Doctor Who began in November 1963 but was able to reach new audiences when the time traveling show was revived by the BBC in 2005. We take a look at some little known facts about the show and the Doctor, which are sure to impress even the most devoted fans.
The TARDIS Is Meant To Change Shape
The TARDIS was created as a blue police box in the first episode of the series but was intended to change shape depending on where the Doctor was landing so that it would blend into the surroundings. However, building a new TARDIS would have been too expensive so it was decided that it should stay as a police box.
Torchwood Was Originally a Code Name
Torchwood was first used as a codename to label tapes of the new Doctor Who series which began filming in 2005, so that details of the show wouldn’t be leaked. As an anagram of the show’s name, this worked perfectly, and it was used as the title of the Doctor Who spin-off series as Russell T. Davies liked it so much.
Tom Baker’s Long Scarf Was an Accident
The costume designer James Acheson allegedly gave the knitter several balls of wool so that the Doctor’s scarf could be created. Instead of choosing one ball, she knitted all of them into a super-long scarf that then gave the Tom Baker’s Doctor his infamous costume.
Doctor Who Was an Accidental Title
Over the years, many people have asked “Doctor who?” but it was the first time that Sydney Newman asked the question that stuck. He was in a meeting discussing the concept of the show when somebody suggested that the main character might be a doctor, so he replied with “Doctor who?”.
The Doctor Who Show Employed The First Female BBC Producer
Verity Lambert was given the role as she was already familiar with the live shooting of television dramas. Two other producers were offered the job before Lambert, but she was the only one that accepted and so became the first ever female producer at the BBC.
Stephen Fry Wrote a Script
Stephen Fry once wrote a script for the second series of the Doctor Who show and it was based on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, an English and Celtic folklore poem. However, the script was deemed too complicated without changes, but it seems that Fry never got round to making them.
Ryan Gosling Chose Matt Smith For His Film Based On a Speech
Gosling saw Smith performing his speech in the episode named The Pandorica Opens while he was switching channels, and was so impressed that Gosling cast Smith in How To Catch a Monster, the first film he has directed.
The TARDIS Key Was Designed by Jon Pertwee
Before 1973, the TARDIS key looked like quite a normal key, and was actually a Yale key. However, Pertwee created the spade-like key that was first seen in The Time Warrior. Since then it has been used as the key template.
Doctor Who Was Meant To Be Educational
The series was created to be a children’s education show, which would teach them about things like science and history. However, the science fiction aspects of the show made the history lessons more redundant, and the show was given a better time slot thanks to its popularity with adults.
Michael Jackson Almost Played Doctor Who
In the 1980s, Paramount Pictures wanted to created a film based on Doctor Who using Michael Jackson as one of the stars. If he wasn’t available, they would have used Bill Cosby. Thankfully, the film was never made.