A Guide to Classic Who references (and other references) including in Torchwood episodes.
Torchwood series 1 episode 7 (Story 7): Tosh gets a gift.
Warning: May contain Spoilers for
"Greeks Bearing Gifts"
- Doctor Who 01-09 & 01-10 - "The Empty Child"/"The Doctor Dances" (Suggested viewing - introduction of character.)
- Torchwood 01-01 - "Everything Changes" (Suggested viewing - introduction of characters.)
[OLD] - Things that first appeared in the classic series of Doctor Who (or the film.) Episode List.
For context, the following are also covered:
[NEW] - Things that first appeared previously in the new series of Doctor Who.
[TW] - Things from previous Torchwood episodes.
- [NEW] Torchwood - This "Secret" organisation was created by Queen Victoria in 1879 and named for the Torchwood Estate (Doctor Who "Tooth & Claw") to fight aliens after she met the Doctor and Rose. The British PM (who wasn't supposed to know about Torchwood) order them to fire upon the Sycorax spaceship. Torchwood One (London) were responsible for the "Ghost Shift" (Doctor Who "Army of Ghosts") which led to the Battle of Canary Wharf. In the future, it was well known enough to be a question in "The Weakest Link" (Doctor Who "Bad Wolf"). This group, Torchwood Three first appeared in "Everything Changes."
- [TW] Weevils - A race that has infested Cardiff.
- [NEW] Captain Jack Harkness - Was a Time Agent in the 52nd Century, but went rogue and disguised as an American airman tried scamming the Time Agency in 1941 accidentally meeting and joining the Doctor. He first appeared in the new series episodes "The Empty Child" and last appeared in that series in "The Parting of the Ways." He first appeared as a member of Torchwood Three in "Everything Changes."
- [OLD] Cybermen - An X-Ray of the "Cyberwoman" appears in one scene and a reference to the Cybermen from the new Who episodes "Army of Ghosts"/"Doomsday."
- [OLD] UNIT - The United Nations Intelligence Taskforce in original Who and early new Who, now the UNified Intelligence Taskforce. An multinational military organisation which investigates aliens events on Earth. Worked extensively with the Doctor many times including the Third Doctor who became their scientific adviser when exiled to Earth.
- [1ST] Alien - Although unnamed her, this race is called the Arcateen in the Sarah Jane Adventure "Invasion of the Bane." The race describe in that episode is nicer than Mary's description of her kind.