‘Junglos 4198’ Fun Facts

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

As we’re repeating ‘The Salvador Trilogy’ in ‘The Fifth Doctor by Tim Bradley’ series, I’m also repeating the ‘fun facts’ posts I posted about each of the three stories in the trilogy last year. Here’s the mini Easter Egg of a special feature to add to ‘Junglos 4198’, the second of ‘The Salvador Trilogy’.

For your enjoyment, here are some fun facts about this ‘Doctor Who’ story on ‘Bradley’s Basement’ from the TARDIS databank. These are facts that I found out about whilst writing ‘Junglos 4198’ back in 2011 and afterwards when I reviewed the story in retrospective. I hope you will enjoy these facts!

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The story of ‘Junglos 4198’ is loosely based on the book ‘Treasure Island’ by Robert Louis Stevenson. There are many references to ‘Treasure Island’ in ‘Junglos 4198’, especially when the Doctor names Jason Drodo as ‘Jim Hawkins’ by the end of the story and Lo-Jo Sil is very similar to Long John Silver.

A lot of influences in this story come from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ with Jason Drodo’s name based on Frodo Baggins’ father and Captain Doromir’s name based on Boromir. The tower Ungol is also similar to towers like Cirith Ungol, Barad-dûr and Orthanc. The name Ungol is a Filipino word for ‘growling’.

The Mud Man was inspired by the Marvel super-villains from the ‘Spider-Man’ comic book universe including the Sandman, Doctor Octopus and the Green Goblin. The Bullor was inspired by the Minotaur legend and also by the Garm from ‘Terminus’. The name Gren for the savage tribe in this story is Swedish for branch.

A passing reference is made to Sarah Jane Smith by the Doctor to Billy in ‘Part One’. This was a tribute to Elisabeth Sladen who passed away in April 2011 during the writing of this story. The reference includes a link to ‘K-9 & Company: A Girl’s Best Friend’ where the Doctor had given K-9 Mk III to Sarah Jane.

In the story, Nyssa and Billy encounter an elephant and tigers on their journey to the tower of Ungol. Nyssa encountered an elephant in ‘Moonflesh’ and would later ask about one in the BBC book, ‘Fear of the Dark’. Later in her life, Nyssa would become a were-tiger herself in the story ‘The Emerald Tiger’.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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