Chris wrote:Prior to this episode, honestly, I kind of felt like New Who has been very hesitant to acknowledge the past and anything pre-2005. Which was explanation enough for McGann being ignored every year.
Then this episode happened... and now I don't know.
We've had plenty of instances where the past is made relevant: Doctor (images & memories), 5th Doctor, Daleks, Cybermen, Sarah Jane, K-9, The Master, Silurians, Sontarans, UNIT, Ice Warriors, The Great Intelligence, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, the Macra, Autons, etc etc etc.
Over in Sarah Jane Adventures; Trickster, Jo Grant & the Brigadier were all brought back (maybe more, I haven't seen many episodes).
I think the show has done quite well recognizing the past. If anything it's those silly TV 'specials' that air that only acknowledge RTD forward that dismisses the past.