WOTCHA – ‘Nyssa’s Test Tubes’

Hello everyone! 🙂

I’d like to share a few thoughts on an interesting theory made about Nyssa and Ann Talbot in ‘Black Orchid’ by the Watcher in the latest issue of ‘Doctor Who Magazine’. In the ‘WOTCHA!’ feature in the back of issue #506 of ‘DWM’, it’s been theorised Nyssa and Ann swapped places at the story’s conclusion.

‘Black Orchid’ is my favourite ‘Doctor Who’ story from the Peter Davison era of the show. Reading this article about Nyssa and Ann in ‘Black Orchid’ has been enjoyable and very enlightening. I don’t agree with the theory in the article, but it’s given me food for thought on this intriguing speculation.

It’s been suggested that Nyssa and Ann swapped places by having Ann continue travelling in the TARDIS with the Doctor, Tegan and Adric and Nyssa staying at Cranleigh Hall in the 1920s. This was interesting idea, considering the two are physically identical, but it isn’t a theory I readily agree with.

For one thing, the writer of this article neglects to make reference to the Big Finish audios and the ‘Doctor Who’ books featuring Nyssa in the series. Also Nyssa is a calmer individual compared to Ann, since (and not meaning to be unkind) Ann was quite squeamish and emotional during ‘Black Orchid’.

I suppose the theory would work if it was all in a parallel universe. That would make sense if you discard all of the Big Finish audios and ‘Doctor Who’ books that have been added onto Nyssa’s timeline over the years. The writer of the article makes some interesting points to prove this theory.

I love ‘Black Orchid’ to bits and love the characters featured in the story, especially with Nyssa and Ann’s double identity put into context. But I’m afraid I can’t buy the theory that Nyssa and Ann swapped places during the end of the story. I’m sure that Nyssa wouldn’t consider such an exchange.

I’ve written my own personal fan-fiction stories in ‘The Fifth Doctor by Tim Bradley’ series and the idea that Nyssa was Ann all along with the Fifth Doctor and Billy doesn’t work for me. I’ve also written my sequel to ‘Black Orchid’ where Billy meets Ann Talbot. I hope to upload that tale soon to my blog.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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