Doctor Who

The War Games - S6-E7

Corrected entry: After the second doctor's regeneration, the TARDIS lands in a field with trees around it. When the third doctor comes out of the TARDIS, the background changes completely.


Correction: Correct me if I'm wrong here, but doesn't the Third Doctor not actually appear at the end of "The War Games"? As I understand it, the serial ends with Two being punished by the Time Lords by being made to regenerate, but the results of the regeneration aren't seen until Three arrives on Earth at the beginning of "Spearhead from Space."

The Three Doctors - S10-E1

Corrected entry: It's stated that Omega caused the black hole when he created a supernova. Supernovas don't cause black holes, they're created by huge stars imploding.


Correction: Basic lifecycle of extremely massive stars: they're born, they live for several million years, they die in a large supernova. There are two potential outcomes of a supernova: the creation of a pulsar or neutron star, or the creation of a black hole, depending on how massive the original star was. So yes, black holes are indeed created in supernovas.

The Caves of Androzani - S21-E6

Corrected entry: When the Doctor says "Adric?" during the regeneration sequence, his mouth does not move.

Correction: It is possible to say the name "Adric" without moving your lips.

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.

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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.


Correction: There is no mistake. The outside has always weighed less than the inside, just like the outside is always smaller than the inside. Its outside weight is dependent on its chameleon camouflage, but in this episode they're talking about the interior weight. There have been episodes where people were unable to pull it if the chains were on 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.


Referring to the new series, in the Twelfth Doctor episode "Flatline", the Doctor outright says that if he landed the TARDIS on Earth at its full weight it would crack the planet's crust.

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.

That's true. It is worth noting that Adric was the first long-term companion to die, as both Katarina and Sara Kingdom were around for less than a full serial. However, serials of that era were pretty long, so they were still around for a decent number of weeks.

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.


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.

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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 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.


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 coordinates wrong.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.



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.

100,000 BC - S1-E1

Corrected entry: The tribe that Doctor Who meets is definitely Caucasian in appearance, which rules out Asia and the Americas as possible locations. Modern humans didn't reach Europe until around 30,000 years ago, so the date implied by the title is wrong. Also, the tribe is definitely NOT Neanderthal, as they apparently didn't have a tribal system.

Correction: It is never explicitly stated that the location is on Earth. It could be the Stone Age of a different planet.

The Invisible Enemy - S15-E2

Corrected entry: In episode three, Leela collapses before K-9 shoots her, causing the CSO'd blast beam to miss her by a considerable margin.

Correction: The script specifies - and if you look closely, the action confirms - that Leela jumps out of the way of K-9's show but hits her head on the wall, knocking herself out.

Delta and the Bannermen - S24-E3

Corrected entry: Why would a US satellite launch be "history in the making" in 1959? The first American satellite to reach earth orbit (Explorer I) was launched in early 1958.

Correction: By 1959, the US had only launched five satellites, of which two had failed. A satellite launch would still be novel enough to be "history in the making".

The Curse of Fenric - S26-E3

Corrected entry: When Ace is decending the ladder, a camera shot on her legs reveals that her grey skirt has changed to grey pin striped trousers.

Correction: This is impossible to tell as it correspond to a single close-up of Ace's knee. It look like her skirt is just pulled tight across the knee as she climbs down the ladder.

The Curse of Fenric - S26-E3

Corrected entry: The idea of using the Ultima machine to translate the Viking inscriptions (expressed by both Judson and Millington) makes no sense. Translating a language has nothing in common with deciphering an encrypted message, and a computer would be of no help at all in "decoding" a message in an unknown language.

Correction: If the machine were fed the right language, as it could be from Wainwright's grandfather's translation, it could do so. After all, ULTIMA was designed to translate messages in German.

The Curse of Fenric - S26-E3

Corrected entry: When the Russian soldiers are running to save Ace from the Haemovores, the shadow of somebody can be seen casually walking in the opposite direction.

Matty W

Correction: This shadow is from a wisp of smoke/mist which rolls onto screen just afterward.

The Curse of Fenric - S26-E3

Corrected entry: The reason for the presence of Russian soldiers in this story, is that they have invaded the Naval base to steal the ULTIMA code breaking machine. However, it is not explained how they propose to get it back to Russia in their little rubber dinghy. The ULTIMA machine fills a whole room, and weighs several is not something that you can just pick up and carry away. Also, in 1943 weren't the Russians on 'our side'?

Correction: Judson and Millington seem to indicate the the Russians will merely steal the core of the ULTIMA machine, which would be easily transported. As for the second point, it is stated plainly and more than once that the conflict anticipates the coming Cold War between the Soviets and the West.

The Curse of Fenric - S26-E3

Corrected entry: In episode 3, as Sorin leads his men through the graveyard (just before he sees Ace being attacked), they somehow manage to avoid seeing the group of Haemovores which are plainly visible in the background, attempting to break through the church door.

Correction: They see them, as evidenced by Sorin's glance in their direction and their keeping in cover. They just decide to avoid them until they see Ace.

Remembrance of the Daleks - S25-E1

Corrected entry: The events of this episode take place in Nov 1963, the same time as "An Unearthly Child." However, the schoolchildren are now wearing uniforms and the full name of the school on the sign is Coal Hill Road Shoreditch Secondary School instead of merely Coal Hill School.

Correction: The first episode was broadcast in November 1963, but that does not necessarily mean it was set on that date. For example, the vicar said that the Doctor's voice had changed since he last met him (referring to his regeneration) meaning that the events of Remembrance of the Daleks took place after the First Doctor had left. Othewise, the First Doctor's Tardis would have been in the junkyard. This means that between the events of An Unearthly Child and Remembrance of the Daleks, some time has elapsed which means that the school name & uniforms could have changed.

The Trial of a Time Lord 13-14 (aka The Ultimate Foe) - S23-E4

Corrected entry: Does the Inquisitor have the authority to tell the keeper of the Matrix to take anything he needs to repair the Matrix? And if anarchy has broken out on Gallifrey, why would its repairs take priority?

Correction: It is implied that she is in control of the space station. More importantly, the Matrix is the key to Time Lord power. In the episode, the Master cites his control of the Matrix as justification for ruling Gallifrey. Restoring it would be the first step toward restoring Time Lord power.

Remembrance of the Daleks - S25-E1

Corrected entry: When Ace is yelling at Mike for being a stinking dirty scumbag (the second time), she's supposed to be very angry. However, it's plainly clear that she's doing her best not to laugh. Near the end of the scene, she has a grin breaking through, and you can see her actually smirking as she runs off screen.

Matty W

Correction: Ace was emotionally upset because of Mike, so was probably trying her best not to cry, which can be mistaken as laughter.

Attack of the Cybermen - S22-E1

Corrected entry: The TARDIS comes under "enormous g-force", implying it is free falling through an atmosphere. However the Doctor later says something about it not begin able to breathe in a vacuum, with would imply they were still in space. (However, planets aren't the only things to produce gravity, suns also do, but suns tend to be fairly hot, and nothing is said about heat...).

Correction: The TARDIS is not falling through an atmosphere (if it were, the Doctor and Peri would be floating inside). It is accelerating out of control.

The Time Warrior - S11-E1

Corrected entry: It's an unexplained mystery as to how Irongron's men managed to get Linx's ship into the castle cellar without taking out half the wall or even denting the ship's bodywork...

Correction: Considering that Linx's ship is in need of massive repair, it's not unreasonable that he could have taken it apart for transport.

The Twin Dilemma - S21-E7

Corrected entry: As the Doctor and Peri prepare to go out onto the asteroid surface for the second time, the Doctor again heads for the door without operating the control. Thankfully, Peri says something else and the Doctor turns back for a few more lines, before finally going back to the console and hitting the real door control.

Matty W

Correction: The Doctor is still mentally unstable so may have simply forgotten to open the door.

Earthshock - S19-E6

Corrected entry: Why are several Cybermen left behind on the freighter, some of them still dormant? (They're revived by accident, it appears.).

Correction: When the Doctor disabled the bomb the Cybermen were planning to use to devastate Earth, they had to improvise a new plan that involved crashing the freighter into Earth. The freighter's escape pod could only carry the Cyberleader and a few others, and the Cybermen army hidden on the freighter was expendable, hence why they were left behind.

Logopolis - S18-E7

Corrected entry: Peter Davison's hair is blonde, however when he has just regenerated from Tom Baker, it is dark black.

Correction: And what does this reveal, exactly? His body's just been effectively torn apart and reconstituted and it's established that the regeneration energies remain in the body for several hours after the event. Hardly unreasonable, given that he doesn't establish anything even close to equilibrium for some considerable time after the event, that, when we see him post-regeneration, his hair colour, which, by the way, is hardly dark black, more a light brown, might not quite have settled down yet.

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The Dalek Invasion of Earth - S2-E2

Corrected entry: The Doctor suddenly gains his coat after Baker gets him off the operating table.

Matty W

Correction: A significant amount of off-screen time happens before the Doctor is seen again - enough for Baker to grab the coat off the floor and put it back on the Doctor.

The Dalek Invasion of Earth - S2-E2

Corrected entry: Notice at the beginning of Episode 3 Dortam is playing with only white chess pieces on the board.

Matty W

Correction: It is difficult to tell, but the pieces are white and gray. Notice that there are two queens on the board, which would be impossible if the pieces were all white.

The Green Death - S10-E5

Corrected entry: A calendar seen in the story is for February 1972. (It is a leap year...there are 29 days on the calendar, and February only has 29 days once every four years). However, an ambulance seen later in the same story has an "L" suffix on its licence plate. "L" suffixes were only issued for the period 1 August 1972 to 31 July 1973, so the calendar must be months out of date...

Correction: Maybe no-one remembered to turn the calendar to the new month?

The Two Doctors - S22-E4

Corrected entry: The effect of the brain scanner is flat to the screen, which is fine when looking straight at the Doctor. However we then see it from an angle, and the effect is still flat to the screen. These means it moves from scanning straight across his neck, to going from right shoulder to left ear.

Correction: The intent is that the brain scan is a cone of energy emitted by the small probe tip centered on the box. From any direction, a cone will look flat.

The Caves of Androzani - S21-E6

Corrected entry: When Morgus is talking with Stotz on the com link, the blindfolded Doctor is obviously visible on the display standing behind Stotz. Yet Morgus only notices him about a minute into the conversation, as if he's only just appeared.


Correction: This is a deliberate dramatic choice. The idea is that Morgus is fixated on the spectrox deal and only noticed the Doctor when he is placated.

Four to Doomsday - S19-E2

Corrected entry: When Adric and Nyssa go to the library on Monarch's Vessel, the life support system is off. Later when the Doctor is in there the life support system is on.

Correction: Bigon turns the life support on.

Destiny of the Daleks - S17-E1

Corrected entry: This episode has a number of people who die unconvincingly, but none more so than the first guy in white to be killed by the Daleks. He lowers his head so slowly to the ground it seems he's afraid a hair will fall out of place. He can be seen breathing afterwards too, if you look at his stomach.


Correction: Considering that we find out later that Lan isn't dead, this isn't really a goof.

The Claws of Axos - S8-E3

Corrected entry: In episode 1, as Filer is driving along in his car, listening to the radio, notice that through the window to his right you can see a blue CSO screen which is completely blank – the superimposed backdrop that should be there is completely missing...

Correction: It's not blue, but a washed-out gray - the same color as the cloudy sky in the location shots.

Meglos - S18-E2

Corrected entry: Much is made of the fact that Tigella revolves anti-clockwise, as though that was unusual. Eight of the nine planets that orbit our Sun revolve anti-clockwise. The one exception is Venus, and it revolves so slowly clockwise (a mere 4mph) that it is barely rotating at all.

Correction: Romana is talking nonsense to the Gaztaks to buy time to escape.

City of Death - S17-E2

Corrected entry: In episode 3, there are no crowds outside the Louvre when the Doctor runs up to it (just two gendarmes). It seems unusually quiet for the what the Doctor described earlier in this story as "the most famous art gallery in the universe"...

Correction: We only see a close-up of one entrance, not a wide-shot. And given that the prize of the Louvre collection has just been stolen, it's likely that the Louvre is closed to tourists.

The Creature from the Pit - S17-E3

Corrected entry: Neutron stars are one step away from being Black Holes. Anything such as Erato's ship approaching one would be dragged down to its surface and instantly crushed by enormous gravitational forces. It is therefore impossible to catch a Neutron Star in a net...

Correction: A typical neutron star is a long way from being a black hole (a couple of solar masses away), and neither neutron stars nor black holes suck orbiting objects into them unless they are within the event horizon.

The Curse of Fenric - S26-E3

Corrected entry: Thanks to a strong wind, as Ace is at the top of the ladder, we see her underpants. Notice that they are black. When she gets to the bottom of the ladder, a Haemovore grabs her around the waist, catching his claw in her skirt. Not only do we get a long look at her suspenders and knickers for a second time, but we can see that they are now white.

Correction: On the dvd when ace is at the top of the ladder there is no wind so her skirt does not blow up to expose her underwear.

The Curse of Fenric - S26-E3

Corrected entry: When Jean and Phyllis go into the water they have skirts on. When they come out of the water they not have interesting haircuts, but also are now wearing trousers.

Correction: On the DVD Jean and Phylis are wearing trousers before and after they go in the water. The new hairstyles are due to both girls being possessed by the curse of Fenric while they were in the water.

The Deadly Assassin - S14-E3

Corrected entry: Sorris (the guard sent to kill the Doctor) is shot in the shoulder, but dies clutching his stomach.

Correction: The guard doesn't clutch his stomach, he just falls over.

Matty W

The Stones of Blood - S16-E3

Corrected entry: At the start of the story 'The Stones of Blood' there are three Ogri. One falls off a cliff, but later there are still three Ogri.

Correction: The Doctor only mentions three, acknowledging the one destroyed. Only two attack the circle, only two attack the campers, only two return to hyperspace with Vivian, one is destroyed by the Megara, the other follows Romana to Earth and back to the ship. There are never three seen after the one tumbles off the cliff.

The Monster of Peladon - S11-E4

Corrected entry: Eckersely - who supposedly knows the mines better than even the natives of Peladon - drags the queen through the same set twice - once each way.

Correction: Duplicate entry.

Matty W

100,000 BC - S1-E1

Corrected entry: Before Ian gets zapped by the console, somebody in the studio calls out a cue, which can be heard on the soundtrack of this episode.

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

Inferno - S7-E4

Corrected entry: When he meets the Doctor for the first time, the Alternate version of Stahlmann refers to Lethbridge-Stewart as "Brigadier", even though his rank in this universe is "Brigade Leader".


Correction: Stahlman mumbles the line somewhat, but he's definitely saying "Brigade Leader."

Planet of the Spiders - S11-E5

Corrected entry: Neither the humans nor Spiders use the word "Spider", instead referring to them as "Eight-Legs". But when the colonists go off to attack the Spider lair, you can hear some of the extras shouting "Death to the Spiders" instead of "Death to the Eight-Legs".


Correction: That's the entire point of the scene. They are rebelling against the spiders and using the forbidden word as an act of defiance.

City of Death - S17-E2

Corrected entry: 'City of Death' is set very definitely in Paris in 1979. There's even location filming in Paris to establish this (it was the first time ever a Doctor Who story was filmed outside the UK). Yet EVERYONE in this story speaks English. Even the TV News report in the cafe (reporting that the Mona Lisa had been stolen) was in English. Couldn't the film makers find anyone in Paris who spoke French? After all there's about two million people to choose from.

Correction: The Doctor has the ability to understand any language (not all aliens speak English), a timelord ability that is extended to anyone who travels with him. Thus, Romana would have the same ability and other companions who are not from Galifrey would be able to share it. This fact is established by the Doctor himself in a later story.

Season 20 generally

Corrected entry: The Cyber leader (black handlebars on the head) is seen being destroyed by the raston robot. It is then seen following the master accross the chess-board. The master then kills it, yet it is later seen giving the order to blow up the TARDIS.

Correction: There are three cyberleaders in 'The Five Doctors'. Each one controls a team of cybermen. Admittedly it is a little confusing as the same actors play each cyberleader and cyberlieutenant.


The Caves of Androzani - S21-E6

Corrected entry: After Stotz and his men cut through the cockpit door, the reverse shot reveals the door to be mad of polystyrene and obviously not out of proper aviation materials of any sort.

Correction: Duplicate mistake.


The Trial of a Time Lord 13-14 (aka The Ultimate Foe) - S23-E4

Corrected entry: The first time the 2nd Mr. Popplewick refers to the 1st Mr. Popplewick, he calls him the 'Very Junior Mr. Popplewick'. Then, for the rest of the scene he is simply referred to as the 'Junior', not the 'Very Junior'. Then the 2nd one refers to himself as a SENIOR clerk, implying there are two of them. So why say the 'Very Junior'?

Correction: They are meant to be confusing.

Arc of Infinity - S20-E1

Corrected entry: In episode 4, the Doctor Who producer at this time (John Nathan-Turner) can be seen passing behind the telephone box as the Doctor is consulting the phone book. (He's the one wearing a sheepskin coat). Nathan Turner wandered into the shot while he was "shooing" away "rubberneckers" who had gathered to watch the filming. Nathan-Turner subsequently claimed that his appearance in this Doctor Who story was a deliberate Alfred Hitchcock-style cameo...but was it? It could have been simply Nathan-Turner trying to 'cover up' the mistake.

Correction: It could have simply have been the "rubberneckers" ruining John's cameo.

The Leisure Hive - S18-E1

Corrected entry: In episode 4, when the Doctor ages and de-ages, isn't it strange that his hair also ages and de-ages accordingly, but his clothes do not?

Correction: Clothes dont age.

The Talons of Weng-Chiang - S14-E6

Corrected entry: There is more than one giant rat in the sewers, so what happened to the rest of them?

Correction: If you listen carefully, the rats only survive because of Weng-Chiang's tinkering with their biology and constant feeding. They will presumably starve to death without him.

The Talons of Weng-Chiang - S14-E6

Corrected entry: When Doctor Who tried to light the fuse of the 'gas bomb' he has constructed with a "Lucifer" match, watch carefully. The first match snaps in two without lighting; the second match lights...but also snaps and falls to the floor. The Doctor only successfully lights the fuse at the THIRD attempt.

Correction: But he *does* light it with the third match. Lots of people have trouble striking matches - especially 19th century ones. More trivia than a goof.

The Talons of Weng-Chiang - S14-E6

Corrected entry: When the gang of Weng-Chiang's henchmen attack Bullard (the Hansom Cab Driver), the Doctor and Leela go to his rescue. However, Bullard is set upon by FOUR the end of the scene, the Doctor and Leela chase away FIVE henchmen.

Correction: Actually, Bullard is set upon only by Mr. Sin. The thugs then show up to drag him away - a four man job. It's quite possible a fifth man was in the vicinity keeping watch or something and joined in when the fight broke out (the filming is confused and chaotic making it impossible to keep track of all the combatants).

The Robots of Death - S14-E5

Corrected entry: In episode three, after SV7 leaves Toos' quarter, we see Leela banging on the door of the lounge. Just after the scene starts, the gold statue in the foreground lights up as thought the lighting cue came in a bit late.

Correction: It could have been on a movement sensor, and the delayed reaction was due to the sensor not picking up the movement soon enough.

Mad Ade

Colony in Space - S8-E4

Corrected entry: The reel-to-reel tape recorder seen in this story is wonderfully anachronistic. The first cassette and cartridge tape players/recorders were invented some eight years before this story was made and were already being sold in Britain.

Correction: According to others on this board, this episode takes place in the 25th Century, at which time ANY 20th Century recording device would be anachronistic. The argument of technological advancement could be used against the original War of the Worlds because we now know there aren't any Martians. (Are there?) I think this mistake should be junked.

Bob Blumenfeld Premium member

The Time Warrior - S11-E1

Corrected entry: The English county of "Wessex" ceased to exist after the Norman Invasion in 1066. This episode is set in the 12th century (and Irongron specifically references the Normans), so the use of Wessex is an anachronism.

Correction: The earldom of Wessex ceased to exist, but the name would not have simply vanished from the language, even though it no longer referred to a specific political entity. It is, in fact, still in use today to describe the appropriate area.

Tailkinker Premium member

Planet of the Daleks - S10-E4

Corrected entry: The entire "running out of oxygen" plotline in episode one creates numerous contradictions with previous episode. We have seen the TARDIS materialize on the moon, in space and in other environments without oxygen so it must have its own air system. In addition, the TARDIS has been established to be vast, making it highly unlikely one comatose time lord could use up the entire air supply.

Correction: The plant thing growing on the door is sucking the oxygen out of the TARDIS.

The Talons of Weng-Chiang - S14-E6

Corrected entry: When the Doctor recovers from being made unconscious as a result of the Dragon Ray, he suddenly sits bolt upright, and says to Litefoot and Jago: "There's a one eyed yellow idol to the North of Khatmandu. There's a little marble cross below the town." "Kipling?", Litefoot asks. "Harry Champion, 1920", replies the Doctor. was a certain J.Milton Hayes who wrote those lines, and many years AFTER the period in which this story is set.

Correction: This isn't the only occasion where The Doctor just makes something up. I believe it was supposed to be "impishly amusing" rather than incorrect.

Show generally

Corrected entry: Throughout the show, the doors on the inside of the TARDIS (white with circular panels) are different from those on the outside (usually blue police box doors). Numerous shots disprove the notion of two sets of doors. The most obvious incident is the shot near the beginning of the Sensorites that tracks out through the TARDIS doors.

Correction: The TARDIS exterior is an automatic "mask" for what is inside, that changes to fit the surroundings (it broke and got stuck as a police box.) When the doors are opened, both the inside and the outside of the doors appear from the outside to match the exterior appearance otherwise opening the door would spoil the illusion.

Dan Moat

The Mind of Evil - S8-E2

Corrected entry: In episode 3, the Master has the Doctor brought to his office and proceeds to inform him that he intends to steal the "nuclear" weapon from UNIT. Yet it had been quite stated on several occasions that it is a GAS weapon, not 'nuclear'

Correction: The missile is a nuclear-powered gas weapon.

The Ice Warriors - S5-E3

Corrected entry: Penley says they is no way of knowing the cause of Jamie's paralysis. The cause should be fairly obvious...Jamie was shot. How could Penley miss that - or is a bullet hole not obvious enough?

Correction: Jamie was shot with a sonic gun (and a glancing blow at that) not a projectile weapon. So there would be no visible wound and Penley probably doesn't understand the Martian weapons well enough to know what damage they may have done.

The Web of Fear - S5-E5

Corrected entry: When talking about 'underground trains', the Doctor says that this is 'a little after your time, I think, Victoria'. As Victoria comes from 1866 he's wrong: the first underground line (between Farringdon and Edgware Road) opened in 1863, so Victoria would have been around at the time.

Correction: More of a character error. The Doctor said he "thought" they were after Victoria's time, not that he "knew" they were.

Show generally

Corrected entry: Lady Cassandra (the skin woman) is claimed to be the last remaining human, but in previous stories set at the end of the world (The Ark and Frontios) other, normal looking humans are seen.

Correction: She actually says that she is the last 'pure' human, all the 'others' were 'mongrels' in that they had bred with other species.

Survival - S26-E4

Corrected entry: When Ace watches Kara approaching the lake, look closely, and you will see the power lines in the background of the (supposedly primitive) Cheetah Planet. The Cheetah people don't seem to have discovered electricity, so why the need for overhead power lines?

Correction: The power lines are probably remnants left behind behind the people who tried to colonise the planet before finding themselves "bewitched" by it (just like the remnants of buildings that the Master shows the Doctor).

The Curse of Fenric - S26-E3

Corrected entry: The baby, Audrey, is revealed in a plot twist in episode 4 to be Ace's mother. However the baby in this story was, in fact, the son of the landlord and landlady of The Bush Hotel on Shepherd's Bush Green, a few minutes' walk from the Doctor Who office and frequently visited by the production team. Despite advances in 'test tube baby' technology, no male child has yet given birth, and thereby become someone's mother...

Correction: Come on, this requires behind-the-scenes knowledge. As far as the *audience* is concerned, the baby is a girl. The fact that she was played by a baby boy is trivia, not a goof.

Colony in Space - S8-E4

Corrected entry: The Master calls the enquiry a "tribunal". How can it be if there's only one of him? Tribunals tend to be made up of three people, hence the name..."tri" meaning "three"

Correction: The word "tribunal" originally referred to the court presided over by an ancient Roman magistrate known as a "tribune", and has nothing to do with having three people on it.

The Twin Dilemma - S21-E7

Corrected entry: Azmael keeps a slug-killing potion hanging around, but never thinks of using it. With the plot of this story involving killer slugs (OK, slug-like giant gastropods), wouldn't it make sense to use anything handy that could kill "slugs" before they kill you?

Correction: Killing Mestor was impossible, as he shielded himself from the Doctor's initial attempt (only being killed on the second go as he was controlling Azmael at the time), and would presumably have done the same had Azmael attacked him. And killing the other Gastropods would have achieved nothing, as Mestor would have either killed him or had the Jocondans kill him.


The Happiness Patrol - S25-E2

Corrected entry: Why does the Patrol shoot Silas P? They know who he is, so shooting him makes no sense.

Correction: Quite simply they don't like him much, this is shown by the fact that the patrol leader refers to him by name, also he was unhappy when the patrol turned up therefore in breach of the law.

The Happiness Patrol - S25-E2

Corrected entry: Why does the Doctor need to ask the forum doorman whether Ace is performing tonight, when he's standing right next to a big poster of her with "Tonight at the Forum" emblazoned right across the top?

Correction: Because people DO ask questions like this, especially if they're not paying attention. I work for an online retailer whose "Free Shipping on orders over $49" offer is on every screen of our website, and I still take 10 calls a day from people asking "How do I get the free shipping?"

The Krotons - S6-E4

Corrected entry: The Doctor says he isn't a Doctor of medicine, but in the earlier story 'The Moonbase' he said he was sure that he was medically qualified.

Correction: The Doctor studied medicine under Joseph Lister in 1885. While he presumably hasn't taken the exams required to officially become an MD, he does have the skills to be considered qualified.

Terror of the Autons - S8-E1

Corrected entry: The only surviving Nestene control sphere has changed colour. It was previously red-pink but is now light blue. Except in the scene where the Master brings the first Autons to life, when it is pink...

Correction: The Nestene sphere is light blue because it is inactive, it becomes pink when the master "wakes it up".

Underworld - S15-E5

Corrected entry: A newly formed planet would be molten rock for several million years and thus totally impossible for human life to exist on (or in). Any spaceship caught up in such evolutionary processes would be crushed immediately.

Correction: This anomaly is explained within the story. The "planet" has formed by the gravitational effect of the ship attracting a build-up of rocks and debris around the outside of it.

Show generally

Corrected entry: When Doctor Who mentions his age, it seems to vary enormously between stories. In 'The Tomb of the Cybermen', the Doctor (Patrick Troughton) tells Victoria that he's 450 Earth years old (Since Gallifrey's other qualities are Earth like, and since the Doctor continually boasts of his age to humans, we might assume that there's not much difference between Gallifreyan and Earth years). However, by the time of 'Time And The Rani' (in "real time" 20 (Earth) years later) the Doctor (now Sylvester McCoy) claims that his age is '953'.

Correction: The fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) went on a midnight errand during his first story "Robot" - the results of this undocumented adventure came back to haunt him in Leela's first story "Face of Evil". Therefore the 30 year chronicle of his adventures is incomplete and his personal timeline (and age) is not tied to ours.

The Trial of a Time Lord 13-14 (aka The Ultimate Foe) - S23-E4

Corrected entry: The Doctor states that Gallifrey has no crown jewels, but here are a few items we have seen: 1 - The sash of Rassilon 2 - The staff of Rassilon 3 - The crown that gives the President access to the Matrix. 4 - The coronet of Rassilon (although this may have been lost.).

Correction: The term "crown" implies royalty. Gallifrey is ruled by presidents rather than kings and queens. Therefore the relics of Rassilon don't count, as he wasn't a king as such. The Doctor is splitting hairs, of course, but then the Sixth Doctor was a very pedantic incarnation.

The Brain of Morbius - S13-E5

Corrected entry: At the climax, the Doctor and Morbius engage in a mental duel. When the Doctor appears to be losing, the faces of the First Doctor appears, followed by several other adult male faces in various period clothing. The suggestion appears to be that these are previous incarnations of the Doctor prior to William Hartnell's version. Indeed, this was the idea at the time the story was broadcast (the faces themselves were those of various production members). However, if the William Hartnell incarnation was not the first Doctor Who, but the fourth (at least) that goes against the entire continuity of every Doctor Who story..

Correction: There are unknown faces shown, but Morbius was a Time Lord, too; they are HIS past incarnations.

The Green Death - S10-E5

Corrected entry: When Jo is calling for help she keeps saying "Calling Greyhound One..." then when Benton answers he says "Station to Greyhound One." which one of them is "Greyhound One", Jo - or Benton?

Correction: Answer: neither of them. The callsign 'Greyhound One' is actually the callsign of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, who uses it in at least two stories ('Invasion of the Dinosaurs' and Season 25's story 'Battlefield'). So why is Benton answering using the Brigardier's callsign? Hasn't he got one of his own? Perhaps that's another error althogether...

The Curse of Fenric - S26-E3

Corrected entry: Commander Millington should not have been wearing a moustache. King's Regulations of the 1939-45 period required Royal Navy officers and personnel to have either a full beard and moustache...or else to be clean shaven. Moustaches only were NOT permitted.

Correction: This is another of Millington's attempts to identify with 'the enemy', as can be seen with his office.

Image of the Fendahl - S15-E3

Corrected entry: These events take place on Lammas Eve, 31st July, yet everybody in the bar Leela visits wears winter clothing and the woods are shrouded in mist. It must have been the coldest July on record...

Correction: Perhaps it was. England is not known for its summery spells. This could also have been influenced by the Fendahl.

The Trial of a Time Lord 13-14 (aka The Ultimate Foe) - S23-E4

Corrected entry: In episode 13, Glitz refers to the bronze coloured metal that decorates the court room as Maconite, saying it is very valuable. But in episode 14, he refers to a Maconite overcoat, meaning a form of restraint. The question is, why would you make straight jackets out of valuable metals?

Correction: I think the Maconite he's referring to is actually a type of wood; therefore the 'Maconite Overcoat' would be a coffin.

Battlefield - S26-E1

Corrected entry: A round of drinks costs £5, which the Doctor pays for with a £5 coin. The £5 coin became legal tender in 1990 but is only minted occasionally in commemorative issues...they are not actually used as currency. (They could be, but as commemorative issues, they are worth more than their face value). After the £1 note was replaced by a coin in 1983, the £5 note was expected to be replaced at any time. Instead, the Bank of England introduced a £2

Correction: This may be well and true, however this all happened after the show was cancelled (in 1989). You can't really call this a mistake just because the writers failed to predict the future.

Survival - S26-E4

Corrected entry: How is it that The Master recognises the Doctor, despite never having seen him before in his seventh (Sylvester McCoy) regeneration/incarnation?

Correction: It's been stated that Time Lords are partially telepathic "at least with each other" (stated by Dr. 4 in The Deadly Assassain). The Master probably recognized the Doctor by this telepathy. Otherwise, in a society that uses regeneration, people would have a hard time recognizing each other.

Time and the Rani - S24-E1

Corrected entry: In an earlier episode the Doctor states that he is about three hundred years old, in this episode however the pin code on the Rani's door is three digits long and starts with nine, to which the doctor responds "hmm, that's our age." he can't have aged that much as none of his companions aged more than a couple of years.

Correction: Bear in mind that this is a show about time travel. The Doctor has many adventures off-camera as well, and although it's implied otherwise, there's no saying that companions aren't occasionally dropped off and picked up again later, making it entirely possible for decades or centuries to pass for The Doctor between adventures.

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