The best Doctor Who Easter eggs from this season.
Season nine of Doctor Who is in full swing. As is usual, it’s full of little in-jokes and references to over fifty years of backstory that the show has now developed. What’s more, the show has more than a few connections to other big science fiction franchises.
While pointing out every single reference would be a mammoth task, here are five of the coolest little tidbits about the new season so far.
The Doctor’s New Trousers
One of the first things to stand out about The Doctor in this new season is his change of costume. While last season, The Doctor dressed in a very neat white shirt and a long coat, now he sports a hoodie and a strangely familiar pair of pants which bear more than a passing resemblance to the trousers worn by The First Doctor, played by William Hartnell.
In addition to this, The Doctor now wears Sonic Glasses, which are very similar to a pair of sunglasses worn by The Eleventh Doctor in The Hungry Earth, when they were used as night vision goggles.
UNIT References To The 80s
The United Nations Intelligence Taskforce, Doctor Who’s answer to the Men in Black, has shown up quite a lot in the past few seasons of the show. The Third Doctor worked extensively with UNIT, and this season’s episode ‘The Zygon Invasion’ has taken the opportunity to reference quite a few of the older episodes.
Most notably, there’s an offhand reference to the time period during which The Doctor worked for UNIT – Kate Stewart, the head of UNIT, says that The Doctor worked with them in ‘the 70’s, 80’s’. This supposedly offhand comment is a reference to the big controversy of early Doctor Who episodes, which were filmed in the 1970s, but were set in what was then the not-too-distant-future of the 1980s. Unfortunately, future episodes of the show forgot this, and were instead set in the 1970s, making things very confusing for fans of the show.
There have been a few other references to the trouble that these episodes cause Doctor Who chronologists – one in the 50th anniversary special in 2013, and one in 2008, all of which refused to give definitive answers as to whether the Third Doctor’s adventures took place in the 70s or the 80s.