Prelude to Doctor Who’s “The Bells of St. John”


As has become fairly common, there is now a “prequel” to the upcoming mid-series premiere of Doctor Who, entitled “The Bells of St. John.” It’s a very nice little two minute scene wherein the Doctor talks to a little girl. I think it works quite well, though I wonder if we haven’t seen something like this before.

I’d also like to lodge my complaint with the use of the word “prequel” for things like this. Just because something takes place before something else does not make it a prequel. For something to actually be a prequel, it has to come out AFTER the thing it takes place before. That’s what the suffix “quel” implies. The original word, of course, was “sequel,” and the word “prequel” was then concocted by Hollywood and is now so prevalent that it doesn’t even get a squiggly line under it anymore. Thor was not a prequel to The Avengers; it was just a movie that led to something we knew was coming.

So, I’ve decided to coin a new term for little things like this which come out before an episode: Beforehander. It takes place and comes out before the episode and isn’t a full adventure in and of itself. Beforehander. Make it a thing.

Anyway, enough of my hair-splitting. Doctor Who “The Bells of St. John” premieres on BBC America on Saturday, March 30th at 8/7c, followed by Orphan Black and The Nerdist. You know this already.

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