Archive | December 15, 2011

The Game’s a Foot; or, 6 + 1 = 11 + 1

Recent viewers of Doctor Who will recognise this scene (which can be clicked for enhanced magnitude) where Matt Smith’s 11th Doctor holds Karen Gillan’s Amy Pond aloft in space by one foot:

11th Doctor sends Amy afloat

But what I didn’t realise, until I came across the image below, was that the aforementioned scene was an hommage to a publicity photo from 1986, announcing Bonnie Langford’s casting as companion to Colin Baker’s 6th Doctor. (Langford is dressed as Peter Pan because that’s the role she was just coming off from – which is presumably what inspired the image to begin with.)

6th Doctor sends Melanie aloft

It’s a somewhat odd choice for an hommage, given that Steven Moffat is famously not exactly a fan of that particular era of the show.

In other Who news, here are three preview clips from the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas special – which will be the last Who we’ll see until next fall.

As for what we’ll see then, Moffat offers some (very slight) hints here and here.

See also Neil Gaiman’s favourite moments from last season.

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