A Guide to Classic Who references (and other references) in new Who.
Doctor Who Series 3 episode 12 (Story 31 part 2): Martha and the Doctor pick up a hitchhiker.
Warning: May contain Spoilers for
"The Sound of Drums"
- Doctor Who 01-09 & 01-10 - "The Empty Child"/"The Doctor Dances" (Suggested viewing - introduction of character.)
- Children in Need - "Born Again" or Christmas Special 2005 - "The Christmas Invasion" (Suggested viewing - reintroduction of character.
- Doctor Who [3-01] - "Smith & Jones" (Suggested viewing - introduction of character.)
- Doctor Who [3-11] - "Utopia" (Required viewing - First part.)
[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 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] The Master - The long term enemy of the Doctor. See Foes: The Master.
- [OLD] Gallifrey - Home of the Time Lords.
- [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] UNIT - A paramilitary force, set up after the invasion of the London Underground by robot Yeti controlled by the Great Intelligence. Called United Nations Intelligence Taskforce in the classic series and initially in the new series of Doctor Who until the real world UN complained. Is now called the UNified Intelligence Taskforce.
From Part One...
- [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.
- [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.
- [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).
- [NEW] Drumbeat - First mentioned by the Master (as Professor Yana) in "Utopia."
- [NEW] Hand in the Jar - The Doctor's hand from "The Christmas Invasion."
- [NEW] Mr Saxon - The Series arc words. First appeared in the Series 2 "Love & Monsters" as a newspaper headline, as the name of the person who gave orders to fire in "The Runaway Bride" and has appeared since as "Vote Saxon" posters and references to Mr Saxon.
- [OLD] Time Lord recognition - This ability has been shown often, from when the War Chief recognised the Second Doctor in "The War Games." (Season 6)
- [NEW] Downing Street rebuilt - A reference to the events from "World War Three" where Downing Street was destroyed with the Doctor in it.
- [TW] Friends of mine - A reference to the Torchwood Three team.
- [NEW] Racnoss on Christmas Eve - See "The Runaway Bride."
- [NEW] Harriet Jones - MP for Flydale North who first appeared in "Aliens in London"/"World War Three" and became Prime Minister due to events in those episodes. As Prime Minister she upset the Doctor and he bought her down in "The Christmas Invasion"
- [1ST] Toclafane - Never before shown because, as shown, the Master made them up.
- [NEW] Big Ben Destroyed - The tower that contained Big Ben was damage in "Aliens in London."
- [NEW] A spaceship over London - Most likely "The Christmas Invasion."
- [NEW] The Christmas Star - See "The Runaway Bride."
- [NEW] The Time War - The reason there are no other Time Lords.
- [1ST] The Cruiform - No idea what it is, but it's probably cross-shaped. Isn't it better not to know?
- [TW] Perception filter - Although the concept has existed or been suggested in Doctor Who for a long time, this name was first applied to it in the Torchwood episode "Everything Changes."
- [1ST] Valiant - The first appearance of this craft.
- [1ST] Laser screwdriver - The first appearance of this weapon. Previously, the Master had been know for the using a Tissue Compression Eliminator, which shrunk people and objects (and usually killed them.)
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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.