Monday, 17 November 2014

DW: Children in Need Special - "Born Again"

A Guide to Classic Who references in New Who episodes and extras

A special short for "Children in Need," a charity run by the BBC (Donate here):  Continuing from "The Parting of the Ways" Rose deals with the Doctor's regeneration.  One of the many extras associated with the new series of Doctor Who.

Warning: May contain Spoilers for

The Children in Need Special

Viewing Order

  • 1-01  "Rose(Suggested viewing - introduction of characters.)
  • 1-12 & 1-13 "Bad Wolf"/"The Parting of the Ways" - (Required viewing - this is continuation of that story but summarised in this.)


[NEW] - Things that first appeared previously in the new series.
[OLD] - Things that first appeared in the classic series (or the film.)  Episode List.

  • [OLD]  Regenerating inside the TARDIS - The First, Fifth & Sixth regenerated into their next incarnations (obviously, the Second, Sixth & Seventh respectively) in the TARDIS itself (the First & Fifth making it back to the TARDIS before collapsing, the Sixth dying from injuries received when the TARDIS was attacked.)  The regeneration of the Second Doctor was forced on him by the Time Lords.  It appeared to be starting when Season 6 ended.  When Season 7 began, the Third Doctor is seen stumbling out of the TARDIS suffering regeneration sickness, so it is possible the Second also regenerated within the TARDIS, especially if the Season 6B theory is correct (I'll explain later).  Other regenerations occur:  In the Doctor's lab at UNIT (within site of the TARDIS), on the grass below a radar dish and in a draw in a morgue in Chicago.

  • [OLD]  Witnesses to regenerations - A number of companions have witnessed the Doctor regenerate.  Ben & Polly (The First Doctor -> Second), Sarah Jane & The Brigadier (The Third Doctor -> Fourth), Adric, Nyssa & Tegan (Fourth Doctor -> Fifth), Peri (Fifth Doctor -> Sixth) and Mel (Sixth -> Seventh).  As noted above the Second Doctor's regeneration had been initiated by the Time Lords (his companions had been sent home and their minds wiped.)  Another Time Lord was also present (and help push the process along) at the regeneration of the Third into the Fourth.

  • [OLD]  Transmat - Appeared in multiple episodes of the original series. as well as the episode "Bad Wolf."

  • [OLD]  Instability after regeneration - Known to have occurred previously, possibly no example as extreme the Sixth Doctor attacking his then companion Peri in "The Twin Dilemma."

  • [OLD]  The Cloister Bell - A warning that sounds in the TARDIS at times of emergency.

~ 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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