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Jelly baby

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Eighth Doctor offers jelly baby

The Eighth Doctor offers a jelly baby. (TV: Doctor Who)

Jelly Baby -Take me to Your Leader - Doctor Who - The Face of Evil - BBC03:42

Jelly Baby -Take me to Your Leader - Doctor Who - The Face of Evil - BBC

The Fourth Doctor threatens the Sevateem with a "deadly" jelly baby. (TV: The Face of Evil)

Jelly babies were an English sweet favoured by the Doctor, his fourth incarnation in particular. They were also enjoyed by the Master. The Fourth Doctor often offered them to companions and others he met on his travels. Jelly babies were in the shape of a miniature humanoid child. They were made out of gelatin and were offered in a variety of colours and flavours.

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The Doctor offering jelly babies

The Fourth Doctor offers jelly babies to a Starfleet away team. (COMIC: Assimilation²)

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  • The Doctor gave Donna Noble a bag to breathe into when she began hyperventilating; she commented that it smelled of jelly babies. (AUDIO: The Forever Trap)
  • When shopping for some Brainy Crisps to conduct an investigation, the Doctor was able to ignore a lot of the sweets but gave the jelly babies a longing glance, hinting his taste for jelly babies lingered through regeneration. (PROSE: Code of the Krillitanes)

Eleventh Doctor Edit

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Behind the scenes Edit

Fourth Doctor eating allsort

The Fourth Doctor eats an allsort while offering a jelly baby (TV: The Sun Makers)

  • On a number of occasions, the Doctor offered "jelly babies" when in fact he was holding another kind of sweet, such as liquorice allsorts. (TV: The Sun Makers and Image of the Fendahl)
  • Tom Baker has claimed that the original script of The Face of Evil involved the Doctor threatening the tribesmen with a knife. Feeling that such an act was not appropriate, he insisted that the Doctor bluff his way out with a jelly baby instead.[1]
  • In the United States, jelly babies had a low profile as a confectionery product. When Pinnacle Books published Doctor Who novelisations in new packaging, the editorial changes made by them included changing jelly babies to jelly beans, for fear of confusing American readers. Later, when the series had a great deal more popularity, many Americans simply associated jelly babies with Doctor Who and with the Doctor as played by Tom Baker. Under license from the BBC, one company sold jelly babies in packaging resembling the Doctor's TARDIS, advertising them as "the Cosmic Candy of the Time Lords".
  • The "Inside the TARDIS" featurette on the UK DVD of Doctor Who includes a closeup view of the bowl of jelly babies enjoyed by the Seventh Doctor at the start of the film.
  • Jelly babies appear as collectible cards in The Adventure Games.

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