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Trivia: Doctor Who 50th AS "The Day of the Doctor"
  • Ascended Fanon:
    • Of a sort; Terrance Dicks' famous axiom that the key defining trait of the Doctor throughout his incarnations is that he is "neither cruel nor cowardly" becomes enshrined in canon as part of the promise that the Doctor's name represents.
    • The gag with the NuWho Doctor doing a Double Take when he spots an aged Fourth Doctor was, funnily enough, proposed by Tom Baker himself during his convention appearances. He approached the showrunners with this idea as early as 2007, while praising David Tennant's take on the role.
  • Acting for Two: With three different characters in the same scene, no less, thanks to Zygons impersonating them. Also happened before that, with a completely separate character as well!
  • Creator Backlash:
    • According to Sylvester McCoy, no surviving pre-1989 Doctor was approached to reprise their role, which made them feel a bit thrown away. Though Tom Baker shows up in the episode, he wasn't playing the Fourth Doctor.
    • Averted with all of the previous Doctors being in The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot. Clearly a special project by the BBC and all of them having a great time. Although that was specifically planned and written by Peter Davison when he realised that The BBC weren't going to be contacting the previous Doctors to be involved in the special.
  • Fandom Nod:
    • Several of the War Doctor's lines match up with some of the complaints fans have with New Who, such as asking if there is going to be more kissing in the future and the several uses of the sonic screwdriver, as well as the use of Buffy Speak.
    • Tom Baker's line of "revisiting the old favourites" is a reference to the Fourth Doctor being the most popular one amongst older fans.
  • Logo Joke: A modified BBC One Station Ident preceeded broadcasting of the episode on BBC One.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Christopher Eccleston was approached about appearing in the special but turned it down. Still sneaks in with Stock Footage like everyone else, though.
    • Kate's line about the disastrous consequences of information about the Doctor getting into the wrong hands was supposed to be juxtaposed with a film poster for the Cushing movies, implying that they are fictional in-universe. Unfortunately, they were unable to afford the rights.

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