Scenes from: “Romeo and Juliet”,
“An Awfully Big Adventure“,
“Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny
video for the song “In Demand”, (Texas), “Private lives”,
“The Search for John Gissing“, “Love Actually”,
“Something the Lord Made"
Contrary to popular belief, the DC supervillain Dr Destiny isn’t inspired by the He-Man villain Skeletor. Not least because Destiny first appeared in 1961, and Skeletor didn’t appear until 1983.
Anyways, Dr Destiny is the supervillain name of John Dee, a man who possesses the Materioptikon, a ruby belonging to the personification of Dreams which he used to bring things from people’s dreams into reality. Essentially he was doing the Freddy Kruger thing YEARS before Nightmare on Elms Street came out.
Notable versions of the character include his appearance early in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, where Dee escaped from Arkham Asylum and used the ruby to slowly drive the world insane in the classic story 24 hrs. He also appeared briefly in Grant Morrison’sArkham Asylum,where he is confined to a wheelchair and needs line-of-sight to activate his powers… which Batman gets around by kicking him down a flight of stairs.
My personal favourite version of the character probably comes from the Justice League episode Only A Dream. There he’s a former low level LexCorp employee who was caught by the Justice League during a weapons smuggling sting, who then gets ESP after volunteering to be experimented on while in prison (while harbouring fantasies of joining the Injustice League after defeating the League). In terms of achieving his ambitions, he kind of managed to nearly do both, coming exceedingly close to killing the League in their sleep (even murdering his ex-wife for leaving him in the same manner first) and later joining the Legion of Doom. A genuinely scary villain, I thought.
Doctor Destiny is usually portrayed as a huge, muscular, costume-clad skeleton, similar to Skeletor.
His power is the ability to control and go into people’s dreams.
He’s a villain.
But in Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth, he’s portrayed as a frail, crippled, wheel-chair bound man, who called Clayface for help, and is easily defeated by being kicked down the stairs.
At the end of the comic, the villains each have their own “hand written” little section of quotes by them, and is styled according to their character.
But for Dr. Destiny, this is it. This is all you see. And it’s so beautiful and sentimental a quote until you realize, this is a horrible, horrible threat, and I can’t wait to get it tattooed.
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I liked Lalla Ward as well. She and Tom were living together when I worked with them, as much as anybody lived with Tom. They were so funny as a couple and they got on famously. They were complete opposites. Tom was a pure anarchist, and she was a figure of establishment, being the daughter of whoever she was the daughter of! She was so English and she loved the freedom of hiding behind him. He could be outrageous, but also was incredibly sophisticated. They would throw these exquisite dinner parties at Lalla’s house, which Tom would conduct.
Ken Grieve (director of ‘Destiny of the Daleks’) interviewed in 'Doctor Who Magazine’ in 1998