Monday, 26 October 2015

DW 09-06: The Woman Who Lived (Part 2)

A Guide to Classic Who references in new Who.

Doctor Who series 9 episode 6 - The Doctor checks in with The Girl Who Died.


[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.
[TW] - Things that first appeared previously in Torchwood.

Ongoing References...

  • [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.   It is often implied to have a personality, which was given form in "The Doctor's Wife" and previously disliked Clara (who later entered the Doctor's time scar) and refused to visit Tranzelor (which had the Doctor's time scar and also had a future version of the TARDIS).

  • [NEW] Sonic Sunglasses - A sonic device that replaced the Doctor's famed Sonic Screwdriver and first appeared in "The Magician's Apprentice."

  • [NEW]  Psychic Paper - Used by the Doctor as fake ID, first appeared in the new Who episode "The End of the World."  It was used as a way to contact the Doctor in "New Earth."  At least one employee at Torchwood One was trained to recognise it as psychic paper in "Army of Ghosts."  The Doctor noted in "The Shakespeare Code" that William Shakespeare's ability to not see anything on the psychic paper proved he was a genius.

This episode...

  • [1ST] Leonian - First appearane of this race, however, another Lionine race, the Tharil, appeared in Season 18's "Warriors' Gate."

  • [1ST] Curioscanner - First appearance of this curiously named scanner.

  • [OLD] The Battle of Agincourt - Obviously a real event.  The Doctor has previously implied he was there, telling Leela she would have loved it in Season 14's "The Talons of Weng-Chiang."

  • [OLD] The Great Fire of London - Also obviously a real event.  The Doctor here blames the Terileptils.  Sure one of their weapons overheated and exploded in an existing fire causing it to spread, but that fire was stated by the Doctor, so who's really to blame?  (Season 19's "The Visitation.")

  • [OLD] The Terileptils - As noted, creatures that appeared in 17th Century London.  (Season 19's "The Visitation.")  An image of one also appeared in "Time-Flight" (also Season 19).  River mentions them as members of The Alliance in "The Pandorica Opens" and the Doctor notes that they are one of the races who were drawn to Trenzalor by the message.  One of the criminals that Psi reviews information on in "Time Heist" is a Terileptil.

  • [1ST] The Eyes of Hades - First appearance of this device.

  • [NEW] Captain Jack Harkness - The Doctor only really briefly travelled with Jack while he was immortal.

Other new Doctor Who episodes.
Really, I didn't find the episde that bad.

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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