The Smell Of (Great) Intelligence

This week in “Weird Doctor Who Related Merchandise”, we ask: ever wonder what The Great Intelligence might SMELL like?

Given the GI has been seen in many different forms, such a thing like a specific scent might be hard to pin down, especially since the essence of the GI is not exactly corporeal. Would it smell perhaps like fallen snow, in the case of the Snowmen, or maybe something akin to rotting corpse, in the case of the Whispermen?

What about gardenia?

Back in 2012, actor Richard E. Grant, known to Doctor Who fans for portraying The Great Intelligence, set off on a journey to create a perfume that would capture all of his favourite scents in one place. Having never gone through this process and knowing nothing about the perfume world, the task seemed Herculean and daunting at first and was filled with many twists and turns, from meeting people who overwhelmed him with their knowledge of the costs and trials of the perfume world to facing corporate “Giants” wanting to strike him down.

richard-e-grant-jack-sAll of this lead to the introduction of his unisex scent, Jack, in April 2014, exclusively available from Liberty of London. Grant describes Jack as

…the realisation of a boyhood dream. All my favourite ingredients are here – lime, marijuana, mandarin, vetiver, pepper, cloves and gardenias. These earthy, citrus scents combine to conjure up the hypnotic and unisexy perfume I’ve imagined for so long.


Grant also wrote a column titled “Diary Of A Perfumed Ponce” for British Vogue about his journey from a spark of an idea in the Caribbean to bottling and selling of what he calls his “signature” scent.

The columns are available to read online on Grant’s personal website as well as the product site for Jack.

Jack For Him and For Her retails for £95.00 and is available from Liberty of London and ships to most parts of the UK and Europe as well as the US and Canada. No word yet on shipping to other parts of the globe.

(via The REG Temple)


Rebecca is still new to the Who world, but is no stranger to sci-fi, being a life long Trekkie. When not watching, reading, blogging, or talking about Doctor Who, she watches so many movies and reads so many books she has to keep a list of both so she doesn't forget any of them. She wishes she could have been with the Doctor and Amy when they met Van Gogh.

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