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(Matthew Waterhouse)

Adric - played by Matthew Waterhouse.Adric appeared in Dr. Who from 1980 (with Tom Baker) until 1982 (with Peter Davison) when he was killed off in "EARTHSHOCK".  Within our gay community Dr. Who, or more accurately Adric, had become compulsive viewing. It was much the same everywhere, we later learned.

Whether it was the (surely unintentional?) campness of the character (and dressed in jim-jams!!!) or just his way of being so "vulnerably butch", that made him popular we don't know, but popular he was. (No, not like that! - Although he was eighteen or more, everyone just wanted to mother him! The a.o.c. was 21yrs then anyway, remember?)

It's more than twenty-five years on and the topic of his death can still often get an airing at gatherings. It's like everyone knows what they were doing when they learned of Kennedy's assassination, or of the death of Elvis. So it is with Adric. There was the disbelief. The silence as the credits rolled by. Then the rush to the phone - only to find every number you wanted was engaged, as they too were trying to contact others. People rushed to each other's houses, picking up people on the way, in order to chew the cud. To explore the options. The storyline. Surely the Doctor would time-travel back far enough to save him. They couldn't let him die! Not our Adric! They mustn't!  - THEY DID!!!

Matthew Waterhouse was born on December 19th in 1961. Educated at Shoreham Grammar School, where he successfully took his A levels, he later joined the BBC, first working in the news and information dept. His first appearance on screen came as a public schoolboy in, "To Serve Them All My Days" (1980). Matthew appeared as Adric in the Dr Who stories: Full Circle, State of Decay, Warrior's Gate, The Keeper of Traken, Logopolis, Castrovalva, Four to Doomsday, Kinda, The Visitation, Black Orchid, and Earthshock. He was one of the youngest "companions", the first "signed up" Doctor Who fan to join the series and (allegedly) the first 'openly gay' actor, in spite of his tender years. He worked with both Tom Baker and Peter Davison.


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Since leaving Dr. Who he has worked in the theatre: Puck in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"; Peter in "Peter Pan"; Edmund in "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe". He also did a one man show "Huckleberry Finn" which he adapted from the Mark Twain novel. There have been rumours of Matthew appearing in a sci-fi pilot with some other well known sci-fi actors. Anyone know of this?

Tenth Planet has lots more on Dr Who and Adric.
A more recent photo. Still cute?     

. . . and much younger.

FATES, FLOWERS - by Matthew Waterhouse.Matthew moved to the United States in 1997 and is currently living in Connecticut. His private life remains very private, but there are rumours that his partner is a guy he met at a Doctor Who Convention. He still enjoys performing on stage and in his spare time he is said to collect rare books by obscure mid-century poets. He visits the UK frequently and has contributed some of the commentary (along with Peter Davison, Janet Fielding and Sarah Sutton) to the recent DVD re-releases of his stories "Earthshock" and "The Visitation."

Regenerations 2005, held on the weekend of 24th-25th September at the Swansea Marriott Hotel featured 30 guests from the world of Doctor Who - including Matthew Waterhouse.

In the summer of 2006, Matthew had his first book published: Fates, Flowers. With adult themes, it has been labelled: "The funniest, blackest entertainment you will read all year", the reviews I've seen of it are all favourable. I must get a copy!


available on DVD.

Thought: If it hadn't had been for Adric,
would we all still be dinosaurs?


Today, thirty-odd years after Adric first appeared on our screens, there are still countless references, articles, appreciative / fan forums, fan fictions, and websites about the young Alzarian boy who stole our hearts. There are far too many for them to be mentioned here. A Google search for either Adric or Matthew Waterhouse will keep you entertained for many happy hours - and we thank each and every one of those websites. Long live Adric! Long live Matthew!


The death of Adric.

And lastly, a few more nostalgic pictures we've found (all copyright BBC) and enhanced:





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