Saturday, 15 April 2017

AtoZ2017 - M is for Maya, Scott McCall & Mags #AtoZChallenge

Welcome to Day 13 of the AtoZChallenge and the letter M. Every day in April (except Sundays) I will be making a post about shapeshifters of all kinds. Check back to see my choices and, from time to time some flash fiction too.

M is for 


This shapeshifter didn't have fancy effects and CGI, she had a wibbly sound effect and a cut away before people in suits were running around. Maya (Catherine Schell) is from Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's Space 1999.

Maya didn't pop up until season 2. When those from Moonbase Alpha visited her planet Psychon, her father Mentor tried to capture them to use to power his biological computer, Psyche. When Maya found out the truth she helped the Alphans get away and hence was welcomed into their community as a science officer.

Like all her race she has the ability to change her molecular structure and become anything or anyone she wishes to. This proved very useful to the residents of Moonbase Alpha on many occasions.

Werewolf of the Day

Scott McCall (Teen Wolf)

Scott McCall (Tyler Posey) is the Teen Wolf of the title of the show. Bitten in the first episode by a rogue alpha werewolf thank to being in the woods looking for half a body with his friend Stiles, Scott starts to change.

He almost kills Stiles at least once as they figure out what's going on. Eventually Scott's innate goodness and sense of morality lead him to become a True Alpha, an alpha werewolf that spontaneously became so rather than inheriting their powers or stealing them by killing another alpha.

Scott is a good guy, but he seems to beleive the world is very black and white, good or evil, and sometimes this leads him to make really dumb choices.

Mags (Doctor Who - The Greatest Show in the Galaxy)

Mags (Jessica Martin) appears in the Doctor Who episode The Greatest Show in the Galaxy along with the 7th Doctor and Ace. She, along with Captain Cook have been lured to see the legendery Psychic Circus.

However, what none of the potential guests realise is there are only three spectators at the circus and everyone else is there to entertain. Acts that do not please the plain looking family of Mother, Father and Daughter never get a second chance.

When the Captain is taken into the ring with Mags he uses simulated moonlight to reveal she is in fact a werewolf and tries to set her on the Doctor.

As with all Sylvester McCoy episodes once the Doctor teamed up with Ace, this story had layers all through it and I really liked the touch with Mags, especially considering who the family turn out to be. Frankly I will never forgive them for cancelling the show just when it was getting really good.

I hope you enjoyed my werewolves and shifter today.
  • Which is your favourite Gerry Anderson show/film? S1999, Capt Scarlet, Thunderbirds etc?
  • If your best friend suggested running about in the woods to find half a dead body, what would you say?
See you next time for the letter N.

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  1. Your description of Maya as, “Like all her race she has the ability to change her molecular structure and become anything or anyone she wishes to” made me think of Mystic from X-Men. Another great post.

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  2. I need to get around to watching Teen Wolf. I assume it's nothing like the movie from the 80's!

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  3. I am quite intrigued by Maya. I would like to watch Space 1999.
    So glad to see a Dr. Who entry, I haven't watched the old seasons. Though, I am a fan of the new one. I think I should watch the old series too it would be fun to contrast the fictional tech and knowledge of the old series with the new one.
    Wonderful read!
    Thanks for sharing :)

  4. If my best friend made such a suggestion, they would no longer be my best friend and I would say "NO!"

    Finding Eliza

  5. For M, I think of Morph as a shape shifter from the 1990's XMen cartoon. I vote him, and not Mystique, because he was created for the cartoon to die in the first few episodes, but the short time he was on screen, he was so loved by fans, they brought him back life.

  6. I have yet to get up to Ace and the Doctor in classic Who. They were on Amazon for a while, but then got taken down. =(

    ~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
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  7. Eh, if anyone suggested running around in the woods looking for a body, I would hope it turned out like "Stand by Me." That was a great movie.

    M - You Can't Shoot Mowglis in British Columbia

  8. Hi Tasha - I can happily talk about Mayas the population .. oh and a friend .. but not your Maya - sorry! Then wandering woods looking for half a corpse - no thank you - I'm way too old for that sort of thing ... usually I'm young at heart!! Have a good Easter - looks like we'll have dry weather ... cheers Hilary

  9. I started watching Teen Wolf but could not stick with it... all those teens looked the same to me... :D

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  10. Hmmm...if my friend asked first reaction would probably be 'where's the other half half?' and if it is more accessible why not look for that first?

    Visiting from the A-Z. All the best for the second half (of the A-Z, not the body)!



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