Monday, March 30, 2009

Doctor Who... in other lands

1. The nights in Iceland are six months long so when each episode of Doctor Who is broadcast it must be played at 1/360th normal speed in order to last the same amount of time as an episode broadcast in England. In addition, as there is only one night a year, Iceland television has only got as far as showing The Unquiet Dead despite buying the series in 2006!

2. In Japan you can watch the adventures of any of the first eight Doctors but, astonishingly, the exploits of the ninth and tenth incarnations of Doctor Who are banned! This is because Japan has the largest population of robots in the world. The new series, with its scenes of Daleks and Cybermen climbing stairs cannot be broadcast in case it gives the robots ideas! When it was discovered that the seventh Doctor story Remembrance of the Daleks also showed a Dalek going up stairs, the robots in Japan all had to have their memories erased. Remembrance of the Daleks can now only be transmitted at a time when all of Japan's robots are asleep!

3. Latveria is officially the gloomiest country in the world and when Father's Day was first broadcast the scene of Roses' Dad being run over immediately became the nation's favourite comedy moment!

4. You might imagine that because Australia is on the bottom of the world Doctor Who would be transmitted upside down but this cliché is as silly as the idea that people in England watch the series while wearing bowler hats! In fact the Australian government has spent billions of dollars developing a machine which allows television pictures to be broadcast the right way up. So everyone in Australia sees Doctor Who on television the normal way up and then watches it standing on their heads! While eating Christmas Dinner on the beach! In summer!

5. Television signals also travel into space allowing Doctor Who to be watched on strange far away worlds. In space the viewers are already alien monsters so most of a story like The Satan Pit, with the Beast and the Ood, is regarded as an everyday soap opera while the one scene where the Doctor and Rose talk about mortgages is the most fantastic, imaginative, mind-blowing, science-fiction ever imagined!