The Adventures of Doc Savage
1980s adaptation of stories of the scientist and adventurer
Doc Savage is a physician, scientist, adventurer, detective, inventor, explorer, researcher, and, as revealed in The Polar Treasure, a musician. A team of scientists assembled by his father deliberately trained his mind and body to near-superhuman abilities almost from birth, giving him great strength and endurance, a photographic memory, a mastery of the martial arts, and vast knowledge of the sciences. Doc is also a master of disguise and an excellent imitator of voices. "He rights wrongs and punishes evildoers." Dent described the hero as a mix of Sherlock Holmes' deductive abilities, Tarzan's outstanding physical abilities, Craig Kennedy's scientific education, and Abraham Lincoln's goodness. He also described Doc Savage as manifesting "Christliness." Doc's character and world-view is displayed in his oath, which goes as follows:
“Let me strive every moment of my life to make myself better and better, to the best of my ability, that all may profit by it. Let me think of the right and lend all my assistance to those who need it, with no regard for anything but justice. Let me take what comes with a smile, without loss of courage. Let me be considerate of my country, of my fellow citizens and my associates in everything I say and do. Let me do right to all, and wrong no man.”
By the third story, Doc already has a reputation as a "superman."
In 1985, National Public Radio aired The Adventures of Doc Savage, as 13 half-hour episodes, based on the pulps and adapted by Will Murray and Roger Rittner. Daniel Chodos starred as Doc.
- the adventures of doc savage 1985-09-30 kidnapped (5.5Mb)
- the adventures of doc savage 1985-10-07 the hanging man (5.4Mb)
- the adventures of doc savage 1985-10-14 the disappointing parcel (5.4Mb)
- the adventures of doc savage 1985-10-21 the island of death (5.2Mb)
- the adventures of doc savage 1985-10-28 terror underground (4.9Mb)
- the adventures of doc savage 1985-11-04 the mysterious weeds (5Mb)
- the adventures of doc savage 1985-11-11 the crawling terror (5.5Mb)
- the adventures of doc savage 1985-11-18 the black stick (5.8Mb)
- the adventures of doc savage 1985-11-25 three black sticks (6.3Mb)
- the adventures of doc savage 1985-12-02 flight into fear (6.2Mb)
- the adventures of doc savage 1985-12-09 pagoda of the hands (5.8Mb)
- the adventures of doc savage 1985-12-16 the accursed city (5.6Mb)
- the adventures of doc savage 1985-12-23 the deadly treasure (5.6Mb)
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