Charlie Chaplin was a silent movie star from the early 20th century.
After Donna Noble was converted into the "Doctor-Donna", she suggested that she and the Tenth Doctor visit him. Moments later, however, she experienced the start of a potentially fatal mental breakdown that forced the Doctor to erase her memories of travelling in the TARDIS. (TV: Journey's End)
The Doctor considered this Donna's "last request". He honoured her request by travelling alone to the silent film era of Hollywood to meet Chaplin. Instead, though, he encountered Archie Maplin, one of Chaplin's competitors, in 1926. (COMIC: Silver Scream)
The physical resemblance between Chaplin and Adolf Hitler was once remarked upon by Fey Truscott-Sade who once told Nazi Colonel Kessler that she thought that it was "mad" that "millions of people [were] following a disgusting little man with a Charlie Chaplin moustache." (COMIC: Me and My Shadow)
Behind the scenes
- Chaplin's Little Tramp was reportedly one of the influences in determining the style of Patrick Troughton's Second Doctor.
- Years before playing Jamie McCrimmon, Frazer Hines appeared in Chaplin's film A King in New York, the last film in which Chaplin played a starring role.
- The comic story Silver Scream was originally to have featured Chaplin. Writer Tony Lee told Doctor Who Magazine that while IDW were allowed to use Chaplin, they did not have the rights to use the likeness of Chaplin's character the Tramp, which they only realised the day before printing. The writer and artists hurriedly changed his name to Archie Maplin and added a handlebar moustache and changed the Tramp's bowler hat to a top hat as they had no time to do anything else. (DWM 528)