There’s a fascinating moment that seems to come around every season or so in Doctor Who, when The Doctor is asked about the exterior of his TARDIS and has to explain what a Police Box was. Fifty years down the line from “An Unearthly Child,” the iconic blue box is probably better known as the Doctor’s ship than for its actual (now entirely defunct) function. Of course, when the producers fixed the broken Chameleon Circuit during three tenure of the Sixth Doctor, the fan outcry was overwhelming. A similar problem is evident in my favorite Star Trek spinoff, Deep Space Nine, where the fixed location of the station leads to little actual trekking. (Don’t even get me started on why the phasers had to be switched to look more like guns in the original Trek.)
The MD-QOTD (pronounced “ta-rock nore”) reverses the polarity of the neuron flow, asking: What is your favorite no-longer-relevant or archaic “artifact” in pop culture?