Doctor Who???





Monsters in film and literature terrify and amaze the audience, but the origin of these monsters is usually overlooked.  These monsters come from somewhere, and very often are derived from the workings of mad scientists.  Victor Frankenstein has become what someone thinks of when they hear the term mad scientist.  However, a mad scientist does not always follow the usual trend.  The Doctor from one of the oldest television shows in history, Doctor Who, creates a new mad scientist.  Similarities exist between The Doctor and the traditional mad scientist, but The Doctor allows for a new dimension in which the scientist can be viewed as the model monster.

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