Doctor Who

Remembrance of the Daleks - S25-E1

Corrected entry: We know the episode takes place on 23 November, 1963 because the first episode of Doctor Who is about to come on TV when Ace leaves the room. JFK was assassinated less than 24 hours ago, and nobody seems to be affected. Granted, the military characters have other things on their minds, but none of the civilians wear black armbands or even mention that the biggest news story of the year that just happened.

Captain Defenestrator

Correction: You said it yourself: the people have other things of importance to worry about. This is set in London, where the reaction would not have been as significant as in America. It is set in a school where the lessons would have gone on as normal. At most there would be some discussion in an assembly.

Full Circle - S18-E3

Corrected entry: Romana gives the TARDIS's weight as five million kilograms in the planet's gravity. This is totally inconsistent with the TARDIS's weight in the rest of the series - for instance, in the third Doctor's time, a few soldiers were enough to lift it. And it can't be because of the planet having high gravity, as the Doctor and Romana would have been killed and K-9 crushed whenever they went outside the TARDIS.

DaveJB

Correction: There is no mistake. The outside has always weighed less than the inside, just like the outside is always smaller than the inside. It's outside weight it dependent on it's chameleon camouflage, but in this episode they're taking about the interior weight. There have been episodes where people were unable to pull it if the chains were on in inside and in the episode Castrovalva, the weight of the TARDIS is much greater than 5 million kg. If that immense weight was always the case, it would crash through the floor of many locations where it materialised.

Bishop73

Planet of the Daleks - S10-E4

Corrected entry: The Doctor followed the Daleks to Spiridon but then is shocked to see the Dalek at the end of episode one.

Correction: The Doctor is shocked by the Dalek as the Dalek is invisible, and the Doctor, to this point, is unaware that Daleks can be invisible.

Earthshock - S19-E6

Corrected entry: At the end of this story, Adric dies when he tries to prevent a Cyberman-controlled freighter from crashing into the Planet Earth. He became the first Doctor Who companion to be killed in the series.

Correction: It was Katarina, and Sarah Kingdom, (both from the original, first doctor series) who were the first to die. Katarina, being ejected into space, and Sarah Kingdom being aged to death by the Dalek's time destructor's field.

Earthshock - S19-E6

Corrected entry: Although the Cybermen view a clip of the second Doctor - taken from "The Wheel in Space" - the Cybermen refer to it as if it is taken from "Tomb of the Cybermen, a completely different Doctor Who/Cybermen story.

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Correction: The Cyberleader says that this form of The Doctor foiled them in "Tomb of the Cybermen." The main point being to show which Doctor, not the actual event. As long as it's the second Doctor, any footage they have will do.

Captain Defenestrator

100,000 BC - S1-E1

Corrected entry: When Ian is trying to make fire with the sticks, he makes the rubbing motion while holding the sticks very far apart from each other. As the fire starts to light, he finally brings them together so that they are touching.

Correction: This isn't an error. He's not rubbing the two sticks together, he's using one as a bow to turn the other one very quickly. The friction (and heat) is on the base the vertical stick is pressed against. See http://www.wikihow.com/Start-a-Fire-with-Sticks for a detailed explanation.

Planet of Giants - S2-E1

Corrected entry: At the end of episode two, when the sink is emptied, the plug is placed on the bench. In the reprise for episode three, the plug is put back in the sink (thus enabling the miniaturized travellers to escape).

Correction: The Doctor notes that the plug was replaced when the flow of water is cut off.

Terror of the Autons - S8-E1

Corrected entry: When McDermott is being 'engulfed' by the black plastic chair, you can quite see him pulling it down on top of himself.

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Correction: This scene was actually shot backward to create a realistic-looking struggle. So in no way is the actor pulling the chair onto himself but he is legitimately pushing it away.

The War Games - S6-E7

Corrected entry: In episode seven the Doctor says that he is sending Zoe and Russell back to the 1917 (World War I) zone, but instead they arrive in the American Civil War zone.

Correction: It wouldn't be the first time he's got the cordiates wrong.

Josman

The Dominators - S6-E1

Corrected entry: The chart of the radiation on the island is wrong. The dialogue says it has steadily decreased over the past 172 years then suddenly disappeared. But the chart says it initially dropped rapidly for a few years, then started to fall at a slower rate for about a hundred years, then changed again and dropped to zero over fifty years. However, the way radiation disperses is anything but steady. It will continually slow down in its dispersal, forming a curve on a graph.

Correction: Actually, radiation will decay from an atomic bomb explosion at varying rates, depending upon which radioactive elements are dominant.

The Claws of Axos - S8-E3

Corrected entry: The Nuton power complex contains a cyclotron which, Winser explains, can accelerate atomic particles to the speed of light and beyond. There's even an instrument which measures the effect, with a scale marked in "x light". Unfortunately, relativity states that you can't accelerate particles to the speed of light (let alone beyond it), because at that point the particles would have infinite mass.

Matty W

Correction: There is a theory that a cylinder of sufficient density would cause light to loop around it and accelorate. The particles wouldn't be breaking the local speed of light but would be breaking the universal one. The cylindrical nature of the chamber may generate this effect. This is science fiction so you have to assume that scientists found a way around the problem.

Josman

Planet of the Spiders - S11-E5

Corrected entry: Near the end of episode five, Tommy rescues the Doctor and Sarah from the cellar. The spider-controlled men pursue and start banging on the cellar door. When they do, it wobbles quite a bit.

Correction: Doors often wobble if hammered on, particularly old ones. Not a mistake.

Josman

Spearhead From Space - S7-E1

Corrected entry: The Brigadier met the Doctor previously in 'The Web of Fear' and 'The Invasion', both Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton) stories. In 'The Web of Fear', the TARDIS was trapped in the tunnels, not to be seen until the end of the story...and in 'The Invasion' the TARDIS was invisible. So how does the Brigdier know that the Police Box is anything but an emergency phone booth?

Correction: At the end of The Invasion, the departure of the TARDIS, now visible in its normal police box form, is seen by UNIT's Captain Turner. As the Brigadier's right hand man, I'm pretty sure that Turner would relay the information about the TARDIS's appearance back to the Brigadier.

100,000 BC - S1-E1

Corrected entry: During the long continuous hand held shot of Ian and Barbara exploring the junk yard in episode one, the cameraman trips, making the image jump up and down.

Correction: This happens in the unaired pilot, not the broadcast episode.

The Gunfighters - S3-E8

Corrected entry: The Clantons are amazingly bad shots. The Earps walk slowly down the street at the start of the climactic gunfight and don't get hit even once by the hail of gunfire.

Correction: Johny Ringo instructs them beforehand to start shooting before the Earps are within range.

Josman

Timelash - S22-E5

Corrected entry: Why would H.G. Wells understand the word 'screen' as used to mean computer monitor screen? The modern computer as we know it didn't exist in H.G. Wells' lifetime.

Correction: Not in that context, but "screens" were used in the 19th century to project images, including the first moving pictures.

Timelash - S22-E5

Corrected entry: It is claimed in "Timelash" that the young H.G. Wells was a teacher. In 1885 (when he is supposed to have encountered the Doctor and Vena), he was apprenticed to a draper in London. He didn't become a teacher until after he had gained a BSc in zoology and geology at university in 1888, three years AFTER the period in which this story is set.

Correction: Not quite. Wells was released from his apprenticeship in 1883 and was a student/teacher until 1887, fitting with this timeline.

Genesis of the Daleks - S12-E4

Corrected entry: When the Doctor, Harry and Sarah are viewing the meeting on the monitor, a scientist suddenly appears to Gharman's left when Davros starts to speak.

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Daz

Correction: Some seconds pass between the two images. Moreover, the problem shot is over the shoulder of the scientist in question and it is difficult to tell from that angle, how close he is to Gharman.

Genesis of the Daleks - S12-E4

Corrected entry: When Davros moves around in his chair, look closely at his stomach and you can see his body rotating. This is the actor pushing the chair with his feet, but Davros is supposed to be paralysed below the waist.

Daz

Correction: While this is an accurate description of what is seen on screen, the extent of Davros' injuries are never clarified. It is never stated that he is paralyzed. It's not impossible that he retains some function in his legs and uses them to drive the chair. After all, he never operates the chair with his arm.

Genesis of the Daleks - S12-E4

Corrected entry: Davros is supposed to be a brilliant scientist, solely responsible for the creation of the Daleks and their programming. Programming the Daleks to accept him as their leader would be the absolute first thing he would do, and it's clear that the Davros death scene was only done for dramatic effect.

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Daz

Correction: Davros didn't program the behaviour of the Daleks into them (remember that they're not robots) - rather, he altered the genetic structure of the Dalek creatures to make them emotionally underdeveloped. Besides, much of the story is based around Davros's arrogant and delusional nature (he probably assumed that the Daleks would blindly obey him anyway), so it's not really a plot hole that he failed to realise that the Daleks would become treacherous.

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