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Old 17-02-2013, 22:32
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...and what if 'An Unearthly Child' had been shown at 19.27 hours on the 25th November instead?

Also I hear that when they were filming the first episode the canteen in BBC television centre was serving Cottage Pie. What if it had been Shepherds Pie?

I am sure we can all agree this is food for thought. So let us feast.
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Old 17-02-2013, 22:35
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Not so many kids would have watched it, and Hartnell would have been eating lamb instead of beef
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Old 17-02-2013, 22:36
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They might not have cast Patrick Troughton if William Hartnell had black hair
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Old 17-02-2013, 22:38
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All good points! Keep em coming.
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Old 17-02-2013, 22:45
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But then again if Patrick Troughton hadn't been cast as the second Doctor he wouldn't have been able to advise Peter Davison to leave after three series and we wouldn't have The Twin Dilemma!
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Old 17-02-2013, 22:46
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DiscoP just exploded my mind.
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Old 17-02-2013, 22:47
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The first episode would not have been "delayed" as it famously was by the overly long news report (about JFK?). Doctor Who would always have been on time, and would not be remembered for being broadcast around the fallout from the JFK assassination. Its history would have been less interesting and without Troughton (due to similar hair colour), the show would have been cancelled!
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Old 17-02-2013, 22:55
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And if the show was cancelled so early it would never have been the phenomenon that brought us here to this forum at this moment in time. Would we have even fallen in love with Sci FI? Maybe our passions would have been directed elsewhere. Maybe Davrosdodebird never found DW and instead as a child picks up a book on mountain climbing. He becomes an enthusiast. He excels. He becomes the finest mountain climber this country has ever seen And right now instead of posting on DS he would be halfway up Everest with a grumpy Sherpa, flag in hand ready to plunge it into the icy peak and claim it as his own. Maybe.

Also. Which is better? Lamb or Beef? Horse? Who knows.
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Old 17-02-2013, 22:57
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*cries for lost life*
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Old 17-02-2013, 22:59
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*cries for lost life*
bah. Who wants to be up mountains. They're cold. Much better in the warm cosy confines of DW fandom.
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Old 17-02-2013, 23:04
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*cheers up*

I'll be away for a week starting tomorrow, though. The centre that's helping me find work is sending me on a free "Personal and Social Development Course (Level 1)" which is supposed to boost my confidence and help me find a job. Sounds good...

Until you see that the course is a week of abseiling, kayaking, canoeing, surfing, team trailing, caving and mountain biking. In the leaflet it says (in bold):

Please note this is a course and NOT a holiday
Yeah, right

Not that I'm complaining because I havent done any of those things before
Why am I posting this in here? It's semi relevant, and the Inn has beend eserted for months now
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Old 17-02-2013, 23:10
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Sounds like an audition to be James Bond. Good luck Davros! I don't envy you with the caving and abseiling...ever seen 'The Descent'? Brrrrrrr. Scary stuff.
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Old 17-02-2013, 23:11
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Not that I'm trying to put you off. I am sure you will smash it! And hey. Its all experiences!
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Old 17-02-2013, 23:12
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You think you've got problems? If the series was cancelled so early on it would never have been revived. If it hadn't been revived then David Tennant wouldn't have been able to play the Doctor. If he'd played the Doctor then he wouldn't have met Georgia Moffett and their two children would never have been born!!
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Old 17-02-2013, 23:21
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...and what if 'An Unearthly Child' had been shown at 19.27 hours on the 25th November instead?

Also I hear that when they were filming the first episode the canteen in BBC television centre was serving Cottage Pie. What if it had been Shepherds Pie?

I am sure we can all agree this is food for thought. So let us feast.
you should tell Nick Brigs and do Doctor Who unbound
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Old 17-02-2013, 23:33
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Sounds like an audition to be James Bond. Good luck Davros! I don't envy you with the caving and abseiling...ever seen 'The Descent'? Brrrrrrr. Scary stuff.
Not that I'm trying to put you off. I am sure you will smash it! And hey. Its all experiences!
That's what I'm looking forward to most!

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Old 17-02-2013, 23:42
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Don't worry, the last companion couldn't either.

If Karen could ...we'd have had a swimming pool scene in The Doctor's Wife.
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Old 17-02-2013, 23:56
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That's an interesting bit of trivia to know. Reassuring, thanks HBB
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Old 18-02-2013, 15:38
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The first episode would not have been "delayed" as it famously was by the overly long news report (about JFK?). Doctor Who would always have been on time, and would not be remembered for being broadcast around the fallout from the JFK assassination. Its history would have been less interesting and without Troughton (due to similar hair colour), the show would have been cancelled!
They would have given Pertwee the role sooner than originally intended. And then Troughton could have followed him to fight the Autons. Of course, that would have created a dilemma with Tom's hair. Although his hair is possibly light brown enough to let him follow Troughton without too much trouble. And the curls and hat would have helped disguise the issue.
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Old 18-02-2013, 17:51
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Until you see that the course is a week of abseiling, kayaking, canoeing, surfing, team trailing, caving and mountain biking. In the leaflet it says (in bold):

They are sending someone who can't swim on a course involving kayaking, canoeing and surfing?

I hope this is not a Tory plot to reduce the number of unemployed.

Seriously, enjoy yourself, davros!
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Old 18-02-2013, 18:46
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They are sending someone who can't swim on a course involving kayaking, canoeing and surfing?

I hope this is not a Tory plot to reduce the number of unemployed.

Seriously, enjoy yourself, davros!
Perhaps it is a Tory plot to reduce the number of Davros'. After all the Doctor has singularly failed in this simple task. Time for The Big Society to intervene.
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Old 19-02-2013, 10:10
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One of the best threads I've read in a while
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Old 19-02-2013, 10:19
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What if Doctor Who Weekly had been published by IPC? Would we have had comic strip crossovers with the Doctor meeting Dan Dare and Judge Dredd?
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Old 19-02-2013, 10:38
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Perhaps it is a Tory plot to reduce the number of Davros'. After all the Doctor has singularly failed in this simple task. Time for The Big Society to intervene.
Well if anyone is in need of an ATOS fitness for work assessment it's Davros....lazing around in that chair. Time he got off his lazy arse and contributed to the Big Society- painted a few murals, worked in a Dalek Poundshop for a few pennies, sieved the horsemeat out of a few budget bolognese sauces. Such gainful employment might prevent him attempting to detonate reality bombs and such like.
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Old 20-02-2013, 09:10
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What if William Hartnell had black hair?

We'd all be talking about how the Doctor can never ever be blonde. Sure they nearly had a blonde third doctor in 1970 (some joker called Jon Pertwee), but sense prevailed and they hired Diana Rigg instead. Then they nearly hired Peter Davison for fifth Doctor but the BBC controller sacked the production department and hired James Earl Jones. There were rumours that the sixth Doctor would be Colin Baker (a blonde) but we ended up with Patrick Stewart instead.

A blonde Doctor is ridiculous. Hair colour can't change spontaneously (even during regeneration). Blondes are too ditzy to fly the greatest timeship in the universe.
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