Star Wars was a popular science fiction film series from Earth which was made in the 1970s and the 2000s, comprising a total of nine films by the 2040s. (PROSE: The Last Resort) Iris Wildthyme was cast in the third film as a woman in a gold bikini and was the only woman in the film with lines other than Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia. According to Fisher, Iris was fun to be around but difficult behind the camera, due to her demands that she use her own wardrobe and make-up and her inability to recall her lines. Iris claimed she could convey everything with just a look, but they eventually had to recast, to her displeasure. (PROSE: Drowned in Moonlight)
The Sixth Doctor and Frobisher attended the American premiere of the first film at Mann's Chinese Theatre in May 1977. Frobisher appreciated the original film and was aware of its place in culture, but the Doctor claimed to prefer the Special Editions. He also thought the actor who played Tarkin looked familiar, and seemed to remember meeting his granddaughter. (PROSE: Mission: Impractical)
References[edit | edit source]
Flip Jackson compared the Valeyard to Darth Vader. The Sixth Doctor expressed surprise at her reference, not having thought she liked Star Wars, to which she replied she loved Jar Jar Binks. (AUDIO: Stage Fright)
When the Sixth Doctor told Flip that Transmission was an artificial planetoid, she compared it to the Death Star. The Doctor expressed the hope that it was "not quite so ominous". (AUDIO: The Fourth Wall)
Ianto Jones had a Star Wars duvet with a Wookiee pillow when he lived in London. He gave it to Yvonne Hartman for the sofa when she slept over at his flat, while on the run. (AUDIO: Through the Ruins)
Alex's mum didn't like the hood on his coat, and compared him to "one of those little things in Star Wars", which Alex identified as Jawas. He said she never learned their names, no matter how many times you told her. (PROSE: Do You Smell Carrots?)
Clyde called Luke his "young padawan", when stating he had much to learn about humour. (TV: Prisoner of the Judoon) Clyde said that he did a school history project on the Battle of Waterloo because his teacher had not allowed him to do one on the Battle of Hoth. (TV: The Last Sontaran)
At the end of a holographic communication left to Jack Harkness, his former lover John Hart, another Time Agent, mockingly said "Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope". (TV: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang)
A homeless man, who was an eyewitness to one of the metal kind arriving on Earth, established his perception of what robots were like from Star Wars, which he explained when he told Sarah Jane Smith and Rani Chandra the creature could not be a robot. (TV: Sky)
Hex described the control centre of Ranulph Fiennes Bunker as a cross between Buckingham Palace and the Death Star. (AUDIO: The Word Lord) Bernice Summerfield compared The Empire State to the Death Star. (AUDIO: The Empire State)
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
- Nine Star Wars movies have been mentioned in Doctor Who and four have been identified as:
- Fitz's reference to Star Wars films being made in the 1970s and 2000s roughly pertains to the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy respectively, though in reality the last installment of the original trilogy was produced in the early 1980s while the first of the prequel trilogy was produced in the early 1990s. This reference, made in the 2003 novel The Last Resort, predates the real world production of the sequel trilogy which took place in the 2010s, but does correctly predict that a series of nine Star Wars films will have been released by the 2040s; Episode IX (2019) was promoted as the conclusion of the numbered Skywalker Saga, distinguished from other films set in the Star Wars universe.
- The Doctor's recognition of Peter Cushing in Mission: Impractical was an in-joke referencing the fact that Cushing had played the film version of Dr. Who in the 1960s.
- The Day of the Doctor novelisation mentions Peter Cushing appearing in movies after his death as a reference to his CGI recreation in Rogue One.
- In A Confusion of Angels, Bill Potts, upon hearing the name of the starship Jeden, coins the phrase "Return of the Jeden", to which Nardole adds "The Last Jeden", a reference to the 1983 film Return of the Jedi and the then upcoming 2017 film The Last Jedi.
- Steven Moffat has been nicknamed "the Moff" and "the Grand Moff" by fans as well as by Russell T Davies after he took over as executive producer for Doctor Who in 2010. "Moff"/"Grand Moff" is a high military rank in the Star Wars universe.
- Russell T Davies received an offer from George Lucas to write a story for his television spinoff series Star Wars: The Clone Wars but Davies turned it down for lack of time as well as a lack of desire to write for a sci-fi franchise he didn't build. The occasion was discussed by Davies in Chapter 4 of The Writer's Tale, the chapter subtitle of which begins "In which George Lucas is snubbed..."
- A Dalek made a cameo appearance in the Star Wars comic strip Fett Club. Skaro, Delta Magna and Cygnus are also mentioned in the fan-produced unofficial Star Wars reference guide Book of Imperial Shuttle Plans: Cygnus Spaceworks.
- In the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode "Bombad Jedi", Padmé Amidala is locked up in a prison block managed by an octagonal console, which highly resembles the classic TARDIS control console.
- Darth Vader appeared in a Top Gear sketch where he was pitted against other opponents including a Dalek, a Cyberman and Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor to see who the fastest "Master of the Universe" was around the Top Gear track. Vader was seen helping the Cyberman put its helmet on, and he was later exterminated when the Dalek became angry that it couldn't fit in the car.
- On a poster in the Trap Street in Face the Raven, the Star Wars alphabet of Aurebesh is used to spell out "Delorean", which is itself a reference to Back to the Future, another popular Sci-Fi film series.
- Robert Harvey, the sound designer and composer for Across the Darkened City, compared the Chaons from that story to Rathtars from The Force Awakens. (BFX: Across the Darkened City)
- Sam Kent-Smith was an artist on the video game Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron.
- Although this is may be coincidental, Ian MacDiarmid's portrayal of Emperor Palpatine in The Rise of Skywalker bears some resemblance to that of Davros, with both being decaying, blinded, and immobile humanoids on life support machinery.
- In the acknowledgements for All Flesh in Glass, Una McCormack mentions her daughter Verity, "who prefers Star Wars".
- The opening title card of the 2021 TV episode Revolution of the Daleks ("A LONG TIME AGO... FAR, FAR AWAY...") is a reference to the famous Star Wars opening title, "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...".
Props[edit | edit source]
- The space suit costumes worn by Jamie and Zoe in The Wheel in Space was later re-used in the original trilogy (most noticeably by Bossk the Bounty Hunter). Similar costumes (which were re-purposed High-Altitude Windak Pressure Suits that had been used by the RAF during the 1960s) had previously appeared in The Tenth Planet.
- Behind the Magic showed an "early blaster prototype" reusing one of the ballistic weapons of the Daleks from Death to the Daleks. The muffle was later reused for Ponda Baba's custom DL-21 blaster pistol prop which itself was reused for soldiers in Empire Strikes Back.
- The antique prop picked up by Romana I from an altar in episode 2 of The Power of Kroll was reused for the Gaderffii.
Cast connections[edit | edit source]
The Original Trilogy[edit | edit source]
The Prequel Trilogy[edit | edit source]
The Sequel Trilogy[edit | edit source]
Anthology films[edit | edit source]
Animated series[edit | edit source]
|Actor||Doctor Who role(s)||Star Wars role(s)|
|Simon Pegg||The Editor
|David Tennant||Tenth Doctor||Huyang|
|Tom Baker||Fourth Doctor||Bendu|
- David Tennant became the only vocal performer to win Emmy for their work on Star War: The Clone Wars.
Video games[edit | edit source]
Star Wars happened[edit | edit source]
- In the BBC New Series Adventures novel Forever Autumn, the Tenth Doctor states that Jar Jar Binks and his clan are good people, that George Lucas received telepathic messages and mistook them for his own ideas, and that he would be "way off the mark" by Episode 9, implying that some (if not all) of Star Wars is real. Although Lucas did not end up making the film, there was an Episode IX made and released into theaters in 2019, validating the Doctor's claims, and indeed the final trilogy deviated significantly from original story plans devised by Lucas.
- In Supremacy of the Cybermen the Ninth Doctor claims the TARDIS made the Kessel Run.
- Though it may be coincidental, the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode "Ghosts of Mortis" has the Father mention the Laws of Time.
- Blaster weapons, skimmers, and vibroknives exist in both universes.
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- Wookieepedia, the Star Wars wiki