Friday, 14 April 2017

Spot the Time Lord...

Being a proper fan, I'm terribly excited as Doctor Who is back this Easter weekend! I love the series, and it's referenced in my work quite a bit. Why? Well, why not? It's fun and a bit cheeky - and highlights one of my favourite shows of all time!

To celebrate its imminent return here's every occurrence in my films, comics and prose!

(I'll try and update this in the days/weeks/months to come when I produce something new... but advanced apologises if I forget!)

April 3rd


Reference: A bit tenuous this one, but I attempt to mimic the accent of the Ninth Doctor (played by Salford lad Christoper Eccleston) at this point (3m05s in).

Self


Reference: The narrator - Horatio Maguire - talks about his childhood, and dreaming about defiant heroes... like the Doctor (David Tennant's version this time), taking down monsters like... the Daleks and Cybermen! I even found time to include a 'dashing sidekick' - Captain Jack Harkness, whom I was writing about in my TORCHWOOD.tv blog at the time!





Eyes Down

Nothing 'Who related in this one, but then again it's a documentary about my Dad and his drinking habits. Not the easiest subject matter to shoe-horn in something related to my favourite Time Lord!

Semblance Of Norm


Reference: The crazy hand gesture beginning at 2m05s is a callback to a Sylvester McCoy adventure, "The Greatest Show In The Galaxy" (where the Chief Clown does the exact same movement).



Also, although I don't think it's ever visible on screen, one of the newspaper clippings hanging on the background wall reads "Doctor who something something".

That Resolute Desk


Reference: Oh this one is littered with them.


First of all, there's prominent posters on the wall. The first is the poster for the 1996 Paul McGann TV Movie, which has had a permanent place on all my bedroom walls since then. The other is a tribute to companions the Brigadier (Nicholas Courtney) and Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen).

The character's Doctor Who DVD collection can also be seen.


Then, on my desk there are plenty of Doctor Who action figures - including the TARDIS, Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor, River Song and villains the Ice Warriors! Various other toys crop up, in different combinations and poses, throughout.


There's a copy of April 2012's Doctor Who Magazine (announcing the arrival of Jenna Coleman's Clara) sitting on the character's desk, too - and at one point he drinks from a mug that is decorated with the 1980's neon style series logo.

That Resolute Desk: Seas Will Rise



Reference: Similar to That Resolute Desk, only now a sketched portrait of Matt Smith has been added to the wall, too. Plus on the bookshelf top left you can see a line-up of the first 11 Doctors in action figure form!

A Bedtime Story


Reference: Aside from what's seen in the background of my room (see That Resolute Desk) the story's villain is named Peledarna, in tribute to the planet Peledon from the 1970's Jon Pertwee era!

Plus I dress up in various Doctor Who costumes. The best example is when I take on the appearance of the Seventh Doctor...



"I Am A Vampire!"


Reference: The vampire states that he's 910 years old. The Doctor typically answers that he is around 900 years old (and is infact 910 himself in the show's 2011 series).

That Resolute Desk: Seven-Thirty



Reference: Tom Baker's 16-foot multicoloured scarf can be seen behind Jarvis, plus the Seventh Doctor's pull over ? jumper, and toy Daleks!

Ushers



Reference: A character sits reading an issue of Doctor Who Magazine in the staff room.

Lasagne



Reference: A TARDIS keychain has been left behind inside a Soho phone booth.

Fellow



Reference: At the very beginning of the piece Margot Shelley is seen sat in a park, reading an Eighth Doctor novel ("The Crooked World"). Horatio approaches, and asks her out. As seen in the first Horatio film - Self - he grew up loving Doctor Who, so it makes sense that he'd be attracted to a female fan of the show!

Later Horatio observes that his mum has redecorated and states "I don't like it" - which is a typical reaction from the Doctor, when learning that another of his incarnations has a new styled TARDIS!

Little Green Running Man

Reference: This...


It's a call back to the 1979 adventure "City of Death" where two characters (played by John Cleese and Eleanor Bron) mistakenly look at something that most definitely isn't art as if it was! The artist, Tiziana Ibba, even has them dressed identically!



Pfft... Queues!

Still in production!

Reference: It's set in a supermarket called Ice World (like 1987's "Dragonfire"), and the script states that children run around the story, playing with sonic screwdrivers.

Dead Stock 

Still in production!

Reference: The script states that a shop full of Egyptian items contains something from the 1975 Tom Baker adventure "Pyramids of Mars".

The Beautiful Ones: King Of Wank!

Still in production!

Reference: At the beginning of the strip, the group of characters walk along a London high street. In the script one of the shops seen in the background is called Meglos Books - after the 1980 story, "Meglos"!

Starship S.O.S.!

Still in production!

Reference: The Captain of the other ship is called Zoe Herriot, after the Second Doctor's companion of the same name.
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