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Trivia / Doctor Who S19 E3 "Kinda"

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  • Creator Backlash: Christopher Bailey regrets using Buddhist names in the script, saying, "If you were making a Japanese show, you'd think twice about calling one of the characters Jesus Christ." He also thought the production was poor, although he admired Simon Rouse's performance as Hindle. He was horrified by the childish cardboard box construction of Hindle's and Sanders' model city in the last episode, which he felt should have been a more serious enterprise. He didn't like that garden centre look of Deva Loka either, and asked that if they couldn't realise his ideas, why didn't they ask him to come up with ideas that could be realised? He particularly hated the shampoo-advert hippies playing the natives.
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  • Creator's Favourite Episode: Janet Fielding named this as her favourite serial, while Matthew Waterhouse thought it was his own best performance.
  • Follow the Leader: This serial appears to continue the Doctor Who tradition of using a popular work as a springboard, in this case The Word for World Is Forest. However Christopher Bailey has sworn that he didn't read that story until long after he'd finished the scripts. None of the critics believe that, but it might actually be true: the writers of the Discontinuity Guide noted that they had a hard time coming with works that this serial ripped-off — er, referenced — because, as far as they could tell, the story was actually pretty original.
  • Pop Culture Urban Legends: Because Christopher Bailey didn't write much else for TV, and because of the unusual nature of the script, there were widespread fandom rumours that "Christopher Bailey" was a pseudonym for a very well-known highbrow person who didn't want to be openly known as a Who writer, with the most common targets being Tom Stoppard and Kate Bush. This wasn't debunked until interviews with Bailey were conducted in 2002 and 2011.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Judi Dench, Joanna Lumley, Helen Mirren and Diana Rigg were considered for Todd.
    • Trevor Howard and John Mills were considered for Sanders.
    • Christopher Bailey originally wrote the story for the Fourth Doctor, feeling that his somber, Wizard Classic characterization in season 18 was a good fit for the idea of a wise sage. When Tom Baker left and was replaced with the much younger Peter Davison, Bailey realized that the incoming Fifth Doctor wouldn't fit this version of the story, and rewrote it accordingly.
    • The original ending had Sanders and Hindle link arms and walk into the forest, holding a flower. John Nathan-Turner thought it was too campy and ordered it excised.