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Narnian78
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There is an animated DVD of The Faceless Ones, which was recently released.  I am waiting for my copy of it, and I look forward to watching it.  It is a lost story of Dr. Who which used to only be available on audio.  I have been quite pleased with the animation since it looks much like the 1960’s, which was the  time that the serials were made.  It would be great if The Wheel in Space were also released since I preordered that DVD a couple of years ago.  I love the Patrick Troughton stories and would like to watch more of them.  It’s so sad that many of them are lost on video with only the audio surviving.  If they are animated they are still enjoyable.  I love Dr. Who audiobooks, but it is better to watch the TV episodes instead of just listening to them.

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Topic starter Posted : October 25, 2020 12:53 pm
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I just received my copy of Dr. Who: The Vault and what an interesting book it is! The book covers Doctors one through eleven (William Hartnell through Matt Smith).  It was published in 2013, which is the fiftieth anniversary of the series. I am somewhat late in becoming a Whovian (or Dr. Who fan).   I don’t think that Dr. Who was broadcast in my area of Michigan before the 1980’s, when it was shown on PBS since I have no memory of seeing it on my local station. I used to not care much for it, but when I began buying the DVD’s I really began to love it. Perhaps this was because I could watch a complete story in one sitting.  The first story I saw in its entirety was The Sontaran Experiment with Tom Baker. I took a chance and bought the DVD (it cost only six dollars) without having seen any of the episodes before.   I liked the old fashioned look of the old series even though they didn’t have much money in making it. Even though I wish that they had more technology and a higher budget the series is still very enjoyable for its fine acting and many fine stories. 🙂

I always wondered how the idea of the TARDIS originated. The word stands for “time and relative dimensions in space”.  A fan of the series told me that the police call box was a leftover prop from a movie or TV series, but I am not sure if that it is where it came from.  It’s kind of a mystery from 1963, which was so long ago. It would be interesting to know more of the details of the beginning of the series. 🙂

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Topic starter Posted : September 26, 2021 4:13 am
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Posted by: @narnian78

I always wondered how the idea of the TARDIS originated. The word stands for “time and relative dimensions in space”.  A fan of the series told me that the police call box was a leftover prop from a movie or TV series, but I am not sure if that it is where it came from.  It’s kind of a mystery from 1963, which was so long ago. It would be interesting to know more of the details of the beginning of the series. 🙂

I'd also heard the story that the original TARDIS was a leftover prop from the popular BBC series Dixon of Dock Green (about the day-to-day life of a traditional British "bobby" in London). But according to Wikipedia's article on the TARDIS, that's not correct — it seems it was created specifically for the show by one of the original production designers.

I have seen the second episode of the first-ever series, in which we're told that the TARDIS's "chameleon circuit" has jammed and left it in the shape of a London police box, when it's supposed to change to blend in with its surroundings in any time and place. A convenient excuse, of course, for keeping the same prop for all future episodes instead of having to spend time and money redesigning it each time... these days, especially with CGI, that'd be no problem. But if they'd had the technology back then to change the TARDIS's appearance in every episode, we wouldn't have an instantly recognisable British icon, now would we?? Grin  

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Posted : September 27, 2021 3:53 am
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Thanks for the information. I don’t think police call boxes were widely used here in the U. S., although there were many telephone booths here in the 1950’s and ‘60’s. Today they are mostly gone, having become obsolete with modern technology.  I liked seeing them in even the downtown areas of small towns like the one I grew up in.  Somehow people here were able to contact the police from their homes or through CB radios. The dark blue color of the TARDIS is about the same as the color of our Michigan State Police cars.  It appears black in the early black and white episodes of Dr. Who.  🙂

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Topic starter Posted : September 27, 2021 4:13 am
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For anyone interested, the free app Pluto TV, had a classic Doctor Who channel. They stream a bunch of the classic episodes for free 24/7. I haven't had a chance to watch more than occasionally, but I know it at least airs episodes with Sarah Jane Smith and her doctors.

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Posted : September 27, 2021 4:16 am
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