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July Books 5) The Making of Doctor Who

5) The Making of Doctor Who, by Malcolm Hulke and Terrance Dicks

Way way back in the mists of childhood, wwhyte and I got hold of the second edition of this book, which was tremendously informative about Doctor Who up to, I think, The Hand of Fear, but was particularly important for me as it was the first book I had read which was about sf; it was possible, I realised, to think and write more deeply about sf as well as just reading it.

This is the first edition, which states on the first page, "Doctor Who has now been running over eight years, which makes it one of the most successful shows on British television." I think I got it at WorldCon. It is very much aimed at a younger audience; quite a long chapter, for instance, on how a television programme is actually made, what the director does, etc. Here is the end of the section about the Master:

That last bit seems rather prophetic now!

One section which was completely changed in the second edition was the re-telling of the Doctor's televised adventures as a continuous narrative, presented as memoranda from the files of the Time Lords and of UNIT. (The second edition simply presented each story separately in a list, as all serious Doctor Who reference books have done since.) This section is preceded by the indictment and initial defence for the Doctor at the end of The War Games, revealing also the Doctor's "real name".

Of course, this bears very little resemblance to the trial we actually saw in The War Games, but it is a nice bit of chrome.

(Can we really bear to refer to the Doctor as ∂³∑x² in future?)

Anyway, certainly superseded in usefulness by pretty much every work of reference on Doctor Who published since, but very nice to have.


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Jul. 6th, 2007 06:15 am (UTC)
What an interesting curio!

"Oh, ∂³∑x²," cried Martha, "you've made the me the happiest..." No, it's not working for me.
Oct. 2nd, 2017 07:00 am (UTC)
It is The Doctors F(x)n is The Continuum which is A Computer System.
∂³∑x² as a Name is a Math Function. The symbols are Partial derivative (Which can be said as the name Daba), 3 (cubed in English but Dio in Greek or Olympic Gallifreyan), The E is pronounced Summate, THe X is just X and 2 (Square in English Dio In Olympic Gallifreyan) So you can write it quickly, but you would say. Daba/Tres Summate/X Dio. Now put it together and you get: Dabatres Summatex Dio. When He graduated he Gained his Time Lordship. SO Lord Dabatres Summatex Dio. Is the first part. The other part you will have to email me for and I can forward a Link. thedoctor.yeswho@gmail.com
Jul. 6th, 2007 06:33 am (UTC)
Oh, that summary of the Master is A++++ would read again AWESOME. There is no need to watch Last of the Time Lords! The summary says it all. And every other Master episode I've seen, especially Delgado. Which is why I love him so very, very much.

I'd be thrilled to call the Doctor "∂³∑x²" if I had any clue how to reproduce it easily; I just copied and pasted yours...
Jul. 6th, 2007 07:07 am (UTC)
I wonder if Kryten's 'dorky middle name' is a slanted reference to this? (ISTR either Grant or Naylor stating that he was a big DW fan when I saw him at a reading - thinking about it it was almost certainly Doug Naylor.)
Jul. 6th, 2007 07:58 am (UTC)
From Wikipedia:

Kryten thinks that his middle name "2X4B" is "jerky", but says he once knew a "poor sucker" of a mechanoid whose middle name was "2Q4B".

Seems a bit obscure even for Red Dwarf!
Jul. 6th, 2007 08:00 am (UTC)
There's a bit at the back of my memory from either the novel reading Q&A or a Robert Llewellyn interview (can't pin it down) that makes me think it started out as more complicated than that but was simplified for script purposes. Ho hum, it will come back to me or it won't, not important either way.
Jul. 6th, 2007 09:06 am (UTC)
wow! No wonder he uses John Smith.
Jul. 6th, 2007 10:34 am (UTC)
I read this, sometime around 1975! Wow, I even remember the line "The first, that he stole the TARDIS".
Jul. 6th, 2007 01:19 pm (UTC)
I have a strong memory of one of the late period Old School Who having delta cubed sigma x squared on a podium on Gallifrey - Arc of Infinity, Five Doctors, Trial of a Time Lords, one of those.

But written like that: it's d, the 3 is an r, new word, turn a w on its side, squeeze an h into a x, do a lazy o as a 2...
Jul. 6th, 2007 01:38 pm (UTC)
It was in the 5 Doctors, on the little monument which gave the rules to the Game of Rassilon. (apparantly, the designer, told to write "Gallifreyan" symbols, picked up a copy of this book and copied the symbols from there)
Jul. 6th, 2007 03:03 pm (UTC)
I'd have to go back and find it, but in the "Deadly Assassin" i remember the Doctor leaving a hand written note (left in that funky "Victorian" control room, which I LOVED) to the castalan who replied "It's signed 'The Doctor' and over the Prydonian Seal" and getting a glimpse of the note, but I don't get the impression it was an equation.
But as I say, I will go and look....
Aug. 7th, 2007 12:59 pm (UTC)
So if you treat the names like mathematical equations, then really the doctor is 4(delta) x 200(sigma) x 20(kappa) to the power of 2, calculated similarly to any generic algebraic equation. So by nominal extension, he effectively is known as 64000000 (totally disregarding that little superscript symbol resembling the hiragana character ro. haha). But I was under the impression that the doctor's name was, canonically speaking, theta sigma? Ah, well. That would explain the great mystery surrounding his lack of a name - it's a barcode, a serial number, not a name. Like he was manufactured, or something. lol.
Aug. 16th, 2010 12:48 am (UTC)
I love you! This is perfect, because we know that 'normal' Time-Lords are not born, like humans. Very nice!
Sep. 23rd, 2017 11:06 am (UTC)
How would you pronounce his name
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