The Black Archive #15: Full Circle
The Black Archive – a series of book-length looks at single Doctor Who stories from 1963 to the present day.
‘Evolution goes in quantum leaps, but it doesn’t go that fast.’
Full Circle (1980) exemplifies a new production team’s vision at a time for profound change for Doctor Who, rejecting the fantasy of previous years and putting science — in this case, evolution — At The heart of the series. Or does it? This book puts Full Circle under the microscope and discovers a mixed heritage of discredited science, pseudoscience and mysticism, in a story which affects the evolution of the series itself.
John Toon is a writer, blogger and organiser in New Zealand SF fandom.