Sunday, 21 May 2017

DW 10-06: Extremis (1 of 3)

A Guide to Classic Who references in new Who.

Doctor Who series 10 episode 6 in which everything is made up and the points don't matter.

Warning: May contain spoilers for


Viewing Order

  • DW 10-05 "Oxygen(Suggested viewing - but clips are shown from the previous episode.)


[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 Doctor - The central character of both series of Doctor Who.  This is the Twelfth Doctor, the thirteenth face he's had... and what a face it is.

  • [OLD]  Time Lord - The time traveling ruling elite of Gallifrey.  It is noted here that they are not easy to come by.  This has probably always been true, however since the Time War they have been trapped outside the universe and then relegated to the end of time.  This would make them hard to find.

  • [OLD]  Two hearts - The fact that the Doctor had two hearts was first noted in "Spearhead in Space" (Doctor Who (1963) Season 7) the Third Doctor's first story.  Previously it seemed that the First and Second Doctor only had one heart.  Since then it is usually implied that Time Lords always have two hearts (with early references being retroactively regarded as goofs) although some non-televised sources claim that Time Lords have only a single heart in their first body (or the number changes).  Other non-televised sources state that the First Doctor and his granddaughter Susan actually had two hearts.  Missy, being a Time Lord has two hearts.

  • [OLD]  Regeneratitive ability - Regeneration is a way that Time Lords cheat death by changing form (or just do it for a change).   He regenerated a number of times in classic Doctor Who (1963) and new Doctor Who (2005) and other Time Lords have been shown regenerating.

  • [NEW]  Quantum Fold Chamber - Has appeared or been mentioned ever since  "The Pilot" (Doctor Who (2005) Series 10).  This is the first time its name and origin has been shown and its contents confirmed.

  • [OLD] The Master - In this body called Missy, the Doctor's childhood friend and mortal enemy.  [Foes: The Master]

  • [OLD]  The Daleks - One of the Doctor's greatest enemies from the old series and the new.
  • [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.

  • [NEW]  Nardole - River Song's assistant in the  "The Husbands of River Song" (Doctor Who (2005) 2015 Christmas Special).  In that episode is head was removed and used by the robot body of the Hydroflax.  His appearance in the flashbacks in this episode places these scenes between "The Husbands of River Song" (Doctor Who (2005) 2015 Christmas Special) and "The Return of  Doctor Mysterio" (Doctor Who (2005) 2016 Christmas Special), (as he claimed have followed the Doctor from Darillium (see below)) or between "The Return of  Doctor Mysterio" (Doctor Who (2005) 2016 Christmas Special) and "The Pilot" (Doctor Who (2005) Series 10) (since the Doctor agreed to stop travelling and guard the Quantum Fold Chamber.  Whenever it the events of the flashback occurred, in his second appearance, ("The Return of  Doctor Mysterio" (Doctor Who (2005) 2016 Christmas Special)) 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.  

  • [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.

  • [NEW]  River Song - The Doctor's late wife.  Or one of them, at least.

  • [NEW]  River's diary - Given to River by the Doctor in "Let's Kill Hitler" (Doctor Who (2005) Series 6): it is how River keeps track of her adventures with the Doctor.

  • [OLD]  Sonic Screwdriver - A sonic device first used by the  Second Doctor and has been used off and on again ever since.

This episode... 

  • [OLD]  Relapses - The Master has previously returned from the dead, even after execution.  The Doctor Who telemovie (Doctor Who (1996)) the Doctor was transporting the Master's ashes after he'd been executed by the Daleks.  The plot of the movie was based on the fact that he got better.

  • [1ST]  Three brain stems - First mention of this feature of the Time Lords, although, the Doctor has mentioned before ("The Invisible Enemy" Doctor Who (1963) Season 15)  that his brain is more complex than a human's:
"Somebody once tried to build a machine as efficient as the brain. Only trouble was, it would have had to have been bigger than London. Do you remember London? And powered by the entire European grid. And that was just a human brain. Mine's much more complex. Left and right sides working in unison via the specialised neural ganglia, thus combining data storage and retrieval with logical interest and the intuitive leap."

  • [NEW]  Domestic bliss on Darillium - The doctor spent one night (twenty four years) on Darillium with River Song beginning with "The Husbands of River Song" (Doctor Who (2005) 2015 Christmas Special).

  • [NEW]  Darillium - Mentioned by River as their previous meeting in "Forest of the Dead"  (Doctor Who (2005) Series 4) and shown in "The Husbands of River Song" (Doctor Who (2005) 2015 Christmas Special).

  • [NEW] Didn't work out - See the events of "Knock Knock" (Doctor Who (2005) Series 10).

  • [1ST]  "Reading aid" - First appearance of this device.

  • [1ST]  Hereticum/haereticum - First appearance of this location.

  • [OLD]  Prydonian Chapter. - The Doctor was a member of the Prydonian Chapter of the Time Lord.  In "The Deadly Assassin" (Doctor Who (1963) Season 14) uses a Prydonian seal to identify a message he leaves.  Prydonians wear scarlet and orange ceremonial robes (although in the new show scarlet seems to be the main colour worn by all Time Lords).

  • [1ST]  Unnamed future invaders - First appearance of these aliens.

  • [NEW]  Virtual World - A staple of science fiction, this isn't the first time a character has found themselves living in a virtual world in Doctor Who.

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