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TOP X THINGS YOU PROBABLY KNEW ABOUT – Doctor Who [REVISITED]

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The Original Top X Things You Probably Knew About Doctor Who post is the most popular on this blog.  By a long way.  So why not cash in by blogging about it?  Seriously, though, more to the point, it did come with a survey and I thought it would be interesting to share the results.

If you haven’t visited the original list or done the survey, follow the link above and try that first.  If you have you may be interested in similar pages for Christmas and the TV show The Walking Dead.  Now lets look at the results for the survey for the 32 who completed it:

Least to Most Believed

Only five respondents answered in question #21 that they felt that “All were factual.”

One of the list entries completely was INCORRECT, which isn’t as bad as some other lists you find online.

Some of the entries were debatable; either the information was correct when the list was made, but is now OUT OF DATE, are UNKNOWN without more information.

Five entries are CORRECT.  People who think otherwise are wrong, unless there’s something I’m missing.  Feel free to comment if you have more information.  Sometimes the item is wrong, but the page itself clarifies.

#1 & 2

5 people each.

 1. Did you know 103 episodes of the series are lost?  [OUT OF DATE]

  • At the time the original list writer wrote the list 103 of episodes from the original series were missing.  More have been found since, and only 97 are still missing at this time.  Some people doing the survey indicated that this was the reason for disbelieving the claim.  (Technically they are correct, 103 episodes aren’t missing, however, the list was correct when it was written).
  • At least one person commented in the survey that they just didn’t believe it was possible, the people who believe that way are incorrect.

5b. Did you know Benedict Cumberbatch both turned down the role of The Doctor?  [INCORRECT]

#3

4 people

5a. Bill Nighy turned down the role of The Doctor?  [UNKNOWN]

  • He says he was approached but didn’t want to be The Doctor and won’t give details of when.  Of course, turning down the question of whether you were interested in the role and turning down a solid offer to be the Doctor is a different thing, and it’s impossible to say which this was.

#4 & 5

3 people each

2. Did you know Doctor Who began as a children’s educational show? [CORRECT]

  • This has been claimed as fact for a long time, and original research by the BBC said that young males prefer science fiction more than females and older people, the requirement for the timeslot was a family show (so child friendly, but not only for children).  Also the BBC’s research claimed that children dislike shows featuring children younger than them and Susan was deliberately made 15 to avoid this problem, so by they were certainly didn’t want to exclude teenagers.  Technically, it was a family show not a children’s show, but like all family shows, meant to be child-friendly.  The page does clarify this.
  • The early serials (in the Daleks episodes) do include (sometimes heavy-handed) lines explaining scientific or historical facts things in simple terms, either from the Doctor or his two new companions (a science teacher and a history teacher).

18. Did you know that Sylvester McCoy played both the Sixth and Seventh Doctors in his first scene? [CORRECT]

  • Colin Baker had been dumped from the sure so, understandably, did not want to return just to film a regeneration scene.  So Sylvester McCoy donned a wig to play the unconscious previous Doctor.  Watch the scene on Youtube.  I’m not sure why people think it isn’t true.

#6 – 10

2 people each

4. Did you know that Torchwood is an anagram of Doctor Who used to trick pirates?  [MOSTLY CORRECT]

  •  Torchwood is certainly an anagram of Doctor Who, so I doubt if that is what is being questioned.
  • During production of the first series of the Doctor Who revivial, Torchwood was the codename used to stop information about the show (and pirated copies of early cuts) getting out, so it seems true enough.

7. Did you know the creator of Doctor Who wanted a female Doctor?  [CORRECT]

  • I think that this is one of the ones were people may not have visited the actual page.  While the original plan was always to have the Doctor to be male, the details given are that this was a letter sent with ideas to revitalise the show in the 80s long after he’d left the shoe.

11. Did you know Tom Baker joined a monastery at the age of 15?  [CORRECT]

  • Baker makes the claim in his autobiography.  Of course, that could be a lie, but I’ve seen nothing to dispute it.

13. Did you know the cliche ‘hiding behind the sofa’ was popularized by Doctor Who?  [UNKNOWN]

  • This is such a vague thing to say.  I know that I personally recognised it as being often used in connection with the early Dalek episodes or the series as a whole.  “Was popularized” it really had to prove or disprove.  Some American commented that they’d never heard the cliche, so perhaps Doctor Who did popularise in the UK (and Australia).
  • One commenter stated that they didn’t believe that children weren’t scared by television before the 60s.  This person obviously misread the “was popularized” as as “was created by”.

15. Did you know that Ridley Scott almost designed the Daleks?  [UNKNOWN]

  • It is so claimed in “The Handbook: The First Doctor.”  I have no reason to deny it.

#10 & 11

1 person each

3. Did you know that Doctor Who employed the BBC’s first ever female producer? [CORRECT]

  • Whoever questioned this one was technically correct, Verity Lambert was the BBC’s first ever drama producer, an important milestone.  Other genres had already had female producers at the BBC, however, the page itself does clarify this.

10. Did you know the Whomobile was added at the request of the Third Doctor?  [UNKNOWN]

  • Seems reasonable enough.

Fully believed:

6. Did you know that the Tenth Doctor is married to the actress who played his on-screen daughter?

8. Did you know the author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was a Doctor Who writer in the 70s?

9. Did you know the Daleks were inspired by the Nazis?

12. Did you know the Fourth Doctor’s iconic scarf was created by accident?

14. Did you know Deep Roy is the only Doctor Who actor to also appear in both Star Trek and Star Wars?

16. Did you know that Stephen Fry wrote a script for Doctor Who that was never filmed?

17. Did you know that the Doctor’s regeneration was introduced to overcome the First Doctor’s ailing health?

Least to Most Surprising

Four respondents claimed that they found the list surprising.  However, few found specific items surprising:

#1 – 6

3 people each.

 1. Did you know 103 episodes of the series are lost?

7. Did you know the creator of Doctor Who wanted a female Doctor?

9. Did you know the Daleks were inspired by the Nazis?

13. Did you know the cliche ‘hiding behind the sofa’ was popularized by Doctor Who?

16. Did you know that Stephen Fry wrote a script for Doctor Who that was never filmed?

17. Did you know that the Doctor’s regeneration was introduced to overcome the First Doctor’s ailing health?

#7 – 10

2 people each.

2. Did you know Doctor Who began as a children’s educational show?

3. Did you know that Doctor Who employed the BBC’s first ever female producer?

5b. Did you know Benedict Cumberbatch turned down the role of The Doctor? 

12. Did you know the Fourth Doctor’s iconic scarf was created by accident?

#11 – 16

1 person each

4. Did you know that Torchwood is an anagram of Doctor Who used to trick pirates?

8. Did you know the author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was a Doctor Who writer in the 70s?

10. Did you know the Whomobile was added at the request of the Third Doctor?

14. Did you know Deep Roy is the only Doctor Who actor to also appear in both Star Trek and Star Wars?

15. Did you know that Ridley Scott almost designed the Daleks?

18. Did you know that Sylvester McCoy played both the Sixth and Seventh Doctors in his first scene

Not Labelled as Surprising

5a. Bill Nighy turned down the role of The Doctor?

6. Did you know that the Tenth Doctor is married to the actress who played his on-screen daughter?

11. Did you know Tom Baker joined a monastery at the age of 15?

Most to Least Known

#1

Knew: 31; Didn’t: 1

97%

6. Did you know that the Tenth Doctor is married to the actress who played his on-screen daughter?

#2

Knew: 30; Didn’t: 2

80%

17. Did you know that the Doctor’s regeneration was introduced to overcome the First Doctor’s ailing health?

  • Note: The list was made before An Adventure in Time & Space was shown, the survey started after, so this may have skewed the results for this item.

#3 & 4

Knew: 22; Didn’t: 6

79%

2. Did you know Doctor Who began as a children’s educational show?

  • Note: The list was made before An Adventure in Time & Space was shown, the survey started after, so this may have skewed the results for this item.

9. Did you know the Daleks were inspired by the Nazis?

#5

Knew: 24; Didn’t: 6

4. Did you know that Torchwood is an anagram of Doctor Who used to trick pirates?

#6

Knew: 21; Didn’t: 6

78%

 1. Did you know 103 episodes of the series are lost?

  • Some comments said that people knew episodes were lost, but not how many.

#7

Knew: 22; Didn’t: 12

61%

8. Did you know the author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was a Doctor Who writer in the 70s?

#8

Knew: 18; Didn’t: 12

60%

12. Did you know the Fourth Doctor’s iconic scarf was created by accident?

#9

Knew: 16; Didn’t: 13

60%

18. Did you know that Sylvester McCoy played both the Sixth and Seventh Doctors in his first scene?

#10 & 11

Knew: 15; Didn’t: 15

50%

3. Did you know that Doctor Who employed the BBC’s first ever female producer?

  • Note: The list was made before An Adventure in Time & Space was shown, the survey started after, so this may have skewed the results for this item.

Knew: 15; Didn’t: 15

50%

13. Did you know the cliche ‘hiding behind the sofa’ was popularized by Doctor Who?

#12

Knew: 12; Didn’t 16

43%

16. Did you know that Stephen Fry wrote a script for Doctor Who that was never filmed?

#13

Knew: 9; Didn’t: 17

35%

5b. Did you know Benedict Cumberbatch turned down the role of The Doctor? 

#14

Knew: 10;  Didn’t: 19

34%

 7. Did you know the creator of Doctor Who wanted a female Doctor?

#15

Knew: 9; Didn’t: 20

31%

15. Did you know that Ridley Scott almost designed the Daleks?

#16

Knew: 8; Didn’t: 19

30%

5a. Bill Nighy turned down the role of The Doctor?

#17

Knew: 8; Didn’t 22

27%

14. Did you know Deep Roy is the only Doctor Who actor to also appear in both Star Trek and Star Wars?

#18

Knew: 7; Didn’t: 23

23%

10. Did you know the Whomobile was added at the request of the Third Doctor?

  • A comment noted that the participant didn’t know what the Whomobile was, a possibility for a number of people who didn’t know this one.

#19

Knew: 7; Didn’t: 24

22.5%

14. Did you know Deep Roy is the only Doctor Who actor to also appear in both Star Trek and Star Wars?

Discounting the (5b) which has proven to be false, 9 (half) of the “

~ DUG.

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