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  • The Face of Boe was heavily influenced by the Guild Navigators in "Dune" by Frank Herbert.
  • Stephen Fry was set to write an episode for season 2 but due to budget constraints the episode was pushed back to season 3. The script was eventually canceled as Fry didn't have the time to rewrite the script to accommodate changes such as Rose's replacement Martha.
  • For the first series, producers were fearful of alienating new audiences with references to the original show, such as names and events, so such things were kept to a very bare minimum until audiences adjusted to the mythology. Even the first journey to another planet beyond Earth didn't take place until series two, which is unusual considering the universe-trotting nature of the original series.
  • Alex Kingston was born in 1963, the year the original series of "Doctor Who" first started.
  • Peter Davison has said he considers this series an improvement on the original, not only because of its budget and digital effects but also because the series is produced by a writer, unlike the original series, which was always produced by a BBC staff producer. Davison has said that Rose, played by Billie Piper, was the first properly developed companion in the history of the series, and he expressed admiration for the sexual frisson and tension which was previously disallowed between the Doctor and his companions.
  • Lois Lane from the "Superman" comics is a major influence behind Sarah Jane Smith.
  • Lara Croft, the main protagonist of the video game "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" is a strong influence behind River Song. Like Lara Croft, River Song is a archaeologist and also like Lara Croft, River Song is known for using a gun.
  • Freema Agyeman, John Barrowman, Naoko Mori, Eve Myles, and Gareth David-Lloyd are the only actors to play the same character in both Doctor Who (2005) and Torchwood (2006). While Eve Myles guest starred as another character in an early episode, she returned to play Gwen Cooper, her Torchwood character, in the 4th series finale.
  • At first the estate of Terry Nation refused permission for them to use Daleks in the show (Terry Nation held copyright over the Daleks). One of the reasons they refused permission was because of the BBC granting permission for the Daleks to be used in Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003). Huge fan of Doctor Who Steve Martin, who was the one who insisted Daleks be used in the movie, heard about the news and wrote a letter of apology to the Terry Nation estate and upon receiving it, the Terry Nation estate granted permission.
  • In each series, there is an underlying story arc that pans all episodes until finally fully addressed in the season finale. For Series 1, it is the concept and identity of the Bad Wolf. Series 2, the Torchwood Institute. Series 3, the identity of Mr. Saxon. In series 4, there are several little references and jokes that eventually lead to the plot of the finale, including the missing planets and the bees disappearing from Earth, and repeated appearances of Rose Tyler on screens and monitors. In addition, there are repeated references to there being something on Donna's back. While this does not carry on to the series finale itself, it does play an important part in the episode which sets up the finale's story. In series 5, there are "cracks" in the universe, which must ultimately be fixed in the series finale. In series 6, a future version of the Doctor is seen to be killed, causing complications for the "present" version of the Doctor and his companions, also there is the repeated appearance of Madame Kovarian who only Amy can see. Series 7 revolves around the "impossible" Clara Oswin Oswald, whom the Doctor keeps running into in various places and times, though she does not remember him.
  • On Thursday 31 March 2005, the day after the show was picked up for a second series, the BBC Press Office announced that Christopher Eccleston was quitting the show, citing a fear of being typecast and long working hours as reasons for his departure. The BBC later apologized for issuing this statement, as they had done so without consultation with Eccleston. In fact it was agreed by mutual consent some months earlier that Eccleston would only do one series, with the BBC holding off announcing the news until after the series was finished. This would have allowed the regeneration of Eccleston's Ninth Doctor in episode 13 to be a surprise for the audience. Unfortunately, the BBC Press Office jumped the gun under pressure from the British Press who were concerned that a second series had been announced, but it had not been confirmed that Eccleston was returning. Fan reaction to Eccelston's departure was violent and the debate reached such a fever pitch that Outpost Gallifrey, the biggest Doctor Who fan site on the Internet, was forced to close down its forum for days.
  • First sci-fi for Karen Gillan. Karen Gillan would later star in the 2014 science fiction film "Guardians of the Galaxy" as antagonist Nebula, whom is blue skinned and is half-Cyborg.
  • When Peter Capaldi was chosen as the 12th Doctor, he became the first Oscar winner to play The Doctor (though not for acting), the third Scottish actor (after Sylvester McCoy and David Tennant), the third actor to be older than the actor they replaced, and also (joint with the First Doctor William Hartnell) the oldest actor to be cast in the role since the very beginning of the series.
  • David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Arthur Darvill and Eve Myles went on to star in the ITV crime drama series "Broadchurch".
  • David Tennant became the 4th actor from the series to appear in the cinematic Marvel comic universe and on 27 January 2015, David Tennant was announced to be starring as Kilgrave in the Marvel comic film "A.K.A Jessica Jones". Jenna Coleman starred in "Captain America: The Winter Solider", Christopher Eccleston starred in "Thor: The Dark World" and Karen Gillan starred in "Guardians of the Galaxy".
  • Alexei Sayle whom played DJ in the 1985 Colin Baker story Revelation of the Daleks would later appear opposite future Doctor Peter Capaldi in "Drunk in Time", a parody of the 1960s science fiction series "Lost in Time" in Sayle's BBC sketch comedy show "The All New Alexei Sayle Show".
  • When Jenna Coleman was auditioning for Clara Oswald, the name on the script was Jasmine not Clara.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch was rumored to be in line to play The Eleventh Doctor, however both he and Steven Moffat confirmed that the rumor was untrue, and that he was never under consideration for the role. Cumberbatch also stated that he had no interest in playing the role.
  • To celebrate the 50th anniversary special, and to combat his disappointment at not being given a role in it, Peter Davison (The 5th Doctor) made his own amateur webisode anniversary special. The short webisode (which Davison wrote and directed and his daughter produced) starred his friends and relatives, with many former Doctor Who actors making cameo appearances. The plot revolves around Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy trying to sneak into the set of the 50th anniversary special, when Steven Moffat declines to cast them.
  • James McAvoy was rumored to play The Eleventh Doctor.
  • In the Battle of Zaruthstra in A Good Man Goes to War (#6.7) which took place on the planet Zaruthstra in the year 4037, which Strax (Dan Starky) was a nurse of the battlefield. The human inhabitants of that world wear 19th century British clothing.
  • In Doctor Who Magazine, Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) was called "The New Sophie Aldred".
  • Peter Capaldi is the 3rd Scottish actor to play The Doctor. Sylvester McCoy was the 7th Doctor and David Tennant was the 10th Doctor. Jamie McCrimmon (Frazer Hines) companion to the 2nd Doctor was the first Scottish companion and Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) companion to the 11th Doctor was the second Scottish companion. Karen Gillan was born in Inverness, Scotland in 1987.
  • Robbie Williams and Jason Statham were rumored to play The Ninth Doctor, when the new series was announced in 2004.
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