25 July, 2012

Who Is Tardis Mechanic?

WHO is Tardis Mechanic? That seems to be the question everyone is asking. Though the music can be called superb, where do they get the inspiration? So very little is actually known about this mysterious band who have been around for close to 50 years.

They first appeared in 1963 to a sold out crowd in London. Sources say Tardis Mechanic paid for the use of the music venue. What's even more outrageous is all the tickets to the show were given out free. Who came up with this marketing strategy and how it was able to work is unknown. They became an overnight success.

Still playing to this day, not one of them looks as if they have aged. Then there are the mysterious tragedies that follow them around. Or to be more precise, the near tragedies that follow them around. It seems each show is followed sometime soon by a weird occurrence that oddly enough, works itself out. Their first show on 23 November, 1963 was soon followed by reports of televisions exploding. This only resulted in two deaths, but could have affected millions of people, paralysing the London area. It was later discovered the TV's should have all exploded, but for some unknown reason, did not. Somehow each TV had been fitted with an explosive device that was somehow deactivated remotely. A feat not technically viable at the time.

But I digress, I only wanted to stress how Tardis Mechanic has had an eerie connection to strange occurrences. Again I ask, who is Tardis Mechanic? Why are they rarely seen off stage? And how do all four of them squeeze into such a small box at the end of each of their shows?

The Band Members
Name: Tyrone
Born: Unknown. When asked, he laughs and says he hasn't been born yet,
and that he'll explain later.
Instrument: Guitar
Demeanour: He appears to be a fun loving bloke, though always evasive.
Notes: He gives out little to no information about himself. Any knowledge we do have, always comes from his companions, whom he calls the Tardettes. He is highly intelligent and a master at history and predicting the future. He once told his audience to buy lottery tickets using the numbers 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 & 42. This crippled the local lottery board. After investigation into the matter he actually did more good than harm when it was found out the lotteries were being fixed and monies being funnelled into an off-shore account, funding a terrorist group.

Name: Verity
Born: 1935 - London
Instrument: Vocals
Demeanour: Reserved, but determined. She's the go-getter of the group.
Notes: It's unlikely she's as old as she says she is. Being born in 1935 would make her 77 years old. If you ask me, she doesn't look a day over 35. Out of the three Tardettes, Verity is the most tight-lipped, often shushing other band members when she feels they've said too much. Of all the band members, she seems to be the mother-hen. Her voice is truly melodic, which has given her the nickname Melody.

Name: Kara
Born: 1970 - Chicago.
Instrument: Bass
Demeanour: Wild, carefree and loquacious.
Notes: Of the three girl members, seems to be the "Loose Cannon". She's always willing to talk about the bands exploits, but rarely gets the chance. Verity seems to keep a close eye on her. Looks to be the one closest to her unsubstantiated age. Being born in 1970 makes her about 42, yet still looks like she's in her early 20's. Kara is a diva on the bass. During one interview, when Verity wasn't around, she claimed to have performed with Janis Joplin. An obvious fabrication since Joplin died the same year Kara was born.

Name: Gillian
Born: 1955 - Liverpool.
Instrument: Drums
Demeanour: Quiet and yet perky at the same time.
Notes: Her birth claims make her 57 years, and yet she looks to be the youngest of the trio of Tardettes. Physically, she looks like a 17 year old. Outside of her age claims, little is known about her as she usually lets the other girls do the talking during pre and post show interviews. It's amazing that for someone so quiet and seemingly shy, she's always lively and energetic during each show. Her prowess on the drums is truly amazing. Her closest ties outside the band seem to be with John; the head of the Tardis Mechanic Fan Club. Rumours abound, but most speculate John is either a love interest or her sibling.

Conclusion: Never-mind Josie & the Pussycats, Wyld Stallyns, the Ruttles or Drive Shaft. If you want a truly interesting band, this is the one to catch. Not only is the music out of this world, but the mystery which surrounds these band members is fun to follow. Who exactly is Tardis Mechanic? What is their connection to all the barely averted tragedies? How can all their ages be ridiculously inaccurate, and yet still have been around for nearly 50 years? It'll be my endeavour in the next few articles to learn the truth and uncover the mystery; if at all possible.
Written by Linda
Contributor to 'The Sun'

12 July, 2012

Dr. Who (The Early Years) - Part 66 "Mindwarp"

As further evidence against the Doctor, the Valeyard reveals another example of the Doctors meddling. This time, the Doctor and Peri are visiting Thoros Beta, the home world of Sil; a creature they previously met. (Vengeance on Varos) Last time, Sil turned Peri into a half-bird creature. The Doctor is on the planet investigating how a warrior race acquired advanced technology. But it isn't long before they are captured and identified by Sil.

As the Doctor is being interrogated, he's rescued when another prisoner, (King Yrcanos; played by Brian Blessed) escapes and wrecks havoc in the science lab. He frees the Doctor and all three escape. They then run into Dorf, Yrcanos' companion, who has been experimented on by the mad scientist Crozier. He's now more of a dog/wolf-like creature.

With his swiss-cheesed brain, the Doctor is having problem remembering events the way the matrix is showing the rest of the court room. So he's surprised to watch himself betray both King Yrcanos and Peri. King Yrcanos swears vengeance on the treacherous Doctor, who has now sided with Sil and Crozier. Crozier's aim is to remove the mind of the dying leader Kiv, to that of another body. The Doctor announces to the court, though he can't remember, it was likely a ploy to discover more information.

King Yrcanos soon gets his chance to avenge himself on the Doctor but is thwarted by Peri, who refuses to see the Doctor die. She's uncertain of why the Doctor turned on them, but knows he's a good guy. Yrcanos is confused, but soon forgives Peri when he discovers an underground movement to rebel against Kiv and Sil. Yrcanos believes it will be a glorious fight, but they are soon captured.

The mind transplant is successful, to some degree. It works, but has to be perfected. Crozier is determined to try one more time, under pain of death (or so decreed by Kiv). When Crozier makes it know he wishes to use Peri, the Doctor is given the option of finding a better candidate. As the Doctor heads off to a slave conversion room, Crozier orders Peri brought to him anyway, unbeknownst to the Doctor.

The Doctor next goes to release the King Yrcanos and the rest, but Peri is already gone. Though he has sworn to kill the Doctor, Yrcanos agrees to let the Doctor live and accept his help. As the fighting commences, Dorf is killed in battle. Making their way to free Peri, the Doctor is suddenly drawn out of time and space by the Time Lords, which is how he appeared at the beginning of the first Trial Story. The Doctor demands to know why they pulled him out of space and time at such a crucial time.

This time the Inquisitor informs the Doctor of the reason. The High Council of the Time Lords felt things had gotten out of hand and that Croziers experiments could alter the balance of the universe. Having frozen King Yrcanos in time temporarily, the Doctor is shocked to learn the Time Lords are using him as an executioner. But the biggest shock of all is when the Doctor sees Crozier has successfully implanted Kiv's mind into that of Peri. The Time Lords then release King Yrcanos who goes on to exterminate everyone in the room, including Peri (Whom ). The Doctor refuses to believe it, but knows the Matrix can not lie.

WHO: Perpugilliam Brown


REASON FOR DEPARTURE: Assassinated by King Yrcanos after the mind of Kiv had been superimposed onto her mind.