Monday, 26 September 2016

DW 04-05: The Poison Sky (Part 2)

A Guide to Classic Who references (and other references) in New Who.

Doctor Who series 4 episode 5 (Story 36 part 2):  The Sontarans try to destroy the world.

May contain spoilers for

"The Poison Sky"


[OLD] - Things that first appeared in the classic Doctor Who 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 Doctor Who series.
[TW] - Things that first appeared previously in Torchwood.

Ongoing References:

  • [NEW]  Martha Jones - The Doctor's companion in series 3 of the new Doctor Who.  She was revealed to have joined UNIT in "Reset" (Torchwood Series 2) in which she and Jack Harkness speculated that the Doctor may have recommended her.

From Part 1:

  • [NEW]  ATMOS -  First appeared in the previous episode, although the sticker appeared on a taxi cab in this series' first episode: "Partners in Crime."

  • [OLD]  Trap call signs - In classic Doctor Who serials, UNIT base of operations often had Trap call sign.

  • [OLD]   Greyhound call signs - In classic Doctor Who serials, members of UNIT often had Greyhound call signs.

  • [OLD]  Probic Vent - The Sontaran's primary weaken, ever since their first appearance in "The Time Warriors" (Season 11).

From this episode:

  • [1ST]   Jurisdiction Two of the Intergalactic rules of engagement - First appearance of these rules.  Unless it's part of the Shadow Proclamation.

  • [NEW]   Unnamed blond girl - Probably just a glitch or something.

  • [OLD]   Sontaran-Rutan War - In the first appearance of a Sontaran  "The Time Warriors" (Season 11which was set in the 12th Century, the Sontaran Linx, mentioned:  "I was on a reconnaissance mission when I was attacked by a squadron of Rutan fighters."

  • [1ST]  Caster 36 (Beyond Alpha Geminorum) - First mention of this planet.

  • [OLD]   Earth's Nuclear Arsenal - In the Fourth Doctor's first story "Robot" (Season 12) the Destructor Codes, the codes for the world's nuclear arsenal, as outlined by the Brig:
A few months ago, the superpowers, Russia, America and China, decided upon a plan to ensure peace. All three powers have hidden atomic missile sites. All three agreed to give details of those sites plus full operational instructions to another neutral country. In the event of trouble, that country could publish everyone's secrets and so cool things down. Well, naturally enough, the only country that could be trusted with such a role was Great Britain
In the Series 1 episode "World War Three" Great Britain's nuclear codes had been taken off them, and they needed a UN resolution to use their missiles. 

  • [OLD]   Brigadier/Sir Alistair - Brigadier Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart, former leader of the UK branch of UNIT forces who regularly worked with the Doctor.  His knighthood is new.

  • [OLD]  The Valiant - A UNIT flying aircraft carrier, which The Master claimed to have designed every part of in "Army of Ghosts" (Doctor Who Series 4).

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