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November 20, 2011

Widow’s peekabooboo

Filed under: drwho,writing — Peter A @ 5:20 pm

Further to my pedantic comments about Doctor Who episode titles… brilliantly, my even more pedantic friends and readers have mentioned further punctuation examples and corrections. Thank you to (so far) the following for comments here or on on Twitter:  David C Lewis, Guido Lippe, Laura Cowen, David Darlington, Steve Roberts, Mags Halliday, Barry Platt, and MerseyMal.

They pointed out my error in saying: “The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe” doesn’t use the serial comma… instead of “The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe” doesn’t use the serial comma… 

They also provided some more examples of  “titles that contain punctuation” — like “Rider from Shang-Tu”, which is the earliest example, from the William Hartnell story Marco Polo, though someone should tell the BBC website people that.

But my favourites (because this is the acme of pedantry from Jonny Morris) are the Troughton episodes that appeared on-screen in quotation marks! Examples include “The Krotons” and “The Space Pirates”. Or perhaps more accurately,  “”The Krotons”” and “”The Space Pirates”” I suppose.

And then there were suggestions for other punctuation related titles, my favourites of which were “Question Mark of The Rani” and “The Clause of Axos”, both from Laurie Hooper who therefore wins the internet.


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