|The First Doctor and the TARDIS|
Now I am only guessing, but I would have thought that Anthony Coburn would have assigned across any rights in his script at the time to the BBC. Tthat script obviously included the first description of the Tardis - itself based on a traditional British blue 'Police Box' on the outside. Stef Coburn has said that the Tardis's inspiration came from a walk on Wimbledon Common, in south-west London, when his father saw two blue police boxes. Struck by the alien sight, he says, Coburn was inspired to make them the physical basis of his fantastical machine. And since that first outing, as far as I have spotted, the inside of the time travelling box has changed radically with each new series and Doctor. So - a pre-existing design, the 'idea' of a time travelling box with a space defying interior - and a new interior. Who owns what ........... ? That remains to be seen. The claim for a breach of copyright has inflamed the Twitter community, and a veritable legion of Dr who fans have rushed to rubbish the claims as, amongst other things, being "spurious". With the BBC owing their trade marks, and the recent decision in another 'sci-fi' case, Lucasfilm Limited v Ainsworth  UKSC 39 where the Supreme Court held that no copyright subsisted in a replica 'Stormtrooper' helmet, it being a utilitarian item (a film prop) and not a sculpture that would attract full copyright protection, and a presumed assignment of the original script, leads me to wonder if Mr Coburn is heading for a Mission to the Unknown, rather than spreading the Seeds of Doom for Dr Who fans. It could be a Long Game.
|Smith, Hurt and Tennant|