Five fascinating film and TV facts #91

Mastermind rejects, Homer's dictionary contribution, and a Dr named the Doctor...



You know him as the Doctor but did you know he was also a doctor? In 1967 story The Moonbase, Patrick Troughton’s Second Doctor was asked, “Listen, are you really a medical doctor?” to which he replied, “Yes, I think I was once… I think I took a degree once in Glasgow. 1888 I think. Lister.” 

Sir David Attenborough is a big name – and not only in the human race. A dinosaur, the Attenborosaurus, has been named after Sir David by the Natural History Museum, while a flower in Ecuador, a species of parasitic wasp, and a flesh-eating plant also bear his moniker

Mastermind has seen some strange special subjects in its time, but not all the topics suggested by contestants are accepted: among rejected subjects are “the banana industry” and “cremation practices”

Homer Simpson may not be the sharpest tool in the box, but he has made his own unique contribution to the English language. The word “d’oh” was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2001, defined as: “Expressing frustration at the realization that things have turned out badly or not as planned, or that one has just said or done something foolish.”


If you want to be a copper you have to know your ‘tubbies. Intelligence officers sitting exams to test their suitability to join the Metropolitan Police Special Branch were once asked to name all four of the Teletubbies. The Metropolitan Police defended the test, saying its officers needed to prove they were in touch with all aspects of popular culture.