Doctor Who

The Talons of Weng-Chiang - S14-E6

Trivia: A pile of straw - seen in the road as Weng-Chiang searches for the time cabinet - was placed there to hide a modern (1970s) car which had, despite requests to the contrary, been parked in the road prior to filming, and whose owner refused to move it.

The Deadly Assassin - S14-E3

Trivia: At the end of episode 3 of "The Deadly Assassin", the Doctor is attacked and has his head held underwater for a very long time. The "cliffhanger" ending of episode 3 is a freeze frame shot of the Doctor (Tom Baker) under the water, apparently drowned. This ending elicited much criticism from Mary Whitehouse and the vocal National Viewers and Listeners Association, who lobbied to have Doctor Who taken off the air, or at least moved to a post-9pm "watershed" slot. In an interview in 1994, Whitehouse said that the ending of this episode still disturbed her, more than 14 years later.

The Deadly Assassin - S14-E3

Trivia: "The Deadly Assassin" is the only Doctor Who story in the classic series in which the Doctor does not have a "companion" of some kind. The previous companion, Sarah Jane Smith (played by Elizabeth Sladen) was written out in the previous story "The Hand of Fear", and the next companion, Leela (Louise Jameson) did not come on board the TARDIS until the next story, "The Face of Evil."

The Robots of Death - S14-E5

Trivia: Robophobia, an irrational fear of robots, is at one point referred to as 'Grimwade's syndrome'. This was an in-joke reference to production assistant Peter Grimwade (later to become a director and writer on the series) who had bemoaned the fact that the stories on which he was assigned to work almost always involved robots.

The Robots of Death - S14-E5

Trivia: The deactivation discs for the robots (or "corpse markers" as they are referred to in the script) are not as glamorous or hi-tech as you might think. They are, in fact, bicycle reflector discs, bought from Halford's Cycle Shops.

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