Behind the scenes Edit
Both Doctor Who and Coronation Street started in the 1960s, have had notably long runs and have entered into British culture as television institutions.
In the late 1980s, Doctor Who aired opposite Coronation Street, which is often considered a factor in the show's decline and cancellation. The short story Christmas Special includes a reference to this situation.
Coronation Street has included the odd reference to Doctor Who over the years, especially since the show returned in 2005. The young boy Simon Barlow is a Doctor Who fan. He made reference to Journey's End when he saw two men who looked similar to each other. He said "there's two of them, it's like Doctor Who" referencing the Tenth Doctor and the Meta-Crisis Tenth Doctor seen in that story.
The 2006 episode The Idiot's Lantern is set in Florizel Street, which was the original planned name of Coronation Street.
In the Doctor Who Confidential instalment, 'Ello, 'Ello, 'Ello, Derek Jacobi stated that one of his ambitions since the 1960s has been to take a part in Doctor Who and Coronation Street. As of 2017[update], he has still not yet been asked to appear in the soap opera.
Many actors have appeared in both Doctor Who shows and Coronation Street. The most notable examples are Katherine Kelly, who played regular, Becky Granger, on Coronation Street and Class main character Miss Quill, and Bruno Langley, who played a regular, Todd Grimshaw, on Coronation Street and the short-lived companion Adam Mitchell on Doctor Who.