5 Doctor Who Episodes Based On Real Events

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Did you know that the Daleks originated from Doctor Who's take on the Cuban Missile Crisis?
The second serial presented on Doctor Who, a six-part story called “The Daleks,” was set on a distant world where the nightmare of 1962 actually came to pass; two nations, the Thals and the Dals, had been locked in an arms race for some indeterminate period of time, finally developing nuclear weapons, resulting in a full nuclear exchange between the two and irradiating the planet Skaro. The radiation was so severe that by the time our heroes arrive, the forests are petrified and full of mummified animals. Those who survived the exchange are now drastically mutated. The Thals have mutated full-circle, becoming a handsome race devoted to peaceful coexistence. They believe the Dals are either extinct or so horribly mutated that they cannot emerge from their frozen city. Neither is completely true; the Dals have mutated horribly, to the point where they have no skeletons and are no longer capable of independent life, but they have developed tank-like travel machines, equipped with life support and a formidable weapons system. They have become the Daleks.

For more interesting Doctor Who plots that originated from real events, don't miss this great article on Mental Floss.


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The article is interesting, but more curious is that Kramer from Seinfeld appears to have time traveled into the still for the clip (upper right side of the frame.)
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"Doctor Who continuity is a bit muddled at times; this particular case is so contentious that fans have given it a name: the UNIT dating problem. Episodes featuring UNIT (a paramilitary organization that employed the stranded Third Doctor) were recorded in the early 1970s but set in the not-too-distant future, with “Terror of the Zygons” likely occurring around 1980. Later writers did not always realize this, leading to an overt and irreconcilable continuity problem."

Except that as any true Whovian knows that time travel means that time can be changed. Recently the phrase "Time can be re-written" has been commonly used in the show, but the effect has occurred many times in the show's history. Just because the Doctor experienced something in 1980 at one point in his life that doesn't mean it will happen in 1980 at another point in the Doctor's life. So any fans who have given the "problem" a name don't seem to get one of the major points of the show.
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