Know Your Does

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Other Worlds Austin will present the Texas premiere of DOE, Wednesday, October 17 (7:30PM) at Flix Brewhouse as the last film in OWA’s 2018 Orbiter Screening Series. Director Justin Foia will be in attendance and will do a Q&A after the film.

In this thriller, a man (Timothy Davis) wakes up with no memory of his past but the ability to speak dozens of languages fluently. After starting a family with his new wife Rachel (Tatyana Ali), he uncovers a startling clue about his former self, and with the aid of his private detective brother-in-law (Mathew St. Patrick) he will race against time to discover his true identity and the clandestine villain (Mira Sorvino) responsible.

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Ever wonder why we use “John/Jane Doe” for unidentified bodies? Programmer and Outreach Director Tessa Morrison delves into the history of the Doe nomenclature. Check it out, then reserve your tickets for the Texas premiere of DOE.  

Other Worlds Austin's next Orbiter isn't in reference to one of Homer Simpson's favorite phrases, money, a female deer, or what you get when you mix flour and water, but a term for a person. So what is the origin of the term John Doe?


The term John Doe began in the Middle Ages in Europe and had other iterations which included; John Poe, John Roe, Richard Roe, John Noakes, John Stiles, Jane Doe, Baby Doe, and Janie Doe and Johnny Doe for children. In the United States John Doe is often used to refer to an unidentified corpse, while in the U.K. and other English speaking countries it is a widely used placeholder or code name for someone wanting to keep their identity secret in police investigations or court proceedings. There was even an injunction named for it, the John Doe Injunction. This name placeholder has also been adopted by the U.S. As previously mentioned John or Jane Doe were also called John/Jane Roe, as in the historical Roe V. Wade Supreme Court case. John Doe is also a catchall term for a normal everyday person, like Average Joe or John Q. Public.   

Some examples of this term being used in media are MEET JOHN DOE (1941 film), SE7EN (1995 film), JOHN DOE (2002 TV series), JANE DOE (made for TV film series 2005-2008), JOHN DOE: VIGILANTE (2014 TV series), I AM JANE DOE (2017), and THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE (2016).

Side note: I highly recommend that you do not name your child John or Jane if your last name is Doe because they will meet scrutiny by various law enforcement and security officials thinking that they are trying to hide something. It's like the hot rod red car of names.