When the first season was being made, television pirates were desperate to acquire the preview tapes. One of the people in the office had the idea of labeling the tapes with the anagram "Torchwood", rather than "Doctor Who", as a security measure to disguise the tapes when they were delivered from Cardiff to London. Writer Russell T. Davies liked this idea so much, that it later inspired him to use it as a title when creating the spin-off series, Torchwood (2006).
Writer and executive producer Russell T. Davies had Christopher Eccleston's name on a shortlist for the role of the Doctor, but didn't really think that he would accept the role because of his reputation as a very serious actor with a background in hard-hitting dramas. However, Eccleston was such a big fan of Davies as a writer that he got in contact to ask if he could audition for the part. Eccleston had not been a fan of the original series, so he watched Doctor Who: The Talons of Weng-Chiang: Part One (1977), one of the most popular serials from the original run and a particular favourite of Davies's for the quality of its dialogue, as part of his preparation.
At first, the estate of the late Terry Nation refused permission for them to use Daleks in the show (Nation held copyright over the Daleks as the man who wrote the first Dalek serial). One of the reasons they refused permission, was because of the BBC granting permission for the Daleks to be used in Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003).
Russell T. Davies did not audition any actors for the role of the Tenth Doctor, as he had recently finished working with David Tennant, and believed him to be perfect for the role. Tennant was first approached about the possibility of playing the Tenth Doctor at a screening of Doctor Who: Rose (2005) at Davies' house on March 23, 2005. Contrary to fan-invented rumors, Tennant was never considered for the role of the Ninth Doctor.
Georgia Moffett asked her son Tyler who his favorite Doctor was. Tyler named David Tennant, because he runs so fast. When Moffett married Tennant, he adopted her son, and his name was changed from Tyler Moffett to Tyler Tennant.
Fifth Doctor Peter Davison has said he considers this series an improvement on the original, not only because of its budget and digital effects but also because the series is produced by a writer, unlike the original series, which was always produced by a BBC staff producer who was assisted by a script editor. Davison has said that Rose, played by Billie Piper, was the first properly developed companion in the history of the series, and he expressed admiration for the sexual "frisson" and "tension" which was previously disallowed between the Doctor and his companions. He said he was "rather envious" of the French kissing the new Doctors got to do because his producer, John Nathan-Turner, had considered it inappropriate for the Fifth Doctor to even put his arms around his female companions in case viewers thought there was something sexual going on. Davison has also said he prefers the orchestral musical compositions by Murray Gold to the electronic incidental music produced by the Radiophonic Workshop during his time on the series.
Except for obvious scenes, most of the location shots are done in Cardiff, Wales in place of London. The one episode set in Cardiff, Doctor Who: The Unquiet Dead (2005), was filmed in Swansea, mainly due to the fact that no buildings currently in Cardiff were built during that episode's time, 1869. Aside from this, Cardiff is the home of "Torchwood 3", which is featured in the episode "Last of the Time Lords".
On Thursday, March 31, 2005, the day after the show was picked up for a second season, the BBC Press Office announced that Christopher Eccleston was quitting the show, citing a fear of being typecast, and long working hours as reasons for his departure. The BBC later apologized for issuing this statement, as they had done so without consultation with Eccleston. In fact, it was agreed by mutual consent several months earlier, that Eccleston would only do one season, with the BBC holding off announcing the news until after the season was finished. This would have allowed the regeneration of Eccleston's Ninth Doctor in episode thirteen to be a surprise for the audience. Unfortunately, the BBC Press Office jumped the gun under pressure from the British Press, who were concerned that a second season had been announced, but it had not been confirmed that Eccleston was returning. Fan reaction to Eccelston's departure was violent, and the debate reached such a fever pitch, that Outpost Gallifrey, the biggest Doctor Who fan site on the Internet, was forced to close down its forum for several days.
A potential spin-off, "Rose Tyler: Earth Defence", was proposed in 2006, but did not progress beyond the idea stage, partly because Billie Piper did not want to return to the role, partly because Russell T. Davies realized that it would render the goodbye between The Doctor and Rose at the end of season two meaningless.
For the first season, producers were fearful of alienating new audiences with references to the original show, such as names and events, so such things were kept to a bare minimum until audiences adjusted to the mythology. Even the first journey to another planet beyond Earth didn't take place until season two, which is unusual, considering the universe-trotting nature of the original series.
According to a report in the Radio Times in 2014, the Twelfth Doctor's white button-down shirt was added to the long black coat and Doc Martin look as a tribute to rock star and style icon David Bowie's "Station to Station" album cover from 1976.
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary special, and to combat his disappointment at not being given a role in it, Peter Davison made his own amateur webisode anniversary special The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot (2013). The short webisode (which Davison wrote and directed, and his daughter produced) starred his friends and relatives, with many former Doctor Who (1963) cast members making cameo appearances. The plot revolves around Davison, Colin Baker, and Sylvester McCoy trying to sneak into the set of the 50th Anniversary special, when Steven Moffat declines to cast them.
On Saturday, March 5, 2005 (three weeks before its television debut), a rough-cut version of Doctor Who: Rose (2005) was leaked onto the Internet by an unnamed employee of a third-party contractor to CBC in Canada. The person responsible had their employment immediately terminated. The version is mostly similar to the broadcast version, the most notable difference is that instead of using Murray Gold's new version of the theme song, a remixed version of the original was used instead.
This series is a direct continuation of the 1963-1989 series, rather than a reboot, reimagining or "next generation" style follow-up. The BBC decided to reset the series numbering at one for 2005, rather than call it season twenty-seven,. However, fans informally refer to the seasons by the higher number.
When Steven Moffat took over from Russell T. Davies as the showrunner, he wanted the series to be told from Amy Pond's point of view, and wanted the series to be like a fairy tale. Amy Pond goes with her imaginary childhood friend The Doctor, whom she nicknames The Raggedy Man, and goes with him in his magic police box "The T.A.R.D.I.S." on a magical adventure across time and space.
Russell T. Davies named Rose Tyler and Captain Jack Harkness after Rose DeWitt Bukater and Jack Dawson, the main protagonists of James Cameron's Titanic (1997), played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, respectively. Kate Winslet had worked with Russell T. Davies on Dark Season (1991), and was the original choice for River Song.
Stephen Fry was set to write an episode for season two, but due to budget constraints, the episode was pushed back to season three. The script was eventually cancelled, as Fry didn't have the time to re-write the script to accommodate changes such as Rose's replacement Martha.
Future Companion and Doctor Karen Gillan and Peter Capaldi appeared in Doctor Who: The Fires of Pompeii (2008), in different roles. Gillan as a Soothsayer, and Capaldi as Caecilius. The Soothsayer had not been considered by Steven Moffat to be an ancestor of Amy Pond, and in Doctor Who: Deep Breath (2014), when the Twelfth Doctor sees himself in the mirror, he remembers Caecilius, and remarks that he had seen that face before. Both Scottish cast members would appear together again in Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor (2013), in which Gillan made a cameo as Amy Pond, and Capaldi appeared in the final seconds as the newly regenerated Twelfth Doctor.
In 2008, Russell T. Davies became the first Doctor Who writer since its beginning on television in 1963 to be honored by the Queen, receiving an O.B.E. He also became only the second producer of the series to receive such an honor (original producer Verity Lambert was made an O.B.E. in 2002). In 2015, Steven Moffat became the third lead producer of the series to be awarded an O.B.E..
Despite quite a lot of new scenes being added to episodes in post-production during the first season, all thirteen episodes ran under the standard length of forty-five minutes, so teaser trailers for the next week's episode were tacked on to bring the length up to standard. This has now become a staple of the show from 2005 onwards.
The series is recorded on single-camera digital video and then in post-production it is "filmized", a digital process designed to make it look like it was made on film. The process is so successful that even people who worked on the original series, such as director Christopher Barry and producer Philip Hinchcliffe, have mistakenly commented that the revived series is made on film.
Russell T. Davies had a policy of not employing writers from the original series. Bob Baker, who was a writer during the Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker years, contacted Davies and offered to write for the series, but was told he was not wanted.
In the audio production of "Roses" featuring the First Doctor, which was a short story set after The Dalek Master Plan. The Doctor's granddaughter Susan's real name is revealed as Arkyitor. Arkyitor means "rose" in High Gallifreyan. The Ninth and Tenth Doctor's companion is Rose Tyler.
The character of Captain Jack Harkness (played by John Barrowman), who was introduced in the first season, was the first openly LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender) character to be portrayed in the history of televised Doctor Who. Writer Ian Briggs had suggested a gay subplot for the characters of Judson and Millington in the serial Doctor Who: The Curse of Fenric: Part One (1989), but this had been vetoed by producer John Nathan-Turner as unsuitable for a family audience at the time. Rona Munro also intended a lesbian subtext between Ace and Kara in Doctor Who: Survival: Part Three (1989), but felt this didn't come across properly.
Michael Grade, an outspoken critic of the original series for many years and the former BBC One controller who incurred the wrath of many fans when he took it off the air in 1985 for eighteen months (and also sent down orders to have Colin Baker fired in 1986), admitted that he was completely won over by this revival of the series, which he described as "a classy, popular triumph for people of all ages and all backgrounds, real value for money for our licence fee payers." In 2012, he told Radio Times: "From clunky Daleks that couldn't go up and down stairs to the filmic qualities today of Doctor Who, it's a transformation. The show still leaves me cold, but I admire it, which I never did before."
The Doctor performing a guitar solo on top of a tank in Doctor Who: The Magician's Apprentice (2015) was inspired by Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), which The Doof Warrior performs electric guitar solos on top of his Doof vehicle.
In 2009, regular Writer Mark Gatiss took over role of Executive Producer on Steven Moffat's other series Sherlock (2010), in which Gatiss is co-Creator, so Moffat could concentrate on producing this show.
For the fifth season, at the height of the show's promotional campaigns to other countries, the decision was made to have a narrated prologue sequence added to the start of every episode, where Amy provides a basic outline of the show. This prologue sequence only exists in syndicated versions, and isn't present in the initial UK airings.
Russell T. Davies was sounded out to produce a revival of the series by the BBC One Controller of the time, Peter Salmon, in 1999. Although nothing came of this due to BBC Worldwide's desire to make a film version of the show, by late 2003 the new Controller of BBC One, Lorraine Heggessey, had persuaded Worldwide to surrender their film ambitions so that she could commission a new television version.
In Doctor Who: The Invasion of Time: Part Six (1978) in the original series. Borusa is seen reading a newspaper about the 1912 Titanic disaster, which the Fourth Doctor claimed he had nothing to do with it. In Doctor Who: Rose (2005), Rose Tyler is shown an old photo of The Ninth Doctor, with a family in 1912, and is told that The Ninth Doctor told the family not to go aboard the Titanic and that the family survived. In the 2007 Christmas Special Doctor Who: Voyage of the Damned (2007), The Tenth Doctor goes aboard the Sto passenger spaceship, which is named after the Titanic passenger liner that sunk in 1912.
The choice of Russell T. Davies to write and produce the family series surprised some commentators, as he was most famous for writing the explicit and uncompromising adult drama about homosexual men in Manchester, Queer as Folk (1999).
After leaving the series, David Tennant worked with Sophie Aldred on the BBC animated series Tree Fu Tom (2012), providing the voice of Twigs. Aldred played Ace, companion of the Seventh Doctor in the original series.
The Time War was not the only time The Daleks were on Gallifrey. In Doctor Who: The Five Doctors (1983), the 20th Anniversary special, a Dalek was seen pursuing the First Doctor and Susan in the Death Zone on Gallifrey.
In one of River Song's diary entries, The Doctor and River Song went to a picnic on Asgard. Christopher Eccleston, who played the Ninth Doctor, starred as the main antagonist Malakith in Thor: The Dark World (2013). Thor's realm is Asgard.
One of the main differences in style between this series and the original series is that this series is shot on single-camera video (like a movie), whereas the studio scenes of the original series were usually shot on multi-camera video (like a stage play, soap opera or traditional sitcom). This means the 2005 series can be edited far better than the original series, so that directors can make it much more energetic and faster in pace. It also means that more time and money is required to record it.
Steven Moffat said that he originally planned to cast an older actor for the Eleventh Doctor. He had also previously said: "For Doctor Who to turn into an old man you'd be pissed off. Even William Hartnell had trouble back then, he was often ill and he forgot his lines. I think the Doctor will always be about 40." As Executive Producer, he then went against his own theory by casting the youngest Doctor ever (26-year-old Smith) and the oldest since Hartnell (55-year-old Capaldi).
In Supernatural (2005) season seven, episode three, "The Girl Next Door", Jewel Staite played a character named Amy Pond, who is a nod to the character played by Karen Gillan, and is seen as a child and an adult. Staite attended the Armageddon Pulp Culture Expo in Wellington, New Zealand in 2006, and Gillan attended the Armageddon Pulp Culture Expo in Wellington, New Zealand in 2015.
It was rumored that Sophia Myles, who played Madame de Pompadour in season two, episode four, "The Girl in the Fireplace", would replace Karen Gillan as the new companion in season seven. Steven Moffat denied the rumor, stating that her return in the series as The Doctor's new companion would be inappropriate, and Jenna Coleman was officially announced as the new companion, Clara Oswald.
Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne expressed interest in playing The Doctor when Peter Capaldi leaves the series. Eddie Redmayne starred in Jupiter Ascending (2015) as Balem Abrasax. Christina Cole, who co-starred in the film as Gemma Chatterjee, played Lillith in Doctor Who: The Shakespeare Code (2007).
The series took a break in 2009 and 2016. However, four specials were broadcast throughout 2009 to mark the end of the Russell T. Davis and David Tennant era: Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead (2009), Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars (2009), Doctor Who: The End of Time - Part One (2009) and Doctor Who: The End of Time - Part Two (2010), and season five aired in 2010. Production on season ten commenced in July 2016, and The Doctor did return for the 2016 Christmas Special, Doctor Who: The Return of Dr. Mysterio (2016). The tenth season airs in 2017.
Despite the many stories that take place in the U.S., the first episodes to be filmed in the U.S. were the season six opener two part. The 1996 television movie was filmed in British Columbia, while season six was shot in southern Utah, home of all the great early days of film. The landscape alone just screams America.
The series took a break in 2009 and 2016. Four hour long specials were broadcast throughout 2009 to mark the end of the Russell T. Davies and David Tennnat era: Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead (2009), Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars (2009), Doctor Who: The End of Time: Part One (2009) and Doctor Who: The End of Time: Part Two (2010), and Doctor Who: The Return of Doctor Mysterio (2016) was broadcast on Christmas Day 2016.
In 2015, Sir John Hurt, who had played an alternative version of the Doctor known as the War Doctor in 2013, became the first actor to have played a version of the Doctor in the television series since 1963 to be awarded a knighthood.
The prospect of a female Doctor had actually been mooted since 1980, when Tom Baker announced to the press that he was leaving the role and wished his successor the best "whoever he or she may be". However, it took another 37 years before this became a reality with the casting of Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor.
In the season six opener, Amy and Rory meet up with the Doctor after getting off a yellow school bus. With these being the first episodes filmed in America, the production team wanted to use purely American icons as much as possible. Initially, the Ponds were to get out of a pickup truck, but the bus was used instead, as that color on the vehicle was an American thing, and they don't have that color of bus in the UK.
Because of the varying technical and logistical demands of the thirteen episodes of the first season, filming was broken into five production blocks. Episodes one, four, and five formed block one, and were filmed between July and September 2004. Block two comprised episodes two and three, and was filmed between September and October 2004. Block three contained episodes six and eight, and was filmed between October and December. Block four was split into two sub blocks, "4A" and "4B", due to the large visual effects demands of episode seven, which on its own, became block 4A, filmed between December 2004 and January 2005. Episodes nine and ten made up Block 4B, filmed from December through February 2005. Episodes eleven through thirteen formed Block five, and filmed from February until March 2005.
Doctor Who: Series 2, Volume 2 (2006) was the first DVD release of the series to be given the M rating in New Zealand. Mostly due to the opening fight scene in Doctor Who: Tooth and Claw (2006). Doctor Who: The Complete Eighth Series (2014) and Doctor Who: Series 9 Part 1 and Doctor Who: Series 9 Part 2 (2015) were also given the M rating.
Several British politicians publicly supported the Doctor's sex change in 2017. In February 2017, prominent Labour politician and staunch feminist Harriet Harman was reported as having announced her support for the next Doctor to be a Time Lady. Speaking at a Westminster lunch, Harman said: "Of course there should be a female Doctor Who, but what we need is a man as her assistant. She has got to just tell him what to do, he will need that leadership." In July 2017, former Labour leader Ed Miliband also tweeted to criticize Peter Davison's comments questioning the casting of a woman in the role, describing Davison's comments as "the views of the 1950s". British Prime Minister Theresa May was reported by the BBC website as welcoming the casting of Jodie Whittaker as the first female Doctor. A statement from her spokesman said that she was "pleased" by the decision.
Sir John Hurt (The War Doctor) passed away on January 27, 2017. He's the first actor who has played The Doctor to pass away since Jon Pertwee, who died on May 20, 1996, and he is the fourth actor that has played The Doctor to pass away. William Hartnell (The First Doctor) died in 1975, and Patrick Troughton (The Second Doctor) died in 1986.
Each season of the series has a story arc. A story arc is an extended or continuing storyline in episodic storytelling media such as television, comic books, comic strips, board games, video games, and films, with each episode following a narrative arc. On a television program, such as this one, for example, the story would unfold over a season.
In July 2017, Steven Moffat claimed there had been no backlash to changing the gender of the Doctor for the first time. He said: "There has been no backlash at all. The story of the moment is that the notionally conservative Doctor Who fandom has utterly embraced that change completely. Eighty-percent approval on social media. So many people wanting to pretend there is a problem. There isn't. It's been incredibly progressive and enlightened and that's what really happened."
According to Jodie Whittaker, for several weeks leading up to the official announcement, only a handful of people knew that she had been cast as the Doctor. The only people she was allowed to tell were her husband and her agent. This was slightly expanded when the brief teaser of Whittaker was filmed with a minimal staff. Several individuals associated with the series, including former Doctor Matt Smith, were informed a few hours before the announcement aired.
According to journalist and broadcaster Mark Lawson, Russell T. Davies "turned into a global cash cow a series that had come to be ridiculed by many for cheap and creaking representations of planets and aliens. To play the two-hearted Time Lord from Gallifrey, he cast the sort of actors - Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant - who play Hamlet on stage."
Four years before Jodie Whittaker was cast as the Thirteenth Doctor, Dame Helen Mirren had been linked to playing the Twelfth Doctor. When she was asked about this by Aled Jones for Daybreak (2010), Mirren had said she wouldn't contemplate playing the Doctor, but she said that it was "well over time to have a female Doctor Who. I think a gay, black female Doctor Who would be best of all."
When the BBC started releasing Doctor Who (2005) on DVD. Series one through five were released individually in volumes. In 2011, the BBC started releasing the series on DVD as full seasons. However, series six, seven, and nine were all released as two volumes. Series six and seven, but not series nine, had midseason breaks.
The announcement of Jodie Whittaker as the first female Doctor was made in the same week as the BBC was forced to reveal for the first time the earnings from the licence fee of its top stars, which exposed a huge and controversial gulf between the pay of men and women at the corporation. Director-General Tony Hall said he was committed to equality in terms of on-air representation on the BBC by 2020.
Almost everyone connected to the series was completely delighted by the casting of Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor and the Doctor's change from a Time Lord to a Time Lady. However, Peter Davison caused a stir when he said that he regretted the loss of a "role model for boys". The resulting backlash against him was so ferocious that he closed his Twitter account, saying the "toxicity" around the series had been "sobering".
Within the series, the term "Doctor" is actually a closed loop paradox, as the Doctor claims to have inspired the term's definition as "healer and wise man" throughout the universe, but also having chosen the name because it meant someone who "makes people better".
When Doctor Who (2005) (TV Series) was in development, Jane Tranter and Lorraine Heggesssey talked about Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993) (TV Series) which was a "fantasy drama on a Saturday night" and that they wanted the new series of Doctor Who to be something like that, which helped Russell T. Davies to get the tone of the show and wanted the new series to have the warmth, the colors and wit which the Superman TV series had and to have it's own mythology.
Russell T. Davies did not want to bring back The Daleks and had planned to replaced them with silver spheres with human faces called the Toclafane. However, Russell T. Davies agreed to bring the Daleks back in Series 1 and the Toclafane were reused for Series 3.
Doctor Who: The Angels Take Manhattan (2012) (TV Episode) was the first episode of Doctor Who (2005) (TV Series) to be given a viewer warning at the beginning of the episode when it aired on Prime in New Zealand. All episodes of Doctor Who (2005) (TV Series) are rated PGR Parental Guidance Recommended in that country.
As executive producer, Steven Moffat received criticism for overly complicated and even indecipherable storytelling, with leading television critic Kevin O'Sullivan admitting in 2017 that he's "never understood a word Steven Moffat's ever written".
In Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor (2013) (TV Episode), The War Doctor asks The 11th Doctor if a lot of kissing happens in his future, which replies that it does to happen. The Doctor's first on-screen kiss was Dr. Grace Holloway in the 1996 TV movie. In the series, The Doctor has been kissed by Captain Jack Harkness. Rose Tyler. Cassandra O'Brien. Madame De Pompadour. Jackie Tyler. Martha Jones. Joan Redfern. Astrid Peth. Donna Noble. Lady Christina De Souza. Amy Pond. River Song. Idris. Craig Owens. Clara Oswald. Queen Elizabeth I and Missy.
In 2017, Tom Baker told interviewer Cameron K. McEwan for GQ that Dawn French would be a good choice for the Doctor because "she's got such a wry sense of humour and also has a way with her that faintly suggests she's got secrets".
In Doctor Who: The Pandorica Opens (2010) (TV Episode), The Doctor (Matt Smith) and Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) visit a jungle planet called Planet One. 7 years after the episode's broadcast, Karen Gillan starred in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2007) which her character Ruby Roundhouse is trapped in a jungle. The Planet One scene predicted Karen Gillan starring in that movie.
In Doctor Who: The Pandorica Opens (2010) (TV Episode) River Song disguises herself as the historic Queen of Egypt Cleopatra whom was the wife of the Roman Emperor Julius Caesar. 7 years earlier, Alex Kingston (River Song) played the historic barbarian warrior Boudica, Warrior Queen of the Iceni whom led her people in rebellion against Emperor Nero in Warrior Queen (2003). The Doctor met Emperor Nero in the 1965 William Hartnell story "The Romans".
In an interview for Radio Times in 2017, Steven Moffat described Matt Smith's Doctor as "more sexless and less of a lad" than David Tennant's and admitted that he could have replaced Smith with a woman, but instead became obsessed with seeing Peter Capaldi in the TARDIS and had no regrets about that.
In Series 1, it was established that Gallifrey had been destroyed in a 'Last Great Time War' when The Daleks invaded Gallifrey and fought The Time Wars, which became a recurring arc during the Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant eras and was concluded in the 50th anniversary special Doctor Who: The Day of The Doctor (2013) (TV Episode). Incidentally, "Time War" was the original title for the Australian science fiction film The Time Guardian (1987) which starred the late Carrie Fisher and was about a time traveling city and evil robots from a post apocalyptic future. 1987 was also the year Sylvester McCoy made his debut as the 7th Doctor and it was also the year Karen Gillan was born.
After leaving the series, Russell T. Davies continued to show run the spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007) (TV Series) until it's cancellation in 2011 after Elisabeth Sladen died. Russell T. Davies's other spin-off series Torchwood (2006) (TV Series) also ended that same year with the 10-part "Miracle Day" and Russell T. Davies co-created the family science fiction series Wizards Vs. Aliens (2012) (TV Series), which ended after 3 seasons and Russell T. Davies stated in an interview that the series was not related to Doctor Who and doesn't take place in the same universe.
In Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead (2009) (TV Episode) Christina De Souza is an aristocrat and thief. In Doctor Who: The Woman Who Lived (2015) (TV Episode) Ashildr masquerades as 'Lady Me' an aristocrat and as the highwayman Lord Knightmare.
Although Steven Moffat created River Song, Alex Kingston was cast in the role by Russell T. Davies. Originally, Russell T. Davies had wanted Kate Winslet for the role, after he had worked with her on Dark Season (1991) (TV Mini-Series). But, Russell T. Davies decided to cast Alex Kingston instead.
It may not had occurred to Steven Moffat that Kar in Doctor Who: The Eaters of Light (2017) (TV Episode) could had been an ancestor of Amy Pond. Kar is a Pict from 120 AD Scotland and is 17 and like Amy Pond has red hair and brown eyes. Amy Pond is 7 when she first met The Doctor and has a book called "The Story of Roman History". 120 AD was the year the Roman legion of the ninth vanished into the mists of Scotland.
Matt Lucas joining the series as Nardole was predicted in the 3rd season of Shooting Stars (1993) (TV Series) which Matt Lucas played The 2nd Doctor in a Doctor Who sketch, which The 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Doctor were members of the 60s pop group The Who.
Russell T. Davies decision to bring the Daleks and the Cybermen together in Doctor Who: Doomsday (2006) (TV Episode) was influenced by the feature film Alien Vs. Predator (2004). The film starred actor Sam Troughton whom was the grandson of actor Patrick Troughton whom played The 2nd Doctor.
David Troughton, son of Patrick Troughton whom played The 2nd Doctor in the original series has appeared in both Doctor Who (1963) (TV Series) and Doctor Who (2005) (TV Series) as different characters.
Georgia Moffett, daughter of Peter Davison (The 5th Doctor) appeared opposite her future husband David Tennant (The 10th Doctor) as Jenny in Doctor Who: The Doctor's Daughter (2008) (TV Episode). David Troughton, son of Patrick Troughton (The 2nd Doctor) played Professor Hobbes in Doctor Who: Midnight (2008) (TV Episode) and Karen Gillan's cousin Caitlin Blackwood played Amelia Pond in Doctor Who: The Eleventh Hour (2010) (TV Episode) in Series 5 and Series 6.
Prior to becoming a regular writer and showrunner, Steven Moffat wrote the 1999 spoof "The Curse of Fatal Death" for Comic Relief with Rowan Atkinson as The 9th Doctor. Richard E. Grant as The 10th Doctor. Jim Broadbent as The 11th Doctor. Hugh Grant as The 12th Doctor and Joanna Lumley as The 13th Doctor. Jula Sawalha as Emma and Jonathan Pryce as The Master. Julia Sawalha had auditioned for Ace and Richard E. Grant played Dr. Simeon in Series 7 and The Doctor finally changed his gender from male to female in the 2017 Xmas Special.
In real life, Matt Smith had aspired to be a football player before becoming an actor. In Doctor Who: The Lodger (2010) (TV Episode) Matt Smith got the opportunity to show off his football skills as The Eleventh Doctor plays a game of Football.
Mark Williams joining the series as Rory William's father, Amy Pond's father-in-law Brian in Series 7 was predicted in The Fast Show (1994) (TV Series) which in a Bob Fleming sketch, Mark Williams's character Clive Tucker sneezes and falls back into a pond. Amy Pond and Rory Williams marry in the Series 5 finale.
In Doctor Who: The Doctor Dances (2005) (TV Episode) Captain Jack Harkness shoots off a doorknob with a sonic blaster which was built in the weapon factories on Villengard in the 51st century. In Doctor Who: Twice Upon A Time (2017) (TV Episode) The 1st and 12th Doctor and Bill Potts travel to Villengard in the 51st century as The 12th Doctor seeks help from the rogue Dalek Rusty for information on the Testimony.
The 11th and 12th Doctor's companion (Jenna Coleman) is called Clara Oswald. Incidentally, there have been two time travel movies featuring a character whose name happens to be Clara. In Back to the Future: Part III (1989), Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) an 1980s eccentric scientist and time traveler falls in love with Clara Clayton (Mary Steenburgen) and in Timecrimes (2007) an ordinary man named Hector (Karra Elejalde) whom is married to a woman called Clara (Candela Fernandez) accidentally travels back though time in a time machine when he witnesses a naked girl in the woods.
There was a rumor on the Facebook social network that disabled actor Nabil Shaban would be returning as recurring antagonist Sil from the Colin Baker era stories "Vengeance on Varos" and "Mindwarp". At the end of Trial of a Time Lord: Mindwarp: Part Four (1986) (TV Episode) Sil was seen when King Ycarnos assassinated the 6th Doctor's Peri Brown whose body has been transplanted with the brain of Lord Kiv. But, it was later revealed to be a lie and that Peri was alive and well and had become King Yrcano's queen. It's unclear if Sil was killed at the end of the story or is still alive. However, the possibility of Nabil Shaban returning as Sil cannot be ruled out.
References to Doctor Who (1963) (TV Series) including the appearances of Sarah Jane Smith. K9. The Fifth Doctor. The Eighth Doctor. The First Doctor. Alpha Centauri etc. were put in the series to connect Doctor Who (2005) (TV Series) with Doctor Who (1963) (TV Series) and Doctor Who (1996) (TV Movie) and to establish that it wasn't a reboot, but a revamp and a direct continuation and that Doctor Who: Rose (2005) (TV Series) takes place years after Doctor Who: Survival: Part Four (1989) (TV Episode) and Doctor Who (1996) (TV Episode). Doctor Who: Night of the Doctor (2013) (TV Episode) is a prequel revealing the fate of the 8th Doctor (Paul McGann) and his regeneration into The War Doctor (John Hurt) whom came before The 9th Doctor (Christopher Eccleston).
River Song divided Doctor Who fans. Fans of the series whom disliked the recurring character played by Alex Kingston felt that River Song was too smug and theatrical and River being kidnapped and brainwashed to kill The Doctor caused the series to become too complicated.
All of The 10th Doctor's companions coming together to battle Davros and the Daleks in the Series 4 finale was influenced by the Marvel comic book "The Avengers". Karen Gillan would later star in the crossover MCU film Avengers: Infinity War (2018).
Alien Vs. Predator (2004) is speculated to be an influence behind Doctor Who: Doomsday (2006) (TV Episode) which both The Daleks and The Cybermen appear on-screen together for the first time and both evil robot races fight each other with Canary Warf as their battleground and with The Doctor, his companions and Torchwood members caught right in the middle of the action.
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In each season, there is an underlying story arc that pans all episodes until finally fully addressed in the season finale. For season one, it is the concept and identity of the Bad Wolf. Season two, the Torchwood Institute. Season three, the identity of Mr. Saxon. In season four, there are several little references and jokes that eventually lead to the plot of the finale, including the missing planets and the bees disappearing from Earth, and repeated appearances of Rose Tyler on screens and monitors. In addition, there are repeated references to there being something on Donna's back. While this does not carry on to the season finale itself, it does play an important part in the episode which sets up the finale's story. In season five, there are "cracks" in the universe, which must ultimately be fixed in the season finale. In season six, a future version of the Doctor is seen to be killed, causing complications for the "present" version of the Doctor and his companions, also there is the repeated appearance of Madame Kovarian who only Amy can see. Season seven revolves around the "impossible" Clara Oswin Oswald, who the Doctor keeps running into in various places and times, though she does not remember him. In season eight, it is the identity of the mysterious Missy and where the people are going after they die, while season nine deals with the identity of the long-prophesied "hybrid" of two powerful warrior races, believed to be the Daleks and the Time Lords. Season ten focuses on the Doctor taking a job as a lecturer at a university, in order to guard a secret vault underneath it, that is later revealed in episode six to contain Missy, who he then begins to help become "good" again.
Peter Capaldi had appeared on the show in a different role, before being cast as the Twelfth Doctor, but Colin Baker did too in the original, so this is not the first time an actor playing the Doctor, had previously appeared as a different character on the show. Coincidentally, Capaldi appeared in the episode in which Karen Gillan had a different role, before being cast as a full-fledged companion, Doctor Who: The Fires of Pompeii (2008).
The Doctor and River Song meet each other out of chronological order. Here is River Song's timeline in chronological: Amy Pond gives birth to Melody Pond on Demon's Run (The Almost People). 3 weeks later, Melody is taken away by Madame Kovarian (A Good Man Goes to War). River's data ghost summoned by Madame Vastra to a meeting concerning The Doctor and meets Clara Oswald (The Name of The Doctor). In Adolf Hitler's office in Berlin, 1938 Mels regenerates into River Song and sacrifices all her remaining regenerations to save The Doctor. (Let's Kill Hitler). River, as Melody Malone meets River in 1938 New York City and are captured by Mr. Grayle (The Angels Take Manhattan). In 1969, Melody leaves a voice message for President Nixon (The Impossible Astronaut). Amy shoots Melody and in New York City Melody succumbs to her gunshot wound and regenerates (Day of the Moon). Melody now going by the names "Mels" attends Leadworth Primary School and befriends her parents and grows into adulthood (Let's Kill Hitler). River witnesses herself kill The 11th Doctor at Lake Silencio in 2011 (The Impossible Astronaut). River meets The 11th Doctor in Lake Silenco and refuses to kill him (The Wedding of River Song). Adult Mels holds The 11th Doctor at gunpoint and demands that she takes her to Adolf Hitler (Let's Kill Hitler). At the Stormcage prison facility, River receives an invitation to Lake Silencio (The Impossible Astronaut). The 11th Doctor returns River to the Stormcage prison facility (Day of the Moon). Rory visits River at the Stormcage prison facility (A Good Man Goes to War). River is pardoned and released from the Stonecage prison facility and visits Amy and Rory (The Wedding of River Song). River appears at Demon's Run and reveals to The 11th Doctor, Amy and Rory that she is Melody. (A Good Man Goes to War). The 11th Doctor brings River to the Infinite Schism hospital in 5123 and River enrolls at Luna University to study archaeology (Let's Kill Hitler). Madame Kovarian kidnaps River and puts her in a spacesuit and preps her to kill The Doctor (Closing Time). River is pardoned and released from the Stormcage prison facility (The Wedding of River Song). The 12th Doctor, mistook for a surgeon by Nardole, is enlisted by River to remove the Halassi Androvar from King Hydroflax's head and The 12th Doctor gives River her own sonic screwdriver at a restaurant on Darillium (The Husband of River Song). The 10th Doctor and Donna Noble meet River, now a Professor of Archaeology in the library (Silence in the Library). River dies and The 10th Doctor uploads her data ghost onto the Library mainframe computer (Forest of the Dead). River's data ghost guides Clara and The 11th Doctor to The Doctor's gravestone and The 11th Doctor kisses River's data ghost goodbye (The Name of The Doctor).
The Eleventh Doctor spent nine hundred years on Trenzalore before his regeneration in Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor (2013), almost half of his lifetime as depicted over the entire fifty year run. This also technically makes Handles, the Cyberman head that keeps him company over the centuries, the Doctor's longest-serving companion, besides the T.A.R.D.I.S.
Almost all of the Doctors from the modern era (that have regenerated) have seen the first person they met in their new body just before they move on to the next incarnation. David Tennant regenerated in front of Rose, and then visited her before succumbing to radiation in the T.A.R.D.I.S. Matt Smith crash landed in Amelia Pond's garden, and also hallucinated her saying goodbye to him before he regenerated ("the first face this face saw"). Christopher Eccleston regenerated alone in the T.A.R.D.I.S., and, as of September 2015, his first moments have not been revealed, but certain scenes in Doctor Who: Rose (2005) (such as him studying himself in Rose's mirror), imply that he was new to his body. At the very least, this confirms that Rose was his first (and only) companion, possibly the first person to whom he ever spoke. -The only Doctor, to whom this does not apply, is the War Doctor, who regenerated from Paul McGann's Eighth Doctor in front of the Sisterhood of Karn (Doctor Who: The Night of the Doctor (2013)), but regenerated alone in his T.A.R.D.I.S. after the events of Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor (2013). In fact, the last people he saw before changing were the Tenth and Eleventh incarnations of his future self (and Clara).
In the season eight finale, Clara lied to the Cybermen, that she never existed, and she was actually the Doctor all along. This is preceded by the opening credits, that revealed Jenna Coleman's name first, instead of Peter Capaldi and Clara's eyes, instead of the Doctor's, as if to trick the audience into thinking that she really is the Doctor.
In Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor (2013), The Eleventh Doctor has aged into a frail old man after nine hundred years on Trenzalore. Although Time Lords can regenerate into a new body and a new face, and they can make themselves younger, they can still age like normal humans. In Doctor Who: Time Crash (2007), The Tenth Doctor meets an older Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison was fifty-five or fifty-six). In Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor (2013), The Eleventh Doctor encounters an elderly Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker was sixty-nine or seventy), a future incarnation, who modeled himself after one of his earliest incarnations. It's obvious the First Doctor (William Hartnell, who was fifty-five when he first played The Doctor) had started off young, and had grown old when he stole the T.A.R.D.I.S., and left Gallifrey with Susan.
In the 2008 audio story of Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles "The Catalyst", it was revealed that Leela (Louise Jameson), companion of The Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker), had survived the destruction of Gallifrey in the Last Great Time War, and Leela had been captured and imprisoned by a warrior race called the Z'nai, and they interrogated Leela for information on the Time Lords.
K-9 is briefly mentioned in Tom Anglebergers' Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus, in a drawing labeled as the best television dog ever. This is the latest book (as of November 10, 2016) in his Origami Yoda series.
Steven Moffat had wanted Christopher Eccleston to appear as the Ninth Doctor in the 50th Anniversary Special. But, Christopher Eccleston refused, and Steven Moffat replaced him with a new character, and wrote into Doctor Who: The Name of the Doctor (2013), Doctor Who: Night of the Doctor (2013), and Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor (2013). In Doctor Who: Night of the Doctor (2013), it is revealed the Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann) was killed in a spaceship crash, but was temporarily revived by the Sisterhood of Karn, and he was given a potion that helped him regenerate into a new form of his choice, and the Eighth Doctor regenerated into the War Doctor (Sir John Hurt) and the War Doctor returned to Gallifrey to fight in the Time War. It is also revealed that the War Doctor, is the real Ninth Doctor, and the Eleventh Doctor is actually the Thirteenth and final Doctor, due to the Tenth Doctor being shot by a Dalek, and using the regenerative energy from his severed hand to heal himself and to stay the same, making him both the Eleventh and Twelfth Doctor. Sir John Hurt died on January 27, 2017.
Clara Oswald discussing about what a good man should be in the classroom in the opening scene of Doctor Who: Day of the Doctor (2013) foreshadows The 12th Doctor asking Clara if he's a good man, which Clara answers "I don't know." in Doctor Who: Into The Dalek (2014).
In October 2017, it was announced Chris Chibnall is changing the series' format in Season 11 and that Season 11 will have only 10 episodes and instead of 45 minutes, each episode will be 60 minutes and that the 10 episodes in Season 11 will focus more on historical eras.
The series could had ended with The Doctor using up all his regenerations and the death of The 13th Doctor. In Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor (2013) (TV Episode) it's revealed The War Doctor (John Hurt) is the 9th Doctor and he became between The 8th Doctor (Paul McGann) and The 9th Doctor (Christopher Eccleston). The 10th Doctor (David Tennant) had regenerated twice. The first time he was shot by a Dalek and he used the regenerative energy from his severed hand to heal himself. Thus making The 11th Doctor (Matt Smith) his 13th and final incarnation. In Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor (2013) (TV Episode) Clara begs the Time Lords to save The Doctor and the Time Lords give The Doctor a new regeneration cycle and The Doctor regenerates into his new form (Peter Capaldi).
In the 2 part Series 10 finale, The Doctor, Bill and Nardole arrive aboard a colony ship that is transporting a humanoid race to another planet. But, The Doctor soon discovers that The Master disguised as "Razor" is helping create the Cybermen and that the planet the ship is traveling to is Mondas. In Doctor Who: Twice Upon A Time (2017) (TV episode) The TARDIS brings The Doctor to the South Pole in 1986 in the aftermath of the destruction of Mondas and meets his original incarnation moments before he regenerated. See: Doctor Who: The Tenth Planet: Episode Four (1966) (TV Episode).
River Song meeting Donna Noble in her debut story Doctor Who: Silence in the Library (2008) (TV Episode) and Doctor Who: Forest of the Dead (2008) (TV Episode) foreshadowed River revealing herself as Amy Pond's daughter in the closing scene of Doctor Who: A Good Man Goes to War (2011). Both Catherine Tate and Karen Gillan are natural redheads. It may had occurred to Steven Moffat that Donna reminded River of her mother.
The 2017 Xmas special Doctor Who: Twice Upon A Time (2017) (TV Episode) is a direct continuation of Doctor Who: The Doctor Falls (2017) (TV Episode). In the 2-part Season 10 finale, The Doctor, Bill, Nardole and Missy discover the planet that the colony ship is transporting a race of humanoids to is Mondas and that The Master is helping create the Mondasian Cybermen and The Doctor meets his original incarnation in the South Pole shortly after the destruction of Mondas and moments before The 1st Doctor regenerated.
Chris Chibnall announced that he would be making lots of changes to the series in Season 11 and that the series' format would be changed from 45 minutes - 60 minutes. The series would be given a cinematic feel and Season 11 would focus more on historical stories.
Jodie Whittaker's first scene as The 13th Doctor at the end of the 2017 Xmas Special mirrored Matt Smith's first scene as The 11th Doctor in the closing minutes of Doctor Who: The End of Time: Part 2 (2010) (TV Episode) which both the 10th and 12th Doctor's regenerations damages the TARDIS, setting the TARDIS console room on fire and causing the TARDIS to violently tumble towards the Earth.
The Master being revealed as the creator of The Cybermen in Doctor Who: World Enough and Time (2017) (TV Episode) may had been influenced by Power Rangers: Reinforcements from the Future: Part 2 (2002) which recurring antagonist Ransik (Vernon Wells) is revealed to have created the Mutant-Orgs.
Missy revealing herself as The Master to The Doctor in Doctor Who: Dark Water (2014) (TV Episode) and The War General regenerating into a woman in Doctor Who: Hell Bent (2015) are a strong foreshadowing of The Doctor regenerating into his first female form at the end of Doctor Who: Twice Upon A Time (2017) (TV Episode).
It has been a fan theory that Clara Oswald's mother Ellie was killed in the Henrik's department store explosion in Doctor Who: Rose (2005) (TV Episode) which took place on 4th March 2005. The next morning, Rose mentions to The 9th Doctor that a body was found at the Henrik's department store which was announced on the news. When Clara visits her mother's grave in Doctor Who: The Rings of Akhaten (2013) (TV Episode) the graveyard states that Ellie Osward died on 4th March 2005. It was never revealed how Ellie Oswald died. It is possible Ellie Oswald may had been killed in the Henrik's department store explosion or she may had been elsewhere and died of an unknown cause. If Ellie Oswald had been killed in the explosion, The Doctor would had been responsible for her death as The Doctor blew up the department store to destroy the Autons.
River Song's real name is Melody Pond. This is considered clever writing by Steven Moffat and clever foreshadowing. A 'river' is a large natural stream of water following in a channel to the sea, a lake or another river. A 'pond' is a small body of still water formed naturally or by artificial means. A 'song' is a short poem or other set of words set to music or meant to be sung: and a 'melody is a sequence of single notes that is musically satisfying, a tune.
In Doctor Who: The Magician's Apprentice (2015) (TV Episode) when Clara is talking to Missy, Missy claims that she has cared for The Doctor since he was a little girl which could be a lie. In the original series, it was established William Hartnell was The Doctor's original incarnation and that Time Lords can only regenerate 12 times, which Time Lords can gain new regeneration cycles and in the new series, it's revealed the Time Lords got their ability to regenerate by looking into the Untempered Schism. If The Doctor had regenerated as a child, the 12th Doctor would had been his 13th and final incarnation.
River Song meeting Donna Noble in Doctor Who: Silence in the Library (2008) (TV Series) foreshadows River Song revealing herself as Amy Pond and Rory William's daughter Melody in the climax of Doctor Who: A Good Man Goes to War (2011) (TV Episode). Both Donna Nobel and Amy Pond have red hair and it's likely Donna may had reminded River of Amy.