Adric: Not even once.
— Public service announcement from the 80's.

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Played by Matthew Waterhouse
Years active 1980 - 1982
Travelled with Fourth Doctor & Fifth Doctor
First story Full Circle
Last story didn’t come soon enough.
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Tom Baker's fuck buddy Someone Better
Moffat on Adric.

Addric (played by Matthew Steakhouse) was JNT's Mary Sue and successfully drove Tom Baker to quit Doctor Who. BRAVO JNT.  


He was called Addric because he was good at maths. Addric came from a race of swamp-melon people and it showed: he couldn’t act and was frequently a pain in the ass for the Fourth and Fifth Doctors.

To be frank, he started out as an at least forgiveable character, not great but tolerable, during his run with the Fourth Doctor, and he seemed to be getting better over the course of that season. Then starting with Four to Doomsday, some writer figured that because Addric started out as an urchin, he should always be written as such, in spite of prior character development, and he barely improved from that point, so he was a shit character throughout most of season 19. Then he died, and the Lord smiled and the babies giggled, and the birds sang out again, "Adric is dead!"


Addric first appears in the story Full Circle and hangs around until his welcome death in Earthshock.


Addric eventually blew up and killied all the dinosaurs by crashing a ship into Earth 65 million years ago because why not? This was one of the first of many stupid moments of “Why can’t we just go back in time and save him Doctor?" "We can’t because handwave.” It was a novel exit for one of the Doctor’s companions and richly deserved too.

Truth is the Doctor could've easily gone back and rescued Addric, he just didn't want to.

See also: Adric dies.


I’ve never seen anyone on /who/ defend Addric.

I still liked him, but I never said that.

At least he wasn't as bad as Mel.

No, no I don't think Mel deserves that. At the very least she was eyecandy, this obnoxious little squirt had nothing going for him.

Remember guys, Adric was the one who killed the dinosaurs. Adric. Killed. The Dinosaurs. Make of that what you will.