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7 things you've probably forgotten about The X Files

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THE X FILES may be making a comeback, we learned at the weekend.

Fox TV executives are currently in talks to reanimate the show - with the original cast of David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as Mulder and Scully - for our screens.

So let’s take this moment to remember a few things about the wondrous original you may have forgotten…

1. Just how very, very 1990s it was

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2. The theme music being so monstrously popular, it was an actual top ten chart hit

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Literally thousands of people went out and bought this. On CD or cassette single. And let’s not forget the trance remix, which also broke the top ten independently.

3. That it had its own Barbie and Ken dolls

For real. This was big.

4. Oh, and accidentally caused Breaking Bad

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An instalment called Drive – season six, episode two - saw Mulder encounter an apparently deranged man who believes his head will explode if he travels at less than 50mph.

The episode was written by Vince Gilligan, and featured Bryan Cranston as the man in the car. His performance impressed Gilligan, and later convinced AMC executives to cast him in Breaking Bad.

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5. That, in between being terrifying and making you hide behind your mam’s sofa, it was often pretty funny

Like when it referenced Mulder’s embarrassing encounters with porn

(There’s a complete list of them here.)

And also had a whole set of in-jokes about Elvis

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OK, all the jokes were really at Mulder’s expense.

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6. That it inspired a large community of people to write erotic X Files fan fiction

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“Like I’ll explode if you stop touching me. Touch me, Mulder,” she urged softly, urgently.She watched the emotion in his eyes shift and change, darkening with the passion they had been denied for years.

Mulder wrapped his arms around her waist and held on as if it meant the difference between living and dying.

His lips took hers. His tongue darted in and out of her mouth, making breathing impossible and stirring her senses so that she didn’t even mind.

She didn’t even mind. (From Haunted Moon, by Stephanie Kaiser.)

7. And also, this immortal image

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X Files forever.

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