A Guide to Classic Who references (and other references) in new Who.
Doctor Who Series 3 episode 11 (Story 31 part 1): Martha and the Doctor pick up a hitchhiker.
Warning: May contain Spoilers for
- Children in Need - "Born Again" or Christmas Special 2005 - "The Christmas Invasion" (Suggested viewing - reintroduction of character.)
- Doctor Who 01-09 & 01-10 - "The Empty Child"/"The Doctor Dances" (Suggested viewing - introduction of character.)
- Doctor Who [3-01] - "Smith & Jones" (Suggested viewing - introduction of character.)
- Doctor Who [3-08] & [3-09] - "Human Nature"
[OLD] - Things that first appeared in the classic series (or the film.) Episode List.
For context, the following are also covered:
[1ST] - The first appearance of things in Doctor Who series.
[NEW] - Things that first appeared previously in the new series.
[OTH] - Things from Other Doctor Who sources (Books, Comics, Audioplays, etc)
[FAN] - Things that relate to the fandom.
[FAN] - Things that relate to the fandom.
- [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.
- [NEW] The Cardiff Rift - A spacial temporal rift, first mentioned in the new Who episode "The Unquiet Dead." It was later featured in the new Who episode "Boomtown." It is the center of most of the unusual happenings in dealt with by Torchwood Three in Torchwood.
- [NEW] Earthquake - Refering specifically to the events of "Boomtown."
- [NEW] The Slitheen - A criminal family from Raxacoricofallapatorious, first appearing in "Aliens of London" and importantly for this reference, one appears in "Boomtown."
- [NEW] Captain Jack Harkness - First appeared in the Ninth Doctor episode "The Empty Child" and joined him and Rose as a companion in "The Doctor Dances." He last appeared with the Doctor in "Parting of the Ways" Since then he has been the head of Torchwood Three in "Torchwood." In the series 1 final of Torchwood, the Jack hears the TARDIS arriving and runs to meet it.
- [NEW] The Futurekind - The first appearance of this race that humans have (d)evolved into, and that other might. The vampiric Haemovores from the Seventh Doctor story "The Curse of Fenric" (Season 26) were also a future version of humanity (but one that destroyed the timeline it came from).
- [1ST] Malmooth - First appearance of this humanoid insect race. It's not the first such race the Doctor has met: The Menoptera and Optera in the First Doctor story "The Web Planet" (Season 2), Mutant Solons (or "Mutts") in the Third Doctor story "The Mutants" (Season 9) the Wirrn in Fourth Doctor story "The Ark in Space" (Season 12) (a dead one also appeared in "The Stones of Blood" (Season 16)) and the Tractators from the Fifth Doctor story "Frontios" (Season 21). The Fourth Doctor also ran into the decapitated body of a humanoid insect which he called a "Mutt" in "The Brain of Morbius" (Season 13) Other humanoid insect races include the Uvodni from the Sarah Jane Adventures story "Warriors of Kudlak" (Part 1 & 2)
- [OLD] "Not even Time Lords have been this far" - The Fifth Doctor story "Frontios" (Season 21) features a struggling Earth colony, some of the last humans. The Doctor noted it was the far limit of the Time Lord's knowledge.
- [NEW] The Battle of Canary Wharf - Refers specifically to the events of "Doomsday."
- [TW] Jack's immortality - When Jack last appeared in Doctor Who ("Parting of the Ways") he was killed by Daleks and resurrected by Rose/Bad Wolf and left in the future. He was revealed to be immortal in the Torchwood episode "Everything Changes."
- [NEW] Vortex Manipulators - A wrist-worn device used for time travel (and other functions) by Time Agents, including Jack Harkness.
- [OLD] The Last Humans - The colony on Frontios (Season 21) were also meant to be the last humans (seemingly a slightly earlier time) while Cassandra claimed to the last pure human in "The End of the World" and all the rest were mongrels having interbred with other species.
- [OLD] Doctor of everything - The Doctor has made this claim a couple of times.
- [NEW] Hand in the Jar - The Doctor's hand from "The Christmas Invasion."
- [NEW] The Chameleon Arch - The Doctor had a watch like this when he became John Smith in 'Human Nature"/"The Family of Blood."
- [NEW] The Silver Devestation - In "The End of the World" the face of Boe is introduced as being from the Silver Devestation.
- [OLD] "Destory him" and "Then you will give your power to me" - Two requests that the Master made of Azal in the Third Doctor story "The Daemons" (Season 8). These soundbites are taken from that episode.
- [NEW] The Face of Boe - From the Silver Devestration, the Face of Boe is the oldest known being in the Isop Galaxy, the last of the Boekind. He appeared in three episodes: "The End of the World," "New Earth" and "Gridlock" and met the Doctor in all three (fullfilling his prophecy made in "New Earth" of meeting the Doctor three times.) In "Gridlock" he told the Doctor "You are not alone."
- [OLD] The Master - The long term enemy of the Doctor. See Foes: The Master.
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.