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The Lie of the Land - S10-E9

Corrected entry: When Bill asks the Doctor to tell her if his cooperation with the Monks is a trick or an illusion while holding him at gunpoint, she's holding the pistol in a two-handed grip. When the camera cuts to the Doctor as he lies that it isn't a trick, and then back to Bill, she's suddenly holding the gun with one hand. (00:18:15)


Correction: The problem is this doesn't occur in consecutive shots. After the first closeup of Bill there's a shot facing the Doctor as he says, "It's not a trick. It's not a plan. I have joined the Monks," and in that moment Bill has ample time to simply lower her arm/hand. No continuity issue in this sequence of shots.

Super Grover

If you look really carefully at the shot immediately after the first one, facing the Doctor, Bill's hand, holding the gun, is visible - and she's only holding it in one hand in that shot as well.


I've got it playing now as I'm typing. I understand what you're saying, but compare this shot to the prior shot from a similar angle, right after Bill has taken the gun, just as the Doctor says, "Bill, put...put the gun down," then she replies, "I'm serious, Doctor." Here we can see Bill's right hand high on the gun's grip, with her left support hand quite a bit lower, and it's at the same height as her right sleeve at the wrist. Now if we look at the specific shot we're talking about, we really can only see Bill's right hand because the shot cuts off at the bottom of the screen, so we can't even see that sleeve or her left hand. It's offscreen.

Super Grover

Asylum of the Daleks - S7-E2

Corrected entry: In the scene when Oswin is putting timber boards on the door. She puts 5 boards on the door, then we see her baking a dish, she puts the dish in the bin. She then checks the door, and there are now only 4 boards.

Correction: SPOILER: None of what we see of Oswin is real. She is really a human turned into a Dalek, but her mind created a fantasy where she was never turned. So every time we see Oswin it is just her imagination.

Planet of the Ood - S4-E3

Corrected entry: You learn that there are three different types of Oods you can purchase: The Normal Slave, The Charming Slave, and The Comedy Slave. The Comedy Ood said "D'oh" when he was talked to, which is a reference to Homer Simpson's catchphrase in the famous comedy show The Simpsons. However, this is in 4126 A.D., so how could they possibly remember a character in a TV show that was over 2000 years ago? Even assuming that this show went on for another 100 years, which is unlikely, it would still not make any sense. And it's not even that a few people remember such an ancient show, it's everyone in the room (they all laugh when they hear this) - which consists of approximately 20 people. We can't even remember characters from 20 years ago (well, most of us), so the fact that they could remember Homer Simpson is a mistake.

Correction: This is entirely your opinion. The Iliad and the Odyssey are epic poems, written, rather appropriately, by Homer, that are dated to nearly 3000 years ago and are still known today - the Iliad was recently adapted into the film Troy. There are Latin phrases used 2000 years ago by the Romans that survive in the language today. Numerous phrases from Shakespeare, written a mere four hundred years ago, are regularly used and recognised by the general public and there's no reason to think that we'd suddenly stop using them now; likewise many of his characters remain in the public consciousness. And with modern technology it's now far easier to preserve modern-day entertainments like The Simpsons for future generations to watch. So there's plenty of precedent for a catchphrase surviving far into the future.


Rise of the Cybermen (1) - S2-E8

Corrected entry: When Rose is telling the doctor about Mickey's past, she tells him that his mother couldn't cope when he was a baby and he was brought up by his gran. Yet when she thought Mickey had been killed in the first episode, "Rose", she says she will have to tell his mum - with no mention of his gran.

Correction: Rose states in this episode that Mickey's gran died while she was still at school, several years earlier.

The Christmas Invasion - S2-E2

Corrected entry: A few times it is possible to see the Major's epaulettes. The symbol is a crown as in the British army. But seeing as Unit is a United Nations organisation (it stands for United Nations Intelligence Taskforce), an officer would have no reason to have a crown symbol on his epaulettes.

Correction: The United Nations has no military forces of its own, it seconds troops from member states. These troops wear UN insignia relevant to their mission (e.g. UNPROFOR in the former Yugoslavia) but their rank insignia is from whatever military organisation they belong to - in this case a British Army Major.

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Corrected entry: Season 2: Episode 10 - Love and Monsters: Elton said that when he was young, he went downstairs and found the Doctor there. However, the Doctor has only looked like he does now for maybe a year or less because he keeps regenerating and changing his looks, so when Elton saw him he should have looked completely different.

Correction: The whole time travel thing's really passed you by, hasn't it. The Doctor can show up practically anywhere and any when he wants to.


Correction: There are other clocks of a very similar design, which have been available for years.

The Pilot - S10-E2

Corrected entry: Bill grabs an umbrella as a makeshift weapon before entering the bathroom of her flat. After she enters and finds the bathtub wet, the umbrella has vanished. (00:24:20)


Correction: We see the umbrella leaning against the towel rack at the wall beside the bathtub. Bill placed it there while offscreen at the start of the closeup of the tub drain, before her hand appears.

Super Grover

Rewatched the scene and spotted the reclusive brolly - you are, indeed, correct.


The God Complex - S6-E12

Corrected entry: At first, the Doctor finds his room and it is number 11. When the Minotaur is chasing after them, and they hide in the Doctor's room, the number on the door is 7, not 11. (00:31:15 - 00:38:15)

Correction: They didn't hide in the Doctor's room, they hid in Amy's room. That room was number 7 because her greatest fear is her when she was 7 years old, waiting for the Doctor - but he never comes back. The Doctor defeats the Minotaur by realizing Amy's greatest fear and then breaking her absolute faith in him. The fact that they hid in Amy's room is key to the Resolution of the episode's plot.

Correction: Perhaps she dropped it in the time stream.


Correction: This is alien technology. There is also no way these suits should fit around these aliens but they do.

Correction: Estimates of time do not count as mistakes. You need to give a confirmed time or this is not a mistake.

Flesh and Stone (2) - S5-E5

Corrected entry: On screen, when Amy is blind and surrounded by Angels, the Angels move very slowly. However, in the episode "Blink", the Doctor says that Angels are faster than the eye can see. Even if they were damaged Angels, they would still move much faster than they did in the scene, as other damaged Angels were seen, and one moved about 50 metres in the blink of an eye.

Correction: The angels have fallen for the Doctor's bluff and still think that Amy can see them, so are moving carefully to avoid risking being seen.

Captain Defenestrator

Love & Monsters - S2-E13

Corrected entry: During the part where Elton is describing his first time seeing the Doctor in the downstairs of his house, he states he is 3 or 4 years old, however the Doctor they show is the 10th Doctor, David Tennant, when it should be the 9th Doctor, Christopher Eccelston, since that scene was a flashback of most likely around 20 years ago, which is before the 9th Doctor reincarnated into the 10th.

Correction: The Doctor is a time traveller though. Even though the flashback occurred 20 years ago, the 10th Doctor obviously travelled from modern day to 20 years back in the TARDIS.

Casual Person

Correction: The US uses both green and red exit lights.


The Age of Steel (2) - S2-E9

Corrected entry: Lumic is dying and wants to gain immortality though Cyber-conversion. So why does he insist on having the entire populace converted too? To control them? But he can already control everyone through the earpods! It makes no sense.

Correction: Like many villains, he thinks he knows what's best for humanity better than they do. He believes that cyber-conversion is what the human race needs, even if they don't know it and resist the change.

Captain Defenestrator

Correction: His tastebuds were new and adjusting from his regeneration. He could have tried them again and learned to like them.

Captain Defenestrator

Daleks in Manhattan (1) - S3-E4

Corrected entry: When The Doctor, Martha, Solomon, and Frank first enter the sewers, Frank mentions, "You could hide a lorry down here." Lorry is a British term, not an American one. Because this story is set in the United States, he should say, "You could hide a truck down here."


Correction: Frank says "you could hide an ARMY down here".


Correction: Caucasian babies are almost always born with blue eyes. Eventually, they turn to the color that they'll remain for the rest of their lives. Typically within 9 months, however, it's been reported happening as late as age 2. Baby Rose is about 20 months old at this time (According to her bio at Tardis Index File, anyway), so it's possible her eyes haven't changed yet.

Captain Defenestrator

Flesh and Stone (2) - S5-E5

Corrected entry: In "Blink" the angels are unable to move at times when no one's watching them. The explanation being that the audience are. But in "Flesh and Stone" the angels are able to move on screen.


Correction: This is a stylistic choice by the programme makers. In "Blink", the Angels were not seen to move directly - while the choice was made in that episode to present the actions of the Angels as if the audience were observers, this is purely for dramatic purposes; the audience are obviously not, in fact, present. In the later episodes, this conceit was dispensed with, allowing the Angels to be seen to move directly when no character was able to observe them.


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New Earth - S2-E4

Continuity mistake: As the camera zooms out when Rose is captured and Cassandra is about to "go" into Rose, the psychograft disappears, but in the next shot of Rose it appears again. (00:11:45)


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Trivia: "Torchwood" is an anagram for Doctor Who. Russell T Davies came up with it during the filming of Series 1 to label the tapes in order to prevent theft and potential leakage, and decided to use the name in the show proper.

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Question: 1. Why was Rose not allowed to touch her past self without creating a paradox and causing those creatures to appear and eat everyone, but Amy was allowed to touch her younger self without any repercussions? 2. Why was Rose able to have the time vortex in her head for a few minutes and it only knocked her unconscious whereas the Doctor had it inside him for about 30 seconds and it basically killed him and caused his regeneration?


Chosen answer: 1) When Stephen Moffat took over he ignored a lot of what had been developed before (there is not in-universe answer). 2) It would have killed Rose, so the Doctor absorbed the energy. His body regenerated before the energy could do a significant amount of damage that would prevent regeneration.

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