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Published on June 14th, 2011 | by Christian Cawley

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Let’s De-Story Doctor Who!

We’re not really keen on showing the world just how dim some Doctor Who fans can be, but in this case we’ll make an exception, for the frankly barmy comment sent to the renowned Neil Gaiman after his episode The Doctor’s Wife.

The popular writer recently updated his blog at NeilGaiman.com with a must-read question and answer session which gives a good idea into some of the aspects of development of an episode of Doctor Who few will forget.

Some of the stuff in there is fascinating, such as the missing dialogue, why an Ood was used, which episodes newcomers should view, Gaiman’s control over the choice of TARDIS interior:

Why didn’t you make it so the old control room we saw was from the 1980s? I was so sure that was what it was going to be.

Because I did not have the ability to ask the producers back then to leave their sets up until I needed them.

…and other wonderful snippets.

However among the quite intelligent questions and Gaiman’s answers werwas e this little gem…

Did you have House destory [sic] the David Tennant Control Room to show you hated it? Now it doesn’t exist.Of course it exists. The TARDIS keeps it archived. House deleted it, but I have no doubt that, once they were in a place where that could happen, the TARDIS undeleted it, tidied it up and put it somewhere out of the way, along with the other things she keeps close to her chest.

And hated it? No, I loved it. Here is a photograph of me loving it.

Now, we know what you’re thinking – the original message was by some mad 15 year old David Tennant fan girl having a hissy fit over the restoration and subsequent deletion of the TARDIS console room used by both the Ninth and Tenth Doctors.

But that would be drawing unnecessary conclusions, not least about David Tennant fan girls but also about the behviour of Kasterborous Associate Editor Brian Terranova. I’m not saying it was him, but you hadn’t considered that possibility, had you…?

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




2 Responses to Let’s De-Story Doctor Who!


  1. I hate you sometimes. I really do. ;)

  2. avatar castellanspandrell says:

    That Brian should never be allowed out.

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