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7 Doctor Who Facts That Will Amaze You

Think you know all there is to know about Doctor Who? Think again, these 7 facts will blow your mind!

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1. The Silence were originally Priests for naked people

Those creepy rulers of the mankind, and probably many other species, originally just wanted to hear your confessions. In the season 6 special, ‘The Time of the Doctor’, Clara and the Doctor walk past a few Silents in the Papal Mainframe. The Papal Mainframe is a church where you are not allowed to wear clothes. A naked Clara asks “What are those things?” to which the naked Doctor replies “Professional priests, very popular, genetically engineered so you forget everything you tell them.” However, don’t go looking for the naked scene, they have holographic projections of clothes on. :(

2. French Doctors don't regenerate quite as often

In France the 9th and 10th Doctors were voice by the same actor.The dubbing of Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant was done by the same voice actor, David Manet. The big question is how did they translate "Allons-Y!"

3. Clara is a tribute to Elisabeth Sladen

Clara is named after the late Elisabeth Clara Sladen. One of the most popular companions of all time, Sarah Jane Smith, was played by the brilliant actress Elisabeth Sladen. Unfortunately Elisabeth passed away in April of 2011. As tribute to her impressive run on the show the next companion, Clara, was given her middle name.

4. Matt Smith wanted to be Doctor Watson not Doctor Who

Matt Smith was auditioning for the role of Watson for an upcoming show called Sherlock. After seeing him audition Moffat decided he was more Sherlock than Watson. Unfortunately for Matt the role of Sherlock had already been filled by one Benedict Cumberbatch. Matt Smith left the audition, sure he would fall back into the shadows never to be heard from again. Moffat, on the other hand, decided he might make a good Doctor and the rest is history. The world was inches away from Benedict and Matt running around London solving crimes together. Just imagine.

5. Torchwood is an anagram of Doctor Who

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Torchwood is the letters from Doctor Who rearranged. When filming first began with the Russell T. Davies revival in 2005, the tapes of the show were labelled Torchwood to prevent potential leaks that Doctor Who was back in production. Davies loved the name Torchwood so much he eventually used it as a title for a spin-off.

6. Bow ties were almost not cool

The iconic fashion statement of the 11th Doctor nearly didn't happen. Moffat recalls his conversation with Smith. "Matt said 'I should be a boffin, I think I need to go with the bow tie' and I said 'No, absolutely not, you're not wearing a bow tie - that's a cartoon idea of what Doctor Who is… Oh, you are going to wear a bow tie - you look incredible in it."

7. Doctor Who employed the BBC's first female producer

Verity Lambert broke the glass ceiling at BBC. Sydney Newman, the creator of Doctor Who, had much praise to heap on Verity. "I think the best thing I ever did on that was to find Verity Lambert," he told Doctor Who Magazine in 1993. "I remembered Verity as being bright and, to use the phrase, full of piss and vinegar! She was gutsy and she used to fight and argue with me, even though she was not at a very high level as a production assistant."

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