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Doctor in Real Time
Doctor: Sixth Doctor
Companion(s): Evelyn
Main enemy: The Cybermen
Main setting:
Earth, 1951 (divergent timeline)
Chronos, 3286
The far future
Key crew
Writer: Gary Russell
Director: Gary Russell
Producer: Jason Haigh-Ellery (For Big Finish)
Jacqueline Rayner (For BBC Worldwide)
Animator: Lee Sullivan
Release details
Release number: 2
Premiere broadcast: 2 August 2002 - 6 September 2002
Format: 6 Episodes
Production code: BBCI-2
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Real Time was a six-episode webcast animated adventure featuring the Sixth Doctor. It was available via the BBCI website in 2002. Real Time was one of a few animated webcasts produced featuring various incarnations of the Doctor in the years prior to the revival of the series.

This serial is notable for including the character Evelyn Smythe, marking the first time a character created for the Big Finish Productions audio dramas had appeared in a BBC-sponsored production.

Real Time is also known for its unresolved cliffhanger, which has remained an untouched subject since its initial release, due to plans to continue the webisodes falling through.

Synopsis Edit

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Plot Edit

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Cast & characters Edit

References Edit

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Story notes Edit

  • This story featured the debut of the blue version of the Sixth Doctor's outfit. Multiple reasons were given for this; Colin Baker not having been fond of the original version and the blue suit being more suited to the evolved version of the character. The main reason, though, was technical simplicity; the original version of the costume would have been too complex to portray in this webcast's illustrations of limited detail.[1]
    • The blue suit has since been adopted into the Sixth Doctor's continuity in his Big Finish audio timeline, featuring in his audios both in dialogue (AUDIO: The Wrong Doctors) and in cover art.
    • The blue-suited version of the Doctor from this webcast has since been released as Character Options and Character Building action figures.
  • Episodes 4 through 6 had warnings that "this week's episode contains scenes that may not be suitable for younger children".
  • Yee Jee Tso played Chang Lee in the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie.
  • Each episode was released at noon on a Friday.[2]
  • According to the Big Finish website, this story was specifically written to work as either a webcast or audio drama.

Original website release/broadcast Edit

Myths Edit

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Production errors Edit

Cat brooch

The superimposed cat brooch.

  • In closeup shots of the Doctor's changing cat brooch, it is obvious that the brooch is a rectangular image superimposed onto the image of the Doctor's lapel, as the background of the cat is a shade of blue slightly different to the lapel.
  • Due to the limited animation style of the broadcast, the character drawings are often mirrored. This results in non-symmetric visual details like clothing and hairstyles constantly switching back and forth from one side to the other.

Continuity Edit

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Modern inaccessibility Edit

Due to technical changes behind the scenes of the BBC website, the Realmedia audio and video streams which made up the webcast stopped working. The BBC acknowledged the error in a FAQ on the Doctor Who website during Series 4, stating they were aware of the error and were working to restore the webcast to functionality in another format "as soon as possible,"[3] but no further announcements have been made. The relevant FAQ has since gone offline.

Though the webpages and links for the webcast still remain online as part of the archived "classic" Doctor Who website, the Real Time webcast itself remains inaccessible.

CD and other releases Edit

Footnotes Edit

External links Edit

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