Thursday, June 12, 2008

Something I first wondered years ago...

Being someone who grew up watching Doctor Who, I remember making this connection early on. I've wondered about it occasionally since, but I've never really bothered to talk about it or research it or anything. So, I put it to you, the reader:

Is Bill & Ted's time-traveling phone booth explicitly based on the TARDIS?

5 comments:

sean witzke said...

Yes, of course it is. But the movie is just a much dumber riff on Time Bandits anyway.

RAB said...

Beg to differ with my young friend: it may or may not be true, but there's no "of course" about it. I've wondered the same thing and looked for some definitive statement one way or the other from the filmmakers, but haven't found any. However, in the original screenplay the time machine was disguised as a 1969 Chevy van, and it was changed to avoid seeming like a ripoff or parody of Back to the Future. Would they have changed something to avoid similarity to one existing property only to deliberately make it a reference to another pop culture entity? Or, given how obscure DW was in the States circa 1987, could it be a coincidence? I tend to think the latter but would be perfectly happy to be wrong.

That said, I'm all for elevating Time Bandits to its rightful place in the canon.

Sea_of_Green said...

LOL! I can't believe I never thought of that before -- but there's a good argument there. :-)

I've always been fond of the argument that James Bond (that is, the film version of James Bond) is also a Time Lord. Hence his ability to change appearance and remain relatively young-looking since the early '60s. ;-)

Matt said...

"However, in the original screenplay the time machine was disguised as a 1969 Chevy van, and it was changed to avoid seeming like a ripoff or parody of Back to the Future."

Funny, because originally the Back to the Future time machine was going to be a modified refrigerator.

-M

Tom Foss said...

Funny, because originally the Back to the Future time machine was going to be a modified refrigerator.

Oh man, that must have been popular with the watchdog groups.