Monday, 24 October 2022

DW BBC Centenary Special 2022: Power of the Doctor

 A guide to classic Who references in new Who.

Doctor Who  BBC Centenary Special 2022 in which the Doctor faces the Master, the Cyber-Masters and the Dalek, together at last.

May contain spoilers for 
"Power of the Doctor"
"An extraordinary attention to detail" ~ The Master.


[OLD] - Things that first appeared in the classic series (or the film).

The following are also covered:
[1ST] - Things that first appeared in this episode.
[NEW] - Things that first appeared in the new series.
[REAL] - Things that first appeared in outside the series itself.
[OTH] - Things that first appeared in outside the series itself.

Previously on Doctor Who...
Tortaiji Transport Network
    • [1ST] Presumably the first appearance in Doctor Who. A space train (pictured) did, however, appear in "Mummy on the Orient Express" (Doctor Who Series 8).

    • [OLD] The cybermen were foe of the Doctor from the classic series. They last appeared in "The Timeless Children" (Doctor Who Series 12) where the Time Lords (see below) were covered into Cyber-Masters (see below). Traditionally they have had a weakness to gold.

    The Cyber-Masters
    • [NEW] The Time Lords of Gallifrey converted into Cyber-men by the Master in "The Timeless Children" (Doctor Who Series 12). They were seeminglessly destroyed in with Gallifrey in that episode.

    The Doctor
    • [OLD] The main character of Doctor Who, classic series and new. Born on Gallifrey,  she is a Time Lord. Due to Time Lords' ability to regenerate this is the "Thirteen Doctor," although she's recently discovered she has a secret past.

    The TARDIS
      • [OLD] The Doctor's time and space travel vehicle.  It stands for Time And Relative Dimension(s) In Space.  Like a lot of the Doctor's race's technology, it is "bigger on the inside."  The Doctor stole her second-hand TARDIS when fleeing her 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 (a feature TARDISes should have). Other Time Lords have their own TARDISes.

      • [OLD] A Timelord technique for escaping death. (See: Background: Regeneration). In new Who along with the Doctor, the Master and multiple other Timelords, the human River Song also regenerated.

      Sanctuary Base 6 Space Suit
      • [NEW]  Worn by the Tenth Doctor (above) and Ida Scott in "The Impossible Planet" and "The Satan Pit" (Doctor Who Series 4) and by that Doctor later again ("Waters of Mars (Doctor Who Series 3) and possibly "42" (Doctor Who Series 3)). and with  with the SB6 logo removed by the Eleventh Doctor ("Hide" Doctor Who series 7). The Twelfth ("Kill The Moon" (Doctor Who Series 8). "Kill the Moon" also featured the Doctor's fam (Courtney Wood and Clara ). Clara wears one again in "The Girl Who Died" (Doctor Who Series 9), while Orson Pink is seen wearing one in "Listen" (Doctor Who Series 8) (with the SB6 logo)

      Sonic Screwdriver
      [OLD] The Doctor's favourite tool: the sonic screwdriver. First shown to be used by the Second Doctor in "Fury of the Deep" (Doctor Who (1963) season 5), it has been used almost constantly since. While it has been destroyed a couple of times and replaced it has been implied to be the same device rebuilt ("Day of the Doctor" (Doctor Who (2015) 50th Anniversary Special). Although Doctor has suggested he initially built it ("The Doctor Dances (Doctor Who (2015) series 1) & "A Christmas Carol"  (Doctor Who (2015) Christmas Special 2010), this is the first time we've seen her build one.  It's been said to be self-repairing "A Christmas Carol"  (Doctor Who (2015) Christmas Special 2010) and on at least one occasion the repaired it for him ("The Eleventh Hour"  (Doctor Who (2015) series 5)). She built her current version in "The Woman Who Fell to Earth" (Doctor Who (2015) series 11).

      • [REAL] A historical character who has not appeared on Doctor Who before.

      Dorothy "Ace" McShane
      • [OLD] A companion of the Seventh Docotor who first appeared in "Dragonfire" (Doctor Who Season 24) and last appeared in "Survival" (Doctor Who Season 26), the final classic series episode. She made the explosive Nitro-9 (see below), fought Cyber-men with gold coins and a sling-shot and Daleks with an baseball bat.

      Tegan Jovanka
      • [OLD] A companion briefly of the Fourth Docotor and then of the Sixth who first appeared in "Logopolis" (Doctor Who Season 18) and left the TARDIS in "Resurrection of the Daleks" (Doctor Who Season 21). In "Logopolis" the Master shrank and killed her aunt Venessa and a policeman.

      Tissue Compression Eliminator
      • [OLD]  On-again off-again weapon of choice of the Master, which kills people by compressing thier tissue (and thus shrinking them.

      • [NEW] First mentioned in a message given to the companions as "The Lone Cyberman" by Captain Jack Harkness in "Fugitive of the Judoon" (Doctor Who (2005) series 12). He appears first appeared in "The Haunting of Villa Diodati" (Doctor Who (2005) series 12) to be an unfinished version of the type that first appeared in "Nightmare in Silver" (Doctor Who (2005) series 7).

      Dan's House
      • [NEW] Was shrunk by a Compression Blast booby trap left by Karvamista in  Doctor Who: Flux Chapter 1 ("The Halloween Apocalypse" (Doctor Who (2005) series 13: Flux)


        • [OLD] A human-like race that shared the planet Skaro with the Thals. Seeing that they were mutating Davros forced the mutation to its final form, removed thier emotions and built the Dalek battle tanks for them to live in.

        The Master
        • [OLD]  An enemy snd childhood friend of the Doctor, first introducted in the classic series. Like The Doctor and other Time Lords the Master can regenerate. This version was first seen in "Spyfall, part 1" (Doctor Who (2005) series 12). and last seen on Gallifrey when it was destroyed in "The Timeless Children" (Doctor Who Series 12). He has often used hypnotism (possibly related to Time Lord telepathy) to control his victims, often using the phrase: "I am the Master, and you will obey me."

        The Cloister Bell
        • [OLD]   A TARDIS warning which sounds when the TARDIS, the Doctor, the universe or all three are in danger. It may be in the TARDIS's cloister room (pictured) but is not seen.

        • [1ST] First appearance of one of these.

        Kate Stewart
        • [NEW] The current head of UNIT (see below). First appeared in the non-BBC Doctor Who spin-off Downtime (pictured) and was introduced to the official series in "The Power of Three" (Doctor Who (2005) season 7). She last appeared in "The Vanquishers" (Doctor Who Series 13: Flux). Her father was The Brigadier, a long time member of the organisation.

        • [OLD] First appeared in the classic series, and has regularly appeared in the new series, as well as appearing in Torchwood and the Sarah Jane Adventures. It was closed down some time between "The Zygon Inversion" (Doctor Who Series 9) and "Resolution(Doctor Who New Year's Day Special 2019 by the events of "Survivors of the Flux" (Doctor Who Series 13: Flux). Kate Stewart is attempting to rebuld it.

        • [REAL] A famous painting. Famous enough that you already knew that. In "The City of Death" (Doctor Who Season 17) Scaroth commisioned Leonard to make six identical versions of it. In "Mona Lisa's Revenge" (The Sarah Jane Adventures Series 3) it is reveal that the paint he used as made of a sentient meteorite.


        Inston-Vee Vinder
        • [NEW] A character from the future that first appeared in Doctor Who: Flux Chapter 1 ("The Halloween Apocalypse" (Doctor Who (2005) series 13: Flux). He last appeared in "The Vanquishers" (Doctor Who Series 13: Flux).

        Forced Regeneration
        • [OLD] A punishment inflicted on the Doctor in "The War Games" (Doctor Who Season 6) causing his change from the Second Doctor.

        The Fourth Doctor's Scarf
        • [OLD] An iconic item of clothing worn by the Fourth Doctor and destroyed by the Fifth.

        The Fifth Doctor's Celery
        • [OLD] A decorative vegetable worn by the Fifth Doctor.

        The Seventh Doctor's Vest
        • [OLD] You must see where this is going, right?

        The Second Doctor's Recorder
        • [OLD] A musical instrument carried by the Second Doctor.

        • [OLD] Here played by David Bradley who last played him in "Twice Upon A Time" (Doctor Who Christmas Special 2017) and who had previously played the original actor, William Hartnell in "Adventures in Space & Time."

        • [OLD] The Sixth Doctor.

        • [OLD] The Fifth Doctor.

        • [OLD] A companion to the Fourth and Fifth Doctors who was killed in a Cyber-men attempt to destroy Earth.

        • [OLD] A powerful explosive created by the Seventh Doctor's companion, Ace.


        Psychic Paper
        • [NEW] An item usually used by the Doctor to create false identification for the Doctor.  It first appeared in "The End of the World" (Doctor Who (2005) series 1). Graham and Ryan were given some when they left the Doctor.

        The Doctor (Ruth)
        • [OLD] The main character of Doctor Who, classic series and new. Born on Gallifrey, she is a Time Lord. This version appeared first appeared in "The Fugitive of the Judoon" (Doctor Who (2005) series 12), where she was living under the identity Ruth.

        • [OLD] The Doctor attempted to drop Sarah Jane Smith here. And failed.

        Ian Chesterton
        • [OLD] A companion of the First Doctor.

        Melanie "Mel" Bush
        • [OLD] A companion of the Sixth & Seventh Doctors.

        Jo Grant
        • [OLD] An assistant of the Third 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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