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18 November 2017 @ 01:23 pm
Random Doctor Who Picture: Peril in Mechanistra  




I have always been rather taken with the idea of a kind of cross between a loin cloth and a tool belt in this story - though if I'm correct in thinking that one of those tools is a saw then it seems kind of risky in many ways. The text says:

"There were quite a few of the folk in the big metal room and they were unclothed except for a harness-like outfit comprising a broad metallic belt from which hung suspended a great variety of tool, some homely and recognisable, like screwdrivers and hammers, and some which by no stretch of the imagination, could he guess their use. There were men and women amongst them, and some children and he noted that even the children wore the belt with tools."

I note that the artist has chosen to clothe the woman present in a little more than just a belt and it's not even entirely clear whether she actually has tools on her belt.

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liadtbunny: DW One Barbara & Ian justliadtbunny on November 18th, 2017 02:44 pm (UTC)
There could be whisks on her corset?;p
louisedennis: Who:Onelouisedennis on November 18th, 2017 03:55 pm (UTC)
Practical and modest!
daniel_saunders: Leekleydaniel_saunders on November 18th, 2017 06:22 pm (UTC)
I assume this is from the annuals? Is the story written from the Doctor's perspective as the extract seems to imply? That was forbidden in the spin-off novels and most of the novelisations.
louisedennis: Who:Onelouisedennis on November 18th, 2017 06:44 pm (UTC)
It is from the annuals, though I'm taking it from a 1981 collection called "Doctor Who Adventures in Time and Space" of which we have two copies, one is B's one is mine, no idea which is which.

It is indeed written from the Doctor's perspective - or at least from the perspective of someone called Dr. Who and the story is resolved by taking someone back in time who prevents the whole society of tool wearers from developing in the first place.

"As he settled himself for sleep a last drowsy smile crept over his lips. Sometimes, the frightening paradoxes were not as frightening as one had first thought."
daniel_saunders: Leekleydaniel_saunders on November 18th, 2017 06:56 pm (UTC)
That's hilarious!