For the last few years Steven Moffat is often accused of ignoring everything that happened in Doctor Who before he took over. I decided to go through Moffat written episode since he took over and see if this is true for myself.
The Eleventh Hour
The Doctor mention the Shadow Proclamation and perception filters. We get visual cameos from all ten previous Doctors, plus Cybermen, Daleks, a Pyrovile, the Empress of the Racnoss, the Ood, the Hath, the Sontarans, the Sea Devils, the Sycorax, one of the Reapers from ‘Father’s Day’, and the Vashta Nerada. Also, the Doctor steals his clothes from the hospital locker room, just like his Third and Eight incarnations.
The Beast Below
Magpie Electricals gets a shout out. The Doctor tells Amy that ‘You look Time Lord” just as he did to Lady Christina de Souza in ‘Planet of the Dead’. And Liz Ten mentions that the Doctor was knighted and exiled by Victoria and his relationship with the so-called Virgin Queen.
Time of the Angels/Flesh and Stone
Deadlock seals, perception filters and gravity globes all come from RTD era stories. Events the Doctor thinks are erased from history by the cracks include ‘The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End’ and ‘The Next Doctor’.
The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang
The anti-Doctor Alliance consists of Atraxi, Blowfish, Chelonians, Cybermen, Daleks, Draconians, Drahvins, Hoix, Judoon, Nestene Consciousness, Roboforms, Silurians, Slitheen family, Sontarans, Sycorax, Terileptils, Uvodni, Weevils and Zygons. River buys a vortex manipulator (just like Captain Jack’s) from Dorium Maldovar who says he got it off the wrist of a “handsome Time Agent”. The Blinovitch Limitation Effect occurs when the Doctor taps the sonic screwdriver iterations together, but not when the two Amys touch. This can be explained by the fact that little Amelia is from an alternative timeline and therefore not really the same as grown up Amy.
A Christmas Carol
The Doctor gets Kazran’s staff to quit by having them mysteriously win the lottery (despite there being no lottery on this planet) just as he did in ‘School Reunion’. The Doctor claims he hung out with Father Christmas and Albert Einstein at Frank Sinatra’s hunting lodge. It was suggested in ‘Time and the Rani’ that the Doctor and Einstein were mates. The controls of Kazran’s machine are isomorphic, just like the Master’s laser screwdriver. The Doctor claimed that the TARDIS had isomorphic controls in ‘Pyramids of Mars’.
The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon
The Doctor says “Brave heart, Canton” just as he used to say “Brave heart, Tegan” during his Fifth incarnation. The TARDIS has previously been made invisible in ‘The Invasion’ and landed silently in ‘The Dalek Invasion of Earth’. Dwarf star alloy (used to build the Doctor’s prison cell) was previously featured in ‘Warriors’ Gate’ and ‘The Family of Blood’.
A Good Man Goes to War
Amy asks the Doctor if he ever had children. He doesn’t answer. Vastra mentions the Untempered Schism (‘The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords’). Quick note; Captain Jack Harkness was meant to appear in this episode, but John Barrowman was unavailable due to the filming of Torchwood: Miracle Day. This would’ve been the first time a former companion appeared on the show since Moffat over.
Let’s Kill Hitler
The Doctor covertly switches River Song’s gun for a banana. He previously did this to Captain Jack Harkness. Rose Tyler, Martha Jones and Donna Noble all appear as holograms. River is shot several times by German soldiers, but able to recover because she is still within the first fifteen hours of her regeneration. The Tenth Doctor was able to do the same in ‘The Christmas Invasion’. The Doctor finally admits that the TARDIS’ temporal grace, which supposedly prevents weapons fire, is just a “clever lie”.
The Wedding of River Song
The Doctor leans about the death of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. Rose Tyler and Jack Harkness are mentioned by the Doctor. Charles Dickens appears on BBC News.
The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
The Harvest Rangers are from the planet of Androzani Major. The Doctor mentions that a tree from the Forest of Cheem fancied him. The Doctor is able to survive in the vacuum of space due to his respiratory bypass system which was first mentioned in ‘Four to Doomsday’.
Asylum of the Daleks
The Asylum is filled with various types of Daleks from different points in the series history, including a special weapons Dalek. The Doctor described himself as “the Oncoming Storm”. All the Daleks in intensive care section are survivors of different encounters with the Doctor on planets like Spiridon (‘Planet of the Daleks’), Kembel (‘The Daleks’ Master Plan’), Aridius (‘The Chase’), Vulcan (‘The Power of the Daleks’), and Exxilon (‘Death to the Daleks’).
Classic Who can be intimidating so I figured i’d just name a favourite story or two for each doctor if anyone wants to get a rough idea of what classic who is like without trying to watch them all in order, you can always go back and try this though as I did.
First Doctor (William Hartnell)
- Unearthly Child - it’s the first episode and nice to see where things come from and how the doctor used to be
- The Space Museum - great episode, wanted to include more Ian and Barbara before moving to….
- The Time Meddler - Nice fun story, first introduction of someone from the doctor race (other than Susan)
Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton)
- Tomb of the Cybermen - probably the best cyberman story
- The Mind Robber - crazy, very fairytale, very fun
Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee)
- Terror of the Autons - for the introduction to The Master
- Inferno - for parallel worlds, very bleak story
- The Three Doctors - because who doesn’t love multiple doctors
Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker)
- Genesis of the Daleks - Origin of the Dalek’s, arguably best Dalek story
- City of Death - Personal Favourite story
Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison)
- Kinda - pretty dark, great villain, great stuff with Tegan
- Earthshock - great cyberman story
- Five Doctors - i’m a sucker for the multidoctor stories
- Caves of Androsani - best regeneration story
Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker)
- Vengeance on Varos - Best Colin Baker story
- The Two Doctors - Yeah another multidoctor story
Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy)
- Remembrance of The Daleks - Great Dalek story, McCoy being a secretive bastard
- Curse of Fenric - One of my favourites, the doctor against an ancient evil
- Survival - The final episode of Classic Who
…tbh i’d put all of McCoy’s last two series.
I have more in my head, especially Hartnell era but that’s good to be getting on with
This is a good list!