- "The remote control unit was similar to that used for a radio-controlled toy car. There were buttons labeled "Accelerator" and "Brake," as well as a joystick and an LED digital readout labeled "Miles Per Hour." It was simple-looking but quite sophisticated."
- —From Back to the Future by George Gipe (quote, page 48)
Remote control was the operation of an apparatus from a distance using an electrical device, usually handheld.
Emmett Brown used a remote control device — which was similar to that for a radio-controlled car — to operate the DeLorean time machine, with Einstein inside, on the parking lot at Twin Pines Mall during his execution of the world's first temporal displacement on October 26, 1985.
In 1985A, as Biff Tannen and his guests were enjoying the Clint Eastwood movie A Fistful of Dollars, Marty McFly turned the television off with the remote control and then tossed the device into the hot tub.
The scene screens that existed by 2015 were operated by remote control, as shown when Lorraine Baines McFly used it to change the channel on the scene screen in the McFly residence, and eventually switch the screen off when she discovered it was still broken.
Behind the scenes
- Doc's remote control device does not appear again in the Back to the Future trilogy. However, he does use a futuristic wristwatch-sized remote control in the Back to the Future Part II novelization to fly the DeLorean from its hiding place in 2015 and bring it to the ground, before producing the original remote control unit to manoeuver the car in front of him and Marty McFly so that they can proceed to follow Unit N11-11, with Jennifer Parker aboard, to the McFly residence in Hilldale.
- Back to the Future
- Back to the Future Part II
- Back to the Future Part II novelization
- Back to the Future: The Ride
- Back to the Future: The Animated Series
- Back to the Future: The Game