The Tenth Doctor came up against the Judoon in the 19th century. Many events in this encounter were mirrored in the novel. He later came across a man who had read it and compared the events of The War of the Worlds to what was happening around them. (PROSE: Revenge of the Judoon)
When the Eleventh Doctor briefly suspected an alien invasion, Rory was not so sure such an event would begin at a small farm. The Doctor thought it worth noting that the original War of the Worlds book began at Horsell Common. He jested with Rory, implying that the events of the story were true, but quickly admitted he was kidding. (PROSE: Heart of Stone)
Behind the scenes
- Wells' The War of the Worlds, the first major novel of alien invasion and possibly the first to try to realistically envision alien life, inspired future science fiction to a great degree, up to and including Doctor Who. The Daleks have a certain similarity to Wells' Martians.
- One of the actors in Orson Welles' radio adaptation, George Coulouris, guest starred in the 1964 story TV: The Keys of Marinus.
- The title to the comic story War of the Words is a reference to this book.