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A Collection of Doctor Who Oddities

Compiled by Paul Scoones

[Telecom annual report]

The Telecom Corporation of New Zealand 1991 Annual Report featured an item on the sale of Telecom's old red telephone boxes to raise money for charities. The short article begins by mentioning that "Dr Who had a blue one." (submitted by Iain Stewart)

[Iron Maiden cover segment]

Iron Maiden's 1986 album, Somewhere in Time, has a wrap-around artwork cover (on the CD version, at least), which consists of a futuristic city scene in which can be sighted a plethora of science fiction and fantasy images and words. On the back cover, left hand side is a certain blue police box lurking in the shadows on the roof of a building. (submitted by David Ronayne)

On Thursday 3 September 1992, Wellington's student radio station, Radio Active, played two different versions of the Doctor Who theme music, backing its accommodation guide at 4:30 pm. (submitted by Blair Rhodes)

The Southern Cross Herald is a book featuring a spoof version of a newspaper. Doctor Who and the Terror of the Horror of the Evil of the Planet of the Plastic Doodads was one of the 'books' reviewed in the book review section of the humorous 'paper'. (submitted by Trent Young):

reviewed by Algernon Bonkers
Doctor Who and the Terror of the Horror of the Evil of the Planet of the Plastic Doodads by Terrance Dicks
After being strangled to death by the Baggies of Bin, Doctor Who regenerates into an even worse actor than last time. Things really look bad when he finds a new companion, Titi, from the planet known mysteriously as Quarry. Titi speaks the language of the ancients - a series of high-pitched screams.
On Quarry, Doctor Who is captured by the Silver Wetsuitoids who want to destroy him. However, they come up with a better plan and decide to let him go for no reason at all.
They all spend the rest of the story chasing each other up and down corridors. Would suit younger readers.

The Twenty/Twenty Quiz Book by Barbara Gilgallon and Sue Samuels features Doctor Who in three of its sixty quizzes - not bad considering that Star Trek only made it into two! Quiz No.3 involved matching well-known fictional travellers to their means of transport. "Dr Who" was first on the list, and matched up with "the Tardis". Quiz No.13, entitled "Men of the World", listed groups of three men who have something in common - the challenge is to work out what. One of the groups is "Patrick Troughton, Colin Baker, Tom Baker". No prizes for guessing the answer to that one! Quiz No.51 was another involving matching a fictional character with an item, this time their favourite food. "Dr Who" is listed, and "Jelly babies" is among the food choices... but then maybe it's "Roasted hoppers" or "Curds and whey"?! (submitted by Jessica Smiler)

"... At least four episodes, maybe six if we 're lucky."
"Episodes of what?"
"Didn't I say? Doctor Who, what else! I think they're going to call it 'The Toad Devils of Xenopus', or something like that. Every kid in the country will watch it. You're going to be famous!"

The above extract is from a short story by Marcus L Rowland called Frog Day Afternoon in which a man with the ability to turn into a giant frog at will is given a job offer. This appears on page 114 of an anthology called TEMPS Volume One, devised by Alex Stewart & Neil Gaiman, 1991. (submitted by Alden Bates)

In front of me was a miniature film set constructed from old Star Wars posters and props from Dr Who. Above the lunar landscape hung the figure of an astronaut flying with arms outstretched.

The above extract is from a short story by J G Ballard called The Object to the Attack which appears on page 159 of Interzone, The First Anthology, edited by John Clute, Cohn Greenland & David Pringle, 1985. (submitted by Alden Bates)

[Maze Wars+]

No, the Doctor hasn't landed in a computer game. This is a screen shot from Maze Wars+, 1986, MacroMind Inc. This game lets you hunt fellow network users though four mazes with a number of effects such as the transporters, which enable you to vanish and reappear elsewhere in the maze, and appear as police boxes in the forward view box. (submitted by Alden Bates)

Doctor Who has cropped up twice recently on the primetime TVNZ game show, Jeopardy, in which the answers are given and the contestants provide the questions. On 17 July 1992 one of the 'answers' given was (approximate wording): "The themes from a British TV show which uses a police telephone box as a means of travel. The 1980s version of the theme music was played, and the contestant answered "The TARDIS." On 25 August 1992, one of the 'answers ' given was ''Doctor Who's robot adversaries whose catch-cry is 'Exterminate, Exterminate'." The contestant responded "What are the Daleks." (submitted by Edwin Patterson)

[The Punisher]

The above comic strip panel comes from The Punisher No.15. (submitted by Jamas Enright)

In an episode of The Goodies, they are all inciting revolution against automation and Bill Oddie (or it might have been Tim Brooke-Taylor), shouts "C3PO and K9 for scrap metal!" (submitted by Blair Rhodes)

"... the horribly bearded Rasputin, portrayed of course by Tom Baker, loved by children around the world as Doctor Who."

This is an excerpt from an episode of the BBC Radio serial, All the World's a Globe, which was broadcast in New Zealand on National Radio on 2nd August 1992. The comment referred to Tom Baker's major film break as Rasputin in Nicholas and Alexandra (1971); the episode was about the Russian Revolution. (submitted by Phillip J Gray)

[Cola Commandos]

The comic strip excerpt below comes from part one of Kola Kommandos in 2000AD (featuring Judge Dredd) Magazine, Prog 780, cover dated 25 April 1992. The writer of the strip is Steve Parkhouse, who wrote the Doctor Who Magazine comic strip stories from 1981 to 1985. (submitted by Blair Rhodes)

This item appeared in TSV 31 (November 1992).

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