Doctor Who’s top ten references to… Doctor Who

From obscure classic era references to the show going full-on "meta", here are Doctor Who's best nods to its own history from 10-1…

7. “You were my Doctor” (Time Crash)


Most Doctor Who fans of any era tend to have a Time Lord they consider ‘my Doctor’; the one they grew up with, or perhaps just liked the most. And it’s no different for Doctor Who super fan David Tennant. This was brought to life in a special Children in Need mini-episode called Time Crash, where Tennant’s Tenth Doctor runs into Peter Davison’ Fifth, who is a little older, but still with celery intact. After their two Tardis’ merge together by accident, the pair have a sweet scene together with Davison mistaking Tennant for a ‘fan’ who’s stumbled in, and Tennant admitting that he ‘loved being him’, because ‘you were my Doctor’. Although scripted by Steven Moffat, we imagine David Tennant was thinking the very same thing.

6. “That’s like meeting Charles Dickens, and he’s surrounded by ghosts, at Christmas” (The Unicorn and the Wasp)


In the episode Unicorn and the Wasp, Catherine Tate’s Donna goes meta, taking the mick out of Doctor Who itself. This was the episode where the duo meet Agatha Christie, who just so happens to be caught up in a murder mystery; what are the chances? Donna immediately observes the ridiculousness of it all and quips, “No, but isn’t that a bit weird? Agatha Christie didn’t walk around surrounded by murders, not really. I mean that’s like meeting Charles Dickens, and he’s surrounded by ghosts, at Christmas.” A reference to The Unquiet Dead. The Doctor’s reply? “Well…”