The Watcher Cat

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

"He's My Best Enemy"

The relationship between the hero of fiction and the villain is, by its very nature, a vexed one.

The archetype, of course, is the rapport between Sherlock Holmes and Professor James Moriarty. A faithful rendition of the original meeting as described by Conan Doyle has elements of esteem mixed with profound enmity:

A more modern adaptation of the same scene:

I like how Gatiss uses the old lines ironically, and how the scene performs a similar function to Doyle's, but in an entirely different way.

Of course, in the new series, the Doctor and the Master take this to an extreme…

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