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
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
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.
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 tons...it is not something that you can just pick up and carry away. Also, in 1943 weren't the Russians on 'our side'?
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.
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?
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
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...).
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
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...
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.
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.Daz
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.
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...
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.
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".DaveJB
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.
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'?
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.
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.
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.
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. However...it was a certain J.Milton Hayes who wrote those lines, and many years AFTER the period in which this story is set.
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.
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.
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...
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'.
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.).
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..
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?
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
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.