You know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Master, Angels and Silence hell-bent on disaster. But do you recall the most underrated Doctor Who villains of all?Each week, I will dig into the depths of the Whoniverse to examine one rejected, misjudged, or altogether forgotten big (or little, as the case may be) bad. Now, let’s travel back to Victorian England to the idyllic garden city of Sweetville.DailymotionMISTER SWEETFirst appearance: “The Crimson Horror” (2013)—season 7, episode 12Home planet: EarthDoctor: ElevenCompanion: Clara OswaldYorkshire, 1893. The Paternoster Gang are called to investigate a mysterious case in which victims are found petrified, with bright red skin.The inquest leads Madame Vastra, Jenny, and Strax north to utopian community Sweetville, founded by chemist and mechanical engineer Winifred Gillyflower and her “silent partner,” Mister Sweet.Advertised by Mrs. Gillyflower as a safe haven where people can survive the coming apocalypse, Sweetville is actually a factory for the preservation of “the fittest and the most beautiful,” who will start anew to make a better world.DailymotionOn a two-fold mission—infiltrate the community and find the Doctor (last seen frozen in the retina of a Crimson Horror victim)—Jenny discovers the Time Lord chained up, red-faced, and stiff as a board. A reject from the pickling procedure (which doesn’t appear to work on alien lifeforms), he was saved and stored by Ada Gillyflower, blind daughter of the Sweetville proprietor.Clara, however, wasn’t so lucky: The Doctor finds his companion preserved in a glass dome, from which he gallantly breaks her out and reverses the process with a swish of the sonic screwdriver.Puzzle pieces begin falling into place when Madame Vastra recognizes Sweetville’s serum as the venom of a prehistoric red leech—a major menace to the Silurian race, but a source of life for Mrs. Gillyflower.When confronted by the Doctor and Clara, the businesswoman finally introduces Mister Sweet, the red leech she found feeding on “the filth humanity has pumped into the rivers.”Dailymotion ” His needs are simple,” Mrs. Gillyflower explains of the toothy creature, which resides on her chest. “And in return, he gives me his nectar.”That nectar is the very poison she intends to spread across Earth, killing everyone except the “perfect” people she’s preserved.The gang, of course, foils her plan. And when militaristic Strax takes a shot at her, Gillyflower falls to her death. Abandoning its host, Mister Sweet tries to escape but meets the business end of an angry Ada’s cane.Little is known about the parasitic creatures, aside from their apparent diet of flesh and salt, as alluded to in the episode. Dreamt up by Mark Gatiss, the red leech is a reference to a Sherlock Holmes adventure (perhaps a nod to Gatiss’s other BBC program, Sherlock).Fun fact: “The Crimson Horror” was written specifically for mother-and-daughter pair Diana Rigg (Winifred Gillyflower)—famous for her role in British TV show The Avengers—and Rachael Stirling (Ada Gillyflower), who had never before appeared on screen together.Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership. Stay on target ‘Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Mire’Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Zygon
Stay on target Recently I got to live through a nightmare that surely plagues every tech journalist/generally Extremely Online person in 2018. I broke my phone. Specifically, I dropped my phone in the toilet and could barely extract all of its key data before the water damage made my touch screen act like it was possessed by a ghost.Actually solving this issue only took a few days thankfully enough. All of my important information (music mostly) was backed up elsewhere, and I just put my SIM card in a cheap burner Android phone for emergency calls/texts while waiting on repairs. But even just those few hours of having to figure out how to go about my normal life (including going on a trip back home) with a phone-shaped hole in the middle of it was the most Black Mirror thing of “Wow I guess I am way too dependent on technology.”When it came time to get my new phone, the very helpful folks at Best Buy Geek Squad gave me a choice. Keep my iPhone SE or upgrade to a newer iPhone. For me the choice was obvious: the iPhone SE is still the last good iPhone. Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Granted, some of my reasoning was economic. Buying a replacement iPhone SE is like a third of the price of the $1,000 iPhone X, a phone that’s about to be left behind anyway once Apple announces a successor this week to be cool again. But the A9-powered 2016 iPhone SE to me really is still the most technically capable iPhone that doesn’t have the later compromises I simply don’t think are worth it.The iPhone 5 body, while tragically not water-resistant, is still durable and elegant, sleek and flat. It feels of a piece with the iPhone 4, still the most iconic iPhone design. But most importantly, at four inches it isn’t the stupid bloated monstrosity all smartphones insist on being now. I can enjoy the convenience of the latest iOS with one hand and not even think about it.Actually, the most important feature of the iPhone SE is that it’s the last iPhone still offering consumers the basic courtesy of a headphone jack, a headphone jack I may have filled with rice trying to dry the phone out. The lack of a headphone jack, that common and expected functionality, is the main reason why I didn’t try to hold out for the rumored, ruined iPhone SE 2, which may also see an arbitrary size increase along with other stuff no one needs like face-stealing animoji.The iPhone SE definitely isn’t the newest or shiniest iPhone. For that, just look out for our coverage of Apple’s event later this week. But when it comes to features, feel, and financial investment, I still think the iPhone SE is far and away the best iPhone. So free yourself from the current hype cycle and make it your next iPhone pick. For more on iPhone read these rumors about iPhone 9 and useful features you didn’t know your iPhone had.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.