1. It took a few tries to get Matt Smith’s outfit right
We all know that the classic look of tweed jacket and bow tie outfit won– inspired from the 2nd Doctor Patrick Troughton.
2. The Daleks were based on the Nazis...
The BBC designer Raymond Cusick came up with the distinctive pepper-pot shape and the zapper with its sinister storm trooper salute. In The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1966) the Daleks roll into London and turn Britain’s stout inhabitants into mind-controlled, brainwiped ‘Robomen’ – a stark nod back to the once-real possibility of an Axis invasion of Britain.
3. Time Lords exist!
Some people experience a rare form of synaesthesia – an involuntary crossover of sensory input – in which they are apparently able to perceive time. Those who experience the phenomenon often describe it as a circular formation, with years shading into one another and longer periods, such as decades, showing up in different colours. Dates, appointments and memories may have a ‘physical’ form and a place in the arrangement. Such time-space synaesthetes, as they’re known, can sometimes even perceive time as a ring encircling them. No word on the regeneration, though, and no one has come calling with a free Tardis. Yet.
4. The daughter of the fifth doctor starred as the 10th doctor’s daughter – and then married him
When David Tennant filmed the episode ‘The Doctor’s Daughter’, he didn’t realise his daughter would later become his wife. Tennant went on to marry Georgia Moffett, who played the episode’s eponymous title role, in 2011. However, although Moffett became the Doctor’s wife, she remained the Doctor’s daughter biologically, since her father is Peter Davison, who played the fifth Doctor from 1981 to 1984.
5. Michael Jackson almost played the Doctor
Hollywood has never known what on Earth to do with Doctor Who, so has mostly left him alone. But in the Eighties, according to the book Now on the Big Screen: The Unofficial and Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who at the Cinema, Paramount Pictures considered making a Who film with the Moonwalker-era Michael Jackson. Their second choice? Bill Cosby. But stranger things have almost happened: in 2003, Robbie Williams was approached by the BBC to voice an animated Doctor Who story, Scream of the Shalka. ‘We all sat around wondering, ‘Is this a good idea? Is this a crazy idea?’’ said producer Muirinn Lane Kelly. Williams was sadly unavailable; the part went to Richard E Grant.
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