Dr Who Monopoly

by Harry on December 13, 2012

Everyone knows that next year is the 50th anniversary. In fact it’ll be interesting to see how it plays out the day after the far less significant 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination: a special is promised, though no details yet. The doctor is even, right now, on the cover of TV guide magazine though not, contra the inside story, for the first time: somewhere in a depths of my 16 year old’s bedroom is the TV guide from just before she was born with Paul McGann on the cover promoting the 1996 TV movie. (And the adorable Larry Hagman is relegated to the back cover—who, when JR was shot, would have imagined that when the real JR died he’d be upstaged by John Smith?) So I thought I’d poke around for a good present for the 16 year-old from her loving siblings and found….Monopoly: Dr. Who Edition 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition. Fantastic! (PS, don’t tell her, please).

{ 7 comments }

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John Kozak 12.13.12 at 1:43 pm

Wasn’t the first episode of Dr Who due to go out on the 22nd, but postponed till the next day? I was six at the time, and remember the first episode of Dr Who but not the JFK assassination. Feel this should be significant in some way…

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Harry 12.13.12 at 1:58 pm

There’s a great bit in The Remembrance of the Daleks, set immediately after the Doctor and Susan have left, in which Ace sees news of the assassination and an announcement of a “new science fiction..” and then it gets broken off by the action.

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Nick Caldwell 12.14.12 at 2:26 am

“John Smith”? I know that’s the pseudonym the Doctor sometimes uses on Earth…

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e julius drivingstorm 12.14.12 at 9:30 am

Since I’m in the States, I’m somehow not subscribed to the appropriate cable channel to keep up. So I take my Dr. Who in large doses when I can. But, isn’t it Matt Smith who is the most recent incarnation?

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harry b 12.14.12 at 1:05 pm

Yes. I think of the Doctor as John Smith for the reason Nick Caldwell gives. Tennant has used it as an alias too.

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Chrisb 12.17.12 at 12:12 am

Dr Who Monopoly might be a term attached to the circumstance that a mythology that has taken on a life of its own is contractually bound to a single supplier. Rather as if every crucifix, manger set, cross necklace, performance of The Messiah, etc had to be licensed by the Vatican.

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sanbikinoraion 12.18.12 at 10:38 pm

Please stop buying Monopoly. It just encourages them. Monopoly is a terrible game. It takes ages for the winner to win, despite it being obvious (and entirely random) who is going to win. For the love of God, buy people decent boardgames like the thoroughly addictive Dominion.

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