Tuesday, 17 June 2014

DW 01-05: World War Three (part 2 of 2)

A Guide to Classic Who references in New Who episodes.
The fifth episode of the new series, second part of fourth story.  Rose & the Doctor return to her home.

Warning: May contain Spoilers for

"World War Three."

Viewing Order

  • 1-01 "Rose(Suggested viewing - introduction of characters.)
  • 1-04 "Aliens of London" (Required viewing - first part of 2 parter, although it does have a recap.)


References

[NEW] - Stuff seen previously in the New Series.
[OLD] - Things that first appeared in the classic series (or the film.)  Episode List.
[REF] - An In-Joke or reference outside of Doctor Who.

  • [NEW]  The Slitheen Family of Raxacoricofallapatorian - obviously appeared in the previous episode, although not named until this episode.  Although the Doctor doesn't recognise them, he later shows knowledge of their home planet.
  • [NEW Harriet Jone, MP for Flydale North - obviously appeared in the previous episode.
  • [REF]   Mr Chicken  - Not a fake name, a Mr Chicken did sell his cottage in the 1730s so it could be incorporated into 10 Downing Street.
  • [REF]  1991 - In 1991 the IRA launched a mortar attack on 10 Downing Street while cabinet was in session.
  • [OLD]  Brandy -  The Fourth Doctor kept a bottle of brandy on his TARDIS, but discovered when suggesting that it be used to revive then companion Sarah Jane that she didn't like the taste.  The Doctor here doesn't appear to enjoy this brandy either.
  • [REF]  Deployed in 45 seconds - British PM Tony Blair justified the invasion of Iraq because he claimed they had WMDs that could be delployed in 45 minutes. 
  • [OLD]  Nuclear Access Codes - Previously, in Robot, the UK held the Destructor Codes for the world's atomic arsenal.
  • [1ST]  Console Phone - Had not previously appeared, despite the Doctor's indignation.

The 10 Rules to Doctor Who.

10.  TARDIS:  The TARDIS isn't shown being used for travel in the episode, but it is implied to do so at the end of the episode. [1]
9.  Meeting Yourself:  No one tries.  [X]
8.  Non-sequiturs:   Yes.  [1]
7.  Serious/Frivolous:  Shows aspects of both personality.  [1]
6.  Series Final:  This is not a series final.  [X]
5.  Companion:  Rose, contemporary British female.  (Contemporary British story).  [1]
4.  Emotionless:  Not applicable  [0]
3.  Title Spoilers:  The meaning of the title is the aim of the Slitheen but isn't really a spoiler.  [0]
2.  The Threat:  The viewer has no real advanced information on the Slitheen's plan before the Doctor explains it.  [1]
1.  Last of It's Kind:  The aliens are not indicated to be the last of their kind.  The Doctor is known and just as dangerous as ever.  [1]

Score:  6/8.




~ DUG.

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