Jonathan Dent and Claire Etty

both work for the Oxford English Dictionary.

Articles by Jonathan Dent and Claire Etty


Doctor Who through time

The language of Doctor Who, Part 2

Following on from part 1 of this series, our second lexicographer takes the reins and looks into the language of Doctor Who throughout the years. Ticket to ride: the 1960s Some of the best stories for this are when Who is going through one of its periodic phases of self-reinvention. Take The War Machines (1966): for the […]

Well-known Doctor Who words include Tardis.

The language of Doctor Who, Part 1

If you could touch the alien sand and hear the cry of strange birds and watch them wheel in another sky, would that satisfy you? With this tantalizing question, William Hartnell opened the doors of the Tardis to reveal to its new and rather sceptical crew their first destination in an adventure which has, with […]

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