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Old 02-02-2013, 02:56
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I know this is something that most people don't really want to talk about, the thrown-out companion, but there are a few things I've been wondering about.

Adam is best known for being thrown out of the TARDIS for downloading knowledge from the far future onto his answering machine, something that could, understandably, destroy history. When I heard about this, I thought he was going to be a jerk who had planned to use that for some nefarious and selfish reason, but when I saw the episode itself, I was a little confused when he never actually gave a reason for these actions.

Looking back at his character through the episodes he was in, my opinion of him changed; From what I could see, he wasn't evil, a tad curious and a little out of his depth, but nothing matching the negative portrayal I've seen from other fans.

Some of his lines in 'Dalek' he implied he's the sort of person who would do something to see if he could do it, not a bad thing actually, though it could be something that could be troublesome. I then found this online http://www.whoisdoctorwho.co.uk/index8.shtml and found it a nice goal, and a bit sweet. As far as I can see, Adam made a mistake, and paid a big price.

This makes me wonder what RTD was doing with him.

Looking into it, I found out that he'd never interned to make Adam a full-time Companion, and was going to get rid of him after his introduction. Why I can understand wanting to do something, I don't get why he wrote it the way he did. Like I said, I don't think Adam was a bad person, just one who made a mistake (something that most Companions had done, like Rose, who in the next story, accidentally unleashed reality-eating bats into the universe).

Apparently, an original outline of 'The Long Game' would have been told similarly to 'Rose' in which we'd see the story from Adam's point of view. It was then going to explore how he felt intimidated by the Doctor and Rose, and how they'd be so excited by the constant danger of the life the lead. I would have rather liked this idea to have happened, since it may have validated his short tenure, and a reason to bother caring for the character.

My ultimate point is that I don't get why RTD would write in a character, only to not do much with him in the end; The only thing he actually in 'The Long Game' was the thing that got him kicked out.

I'm not asking for a return of him or anything like that, just a bit of understanding on this.
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Old 02-02-2013, 03:26
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Originally Adam was going to use the secrets of the future to help cure his dying father; which of course would have made him very much a sympathetic character (and similar to Rose in the very next episode) but was obviously rewritten to someone basically just there to show not everyone is suitable to be a companion, and so those that are (i.e. Rose) are special (which I liked).

And although I can't say I was sad he lasted all of two episodes, Nine was way too hard on him imo; although I think it was clear for all to see that The Doctor never liked him from the off and would have took any chance he could to get shot of him.
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Old 02-02-2013, 05:10
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The point of Adam was to show that while we might think there are lots of potential companions not everyone is suitable. Also he lied to the Doctor about getting the implant and accessing all that information. Rose's action while bad at least she never hid from the Doctor.
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Old 02-02-2013, 09:59
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The point of Adam was to show that while we might think there are lots of potential companions not everyone is suitable. Also he lied to the Doctor about getting the implant and accessing all that information. Rose's action while bad at least she never hid from the Doctor.
That - it was to show why Rose is worthy of companion status.

Doesn't he say something like: "I only take the best"? Kind-of inspires the kids watching that if they wanted to be the Doctor's companion then they should be a decent human being
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Old 02-02-2013, 11:40
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The point of adam was to make everyone else that appeared on screen with him to look good in comparison
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Old 02-02-2013, 12:33
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To prove that not everyone can hack it as a companion.

That was his purpose as a character to be honest.
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Old 03-02-2013, 01:22
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The point of Adam was to show that while we might think there are lots of potential companions not everyone is suitable. Also he lied to the Doctor about getting the implant and accessing all that information. Rose's action while bad at least she never hid from the Doctor.
Also Adam's actions in The Long Game are wholly self-seeking whereas Rose's mistake in Father's Day is motivated by her desire to save her father's life. (The Doctor might have realised his own extraordinary obtuseness was partly to blame too; what did he think she was going to do when she asked to go back and see her father die again?)
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Old 03-02-2013, 01:33
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Also Adam's actions in The Long Game are wholly self-seeking whereas Rose's mistake in Father's Day is motivated by her desire to save her father's life. (The Doctor might have realised his own extraordinary obtuseness was partly to blame too; what did he think she was going to do when she asked to go back and see her father die again?)
But again, Rose's motivation was selfish too - she didn't look to save her dad for anyone but herself. If she wanted to save someone else's dad, that might have been more like it. Besides, it's made clear that this was Rose's plan all along when she met the Doctor - surely that's worse than a moment of weakness?
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Old 03-02-2013, 02:18
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But again, Rose's motivation was selfish too - she didn't look to save her dad for anyone but herself. If she wanted to save someone else's dad, that might have been more like it. Besides, it's made clear that this was Rose's plan all along when she met the Doctor - surely that's worse than a moment of weakness?
It's not made clear it was her plan. The Doctor suspected it might have been because it was when he mentioned that the TARDIS could travel in time that she decided to join him. It was never certain that his suspicions were correct.
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Old 03-02-2013, 08:02
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But again, Rose's motivation was selfish too - she didn't look to save her dad for anyone but herself. If she wanted to save someone else's dad, that might have been more like it. Besides, it's made clear that this was Rose's plan all along when she met the Doctor - surely that's worse than a moment of weakness?
I wouldn't call Rose wanting to save her dad 'selfish' because she didn't know the consequence for her actions at the time. Also, if it was her plan all along -which I really don't think it was- she was probably thinking of Jackie, and how sad her mum was all her life for losing her dad.

It always came across to me as an impulsive decision. Adam, on the other hand, was hinted at being a genius (hence his self-proclamation 'yeah, I'm a genius') and the opportunity arose for him to gain more information, so he grabbed it. Remember, he went from a world where he understood quite well, to a time where he knew basically nothing and had to rely on the Doctor for information.
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Old 03-02-2013, 13:00
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I think to have a male companion for just two episodes and make him really unlikeable and annoying was just pointless. There again we had to put up with Adric for nearly two years and look what he was like so maybe we should be grateful he only lasted for two episodes!

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Old 03-02-2013, 21:16
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I remember the rumours that The Doctor had unintentionally created another Davros.
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:28
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I wouldn't call Rose wanting to save her dad 'selfish' because she didn't know the consequence for her actions at the time. Also, if it was her plan all along -which I really don't think it was- she was probably thinking of Jackie, and how sad her mum was all her life for losing her dad.

It always came across to me as an impulsive decision.
I'll take a half-step back, then. The script suggests that Rose thought of her actual act of saving him as impulsive, but she never refutes the Doctor's suspicion that she was using him and his time machine.
THE DOCTOR
(suspicious)
When we met, I said 'travel with me in space'. You said no. Then I said 'time machine'.

ROSE
It wasn't some big plan. I just saw it happening and I thought... I can stop it.

THE DOCTOR
I did it again. I picked another STUPID ape. I should've known. It's not about showing you the universe - it never is. It's about the universe doing something for you.

ROSE
So it's okay when YOU go to other times, and YOU save people's lives - but not when it's me saving my dad.
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