The strange case of Stephen Hawking, and Davros, Creator of the Daleks!
There's just a silly space-filling little joke of mine here. Well you might
think that the evil Davros, would-be nemesis of Dr Who, and the creator of
the universe-threatening Dalek race, and Stephen Hawking, the much-loved
Nobel Prize winner, physicist, and the author of such seminal works as
"Black holes, they really suck" have not that much in common.
Well take a closer look at the picture, and think again!!
So what do they have in common then?
Quite a bit actually, both gentlemen operate their bottom halves out of a
battery-powered wheelchair, Davros opting for the more militant sawn-off
Dalek 'convertible' look. Both of them speak forth using tinny robotic
voices, the (not very good) best that the British Broadcasting Corporation
could provide at the time ("And nation shall speak until nation, but it may
sound more than a little bit shite...")
They are both massively endowed in the brain department, of course, and both
of them have made at least a couple of attempts to conquer the Earth with a
massive fleet of Dalek-crewed flying saucers, erm....
Which makes you think that Mrs Hawking produced twins, and she is happy to
discuss Stephen, but strangely silent on the other child, Davros. Until now
"Well Davros was always the more boisterous of the two. When Stephen would
sit quietly at home trying to work out how God played dice with Black holes,
Davros was out there playing on the local radioactive waste tip. I told him,
time and time again not to go there, but would he listen? It's not
surprising that he turned out the way he did!"
"It just took some mechanised floozy from Metabelis IV, to tell him that
they could make a universe-conquering race together, and he was off, without
so much as a terse command to "Exterminate! Well, I've heard what he did
since, and I don't want to know him anymore!"
And with Mrs Hawking left in a tearful state, we'll leave it there!
CiH- for Alive! Mag, April '02