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Maxwell Edison

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Maxwell Edison was a middle-aged resident of Stockbridge, UFO enthusiast and ally of the Doctor in his fifth, eighth and tenth incarnations.

Biography Edit

Maxwell – Max for short – was twice offered a chance to travel with the Doctor in his TARDIS. He refused both times, preferring instead to run the Stockbridge Division of the Bureau for Interplanetary Liaison, a group of people extending a welcoming hand to visiting aliens. He was, in essence, the Stockbridge "UFO chaser", viewed by his neighbours as a crackpot.

The Fifth Doctor first met Max when the latter stumbled into the TARDIS in Wells Woods in the early 1980s. The pair travelled to an abandoned alien ship orbiting Earth, where they went ghost hunting for a mysterious entity. (COMIC: Stars Fell on Stockbridge)

Later, Max encountered the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa when Stockbridge was closed in a time bubble, and helped them destroy the time loop. (AUDIO: The Eternal Summer)

Practically the only resident of Stockbridge who believed in his cause was Izzy Sinclair, who joined his organisation. It was through Max that Izzy was introduced to the Eighth Doctor and became one of his longest-serving companions. (COMIC: Endgame)

Max met the Tenth Doctor and Majenta Pryce years later when the TARDIS again landed in Stockbridge. They defeated an alien entity; Max's body was taken over in the process. After the Doctor and Majenta left, Max was attacked while on his motorbike by the Crimson Hand, who were looking for Majenta. (COMIC: The Stockbridge Child)

Behind the scenes Edit

  • Maxwell Edison's name comes from the Beatles song "Maxwell's Silver Hammer". This was referenced in-universe in the audio story The Eternal Summer, when Lizzie Corrigan pointed out the connection. He joked that he was lucky — he was originally going to be called Eleanor Rigby.
  • Although (originally) a comics-only character, Max had a certain degree of commonality with the televised character of Wilfred Mott. and is given a very similar personality when the character was adapted for audio while Wilfred was appearing.
  • He made his audio debut in Big Finish's The Eternal Summer, part of the "Stockbridge trilogy."

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