Baker, Capaldi and a yo-yo.
In Kill The Moon, to prove the gravity on the moon is stronger than it should be (watch out for time dilation), the Doctor uses a yo-yo, which only goes as far as the first yo. Eccentric and childish, it’s classic Who. Literally, because that yo-yo is the same as used by the Fourth Doctor in a very similar case in The Ark In Space.
The serial, which sees Tom Baker’s Doctor land on an old space station and come up against an insect-like alien, deals explicitly with the future of humanity amongst the stars, something Series 8 looked at heavily.
Apparently, Peter Capaldi insisted that the yo-yo looked as similar to the one Baker used almost forty years ago. So while it was probably intended as a little wink by writer Peter Harness, the Doctor himself made it implied it was actually the same toy.
“I was delighted in this script that we had a yo-yo because obviously, you know, Tom Baker was the famous merchant of the yo-yo in Doctor Who.” ~ Peter.
Has Capaldi requested anything to be worked in in homage
to the previous Doctors? Props or costumes, for instance? “I think there
are lots of details Peter will throw in with his photo shoots and
stuff, but… He’s
his own Doctor, isn’t he?”. “There is an episode where
there’s a yo-yo used and Peter was very keen that looked like the yo-yo
that Tom Baker had, that’s just kind of a detail. He isn’t learning
No Karate eh…
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