The original Matrix

How’s this for a sci-fi idea: a computer controlling a virtual reality world.

People hook up to the computer and enter that world.

But it seems real. In fact it’s so real you can get hurt or even killed in there.

And it’s called “The Matrix.”

What a concept. Not bad for 1976.

Doctor Who: The Deadly Assassin airs on the ABC next week, starting on Monday. Worth catching if you want to see the original form of these ideas.

Did you watch Doctor Who through the 70s and 80s and you think you’ve seen it? Maybe not — if I recall correctly, this was a story the ABC thought too strong for dinner-time viewing at the time, and so it never aired in the 6pm/6:30pm timeslot.

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