History Trivia / DoctorWho

25th Sep '17 9:48:17 AM AndIntroducingALeg
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** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E1WarriorsOfTheDeep Warriors of the Deep]]": UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher announced an election and all the studio space was given to the coverage, meaning this serial lost two weeks of valuable production time. Thus most scenes were shot in one take and much of it was not even rehearsed, resulting in some truly dreadful acting all around. There were many rewrites, partially to Bowdlerise/remove political subtext that might influence the election, and partially due to Creator/IanLevine, a meddling PromotedFanboy obsessed with preventing SeriesContinuityErrors. The Myrka (a ludicrous panto horse creature) costume was completed only half an hour before filming and the paint and glue on it weren't dry it visibly smears on the sets as it staggers around, the actors inside the costume being light-headed from the fumes. Creator/PeterDavison had NoStuntDouble and got tossed into an ice-cold pool of water (after being assured that it was warm) because the BBC didn't have the budget to afford warm water. The writer wanted the base to be dark and the sets had been built with that in mind, but BBC studio engineers insisted on lighting it as if it was on the surface of the sun, in line with regulations intended for chat shows. This story became an iconic example of the show being awful and Executive Meddling to kill the show began, with the FightSceneFailure of the Myrka sequence screened by execs to demonstrate why it didn't deserve to live.

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** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E1WarriorsOfTheDeep Warriors of the Deep]]": UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher announced an election and all the studio space was given to the coverage, meaning this serial lost two weeks of valuable production time. Thus most scenes were shot in one take and much of it was not even rehearsed, resulting in some truly dreadful acting all around. There were many rewrites, partially to Bowdlerise/remove political subtext that might influence the election, and partially due to Creator/IanLevine, a meddling PromotedFanboy obsessed with preventing SeriesContinuityErrors. The Myrka (a ludicrous panto horse creature) costume was completed only half an hour before filming and the paint and glue on it weren't dry it visibly smears on the sets as it staggers around, the actors inside the costume being light-headed from the fumes.fumes -- the director had ''begged'' to be allowed to ditch it. Creator/PeterDavison had NoStuntDouble and got tossed into an ice-cold pool of water (after being assured that it was warm) because the BBC didn't have the budget to afford warm water. The writer wanted the base to be dark and the sets had been built with that in mind, but BBC studio engineers insisted on lighting it as if it was on the surface of the sun, in line with regulations intended for chat shows. This story became an iconic example of the show being awful and Executive Meddling to kill the show began, with the FightSceneFailure of the Myrka sequence screened by execs to demonstrate why it didn't deserve to live.
21st Sep '17 1:42:48 PM fruitstripegum
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!!Trivia for the pinball game:
* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: The first 100 units had a moving Dalek topper. This proved to be too costly to keep up, thus its discontinuation.
21st Sep '17 5:28:19 AM AndIntroducingALeg
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** During the TroubledProduction of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E4NightmareOfEden Nightmare of Eden]]", the entire cast and crew had it in for the director Alan Bromly, an ageing director pulled out of retirement, unused to modern production schedules and values and with a very authoritarian attitude. This especially inflamed Creator/TomBaker, who had been [[WagTheDirector Wagging The Director]] frequently and who felt he was best when he could ThrowItIn and [[HarpoDoesSomethingFunny do unscripted business]]. Seeing Bromly as incompetent, Baker took rather sadistic pleasure using his acerbic wit to bully and humiliate him in front of the crew, eroding his authority further, and their animosity eventually culminated in a screaming match between them in the BBC corridors which producer Graham Williams had to intervene in. The chaos had sent recording well behind schedule and Bromly was decided to have been responsible. Bromly quit, citing creative differences with Baker, and Williams, who had become sick of Baker's difficult personality already, announced his intention to quit at the end of the season also because of creative differences with Baker. Williams' replacement was Creator/JohnNathanTurner, who Baker hated, and who wanted a new Doctor to leave his stamp on the show - so Baker eventually left the role stating he felt he had no further to go with his character and citing creative differences with Nathan-Turner.

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** During the TroubledProduction of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E4NightmareOfEden Nightmare of Eden]]", the entire cast and crew had it in for the director Alan Bromly, an ageing director pulled out of retirement, unused to modern production schedules and values and with a very authoritarian attitude. This especially inflamed Creator/TomBaker, who had been [[WagTheDirector Wagging The Director]] frequently and who felt he was best when he could ThrowItIn and [[HarpoDoesSomethingFunny do unscripted business]]. Seeing Bromly as incompetent, Baker took rather sadistic pleasure using his acerbic wit to bully and humiliate him in front of the crew, eroding his authority further, and their animosity eventually culminated in a screaming match between them in the BBC corridors which producer Graham Williams had to intervene in. The chaos had sent recording well behind schedule and Bromly was decided to have been responsible. Bromly quit, citing creative differences with Baker, and Williams, who had become sick of Baker's difficult personality already, announced his intention to quit at the end of the season also because of creative differences with Baker. Williams' replacement was Creator/JohnNathanTurner, who Baker hated, and who wanted a new Doctor to leave his stamp on the show - so Baker eventually left the role stating he felt he had no further to go with his character and citing creative differences with Nathan-Turner. (Baker and Nathan-Turner did, however, become drinking-buddies once they no longer had to work with each other).
11th Aug '17 5:38:41 PM Pren
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** When Creator/TerranceDicks was writing "[[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors The Five Doctors]]", he got fed up with script editor Eric Saward's insistence that Cybermen ([[CreatorsFavorite his favourite monster]]) got a bigger and bigger part in the story, so he wrote in a scene with a "Raston warrior robot" (an extremely low-budget monster played by a man in a silver body stocking who could use the equally low-budget StopTrick to teleport) [[CurbStompBattle slaughtering a whole platoon of Cybermen]] and then [[OneSceneWonder exiting the plot]]. Ironically, in a story about five (well, four) of the Doctor's incarnations meeting each other at the dark heart of Gallifrey, this scene ended up as [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome the most memorable part of the whole serial]].

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** When Creator/TerranceDicks was writing "[[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors The Five Doctors]]", he got fed up with script editor Eric Saward's insistence that Cybermen ([[CreatorsFavorite his favourite monster]]) got a bigger and bigger part in the story, so he wrote in a scene with a "Raston warrior robot" (an extremely low-budget monster played by a man in a silver body stocking who could use the equally low-budget StopTrick to teleport) [[CurbStompBattle slaughtering a whole platoon of Cybermen]] and then [[OneSceneWonder exiting the plot]]. Ironically, in a story about five (well, four) of the Doctor's incarnations meeting each other at the dark heart of Gallifrey, this scene ended up as [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome the most memorable part of the whole serial]]. Dicks also admits in the audio commentary that he quite enjoyed writing the Third Doctor as "pig-headed and completely wrong" in his refusal to trust the Master, due to Jon Pertwee having fought him on a few scripts.
11th Aug '17 5:34:12 PM Pren
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** The regeneration into the Thirteenth Doctor was intended to happen at the end of "The Doctor Falls," with the Series 10 Christmas Special serving as her first story, which would apparently also have involved the fans getting no advance notice of who the next Doctor would be and springing a female Doctor on them as a complete surprise. Then Moffat learned that new show runner Chris Chibnall didn't plan on doing a Christmas special, and thanks to an oddity of the BBC funding process, the show would ''never again'' be able to do the cherished holiday tradition if this happened. Thus, the end of "The Doctor Falls" has the Doctor declare a bit out of nowhere that he refuses to finish his impending regeneration, leading into one last Moffat-written Christmas special to help him accept it.
27th Jul '17 7:24:22 AM narm00
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* AngryEyebrows ([[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor"]]

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* AngryEyebrows ([[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor"]]Doctor"]])



* BannedInChina: In a literal sense. The show has been banned in Mainland China because the Chinese government has deemed time travel plots to "Lack positive thoughts and meaning" and ordered a blanket ban on any productions showing time travelling. However, in 2017, BBC Worldwide signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Chinese media company Shanghai Media Group Pictures making the revival series, ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' and ''Series/{{Class|2016}}'' available on the mainland, with first refusal for four series after Series 11 in the event they were commissioned.

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* BannedInChina: In a literal sense. The show has been was banned in Mainland China because the Chinese government has deemed time travel plots to "Lack positive thoughts and meaning" and ordered a blanket ban on any productions showing time travelling. However, in 2017, BBC Worldwide signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Chinese media company Shanghai Media Group Pictures making the revival series, ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' and ''Series/{{Class|2016}}'' available on the mainland, with first refusal for four series after Series 11 in the event they were commissioned.



* CastingGag: Jodie Whittaker starred alongside David Tennant in the TV series [[Series/{{Broadchurch}} Broadchurch]]. She is now playing one of his successors as The Doctor.

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* CastingGag: Jodie Whittaker starred alongside David Tennant in the TV series [[Series/{{Broadchurch}} Broadchurch]]. Series/{{Broadchurch}}. She is now playing went on to play one of his successors as The Doctor.



* DyeingForYourArt: Brunette Creator/JodieWhittaker goes blonde as the Thirteenth Doctor.



* DyeingForYourArt: Brunette Creator/JodieWhittaker goes blonde as the Thirteenth Doctor.



* FandomNod: In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E10Blink "Blink"]], policeman Billy Shipton tells Sally Sparrow the TARDIS can't be a real police box because "the windows are too big" (amongst other things). It's been confirmed by episode writer Creator/StevenMoffat that this was a reference to complaints made by fans on the popular OutpostGallifrey discussion forums in 2004. (Likewise "[[Recap/DoctorWho2007CiNSTimeCrash Time Crash]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E10LoveAndMonsters Love & Monsters]]" both make oblique reference to {{Fandom}}.)


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** "Team TARDIS", used when discussing Doctor + companion teams. Taking Two as an example, it can be used for Two, Ben and Polly; Two, Ben, Polly and Jamie; Two, Jamie and Victoria; Two, Jamie and Zoe; or Two and all of his companions.
* FandomNod: In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E10Blink "Blink"]], policeman Billy Shipton tells Sally Sparrow the TARDIS can't be a real police box because "the windows are too big" (amongst other things). It's been confirmed by episode writer Creator/StevenMoffat that this was a reference to complaints made by fans on the popular OutpostGallifrey discussion forums in 2004. (Likewise "[[Recap/DoctorWho2007CiNSTimeCrash Time Crash]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E10LoveAndMonsters Love & Monsters]]" both make oblique reference to {{Fandom}}.)
25th Jul '17 10:58:25 AM lakingsif
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* CastingGag: Jodie Whittaker starred alongside David Tennant in the TV series [[Series/{{Broadchurch}} Broadchurch]]. She is now playing one of his successors as The Doctor.
23rd Jul '17 2:48:19 PM lakingsif
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** Generally averted in favor of TheNthDoctor. It's played straight, however, with the recasting of the late Creator/WilliamHartnell as the First Doctor with Richard Hurndall in ''[[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors The Five Doctors]]'', and later Creator/DavidBradley for [[Recap/DoctorWho2017CSTwice Upon A Time "Twice Upon A Time"]].

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** Generally averted in favor of TheNthDoctor. It's played straight, however, with the recasting of the late Creator/WilliamHartnell as the First Doctor with Richard Hurndall in ''[[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors The Five Doctors]]'', and later Creator/DavidBradley for [[Recap/DoctorWho2017CSTwice Upon A Time [[Recap/DoctorWho2017CSTwiceUponATime "Twice Upon A Time"]].
23rd Jul '17 2:47:28 PM lakingsif
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##[[TheOtherDarrin David Bradley]] joined the outgoing Peter Capaldi and his replacement Jodie Whittaker for the 2017 Christmas special, [[Recap/DoctorWho2017CSTheDoctors "The Doctors"]].

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##[[TheOtherDarrin David Bradley]] joined the outgoing Peter Capaldi and his replacement Jodie Whittaker for the 2017 Christmas special, [[Recap/DoctorWho2017CSTheDoctors "The Doctors"]].[[Recap/DoctorWho2017CSTwiceUponATime "Twice Upon A Time"]].



** Generally averted in favor of TheNthDoctor. It's played straight, however, with the recasting of the late Creator/WilliamHartnell as the First Doctor with Richard Hurndall in ''[[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors The Five Doctors]]'', and later Creator/DavidBradley for [[Recap/DoctorWho2017CSTheDoctors "The Doctors"]].

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** Generally averted in favor of TheNthDoctor. It's played straight, however, with the recasting of the late Creator/WilliamHartnell as the First Doctor with Richard Hurndall in ''[[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors The Five Doctors]]'', and later Creator/DavidBradley for [[Recap/DoctorWho2017CSTheDoctors "The Doctors"]].[[Recap/DoctorWho2017CSTwice Upon A Time "Twice Upon A Time"]].
22nd Jul '17 12:49:31 AM TropesForever
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* BowtiesAreCool ([[NotATrope trope status now revoked]]): {{Catchphrase}} of the Eleventh Doctor which went [[MemeticMutation memetic]] overnight. Unfortunately, it proved to be nothing more than an over-glorified and empty statement that [[Adminstrivia/PeopleSitOnChairs people wear bowties.]]

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* BowtiesAreCool ([[NotATrope Bowties Are Cool ([[Administrivia/NotATrope trope status now revoked]]): {{Catchphrase}} of the Eleventh Doctor which went [[MemeticMutation memetic]] overnight. Unfortunately, it proved to be nothing more than an over-glorified and empty statement that [[Adminstrivia/PeopleSitOnChairs people wear bowties.]]
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