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The A to Z Of Doctor Who

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« Reply #120 on: September 01, 2013, 11:08:26 pm »

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Wells

H.G. (Herbert George) Wells, 1866-1946, was a novellist, historian and political thinker, remembered most for his pioneering SF books like The Time Machine and War of the Worlds.  He's known to have travelled briefly with the Doctor in his youth, helping him to overthrow the Borad on the planet Karfel.  In the process, he encountered the name Morlox which he later used as Morlocks in The Time Machine.

It's not known whether he had any further experience with the Doctor, but examination of his writing suggests he was at least familiar with some of the Doctor's previous adventures.  In particular, his portrayal of the passive Eloi and the vicious, subterranean Morlocks seems to have been inspired by the Thals and Daleks at the time of the Doctor's first visit to Skaro, while the Martians in War of the Worlds - organic beings in technological travel machines - were probably inspired by the Daleks. 
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