W. Coburn was the headmaster of Coal Hill School in the 2010s. ( TV: )
The Day of the Doctor
Clara told the
Governor that he was "a pompous ass" and reminded her of her headmaster. ( PROSE: )
The Blood Cell
Sometime in the
2010s, prior to 19 July 2013, he was succeeded by Mr Armitage. ( TV: )
Behind the scenes Edit
Coburn shares their first initial with Waris Hussein and their surname with Anthony Coburn, the director and writer respectively of the first ever story, Doctor Who . These references were included in An Unearthly Child The Day of the Doctor to further celebrate the programme's 50th anniversary.
They also share their name with the in-universe character Wendy Coburn from , who was a pupil at Coal Hill in Time and Relative 1963. Later reference to the headmaster as a male, however, establishes them as two different characters, though Clara may have been referring to Mr Armitage.
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