Interesting theories abound over at Gallifrey Base where vigilant fans are looking to piece together the mystery of the recent homages paid to classic Doctor Who in Series 7b.
Commenter Peter Ould, got the ball rolling when he proposed that from The Rings of Akhetan onwards each episode may very well include a ‘sequential reference’ to a past Doctor in the episodes leading up to the 50th anniversary special:
Just had a thought. Is each of these episodes going to have some form of homage to the old series Doctors, and in sequence?
Rings of Akhetan- Reference to having been here with his granddaughter (Susan) puts us squarely with Hartnell (and of course the Queen of Years referring to her Grandfather (Queen of Years = Time Lady – not that she is Susan but rather pays homage to her))
Cold War – Ice Warrior (Troughton)
Do you see where I’m going with this? There’s exactly enough episodes to nod to each incarnation in turn.
Well, while there’s no denying that the second half of Series 7 has contained plenty of homages already; The Rings of Akhetan especially but is there any rhythm or reason to them? After all, isn’t there a mention of Omega in that same episode? And what is the connection between them all? Peter Ould has also pointed out to Kasterborous the reference to the Third Doctor’s era in the 1974 setting and setup of Hide.
Commenter Elmtree doubts that the references will follow a countdown of all the Doctors leading up to the Eleventh Doctor:
I don’t know if it’s each incarnation in turn, but certainly we’re seeing references to past doctors popping up a lot more than they ever did before. I think it started with the Christmas special… the victorian costume and his grumpiness reminded me of the first Doctor.
Certainly this past ep had pretty clear references to one, two, and three. We had Venusian Akido, fer Pete’s sake! I felt the madman with universes was a reference to the Mind Robber (though other things can fit here). So a clear 1, 2, and 3.
Will we have some Four next week, along with a dose of One, Two, and Three?
To speculate further, from a thematic point of view, wouldn’t you want the biggest story of this run The Name of the Doctor be the Eleventh Doctor’s reference as well? Wouldn’t that be a more satisfying conclusion to this particular arch?
And let’s not forget how Moffat likes to ‘Troll’ fans, as commenter SKMDC points out:
That’s EXACTLY what kill-joys said during the great “Is the coat sleeve in ToTA a production gaffe or a deliberate clue?” The loads of rubbish turned out to be right on that one. RTD was terrible at clues in the big story arc. He literally had to have his “mysteries” spraypainted on the TARDIS. Moff is so much more subtle. For example, look how seamlessly and elegantly he introduced the leaf to the storyline so breifly last week and then paid it off this week. He’s a master of subtlety and I think fans are certainly within the bounds of rationality to look deep for patterns and clues that are hidden in the episodes.
Always ignoring patterns that are there…
So could each episode house a ‘sequential homage’ counting down to the 50th anniversary special? Will each episode reference a specific trait of each Doctors reign and, most importantly, what does this mean for the special itself?
(With thanks to Peter Ould and his Homage to Old Series? thread at Gallifrey Base)