I think the Doctor Who production team may have lost
track of which year is currently the present day
in the Doctor Who universe. I know I have. Is Series
3 set in 2007 or 2008?
In Aliens of London, when the Doctor sees Roses
missing poster, it says that shes been missing
since March 2005. And since Aliens of London is set
exactly one year after that date, it takes place in March
is set six months later (according to an on-screen
caption), meaning that it takes place in September 2006. And
in the pre-credits sequence of Utopia,
as the TARDIS makes its pit stop in Cardiff, Martha mentions
how there was an earthquake there a couple of years
ago, which makes it 2008.
However, in Aliens of London, we see the outside of
the Trafalgar Theatre, where posters clearly show that the
current production is Sweeney Todd, which ran from
22 July to 09 October 2004. In The Runaway Bride, Donna
and Lances wedding programme shows the current year
to be 2006, even though the events of The
(which would have taken place at Christmas 2006) have
already happened (its possible that you cannot see this
in sufficient detail on screen - it is shown close up in a
feature on the episode in an issue of Doctor Who Magazine).
Finally, dialogue in The
implies that the final Harry Potter book hasnt
yet been released in Marthas time (Wait till you
read Book 7 - oh, I cried, says the Doctor), which would
mean that she comes from a time earlier than 21 July 2007.
Can you explain these discrepancies?
greater weight of evidence is that Series 3 is set in 2008.
The other references are goofs and glitches to be ironed out,
or things that are open to interpretation.
Regarding the Sweeney Todd reference in Aliens of
London, maybe Stephen Sondheim shows get longer runs in
the Doctor Who universe, or at least different show
The dodgy wedding programme in The Runaway Bride could
be attributed to a printing error that no one notices until
its too late to change. It seems amazing that this could
happen, but perhaps Lance is in charge of the programmes,
and, since the wedding is a sham as far as he is concerned
(as hes working for the Empress of the Racnoss all along)
hes hardly likely to care about the typo, is he?
Regarding Harry Potter, Martha is obviously a keen
fan, what with her quoting JK Rowling to save the world and
all that, so I think we have to discount the possibility of
her simply waiting for the paperback edition to come out.
Perhaps has she just been too busy studying and helping out
her demanding family members to have read The Deathly Hallows
yet. Unless of course the Doctor is wrong about the fact that
she hasnt read it yet and shes too polite to correct
him. Or, like Stephen Sondheim shows, the Harry Potter
books have later release dates in Doctor Who land.
Lets not even get into how summery it always looks in
Doctor Whos England around Christmastime... Then
again, maybe its global warming as a result of all that
dimension-hopping in Doomsday...
Or I suppose we could chalk it all up to residual wibbly-wobbly,
timey-wimey weirdness from the Last Great Time War...!