Discworld references in dr who?

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Discworld references in dr who?

Postby unseenu » Sat Apr 24, 2010 11:41 am

Did anyone see the second episode of Matt Smith's doctor who series?(the beast below)

The end shot of a certain star ship being carried by a certain star whale really looked a lot like a certain world being carried by a certain star turtle.I wonder if any tp books survived on starship uk,if so they will all laugh at the simmilarity to their own existence

Has anyone else spotted nods to discworld or terry in doctor who?
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Postby Tonyblack » Sat Apr 24, 2010 3:53 pm

I've seen references to Dr Who in Star Trek - The Next Generation. :wink:
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Postby Quark » Tue May 04, 2010 8:33 am

The star whale certainly reminded me of A'tuin... except he's only carrying a country. A'tuin carries the whole Disc!
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Postby Ponder Stibbons » Tue May 04, 2010 11:16 am

Gosh! :shock: i never knew there were so many discs :lol:
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Postby Quark » Wed May 05, 2010 3:40 am

Chris Paolini (Author of the Inheritance Cycle) includes a nod to the Doctor in one of his books. :)
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Postby mystmoon » Thu May 06, 2010 12:24 pm

The Guardian certainly spotted it
And the idea of a society travelling on the back of giant animal is a clear nod to Terry Pratchett's Discworld.

Whole review here --->http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/tvandradioblog/2010/apr/10/doctor-who-the-beast-below
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Postby Tonyblack » Thu May 06, 2010 4:19 pm

The idea of a world being carried on the back of a turtle (and elephants) is not Terry's. It's much older than that and appears in Hindu mythology. :wink:

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Postby ShadowNinjaCat » Thu May 06, 2010 6:40 pm

I never knew that :?.
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Postby Bouncy Castle » Sat May 08, 2010 4:06 pm

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/cult/s7/doc ... crous.html

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Postby Quark » Tue Jul 13, 2010 1:17 pm

I know exactly what he means. The recent episodes... well, say what you like about Matt Smith, but I think it's down to the scriptwriters' fault. Every single problem is explained away with suddenly introduced variables. 'Yes, she was inside the TARDIS when it exploded, but luckily there's this super-secret emergency device that put her in a time loop, so she is in fact perfectly safe. Oh, and I have this 'cheap' piece of time and space travel technology close to hand, so I can go and save her! Oh, of course, we had to wait until the next episode to mention that. Sorry, didn't we say?'
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Postby raisindot » Tue Jul 13, 2010 11:11 pm

Tonyblack wrote:The idea of a world being carried on the back of a turtle (and elephants) is not Terry's. It's much older than that and appears in Hindu mythology. :wink:

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Thank you for pointing that out, Tony. Even PTerry himself acknowledges the Hindu source of the turtle/elephant idea. If you're going to attribute the idea of worlds carried on animals modern sources, you might first want to attribute it to Dr. Seuss, who came up with the similar idea of a world the size of a dust mote sitting on a flower carried by an elephant in "Horton Hears a Who."

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Postby Who's Wee Dug » Tue Jul 13, 2010 11:50 pm

And that's why in some chess sets the rook or castle is an elephant with a howdah on it's back. :)
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Postby bikkit » Sat Jul 17, 2010 7:48 pm

did anyone else get a hitchhikers guide vibe in the penultimate one whith the a) oldest message in the universe on that cliff b) All things gatering to witness (what we think is the end of the universe c) the universe actually ending d) basically everything

I'm surprised there wasn't a white mouse in the pandorica :D
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Postby Jan Van Quirm » Sat Jul 17, 2010 8:03 pm

Or a white rabbit in a jacket checking it's fob watch wittering on about being late? :wink:
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Postby bikkit » Sat Jul 17, 2010 8:04 pm

..or that
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