Sunday, 14 May 2017

DW 10-05: Oxygen

A Guide to Classic Who references in new Who.

Doctor Who series 10 episode 5 in which Bill, Nardole and the Doctor visit space.

Warning: May contain Spoilers for



[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 outside the series.

Ongoing References...

  • [OLD]  The Doctor - The central character of both series of Doctor Who.  This is the Twelfth Doctor, the thirteenth face he's had.  I'm really hoping you already knew this much.

  • [NEW]  Bill Potts - It sort of goes without saying that she's the Doctor's student and new companion ever since "The Pilot" (Doctor Who (2005) Series 10).

  • [NEW]  Nardole - River Song's assistant in the  "The Husbands of River Song" (Doctor Who (2005) 2015 Christmas Special).  His head was removed and used by the robot body of the Hydroflax.  When he appeared again in "The Return of  Doctor Mysterio" (Doctor Who (2005) 2016 Christmas Special). as the Doctor's new companion, Nardole noted:  "You cut me out of Hydroflax because you were worried you'd be lonely."  "The Pilot" (Doctor Who (2005) Series 10) suggests he now has a robot body.  This episode is the first suggestion that this is not his original face.

  • [NEW]  The Vault - Has appeared or been mentioned ever since  "The Pilot" (Doctor Who (2005) Series 10).  The markings on it appear to be similar to High Gallifreyan.  Previous episodes have suggested that it contains a living being that takes delight in the death of others, especially the young.  Then again, who doesn't?

  • [OLD]  The TARDIS - The Doctor's time and space travel vehicle.  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 chameleon 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.  This isn't the first time it's been sucked out into space.  Not by a long shot.

  • [OLD]  Sonic Screwdriver - A sonic device first used by the Second Doctor, and used in various forms until early in the life of the Fifth Doctor.  The Seventh had one near the end of his life and one was used by successive Doctors.  It has a habit of critical failures like it does this time as it otherwise can get in the way of the plot.

  • [NEW] Sonic Sunglasses - First appeared in "The Magician's Apprentice" (Doctor Who (2005) Series 9) in which they replaces his sonic screwdriver for until "Hell Bent" (Doctor Who (2005) Series 9).  They have been used as a back-up sonic device ever since.  Also, they look cool. 

This episode...

  • [OTH]  Air Shell - In "Horns of Nimon" (Doctor Who (1963) Season 17) the Fourth Doctor extends the door forcefield to allow them to board a Skonnan battle cruiser.  This is the first time it's been extended quite this far.

  • [OLD]  Fluid Link K-5-7 - In "The Daleks" (Doctor Who (1963) Season 1) the Doctor sabotaged a fluid link located at K-7 to create an excuse to explore the Dalek city, which turned out not to have been that good an idea.
SUSAN: Shall I trace it on the fault locator, Grandfather? 
DOCTOR: Yes, I think you'd better, child. 
SUSAN: K-7. 
DOCTOR: K-7? Ah, yes, of course, the fluid link. Yes, yes, yes. Yes. 
DOCTOR: Yes, there we are, you see. The end of it's unscrewed itself and the fluid has run out. 
IAN: Have you got a spare? 
DOCTOR: Oh, no, no need for that. This is easily repaired. All we have to do is refill it. 
IAN: What liquid do you need? 
DOCTOR: Mercury. 

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