While holidaying in Scotland during the summer of 1885, a young H.G. Wells experimented with magic and believed he had summoned both Vena, who had appeared via the Timelash, and the Sixth Doctor, whose TARDIS seemed to follow her. The Doctor found Wells somewhat irritating. Wells accompanied the Doctor to the planetKarfel and helped him defeat the despotic Borad. Along the way, Wells found inspiration for the fiction he would write and publish. Thanks to the Doctor, Wells also inadvertently coined the phrase "science fiction". (TV: Timelash)
On 30 October1938, actor Orson Welles mounted a radio production of Wells' The War of the Worlds, which was presented as a news broadcast; the resulting production sparked a nationwide panic. Unknown to the public at large, however, an actual invasion attempt occurred during this time which was thwarted by the Eighth Doctor. (AUDIO: Invaders from Mars)
Doctor Who owes an obvious debt to Wells. The idea of a time machine originated in Wells' The Time Machine, and the plot of The Daleks has a lot of similarity to George Pal's movie adaptation of The Time Machine. The Daleks themselves resemble the Martians of The War of the Worlds. So unsurprisingly, a number of affectionate references to H. G. Wells have found their way into the series.
Though Timelash suggests otherwise, in reality it was not H. G. Wells who coined the term "science fiction," but Hugo Gernsback.
The Sixth Doctor's companions from stage plays are difficult to assert with certainty, as different actors played the Doctor in the same play. If a medium is not mentioned, then this incarnation did not have companions who were original to that medium; it does not mean that this Doctor failed to appear in that medium.
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