Monday, 30 November 2015

DW 09-11: Heaven Sent (Part 2 of 3)

A Guide to Classic Who references in new Who.

Doctor Who series 9 episode 11 - The Doctor is trapped somewhere, chased by something.


[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.

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).  In Season 1's "An Unearthly Child" the Doctor's granddaughter Susan claimed to have invented the name, but later other Time Lords use it (although some call it a TT Capsule.)

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

  • [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."

From Part 1...

  • [NEW] The Confession Dial - First appeared in he prologue to "The Magician's Apprentise," as an important but unnamed disc of unknown purpose.  The Doctor gave it to the Sisterhood of Karn and told them they knew who to deliver it to.  It was said to be the Doctor's will (of sorts) to be delivered to his best friend (Missy) on the day before he died.  It is said that it would not open until he died.  Ashildr/Me took it off him last episode.

  • [NEW]  Me - A name I call myself.  Or I would if I was Ashildr.

This episode...

  • [OLD]  Left because he was bored - As the Second Doctor noted in "The War Games." (Season 6)
JAMIE: Why did you run away from them in the first place? 
DOCTOR: What? Well, I was bored.   
ZOE: What do you mean, you were bored? 
DOCTOR: Well, the Time Lords are an immensely civilised race. We can control our own environment, we can live forever, barring accidents, and we have the secret of space time travel. 
JAMIE: Well what's so wrong in all that? 
DOCTOR: Well we hardly ever use our great powers. We consent simply to observe and to gather knowledge. 
ZOE: And that wasn't enough for you?
DOCTOR: No, of course not. With a whole galaxy to explore? Millions of planets, eons of time, countless civilisations to meet?

  • [NEW] A hybrid - Accordimg to "The Witch's Familiar" there is a prophecy of a hybrid between two warrior races.  Davros speculated that the Doctor fled Gallifrey because of his role in the creation of the hybrid.

  • [NEW]  The long way round - Noted by the Doctor as the way he way he was always heading for Gallifrey in "Day of the Doctor."

  • [OLD]  The Hybrid is me - The Doctor did claim to be half human on his mother's side in the movie.  He seems to be joking, but it becomes important to the plot at the end.  The fans weren't happy and tend to ignore it.

~ DUG.
Other new Doctor Who episodes.

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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