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Copy of Timeline of Doctor Who
Transcript of Copy of Timeline of Doctor Who
of Doctor Who Reboot
This is a collective "timeline" for the entire new series that is comprised of a picture from each episode and the various themes. The classic series is depicted in a separate presentation. Enjoy.
In this story Steven arrives & Ian and Barbara depart.
The Time Meddler
Mission to the Unknown
This is the shortest Doctor Who story ever made (one episode), and it doesn't even have the Doctor in it!
The Myth Makers
This story is Viki's last.
She falls in love with an Trojan named Troilus, changes her name to Cressida and stays in Troy circa 1184 BC
Katarina joins the TARDIS after helping injured companion Steven onto the ship. With no knowledge of technology, she believes the TARDIS is the Doctor's temple.
The Dalek's Master Plan
The Massacre of St. Bartholomew's Eve
In this story the Doctor gains a new companion named Dodo when she accidentally wanders into the TARDIS thinking it is a real police box.
Dodo is from 1966 London and was introduced by the producers to appeal to the youth demographic of the time. The character was deemed "unsuccessful" and written out after six stories (19 episodes).
The Celestial Toymaker
This is Stevens final story in the series.
He stays behind on this distance planet in the far future to act as a mediator between two feuding societies who are trying to unite and rebuild as one.
The War Machines
This is where Dodo departs deciding to stay in 1960's London and Ben & Polly arrive.
Ben is a sailor & Polly is a secretary.
The two met in a bar. They inadvertently end up traveling with the Doctor when they enter the TARDIS to return a key they saw him drop. The TARDIS takes off with them inside.
The Tenth Planet
This is William Hartnell's last episode in Doctor Who, as the actor's age often made him too ill to work. At the end of the part four, the Doctor collapses and changes form. At the time, it was known as a "renewal", suggesting the Doctor changed into a younger version of himself. The concept of "regeneration" was not introduced until the "Planet of Spiders" episode.
The Second Doctor
The second Doctor was portrayed by Patrick Troughton. Though outwardly warm, bumbling, and somewhat clownish, this version of the Doctor had a darker, more cunning aspect to his personality — one which he usually kept hidden in order to better carry out his plans.
This the Doctors first encounter with another of his enemies, the Cybermen.
Power of the Daleks
This episode welcomes the Doctor's highlander companion, Jamie McCrimmon to the show. He's an 18th Century piper from Scotland who is invited to travel in the TARDIS.
The Underwater Menace
The Macra Terror
The Faceless Ones
Ben & Polly leave in this story. This story takes place on July 20, 1966 - noted as being the busiest day of the Doctor's time on Earth. This is same day the First Doctor met Ben & Polly. As such, they stay behind. Also, the TARDIS is also stolen on this day.
Evil of the Daleks
This story welcomes Victoria Waterfield to the TARDIS. A modest girl from
1866 London, her father was
a scientist experimenting with
time travel, accidentally linked up with the Daleks, who killed him and took her to Skaro, where she was rescued by
Tomb of the Cybermen
The Abominable Snowmen
This story features the Yeti, another of the Doctors monster enemies, as well as The Great Intelligence ( who will appear again in 2012's The Snowmen)
The Ice Warriors
The Ice Warriors will appear in four more episodes, including 2013's Cold War, and were mentioned in 2009's The Waters of Mars.
The Enemy of the World
Half-way through Troughton's run the theme was changed this theme was used in the Troughton, Pertwee and Baker years.
The Web of Fear
This story features Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart. Who becomes one of the Doctor's companions later on in the series.
Fury From the Deep
This story marks the first appearance of the Sonic Screwdriver and the end of Victoria's time on the series. Tired of being scared, she decides to stay behind and live with a family the Doctor helped in the episode. Jamie is upset as he had feelings for her.
The Wheel in Space
This story introduces Zoe to the series.
The Mind Robber
The Seeds of Death
The Space Pirates
The War Games
This Patrick Troughton's last show as well as Jamie's & Zoe's.
For the first time, this serial names the Doctor's race as the "Time Lords". His reasons for leaving and the fact that he stole the TARDIS are also revealed (although other aspects of his backstory remain a mystery). Regeneration is also introduced, but called "a change of appearance". The Doctor also kisses Zoe on the forehead, marking the first time a Doctor kisses a companion.
The Time Lord council wipe Jamie and Zoe's memories and return them to their original time and locations just as they entered the TARDIS.
The Doctor is exiled to Earth, his TARDIS is locked down and he is forced to "change appearance".
This marks the end of Doctor Who in black and white.
The Third Doctor
The Dandy Doctor
Serious, but with a twinkle in his eye and a heart for adventure, the Third Doctor was very much a man of action where the previous two Doctors had not been. This Doctor always tried to talk his way out of situations, but when he couldn’t, had no qualms about disarming his opponent by using Venusian Aikido (Karate). He was a dashing, swashbuckling hero with a fondness for fast cars and cool gadgets. Exiled to Earth, he reluctantly joins UNIT as their scientific adviser.
Spearhead From Space
This story introduces Liz Shaw to the Doctor & brings back Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.
Liz is a Cambridge scientist drafted by the Brigadier as she is an expert in meteorites, medicine and physics.
Ambassadors of Death
This is Liz's last appearance on the show as a regular character. She simply went back to Cambridge to work on her own research.
This is also the last appearance of the original TARDIS console, which hasn't changed since An Unearthly Child. In this episode, the console is shown removed from the TARDIS as it was malfunctioning badly.
Terror of the Autons
This story introduces Jo Grant as the Doctors companion & the Master as the Doctors new arch enemy, and a new TARDIS console!
Jo is a Junior Civil Operative working for UNIT who is assigned to the Doctor.
The Mind of Evil
The color version of this story was lost, so it was released on VHS in black & white. Since then efforts have been made to recolor the film utilizing several different techniques, including hand coloring.
The Claws of Axos
Colony in Space
Day of the Daleks
The Curse of Peladon
The Sea Devils
The Time Monster
The Three Doctors
After the Three Doctors the "Delaware" theme (BBC workshop was on Delaware Road) was experimented with and used in some 1973 episodes. It was unpopular, and the original Delia Derbyshire theme was restored.
Carnival of Monsters
Frontier in Space
Planet of the Daleks
The Green Death
This is Jo's final episode.
She leaves to marry the man she loves.
At the end of this episode the Time Lords end the Doctors exile, and he can travel in the TARDIS once more.
The Time Warrior
This story brings the Doctor a new companion in investigative journalist Sarah Jane Smith.
To date, she's the only companion to appear in both Classic and Contemporary Doctor Who, and receive a spin-off program.
This story also introduces the Sontarans, a ruthless race who live to kill.
They will appear again in other episodes, including 2011's A Good Man Goes to War, where one in particular, Strax, is made to be a nurse by the Doctor as a form of penance.
Invasion of the Dinosaurs
Death to the Daleks
The Monster of Peladon
Planet of the Spiders
After being exposed to high levels of radiation, the Doctor falls out of the TARDIS and regenerates into Tom Baker.
The Fourth Doctor
Manic and wily, but with a firm sense of morality, this Doctor is incredibly irreverent and always tries to diffuse tense situations with a droll comment or the offer of a jelly baby. A near-180 turnaround from the Third Doctor, who was a serious action man, the Fourth Doctor is very much the light-hearted adventurer
In this episode Harry Sullivan, a UNIT Medical Officer, joins the Doctor and Sarah Jane. The actor was hired to carry out action scenes when it was thought an older actor would play the Doctor. This was prior to the decision to hire Tom Baker, who was younger than the producers originally wanted.
The Ark in Space
The Sontaran Expirement
Genesis of the Daleks
This story introduces Davros, creator of the Daleks, as a new enemy.
Revenge of the Cybermen
Terror of the Zygons
Even though the Zygons proved extremely popular, they would not return during the rest of the original run of the series. It was announced that they would reappear as part of the 50th Anniversary special in 2013
This is Harry's final show as a regular character, though he returns in the Android Invasion.
In this adventure the Loch Ness Monster is identified as being the Skarasen — a cyborg weapon of the Zygons. Sarah Jane tells Rose Tyler she encountered the Loch Ness Monster in the 2006 School Reunion episode.
Planet of Evil
Pyramids of Mars
The Android Invasion
The Brain of Morbius
The Seeds of Doom
The Masque of Mandragora
The Hand of Fear
At the end of this episode, the Doctor is summoned back to Gallifrey and can not take Sarah Jane, so he returns her to her own time on Earth. Sarah Jane Smith would see the Doctor again in numerous spin-offs as well as in contemporary Doctor Who episodes.
The Deadly Assassin
The Master returns in a crippled form to steal energy from the Eye of Harmony to regenerate again.
The source of the Time Lords' power and that of the TARDIS is the Eye of Harmony, the nucleus of a black hole that lies beneath the Citadel on Gallifrey. The Eye, or a link to it, is seen inside the TARDIS in the 1996 television movie. The Eye of Harmony is also mentioned in "Hide", and it is shown to be a star on the verge of becoming a black hole in "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS". One of the artifacts that controls the Eye of Harmony is the Great Key of Rassilon, a large ebonite rod. There are two other Keys of Rassilon mentioned later in the series. One, also known as the Great Key, whose location is known only to the Chancellor, resembles an ordinary key and is a vital component of the demat gun (The Invasion of Time). The other, simply called the Key of Rassilon, gives access to the Matrix (The Ultimate Foe).
The Face of Evil
In this episode Leela becomes the Doctor's new companion. She insists she join
him on his travels, and when he
refuses she jumps into the TARDIS
with him and starts the
dematerialisation process. She is a warrior of the Sevateem, a tribe of humans on an alien world which has regressed to the point of savagery. Though uneducated and ignorant of technology, she is bright, inquisitive, and tends to learn quickly.
The Robots of Death
The Talons of Weng-Chiang
Horror of Fang Rock
This is the only episode to date where we meet the Sontarans' enemy, the Rutans
The Invisible Enemy
Image of the Fendahl
The Invasion of Time
This is Leela's last story. The Sontaran's attack Gallifrey. Leela and K-9 help the Time Lords defend their planet. In the end, Leela decides to stay on Gallifrey because she has fallen in love with Commander Andred, leader of the Chancellory Guards. K-9 decides to stay behind to look after Leela, and they both watch as the TARDIS dematerializes. Inside the TARDIS the Doctor pushes out a box labeled "K-9 MII." He then breaks the fourth wall (for the third time in the serial) by grinning mischievously into the camera.
The Ribos Operation
Romanadvoratrelundar, or Romana
for short, is a Time Lord sent by the
White Guardian to help the Doctor
assemble the Key to Time, a
mythical artifact used to control
universal order. Her haughty and conventional attitude often causes friction between the two travelers. K-9 Mk2 is also present in these adventures.
The Pirate Planet
The Stones of Blood
The Androids of Tara
The Power of Kroll
The Armageddon Factor
Destiny of the Daleks
At the beginning of this episode Romana regenerates, choosing
the form of Princess
Astra from the previous
City of Death
The Creature From the Pit
Nightmare of Eden
The Horns of Nimon
Douglas Adams wrote this 6-part serial to conclude season seventeen, but due to a technician strike, filming was incomplete and the episode did not air. Attempts were made by new producer John Nathan-Turner to remount the story, but for various reasons it never happened and the production was formally dropped in June 1980.
Nathan-Turner was eventually able to complete the story (so far as was possible) by commissioning new effects shots, a score and having Tom Baker record linking material to cover the missing scenes to create six shortened episodes of between 14 and 22 minutes each. The result was released on video in 1992 as a 111 minute VHS tape, but has never been aired on television—making Shada the only Doctor Who television story never to be broadcast
Douglas Adams himself did not regard the story highly and was content for it to remain permanently unseen in any form. He once claimed that when he had signed the contract allowing the 1992 release, it had been part of a pile of other papers presented to him by his agent to sign and he wasn't fully aware of what he was agreeing to.
BBC Books published a novelization of this serial on 15 March 2012, written
by Gareth Roberts. Roberts has drawn on the latest versions of the scripts
available, as well as adding new material of his own to "fix" various
plotholes and unanswered questions
For 1980 they changed the theme again to modernize it. The Howell theme was used in the Tom Baker, Peter Davison & Colin Baker Years
The Leisure Hive
Adric joins the Doctor and Romana. He is a teen genius from the planet Alzarius whose own people gave him a badge for mathematical excellence. When
his brother Varsh is killed by
Marshmen, he stows aboard the
TARDIS. He sometimes finds it
hard to get along with his fellow travelers and often feels like an outsider.
State of Decay
K-9 joins the Doctor in this story. K-9 is a brilliant
super-computer with an endearing
personality, even if he comes across as a
bit of a know-it-all. He was built in the
year 5000 by Professor Marius, who gave
him to the Doctor as a gift.
Romana stays behind with the Tharils and the Doctor gives her K-9 Mk 2 as a present.
The Keeper of Traken
The Keeper of Traken re-introduces the Master,
who was last seen in The Deadly Assassin
(1976), and introduces Anthony Ainley as
Tremas, whose body subsequently becomes
the host for the new Master.
(Tremas is an anagram for Master!)
Nyssa& Tegan join the Doctor and Adric as companions.
Nyssa is a scientist and the daughter of
Tremas. When the Master takes over her
father's body and destroys her world, she
becomes the last of her kind.
Tegan is an Australian air stewardess who
stumbles into the TARDIS thinking its a real
police box. She is brash and bossy and
often gets into arguments with the Doctor.
In attempt to prevent the Master from taking the universe hostage, The Doctor is forced to climb onto the telescope's dish and disconnect a power cable while the Master attempts to turn it to knock the Doctor off. While the Doctor is successful in ending the Master's threat, he hangs precariously from the dish and sees images of his various enemies before he falls to the ground.
The Fifth Doctor
The fifth Doctor is portrayed by Peter Davison. At 29 years of age, Peter Davison was far and away the youngest actor to play the role to date. Much more outwardly sensitive, vulnerable, and reserved than his previous incarnations, the Fifth Doctor often reacted to situations instead of instigating them. He was often plagued with indecision, using the flip of a coin to sway him, and would suffer the consequences of a wrong choice. At the same time, he was one of the most courageous of the Doctors and always put the well-being of everyone far in front of his own. Despite his youthful appearance, the Fifth Doctor had a patriarchal relationship with his companions or at the very least an older-brotherly one, and was easily irritated by them. He also always wore a stalk of celery on his jacket lapel, though the reason for it would not become apparent until just before his regeneration.
Four to Doomsday
Adric leaves in this story. He tries to stop the Cybermen from crashing their ship into Earth, but sadly dies in the attempt, never to know that the explosion was responsible for wiping out the dinosaurs.
Arc of Infinity
Vislor Turlough arrives in this story. And alien from Trion, Vislor is exiled from his home planet
in the aftermath of a civil war. He ends up
as a pupil at a private boarding school on
Earth where he is recruited by the Black
Guardian to destroy the Doctor. He
succeeds in gaining the Doctor's trust and
asks to join his TARDIS crew.
Nyssa departs in this story. Her caring nature influences her decision to stay on Terminus and use her scientific skills to develop a cure for the fatal Lazar's disease.
The Kings Demons
The Doctor gains a robotic friend
in this episode, Kamelion. When
first encountered Kamelion was a
tool used by The Master. The Doctor freed it from The Master's grip and it joined the TARDIS crew.
The Five Doctors
Warriors of the Deep
Resurrection of the Daleks
Planet of Fire
Tegan departs at the end of this adventure. She's had enough of the death and destruction that comes with traveling with The Doctor and runs off.
Peri Brown, American botany student, is
saved from drowning by Turlough.
Always up for an adventure, she accepts
the Doctor's invitation to travel in the TARDIS.
Turlough discovers he is no longer a fugitive, and returns to his home planet.
The Caves of Androzani
This is Peter Davison's final episode in which the Doctor, succumbing to the poison in his system, regenerates.
The Sixth Doctor
The Sixth Doctor was a loose cannon. He was egotistical, brash, arrogant, and moody. He had an eloquent speech pattern and was prone to long diatribes peppered with glib remarks. His costume, a hideous mixture of patterns and colors seemingly pulled from forty-five other costume ideas, reflected the character’s volatile nature. At the same time, however, the Sixth Doctor was one of the most moral and empathetic incarnations. He was supremely confident in his abilities, which made him eager to jump into the thick of things. Unlike his predecessors, this Doctor seemed to have no qualms about violence, though only as a last resort.
The Twin Dilemma
Attack of the Cybermen
Vengeance on Varos
Mark of the Rani
This story is the first to feature the renegade female Time Lord, Rani. The word "Rani" means "Queen" or "Mistress" in Hindi.
The Two Doctors
Revelation of the Daleks
In 1986 the theme was again changed for Colin Baker's final season referred to as Trial of a Timelord (Season 23)
The Mysterious Planet
Trials of a Time Lord: Mindwarp
This is Peri's final show. The nature of her departure is kind of confusing, but the short of it is: she gets shot.
Trial of a Time Lord:
Terror of the Vervoids
Mel Bush is introduced as the
Doctor's new companion in this
story. The new companion is
introduced without the typical
"meeting" story, as this event
is supposed to take place in the
Doctor's future, after he has
already met Mel.
The Ultimate Foe
This was the last story to feature Colin Baker as the current Doctor. Baker was fired by the BBC and head writer John Nathan Turner was ordered to recast the lead part for the following season. The TARDIS was attacked by his old enemy the Rani, the Sixth Doctor was somehow injured and regenerated into the Seventh Doctor; the exact cause of the regeneration, however, has never been revealed on-screen.
The Seventh Doctor
Sylvester McCoy -- Beginning as very much a silly character, the Seventh Doctor would often mix his metaphors, play the spoons, and make pratfalls. However, this façade was soon pulled aside to reveal a much darker figure with a questionable past and an uncertain future. Despite his tiny frame, this Doctor cast a large shadow and displayed true power on many occasions. He was an intergalactic chess master, moving people around like pawns to achieve his ultimate goals. As his personality became darker, so too did his outfit, going from white in the early stories to dark burgundy in the later ones.
In 1987, the theme was again changed.
Time and the Rani
Although this was the first story to feature the Seventh Doctor, it was written before McCoy's casting and therefore not directly tailored to his portrayal of the character. As Sixth Doctor actor Colin Baker declined to film a regeneration sequence, Sylvester McCoy instead wore his predecessor's costume and a blond curly wig and filmed the entire sequence himself.
Delta and the Bannermen
In this episode Mel chooses to stay with mercenary and privateer Sabalom Glitz.
Ace is a human from late twentieth century Earth who only
arrived on Iceworld after a bizarre chemistry experiment
caused a time-storm in her bedroom. She calls The Doctor
"professor", and has a tendency to blow things up with
Nitro-9, her homemade brand of explosive.
The Doctor's acceptance of Ace as a companion is part of a larger game that would see its culmination in The Curse of Fenric.
Remembrance of the Daleks
The Greatest Show in the Galaxy
The Curse of Fenric
First broadcast in three parts, weekly, from 22 November to 6 December 1989, this was the final story of the original 26-year run of the series to be transmitted on BBC One.
It is the final regular television appearance of Anthony Ainley as the Master and of Sophie Aldred as Ace. It is also the last to entirely feature Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor, although he would return briefly in the start of the 1996 film, in order to regenerate and give the part to Paul McGann in his only televised appearance as the Doctor.
There was no direct indication given to the public that this was to be the final regular installment of Doctor Who; however, unlike previous years' final episodes, this one featured no announcement in the closing credits that the program would return the following year.
Having already surmised that episode three of Survival was likely to at least be the last episode of Doctor Who for some time, and possibly the last ever, the programme's producer John Nathan-Turner decided close to transmission that a more suitable conclusion should be given to the final episode. To this end, script editor Andrew Cartmel wrote a short, melancholic closing monologue for actor Sylvester McCoy, which McCoy recorded on 23 November 1989, the day after Episode 1 was broadcast, and also by coincidence, the show's twenty-sixth anniversary
The Doctor Who production office at the BBC finally closed down in August 1990, having been in continuous operation since 1963.
The Eighth Doctor
The Eighth Doctor was played by Paul McGann. He had the part for one hour in the TV Movie.The Eighth Doctor is a romantic whose wide-eyed exuberance and youthful glee masked a much older soul. He dressed in a pseudo-Dickensian garb, taken from a locker room after a costume party, and sported a Fob watch. He is quick with a funny remark and seems to be, in the TV movie at least, the most naïve and innocent of the incarnations. He’s also one of the most outwardly caring Doctors and is often seen giving people hints at their possible futures in an attempt to encourage them into going forward with the adventure.
The Movie theme was new and different, it was only used once.
Doctor Who: The TV Movie
(aka The Enemy Within)
The TV movie was entirely meant to be the next chapter in the story, so Sylvester McCoy returned to play the Seventh Doctor for the beginning and regeneration.
The Ninth Doctor
The Ninth Doctor’s jovial, goofy exterior hides a dark and troubled soul. He is, to the best of his knowledge, the only survivor of the Last Great Time War, and he has a mad case of survivor’s guilt. The war has hardened him, and he’s often quick to condemn humans for their faults, often calling them “stupid apes.” Still, it’s his interaction with humanity, and specifically Rose, that helps him cope with the loneliness of being the last of his kind.
A self-professed coward, the Ninth Doctor never shied away from sacrificing himself for the good of Earth, humans, and that one blonde chick. The Ninth Doctor wore a black leather jacket, black trousers, and various dark-colored frocks. What exactly makes frocks different from shirts is anyone’s guess. He was often heard saying, “Fantastic!” whenever anything warranting such an outburst occurred.
In 2005 the BBC Murray Gold to remake the theme for the new series.
In this episode Rose Tyler becomes the Doctor's new companion. An
ordinary shop girl who helps the
Ninth Doctor defeat the Nestene
Consciousness and its murderous
shop mannequin Autons, she
can't resist joining the battle-scarred Time Lord on his travels.
The End of the World
The Unquiet Dead
Aliens of London
World War Three
Adam Mitchell joins the Doctor in this episode. Adam works cataloging strange alien objects for billion and
collector Henry Van Statten. After
surviving a lone Dalek killing
rampage, he (very) briefly joins the
Doctor and Rose.
The Long Game
Adam betrays the Doctor and is forced to leave.
The concept of "The Long Game" was originally submitted by Davies to the Doctor Who script office in the 1980s. Davies had also been interested in doing a storyline about a failed companion.
In the book The Shooting Scripts, Russell T Davies claims that he had originally set out to write this episode from Adam's perspective, watching the adventure unfolding from his point of view (exactly as Rose did in "Rose") and seeing both the Doctor and Rose as enigmatic, frightening characters.
The Empty Child
The episode marks the first appearance of John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness, who would become a recurring companion and star in the Doctor Who spin-off series Torchwood.
Originally a Time Agent manipulating history to remove "rogue elements", he's really a 51st Century con man who takes on the identity of an American Royal Air Force volunteer who died in action in 1941. He joins the TARDIS crew when the Doctor saves him from his exploding space ship.
The Doctor Dances
The Parting of the Ways
The last Dalek story to feature an Emperor — who was the Daleks' creator, Davros — was Remembrance of the Daleks (1988). The Emperor in this episode represents a return to an earlier concept of the Daleks' leader, seen in The Evil of the Daleks (1967); whenever the Daleks had an on-screen leader in later appearances, it was a Dalek Supreme or Davros.
Jack tells his defenders that their ammunition consist of bastic bullets, which can penetrate Dalek casings. Bastic bullets were first mentioned as having this property in Revelation of the Daleks.
The Emperor Dalek's final words are "I cannot die!", the same words said by Davros at the conclusion of Resurrection of the Daleks (1984) when he is apparently dying from a virus. In Davros's case, he survived to return another day, but whether this Emperor does remains to be seen. He is mentioned later in "Doomsday" by Rose and the Doctor and again by the Cult of Skaro in "Daleks in Manhattan".
Jack Harkness is abandoned by the Doctor at the end of this episode. In the episode "Utopia" Jack is reunited with the Tenth Doctor, who confirms that he left Jack there purposely because of what Rose did to him. Jack states in Utopia that after Rose resurrected him he discovered that he is seemingly immortal but still aging at a slowed pace. In "Last of the Time Lords" Jack hints that he will become the impossibly old Face of Boe.
This is also Christopher Eccleston's final episode. The Doctor absorbs the whole of the Time Vortex from Rose, thus saving her and triggering his regeneration.
To Be Continued...............
A Contemporary Timeline
Ian & Barbara use a Dalek time machine to return to Earth, 1965.
Steven is a spaceship pilot captured during a war between the Daleks & the Mechonoids.
The Doctor helps him to escape.
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The first death of a companion.
Katarina dies when she releases an airlock on a spaceship, sucking her and a villain out to the void.
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FYI: The clown is named "Clara", hmmm...
The first western made for British television.
The last Doctor Who series to have individually named episodes.
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FYI: The Macra reappear 40 years later in the episode Gridlock
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Zoe is an astrophysicist, has a photographic memory, and intelligence level that matches the Doctor. After helping the Doctor and Jaime defeat the Cyberman on the Wheel, a gigantic-space station, she decides to stow away on the TARDIS. Part of the reason for her wanting to travel with the Doctor is her chafing at the restrictions and sterile surroundings of her station-bound existence (she's a genius, but she was working as a librarian!)
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Introduces UNIT and Corporal Benton
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The 50th Story
First time Doctor uses the name "John Smith".
This episode is filled with "firsts":
* First time we learn the Doctor has two hearts
* First time ever shown in color
* First time we the Doctor in the shower
* First (and only) Doctor to have a visible tattoo
* First episode to ever repeat on a Friday night
The Autons crashing out of store windows is considered the second scariest moment in "Who'story", second only to the Weeping Angels in "Blink". The scene was recreated for the reboot in the 2005 episode "Rose". The Autons would appear again in 2010's"The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang".
This episode introduces "Bessie", the Doctor's car.
They return in "The Hungry Earth" and the episode
"The Snowmen" introduces Madame Vastra, who assists the Doctor.
* Considered one of the best stories
of the Third Doctor's era
* The Doctor, in an unusual instance, is seen to both hold and use a gun to eliminate an enemy
"Ah, your cousin is a Silurian!"
*The first Doctor Who episode in which an earlier incarnation of the Doctor returns to the show.
* This story ends on a cliffhanger, which is concluded in Planet of the Daleks. This would be the last appearance of Roger Delgado as the Master, his final scene being the confusion outside the TARDIS with his shooting the Doctor, perhaps accidentally, then disappearing with the panicking Ogrons. Roger Delgado was killed in a car crash in Turkey less than three months after this episode's UK broadcast.
BBC Enterprises issued specific instructions to wipe all six episodes of Invasion of the Dinosaurs, named as such, in August 1974, just six months after the story's transmission; for reasons unknown (perhaps the really really really bad special effects?) however, only Episode 1 was actually junked. As far as the BBC was concerned, the story had been wiped in its entirety; researchers for the 1976 documentary Whose Doctor Who found that none of the episodes were listed as existing in the BBC library.
This story was supposed to be the "final end"
of the Daleks. It introduced the concept of "humanized Daleks" - a theme explored again with Rose Tyler in 2005's "Dalek". Fans believe this to be the final story in context to Dalek history (but as with all things fan-based, its debatable).
Though not originally intended to be in the episode, the writer was asked to include them. Only three Daleks are ever seen on screen as that is all they had built, having not been on screen for five years. To explain the return of the Daleks after their "final end" (as stated by the Second Doctor in The Evil of the Daleks), lines were scripted to reveal that the humanised Daleks had lost the civil war seen in Evil, placing this story after Evil in the Daleks' own chronology. However, this scene was ultimately not filmed.
* First time the word "regeneration" is used
* The blue crystal of Metebelis Three appears again in the 2013 Eleventh Doctor episode, "Hide".
* The final story of Season 11 (to have been titled The Final Game) was originally intended to write out the character of the Master, with the villainous Time Lord sacrificing his life to save the Doctor. Due to the death of actor Roger Delgado, script editor Terrance Dicks abandoned the project in favour of a new story, which eventually evolved into Planet of the Spiders
The episodes in this season are continuous; the end of one leads into the start of the next.
During shooting, lead Baker broke his collarbone. However, because part of his costume was a large scarf, he could conceal the neck brace he had to wear following the injury. For action scenes, he was doubled by regular stunt performer Terry Walsh, shot from several face-concealing angles.
The serial has received positive reviews and was named by fans and critics as one of the best serials of Doctor Who.
The character of Davros was designed by Nation to have created the Daleks in his image, and to also be a "spokesperson" for the Daleks as he felt it was "boring" listening to Daleks giving speeches. The design was inspired by the Mekon, a comic book character with no body but a "green, dome-like head". Davros attracted the attention of BBC prosthetics designer John Friedlander who agreed to come off another show to make Davros' mask. The latex mask was moulded to actor Michael Wisher's face by make-up artist Sylvia James. Wisher could even eat while wearing the mask. Regular latex instead of the more mouldable foam latex was used because the latter was too expensive. The cast and crew regarded Davros' effects as a great technical achievement considering the budget and time period they worked in.
Originally, Cyber-costumes from the 1968 serial The Invasion were to have been used, but only two had survived, and in poor condition. This necessitated entirely new outfits, which included chest panels constructed from the innards of old television sets and trousers which, for the first time, were not tucked into the Cyber-boots.
Another first appearance is the symbol
which would eventually be known as the
Seal of Rassilon. In this story, however,
it is a symbol of the Vogans. Designer Roger Murray-Leach reused the Vogan symbol for the Time Lords in The Deadly Assassin and it has remained associated with the latter ever since (most recently in 2007's The Sound of Drums).
In a rare moment, the Doctor uses a blaster against an opponent
Companion Harry Sullivan returns for this episode. The character is said to be working with NATO and doing something "hush-hush at Porton Down"; he is later said, in "Death of the Doctor" to have saved many lives and implied to be deceased.
* The Doctor states his age is 749
There is a scene where the Doctor and Moribus are connected to a "mind test machine" and faces begin to flash on screen - which are supposed to be previous incarnations of the Doctor. The faces appearing on the mind test machine are actually those of various members of the production team which were used as they couldn't afford to hire actors. Producer Hinchcliffe has said, "We tried to get famous actors for the faces of the Doctor. But because no one would volunteer, we had to use backroom boys. And it is true to say that I attempted to imply that William Hartnell was not the first Doctor. The concept of only twelve regenerations would not be introduced until Season 14 in The Deadly Assassin.
The serial marks the final regular appearance of UNIT
With the start of the new season, the police box exterior was replaced, as the old one had deteriorated owing to wear and tear. A secondary console room was also introduced and used until the end of the season. The set warped between seasons and was not used again.
This story was voted the best Doctor Who story ever in the 2003 Outpost Gallifrey poll to mark the series' 40th anniversary.[
This is the only story from the Tom Baker era in which he is not seen wearing one of his trademark scarves, his attire instead resembling that of Sherlock Holmes. Leela is not shown wearing her leathers. According to the textual information track on the DVD release, this change in costume was supposed to be permanent as the Doctor and Leela established a Professor Higgins/Eliza Doolittle-style relationship, but the idea was soon dropped. (Anyone else think this episode might have inspired the Doctor and Clara's relationship?)
There have been four versions of K-9.
Mk 1 stayed on Gallifrey with the
Doctor's companion, Leela.
Mk 2 was given to the Doctor's
Time Lord friend Romania.
Mk 3 and Mk 4 belonged to
Sarah Jane Smith.
It is during this story that we finally learn the origin of the Time Lords' policy of non-intervention.
This is the first of six linked serials that comprise the whole of Season 16, known collectively as The Key to Time.
Fun Fact: The setting is Calufax Minor. The Tenth Doctor mentions Calufrax Minor as being one of the missing planets in "The Stolen Earth".
This was the 100th story of the series
The Power of Kroll was voted at #174 by readers of Doctor Who Magazine in a 2009 poll of the top 200 stories — the fifth lowest of any Tom Baker story.
Drax refers to the Doctor by the name
"Theta Sigma". Not counting aliases
like John Smith, this was the first time
an actual name (albeit a nickname) was
attached to the Doctor. Later, in
The Happiness Patrol, the Doctor states
that Theta Sigma was his old college
nickname. Later, in "The Pandorica Opens"
(2010 series), the characters for theta and
sigma are the first two symbols under River Song's "Hello Sweetie" message written to the Doctor as the oldest words in recorded history.
A 2008 article in The Daily Telegraph named City of Death one of the ten greatest episodes of Doctor Who
This was actually the first serial of the season to be filmed. As a result, Lalla Ward's performance and manner of dress as Romana is somewhat different than that seen in the previously broadcast serials, since she was still working out her character at the time
This is one of the few Fourth Doctor stories to have a strong moral message, in this case against drug abuse and the illegal drug trade.
The Minotaur-like monster in the Eleventh Doctor episode "The God Complex" is revealed to be a close relative of the Nimon race.
Beginning with this story, the Doctor abandoned his famous multi-colored scarf in favor of a burgundy and purple one. Also, the question mark motif made its first
appearance here as a regular element of the
Doctor's wardrobe. The Doctor also sported a new
burgundy overcoat, as part of his new color
The serial is the first of three loosely connected serials known as the E-Space trilogy
Dwarf star alloy, introduced in this serial, would later reappear in the Eleventh Doctor episode "Day of the Moon", where it was used by the FBI to construct an inescapable prison for the Doctor.
A repeat of the final moments from Logopolis (1981), featuring Tom Baker regenerating, formed a pre-credits sequence - the first in the program's history. Subsequently The Five Doctors (1983), Time and the Rani (1987) and Remembrance of the Daleks (1988) also featured pre-credits teasers.
The pre-credits sequence became a regular occurrence starting with the 2005 series episode "The End of the World".
It was originally decided that after Castrovalva, the Doctor would only have two companions, Adric and Tegan. As a result, the character of Nyssa was to be written out of the series at the end of this Four to Doomsday. However, Peter Davison strongly opposed this move because he felt that Nyssa was the companion who was "most suited to his vision of the Doctor". Given this, producer John Nathan-Turner and the rest of the production team relented and Nyssa was retained. The story for Kinda was already developed with two companions and Nyssa was not featured in that narrative as written. Rather than a complete rewrite of Kinda to include Nyssa in the narrative, she remains absent much of that serial, said to be resting in the TARDIS. This was set up with Nyssa's dead faint collapse at the end of Four to Doomsday.
This story was the first two-part serial since The Sontaran Experiment (1975); each Peter Davison season would include at least one two-parter. This was the first purely historical serial (with no science fiction elements beyond the Doctor and his TARDIS) since The Highlanders in 1966–67; unlike previous ones, it does not revolve around a well-known historical event. To date, it is also the last purely historical story. The next televised story taking place within the Doctor Who universe to contain no science fiction or supernatural elements at all is "Countrycide", an episode of the spin-off series, Torchwood, broadcast in 2006 and taking place in the present day.
The Hand of Fear introduced the concept of the TARDIS being in a state of temporal grace, meaning that no weapons could be used inside it. In this story, however, this function appears not to work as the Doctor, Nyssa and the Cyber Leader are all able to fire weapons inside the console room. Nyssa briefly mentions this in Arc of Infinity but the Doctor simply attempts to shrug it off without providing an explanation. In "Let's Kill Hitler" the Doctor states that the notion of temporal grace was "a clever lie" on his part.
Doctor Who was the first television show allowed to film at London Heathrow Airport.
Every story during Season 20 featured an adversary from the past. For this serial, it was Omega, who had faced the first three incarnations of the Doctor in the 10th anniversary story The Three Doctors
Every story during Season 20 had the Doctor face an enemy from the past. For this story, the enemy was the Mara, who was featured in the previous season's story Kinda (1982).
All of the stories during Season 20 featured enemies from the Doctor's past. The past enemy for this and the next two serials was the Black Guardian, who last faced the fourth incarnation of the Doctor at the conclusion of The Key to Time saga in The Armageddon Factor (1979).
Mawdryn Undead also makes the first explicit statement in the series that the current Doctor is the fifth incarnation. The Doctor clearly states that he has eight incarnations left after his present one, confirming that there were no earlier incarnations before the televised first, played by William Hartnell.
The story also saw the return of the White Guardian who had also not been seen since 1979. To date neither character have appeared in the show again.
The old enemy for this story was the Master, who faced the third, fourth and fifth incarnations of the Doctor. This story doesn't reveal how the Master escaped the events of his last story Time-Flight (1982).
This was a true computer-controlled robot prop. The reason why the Kamelion robot was used fully only in two serials was that it was very difficult for the Doctor Who production team to control. It malfunctioned frequently, and things were only made worse when its inventor, Mike Power, died in a boating accident without leaving behind the knowledge of the complex codes that controlled it. Because of this, Kamelion didn't appear in many of the subsequent episodes and fans joke that it is just roaming the corridors of the TARDIS.
20th Anniversary Special
The episode aired after the conclusion of the 20th season to celebrate the 20th anniversary. It saw Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee reprise their roles of the Second and Third Doctors respectively, whilst Richard Hurndall portrayed the First Doctor, as the character's original actor William Hartnell had died since his last appearance on the show ten years previously in The Three Doctors, and unused footage of Tom Baker was used to portray the Fourth Doctor, as he declined to appear.
Footage of the second and third doctors taken from The Five Doctors is used in the 2013 episode "The Name of the Doctor"
The Silurians and the Sea Devils return, having not been seen since the 1970s
This was the first story to feature alterations to the Fifth Doctor's costume. The Doctor wears a lighter-coloured frock coat, and a white "v-neck" cricketer's sweater with thick red and black piping around the "v" and the lower waist, as opposed to the costume he wore during the previous two seasons where the "v-neck" piping was thin and coloured red, white and black and there was no piping around the waist. The shirt is also altered with green lining on the collar and where the shirt is buttoned, instead of red.
This was the only story to feature the Daleks during the Peter Davison era. Davison has stated that he would have been upset if he had left the show without having faced the Doctor's iconic foes. During the sequence in which the Doctor's brain is scanned, images of all the previous Doctors and most of his former companions appear on a screen. The only companion missing from the sequence is Leela, who was omitted in error during post-production.
The sequence where the Doctor shoots a Kaled mutant is a rare instance of the character using a gun to kill.
An explanation was finally given to the question as to why the Fifth Doctor wore a stick of celery on his lapel since Castrovalva (1982). His incarnation of the Doctor was allergic to certain gases in the "Praxis" range, which would turn the celery purple if it came into contact with them. The Doctor would then eat the celery. This allergy did not appear to be one shared by any incarnation prior to or since Davison. In reality, Davison requested that an explanation be given in his final story and Eric Saward worked an explanation into the final script.
The Caves of Androzani remains Davison's favourite story from his era; and he has said in interviews that if there had been more scripts like Caves during his era, he might have been persuaded to stay for a fourth season.
This story has been almost universally derided by the show's fans and in a 2009 poll was voted the worst Doctor Who story ever, of all 200 up until "Planet of the Dead" (2009)
Beginning with this serial and continuing for the remainder of Season 22, episodes were 45 minutes in length
The TARDIS changes from its police box shape for the first time when the Doctor manages to repair the chameleon circuit. It takes the shape of a decorated stove, a pipe organ, and an ornamental gateway.
This story has a scene where the Doctor shoots the Cyberleader with a laser rifle, a rare occasion in which the character has used a gun (although the Fifth Doctor struggles with a Cyberman in a similar scene in Earthshock).
First introduced in The Hand of Fear, the TARDIS' "temporal grace" function, where weapons are unable to be used inside the ship, appears still to not work in this story, just as it previously did not in Earthshock.
This story has been criticized for relying heavily on elements from Doctor Who's past, confusing all but hardcore fans of the series. The scrapyard where the TARDIS arrives in London is supposed to be the same location from which the Doctor departed in the first Doctor Who story, An Unearthly Child.
One-time return of Patrick Troughton and Frazer Hines to their respective roles of the Second Doctor and Jamie McCrimmon.
This is the last Sontaran appearance until "The Sontaran Stratagem" in the revived series.
The Doctor is shown killing Shockeye with cyanide in self-defence in this serial, adding to ongoing media criticism over the level of violence in the Sixth Doctor's era; this is the first time the Doctor is shown directly and intentionally killing a humanoid character (Cybermen notwithstanding) since The Ribos Operation (1978), in which he deliberately switches an explosive, letting the villain blow himself up instead.
At the end of the story, the Doctor decides that he and Peri should turn vegetarian. Save for sampling Marsh Minnows offered by Sil in Mindwarp, he does not consume animal tissue before the suspension of the series in 1989. The Ninth Doctor does, however, order steak and chips in the new series episode "Boom Town" (although he is not seen to eat it on screen), The Tenth Doctor samples a buffalo wing in "Voyage of the Damned" with no apparent reservations, and The Eleventh Doctor samples bacon and fish fingers in "The Eleventh Hour". In "Amy's Choice", the Dream Lord suggests that the Doctor is "probably a vegetarian".
This is one of several multi-Doctor stories and was the third during the original series' run, following the 10th Anniversary story The Three Doctors (1972) and the 20th Anniversary story The Five Doctors (1983). Excluding the charity special Dimensions In Time, no new multi-Doctor story would occur again on screen until the 2007 "mini-episode" of the new series, "Time Crash", which was also a charity special, albeit with a higher budget. The next multi-doctor story will be on the 23rd of November, 2013 for the 50th Anniversary Special.
The Doctor meets H.G. Wells
For the first time, Davros and the Daleks are seen to hover some distance above ground.
It is never explained how Davros survived the Movellan virus which he contracted at the end of Resurrection of the Daleks. Although Davros says that he managed to escape the space station via an escape pod, no mention is made of his condition.
The Doctor indicates he is 900 years old; this is the first firm indicator of his age since the Fourth Doctor's era, suggesting that approximately 150 years has passed for the Doctor since that time. In Aliens of London, the Ninth Doctor would also claim to be 900 years old, despite the Seventh Doctor in the interim claiming an age of 953 in Time and the Rani, followed by the entire lifetime of both the Seventh and Eighth Doctors. See "The Doctor's age".
In one of the rare instances of the Doctor actually using a firearm, he disables a Dalek by shooting it with a machine pistol.
Trial of a Time Lord:
The whole season is titled as The Trial of a Time Lord, and is split into four segments. The segments are commonly referred to by their working titles (listed) but the season was broadcast as one fourteen-part story and the working titles did not appear on screen. Episode length returned to 25 minutes, but with only fourteen episodes in the season, making the total running time of this season (and subsequent seasons) just over half of the previous seasons, going back to season 7.
In February 1985, the BBC announced that the planned twenty-third season of Doctor Who had been canceled. After vocal protests by the press and Doctor Who fans (including a charity single, "Doctor in Distress"), the BBC announced that the program was merely on "hiatus", and would return in September 1986. Several stories which had been planned or commissioned for the original Season 23 were abandoned in favor of an overarching "trial" theme, reflecting the fact that the program itself was on trial at the BBC
The Time Lords, apart from a brief flashback in "The Sound of Drums", were not shown again until the 2009 Doctor Who special The End of Time.
The Doctor meets Einstein
In a 2007 comedy article, Digital Spy named Paradise Towers Episode 4 as one of the reasons for swimming pool phobia
The Seventh Doctor's question mark handle umbrella makes its first appearance in this story.
Footage from Dragonfire is reused in the 2013 episode "The Name of the Doctor"
The serial contained many references to the history of the show. It is set in 1963, around the same time as the very first Doctor Who episode, An Unearthly Child. Remembrance of the Daleks returns the Doctor to Coal Hill School and the junkyard at 76 Totter's Lane, locations first seen in that episode.
The serial also continues the story arc of a civil war between rival Dalek factions, culminating in a showdown between the Doctor and Dalek Emperor Davros.
This was the last appearance of Davros and the Daleks in the original run of Doctor Who; after a brief mention in the 1996 television film, the Daleks would return in the 2005 episode "Dalek".
This story is frequently used as an example of how the show declined during the 1980's.
In The Discontinuity Guide, Paul Cornell, Martin Day and Keith Topping identify a gay subtext
to the story: "there's entrapment over
cottaging, the TARDIS is painted pink,
and the victim of the fondant surprise
is every inch the proud gay man,
wearing, as he does, a pink triangle."
The story ends with Helen A's husband
abandoning her and leaving with
Silver Nemesis reflected a darker turn in
Doctor Who storylines, with the intention
being to reveal the secrets of the Doctor. It
is the 150th story of the series, and the last
appearance of the Cybermen in the
original run of Doctor Who.
The Doctor and Ace visit England in 1988, where three rival factions—the Cybermen,
a group of Neo-Nazis and a 17th century sorceress named Lady Peinforte—are
attempting to gain control of a statue
made of a living metal, validium, that
was created by Rassilon as the ultimate
defense for Gallifrey.
Nicholas Courtney returned as the Brigadier for the first time since The Five Doctors in 1983.
This story is the first in what some have termed the "Ace Trilogy", a three-story arc that explores the turbulent personal history of the Doctor's companion, Ace. Such detailed exploration of a companion's earlier life was unusual in the original series, although it has become one of the main features of the new series.
This story is the second in what some have called the "Ace Trilogy", a three-story arc that explores elements of Ace's past before she met the Doctor. This was not an intentional trilogy, since "Fenric" was originally intended to start the season and be followed by Battlefield, Survival and then Ghost Light.
From Doctor Who for Newbies:
After 26 years, "Survival" is the final story of the classic series, airing its final episode on December 6th, 1989. The trouble is, no one knew it was going to be the final story. The entire production staff wrapped with the expectation of being back the next year, but during the off-season the BBC brass finally decided the show should end. It was, however, always a plan to bring it back after a time to give people some perspective with it, though it was never expected to be gone so long. As such, we never got to see the rest of the so-called “Cartmel Masterplan,” which would have explained the reasons for the Doctor being so hard on Ace and making her face her past and fears; he was grooming her to become a Time Lord, a move that would have jarred the continuity of the series, but would have been an interesting twist.
The Wilderness Years
In 1991, Virgin Publications began releasing “Doctor Who: New Adventures” novels, a series of new adventures featuring the Seventh Doctor and various companions, starting with Ace. The tone of these novels was, from the beginning, much darker and more grown-up than the show, and they drew some controversy for depicting sex, violence, and bad language.
The overarching storyline of the novels
furthered the so-called “Cartmel Masterplan,”
the proposed future of the Seventh Doctor had
the series continued with Andrew Cartmel as
script editor. In it, the Doctor was revealed to
be a much more powerful and calculating being,
even going so far as to make him one of the
architects of Time Lord everything.
The novels also featured a bevy of up and
coming writers who would eventually become
prominent writers of New Who, including Mark Gatiss, Gareth Roberts, Paul Cornell, and even Russell T. Davies (producer/head writer during the David Tennant years). One of Cornell’s novels, Human Nature, was eventually adapted into the Tenth Doctor television story Human Nature/Family of Blood, making it to date the only television adventure to begin life as a spin-off novel.
In 1993, a Children in Need special was produced to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the show. It was entitled Dimensions in Time and featured all five living actors to play the Doctor as well as a slew of old companions and characters from EastEnders for no reason other than that show was popular. The two-part special (running a total of 13 minutes) is as disappointing a thing as ever a fan could hope for.
For years, producer Philip Segalbeen had been trying to mount an American version of Doctor Who, but the Fox Network, the only network that showed the slightest bit of interest, was only prepared to make a single television movie. It was Segal’s hope that such a production could be used as a backdoor pilot whose staggering success stateside could be used to persuade Fox to greenlight a proper series.
In order to get the proper funding for the shoot, and to obtain the rights to use the character in the first place, the production needed some outside assistance and in the end was a co-production between Fox TV, the BBC, and Universal Television. Since the Beeb owned the series, they wanted to ensure the character remain British. Segal hired writer Matthew Jacobs, a British writer and huge fan of the series, to pen the telemovie and the search was on to find the Eighth Doctor.
Grace Holloway, a witty and intelligent heart surgeon, helps the Eighth Doctor defeat The Master on the eve of the new millennium. The Master had opened the Eye of Harmony in an attempt to steal The Doctor's lives. Though they became close, Grace decides she can not face traveling in the TARDIS and stays on Earth.
Although a ratings success in the United Kingdom, the film did not fare well on American television and no series was commissioned.
The only official Doctor Who episodes between the film and the new series were a 1999 spoof, Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death, and a 2003 animation, Scream of the Shalka.
Most notable amongst the many connections between "old" and "new" versions is the fact that it showcases the first televised Doctor Who script by Steven Moffat, the first post-production work of The Mill on the program, the only time a woman produced an episode of the program between Verity Lambert and Susie Liggat, and the final performance by the longest-serving Dalek vocal artist, Roy Skelton.
Curse of Fatal Death
Scream of the Shalka, a flash-animated series, was produced to coincide with the 40th Anniversary of the series. Although Scream of the Shalka was intended to be an official continuation of the television series that had ended in 1989, as well as the 1996 television movie, the revival of the program in 2005 relegated it, and its Doctor, to unofficial status.
Four of the cast members would go on to play characters in the current version of Doctor Who.
Derek Jacobi returned as the Master in 2007's "Utopia"
David Tennant would go on to play the Tenth Doctor in the television series proper from 2005 to 2010. He appeared in Shalka in an uncredited role as a caretaker. He was not originally cast in the production but happened to be recording a radio play in a neighbouring studio, and when he discovered what was being recorded next door managed to convince the director to give him a small role.
Richard E. Grant portrayed the villainous Dr Walter Simeon in 2012's "The Snowmen", having previously been cast as the Tenth Doctor in the 1999 charity special, "Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death"; both were written by Steven Moffat.
Sophie Okonedo appeared in 2010's "The Beast Below" and "The Pandorica Opens" as Queen Elizabeth X.
Scream of the Shalka
The Wilderness Years, cont.
During the late ‘90s, TV writer Russell T. Davies lobbied hard to bring the series back properly. As the creator of the groundbreaking series, “Queer as Folk,” Davies had garnered a large amount of sway in the British television world, and had twice pitched bringing back Doctor Who to the screen. In 2003, he pitched a version of the show that, while a continuation, would shake things up a bit. For starters, each story would be a single 45 minute episode with a few being two-parters, much like most modern dramas. Second, he would keep only the very important things about the show’s long continuity, like the Doctor, the TARDIS, the sonic screwdriver, etc, and leave out all the stuff about Gallifrey and the Time Lords. The show, he thought, should be more about the companion with the Doctor acting as a guide to new worlds, not dissimilar to the very first era of the show with Ian and Barbara essentially being the lead characters and the Doctor more of the mysterious stranger who instigates the action.
To play the Ninth Doctor, Davies hired his friend, character actor Christopher Eccleston. As the show’s heroine, Davies hired former teen pop star Billie Piper, who was relatively new to the acting game at the time, but has since gone on to greater success. It was important that Davies and Eccleston create the right characterization of the Ninth Doctor, since he would be the first incarnation of the Doctor many young children would meet and would need to be accessible enough for viewers of all ages.
The new series premiered on March 26, 2005.
New Series One (Season 27)
(16 year absence)
The Doctor is traveling alone and already in his ninth incarnation as the story begins. His remarks about his appearance as he looks in the mirror in Rose's flat imply that the regeneration was a very recent one. Jon Pertwee's debut as the Third Doctor in Spearhead from Space also began with him already regenerated and without a companion. This is the first (and only) occasion, however, in which the series does not explain the circumstances behind the regeneration.
The Autons first debuted in Spearhead from Space (1970).
This story also sees the first mention of The Shadow Proclamation, an intergalactic police force mentioned several times in the revived series and eventually seen in "The Stolen Earth".
The Doctor mentions that the Nestenes' protein planets were destroyed in a war, one that he also fought in. This is the first mention of the Time War, which would be one of the running threads throughout the series.
As Rose enters the TARDIS, a coat stand can be seen by the side of the doors, a piece of furniture that graced the console room in the original series.
"The End of the World" was conceived as a deliberately expensive spectacle to show off how much the new Doctor Who could do
The Doctor and Rose team up with Charles Dickens
UNIT, the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce, is mentioned amongst the experts on aliens, its first appearance on television since the 1989 serial Battlefield. The Doctor mentions having worked with them in the past, but says that they wouldn't recognise him now, alluding to his regeneration.
The second of a two-part story which began with "Aliens of London"
This episode marks the first appearance of Rose Tyler's father Pete Tyler. Although Pete Tyler dies
in this episode, an alternate universe
version of him appears in the episodes
"Rise of the Cybermen"/"Age of Steel"
and again in the episodes
"Army of Ghosts"/"Doomsday".
The two-part story has been cited by critics amongst the best of the show, and it won the 2006 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form.
This is conclusion to The Empty Child, both written by Steve Moffat, who will go on to be the Executive Producer/Head Writer during Matt Smith's tenure as the 11th Doctor.
Jack mentions Pompeii as another ideal place for a con, although he jokingly says that one has to set the alarm clock for "Volcano Day". The phrase "Volcano Day" is used again by the Tenth Doctor in "The Fires of Pompeii" when they were present during the actual eruption of Vesuvius.
It is established that Jack comes from the 51st century. This is a particularly significant period in the Doctor Who fictional universe, being the time of the Great Breakout, an expansionistic period where mankind headed for the stars (The Invisible Enemy) as well as the home era of K-9. Other historical events of the 51st century include a new ice age, a near world war, early experiments in time travel, the establishment of the Time Agents and the rise and fall of the villainous Magnus Greel (The Talons of Weng-Chiang). Parts of the Tenth Doctor episode "The Girl in the Fireplace" as well as the entirety of "Silence in the Library"/"Forest of the Dead", and "Time of Angels"/"Flesh and Stone", all written by Steven Moffat, take place in this era as well.
The Doctor identifies Jack's sonic blaster as coming from the Weapon Factories of Villengard and implies that he blew them up. He also notes that there is a banana grove where the factories were, and that "bananas are good" as a source of potassium. The Tenth Doctor repeats this sentiment in "The Girl in the Fireplace" and claims that he invented the banana daiquiri in 18th century France.
As mentioned in Doctor Who Confidential, in this episode "dancing" is used as a metaphor for sex. In this light, lines like "The world doesn't end if the Doctor dances," the Doctor being offended that Rose assumes that he does not dance, and the Doctor saying at the end that he remembers that he can, are references to the long-standing controversy regarding the Doctor's sexuality, and whether or not the series should address it. Moffat also alludes to this metaphor in "The Girl in the Fireplace" with the line "There comes a time, Time Lord, when every lonely little boy must learn how to dance."
In one of "The Weakest Link" sequences, one of the correct answers is revealed to be Torchwood, the first appearance of the name in Doctor Who; it would become the story arc for the second series.
When the Doctor first tries to escape from the Big Brother house, Lynda reveals that a "deadlock seal" prevents contestants from escaping. Deadlock seals are mentioned again in "School Reunion" (2006), "Evolution of the Daleks" (2007) and "42" and are the only kind of seals that a single Sonic Screwdriver is incapable of penetrating alone.
Exo-glass, first mentioned in "The End of the World", is said here to require a nuclear bomb to penetrate. The word "transmat" was first used as shorthand for matter transmission in The Ark in Space (1975) and has been the standard term used in the program ever since.
While playing The Weakest Link, Rose successfully answers a question about the Face of Boe,
who first appears in "The End of the World", 5 billion years after "Bad Wolf". The Face of Boe
is also mentioned in "The Long Game",and appears in a larger role in "New Earth" and
"Gridlock". Rose's question about the Face of Boe also states that he is the oldest inhabitant
of the "Isop Galaxy", which is also home to the planet Vortis seen in The Web Planet.
Jack and the Doctor are sentenced to the Lunar Penal Colony, which the Third Doctor was sent to in Frontier in Space.
The term "Bad Wolf" appears in every episode of the first series except for "Rose" and the two-part stories which only have one explicit reference between the two episodes. It is also seen in further series of Doctor Who and in the Torchwood episode "Captain Jack Harkness" as graffiti inside the dance hall.