A Guide to Classic Who references (and other references) in new Who.
Doctor Who Series 3 episode 4 (Story 26 part 1): The Doctor visits New York in the 1930s.
Warning: May contain Spoilers for
"Daleks in Manhattan"
References[OLD] - Things that first appeared in the classic series (or the film.) Episode List.
For context, the following are also covered:
[NEW] - Things that first appeared previously in the new series.
[OTH] - Things that appear in Doctor Who novels, comics, audioplays, etc.
The following references were also made in previous episodes of Doctor Who and so are listed again here. To get to the new references, skip ahead.
- [OLD] The TARDIS - The Doctor's time and space travel vechicle. TARDIS stands for Time And Relative Dimension(s) In Space. Like a lot of Time Lord technology it is "bigger on the inside." The Doctor stole his Tardis when fleeing Gallifrey. It is an older model ("Type 40") and unreliable, often ending up in the wrong location and the chamleon circuit - designed to make the Tardis appear inconspicuous in any surroundings it appears has failed so it always appears as a police telephone box from 1960s England.
- [OLD] The Doctor - The main character. Real name: unknown; actual age: unclear. Status as a Medical Doctor: Undetermined. He is a Time Lord from the Planet Gallifrey.
- [OLD] Daleks - Popular villains from the time they appear in the First Doctor's second story (Season 1) and throughout the original series (see Foes: Daleks). Thought destroyed during the Time War but at least two survived: the Metalron from "Dalek" and the Dalek Emperor from "Bad Wolf"/"The Parting of the Ways" who recreated the Dalek race using human DNA. Another group of Daleks who had been captured by the Timelords, imprisoned and cast into the Void managed to escape in "Army of Ghosts"/"Doomsday." These Daleks are the survivors of that group.
- [OLD] Sonic Screwdriver - The Doctor's favourite tool. First appeared in "Fury of the Deep" (Season 5) and has been used off and on by various Doctor including the Ninth.
- [NEW] Pig Creatures - There was a "Space Pig" in the episode "Aliens of London" (actually an augmented Earth pig. The classic series episode "The Talons of Weng Chiang" (Season 14) Mr Sin contained a pig cerebral cortex.
- [OLD] Dalek Slaves - The Daleks have used humans as slaves before, such as the mechanically augmented Robomen from "The Dalek Invasion of Earth" (Season 2).
- [OLD] Skaro - The home world of the Daleks. First appeared in "The Daleks" (Season 1). In "Remembrance of the Daleks" (Season 25) the Seventh Doctor used the Hand of Omega to cause Skaro's sun to go supernova, presumably destroying Skaro. In the 22nd Century, the Daleks recognised that Skaro had been destroyed "The Dalek Invasion of Earth" (Season 2). Later (n the Movie) the Seventh Doctor later agreed to transport the Master's remains from Skaro (which could have involved time travel.) Here Dalek Caan suggests it was destroyed in a great war, whether he's referring to the Last Great Time War or not is unclear.
- [NEW] Cult of Skaro - A secret order of Daleks created by the Dalek Emperor with individual personalities to "think who the enemy thinks." They appeared in "Army of Ghosts"/"Doomsday" where they made an emergency temporal shift to escape being sucked into the Void.
- [OTH] Dalekanium - The metal used for Daleks armour casing. First appeared in the 1964 book: "The Dalek Book," and then first used in the series in "The Dalek Invasion of Earth" (Season 2).
- [OLD] Human Daleks - In "Revelation of the Daleks" (Season 22) Davros mutated humans to create Imperial Daleks. In "The Parting of the Ways" the Dalek Emperor revealed that he had been harvesting Human DNA to create a new race of Daleks.
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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.