Five Bands That Are Obvious Doctor Who Fans

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Doctor Who fandom has spread across every corner of the Earth. To celebrate the return of the show to its eighth season, the cast took a worldwide trip to meet fans.

Some of those fans are rock stars you know and love, and sometimes they let you know in the lyrics of their songs. Bands like...

5. Radiohead Lines from the song "Up On the Ladder" have appeared here and there in various Radiohead sites as far back as the OK Computer days. It wasn't until In Rainbows came around that the song in total made it onto a release, and one big change that had been made from the opening lyrics that had been teased before was the inclusion of a reference to the Tardis. This happened just as the revival show was starting to really take off.

4. Massive Attack In 1991 Massive Attack created the first trip-hop album, though nobody called it at the time. The title track of Blue Lines is one of the great smooth-groove electronic songs of the world, and near the end point Tricky comes out of nowhere with the line "Blues get big, Massive are even larger. Save enough space into the tricky Tardis." A clear reference to the bigger-on-the-inside aspect of the blue time ship.

3. Goldfrapp One of the happier, more life-affirming entries in the Goldfrapp discography is Head First from 2010. In the song "I Wanna Life," Goldfrapp tells us that she's in a bar that goes on forever like a Tardis. Strangely enough, Doctor Who is also a Goldfrapp fan, or at least Eighth Doctor companion Lucie Miller is. She mentioned her love of Goldfrapp in a 2007 short story called "Remain In Light."

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2. Robbie Williams On his 1997 debut album, Robbie Williams name-dropps the Tardis in the title track with the lyric "Pleasure and leisure, make mine a double measure with friends/ Fashion Tardis down at Quo Vadis." Not sure what the hell it means, but it's not an unexpected thing for a noted UFO enthusiasts like Williams to be a fan of The Doctor.

In fact, he nearly was The Doctor himself. When the show was looking to be revived as an animated webcast Williams was actively being pursued. A scheduling conflict arose and Richard E. Grant took over as the Ninth Doctor in "Scream of the Shalka", later to be cosigned to an alternative universe following the debut of Christopher Eccleston on television in 2005.

1. Pink Floyd On their 1971 album Meddle, Pink Floyd gives a clear head-nod to the Time Lord. The track "One of These Days" Is made up largely of portions of the show's iconic theme song by Ron Grainer. Ironically, the version the band plays sounded nothing like it did during Jon Pertwee's run, which was current at the time, but predicts slightly more symphonic renditions such as the one that appears in the 1996 television movie. In live performances, Floyd really ramps up the reference, and there's no way to miss them paying tribute to one of the greatest heroes England has ever produced.

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