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'At eleven tracks and nearly 37 minutes long, Dave Dobbyn's Lament for the Numb appears a short album by today's CD-filling standards. But like Dr Who's Tardis, it's a lot bigger once you're inside.'
- Music critic Russell Baillie, in the NZ Herald, 20 August 1993.

In an episode of Canned Carrott, made in 1990 (screened here on TV3, 24/8/93), Jasper Carrott talked about BSB, and mentioned that the satellite channel had 'a whole 48 hours dedicated to showing all the best bits from old Doctor Who episodes - with commercials - imagine that, 48 hours of commercials!'

An episode of the British drama series G.B.H. (screened in NZ on TVl, 24/8/93), had towards the end of the episode a number of scenes set in a hotel during a Doctor Who convention! A large group of rowdy fans, most of whom were in costumes of various monsters and Doctors, larked about in the background. Prominent among these was a Dalek and a Fourth and a Fifth Doctor.

TELEVISION TRIVIA TEASERS by Liz Watson (from TV Guide):
'Several forner Dr Whos are trying to have the programme reinstated. Who last played the role? [Sylvester McCoy]' - June 4, 1993
Which Dr Who starred in a series about vets? [Peter Davison (All Creatures Great and Small)]' - July 9, 1993

'Inevitably, the universality of the theme has lent itself to Hollywood epic movie-makers ... so too it has been amusingly satirised on television in the 'non-interventionism' of Star Trek (where Captain Kirk regretfully left the Trojans to their fate) and in the 'interventionism' of Dr Who (in which the good doctor, who had no such scruples, was the one who gave the Greeks the idea of building the wooden horse!).'
- from the book In Search of the Trojan War by Michael Wood (BBC, 1985).

In an early episode of The Young Ones, Alexei Sayle plays 'Daleks' with Rick's cactus, chanting 'Exterminate!' loudly.

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'Meeting your heroes though can sometimes be a let-down. A group of people that I was really excited about meeting and who turned out to be a real disappointment were the Daleks. In 1985 I appeared in two episodes of a Doctor Who adventure called 'Revelation of the Daleks'. The Doctor at that time was the underrated Colin Baker - the last of the great Doctors - and he also had the sexiest assistant ever - an American girl they called Perry.
But it was the Daleks I wanted to meet and, well, what a stuck-up bunch they were! When I say Daleks I mean the men who trundle around inside the monsters. They all seemed to be ex-dancers who'd been 'doing' Daleks since they were invented in the Sixties and had got very prissy about it. They wore black dance pants and black polo necks and during rehearsals trolleyed round in 'rehearsal Daleks', which were the usual castor-mounted robot but with the top lopped oft, like a convertible Metro. To represent the Daleks' eye on a stalk they wheeled round with their arms held out in a rigid Hitler salute. When they read their lines they would open and close their fists to represent the opening and closing of the Dalek's eye - and they didn't smile while they were doing it. It was like being surrounded by demented Nazi tea trolleys. At lunchtime they sat by themselves and wouldn't talk to anybody else - annoying, but I suppose you had to respect them for taking their craft seriously.
- from 'Alexei Sayle on being a minor celebrity' in the London Observer, 14 February 1993.

'It doesn't say 'welcome home' in a Dalek voice - yet.'
- a builder of UFO-like fibreglass houses interviewed in the Evening Post Wellington newspaper, 20 July 1993.

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Excerpt from a cartoon accompanying an article about the development of robotic equipment to assist in surgery, from the NZ Herald, 11 August 1993.

This item appeared in TSV 35 (September 1993).

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