Test your brain power with this short but fact packed YouTube video! Writer Cavan Scott takes us on a whistle stop tour of Doctor Who’s first half century in 50 Years of Doctor Who – In Numbers!
As co-author of the recent Doctor Who: Who-ology, Cavan is well-placed to know this stuff given he and his writing partner Mark Wright will surely have had to spend a rear-end numbing amount of time delving into our fave show’s back catalogue. But it was all in the name of research and theirs was a noble sacrifice – guys, we salute you.
Watch the clip (go on, it’s only two minutes!) and have fun seeing how much of it you can retain afterwards, Generation Game-style!
It’s interesting to reflect on which facts come as a surprise and which ones don’t. Tallest and shortest ever Doctors are fairly easy to guess at, I would have said (it’s a tie for first place – exciting!). Similarly, the Doctors with the fewest number of stories to their name will be known by those with a decent grasp of the show – and if you’re on here, that probably includes you!
But the figure for how long it would take to watch all of Doctor Who ever, in order, from the start, came as a bit of a sock to me. It turns out that sitting down to a mega box set of every story from An Unearthly Child to the end of the last series would take just over a fortnight, not allowing for toilet or pizza breaks. Somehow, that doesn’t seem very long for this programme which occupies us all so much.
Similarly, how many times would you say the Daleks have said their signature line? And how many on-screen deaths have the been responsible for? I’m being purely subjective here but again, I reckon the answers are surprisingly low for a bunch of dastardly fiends who’ve been up to no good since 1963.
Any set of statistics will generate as many lively discussions as the Doctor has had jelly babies, of course, and this one is no exception. It’s recent companions who top the charts for ‘most stories appeared in’, for example, which I can’t help feeling is a bit unfair on the likes of Jamie and Sarah-Jane who served valiantly in the days when stories ran over a number of weeks rather than being wrapped up in under an hour.
And it’s entertaining to see that those commenting on the piece haven’t been slow to point out what they see as grounds for appeal against Cavan’s findings. Why aren’t Big Finish audios included ? Do you count Rose as being in The Day of the Doctor? If you count The Night of the Doctor why not count The Sarah-Jane Adventures?
Facts and figures are great fun but not half as much as the debates they lead to! Do you have a favourite Who fact? Tell us below!