Thursday 10 May 2012, 10:01
This news article was originally posted on the 10th of April 2012.Voyage of the Damned
100 years ago today the RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton on her maiden voyage. The liner which many called 'unsinkable' was intended to represent the epitome of luxury and engineering prowess but after colliding with an iceberg, the vessel sank with the loss of over 1,500 lives.
The tragedy is remembered and explained in a new article from BBC News.
In the decades that followed, the story of the Titanic acquired an almost mythic status and has been depicted onscreen many times. In Robot, the Fourth Doctor's debut adventure, he references the ship and admits he never much cared for the word 'impregnable' as it sounds too much like 'unsinkable'. In Rose it's implied that the Doctor warned several would-be passengers from taking a trip on the vessel and in Let's Kill Hitler, Melody claims it sank, simply because the Time Lord didn't save it...
But the most obvious allusion to the RMS Titanic appeared in Voyage of the Damned when the Doctor spent time on another ill-fated craft known as the Titanic, although this one was a spaceship that had been modelled on the Earth original...
You can find out more about the history of the RMS Titanic in a collection found in the BBC's online archive section.