Doctor in the house

By Ann Newbery

Danielle Cormack as Cynthia from The Cult. Photo / Supplied
Danielle Cormack as Cynthia from The Cult. Photo / Supplied

Amid the large ensemble cast of TV2's homegrown thriller The Cult, one character has proved a standout: scary Two Gardens' neurologist Cynthia Ross (Danielle Cormack).

She has been routinely carrying out experiments on Family devotees and appears to be a mystery to everyone around her, including, sometimes, cult leader Edward.

This Thursday we'll get to see more of her background - and, ominously, her future ambitions - but we wondered how the character stacked up to other memorable TV mad docs ...

Dr Bunsen Honeydew (The Muppets)

Who he? Absent-minded scientist who would perform outrageous experiments on the classic 70s TV show from "Muppet Labs, where the future is being made today".

Threat level: Certainly high for nervous assistant Beaker.

Dr Walter Bishop (Fringe)

Who he? Former high-ranking government scientist confined to a mental institute for 17 years after using lab assistants as unwilling guinea pigs. Now an unstable genius who lives in a world of his own - and likes it that way.

Threat level: At present mild ... but was seen in a flashback episode wiring car batteries to his son Peter's head to electric shock him as a child.

Dr Gregory House (House)

Who he? Unconventional medical genius given to demeaning patients and colleagues. Limps from an old motorbike accident and uses a multitude of painkillers. Last seen entering a psychiatric hospital because of his delusions.

Threat level: Only to one's self-esteem.

- Herald on Sunday

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