Tuesday, 29 July 2014

DW 01-10: The Doctor Dances (part 2 of 2)

A Guide to Classic Who references in New Who episodes.

Series 1, episode 10 (Part of 2 of Story 8):  The Doctor & Rose end up in London during the Blitz.

Warning: May contain Spoilers for

"The Doctor Dances"

Viewing Order

  • 1-01 "Rose(Suggested viewing - introduction of characters.)
  • 1-02 "The Empty Child" (Required viewing - first part of this story.)


[1ST] - The first appearance of things in Doctor Who series.
[OLD] - Things that first appeared in the classic series (or the film.)  Episode List.

Shares many references with Part 1 of this story, see that entry for more details.
  • [1ST]  Pompeii - Volcano day, an actual event, obviously, this is the first reference to it in televised Who.
  • [1ST]  Sonic Blaster - First mention of this device.
  • [1ST]  Villengard Factory - First mention of this location/factory.
  • [OLD]  The Sonic Screwdriver - Another appearance by this device.

The 10 Rules to Doctor Who.

10.  TARDIS:  The TARDIS is used to travel to travel to the time of the story. Jack uses knowledge from time travel for his con.  That's OK, Moffat wrote the episode.  [1]
9.  Meeting Yourself:  Nobody tries.  [X]
8.  Non-sequiturs:   Yes.  [1]
7.  Serious/Frivolous:  Shows aspects of both personality.  [1]
6.  Series Final:  This is not a series final.  [X]
5.  Companion:  Rose, contemporary British female.  (40s past British story).  [1]
4.  Emotionless:  The Empty Child and friends seem to have a single emotion repeated over and over, not true emotions. [.5]
3.  Title Spoilers:  A reference to events at the end of the episode but also during.  [0]
2.  The Threat:  The viewer has gets all the information before the Doctor in these two episodes.  The Doctor realises what they are and has to explain.  [1]
1.  Last of It's Kind:  No last of their kind, besides the Doctor.  [0]

Score:  5.5/8.

~ DUG.

The Time Crash blog was created to help New Who fans understand Classic Who references - and to know if something isn't a reference but a new idea.  If there's a reference I missed or a subject that you feel needs more explaining, please comment.

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