At first glance, you'd think there could be no similarities between a family sci-fi show that's been on and off since 1963 and a trilogy of erotic novels about S&M, the first film version of which has just been released. What possible connection could there be between the story of a mysterious, powerful man taking a young naive girl under his wing and showing her what lies behind a door - which usually involves said girl getting tied up at some stage - and 50 Shades of Grey?
In fact, it is clear when looking at 50 Shades that writer E.L. James may have been pretending to write fan fiction based on the Twilight Saga but was really channelling Doctor Who. It's all there if one looks hard enough. Young girls are menaced by all kinds of objects, tied and restrained on a regular basis and subjected to activities that would make even Christian Grey flee from his Red Room. Bondage? Ha! Try Steaming! In Doctor Who, there's no such thing as a safe word...
Still not convinced? Then read on as this article - *ahem* - lays bare the surprising connections between Doctor Who and 50 Shades of Grey. You'll never watch Time and the Rani in the same way again (if you ever do watch it again, that is).
Writer of The Blog of Delights, a review site covering film, TV, cult TV, books and audio. Fan of Dr Who, Bond, X-Men and Marvel. Also the writer of e-book 'Fictional Legends: Doctor Who - the TV Adventures' for Collca.