To celebrate the upcoming series Doctor Who staring Jodie Whittaker, I’m attempting to chronicle all the mobile phones used in previous shows.
If you think you’ve spotted something that’s not listed here, or think I’ve made a mistake, drop it in the comments.
Phones play a massive part in this series – more so than any before. You can follow along with all the series at https://shkspr.mobi/blog/tag/doctor-who-phones/.
The Runaway Bride
Donna’s dress has no pockets – so she doesn’t get a phone in this episode. But the Doctor borrows a guest’s device and sonics it:
Fairly distinctive shape. That’s the BenQ-Siemens EF81.
Smith And Jones
The first episode starts with everyone talking on their phones! Most are too fleeting to tell which models they are. Here are the ones I’ve spotted.
An odd one this. It looks like a QWERTY keyboard, but closer inspection shows it to be this unique 5×3 arrangement.
Is it a BlackBerry? An iPaq? Something alien?
Martha Jones – 42
The Doctor enables “Universal Roaming” on Martha’s phone.
That’s the BenQ-Siemens EF81 again! Good prop recycling 🙂
Francine Jones – 42
Later in the episode, Martha’s mum gets called by her daughter.
The orange button means this can only be the Sony Ericsson W810. Nice!
Sally Sparrow uses this phone – blink and you’ll miss it!
I’m going to punt on that being the Nokia 6151. The silver sides, Nokia POP port at the bottom, and D-Pad all look similar.
There’s another phone in use by Kathy Nightingale in this episode.
I think it is almost certainly a Samsung. Their flip phones from the mid-2000s had the same sort of front screen, with logo underneath. But which one? Samsung ZV10 looks right from the front, but wrong from the back. The Samsung X680 is also tantalisingly close. Reckon you know what it is? Stick your guess in the comments.
Wanna say it’s a Samsung e700 - feel like I had payg one early 2000s?— Hannah Nicklin 🌹 (@hannahnicklin) February 15, 2021
The Sound of Drums
Two new phones in this episode – and they are frustratingly obscured from view!
Leo Jones – Martha’s brother – has this cool slider.
FALSE! That isn’t a slider! It’s one of Nokia’s few swivel phone! The 7370
The Master does sport a funky little slider.
Unusually for a slider from this era, the camera is on the body – not the slide.
It’s the Samsung D600!
On to series 4!
Loads of phone in series 3 – but how does it compare to the others?
You can follow along with all the series at https://shkspr.mobi/blog/tag/doctor-who-phones/.