Friday, 21 April 2017

AtoZ2017 - R is for Rutan & Red Riding Hood #AtoZChallenge

Welcome to Day 18 of the AtoZChallenge and the letter R. 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.

R is for 


Rutan are a warlike alien from the Doctor Who universe. In their original form they look like green balls, similar to jelly fish, with long glowing tentecales. They are amphibious and able to live in and out of water.

They can also produce a deadly electric shock.

They have the ability to shapeshift into the shape of other lifeforms, however, they do not seem to gain any information from the form they assume. They also find the process taxing.

They are a hive lifeform and the needs of the individual are not important. They are also at war with the Sontarens.

Werewolf of the Day

Red Riding Hood/Ruby (Once Upon a Time)

Red Riding Hood is from the television series Once Upon a Time, and to begin with she doesn't know she's a werewolf.

In the Enchanted forest a wolf is killing sheep  and some of the townsfolk want to hunt it. Red wants to go with them, but Granny will not let her. The day after she finds the bodies of the men in the well.

Red wants to track the wolf, but in doing so finds that the footprints go from wolf to human, giving her the idea that they are not dealing with a real wolf at all. The tracks lead to her window and the only person she knows who was there was Peter, so she thinks Peter is the wolf.

Unfortunately Granny has been keeping secrets. There is a curse on her family, they are werewolves and it is only the red cloak that keeps Red from transforming.

I can't believe we're on R now. Time flies.

  • Do you remember the wonderful effects of the original doctor who? Lots of bubble wrap and cling film :)
  • If you knew your family was cursed, would you keep it a secret from your descendents?

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  1. Such a sad story for poor Red! If Red's cloak keeps her from transforming, does that mean Granny is the one killing the men?

    Fortunately now we have sites like 23andme, so we could test for the werewolf gene in vitro. Or, better yet, if werewolfness is recessive, you'd just have to make sure your partner didn't carry the gene.

  2. Hi Tasha - Rutans ... I'm sure I saw them - but never got into Dr Who ... the Red Cloak is a clever device to use to hide her identity as a werewolf ... I just hope I don't have to make that decision for my family - thankfully no children! Cheers Hilary

  3. My parents watched Dr. Who back in the Eighties (on the black and white smaller TV in our kitchen), and got back into it maybe five years ago.

    I'd probably keep the curse a secret, though secrets have a way of coming out. It can also lead to lots of drama and anguish when people wonder why they were kept in the dark for so long.

  4. Great twist on Red Riding Hood - now I have to make time to watch the show :-) Happy A-to-Z-ing.

  5. I've only seen the Christopher Eccleston and first David Tennant series of Doctor Who, so I can't comment on the cheesy old effects. But I can comment on how terrible Once Upon a Time is/has become. The first season had a lot of promise, but the premise wore thin quickly. Another argument why American seasons/series are way too long.

    R - JR Robertson, Toronto's First Literary Pirate

  6. No, I wouldn't keep it a secret from my descendants. Ruby's grandmother was an idiot. How could she knowingly let her granddaughter walk around like a ticking werewolf bomb? Yeesh! If that's love, then I don't want any part of it.

    And I LOVED Ruby. I was so sad to see her leave the series (although I think she showed up in a couple flashbacks).

  7. Those effects definitely had a charm all of their own, didn't they? Had no idea about the series Once Upon a Time or that interpretation - interesting.

  8. Red's story was one fo my favourite in the show :-)

    The Old Shelter - 1940s Film Noir


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