The Kandy Man is an antagonist in the Doctor Who episode The Happiness Patrol, as well as the audio drama boxset Ravenous 1. He was a robot with an outer shell made from candy and served Helen A on the planet Terra Alpha as a sadistic executioner, delighting in making torture and destruction with confectionery. He was played by David John Pope in The Happiness Patrol and Nicholas Rowe in Ravenous 1.
The Happiness Patrol
On Terra Alpha the Kandy Man was responsible for killing "Killjoys" (people who were arrested for not being happy) by smothering them with boiling liquid candy known as Fondant Surprise. The deadly sweets were supposedly so delicious the human body couldn't cope and would overload their senses and kill them.
The Seventh Doctor and Earl Sigma whilst escaping from the Happiness Patrol entered the Kandy Kitchen and ran into the Kandy Man but the Doctor outsmarted him by tricking him into spilling lemonade onto his feet sticking him to the spot giving the Doctor and Earl time to escape.
The Doctor returned to the Kandy Kitchen and sprayed water on the Kandy Man's feet freeing him before making him stop Fondant Surprise from being poured on a former member of the Happiness Patrol Susan Q. After this the Kandy Man tried to kill the Doctor but was once again stuck to the spot by him.
Later the Doctor returned again to the Kandy Kitchen along with his companion Ace to confront the Kandy Man forcing him to retreat to the pipes. He was later killed when Pipe People sent Fondant Surprise down the pipes causing the robot's outer shell to dissolve leaving nothing but his metal insides left which were discovered by his creator Gilbert M and Helen A's husband Joseph C.
The Kandy Man would later be reactivated, and would go onto become a mercenary working as an enforcer for various regimes. After his original body was eaten by the voracious Androgums, The Eleven, in the scientifically minded persona of The Seven, gave the Kandy Man a new, humanoid body made out of sugar spun. to be added
- After part two of The Happiness Patrol was broadcast HB Stokes the chairman of Bassett Foods complained that the Kandy Man resembled the company's mascot Bertie Bassett. But there was no copyright infringement committed after the character's debut. However, Stokes was assured that the character would not be used in the series again.
- On April Fools Day 2010, Doctor Who TV reported that the Kandy Man would be the main villain of Matt Smith's first series.
- The original intention for the Kandy Man was that he resembled a candy-themed human scientist. This intention is retained in the novelisation, as well as Ravenous, with the explanation that he has been given a humanoid body.
- The Kandy Man speaks in a metallic squeaky child-like voice in his televised appearance, which is absent in Ravenous in his new body. However, when he begins melting, his voice begins becoming more high pitched.