Six Smart Women Discussing Doctor Who

Pure Historicals

It’s another “Big Idea” segment! Join Deb, Kat, Lynne, and Tansy as they talk about Tansy’s Big Idea — “pure historicals” in Doctor Who!

What do you think about pure historicals? And do you have Happy Things to share with us? Drop us a tweet or let us know in the comments!


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Comments on: "Pure Historicals" (5)

  1. Icon_UK said:

    You want us to tell you Happy Things? Neat!

    Well, I am rather happy about Character Options releasing new classic DW figure sets at B&M in the UK, and the lineup includes:

    First Doctor and two Sensorites

    Ian Chesterton and two Voord

    Power of the Daleks – Dalek twin pack

    Day of the Daleks – Dalek twin pack

    and they also recently released a Second Doctor and TARDIS (with the Doctor in his fur coat from, the Abominable Snowman) as an online exclusive.

    If the first two aren’t already down as happy things for Liz in a future podcast I will be VERy surprised!

  2. Icon_UK said:

    Oh, and some other randomish comments if I might be so bold.

    The Fifith Doctor and Nyssa met Sir Issac Newton in a Big Finish (Yeah, big shock I know 🙂 ), which does show his pettiness, his cruelty and his genius, when he finds some anachronistic currency in the Doctor’s pockets and makes some interesting deductions about the future based on them alone.

    I do wish that in it’s “back to basics” approach at the launch of the Chibnall era (With the Doctor taking the Fam to interesting points in time just for fun etc), they’d taken the opportunity to do more “pure” historicals

    Most of the complaints I heard about the bad guy in “Rosa” were less about him being a shallow character and more about him being there at all. There were so many other more interesting avenues to look into there, like the sheer extent of the organisation behind the event itself (hinted at in the scene with MLK) or 15 year old Claudette Colvin’s earlier refusal to give up her seat, and why she didn’t become the focal icon for the movement.

  3. Rebecca Rondomanski said:

    I love this podcast! You guys come up with so many great and fun ideas! I personally would love to see the Doctor meet Leon Theremin. There is a lot of history around him and he was an inventor of more than just the musical instrument named after him.

    I know that in the 1940’s he invented a listening device that was gifted to the US ambassador and hung in his office in Moscow for 7 years. He married an American dancer who was a woman of color back in the day when that was not a thing. He was also in prison in Russia for long time.

    Clara Rockmore, the best Thereminist in the world (personal opinion only lol) was friends with him. I love Clara Rockmore’s rendition of The Swan-my grandfather played cello and that was one of my very favorite pieces.

    It would be fun to see that. Wish I could win a contest or something to make it happen.


  4. Well, as you know (Bob), my regular source of Happy Things is Jess Jurkovic’s YouTube channel, in particular his “Dudley Simpson IS Doctor Who” project. He’s *almost* covered the complete history of Dudley’s association with the show, now, though, with several pieces from the Key to Time season and now a few snippets of following season incorporated in his 4th and final movement of “The Doctor’s Theme”. So he hasn’t done “The City of Death” yet, and there are still some earlier musical gems I hope he’ll go back and fill in, that weren’t in his original run.


    The Doctor’s Theme, 4th Movement:
    (N.B. He’s planning to do a compilation playlist of all 4 movements soon. It’s astonishing how many variations Dudley got out of that really simple little theme, over 6 years of the show! Many are just little reminders at scene transitions, or jokey jingles to accompany Tom’s buffoonery, but some of them are really beautiful and evocative of the stories they hail from. )

    “Thanks For a New Day”:
    (From “The Ribos Operation”)

    “General Smythe”:
    (From “The War Games”)

  5. ccarol said:

    “An Unearthly Child” is a pre-historical, surely?

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