Peter Capaldi has now stepped into the Tardis to launch a spectacular new era for BBC Televisions Doctor Who, after the amazing 50th anniversary celebrations in 2013. It truly is the best of times for TV’s most famous time-traveller, who has finallyMorePeter Capaldi has now stepped into the Tardis to launch a spectacular new era for BBC Televisions Doctor Who, after the amazing 50th anniversary celebrations in 2013. It truly is the best of times for TV’s most famous time-traveller, who has finally done what he has spent five decades fighting against and preventing others from achieving – and that’s securing world domination.But things weren’t always quite so “Rosey” for our hero.
Until that amazing announcement in September 2003 that he would be returning to prime time, the future looked very uncertain. After the ironically-cancelled Survival in 1989, with the exception of the 1996 Paul McGann movie (great take on the Doctor, great-looking Tardis interior – shame about the storyline) our hero was resigned to sporadic guest appearances, Comic Relief and being kept alive by the Fandom.So what happened?
What revived the BBC’s belief? What prompted that monumental decision to return him to prime time? This, then, is the final big, unanswered question. Until now.Why did the same old faces – but playing totally different characters – keep coming up time and time again through the show’s history? Why do all the alien races encountered by our time travelling heroes speak perfect English?
Where did the universal greeting “yoo hoo” come from? Why do we call Watches watches? How did “anti-matter” get its name? Was there an unfortunate typo which prevented our hero from properly heeding the widespread warnings of his impending doom (ie, were the signs supposed to read “Bad Wilf?”) And is there a far more sinister secret behind those “missing episodes”.
Was Micky really “eaten” by an Auton? Or was it something else???? But more than any of that, what finally made the BBC bring back Doctor Who?The answers are all here in this affectionate parody from a first-time author, but long-time Doctor Who fan.