I couldn't believe it. Yet there it was, right in front of me, clear as honest politicians. I enjoyed that episode of Doctor Who, The Monster of Peladon. Don't know why, with such outdated "special effects" and all. But I like the 3rd Doctor's persona, and the ancient series seems to have some pretty good acting. Then I saw Vader. Costumed dark green, perhaps, but it was Vader. Ice Warrior Commander Azaxyr (ah-zack-zeer) has the same helmet shape, and guess what, the same intermittent breathing pattern. The grin started tugging my mouth wide, you know, one of those smarmy smirks that comes natural to me. But as the episode progressed, the resemblance was just too uncanny. I had to ask it here, since Literatureans have better data sources than the denizens of other forums, and . . . well, lets face it: you're all a bunch of wizbiz historians when it comes to SW lore, even the sources that aren't published products. This link is from an earlier part, the Curse of Peladon, but it's the only pic of the Ice Warrior commander I can provide. Same chap as the Monster episode, and with that classic "Vader breathing too." http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B00004WG6R.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg So if this Dr Who: Monster of Peladon is around 1975---and taking into account production lead up before screening---where did the Vader inspiration come from?