Megali Scoblow once described a swimming pool sliding away to reveal something, prompting Jason Kane to shout out, "Thunderbirds Are Go!" (PROSE: Beige Planet Mars) Sam Jones once said the same thing to Amy Saraband to prompt them into action, (PROSE: Kursaal) as did Rose Tyler to the Ninth Doctor when Mickey Smith was kidnapped by the Quevvils. (PROSE: Winner Takes All)
Having studied Thunderbirds, Bernice Summerfield could tell that the flashing red light on Irving Braxiatel's pen meant something important. Braxiatel recalled that, in the show, it was a tea pot that did this. (PROSE: The Doomsday Manuscript)
Osgood recognised the Twelfth Doctor's reference to "Cloudbase" as being from Thunderbirds, but was corrected by Colonel Ahmed rightly saying that Cloudbase was from Captain Scarlet. (TV: Death in Heaven)
Behind the scenes Edit
- Though the link isn't directly made in Death in Heaven, in the real world, Sylvia Anderson co-created both Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet.
- While Trading Futures stated that Thunderbirds aired in the 80s, it originally ran between 1965 and 1966, but was repeated various times throughout subsequent decades.
- In The Lodger, the Eleventh Doctor's line "I'm Captain Troy Handsome of International Rescue," is in part a reference to Thunderbirds, International Rescue being the name of the show's main organisation.
- In Resurrection of the Daleks, the guards on the Prison Station wear uniforms similar to those worn by the main characters in Thunderbirds.
- The original Thunderbirds TV series from 1965-1966 features the voices of a number of actors who also played roles on Doctor Who, such as Shane Rimmer, Jeremy Wilkin, David Graham and Ray Barrett. Cliff Richard and John Carson were involved in the feature-lengths films Thunderbirds Are Go (1966) and Thunderbird 6 (1968) respectively.
- Sophia Myles, Ron Cook, Lex Shrapnel, Bhasker Patel and Nicola Walker all appeared in the 2004 live-action Thunderbirds film, adapted from the series.
- The 2015 TV reboot, Thunderbirds Are Go, also includes several actors involved in Doctor Who and its spin-off materials, such as David Tennant, David Menkin, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Angel Coulby, Kayvan Novak, David Graham, Reggie Yates, Sandra Dickinson, Adjoa Andoh and Teresa Gallagher.
- Crew members Derek Meddings, Ian Scoones, and Michael Wilson also worked on both shows, as did writer Dennis Spooner.
- Lance Parkin includes the character Lady Penelope from Thunderbirds in the party scene from his Virgin New Adventures novel The Dying Days.
- John Peel is the author of Thunderbirds, Stingray, Captain Scarlet: The Authorized Programme Guide, as noted on the back of his Virgin Missing Adventures novel Evolution.
- Christopher Fowler, writing the foreword for Simon Clark's Telos novella The Dalek Factor, compares the Daleks to Thunderbird 2 in how familiar and iconic they are.
- The Second Doctor novel The Indestructible Man features many elements that were borrowed from three of Gerry Anderson's series: Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, and UFO.