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 in 1989. The short story PROSE: 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, its like Doctor Who" referencing the Tenth Doctor and the Meta-Crisis Tenth Doctor seen in that story.