Doctor Who

Season 2 generally

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.

New Earth - S2-E4

Trivia: It was so hot inside the Duke of Manhattan's costume that his fat suit had its own cooling system.

New Earth - S2-E4

Trivia: The scene on the ladder had to be shot carefully, as it was only big enough for three people.

The Satan Pit (2) - S2-E12

Trivia: The Ood were originally going to be another species from the planet Raxacoricofallapatorius, home of the Slitheen.

Army of Ghosts (1) - S2-E15

Trivia: Freema Agyeman, who later played Martha Jones, plays Adeola in this episode. Russell T Davies later said that by the time he came on set and saw her performance, she had already shot her death scene - if she hadn't, he would have rewritten the episode so that she survived to become the next companion. Hence why Martha references her cousin Adeola in "Smith and Jones."

Tooth and Claw - S2-E5

Trivia: The original plan for the episode was that the Doctor and Rose would both (in-universe, obviously) fake Scottish accents, and both drop them when things started getting interesting, leading to the locals realizing that they weren't who they claimed to be. The discovery that Billie Piper could not do a Scottish accent to save her life changed that quite quickly, although she did get to demonstrate her bad accent on-screen when Rose attempts to do one, and is swiftly told by an appalled-sounding Doctor to stop. As a final note, the Scottish accent that the Doctor puts on isn't actually David Tennant's real accent - it's a different Scottish accent.

Love & Monsters - S2-E13

Trivia: When Elton and Ursula come back after their "storming out" because Ursula forgot her phone, if you look closely, the headline on the newspaper Victor is reading says "Saxon leads in polls" - a sneaky reference to the villain of the next season, Harold Saxon... Better known as the Master.

School Reunion - S2-E6

Trivia: Filming of this episode was delayed for several reasons. One was that the school that they were filming in was discovered to have asbestos just after they started, so they needed to find a new place. And in the scene in and outside of the cafe, filming was delayed when several drunk people wandered onto the set and started messing everything up.

Fear Her - S2-E14

Trivia: The 11th episode of series 2 was originally going to be a story written by Stephen Fry, set in the 1920s. However, most of the special effects budget for the episode wound up being used for "The Satan Pit", so Fry's episode was bumped to series 3. "Fear Her" was commissioned as a last-minute replacement, and with intentionally minimal special effects. Fry's episode wound up never happening because he didn't have the time to rewrite it with Martha as the companion instead of Rose.

Fear Her - S2-E14

Trivia: The episode takes place in late July/early August, but was actually shot in February. The Doctor's early line where he wonders what is making it so cold, as well as the Isolus pod's heat-sink abilities, were added to cover for why people's breath is visible in outside scenes.

Love & Monsters - S2-E13

Trivia: Elton's line of "We've even got a bit of a love life" was controversially received as his lover Ursula was a head stuck in a paving slab, and the only kind of sex life they could have was oral sex. Russell T. Davies defended this, saying it was a harmless joke that children would not understand.

The Impossible Planet (1) - S2-E11

Factual error: The Doctor (and the staff on the station) refer to the idea of a planet being in orbit around a black hole as 'impossible'. It is not. Gravity (and physics in general) works perfectly well outside of the event horizon. For all practical purposes - regarding orbiting around it - the black hole might as well be any other object, as long as it has an equal mass. (00:07:15 - 00:08:30)

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Season 1 generally

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?

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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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