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Who Smells So Great? - Perfume And Fifty Years Of Doctor Who
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20th November, 2013

Unless you've spent the last few months held hostage in E-Space by a horde of Marshmen, you'll be well aware that a British television institution is about to celebrate an important milestone. Doctor Who, the time-travelling sci-fi series which embarked on its first voyage on the 23rd of November 1963 has reached the half-century mark. Fifty years ago, schoolteachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright forced their way into the Doctor's TARDIS, unaware that their actions would result in a trip not just to Palaeolithic earth but also into the minds and hearts of millions of viewers across the world. And since then, the battered old Police Box has travelled across the Universe, featuring characters which have become permanent fixtures of British culture.

Of course, the most important of these is the Doctor himself, a centuries-old, two-hearted, anti-establishment Gallifreyan with a penchant for eccentric clothing and righting the galaxy's wrongs. We Earthlings owe a great deal to his gift for interfering in the affairs of others: he's rescued us from countless Dalek invasions, he's influenced the work of several of our most important artists (Van Gogh and Da Vinci come to mind) and he's even helped out with key political events, not least the French Revolution and the signing of the Magna Carta. In short, we wouldn't be where we are without him.

To join in with the many tributes being paid to him right now, the Powers That Be at Basenotes have asked yours truly to - you guessed it - dress the Doctor with scent. Obliging scribe that I am, I've chosen one perfume for each incarnation of television's favourite extra-terrestrial, and, to make things more interesting, I've ensured that each of my selections was first released during the relevant Doctor's reign. The results of my efforts can be seen by hitting the red 'next' button below, so let us reverse the polarity of the neutron flow, enter the fourth dimension and begin our journey through this most fragrant quadrant of the space-time vortex...

About the author: Persolaise

Persolaise is a four-time Jasmine Award winning writer with a lifelong interest in the world of fine fragrance. His perfume guide, Le Snob: Perfume, is published in English by Hardie Grant and in German by Süddeutsche Zeitung. He has written for Sunday Times Style, Grazia, Glass, The Scented Letter and Now Smell This, amongst others.


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    • lpp | 19th November 2013 20:20

      Brilliant article - well done!

    • JDBIII | 22nd November 2013 00:17

      Dr. Who perfume articles are cool!

    • Chris Bartlett | 22nd November 2013 17:04

      Great stuff!

      As a lifelong fan of the programme this was a perspective I can’t quite believe I never thought of for myself. Loved the dodgy illustration too ;-)

    • Redneck Perfumisto | 24th November 2013 01:09

      Nice! Tom Baker - my fave! Glad he's wearing something interesting and complex - no sport frags for the man of the infinite scarf!!! ;)

      And now I'm really excited about the special - I'll *HAVE* to see that a.s.a.p. when it gets here!

    • cleo cupcake | 27th November 2013 21:15

      Excellent article with great choices for all the Docs!

    • Persolaise (article author) | 1st December 2013 19:38

      Thanks very much for your kind comments, everybody. I'm glad you enjoyed the article. I certainly enjoyed seeing the art work!