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Published on August 13th, 2010 | by Patrick Riley

The Doctor, Romana, And Prime!

Why don’t they make adverts like these anymore?  Let’s take the TARDIS back to the 1980s Tom Baker episodes, watch them, slice them all up, and insert in between them (like they’d do in America) these Prime computer commercials starring Tom Baker as the Doctor and Lalla Ward as Romana!

Need I say more?  Forget Macs and PCs; buy your Prime today!  It can talk to other computers!

P.S. They said Kasterborous (I’m looking at you, Christian)!

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Patrick is a temporal hitchhiker who spends most of his time in the future. His favourite Doctor is the Fourteenth. If you're especially lucky, you might even hear him tweet to all you merry folk in the past @10PatrickRiley.




5 Responses to The Doctor, Romana, And Prime!


  1. I used to work on Prime systems between 1986 and 1992. My work and fandom merged into a sort of geek nirvana. Sweet! Anyone that cares, they were Prime 750 and Prime 9650 systems.

  2. avatar Carn says:

    Is it just me who thinks the voice in the last commercial sounds a hell of a lot like Sarah Jane’s computer Mr Smith?

  3. avatar Leosw4 says:

    Your spoiling us today what with this and the Perfect Day video.
    Tom and Lalla at the time of the romance no doubt-its obvious.

  4. avatar 23skidoo says:

    I wonder what’s the more surprising – seeing the Doctor romancing Romana, or hearing him go “Damn!” in that last ad! (Back in the 1970s you couldn’t say that in any American commercials!)

    I’ve seen these for years (except the last one which I’m seeing for the first time now) and have always wondered how they got away with doing them. Not only doing ads with the Doctor, but adding in the romance aspect!


  5. Don’t quote me on this because I don’t know for sure if it’s true… but I don’t THINK the Doctor, or any other character in the show ever said “Damn” until the relaunch… so that makes it even more unusual!

    If you’re reading this and know I’m wrong, feel free to correct me!

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