Sunday, 2 July 2017

DW 10-12: The Doctor Falls

A Guide to Classic Who references in new Who.




Doctor Who series 10 episode 12 in which CyberBill and the Doctor protect a solar farm against the Cybermen.


Warning: May contain spoilers for

"The Doctor Falls"



References

[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]  Cybermen - Long term enemy of the Doctor in the old series [See Foes: Cybermen] and the new


  • [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).


  • [OLD] The Masters - The previous Master childhood friend and long term foe of the Doctor, as both "The Master" and more recently "Missy." [see Foes: The Master and appearances in new Who.]


  • [OLD]  Two hearts - The fact that the Doctor had two hearts was first noted in "Spearhead in Space" (Doctor Who (1963) Season 7the 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 and the Master, being Time Lords have two hearts.

  • [OLD]  Jelly Baby - A real lolly.  The Second Doctor ate, offered, or threw jelly babies a couple of times.  The Fourth Doctor did all those things many, many times, sometimes calling lollies other than jelly babies, jelly babies.  The ThirdFifthSixthSeventhEighth and Thirteenth have all been shown to carry them.  A duplicate of the Eleventh Doctor referenced jelly babies in "The Almost People" (Doctor Who (2005) Series 6).


  • [OLD]  Regenerative 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.  While this is presumably the beginning of the regeneration of the Twelfth Doctor to the Thirteen.

  • [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.  The Master, being a Time Lord, has often had one.  Or two.


Previous episode...





  • [OLD]  Mondas -  The twin planet of Earth from the other side of the sun (until it left the solar system - returning in "The Tenth Planet" (Doctor Who (1963) Season 4)"). It is the home planet of the humans who became Cybermen.

This episode...

  • [OLD]  The Deaths of the Doctor -  The Doctor has died at least 12 times.  The causes of death have included:  old age (the First Doctor ("The Tenth Planet" (Doctor Who (1963) Season 4)); possibly the War Doctor ("Day of the Doctor" (Doctor Who (2005) 50 Anniversary Special)); the Eleventh Doctor ("Time of the Doctor" (Doctor Who (2005) 2013 Christmas Special))), radiation (the Third Doctor ("Planet of the Spiders" (Doctor Who (1963) Season 11)); and the Tenth Doctor ("End of Time Part 2" (Doctor Who (2005) 2010 New Year's Special))), a fall (the Fourth Doctor ("Logopolis" (Doctor Who (1963) Season 18)); in the crash of a craft (the Sixth Doctor ("Time of the Rani" (Doctor Who (1963) Season 24) [The TARDIS]); and the Eighth Doctor ("Night of the Doctor" (Doctor Who (2005) 50th Anniversary Minisode)) [A spaceship]); complications during surgery after being shot (the Seventh Doctor (Doctor Who (1996))); vortex energies from the heart of the TARDIS (the Ninth Doctor ("Parting of the Ways(Doctor Who (2005) Series 1)) and shot by a Dalek (the Tenth Doctor ("The Stolen Earth" Doctor Who (2005) Series 4)).  As Missy hinted, the Master was responsible for the fall the killed the Fourth Doctor.

  • [OLD]  Last time -  In "End of Time Part 2" (Doctor Who (2005) 2010 New Year's Special).

  • [OLD]  Gallifrey - Standard location given for the Doctor's homeworld since first mentioned as being in this constellation in the Fourth Doctor story "The Pyramids of Mars" (Doctor Who (2005) Season 13).

  • [OLD]  Telos - The location of the tomb of the Cybermen in the Second Doctor story "The Tomb of the Cybermen" (Doctor Who (1963) Season 5).   The Sixth Doctor story "Attack of the Cyberman" (Doctor Who (1963) Season 22) featured the Cybermen and the Cryons (the original inhabitants of Telos.)  "Doctor Who & the Cybermen" (the novelisation of ""The Moonbase" (Doctor Who (1963) Season 4)) claims the cybermen originated on Telos rather than Mondas.

  • [OLD]  Earth - A parallel version of the Cybermen developed on Earth in a parallel universe in "Rise of the Cybermen" (Doctor Who (2005) Series 2).


  • [OLD]  Marinus - A planet run by the "Conscious of Marinus" a super-computer capable of altering the minds of the population. The machine was destroyed during the First Doctor's visit there in "The Keys of Marinus" (Doctor Who (1963) Season 1).  A comic book story claims that Marinus is also Mondas and Planet 14.

  • [OLD]  Planet 14 - A Cyber-Planner (a computer used by the Cybermen) recognised the Second Doctor and his companion Jamie McCrimmon as having visited Planet 14 in "The Invasion"  (Doctor Who (1963) Season 6).

  • [OLD]  Timeline out of sync - Memory being effected by different versions of the same people meeting each other has occurred previous, with the later version usually having some memory issues.  The Brigadier was particularly badly effected, not remembering any of his previous adventures with the Doctor until he made physical contact with a young version of himself (when the memories were transferred back.  This was stated as being a result of the Blinovitvh Limitation Effect (in "Mawdryd Undead" (Doctor Who (1963) Season 20)).  It was remarked on ("I remember this. Almost remember. Oh, of course. This is where I come in") by some of the Doctors in "Day of the Doctor" (Doctor Who (2005) 50 Anniversary Special) although the resolution relied partially on the Doctor remembering to help in all of his previous incarnations.  Other meetings of multiple Doctors have either not mentioned memory problems (although older Doctors have not mentioned remembering the events), shown events that changed the timeline ("The Two Doctors" (Doctor Who (1963) Season 22)) or specifically mentioned the Doctor remembering the meeting "Time Crash."
"I won't remember this, will I?" ~ The War Doctor. 
"The time streams are out of sync. You can't retain it, no." ~ The Eleventh Doctor. 



  • [NEW]  Exodus Cybermen - A form of the Cybermen who first appeared on the show in the far future in "Silver Nemesis" (Doctor Who (1963) Season 25))  The later appeared with Missy in "Death in Heaven."

  • [NEW]  Dematerialisation circuit - An important part of the TARDIS required for its proper usage.  The Time Lords left the Third Doctor stranded on Earth with a non-functioning one.  He attempted to replace his with the Masters (in "Terror of the Autons" (Doctor Who (1963) Season 8) but it was incompatible, the Doctor's TARDIS requiring a Mark I and the Master's using a Mark 2).

  • [OLD]  Voga - A planet with a high gold content.  Since gold dust was a weakness of the Cybermen the planet started supplying it for the war effort during the Cyberwars.  Because of this, the Cybermen attempted to destroy it a number of times, being defeated in one of the attempts by the Doctor (Revenge of the Cybermen (Doctor Who (1963) Season 12)).

  • [NEW]  Canary Wharf - The location in London of the defeat of the Cybus Cybermen and some Daleks during their attempt to invade the Earth from a parallel dimension, "Doomsday" (Doctor Who (2005) Series 2).


  • [OLD]  "The original, you might say." - A line used by the First Doctor in "The Five Doctors" (Doctor Who (1963) 20th Anniversary Special):
"I might be any number of things, young lady. As it happens, I am the Doctor. The original, you might say."


  • [NEW]  Heather/the pilot - A character from "The Pilot" (Doctor Who (2005) Series 10).

  • [OLD]  Visions of previous companions - Previously happened with the Fourth, Fifth and Eleventh Doctors.  Before the Fourth Doctor fell to his death he had memories of villains he'd faced, then while dying after two of his current companions said his name in concern, he had visions of his previous companions (including two versions of Romana) saying his name followed by more concerned name saying by the third of his current companions.   The Fifth Doctor saw visions of all but his current companion trying to convince him not to die, followed by the Master expression the opposite opinion.  The Eighth Doctor named his companions, not caring if they were canon or not, and the Tenth actually travelled in time to visit his.  This set of visions included most of the companions of the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors, and Missy.  Who either counts as a companion or an appearance by the Master at the end.

  • [OLD]  "Sontarans perverting the course of human history." - Said by the Fourth Doctor during his post-regeneration confusion in "Robot" (Doctor Who (1963) Season 12) referring to the events of the Third Doctor story "Time Warrior" (Doctor Who (1963) Season 11).  The Twelfth repeated the line when waking up in "Listen" (Doctor Who (2005) Series 8).

  • [NEW]  "I don't want to go" -  Said a number of times by the Tenth Doctor.

  • [NEW]  "When the Doctor was me" - Said by the Eleventh Doctor while he was regenerating.


  • [OLD]  The cloister bell - A TARDIS warning which sounds when the TARDIS, the universe or both are in danger.  In the previous episode it sounded when the ghosts changed the shift from day to night leading the Doctor to blame ghosts.




Next:  2017 Christmas Special


~ 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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