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December 11, 2010

Concept notes for new SF drama

A summary of ideas for a new science fiction BBC TV series. Such was the future of 1963 (via Quotulatiousness with more on the genesis of Dr. Who).

Posted by Ghost of a flea at December 11, 2010 08:44 AM


Interesting that the character here is referred to as "Dr. Who":


Posted by: The_Campblog [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 12, 2010 10:46 AM

Or maybe not so interesting (I haven't seen the earlier series really).


Although listed in the on-screen credits for nearly twenty years as "Doctor Who" or "Dr Who", the Doctor is never really called by that name in the series, except in a tongue-in-cheek manner. For example, in The Gunfighters the Doctor assumes the name of Doctor Caligari[6] and subsequently responds to the question "Doctor Who?" with "yes, quite right". Also, question marks adorning his costuming in the 1980s seem to imply the "Who" moniker. The only real exception is the computer WOTAN in the serial The War Machines, which commands that "Doctor Who is required." The Third Doctor's car, dubbed "Bessie", carried the licence plate WHO 1, the only ongoing reference to the "Doctor Who" enigma in the original series. The Third Doctor also later drove an outlandish vehicle called the "Whomobile" in publicity materials, but it is never referred to as such in the series, being simply known as "the Doctor's car" or "my car", as the Doctor puts it. The name "Doctor Who" is also used in the title of the serial Doctor Who and the Silurians, but this was a captioning error rather than an in-story mention. The only other time this occurs is in the title of Episode 5 of The Chase: "The Death of Doctor Who".

Posted by: The_Campblog [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 12, 2010 10:51 AM

For twenty years? Never paid attention, will have rewatch some Tom Bakers.

I just need a coffee.

Posted by: The_Campblog [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 12, 2010 10:53 AM