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By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on February 3rd, 2012
At the start of the Third Doctor’s tenure in the TARDIS, there was a distinct plan to move the show out of the realms of the entirely fantastical, and to give it a basis in what was then modern day fact. To this end, the idea was ...
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on January 27th, 2012
Polly and Ben both arrived in the TARDIS at the same time, having been thrown together by conflict (and a new friend who needed taking out for a drink). By the time they left the Doctor, a year later, they had become inseparable.
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on January 20th, 2012
It’s always tough to be the first replacement in a winning team. The staggering success of Doctor Who’s first series, way back in 1964, created a certain mythology around the key four characters, the Doctor, Susan, Ian, and ...
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on January 13th, 2012
Imagine if you met the Doctor and River Song in a restaurant, on a romantic night out. You’d get to chatting with the garrulous pair, sharing stories from your lives, the one in the tweed jacket would be spinning some yarn about a ...
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on January 6th, 2012
It’s become a common thread in recent Doctor Who episodes to emphasise the extent to which the appearance of a time-travelling eccentric in an inter-dimensional phone box tends to play havoc with a human’s sense of self. ...
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on December 16th, 2011
To observe the way the Doctor picks his companions, you’d think he was a fairly come-one come-all kind of Time Lord. Certainly, until Adam Mitchell came along, no one was aware that his selection process was any more rigorus than ...
It’s almost too easy to point out that travelling with the Doctor changes people. Considering that the overwhelming majority of companions come from the same time era as the audience watching the show, and that we humans have as ...
K9 is to Doctor Who what Scrappy Doo is to Scooby and the gang, what Bat-Mite is to Batman, he’s the proof that the production team are having a little too much fun making the show. He’s the comedy foil that has been brought ...
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on November 25th, 2011
The role of the Doctor’s companion has always been a tough balancing act. For the producers of the show, they need a human who can be confused by the alien concepts, so that the Doctor can explain what’s going on.
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on November 18th, 2011
It didn’t take long for the Doctor Who writers to think about bringing people in from other time zones as companions. It makes perfect sense, really, given that he roams through time and space, arriving anywhere and anywhen he ...