Friday, 16 July 2010

A Matter of Time: The War Machines

DOCTOR: William Hartnell
COMPANIONS: Jackie Lane, Anneke Wills, Michael Craze

STORY: The First Doctor and his companion Dodo land in London, where they are unsettled by a strange energy source nearby. After visiting the newly completed Post Office Tower, the Doctor and Dodo meet Professor Brett, the creator of the problem-solving computer WOTAN. However, WOTAN has an entirely different agenda altogether…

• The man giving the presentation contradicts himself saying WOTAN is controlled by no one but goes on to say the professor and his team have it well under control.
• Sir Charles talks of the date being Monday 16th July, which would set the story in 1962 or 1973, despite it being heavily implied that the date was the present year at the time of 1966.
• The Doctor is infamously referred to as ‘Doctor Who’ by WOTAN in this story. This is the only time on television that the Doctor is directly called by the name ‘Who’, although his third incarnation would own a car with the number plate of ‘Who 1’.

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