Sunday, 2 April 2017

B is for... Blackbeard

Blackbeard the Pirate was one of the figures summoned up by the Master of the Land of Fiction when battling with the Doctor, whom he wanted to replace him. At first he had used swordsman Cyrano de Bergerac, but Blackbeard seemed better suited to defeat the Musketeer D'Artagnan. The Doctor countered by having his champion change into Sir Lancelot, in full armour and on horseback.

Played by:Gerry Wain. Appearances: The Mind Robber (1968).

  • A very odd choice by the Master, as Blackbeard is not known primarily from fiction. There was the real pirate - Edward Teach, who died off the Carolina coast in November 1718. Many legends surrounded him - and his treasure - so this may be what the Master tapped into. A much more famous literary pirate would have been Long John Silver, or Peter Pan's arch foe Captain Hook.

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