Franz Kafka was also a doctor - a Herr Doktor of Laws. Indeed, he was a successful lawyer, so he was thus a successful Doctor. Put that in an alternate universe, fly around in a Telephone Box, and see what pops out.
Peter Capaldi, who has just become the *new* Doctor Who, won an Oscar for his short film adaptation of Kafka's The Metamorphosis. Mind you, his movie was based on "It's A Wonderful Life" - but that's what Kafka is all about.[DE]
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WATCH: Peter Capaldi’s Oscar-Winning ‘Franz Kafka’s It’s A Wonderful Life’
By Erin Janosik
Back in 1995, Peter Capaldi, whom we now all know to be the Twelfth Doctor, won an Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film for his work writing and directing Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life. The short film, which was made for BBC Scotland, tells the tale of a frustrated Franz Kafka, who is attempting to write the first line of his grand novella The Metamorphosis, but keeps getting interrupted by the most ridiculous of events, which are suggested to be fabrications of his own imagination. In the midst of the preposterous going-ons, Kafta finds an insect which provides him inspiration, and he is able to begin his story. That is not the end of his problems, however. But he eventually resolves his misery and finds happiness in the Christmas snowfall.
The short has a few other Whovian connections...