Monday, 10 September 2018

DW Easter Special 2009: Planet of the Dead

A Guide to Classic Who references in new Who.
Doctor Who Easter Special 2009 (Story 43) in which The Doctor takes a bus.

Warning: May contain spoilers for

"Planet of the Dead"

Viewing Order

"Planet of the Dead" > The Doctor's Timeline > "Waters of Mars"


[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...

  • [NEW]  Psychic Paper - First used in "The End of the World" (Doctor Who (2005) series 1) by the Ninth Doctor and regularly since.

  • [OLD] Sonic Screwdriver - The Doctor's favourite tool.  First appeared in "Fury of the Deep" (Doctor Who (1963) season 5) and has been used off and on by various Doctor including the Ninth and Tenth.

  • [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.

  • [NEW] Friend - Donna Noble was the friend who called him Spaceman.  She first appeared  in  "The Runaway Bride" (Doctor Who (2005) 2006 Christmas Special), and joined the Doctor in "Partners in Crime"  (Doctor Who (2005) series 4), having to be left behind in "Journey's End(Doctor Who Series 4).

  • [OLD]  Blue Box - The Doctor's time and space travel vehicle, the TARDIS.  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 being unable to blend into its environment.

This episode...

  • [OLD] Rhondium Particle Detector - A Rhondium Sensor was seen in "The Time Warrior, Part 1" (Doctor Who (1963) season 11), where it detected matter transmitter and time transference.
DOCTOR: It's a rhondium sensor. It detects delta particles. At a preset spectrum density of fifteen ams, it oscillates this little cylinder there, which promotes a vacuum in there which wakes me up.

  • [NEW] "Humans on buses, always blaming me" - Probably a reference to "Midnight" (Doctor Who (2005) series 4).

  • [OLD] Giant Robot - In "Robot" (Doctor Who (1963) season 12).

  • [1ST] Malcolms & Bernards - Obviously, the first mention of these. As noted, the Bernard is named after Bernard Quatermass, the main character is a series of serials (and movies) starting the 1953's "The Quatermass Experiment." Quatermass was an influence in the creation of Doctor Who, and was previously referenced in "Remembrance of the Daleks" (Doctor Who (1963) season 25):
PROF ALLISON JENSEN: I wish Bernard was here. 
RACHEL WILLIAMS: The British Rocket Group's got its own problems. 

  • [1ST] Tritovores - First appearance of this race.

  • [1ST] Photavine Steel - First appearance of this material.

  • [1ST] Crystallography - First appearance of this mechanism.

  • [1ST] Scorpion Nebula - First appearance of this nebula.

  • [1ST] San Helios - First appearance of this planet.

  • [1ST] Swarm - First appearance of these creatures.

  • [1ST] Compressed burst of feedback on a counter-oscillation - First mention of this.
~ 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.

"Planet of the Dead" > The Doctor's Timeline > "Waters of Mars"

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