Doctor Who – A Global Phenomenon: Part 1 Australia
“People come, usually between the ages of 26 and 33, for various reasons. They like the lifestyle, the climate and access to the beach, although the downside is being away from family and friends. “But it’s also an easier option to come here than stay in the UK because emergency medicine doctors are much better supported here. Here they work a guaranteed 43-hour week, with five hours of that protected for teaching. “There are also far more registrars than in the UK. In a typical NHS hospital there are seven to 10. But in my hospital, we have 13 consultants, 20 registrars and 12 junior doctors. That makes working overnights and at weekends a completely different prospect: far less intense and pressured, because you have many more colleagues. “This Sunday evening, when I’m in charge, I’ll have two consultants and five registrars working with me until midnight. Those are staffing levels that could only be dreamed of in many, if not most, UK emergency departments. In the UK there would be one consultant on duty until midnight in some places. “Australian staffing levels are the aspiration of the rest of the world, a gold standard. For a trainee doctor, Australia is an easier option because of the support and training opportunities you get. “The work here is as busy as in the UK but it’s less stressful because I can delegate registrars and consultants to look after patients, whereas in the UK you can’t do that because NHS A&E consultants are stretched because of understaffing, reliance on junior staff and an inability to fill medical posts in their department. “My wife, who is Australian, and I loved our time working in the NHS in Scotland. We came here in 2011 for various reasons, but particularly because we felt it would be easier to sustain our jobs in the long term here because our work is well supported and well appreciated.
It wasnt only An Unearthly Child that debuted on the 23rd of November, but also the famous music that would accompany every Doctor Who episode for the next 50 years and beyond the Doctor Who theme song, which in its most original version was written by Australian musician Ron Grainer. His music has gone on to inspire the likes of Who legends Courtney Pine and Murray Gold. Australia also is home to classic series companion Tegan Jovanka, played by Aussie actress Janet Fielding. So, so far, what can we attribute to an Aussie?? The script of the first televised episode The relationship between the Doctor and his very first companion The Police Box exterior of the TARDIS And the historic Doctor Who theme song! Outside the production itself, the Australian Broadcasting Company (or the ABC for short), which is still the current primary channel for Doctor Who airing in Australia, was one of the first and longest term purchasers of the series from the BBC from its beginning, initially planning to screen the series in May 1964, within months of the UK premiere. The ABC later put up production money for an anniversary special The Five Doctors. Although a Doctor Who story has never been filmed in Australia, there have been many references to the great land down under! From the Fourth Doctor meeting Aussie opera singer Dame Nellie Melba, to the Second Doctor briefly visiting before being captured on the shores of an Australian beach in The Enemy of the World, to even Amy Pond suggesting the Australian Outback as a possible place for the Silurians to live in Cold Blood Australia is no stranger to being mentioned in Doctor Who scripts! Who knows maybe an Australian adventure may be on the cards for Series 8!!! (See what I did there Who knows) Classic Australian humour. Whovian Culture Although we are no Great Britain when it comes to Doctor Who, Australia still knows how to celebrate the 50th Anniversary in style! How exactly are we bringing Who into the spotlight? Well. Cinema Screenings: Australia has become theguinea pig testing farm for Doctor Who episode screenings on the big screen. On two separate occasions, theyve had special events that have sold out in cinemas all over Australia with the first event showing The Impossible Astronaut and Day of the Moon in one epic evening, and more recently Asylum of the Daleks and The Angels Take Manhattan being screened a few weeks later.