Oi, Doctor!

That tape was NOT betamax! Dear oh dear…

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  1. On May 29, 2006 Statto says:

    Yes it was!!

  2. On May 30, 2006 The Pacifist says:

    A slightly different issue of course is that if he claims to have invented the home video 30 years early, where did the tape recorder come from?

  3. On May 30, 2006 Statto says:

    Surely…err…he invented it?

  4. On May 30, 2006 Scatman Dan says:

    Presumabley he built that too!

  5. On May 30, 2006 Statto says:

    Oh, I see, the video cassette

    The implication of the scribbled-out Gallifreyan text on the side is that it’s a well-used tape from the TARDIS. That, or the Doc carries around an injection moulding unit and some plastic granules wherever he goes…

  6. On May 30, 2006 Statto says:

    I’ve just read it again, and you actually say “tape recorder”, not “video” (I was thinking about in in the shower and assumed that’s how my confusion arose and then typed he above without looking…idiot). Surely he built the tape recorder? That’s what all the valves and components were for? Surely the tape itself is the bigger mystery..?

  7. On May 30, 2006 JTA says:

    Nah. The valves were to reverse the un-broadcasting thingy.

    And I still think that it’s a VHS tape; betamaxes are shorter and fatter than that one…

  8. On May 30, 2006 Statto says:

    That tape is shorter and fatter than a VHS. And VHS tapes have two half-circle transparent sections through which you can view the tape, whilst Betamax have one full-circle with a label…like that one.

    Why would the Beeb spend all that money acquiring 50s props only to scrimp on one thing they have thousands of already? Do you really think that a set full of video technicians would let them use the wrong type of tape?