Suspend your Disbelief: Doctor Who

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“You know that in nine hundred years of time and space and I’ve never met anybody who wasn’t important before.” — The Doctor

Doctor Who is a British science fiction television show created by the BBC that chronicles the adventures of The Doctor, an immortal time traveling alien known as a Time Lord. Along with a female companion, The Doctor ends up in some quirky adventure that requires him saving the human race from destruction again and again. The series originally started in 1963 and was rebooted in 2005 after a 16 year hiatus that reaches a worldwide audience. For 2013 one of the biggest British icons is going to paired with another British icon: Triumph Motorcycles.

The TV Show
The current season of Doctor Who focuses on the 11th Doctor (portrayed by Matt Smith) is the eleventh incarnation of his self, becoming a recluse after 1000 years of traveling the universe. Refusing to interact with humanity to protect it, The Doctor has retreated into his TARDIS in the clouds above earth. The Doctor, without friends, has become a darker individual with little care for humanity or the universe. Without completely spoiling the halfway-finished season 7, The Doctor has returned to traveling the universe after having his faith restored by a certain individual.

The Bike
As evidenced by the rubber knee pads and flat seat, these images from the set appear to show a Triumph Scrambler, the dirt-capable version of the Bonneville. The Bonneville series of are known for their quality and ability to recapture a classic riding experience combined with modern performance. Replete in black with shiny chrome exhausts this is an iconic representation of British motorcycles. Over the base Bonneville, the Scrambler gains taller suspension, high-mount exhausts and semi-knobbly tires, enabling it to tackle obstacles and go just about anywhere. A good companion, then on The Doctor’s adventures.

We can see from the photos of the motorcycle that there is a box with a large red button on it and I can guarantee you that it will do something unexpected.

The Rider
The actors who play The Doctor and Oswin are Matth Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman, respectively. Smith is portraying a quirky immortal time traveler, essentially “a mad man with a magic box.” Coleman is portraying The Doctor’s companion, his traveling partner, a strong willed intelligent woman who captivates the Doctor’s attention. Looking at what The Doctor and Oswin are wearing, we can see a pair of French aviator goggles by Léon Jeantet and a pair of British Davida half helmets completing that retro rocker look.

The Action
From what we see out of the season 7 trailers and photos, the Doctor and Oswin ride the motorcycle straight through the TARDIS’ doors off on an adventure. Aside from that, we’ll have to wait for the final eight episodes of season 7, airing on BBC in April.

The Reality
British motorbikes, British people, British motorcycle clothing; this is undeniably British. The Scrambler is a good choice for the Doctor Who series, it is representative of the Doctor’s way of traveling anywhere, anytime. It also speaks to how hip and modernized Doctor Who now is. While the Scrambler isn’t as capable as lightweight modern dirt bikes, it is a fun and quirky way to travel, somehow that seems to fit the show just fine.

Believability: 7/10

  • Zach

    Can’t wait to see what the button does. I also now feel like I need to go riding with French cuffs.

  • th3w3s

    Technically the Scrambler only has 6mm more rear wheel travel than the Bonnie, so it’s not as much the more dirt capable bike as it is the more dirt capable looking bike. But I see your point ;)

    And of course the fake carbs help along the vintage appeal of the bike :)

  • KeithB

    “Triumphs are cool”

    • Ben Wipperman

      The good Doctor consistently reinforces that confidence is far more important than popular opinion. Well, Triumphs ARE cool, but the man pulls off bowties. And cowboy hats!

  • The_Doctor

    I approve.

  • AHA

    Funny to see how much product placement there is on the BBC these days. Whilst there are strict regulations on all the other channels (that carry advertising) our supposedly ad-free public channel seems to be exploiting a grey area. Most BBC drama series feature lingering shots of prominently branded items in a way that other channels wouldn’t dare to broadcast.

    In a commercial free world, I like to think Dr Who would ride something properly exotic – perhaps a Vincent Black Shadow or a classic steam punk Moto Guzzi.

  • Robotribe

    A contemporary version of a classic British sci-fi character on a contemporary version of a classic British motorbike is absolutely perfect.

    The 4th incarnation of the Time Lord played by Tom Baker still kicks all other Doctors to the curb.

  • FiveG

    What kind of motorcycle does a Dalek ride?

    • KeithB

      The Dalek IS the motorcycle.

      • twan440

        False… It’s a tricycle with a roof. XD

  • magiced

    Well this is a lot cooler than Bessie

    http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/Bessie

  • Clark Bunch

    Quite of few good doctors have sported a motorcycle over the years.

    http://clarkbunch.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/the-many-motorcycles-of-dr-who/