Twelve stealing a Classic-style TARDIS, facing Mondasian Cybermen, and then in his uni office he’s got the original 60′s ‘Out of Order’ sign on the TARDIS (he’s currently stuck on Earth), followed by his desk having a container of old sonic screwdrivers and a photo of Susan Foreman, his granddaughter.
I’m really glad Steven Moffat has been fulfilling Peter’s wishes to insert Classic Who nods during his run in the title role. Carole Ann Ford is still around, so I hope an old photograph is not all that we’ll see of Susan! ;)
From ‘The Curse of Fenric’ to ‘Mummy on the Orient Express’
During that beach scene - or should I say THE beach scene - in ‘Mummy on the Orient Express’ I always felt that aside from trying to explain himself to Clara, the Doctor was also remembering other bad choices he’d had to make.
One choice, one lie, in particular, perhaps.
And in the end, hoping beyond hope, that Clara would forgive him the lie as Ace did.
I have a very, VERY dear friend and fellow Whovian - amongst other obsessions - in Ireland who has a far better memory retention system going when it comes to setting the way-back machine for those curious and wonderful moments of synchronicity between ‘Classic’ and 'New’ Who. For the moment - and until she gets her own Tumblr - let us refer to her as 'Obsessively_Inclined’. Her handle idea, not mine. She tossed me this idea not too long ago and with teamwork, while waiting for her to learn to make her own Gifs, here it is.
Even 1,700 years or so ago the Doctor really couldn’t see how different a person could look, or think that it mattered.
As Clara said, it’s really rather sweet.
Oh, and height difference. Clara and Nyssa could write a book.
…Ah, and Citadel Time Lords looking down on the residents of the Outlands as “people who don’t matter”: Nice to see that Time Lord elitism and arrogance are alive and well.
The Sisterhood of Karn!
…Can the High Priestess of Karn be in every episode? I like her.
…”Oh, I heard the Doctor was back and I couldn’t miss the opportunity to watch him ruin the Time Lords’ day and wreck their stuff. I’m just here to watch. I brought popcorn.”
Referring to the Doctor’s childhood!
…without actually revealing anything meaningful about the Doctor’s childhood!
Referring to the “Doctor is / is not half human” debate!
…without actually confirming or denying anything conclusive about the “half human” debate!
Oh, and for the record: If you ask me, no way that woman in the barn was the Doctor’s mother. Most likely, she was simply the matron / caretaker at some kind of Gallifreyan boys orphanage. Small outside chance that she’s a surviving cousin of the House of Lungbarrow.