Doctor Who Magazine’s soap ‘bubble’: Part 2 (of 3)

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Previously, on TV Cream...
TV Cream is making available some extra box-out blarney, to accompany The Greatest Soap in the Galaxy feature (an exploration of how much Doctor Who owes to the world of soap) in this month’s Doctor Who Magazine.

Yesterday we learnt all about Jupiter Moon, the short-lived sci-fi soap on BSB’s Galaxy channel. This time we look at the uncanny crossover twixt ‘Who and Ver ‘Roads…

The Crossroads correlation

Doctor Who

Crossroads

The Sixties
  • The programme launches in an early evening slot and, defying all expectations, goes on to run for 26 years.
  • The series soon becomes famous for its trademark cliffhangers, and comedians trade in jokes about its wobbly sets.
  • Unfortunately, to the anger of fans, many of those early episodes no longer exist in the archives.
  • The programme launches in an early evening slot and, defying all expectations, goes on to run for 24 years.
  • The series soon becomes famous for its trademark cliffhangers, and comedians trade in jokes about its wobbly sets.
  • Unfortunately, to the anger of fans, many of its early episodes no longer exist in the archives.
  • The Seventies
  • By now, younger viewers regularly fled behind the sofa at the first sight of the famous time tunnel.
  • One of the programme’s most iconic figures, Davros, regularly appears gliding around the universe in a wheelchair.
  • The series becomes indelibly linked with an iconic woolly garment.
  • K9 makes a cameo appearance on Larry Grayson’s Generation Game.
  • By now, younger viewers regularly fled behind the sofa at the first sight of the famous ‘ATV Colour’ ident.
  • One of the programme’s most iconic figures, Sandy Richardson, regularly appears gliding around the West Midlands in a wheelchair.
  • The series becomes indelibly linked with an iconic woolly garment.
  • Larry Grayson makes a cameo appearance as a chauffeur at Meg’s wedding.
  • The Eighties
  • Facing falling ratings, the series gets a massive revamp, featuring glossy new titles and a radical new arrangement of the theme tune.
  • Victoria Wood memorably parodies the series in a ruthlessly effective pastiche.
  • Fans are stunned when Adric is killed and the programme memorably ends with the credits accompanied by silence.
  • The programme’s biggest star – Tom Baker – quits amid much acrimony, exiting the programme after falling from a radio tower.
  • Facing falling ratings, the series gets a massive revamp, featuring glossy new titles and a radical new arrangement of the theme tune.
  • Victoria Wood memorably parodies the series in a ruthlessly effective pastiche.
  • Fans are stunned when Arthur Brownlow is killed and the programme memorably ends with the credits accompanied by Wings’ arrangement of the theme tune.
  • The programme’s biggest star – Noele Gordon – quits amid much acrimony, exiting the programme after a Bonfire Night fire at the motel.
  • The Noughties
  • The show returns to our screens after 16 years and, thanks to a combination of superb casting, thrilling plots and brilliant special effects, returns to the top of the ratings.
  • The series returns to our screens after 13 years… and is ditched after 18 months to make way for reruns of Catchphrase.
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