Factual error: Colonel Mace says the Sontaran ship is orbiting 5,000 miles (8,050 km) above the Earth. However, in shots of and from the ship in both this episode and "The Sontaran Stratagem", the Earth appears far too small for the ship to be that close, with the ship's true distance appearing to be well over double that. (00:08:34)
Continuity mistake: When the Doctor activates the teleport, Donna is onboard the Sontaran ship, holding a cell phone in her left hand. When she arrives in the basement of the ATMOS factory, she's holding the rubber mallet in her left hand, and her right hand is empty, with the phone nowhere to be seen. (00:32:40)
Continuity mistake: When Donna is sneaking around the Sontaran ship, she's carrying Martha's old phone, which she's using to stay in touch with the Doctor, and the rubber mallet from the TARDIS. There are times when one of the two objects, the phone more often, is missing from her hands with no explanation.
Continuity mistake: When Donna suggests that she distract the next guard using her "womanly wiles", she flips her hair behind her shoulder. In the next shot, when the Doctor tells her to save her wiles for later, the hair has spontaneously moved to its former position. (00:19:35)
Other mistake: Martha falls into the bog and Hath Peck rushes down to help her. She calls out "Help me, Peck!" but the subtitles read "Help me peg!" This is just one of many errors in this series' subtitles, which seem to have been added by listening to the dialogue without reference to the script. (00:26:30)
Continuity mistake: When Robina Redmond is announced, and Lady Eddison says, "She's the absolute hit of the social scene - a must," in the first shot, Lady Eddison is standing close enough to her wheelchair-bound husband to cast a shadow on him. In the second shot, the distance between them has suddenly increased. (00:05:10)
Continuity mistake: After questioning the houseguests, the Doctor and Agatha are talking. She uses the phrase "little grey cells", and the Doctor responds, "Oh, yes, little grey cells. Good old Poirot." When he does this, he's holding a saucer in his left hand and rests a teacup he's holding in his right hand atop it, as he turns toward the chair that the suspects were sitting in. In the next shot, as he walks over and sits in the chair, he is suddenly holding the teacup and saucer in his right hand, with his left hand in his pocket. (00:13:55)