Last year’s launch of Leopard’s Time Machine featured a video that contained files and contents from a user named “Rose”, which was a notable coincidence as Rose Tyler was the name of a time-travelling companion who had just been “lost” by the world’s most famous fictional time traveller, Doctor Who.
This year’s WWDC has an updated video of the Time Machine feature, and shows a backup being created on “Sam’s Disk”. Coincidentally or not, Sam Tyler is the lead character in the ’70s cop show “Life on Mars”, which features a young 21st-century detective who wakes up from a coma in 1973, and has to work with the people and practices he finds at his old police station 30 years ago.
By the way, Sam Tyler is not related to Rose Tyler, either officially or as an in-joke; however, one of the writers of “Life on Mars” asked his daughter for a suggestion to help him decide a surname for Sam. Later on, she admitted that she chose the name “Tyler” because she was a fan of “Doctor Who” and liked Rose’s surname.
Macintouch Reader Reports: WWDC 2007