Welcome back to Pledge Break, the podcast where two old friends talk about the Doctor Who version of history and the history of Doctor Who! In this episode, we’re looking at the vampire-Viking-WWII story The Curse of Fenric, a classic tale of the Sylvester McCoy era. Stay tuned below for plenty of photos and stuff!
In this episode, we refer to a lot of various archaeological things and the odd comic character. So let’s take a look:
Commander Millington’s chess set is based on the Lewis chessmen, a 12th-century Norwegian chess set (although there are more than 32 pieces, so it’s not a chess set per se).
These animal head posts come from the Oseberg ship burial. They look quite a lot (although not exactly) like the prow of the ship in this story.
And finally, here’s the classic 1980s Swamp Thing, drawn by artist Steve Bissette:
There are some similarities with the Haemovore design, notably the shape above the mouth and more generally the skin covered in lots of detailed bits, although in Swamp Thing’s case they’re roots and leaves and so on. The organic irregularity of the design could be connected.