It’s not every day they name a psychological condition after you

I’m a big fan of Doctor Who, in both old and new incarnations, and a fan of the associated trivia surrounding the show. I have missed this little tidbit until now, however:

Back in ‘The Robots of Death’ (January-February 1977), a form of ‘robophobia’ is introduced; a psychological condition suffered by those who deal with human-like androids – artificial creatures so close to humanity that they might only be betrayed by those subtle movements that we somehow inherently associate with consciousness and life.

In essence, Doctor Who predicted the Uncanny Valley decades before anyone knew about it. And what did they call it? ‘Grimwade’s Syndrome’.

Well, I’ll be.


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