Rip Van Winkle was a fictional character known for sleeping for a long time.
In 2070, when the Second Doctor guessed that the year was 2050, Jack Hobson commented to the rest of the Moonbase crew that "we've got a proper Rip Van Winkle here." (TV: The Moonbase)
In 2096, Mrs Craig called the Doctor "Doctor Rip Van Winkle". (PROSE: The Indestructible Man)
In the 22nd century, Fitz Kreiner, seeing how quickly Robertson and Caroline Arquette had become friends, felt like Rip Van Winkle waking from a long sleep. (PROSE: Fear Itself)
Van Winkle worlds were Earth colonies inhabited by humans who had been frozen for the interstellar journeys. (PROSE: The Highest Science)