Original Star Trek and Doctor Who, are two completely separate franchises; which exist in different universes.
However, both have shared some striking similarities over the years. One might even say – that the Pertwee years maybe purposefully ripped ideas off from Original Star Trek. Don’t believe is? Then read on :
DW’s – Inferno – Vs – St’s – Mirror Mirror
The Doctor travels into an alternate universe, where UNIT are evil Nazi oppressors; overseeing a totalitarian regime. Similar in story, to the classic Trek episode ‘Mirror Mirror’. When Captain Kirk is thrown into an alternate reality, where Spock presides over an evil version of Starfleet; called the ‘Terran Empire’.
The Brigadier plays the evil Spock character, to the Doctor’s – “good” Kirk character. Whilst the evil Brigadier, is instantly different from his good variety; with his eye-patch. Much like evil Spock, with his goatee beard. Evil Liz Shaw could even pass, for a version of “good” Lt. Uhura.- playing “bad” Lt. Uhura!
DW’s The Curse Of Peladon – Vs – ST’s Journey To Babel
Star Trek is all about the unity of different races, under one banner; The Federation. Or in Doctor Who’s case – the ‘Galactic Federation’. Curse Of Peladon – is interesting on two counts. Firstly; it introduces the Galactic Federation – as a combined race of alien speciesworking together for mutual protection and strength.
Secondly; the whole plot of the episode – involves a galactic who-dunnit, as the various alien delegates are accused of plotting/murdering each other and disrupting the peace conference. This is exactly just like, the plot from the trek episode; Journey To Babel.
The Draconians, are a lizardy race of proud and traditional warriors, who despise and mistrust humans – almost as much as the humans, mistrust them.
We even have a line drawn in space between the two empires – called ‘the frontier’. Or “neutral zone” – as it is known in the Trek universe.
DW’s – Mind Of Evil – Vs – St’s – Dagger Of The Mind
Mind Of Evil sees the Doctor, attempt to expose the evils of the “Kellerman machine”. A device used to rehabilitate deranged prisoners, by literally sucking the evil emotions out of their minds. Which is made self aware, by The Master – to go on a psychic killing spree.
Which is similar in story – to the Trek episode Dagger Of The Mind. In which, a machine used to rehabilitate deranged prisoners – is used to destroy Captain Kirk’s mind.
DW’s – The Armageddon Factor -Vs – St’s – A Taste Of Armageddon
The story of two technological races, enacting a hypothetical computer based war simulation; where the calculated casualties are then herded off and vapourised for real. Seems to be, the stuff of nightmare Sci-Fi staple.
Both Who and Trek, have had similar punts at this – to varying effect. Obviously Trek came first – and Who’s attempt, some 10 years after; was to complete Tom Baker’s – ‘Key To Time’ season.
Indeed, the John Woodvine – ‘Marshall’ character – from Doctor Who. Could almost have been lifted, from the pages of the Trek script – for his Trek equivalent – Anan 7 (David Opatoshu).
Indeed, it was a well-known fact that some of the Who producers over the years have had a close affinity for Original Star Trek. This was most realised by second Hartnell producer; John Wiles. Who originally planned to have a Hartnell serial, where the Doctor met an entity claiming to be ‘god’. Unconnected but similar to the eventual storyline, 25 years later featured in the Star Trek movie : The Final Frontier; in 1989.
So next time you pickup up any of these classic Who’s, have a look out for the Trekisms present and wonder – was it really just a coincidence – or not?
What do you think?