Sunday, 18 June 2017

DW 10-10: The Eaters of Light

A Guide to Classic Who references in new Who.

Doctor Who series 10 episode 10 in which Bill and the Doctor look for the missing Ninth Roman Legion.

Warning: May contain spoilers for

"The Eaters of Light"

Viewing Order

  • DW 10-06 "Extremis" (Suggested viewing - Missy's status explained.)


[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 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, which, to be fair was inconspicuous when the show was first made in 1960s England.

  • [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.  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 some robot parts, although in "The Pyramid at the End of the World" (Doctor Who (2005) Series 10) that he is close enough to human.

  • [OLD]  The Doctor - The central character of both series of Doctor Who.  This is the Twelfth Doctor, the thirteenth face he's had.  Because it comes up a couple once in this episode: he's an alien (from the planet Gallifrey).

  • [NEW]  The Vault - "The Quantum Fold Chamber" has appeared or been mentioned ever since "The Pilot" (Doctor Who (2005) Series 10), apart from the previous episode.  It was named for the first time in "Extremis" (Doctor Who (2005) series 10).

  • [NEW]  Auto-translate - The Translation Circuit, a feature of the TARDIS that is in some way tied to the Fourth Doctor.  In "The Masque of Mandragora" (Doctor Who (1963) Season 14) the Doctor told Sarah Jane:
"Well, I've taken you to some strange places before and you've never asked how you understood the local language. It's a Time Lord's gift I allow you to share. But tonight when you asked me how you understood Italian, I realised your mind had been taken over."
When questioned on it by Rose (in "Rose" (Doctor Who (2005) Series 1)) the Ninth Doctor replied:  "No, you just hear English. It's a gift of the Tardis. The telepathic field, gets inside your brain and translates."  The application of the translation circuit is inconsistant, sometimes not working when the Doctor and TARDIS are unconscious or not present, sometimes working fine, and it doesn't always translate languages the Doctor clearly knows and understand.  So, yeah, it's the Doctor, or the TARDIS or both.

  • [OLD] Missy - The named used by the current body of the Master, the Doctor's childhood friend and mortal enemy.   After yet another attempt was made to execute her, she was consigned to the Quantum Fold Chamber (shown in flashback in Extremis) and is claiming to now be trying to be good.  She has appeared (usually as a male character) in old Who [Foes: The Master] and new.

This episode...

  • [OLD]  Rome - The Doctor has not been shown living in Rome (although Peter Capaldi who plays the Twelfth Doctor previous played a Roman in "The Fires of Pompeii" (Doctor Who 2005 Series 4).  He has been shown visiting Roman times before, though, including Rome ("The Romans" (Doctor Who (1963) Season 2)), Pompeii ("The Fires of Pompeii" (Doctor Who 2005 Series 4)) and Stonehenge ("The Pandorica Opens" Doctor Who (2005) Series 5).
  • [1ST]  The Eater of Light - First appearance of these interdimensional creatures.

    • [1ST]  Mary Celeste - A ship abandoned by it's crew when time traveling Daleks boarded it in the First Doctor story "The Chase" (Doctor Who (1963) Season 2).  This, of course, contradicts Nardole's description of the events.  It is often mentioned by the Doctor or companions when exploring abandoned ships, spacecraft or bases, such as the SS Bernice ("Carnival of Monsters" (Doctor Who (1963) Season 10)), Mawdryn's ship ("Mawdryn Undead" (Doctor Who (1963) Season 20)) or by Sarah Jane in "The Last Sontaran" (The Sarah Jane Adventures Series 2).  A sign with "Mary Celeste" on it appeared outside the vault in "The Pilot" (Doctor Who (Doctor Who (2005) Series 10).

    • [1ST]  Enzomadons - First mention of this race.

    • [OLD]  Crawled out of the slime - The Fourth Doctor literally protected the slime life on Earth crawled out of in "City of Death" (Doctor Who (1963) Season 17).

    Previous: "Empress of Mars"

    Next: "World Enough and Time" (1)

    ~ DUG.

    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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