Was the phrase "timey-wimey" (or time-y wimey) used in Doctor Who, or elsewhere, before it appeared in the script of the 2007 episode "Blink"?

  • Wasn't there an episode with Davidson's Doctor where he was trying to explain how time worked, said it was "timey... wimey... never mind"? I think it was an offhand comment, but I'm still racking my brain for which episode, and I just don't happen to have access to those particular episodes at the moment. Perhaps some other dedicated Whovian might know?
    – user11787
    Commented Jan 7, 2013 at 16:49
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    @SbaraJackson: you might be thinking of ‘Time Crash’ the Children In Need mini-episode where David Tennant’s Doctor meets Peter Davison’s Doctor. They both say “wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey” simultaneously whilst working out why Davison’s Doctor looks older than he did when he regenerated. (This episode was broadcast between the end of series 3 and the 2007 Christmas special, i.e. after ‘Blink’.) Commented Apr 6, 2013 at 14:32

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In Doctor Who, the first time was in Blink, yes. At least, in the TV series. There might have been other DW material before that (novels or audio plays), which I missed.

Can't be sure about "elsewhere". I certainly did hear it then for the first time.

  • Do you take into account the original series?
    – Eregrith
    Commented Dec 13, 2012 at 9:26
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    @Eregrith Yes. I watched lots of episodes when they first aired, and have caught up with most material which I didn't, and I feel pretty confident in saying there was no mention of timey-wimey, wibbly-wobbliness before 2007.
    – Mr Lister
    Commented Dec 13, 2012 at 9:34
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    I tried some dictionaries today. I found the "timey" in "old-timey" and "ragtimey": so it seems to be North American. No sign of "timey". So I have accepted your answer Mr Lister, and I think we can safely say that "timey-wimey" is a DW coinage, probably by script writer Steven Moffat. <br> Thank you!
    – Qsigma
    Commented Dec 13, 2012 at 16:51
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    When I wrote 'no sign of timey' I meant 'no sign of wimey'.
    – Qsigma
    Commented Dec 27, 2012 at 17:59

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