The Problems with the Easter Doctor Who Special.

Posted on 12 April 2009 in BBC, London, TV Programmes, Transport (10 comments)

Yes there are some.

Doctor Who Easter special, and a dodgy 200 bus.

The 200 does not go anywhere near Victoria or Brixton. In fact it goes from Raynes Park to Mitcham, via Wimbledon and Colliers Wood.

The bus was a Bristol VR. As any researcher worth their salt knows, London Buses would never stoop to running a bus last manufactured in 1981. In fact most London Buses have an average age of around 6 years old! And back in the 1980s, London Buses would never have run a Bristol. No way.

And the VR is not even accessible! Every London bus is accessible. TfL mandate it.

Oh and the 200 does not go near a tunnel, yet alone through one.

Even if it was going to Victoria, not Mitcham. Cos the Blackwall Tunnel is nowhere near the route between Brixton and Victoria. And nor is the Strand Underpass. And I mock the person who'd decide to take a double decker bus into the Strand Underpass! They'd soon have no roof!

And that reminds me. The 200 is a single decker bus. Well except when London General (or "Go-ahead London London General" as their new logo suggests we call them) run out of them and bung on a double decker instead. An accessible one of course. Cos Go-ahead London London General would never put an inaccessible bus on the road. Oh no.

Oh yeah, and London bus number indicators - the thing on the front - are NEVER three different blinds used to make up a three digit number. They're only ever a single blind with the three digit number crammed on.

And Oyster Card ticket machines just don't look like that. Nor is the bus driver ever friendly. And where's his safety screen? Can't have a London bus driver going around without fifteen tonnes of plastic safely cutting him off from the public!

And just who on earth are City Roam anyway? I mean. C'mon. This is London for goodness sake. Who ever heard of a small scale, independent bus operator in a major city? I mean. It's Thatcher's biggest legacy, surely? The disbandment of several large scale bus operators owned by the public, so that they could be replaced by several years later by several large scale bus operators owned by shareholders.

I mean, it's just a complete outrage.

More than that. It's a scandal.

Do these people not do research? Is this really the state modern television is in? Where basic facts aren't even bothered with?

It's fakery! It's fakery beyond belief!

I demand that the whole episode is remade! Instead of the Doctor's rickety double decker going missing in a tunnel, he can go missing in a modern, sleek single decker, somewhere near the Tesco Metro at South Wimbledon. And UNIT can assemble near the Colliers Wood Tower. It could do with the bullets and bombs.

And if I don't get it... Well I have no choice, other than to call for... nay, DEMAND, a complete boycott of the licence fee.

BBC fakery must die. It's time to clean up television. This outrage cannot be allowed to continue. Have no fear. I'm not going to let this rest. I'm going straight to Number 10 on this one!

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Karl said:

Why are you taking this so seriously? Doctor Who is make-believe, so why are you taking this all so seriously? I personally didn't think any of these things were bad. I thought Planet of the Dead was very good, so why is everyone complaining!

Posted on 13 April 2009 at 9:39 AM

Andrew Bowden said:

It's serious because it's important! We the public should not be lied to!

Posted on 14 April 2009 at 11:52 AM

rog said:

... and you haven't even mentioned the registration number change halfway through

Posted on 15 April 2009 at 7:17 AM

Andrew Bowden said:

Now that's conclusive proof of slipping standards!

Posted on 15 April 2009 at 9:24 AM

Lee McKeith said:

I think you should get out more mate, your facination with buses is teetering on the wierd. I enjoyed it, I'm not from London so everything you've said doesn't mean anything to me and millions of others who don't live in London. I thought the episode was great Easter family entertainment, remember, it is aimed at children in the main!!!

Posted on 16 April 2009 at 3:19 AM

John Handelaar said:

Required: one bus we can beat up with hammers.

Cost of actual London bus like the ones in service: £300,000

Cost of crappy 70s rail replacement job from the Valleys: £4,000

Job done. "Bottle show" with a cheap prop: bodes well for scale of final eps :)

Posted on 17 April 2009 at 5:35 PM

Gary Williams said:

I think he might be being a LITTLE bit sarky on this. Every programme has these little slip ups. it's fun to find them.

Posted on 18 April 2009 at 11:04 AM

Tim said:

I can out-anorak anyone!

Back in the 1980s, LT did run Bristols - 112 single decker Bristol LHs (LT classes BL and BS), including on routes 201 and 202, but not the 200 because that was a double deck route back then (DMS class) .

Surely the roof damage we saw to the VR was entirely what you would expect if it went through the Blackwall Tunnel?

Posted on 24 April 2009 at 11:28 AM

Andrew Bowden said:

Are you trying to say that the bus never actually went to an alien planet, but it was just some sand dumped in a tunnel under the Thames?!

Posted on 24 April 2009 at 11:31 AM

Nik said:

God, you are soooo sad, for noticing such small things like that!

Posted on 4 April 2010 at 4:33 PM

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