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.
You can follow along with all 10 series.
The Doctor – Planet of the Dead
After being stuck on an interstellar bus,
W’Kabi Barclay gives his phone to The Doctor to be upgraded.
That patterned back! Obviously the Nokia Prism 7500.
Phones were so much more interesting back in the day. Now everything is a smooth black rectangle…
Nathan – Planet of the Dead
Another bus passenger has this chunky silver slider.
I’ve searched my databanks but cannot find anything definitive. If you recognise this flat-bottomed phone, stick a message in the comments.
I think it could be the Nokia E66 – it’s as thick, and has a similar port on the lower left side. The screw placement on the top of the slider is also a match. But this business phone seems like a bizarre prop for unemployed Nathan.
That clever Mr Whatley has the answer:
Exhibit A pic.twitter.com/Pi6Sre8aEy
— James Whatley (@Whatleydude) September 29, 2018
Capt Magambo and Dr Malcolm – Planet of the Dead
The scientist stuck back in base has this rather chunky handset handed to him by Capt Magambo.
(Note the continuity error – the picture has rotated when it should be in portrait as the home screen.)
Huge camera unit on the back, and headphone socket on the side. It is the Motorola ZN5.
Wilf – The End of Time
Oh-ho! This is an interesting one! Wilf has a phone, which The Master snatches.
He’s upgraded from his old Nokia 6310i to the Nokia 6500 – so what?
This is Donna’s old phone! She used this throughout S04. Donna has upgraded her phone and give her cast-off to her old granddad! Brilliant prop continuity.
So what’s Chiswick’s best secretary using nowadays?
That’s all we see. Seems to be a slider with a silver top and black body. Could be anything.
Based on the thickness and silver trim, I’m tentatively going with the Nokia 6700 – but I’m happy to be corrected.
I Don’t Want To Go!
And that’s a wrap for David Tennant! On to S05 and the Matt Smith era. There are smartphones coming up, finally!