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Heroes/Doctor Who Connection

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As I was watching Heroes tonight (specifically the episode "Out of Time", which just screened here in New Zealand) I had a sudden sense of deja vu... Because this post refers to a series which is still being shown, I'm going to put the rest of this post behind a link to try to avoid spoiling anyone.

At the start of Season 2 of Heroes, time-travelling Hiro finds himself in 17th century Japan. Here he encounters his childhood hero, Samurai Takezo Kensei, who turns out to have the power to heal his wounds. At the end of the episode "Out of Time", it's revealed that Takezo is still alive in the present time, presumably having lived through the intervening centuries.

In Doctor Who Magazine, issue 278 (published back in 1999), the comic strip "The Road to Hell" features the Doctor and his companion going back in time to 10th century Japan and encountering the Samurai Katsura Sato. During the course of the story, Katsura is does with nano-drones which automatically repair any damage to his body.

[comic pages from The Road to Hell]


Sato: What joke is this..? There is no blood. I have tried to commit seppuku a dozen times... My sword pierces my flesh... but there is no blood...

The Doctor: Sato... the nano-drones within your body have been programmed to repair all cellular damage instantaneously. I'm afraid that even includes aging. There's no way to remove them. You're now virtually immortal.

Ten issues later, the Doctor and his companions are in the far future, and who should pop up but our immortal Samurai friend, Katsura Sato, having lived through the intervening centuries:

[comic pages from The Glorious Dead]

So, now I'm wondering if the writer, ex-Kiwi Scott Gray, is watching Heroes and having a similar bout of deja vu... :)

Posted December 3, 2007 10:45 PM


Very good point. I knew there was something nigglingly familiar about that Heroes storyline!

Posted by: Paul Scoones | December 6, 2007 9:45 AM

Oh, like Doctor Who didn't rip other shows and books off wholesale. Let's not get precious here.

Posted by: Jeff Stone | December 8, 2007 11:05 PM

I doubt it was intentional. More like two people having very similar ideas. It's happened before. :)

Posted by: Alden | December 9, 2007 12:25 AM

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