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Rounding up the Bad Wolf references in Doctor Who

May 22nd, 2005 (02:40 pm)

Something that’s really setting the Doctor Who fan community alight are continued references, at roughly one per episode, to a “Bad Wolf”. Quite what these repeated comments are referring to is a complete mystery — albeit one that’s destined to become clear in the penultimate episode of the series, which it has now been announced is also called "Bad Wolf".

So far, we’ve seen or heard the following:

1) In Rose, the Nestene Consciousness quite clearly shrieks the words “Bad Wolf!” as the Tardis is revealed (the Doctor says it has recognised the Tardis as “superior technology”).
2) In The End of the World, the Moxx of Balhoon mentions to the Face of Boe that they are facing “the Bad Wolf scenario”.
3) In The Unquiet Dead, psychic scullery maid Gwyneth tells Rose that she’s seen the darkness in her mind — “the big bad wolf”.
4) In Aliens of London, a young boy tags the Tardis with the words “BAD WOLF” in white paint.
5) In World War Three, the American newsreader is identified as Mal Loup — at least, on the website version (requires RealPlayer). I didn’t see any such identification on the broadcast version.
6) In Dalek, the call sign of Van Statten’s helicopter is identified as “Bad Wolf One”.
7) In The Long Game, The Face of Boe announces his pregnancy on Bad Wolf TV. </i>
8) In Father’s Day, the words “BAD WOLF” reappear in graffiti form — this time on a poster promoting a rave (Energize, to be held on 20 November 1987).

I missed the reference in The Empty Child, so I'm still trying to find that one out. Fascinating to try and find each week, and rewarding careful viewing. As to what it all means - I have no idea.

But I can't wait to find out.


Posted by: Jason Grey (foenix)
Posted at: May 22nd, 2005 07:03 am (UTC)

Oooooh. Nifty.

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: May 22nd, 2005 07:09 am (UTC)

And there's subtle little other references throughout the series too - like when the Doctor's chasing a pig at one point.

Posted by: Jason Grey (foenix)
Posted at: May 22nd, 2005 07:12 am (UTC)


My only gripe with this is that these sound like a lot of unrelated references, instead of actively building up to something.

Posted by: 4thdixiechick (4thdixiechick)
Posted at: May 22nd, 2005 08:12 am (UTC)

OK, I haven't seen any episodes of the new series (damn you, American TV!), so this is the wildest of wildest guesses.

Instances 1 and 4 directly refer to the Tardis, or perhaps someone aboard the Tardis. In Little Red Riding Hood the wolf disguised himself as the harmless grandmother in order to get Red Riding Hood, so perhaps the latest Doctor is really the Bad Wolf in disguise to get Rose? Stretching, I know; but isn't the latest Doctor one more generation than Time Lords are usually allowed?

Maybe I should just shut up about this until I've seen at least one episode of the new series!

Posted by: Speaker-to-Customers (speakr2customrs)
Posted at: May 22nd, 2005 08:17 am (UTC)
Angel of the Morning 2

but isn't the latest Doctor one more generation than Time Lords are usually allowed?

No, there are four more incarnations to go after this one.

Posted by: 4thdixiechick (4thdixiechick)
Posted at: May 22nd, 2005 08:53 am (UTC)

thanks for the clarification

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