Home Series 10 Episode 10 - The Eaters of Light BLAST FROM THE PAST: The Continuity References of ‘The Eaters of Light’

BLAST FROM THE PAST: The Continuity References of ‘The Eaters of Light’

Doctor Who S10 - The Eaters of Light (No. 10) - The Doctor (PETER CAPALDI), Bill (PEARL MACKIE) - (C) BBC/BBC Worldwide - Photographer: Simon Ridgway

During the latest series of Doctor Who Blogtor Who will look at all the nods and references to adventures which have gone before. So even if you are not already a Mastermind expert on all things in the Whoniverse you can appreciate the little detail as well. Perhaps you are a very knowledgeable Whovian already but did you spot them all?

Doctor Who: Survival – Written by Rona Munro, DVD Cover

Written by Rona Munro

Returning to the series is writer Rona Munro. Author of the final story of the classic era ‘Survival’ in 1989 she also penned the novelisation of her television script for Target books. Munro is currently the only individual to write for both the classic era of Doctor Who and the 21st Century version. Additionally she now holds the record for the gap between first televised story and second, over 27 and a half years.

The Last Centurion (Arthur Darvill) – Doctor Who (c) BBC

Roman Soldiers

The Doctor has encountered Roman soldiers several times. The War Lords for example captured Roman soldiers as a part of their plans during ‘The War Games’ (1969). A Roman legion in Britain was also encountered and enlisted by the Eleventh Doctor (The Pandorica Opens, 2010). One of his companions, Rory Williams who had been thought deceased, was also a Centurion within that legion. The Doctor has also visited Ancient Rome itself on a couple of occasions. The First Doctor met Emperor Nero and inadvertently planted the idea of burning Rome to the ground. The Tenth Doctor also visited the town of Pompeii, on Volcano Day of all days!

TARDIS translations

Conveniently for companions and viewers the TARDIS has an ability to translate local dialects into a language that can be easily understood, usually English. The first reference of this occurred during a trip to Renaissance Italy. The Fourth Doctor explained to Sarah Jane Smith that her ability to understand local languages is a “Time Lord gift” that he allowed her to share (The Masque of Mandragora, 1976). The Ninth Doctor later explained to Rose Tyler that she merely heard English because of a gift of the TARDIS. As Bill correctly guessed this week this was because of a telepathic field.

Doctor Who: The Fires of Pompeii – Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) and the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) (c) BBC

Latin or Celtic?

During this episode Bill’s words are heard by the Romans in Latin, their normal dialect. When the Tenth Doctor and his companion arrived in Pompeii, Donna wondered what would happen if she spoke Latin to the locals. Approaching a stallholder she spoke the only bit of Latin that she knew. Instead of hearing Latin he thought that she was speaking Celtic.

These are the things that we noticed. Let us know what you saw if they don’t appear above.



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