The Lord of the Rings was a book series by J. R. R. Tolkien. I.M. Foreman had been reading The Lord of the Rings shortly before meeting the Eighth Doctor. She said that it was very long, but she liked the final line. When the Doctor mentioned travelling with someone named "Sam", Foreman was reminded of a character from Rings. The Doctor, for his part, was reminded that Fitz had been talking about Rings. (PROSE: Interference - Book One)
While working at a garden centre, Fitz had a conversation with a woman and convinced her that the character of Frodo had been named after a woman with whom Tolkien had had a relationship. (PROSE: The Taint)
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- Individual characters from The Lord of the Rings have also been referenced. Rose Tyler once called Chip "Gollum", (TV: New Earth), and the Eleventh Doctor mistakenly called himself "Gandalf", whilst actually describing Yoda, from Star Wars, (TV: Meanwhile in the TARDIS) and Ram Singh compares April MacLean's situation to Frodo. (TV: Brave-ish Heart) None explicitly make the connection between these characters, and either J. R. R. Tolkien's books or the film adaptations, however, although Ram identifies Frodo as coming from an "old movie" his dad Varun Singh likes.
- Actor Ian McKellen dressed as Gandalf in the 50th anniversary story, The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, referencing filming on The Hobbit.