Thursday, February 09, 2006

Dr. Who’s Nod to Corrie

David Tennant as The Doctor and Billie Piper as Rose in Dr. Who

It was the original name for Coronation Street, but was rejected for sounding too much like a disinfectant.

Now, 46 years later, Florizel Street will finally make an appearance on our screens as the setting for an episode of Dr Who.

In a nod to the classic ITV soap, Welsh writer Russell T Davies, who briefly worked as a storyliner on Coronation Street, changed the name of Cardiff's Florentia Street for filming the new time-travelling series with stars David Tennant and Billie Piper.

The scene will see the Doctor, played by Tennant, and his assistant Rose played by Piper, emerge from the Tardis into the street.

The pair are then seen dressed in '50s rock'n'roll gear to blend in with their surroundings, with Piper dressed in a dark blue anorak with pink pleated skirt and headband, while the Doctor dispenses with his usual geek chic in favour of a sharp suit, quiff and sideburns.

The name Florizel Street had been chosen as the working title for ITV's flagship soap ahead of its launch by Granada in December 1960, until, as the story goes, Agnes, a tea lady at the studios in Manchester, pointed out that it sounded like a brand of disinfectant.

With show bosses then opting to drop the name, they settled on Coronation Street after rejecting the title Jubilee Street.

Source: icWales (edited)

1 comment:

John said...

So are the Doctor and Rose travelling to a thinly disguised Coronation Street then? Now that would be better than the time the Doctor landed in the Big Brother house.