Biology and personality
The Kandyman was a pathological, psychopathic android (AUDIO: Sweet Salvation), employed as an executioner by the egocentric Helen A. It delighted in inflicting torture and destruction with confectionery. One of its favourite methods was drowning people in pipes filled with its "Fondant Surprise", a thick solution composed of boiling liquid candy.
Like most of the members of the Happiness Patrol, it was a sadistic executioner with a very warped sense of humour, speaking with a squeaky, almost child-like metallic voice and producing a variety of deadly sweets to suit its role of execution for sadness. These sweets were supposed to be so delicious humans were unable to cope with the pleasure, overloading their senses and killing them. The Kandyman claimed most of its victims in this manner — "with smiles on their faces" — but it was perfectly happy to throttle them if they refused to cooperate. The Kandyman would usually flip a coin to make decisions on how to best murder anyone who crossed his path, or otherwise annoyed and irritated him. The Kandyman was easily frustrated and annoyed.
Its external shell composed of recognisable sweets like toffee, liquorice, sherbet, marzipan and caramel. Kandyman was created by Gilbert M, with whom it shared an almost symbiotic relationship and no matter how much Gilbert M was threatened, the Kandyman never carried out his threats.
Human life on Vasilip
Originally a human scientist by the name of Seivad, the man that would become the Kandyman began a friendly rivalry and rapport with the Chief State Scientist of the planet Vasilip, a youth later known as Gilbert M, and worked closely with him to push science to new boundaries. However during these scientific pursuits, Gilbert accidentally created "a deadly new germ" that wiped out almost half of Vasilip's population. As a result of this "mistake," Vasilip's king ordered that Seivad and Gilbert be executed on sight. (PROSE: The Happiness Patrol)
Death and reanimation
To escape the bounty put on their heads by Vasilip's monarch, the disgraced scientists fled and hid themselves inside uninhabited mountain caves. One day, whilst Gilbert was foraging for food, however, a lone vigilante had discovered the cave and brutalised Seivad, leaving him for dead. Working through the night with the scientific equipment they still had in their possession, Gilbert managed to save Seivad's mind and store it inside a suitcase. Gilbert stowed away on a flight to Terra Alpha the next day, only to be recognised and imprisoned by Helen A, who offered him relative freedom on Terra Alpha if he used Seivad's mind to create "a monster." Not wishing to be exiled and possibly executed, Gilbert used the raw materials, various confectioneries, to fashion the body Seivad's mind would be imprisoned inside, "twisted by anger and injustice." (PROSE: The Happiness Patrol) Gilbert would later comment that while he had made the Kandyman's body, "his mind was very much his own." (TV: The Happiness Patrol)
With the Happiness Patrol
The Seventh Doctor and Earl Sigma ran into the Kandyman after escaping the Happiness Patrol. The Doctor outsmarted the Kandyman, making it break open a bottle of lemonade and stick itself to the floor — it was forced to keep moving on the spot to try to get away from the spilled lemonade lest its external candy shell dissolve or stick to the floor. The Doctor and Earl escaped, but later the Doctor returned to the Kandy Kitchen to confront the Kandyman, forcing it to retreat into the pipes. The Kandyman was killed shortly afterward when its external candy shell was dissolved in a pipe by a flow of its own strawberry fondant surprise, released by the oppressed Pipe People. (TV: The Happiness Patrol)
The Seventh Doctor encountered the Kandyman again on the planet Tara. Count Grendel rebuilt it after its charred remains crash landed on Tara. Grendel used him to kidnap Queen Strella. (PROSE: The Trials of Tara)
The Kandyman became a mercenary who served as the enforcer of several regimes. While in a Third Zone labour camp, his body was torn apart and consumed by Androgums. The Eleven found him, and constructed a new body from spun sugar, that gave him a new, almost human-looking body. (AUDIO: Sweet Salvation)
The Eighth Doctor encountered Kandyman in this new body in Rykerzon centuries after their first encounter. He assisted the Eleven in his scheme to gain control over the population of Colony 23 by incorporating silk from the Psychic Spider's into confectionery products distributed throughout the world, forming a direct psychic link from its consumers to the Eleven.
This body was eventually destroyed when he was pushed by Liv Chenka into a vat of additives, melting it immensely and becoming "more syrup than solid", before ultimately sticking to the Eleven and again being knocked from a ledge, this time landing in the nest of a large Psychic Spider. (AUDIO: World of Damnation, Sweet Salvation)
In the video game Happy Deathday, played by Izzy Sinclair on the Time-Space Visualiser, the Kandyman was among a host of "every single enemy" that the Doctor had ever defeated, who were assembled by the Beige Guardian and pitted against the Doctor's first eight incarnations. (COMIC: Happy Deathday)
Behind the scenes
- After part two of The Happiness Patrol aired, HB Stokes, CEO and chairman of Bassett's, wrote to complain of the resemblance of the Kandyman to their mascot Bertie Bassett. An internal investigation by the BBC determined that the resemblance was coincidental and no copyright infringement had been committed. However, Stokes was assured the character would not be appearing in the series again.
- Strax actor Dan Starkey commented that "the Kandy Man was like Doctor Who trying to do a Tim Burton movie, but being made in TV Centre and not quite getting it. The idea of it was quite nice, even if the execution wasn't quite as successful as it might have been." (DWM 475, p. 18)
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