrey, with the Doctor much like how the Time Lords wanted him to in Genesis finally being prepared to go incredible lengths to end this threat to his people and the rest of the universe once and for all.

Remembrance manages to wrap up all of these dangling plot threads to the point where had it been their last appearance then it would have been a satisfactory ending to the monsters. Yet at the same time Remembrance doesn’t salt the earth for future writers either as it does still leave the door open for future stories with the Daleks and Davros.

Davros is shown to have escaped the Doctors attempt on his life. Its a brilliant twist that ultimately for all his machinations and carefully thought out plans, the Doctor still underestimates Davros.

Furthermore as Davros is still around, then obviously he could easily create a new race of Daleks. Worse as the Doctor thinks they are dead, then they could act in secret, and they still know the secrets of the Time Lords too.

Added to that the 7th Doctor, despite his callous, ruthless facade is still shown to be unsure throughout the story, such as in the famous cafe scene, which is a good sequel to the iconic “Have I that right” moment from Genesis.

Once again the Doctor looks at his decision from all angles, both morally from a does he have the right to wipe out an entire species, and from the practical of what will the ramifications be of removing such a key power, for better or for worse from the universe.

Ultimately however because he is a little older and wiser and been through so much since Tom’s time he makes the opposite decision from the one in Genesis.

Just as with the ending of Genesis however, the Doctor and his companions are not sure if they have done the right thing.

The next Dalek story could have had the Doctor feel guilty at the ruthlessness of his previous selves actions, or maybe he would be devastated to see the Daleks and Davros had survived and be even more determined to destroy them than ever before, knowing how close they came to threatening his people.

Aside from bringing all of the major Dalek storylines together to a fantastic conclusion, as a piece of television on its own Remembrance succeeds on virtually all counts.

Its brilliantly paced, and with plenty of action and wonderful twists along the way. The first time I saw it I did genuinely think it was Davros in the chair, not just because it physically resembles Davros, but also because you’d never expect him to be the one in the position of power against the Daleks either.

Apart from some wobbly Dalek props on location, the stories production values are very strong too with the spaceship effect landing in the playground and the Daleks fights with each other being very well done in particular.

The direction all around for the story is excellent. I always loved the opening where we hear the voices of so many key influential figures throughout the 20th century such as Martin Luther King speaking with each other as the Dalek mothership looms towards the earth. It really shows you how all of the problems we have had with each other is NOTHING compared to what’s about to descend on our planet.

The acting from the leads is also very strong. You can tell that Sylvester McCoy loves playing the darker Doctor. He’s so much more comfortable and confident in the role. He doesn’t jettison all of the humour however which is a good thing as a large part of his Doctors appeal is his quirky humour. There are some wonderfully funny little moments with Ace such as their arguments in the van, but its never to the extent where you aren’t able to take his Doctor seriously.

Sophie Aldred meanwhile makes a very strong debut as Ace. She brings a real physicality to the role of the companion that we haven’t seen before or since, apart from with Leela.

The scene where she smashes the Dalek with a baseball bat before she crashes through a window is a particular highlight and shows how Ace is unlike other companions.

At the same time however Sophie and the script also bring a real vulnerability to the character too such as in her relationship with Mike, the way she cradles and comforts the young girl after she has been freed from the Daleks control, and the final scene of episode 2 where she is overwhelmed by the Daleks.

Finally another notable thing to mention about this story was that it was intended to celebrate the shows 25th anniversary. There are a couple of little clever nods to the past, such as the setting, not only in Coal Hill School, but in 1963, the year the show began.

The characters of Professor Rachel Jensen and Allison are also homages to previous companions Barbara and Liz Shaw, whilst Group Captain Gilmore is an obvious stand in for the Brig.

Still the continuity references are not like the clips in say The Magicians Apprentice. They serve a purpose in the story, are more slight so as not alienate new viewers and the characters who are homages to previous companions are not just distaff counterparts, but characters in their own right.

Rachel Jensen played by Pamela Salem could have been an excellent companion, as she is useful to the Doctor, and her chemistry with Sylvester is brilliant. Of course I’m not saying I would have wanted her to replace Ace or anything, but I would definitely rank her among the one shot characters who could have been companions list.

Overall Remembrance of the Daleks is an exciting, action packed, classic story that manages to round off all of the major Dalek story threads from classic who whilst at the same time taking them back to their roots as Nazi parallels, and leaving the door open for future stories with the monsters.

Trivia

  • Script editor Andrew Cartmel named this as his favourite story out of all the ones he worked on.
  • Terry Molloy’s final performance as Davros on television, but he would reprise the role many times in Big Finish audios.
  • Davros was originally not to have appeared in this story. Its author Ben Aaronivitch said that he felt the character had undermined the Daleks. It was apparently on the suggestion of a prop designer whilst building the Dalek Emperor prop that Davros be included and JNT agreed to it. Others have disputed this however as JNT has also said in various other interviews that Terry Nation forced him to include Davros in every Dalek story he made.
  • The Daleks have turned the little girl into their servant to overcome their reliance on logic. Children are used to man their battle computers as they have a limitless imagination and with the aid of Dalek tech can conceive scenario’s the logical Daleks could not otherwise. The Daleks in the revival are shown to overcome their reliance on logic through the creation of the Cult of Skaro who are given individual personalities and imaginations.

Revelation of the Daleks Review

The 6th Doctors only outing on tv against the Daleks. Revelation was also the last story to be produced before the show’s initial 18 month cancellation.

Though controversial at the time due to its excessive violence. Revelation of the Daleks has since become regarded as one of the most innovative and intelligent scripts the series ever produced.

Plot

The Doctor and Peri arrive on the planet Necros. Necros is a planet where the bodies of the terminally ill are placed in suspended animation until a cure can be found for their condition.

The Doctors old friend Arthur Stengos has placed himself in suspended animation which according to the Doctor isn’t like him at all, so the Doctor wants to investigate.

Along the way to the facility, Tranquil Repose, where the frozen bodies are kept, the Doctor and Peri are attacked by a strange mutant, who Peri is forced to kill to save the Doctor.

With his dying breath the mutant regains control of himself, and actually thanks Peri for freeing him.

He tells the Doctor that the great healer did this to him and that he is using the frozen bodies on this planet for his own experiments. Before he can reveal more however the mutant dies.

Meanwhile Arthur Stengos’ daughter Natasha and her friend Grigory break into Tranquil Repose and discover what has happened to her father.

The Great Healer is actually Davros, and he has been turning the frozen bodies here into his new race of Daleks who are completely loyal to him.

Stengos is half way to becoming a Dalek, but he manages to regain his composure long enough to beg Natasha to kill him before he becomes a monster which she reluctantly agrees too.

Unfortunately Natasha and Grigory are soon captured by two of the staff at Tranquil Repose.

There is descent in Davros’ ranks meanwhile. Kara who owns the company that distributes the food Davros sells to pay for equipment, wants to dispose of Davros to gain all of the profits for herself. She hires a knight named Oricini and his quire bostock to dispose of him. Kara however ultimately intends to betray them once they have killed Davros and gives them both a secret bomb that will go off once they have disposed of Davros.

The Doctor and Peri after discovering a false grave of the Doctors 6th incarnation, encounter a perverse, lecherous man named Jobel and his assistant Tasambeker who is in love with Jobel (despite the fact that he treats her appallingly.)

Peri is sent off to meet the local DJ, whilst the Doctor investigates what’s going on. Unfortunately the Doctor is led into a trap by Tasmebeker and captured by Davros’ Daleks.

The Doctor is placed in a cell with Natasha and Grigory, and all three are freed by Orcini.

Davros however being aware that the Doctor is on the planet and that Kara has sent assassins after him dispatches Daleks to capture Kara and Peri. The DJ attempts to protect Peri, but the Daleks kill him.

Oricni meanwhile fails miserably in his attempts to kill Davros. Kara is then brought before Orcini where Davros reveals that she intended to betray him. Oricini stabs Kara to death as a result.

Davros also monitors Jobel and discovering that he too is planning to betray him. He orders Tasembeker to kill Jobel, but instead she tries to help him escape. Jobel however refuses to believe her that Davros wants him dead and cruelly mocks her, which angers her enough to stab him to death with a syringe.

The Daleks then exterminate Tasembeker, whilst the Doctor is captured yet again. Natasha and Grigory meanwhile are exterminated whilst trying to sabotage the Daleks incubation chambers.

Davros reveals to a captive Doctor that he escaped from the prison ship when they last met, and that he has acquired the equipment to build his new army of Daleks by turning several of the bodies frozen into food and selling them to the outer planets that are starving for a healthy profit..

Those he judges to be the higher intellects he has turned into his new race of Daleks who will soon be ready to wage war against the rest of the galaxy.

Unfortunately for Davros however one of the staff at Tranquil Repose named Teker, realises what Davros is doing and summons the original Daleks from Skaro.

These Daleks exterminate Davros’ new Daleks that are active and before Davros can activate his army they corner him. The Daleks decide to take Davros back to Skaro to stand trial for his crimes against them. Davros vows to the Doctor that he will return, but the Doctor states that he will be waiting for him.

The Doctor manages to destroy the Skaro Dalek on guard. (The Skaro Daleks intend to take control of Davros’ army and use them in their conquest of other planets.)

Oricini however uses his bomb to destroy Davros’ dormant army of Daleks first, sacrificing himself in the process.

The Doctor tells the staff at Tranquil Repose that they need to continue the demand for food this place has created for the starving planets, and gives them an alternate solution of harnessing the flowers that grow on the planet as a food source.

Review

Revelation of the Daleks is more of a Davros story than a Dalek one. Really this story more than any other turns them into Davros’ mooks, and their screen time and interactions with the Doctor are very limited.

Still in spite of this drawback, Revelation is deserving of its status as a classic. Terry Molloy gives an absolutely stellar performance as Davros.

Molloy is able to show a completely new side to Davros through his twisted sense of humour. There are some wonderfully dark, yet genuinely funny lines such as Davros’ “consumer resistance” gag. I never thought I’d giggle at a joke about cannibalism of all things.

In Resurrection whilst Molloy was good his performance was just a retread of Michael Wishers, IE loud and screaming one minute, but then calm and eerie the next.

Here however Molloy completely makes the role his own and instead portrays Davros his own way.

Davros is really at the top of his game in this story. He completely and utterly outsmarts the Doctor throughout it. At no point does the Time Lord have the better of his archenemy. Furthermore its interesting watching how all of these other people like Jobel, Kara and Orcini all completely underestimate Davros, and how Davros is able to turn people against each other such as Orcini and Kara and Tasembeker and Jobel.

We get to see Davros be manipulative in a more complex and detailed way than before. Here he doesn’t just lie or trick people or hypnotise them like in Resurrection. We see Davros get under people’s skin, play on their resentments and emotions and attempt to make them genuinely loyal to him such as with Tasembeker.

Its such a wonderful little insight into how vicious Davros is when he tells Tasembeker that if someone had treated him, the way that Jobel treated her, he would have killed them!

Whilst Davros is the star of the show, the Daleks are not completely overlooked. Saward still does do a number of interesting, new things with them.

The idea of humans being turned into Daleks is a both a fascinating and horrifying concept.

It opens up several new avenues for the Daleks, namely body horror and the fear of being turned into a monster which is brilliantly demonstrated in the sequence where Natasha discovers her father has become a Dalek.

The make up for Stengos is effective. I love the way the rotting and disgusting flesh actually throbs on Stengos’ brain. Its a nice little touch that does genuinely make it seem organic. Its also disturbing watching the Dalek conditioning slowly take over Stengos’ mind, whilst he is still aware of what a monster he is becoming.

The idea of humans being turned into Daleks would resurface many times in New Who and various Big Finish stories, but to be honest I don’t think its ever been as effective as it was in this story. In The Parting of the Ways and Asylum of the Daleks for instance they don’t actually show us the half human, half Dalek hybrids in any detail. We only see Clara as a human, and a tiny fleeting glimpse of a Dalek mutant with two eyes in The Parting of the Ways.

Saward and John Nathan Turner really had more guts to show us the gruesome aspects of the change, much like they did with Cyber conversion in Attack of the Cybermen.

I also like the way that Davros’ Daleks are ultimately shown to be nowhere near as effective as the original Daleks.

The reason for that is because they are literally just mooks who do everything that Davros says and can’t think for themselves.

Ultimately Davros can never win. If he creates a race of Daleks who are merely his slaves like the Necrosian Daleks, then they will be nothing but mindless drones, but if he creates a race of Daleks like the originals then they will eventually realise they don’t need him like at the end of Genesis.

Its also a nice twist to have the Daleks unwittingly save the day for once. They are still as ruthless and evil as ever, but what Davros is doing is so heinous, you don’t care who stops him, even if its the Daleks!

Aside from the Daleks and Davros, Saward’s script benefits from a strong cast of supporting characters.

Jobel played by Clive Swift is a big favourite of mine. I love the way that there is absolutely nothing redeeming about him at all. When Tasembeker is breaking down in absolute distress, he is having a great time.

Of course the brilliant irony is that EVERYBODY despises Jobel apart from Tasembeker. The Doctor and Peri regard him as a filthy little grotesque, whilst even his own co-workers find him repugnant.

Notice how NONE of them come to his aid after Tasembeker stabs him in the chest? They all just carry on as usual. They don’t even try and apprehend Tasembeker for killing someone right in front of them, as hey its Jobel.

Jobels wig falling off his head as he dies is another brilliant moment of dark comedy. Apparently it was on the suggestion of Clive Swift himself that Jobel wear a wig and that if fall off when he dies. He said that he wanted the nasty little man to be humiliated as much as possible in his final moments.

Even Jobel’s actor hated him!

Kara meanwhile is an interesting foil for Davros. In any other story she’d be the main villain. She is a greedy, ruthless, woman who is happy for people to literally eat each other if it can make her a profit.

However she is completely and utterly out of her league when it comes to Davros, and its brilliant watching all of her clever little schemes just completely backfire on her.

Orcini and Bostock are also a brilliant double act too. They are a great new twist on the Don Quixote and Sancho Panza idea. Like Don Quixote and Sancho Panza they are delusional, but rather than just be two idiots who think they are great warriors, they are two men who refuse in spite of what they say, to acknowledge that they are no longer capable of being the great warriors they once were. Their best days are behind them and they suffer a humiliating defeat at Davros’ hands as a result.

Still Orcini redeems himself in more ways than one with his final action in destroying Davros’ new army of Daleks. Oricini clearly knows that he will most likely never get a chance for an honourable kill again, and so rather than live a life of needless violence, he goes out as a hero.

There’s also the fact that his only friend Bostock is gone too, and its somewhat moving watching him hug his lifeless corpse in his last few moments.

Colin Baker also puts in a fine performance here too. Some have criticised the fact that the Doctor doesn’t do much in this story, and I can agree with that complaint to some extent, though I think it has been a bit exaggerated over the years. Critics always seem to forget that the Doctor does fix the famine crisis that is affecting hundreds of planets across the universe.

Still its true that he generally seems to be on the outside to the main action for the most part. Nevertheless Colin does get some great moments that show a softer side to his Doctor such as his compassion for the dying mutant and Orcini.

You can see how this was clearly the beginning of the production team making the 6th Doctor into a softer figure. Its just such a shame that they were never able to complete this story arc properly.

Overall whilst it might have some flaws, Revelation of the Daleks is still a classic adventure and moves the Davros story arc along excellently.

Trivia

  • At the end of this story the Doctor says he wants to take Peri somewhere nice, but it cuts off before we can find out where he wants to take her. This was intended to lead into the first story next series Nightmare Fair where the Doctor would take Peri to Blackpool and encounter the Celestial Toymaker. Sadly however the 1985 cancellation botched these plans, though Nightmare Fair would later be made as a Big Finish audio story.
  • In the 40th anniversary poll for the fans favourite stories, this was the 3rd highest ranked Dalek story on the list after Genesis of the Daleks and Remembrance of the Daleks, at number 11.
  • Laurence Olivier was originally going to appear in this story. He was a Doctor Who fan and had apparently been annoyed that he had never been asked to guest star in the series. Sadly however his busy schedule prevented this from happening. Olivier would have played the dying mutant.
  • This was the last Doctor Who story produced in the 45 minute format until the shows revival in 2005.
  • Eric Saward said he based this story on the novel The Loved One.