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The Sound of Drums (2) - S3-E12

Factual error: When introducing himself to the Toclafane, President Winters refers to himself as "President-elect of the United States of America." President-elect is the title given to the victor of an American presidential election who has not yet been sworn in, between early November and January 20. This was a mistake on Russell T Davies' part, as he was under the impression it was a longer, formal title for the American president. (00:37:40)

The Sound of Drums (2) - S3-E12

Factual error: The army shoot at Martha's car and you can see sparks where the bullets bounce off her windscreen. But, at that close range, one of those things can go through a brick! I know you're supposed to allow a bit of disbelief, but this is taking it too far.

The Sound of Drums (2) - S3-E12

Continuity mistake: When the Master stands up on the Valiant to announce that he is the Toclafane's "Master", President Winters is visible in the background, only the Toclafane aren't there. In the next shot, they return, buzzing around Winters' head.


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Suggested correction: This seems to be caused by angles - the Toclafane are floating fairly high up, around the level of Winters' shoulders and above, but the Master is lower down. Hence, why they're not visible in the shot.

The Sound of Drums (2) - S3-E12

Factual error: When they are running over the bridge, supposedly in London, you can see the Heddlu sign on the police station (Heddlu is Welsh for police). You can also see a Cardiff bus at the bus stop underneath.

The Sound of Drums (2) - S3-E12

Continuity mistake: When Martha starts to phone her family, after the Doctor warns her not to tell them anything, as she snaps in response, "I'll do what I like!", in the first shot she's holding her phone away from her body, but in the second shot it's jumped to her ear. (00:14:25)

The Sound of Drums (2) - S3-E12

Continuity mistake: When Jack tells Martha they have to ditch her car after escaping from the Master's thugs, the position of her hands on the steering wheel changes between shots. (00:17:05)

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The Sound of Drums (2) - S3-E12

Continuity mistake: After the Master calls Winters "the last President of America", in a shot from behind him and Lucy, he has his hands by his sides. In the next shot, facing them, the Master has his hands clasped behind him. (00:31:35)

The Sound of Drums (2) - S3-E12

Continuity mistake: When the Doctor fixes Jack's vortex manipulator so they can escape the silo, Martha and Jack are holding the lab door mostly closed against a horde of Futurekind. In the shot where the trio time-travels away, the Futurekind, some of whom had stuck their hands through the gap in the door, are missing. (00:00:40)

The Sound of Drums (2) - S3-E12

Continuity mistake: At the beginning of the Cabinet meeting, when the Master says, "Thank you. Thank you, one and all," in a wide shot, he turns his head to his right. In a close-up immediately afterwards, his head is facing straight ahead. (00:04:00)

The Sound of Drums (2) - S3-E12

Continuity mistake: During the Cabinet meeting, when the Master stands up as he says, "That wasn't funny," in a shot from behind he places both hands on the table as he rises. In the next shot, facing him, his right hand is suddenly by his chin. (00:04:10)

The Sound of Drums (2) - S3-E12

Continuity mistake: When the Doctor talks about how the Master was always sort of hypnotic, in a wide shot, Martha is sitting on the end of her couch, with her hands loosely folded, with her left hand on top. In the shot of her where she says she was going to vote for Harold Saxon, her right hand is on top. In the next wide shot, her hands have reverted to their original position. (00:12:05)

The Sound of Drums (2) - S3-E12

Continuity mistake: On the Valiant's bridge, when the Doctor is telling Martha and Jack about his plan to slip one of the perception filter keys around the Master's neck while holding his key, the position of the key changes in his hand, from being held by the wide end to being held by the narrow end. (00:37:15)

The Satan Pit (2) - S2-E12

Doctor: So, that's the trap. Or the test or the final judgment, I don't know. But if I kill you, I kill her. Except that implies, in this big grand scheme of Gods and Devils, that she's just a victim. But I've seen a lot of this universe. I've seen fake gods and bad gods and demi-gods and would-be gods - out of all that - out of that whole pantheon - if I believe in one thing... Just one thing... I believe in her.

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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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Chosen answer: The Master knows that deep down, he deserves death for the crimes that he's committed throughout his life, and since he regards The Doctor as his arch-foe, he expects it to be at his hands. The fact that The Doctor is still willing to forgive him for all of his crimes hurts him more deeply than death would.

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