Behind the scenes
Both Doctor Who and Coronation Street started in the 1960s, have had notably long runs and have entered into British culture as television institutions.
In the late 1980s, Doctor Who aired opposite Coronation Street, which is often considered a factor in the show's decline and cancellation. The short story Christmas Special includes a reference to this situation.
Coronation Street has included the odd reference to Doctor Who over the years, especially since the show returned in 2005. The young boy Simon Barlow is a Doctor Who fan. He made reference to Journey's End when he saw two men who looked similar to each other. He said "there's two of them, it's like Doctor Who" referencing the Tenth Doctor and the Meta-Crisis Tenth Doctor seen in that story.
The 2006 episode The Idiot's Lantern is set in Florizel Street, which was the original planned name of Coronation Street.
In the Doctor Who Confidential instalment, 'Ello, 'Ello, 'Ello, Derek Jacobi stated that one of his ambitions since the 1960s has been to take a part in Doctor Who and Coronation Street. In 2012, he appeared as an extra on the show.
- Suranne Jones, Bruno Langley, Helen Worth, Gray O'Brien, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Shobna Gulati, Michelle Collins, and Ian McKellen are among the most notable Doctor Who actors to have appeared in the soap.
- Katherine Kelly also rose to fame through her six-year run (2006-2012) on the soap as Becky McDonald. Kelly briefly appeared as Becky in Dermot and the Doctor, 5 years before taking on the role of Miss Quill in Class.
- As part of the show's 50th anniversary celebrations in 2010, a feature-length docudrama detailing the soap's creation, The Road to Coronation Street, aired on BBC Four. Lynda Baron, Steven Berkoff, Shaun Dooley, and Celia Imrie were among the cast.