can someone explain to me why the papers so often don’t have corners
do we evolve into a people who can create robots that look like humans but try in vain to ward against paper cuts
do we just hate the shape of the square
It started as an inside joke and then got out of hand and made the prop masters insane.
See, on the mini-series, the budget was tight. Most budgets for new and untested things tend to be. So as a joke, someone decided to be cheeky and “cut corners” *wink, wink* on a lot of different props. Papers, books, et cetera. Well everyone LOL’d and thought “oh how cute/clever/fun” and rolled with it.
Not thinking, “Hey, if we go to series like we want, we’re going to have to keep on doing this for years on end.” Which is exactly what happened. The “cut corner” style became a big part of things and they had to keep doing it when the show did go to series.