|Victorian England Character|
|Portrayed by:||Jonny Coyne|
|First appearance:||"Down the Rabbit Hole"|
|Latest appearance:||"Who's Alice"|
Dr. Lydgate arrives to the home of Edwin, whose daughter, Alice, has been missing and presumed dead, but reappeared and insists she traveled to a world called Wonderland. He convinces the concerned father that Alice is delusional, but can be cured. ("Down the Rabbit Hole")
Dr. Lydgate is called upon again by Edwin when Alice, now older and still ever as insistent of Wonderland's existence, chooses to enter an asylum because no one believes in her stories. The day she is set to depart, Dr. Lydgate arrives by carriage to pick up a sullen Alice. ("Who's Alice")
After being admitted into the asylum, Alice is interviewed by Dr. Lydgate over her previous claims of travelling to Wonderland and falling in love with a genie. As he converses with her, Alice repeatedly lapses into a daze and doesn't respond. Though she does make weak admissions to those recollections as lies, Dr. Lydgate does not believe it because Alice still calls out for her lost love in her sleep. Instead, he offers her a medical solution that will take away all the pain. After she gives her consent to the procedure, Dr. Lydgate begins making the necessary preparations and encounters Alice in the hallway as she is fleeing. Hastily, he tries to stop her from going, but is stunned into silence upon seeing a talking rabbit. Recalling his disbelief in her "delusions", Alice smugly asks if he, too, is seeing things. ("Down the Rabbit Hole")
On another day at the asylum, Dr. Lydgate meets Dr. Sheffield, who wishes to know more about one of his patients, Alice. Initially, Dr. Lydgate denies there is any patient by that name, but then Dr. Sheffield pulls out the same rabbit he saw the day Alice escaped the asylum. The sight of the talking creature terrifies him, and he pleads for Dr. Sheffield to put the rabbit away. After doing so, Dr. Sheffield orders Dr. Lydgate to give him information about Alice, which he presumably does. ("Who's Alice")
- The name "Arthur" is of unknown origin. It could be derived from the Celtic name elements artos meaning "bear", combined with viros, meaning "man", or rigos, meaning "king". It could also be related to the obscure Roman family name Artorius.
- The "procedure" Dr. Lydgate prepares to perform on Alice is mostly likely a removal of parts of the cerebral cortex. This form of psychosurgery was first performed by Gottlieb Burckhardt in December, 1881.
- The casting call describes him as, "DR.LYDGATE,40-50\'s-possibly recurring role!"
|Once Upon a Time in Wonderland|