Topic: Doctor Who: Regeneration and Mallory
I have a rare medical condition: I'm constantly thinking about SLIDERS. My niece comes down the stairs in jeans and flannel and I think of SLIDERS; I pass a stand selling mini-hamburgers and think of SLIDERS. And recently, I was watching the new DOCTOR WHO where the Doctor, played by the late-50s Scotsman Peter Capaldi, has suffered a mortal injury. To heal his body, he regenerates into a 36-year-old actress named Jodie Whittaker who's immediately plunged into a new adventure. At the climax of this new Doctor's debut, she confronts the villain and tries to convince him not to follow his instinct for violence.
"We’re all capable of the most incredible change," the Doctor says, her new voice filled with certainty and self-realization for how she's now a woman. "We can evolve while still staying true to who we are. We can honour who we’ve been and choose who we want to be next."
It made me think of Mallory as played by Robert Floyd and how Season 5 of SLIDERS handled the dual-identity for the Quinns so clumsily and thoughtlessly. Quinn being melded with this fraternal alternate was played like it was this awful curse of body horror and torment and grief when, if the series were to truly embrace the concept, it should have been played an incredible, life-affirming, death-defying miracle of wonder and joy in which Quinn and Quinn could look at the multiverse through a unique and beautiful perspective.
And it really speaks to SLIDERS ultimately being a cheap American knockoff of DOCTOR WHO that DOCTOR WHO was what inspired Keith Damron to preserve Jerry's character through the merging concept in the first place, and yet, SLIDERS completely failed to capitalize on Quinn's regeneration and only addressed it in two episodes before forgetting all about it.