07 December 2012

Other Time Lords-Mister Peabody

Not sure how many of you remember Peabody and Sherman. Peabody was the inventor of the original TARDIS, the WABAC machine back in the 1950s. Obviously it was an early model and could only go into the past. The WABAC machine was build to keep his Sherman, his boy entertained.

First A Little History

I know I watched Peabody and Sherman in the 1960s. Can't say if I remember it all the way back to the 1950s. That's stretching it a bit. But unlike the Doctor, Mister Peabody was more concerned with correcting history which had gone wrong. Hmm, wasn't that the same concept form the TV show The Voyagers? It's said that if you're going to steal, steal from the best - but that's another entry.

Peabody and Sherman Resurrected

And so it seems like this ancient Time Lord might be getting a new lease on life in an animated movie. Maybe we can give credit to the good Doctor for helping? Probably not...

But with everything that is resurrected from the past, we must wonder just how many liberties they will take.

Like the Doctor, this was a serial born of TV with multiple TV episodes. I'm not sure how well it will translate when attempting to turn it into a full length movie.

We all remember the lip-service David Yates was giving up about how he was going to do a Doctor Who movie. That was until Steven Moffat came out with a 100%, "Ain't gonna happen!" statement.

I Don't Think The TARDIS Is That Cluttered

peabody sherman wabacI saw a comment somewhere on the internet - yeah, somewhere - that the Eleventh Doctor's TARDIS looks like a junkyard with bits and pieces stuck on like random bits of flotsom.

If that's true then I'd like to know what they think about this one. Do any of those controls really do anything they're supposed to do?

And don't you love the big DANGER sign...

Sherman, His Only Companion

Sadly, Sherman seems to be the only Companion that Mister Peabody ever had. But it's possible that he's the only one that's ever been in any televised adventures. For all we know, Mister Peabody went on to have many more adventures with loads of new Companions. Where's Virgin Adventures when you need them.

And maybe Mister Peabody actually upgraded the WABAC to travel into the future. Just a thought.

And Finally...

By now you realize this is leading somewhere. Here we are at the REAL WABAC Machine. And it's at The Internet Archive.
Browse through over 150 billion web pages archived from 1996 to a few months ago. To start surfing the Wayback, type in the web address of a site or page where you would like to start, and press enter. Then select from the archived dates available. The resulting pages point to other archived pages at as close a date as possible. Keyword searching is not currently supported.
So if you remember the URL of your old web site, maybe you can go back view it. Or maybe not considering the state of HTML back in those days.

I Think This Got Away From Me

We have wandered very far off course here. But it was a fun trip.

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