Monday, 6 February 2012

"Basically, I rule."

Today's Google Doodle is about Francois Truffaut's 80th birthday. I'm sure Amy and Rory would like to meet him, but his work doesn't exactly lend itself to monster attacks.

Here in the UK, it's more noted as the 60th anniversary of the Queen's accession. She's been around even longer than Doctor Who.

She did not actually appear as herself in The Runaway Bride, although she did get a box set of S1 when it came out.

In fact, the Queen has a bit of prior form here. Her coronation kicked off a boom in TV sales and rentals, as seen in The Idiot's Lantern, which helped The Quatermass Experiment became a national phenomenon, and when Nigel Kneale followed it up with an adaptation of Nineteen Eighty-Four questions were asked in Parliament about whether some of the scenes had been suitable for television, but then it was revealed that she herself had enjoyed it, and a second broadcast was the most watched show since her coronation.

So she might be part space werewolf, but she helped British SF TV get established so that's a point in her favour.

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