Saturday, 26 August 2017

DW 04-09: Forest of the Dead

A Guide to Classic Who references in new Who.

Doctor Who series 4 episode 9 (Story 39 Part 2) in which Donna lives happily ever after and the Doctor loses a friend.

Warning: May contain spoilers for

"Forest of the Dead"

Viewing Order

"Silence in the Library" (Part 1) < Doctor's Timeline > "Midnight"

"Silence in the Library" (Part 1) < River's Timeline > "Name of the Doctor"


[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 Tenth Doctor.  He's a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey.  This, it turns out, means he can survive cyanide poisoning.  Real name: unknownactual age: unclear.

  • [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.

  • [OLD] Sonic Screwdriver - The Doctor's favourite tool.  First appeared in "Fury of the Deep" (Doctor Who Season 5) and has been used off and on by various Doctor including the Ninth and Tenth.  This appears to be the first reference to it not working on wood.  River has one given to her by the Doctor in his future.

  • [NEW]  River Song - First appearance in the show of this character, although from her point of view it's one of the last.

  • [NEW]  Squareness gun - A sonic blaster, form a factory formerly on Villengard.  Jack Harkness had one in "The Empty Child"/"The Doctor Dances" (Doctor Who series 1).  It is possible that this is Jack's.

  • [1ST]  The Library - First appearance of this planet.

This episode...

  • [1ST]  The Library - First mention of this location.

"Silence in the Library" (Part 1) < Doctor's Timeline > "Midnight"

"Silence in the Library" (Part 1) < River's Timeline > "Name of the Doctor"

~ 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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