July 25, 2003


There’s an E320 Merc getting around Sydney with the personalised number plate “TARDIS”. Which I suppose indicates a Doctor Who fan. Trouble is, the spacing between a couple of the letters is wrong, so it looks more like “TARD IS”.

Which I suppose indicates a Doctor Who fan.

Posted by Tim Blair at July 25, 2003 03:26 PM

Funny you should mention that. My brother, who is a big Doctor Who fan, has Aspergers (mild type of autism). I've become a big fan of Doctor Who as well, actually, so I don't know what that says about me.
(Though I like to think that it shows I have a good taste in dramas, and am drawn to well-scripted, well-acted shows with quality set and costume design. No, seriously. Really, my addiction to the show has nothing to do with scantily-clad young female actors being menaced by googly-eyed monsters. Why are you laughing?)

Posted by: TimT at July 25, 2003 at 03:41 PM

The Dr Who theme music served as the de facto dinner gong for a child growing up in the 'sixties.

I will forever associate it with the sweet aromas of boiled corned beef, roasted vegetables, steak pies, baked chocolate pudding and a thousand other dishes I've not tasted since, permeating the house at 6.30 on cold and dark winter's evenings.

Dinner on the table, Dr Who on the television. Ah, Romana!

Posted by: ilibcc at July 25, 2003 at 04:37 PM

Ah memories...Doctor Who followed by the Goodies and desert....ahhhhhhh....

By the way, personalised number-plates all spell "wanker" in the right light. Shame the wanker in question should be defacing such a dream machine with his personal failings, TARD IS indeed.

Posted by: Jake D at July 25, 2003 at 05:49 PM

Followed by GTK for me I'm afraid, the music clip show that predated MTV by light years. And then Bellbird which I never watched.

Posted by: ilibcc at July 25, 2003 at 06:27 PM

Oh come on! Dr Who was great! I haven't seen it in ten years or so, I wonder if it looks slightly dated.

Posted by: Amos at July 25, 2003 at 07:02 PM


You're welcome to Romana -- but Leela is eternally mine!

Posted by: BruceT at July 25, 2003 at 07:57 PM

Heh. Slightly dated.
With about 1k in props you could start making your own Dr Who episodes.

Posted by: ErikZ at July 26, 2003 at 12:13 AM

Didn't you all read the Onion's End of the Century book? Dr. Who died - he was killed by giant, meanacing cardboard cut-outs poorly shaped like monsters.

Posted by: Jerry at July 26, 2003 at 12:25 AM

I've always loved Dr Who. And Romana. The blonde one. The first time I ever saw Creedence it was on GTK. Doing I Heard It Through The Grapevine. Magic filmclip. Don't forget the Banana Splits.

Posted by: Tony.T at July 26, 2003 at 12:26 AM

Watch for the webcasts on the BBC website in a few months. They've given the role to Richard E. Grant now...

Posted by: Thad at July 26, 2003 at 01:39 AM

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Posted by: Thad at July 26, 2003 at 01:41 AM

To me Dr. Who meant New Years, because the local PBS stations (Midwest US--Wisconsin and Illinois, as I recall) played Dr. Who marathons on New Years Eve. Of course, I was still young enough then that it scared the hell out of me, but I loved it and I'd still be happy to see an episode once in a while.

Posted by: Steve Gigl at July 26, 2003 at 07:35 AM

Persuant to Steve's comments:

Although not a Dr. Who fan myself, there was a bar in Chicago that had a Brit phone box painted up like the one in Dr. Who.

I always thought it was clever...then I'd pass out and fall off my bar stool.

Posted by: JDB at July 26, 2003 at 10:34 AM

Romana II (Lala Ward) married Richard Dawkins. His "brite" remarks are irritating but he stilled pulled off the ultimate nerd fantasy of marrying a space-babe.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea at July 26, 2003 at 03:35 PM

I have always rather liked Dr Who. Lela (She is the won who has a knife and skin clothes right?) is the best babe. Tom Baker (best doc ever) also married one of his co-stars too. BTW some techno-twits are doing a re-mix of the theme song for the Dr Who's 40 anniversary.

Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge at July 27, 2003 at 03:36 AM

Lucky bugger! But who's Richard Dawkins?

Posted by: Tony.T at July 27, 2003 at 11:15 PM

Richard Dawkins is an excellent biologist and indifferent political commentator. And strangely enough, Tom Baker was married to Lalla Ward before him.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea at July 29, 2003 at 02:28 AM