Canada & Doctor Who~
from the wikipedia~
Before Doctor Who there was Mr X:
“Doctor Who had an early Canadian connection. The series was conceived by Canadian expatriate Sydney Newman while he was the BBC‘s Head of Drama. The series may have been inspired by a short-lived segment (canceled because parents complained that it was “too frightening” for their children) on the Canadian version of Howdy Doody. It featured a surprisingly similar character, a puppet called Mr X who travelled through time and space in his “Whatsis Box” teaching children about history. Newman oversaw this series while working as a programming head for the CBC.Newman maintained a guiding influence over Doctor Who until he left the BBC in 1967.”
For those keeping track at home Doctor Who was created in 1963 and the Canadian Howdy Doody went off the air in 1959.
Sadly I can’t find *any* pictures of Mr X or his Whatsis Box online. If you stumble upon any please let me know!
The animated what-might-have-been:
“In the 1980s, a cartoon series was planned by Canadian animation house Nelvana which was to feature an unspecified Doctor who incorporated elements of various BBC series Doctors.
Concept art was prepared depicting several possible versions of the Doctor as well as K-9, an unnamed companion and Daleks but the project did not proceed further and no pilot was produced”
Here’s some of the concept art:
The Doctor with Sonic Screwdriver.
Shades of Egon Spengler from the Real Ghostbusters Cartoon?
Doctor Who, always with the ladies…
K9 as a satchel! I love this!
Pocket watch as scanner or remote control for the TARDIS?
Inside the TARDIS
Bessie… IN SPACE!
Big machine, little Daleks.
Slender, stylin’ Cyberman
Cellus? They most have done some discussion of supporting characters…
Magnar? Looks very much the Time Lord with his phrygian cap on.
K9 looking more dog-like than ever.