Wednesday, 14 June 2017
B is for... Bruchner
A member of Professor Lasky's team who joined the Hyperion III on its voyage from the planet Mogar to Earth. Bruchner had helped Lasky develop a new plant-based lifeform - the Vervoids. They planned to exploit these creatures as a source of slave labour back on Earth. However, it was known that Vervoid pollen was incredibly dangerous - a single speck being enough to infect a human being. His conscience troubling him, Bruchner started to rebel against his colleagues. He became increasingly unhinged and decided to crash the spaceship into a nearby Black Hole, to stop the Vervoids reaching Earth. He seized the bridge and sealed himself in. The Vervoids could emit a toxic gas. Hidden in the ventilation system, they used the gas to kill Bruchner. The crew were able to retake the bridge with the help of the Mogarian passengers, who had their own breathing apparatus.
Played by: David Allister. Appearances: The Trial of a Time Lord (Parts 9 - 12) - AKA Terror of the Vervoids (1986).