Monday, 22 December 2014

DW 02-03: School Reunion

A Guide to Classic Who references in New Who episodes.

Doctor Who series 2, episode 3 (Story 14).  Rose & the Doctor meet Queen Victoria and a werewolf.

Warning: May contain Spoilers for

"School Reunion"

Viewing Order
  • 01-01  "Rose(Suggested viewing - introduction of characters.)
  • Children in Need - "Born Againor Christmas Special 2005 - "The Christmas Invasion" (Suggested viewing - reintroduction of character.)
  • Tardisode 3 - "School Reunion" (Suggested - teaser trailer, mentioned in story.)


[1ST] -  The first appearance of things in Doctor Who series.
[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]  "Blame Your Boyfriend" - See the events of in "Tardisode 3".

  • [OLD]  Troy - The First Doctor visited Troy in "The Myth Makers," unwillingly advising them to use the Trojan Horse.  The Fourth Doctor later denied giving them the idea ("Underworld")

  • [OLD]  John Smith - A name regularly used by the Doctor, including the first time he met Sarah Jane.

  • [1ST]  Krillitanes - First appearance of these creatures (unless you include the Tardisode).

  • [OLD]  "Half a dozen times since we last met" - She last regularly traveled with the Fourth Doctor, but briefly met the Fifth Doctor in "The Five Doctors."  This Doctor is, of course, the Tenth Doctor.

  • [OLD]  K-9 Mark III - Given to Sarah Jane by the Doctor in K-9 & Company: "Girl's Best Friend."  Mark 1 & Mark II were companions to the Fourth Doctor.  Mark I was created in the year 5000 (as noted).  see ALLIES - K-9

  • [1ST]  Bessan - First mention of this planet.

  • [OLD]  Peaceful to the point of indolence - Possibly not peaceful (although they claimed to have renounced violence), but despite their great power and ability to time travel - or more likely because of it - the Time Lords had a policy of non-intervention, apart from a few rogue individuals and a group called the Celestial Intervention Agency (first mentioned in the Fourth Doctor story  story "The Deadly Assassin")

  • [NEW]  Ghosts - Rose is probably referring to the ghost-like Gelth in "The Unquiet Dead."

  • [OLD] Robots - Sarah Jane's first story "The Time Warrior" (The Third Doctor) featured a robot knight.

  • [OLD] Lots of Robots - Sarah Jane also appeared in the Fourth Doctor's first story "Robot" which featured a giant robot, soon after "The Sontaran Experiment" features a floating robot. in "The Pyramids of Mars" the mummies were really robots.  If you count Cyborgs, then "The Revenge of the Cybermen" includes those.

  • [OLD] Anti-Matter Monsters - The Fourth Doctor story "Planet of Evil" featured an Anti-matter creature.

  • [OLD] Real Living Dinosaurs - Sarah Jane's second story "Invasion of the Dinosaurs" (Third Doctor) featured real living dinosaurs.

  • [NEW]  Werewolves - A single Lupine Wavelength Haemovariform appeared in the previous episode "Tooth & Claw."

  • [OLD] The Lochness Monster -  The Fourth Doctor story "Terror of the Zygons" features the Skarasen, which the Zygons rely on for milk and lives in Loch Ness.  The Borad from the planet Karfel also inhabited Loch Ness, but Sarah Jane never met it.

  • [1ST]  Skasis Paradigm - First appearance of this God equation.  It should be noted that after the Lonely God comments in "New Earth" the Doctor is given the choice between being lonely or being a god.

The 10 Rules to Doctor Who.

(Read the rules here.)

10.  The TARDIS is for arriving at the location of the story at the beginning of the episode and leaving at the end.  This is because Time Travel is the excuse for the story, not that the story is about.  Unless the episode is written by Steve Moffat, then it's definitely about Time Travel.
Not about Time Travel. [1]

9.  No one can cross their own Time Stream, except when they do.
No one tries.  [NA]

8.  There's no situation that can't be briefly defused by a non sequitur.
Yup.  [1]

7.  The Doctor is both the most serious and most frivolous person in the room - any room - at the same time.  And he does that without becoming insane.  Mostly.
Yup.  [1]

6.  The last episode of every series must contain the Master or at least one Dalek.  Every time.  However briefly.
Not a series final.  [NA]

5.  The main companion will be a young contemporary British female.  Although, to be
fair, almost everyone in the Universe is British and most things happen in contemporary London.
Young contemporary British female companion, also a contemporary older British female former companion, a contemporary British male companion and a robot dog possibly of his on construction (Set in the past in Britain.)  [1] 

4.  The more emotionless a species, cyborg or robot the more likely they are to be destroyed by emotions.  This is true of the Daleks.  It is particularly true of the Cybermen.
No emotionless species.  [NA] 

3.  Even if the episode title contains the words "Dalek(s)" or "Cyberman/men" the presence of the Daleks and or Cybermen will at the beginning be treated as a mystery and their revelation a surprise.
No real title spoilers for the threat.  A little one for the reunion.  [.5]

2.  The nature of the threat will be revealed to the audience before the Doctor.  The truth behind the threat will be unknowable by the audience until it is explained by the Doctor.
Standard stuff.  [1]

1.  The most dangerous creature in any situation is the last of its kind.  This sometimes also applies to aliens other than The Doctor.
No sign anyone but the Doctor is the last of his kind, but the fact he's the last of his kind is used to try to convince him to help the villain.  [1]

Score:  6.5/7.

~ 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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