Halloween, alternatively spelled Hallowe'en, was a human holiday traditionally celebrated on 31 October. It was customary to "dress up" on this occasion. (COMIC: Imaginary Enemies, TV: The Woman Who Fell to Earth, PROSE: The Golden Hendecahedron) Candy was also associated with Halloween. (TV: Rendition)
History[edit | edit source]
On Halloween 1938, Orson Welles broadcast a radio play adaptation of H. G. Wells' novel The War of the Worlds, convincing certain members of the American population that Mars had really invaded. (AUDIO: Invaders from Mars)
One Halloween in the 2000s, sometime after Tom stopped travelling with Iris Wildthyme and began living with Panda, Tom dressed up in drag and called himself "Eartha Wydenfire". (PROSE: The Golden Hendecahedron)
On Halloween 2008, the Hervoken terrorised the New England town of Blackwood Falls in their attempt to leave the planet. (PROSE: Forever Autumn) On the same day, Torchwood Three had to deal with alien predators. (PROSE: Pack Animals)
On the planet of Verticulus, non-humans also celebrated Halloween. Jack-o'-lanterns with spider legs were placed outside as decorations and the inhabitants of Verticulus knocked on doors and asked, "Trick or treat?" but instead of candy, they expected baby brains. When Amy gave them Jammie Dodgers instead, they covered the TARDIS in toilet paper and eggs. (COMIC: Wholloween)
Other references[edit | edit source]
Jilly Kitzinger excused her watch's flat battery by claiming that it was supposed to be changed once a year, say Halloween or Christmas, but then she was preoccupied with candy and presents respectively. (TV: Rendition)
In September 2018, Sheffield resident Dean mistook the Stenza warrior T'zim-Sha for someone wearing a Halloween costume early, in September, thus naming him "Halloween". T'zim-Sha responded by killing him. (TV: The Woman Who Fell to Earth)
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Though there has yet to be a "Halloween Special" of Doctor Who or its televised spin-offs, there have been episodes that premiered on Halloween. The only Doctor Who episode to air on Halloween was series 9's The Zygon Invasion. Previously, the opening episode of the season 2 serial Planet of Giants aired on 31 October in 1964, although this was years before the predominantly American holiday began to be acknowledged in the United Kingdom.
The penultimate series 8 episode, Dark Water, aired the day after Halloween on 1 November 2014. A review of the episode from The Independant cited it as being "everything you could ask for from a Doctor Who finale the day after Halloween", a reference to the episode's particularly morbid subject matter not being at all out of place around the holiday.
Televised Doctor Who was set to enjoy its first set of Halloween specials via The Sarah Jane Adventures, which was planned to have four Halloween specials appear some time after its truncated fifth series. As with the remainder of series 5, the specials were never produced due to the death of Elisabeth Sladen.