Have you seen Prometheus yet? The prequel to Ridley Scott’s 1979 horror film Alien is again directed by Scott himself, and features echoes of that and his other great sci-fi movie, Blade Runner.
What on Earth has this got to do with Doctor Who you ask? Well, that’s an interesting story that may well give you some trivia to impress your friends with!
Before Scott became a famous film director who gave the world Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator and…Matchstick Men, he was a young designer at the BBC. Specifically, he was a young designer at a time when Doctor Who was first released and starting to gain notoriety. Apparently, he narrowly missed the chance to design the Daleks (the mind boggles at what he would’ve done- “Hello. Is that Mr Geiger? Great, I need your help in designing an alien for the BBC…”) before moving onto to other projects.
Dr Jack Cohen, a University Professor at Warwick, noticed that there is a nod to the show in the Prometheus script and also a similarity to one Doctor Who adventure which may form some kind of homage to Scott’s earlier days. For a start, the lead character is called Dr Elizabeth Shaw. Coincidence? We think not! Cohen also pointed out some of Prometheus’ themes that it draws upon:
“Scott’s new film draws upon a wealth of transmedia artefacts – philosophical tracts, Egyptology, a 1967 Doctor Who serial called Tomb of the Cybermen and the current thirst for TEDtalks.”
Check out Doctor Who getting name checked in a massive Hollywood blockbuster, how cool that is!