Who is the sinister and mysterious Victor Kennedy, and why is he so keen to find the Doctor?
“Love & Monsters” is the tenth episode of the second series of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, first broadcast on BBC One on 17 June 2006. It was written by executive producer and lead writer Russell T Davies and directed by Dan Zeff.
The series typically follows alien time traveller the Doctor (in his tenth incarnation, played by David Tennant) and his companion(s) (at this time Rose Tyler, played by Billie Piper), who travel around time and space in a machine called the TARDIS. However, “Love & Monsters” follows a contemporary ordinary man named Elton Pope (Marc Warren) who becomes obsessed with a man called the Doctor and his strange blue box, and joins a group of like-minded people in hopes of finding him. But when the mysterious Victor Kennedy (Peter Kay) joins the group, the fun stops and Elton discovers a darker side to his interests. Kennedy ultimately turns out to be a creature called the Abzorbaloff.
Due to the addition of a Christmas special in the production schedule, an episode had to be “double banked” with another story (in this case “The Impossible Planet” and “The Satan Pit”) for production to finish on time. With “Love & Monsters”, Davies was able to tell a story from a different character’s point of view to allow for only a small appearance by Tennant and Piper. The “Doctor-lite” and “companion-lite” structure has since continued in the programme. The Abzorbaloff was also incorporated into the episode by necessity, as it was the winner of a Blue Peter children’s competition to design a Doctor Who monster. “Love & Monsters” was watched by 6.66 million viewers in the United Kingdom and was met with divisive reception by critics and fans. Some praised the complexities of the script, while others felt it was a parody or strayed into offensive humour. Kay and the Abzorbaloff also attracted divided opinions.