In the 1920s in Vienna shortly before his death, Kafka constructed a complex virtual narrative for River Song to help her fight against the Discordia. In order to achieve this, he was plugged into the TARDIS's telepathic circuits. Kafka used Prague's St Vitus Cathedral as an architectural model in the construct. He also had a brief encounter with the Fourth Doctor, who came to their rescue, as well as to retrieve his TARDIS, which River borrowed without permission.
After River left Kafka almost at the deathbed, his friend Mr Brod came to visit him and was grappling with the dilemma whether to fulfil Kafka's wish to burn all his writing or not. Dora was also invited to attend Kafka in his final hours. (AUDIO: Whodunnit?)
Emily Blandish had not read any of Kafka's works. Detective Honoré Lechasseur brought him up after stating that it would seemingly be impossible for the Doctor to be "magically transformed" into her, a woman. He had, in fact, regenerated into a new man. (PROSE: The Cabinet of Light)
When Peri Brown had been at school, she had spent a term studying the works of Franz Kafka. She had found them fascinating as well as highly disturbing. On the Vipod Mor, she at first compared the people there to be like characters in a Kafka story, but later decided it was more like a story written by a psychotic Lewis Carroll. (PROSE: Slipback)
Behind the scenes Edit
David Tennant starred as Franz Kafka in Murray Gold's BBC Radio audio play Kafka the Musical. He won "Best Actor" at the BBC Audio Drama Awards for the part. He was also played by Richard E Grant in Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life, written and directed by Peter Capaldi.