New Doctor Who boss Chris Chibnall has been pretty clear that there’ll be no familiar monsters in this year’s series, with the screenwriter and executive deciding to cut out the Doctor’s old foes to keep things fresh for new viewers.
Which is why Who fans may not have been looking when some iconic monsters cameod in latest episode The Tsuranga Conundrum, specifically when the Doctor and her pals tried to look up information on new monster the Pting on a spaceship computer.
In a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment (spotted online by fan Gavin Worby among others), the computer cycles very rapidly through a litany of old Who foes before it lands on the Pting, suggesting entries for the Cybermen, Weeping Angels, Zygons, Sontarans, Slitheen, Ood, Silence (though we don’t know how they got the picture) and even an old-school version of a Silurian, instead of the more modern redesign.
Anyway, this sneaky little Easter Egg teaches us two things about the new series. Number one: we need to keep our eyes peeled for even more quick references if we’re going to avoid being caught out again and number two: clearly, Chris Chibnall can’t be trusted.