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This incarnation of the Doctor seems to have gotten over the dislike of cats his previous incarnation displayed (as in Fear Her), using one as a spy and even conversing with it.
The last time the Doctor played a sport (and proved to be quite good at it) was in the Fifth Doctor story Black Orchid.
Vincent van Gogh cut off his own ear on December 23, 1888. Even if, as some claims say, he only removed part of the lobe, some or all of his left ear should be missing during the time frame of this episode, June 1890.
Amy mentions that the Doctor took her to Arcadia. The planet Arcadia was featured in the New Adventures novel "Deceit", and the 'fall of Arcadia' was mentioned as one of the events of the Time War in "Doomsday".
When the Doctor tests his machine by scanning himself, the TARDIS' typewriter prints out a piece of paper with the faces of his first two incarnations on it.
After his near-lethal "decontamination", the Doctor asks for a piece of celery. The Fifth Doctor wore a piece of celery on his shirt, claiming it had great restorative abilities.
The Doctor shows his ability to determine the composition of something by taste or smell much like the Tenth Doctor and the Fifth Doctor when he tastes the blue grass, much like he did in The Eleventh Hour when he tastes Amy's shed to learn he was twelve years late on his promise to return.
When Elliot asks the Doctor if he's scared of monsters, and responds that they are scared of him, this is a reference to how his reputation is enough to scare aliens away from earth. Just like the Atraxi were frightened away by their knowledge of the Doctor shown in The Eleventh Hour.
Several of the Dream Lord's outfits reflect aspects of the Doctor's character and personality: *In the care home, he is dressed like a medic, reflecting the "healer" aspect.
*Outside the castle he is dressed like the "lord of the manor", reflecting the fact that the Doctor is a Time Lord. *In the butcher's shop, he is dressed like a butcher (Davros referred to the Doctor having "butchered millions" in Journey's End).
*The "lothario" outfit he appears in while talking to Amy reflects the Doctor's sexual nature, which has been referred to many times in the new series.
*When riding in the van, he is wearing a race car driver's outfit, reflecting the "challenger of limits" aspect.
The Dream Lord says to the Doctor "I bet you're the sort of flop-haired wuss who's a vegetarian!" The Doctor adopted a vegetarian diet after the events of the Sixth Doctor storyline The Two Doctors, but, circa Boom Town, seemed to have abandoned it.
The old folks home is called "Sarn Residential Care Home". Sarn was the name of the planet in the Fifth Doctor serial Planet of Fire.
The Dream Lord being a semi-physical manifestation of the Doctor's suppressed dark emotions is similar to the character of the Valeyard from the Sixth Doctor story arc The Trial of a Time Lord. The Valeyard is a distillation of the Doctor's evil side: a potential dark version who might exist around his twelfth and final incarnation.
The box under the TARDIS console the Doctor opens has the following inscription:
"TARDIS. Time And Relative Dimension In Space. Build Site: Gallifrey Blackhole Shipyard. Type 40. Build date: 1963. Authorised for use by qualified Time Lords only by the Shadow Proclamation. Misuse or theft of any TARDIS will result in extreme penalties and permanent exile."
The Doctor initially believes that the shared dream is due to the TARDIS jumping a time track. The First Doctor and his companions jumped a time track in The Space Museum, and encountered their future selves frozen and on display.
When the Doctor accidentally shows the Calvierri girls his library card, the picture in it is of his first incarnation, played by William Hartnell.
According to the DVD in visual commentary of the Eleventh Hour, Steven Moffat said the TARDIS crashing scene with the Millennium Dome in the background was a mistake, at first. However, he decided to keep it in because he thought since the TARDIS is a time machine, right after the Doctor avoided Big Ben it would pop back in time to 1996.
At the very end of the episode, a clock in Amy's room is shown changing from 11:59am to 12:00pm, which should be in the middle of the day, however it is night outside. This may not be a production error, because when the clock changes to 12:00pm, the date changes as well which should only happen when the clock changes to 12:00am.
At the end of the episode it is revealed that Amy is from 2010. However this doesn't add up. At the start of "Eleventh Hour" the Doctor can be seen hanging from his damaged TARDIS above London. The O2 Arena (previously the Millenium Dome) can be clearly seen making it at least 1999. The current time Amy is from 14 years after that (as clearly stated at the end of that episode) so the earliest time she could be from is 2013.
The date on which the crack originates is the scheduled UK air date of the last episode in the series.
The Doctor gives his age as 907, which would mean four relative years have passed since the events of Voyage of the Damned.
It would also mean that one year has passed between this and The End Of Time (or he's at least had a birthday) as he told Wilfred he was 906 in that.
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Classics, Dark Comedy, British TV, Time Travel, Creatures