10. THE POISON SKY
2008 very specifically referenced 2005’s The Empty Child with Davey T’s
Doctor asking a bemused Colonel Mace, “Are you my mummy?” Oddly, he
doesn’t reply or ask, “What you talkin’ about you weirdo?” Mind you, we wouldn’t have heard him if he had due to our
Ok, this one is a slight cheat. And a crossover with The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy at that. Check out Tommy B having a read of Oolon Colluphid’s book The Origins of the Universe and being rather disdainful about its accuracy. Of course, Oolon was mentioned in the aforementioned Hitchhikers, which was written by Douglas Adams – the script editor on this season of Doctor Who.
Actual in-japery can be found in the amusing opening sequence where Romana tries on some new regenerations before deciding on Lalla Ward.
8. THE STOLEN EARTH
worked with Peter Davison at the helm – “Saturday! Good! Good. I like
Saturdays!” proclaims The Tenth Doctor (despite it being the end of the
universe – apparently). Can’t imagine The Fifth Doctor saying “I like Mondays!”
Anyway, it’s a knowing nod to the very day that Doctor Who is synonymous with – for many of us, the show is the very essence of Saturday – and a great way to kick off a finale.
Also, fans of “spatial genetic multiplicity” had a chortle when the Gwen Cooper/Gwyneth conundrum was finally answered.
7. THE ROBOTS OF DEATH
Of course, some of you may know that the use of “Grimwade” was actually a reference to then production assistant (and future director of stories such as Kinda and Earthshock and writer of Mawdryn Undead amongst others), Peter Grimwade. Apparently his first wife was, wait for it, a robot…
6. THE GREATEST SHOW IN THE GALAXY
“I’ve got all sorts of souvenirs. All the posters. I had a long correspondence with one of the founder members too, soon after it started. Although I never got to see the early days, I know it’s not as good as it used to be but I’m still terribly interested.”
5. THE END OF TIME PART TWO
references to the past there are in here, but the one that really counts
as good old in-joke is Davey T’s almost final words to the lurve of his
life Billie P. Staggering against a wall like a Who~fan on meeting John
Barrowman at a convention, The Doctor tells her, “I bet you’re gonna
have a really great year,” after she says it’s 2005.
Of course, we all had a really great year that year. *sniff* #memories
4. THE UNQUIET DEAD
In a world where pop culture t-shirts are made instantly and without a second’s thought (or imagination), along comes SteeMo to show off his street smartz. As soon as his 2005 episode The Empty Child aired, a tee was made (by a fan) with “Are You My Mummy?” emblazoned on it – and look what he did in Blink. As soon as we hear The Doctor say, “The angels have the phone box,” Larry purrs, “I’ve got that on a T-shirt.” It’s a funny line in its own right, but there’s added giggles for those in the know.
Blink also gets extra in-gag points for the almost hilarious “wrong size windows on the TARDIS” one-liner. “Fans” had debated on an internet forum (don’t go there kids, only bad things happen there) that the new TARDIS windows were of incorrect dimensions (as I say, don’t go there unless window-measuring is something you’re particularly keen on). Moffat, ever the wag (and one-time forum dweller), picked up on this and prepped his acerbic penmanship to eviscerate these “humans”.
2. REMEMBRANCE OF THE DALEKS
Dot to Dot? Dorothy In Space?? Just what was the name of that show the announcer was about to blurt out as Ace was leaving the house??? Given that the story is set in 1963, I think we can guess. (Yet, pedants note, it’s quite bright outside for November at tea-time, yes?)
1. THE SNOWMEN
There’s a few knowing gags going on here, possibly. We’ll get the casting of two-time Doctor Who, though never actually a “proper” one, Richard E Grant (Scream of the Shalka, The Curse of Fatal Death) out of the way as it’s tenuous at best.