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Marco Polo - S1-E4

Factual error: The story is set in 1289, when Marco Polo was anxious to leave China against Kublai Khan's wishes, so what's Polo doing on the Pamir Plateau?

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Marco Polo - S1-E4

Factual error: "Peking" is mentioned several times in this story, but this is an anachronism - this story is set in the year 1289 when Peking (now called Beijing) was known as "Khan-balik".

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Remembrance of the Daleks - S25-E1

Factual error: The events depicted are supposed to have taken place at the time of the broadcast of the first Doctor Who Story...Saturday 23rd November 1963 at 5:15pm. However, the non-wintry weather and the bright evenings don't fit late November/early December.

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Destiny of the Daleks - S17-E1

Factual error: Davros comments that, between them, the Daleks are carrying half a megaton of explosives - in other words, roughly twenty-five times more explosive force than the Hiroshima or Nagasaki bombs. An explosion of that size should cause enormous destruction (vaporizing everything within roughly two kilometers), yet when the Doctor detonates them they explode with about as much power as a small stick of dynamite each.

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The Mark of the Rani - S22-E3

Factual error: One of the characters in this story is called "Lord Ravensworth". Yet the story is set in 1813.and Sir Henry Liddell was not enobled and raised to the Peerage to become Lord Ravensworth until 1821 (eight years later).

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The Wheel in Space - S5-E7

Factual error: In the story "The Wheel In Space", it is claimed that a meteor shower has been diverted towards The Wheel by a star in the M13 Hercules Cluster going nova. As M13 is a galaxy some 34,000 light years away from Earth, it would have to be one almighty nova to affect the course of a meteor shower in our galaxy - due to the countless gravitational forces between M13 and the Milky Way - and been caused at least 34,000 years before the time of the story.

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The Tenth Planet - S4-E2

Factual error: During every outdoor scene in Antarctica, heavy blizzards are shown raging constantly. In reality, such blizzards are extremely rare at the South Pole, thanks to the almost total absence of precipitation Antarctica is effectively a desert, as the air is very dry: with very little moisture in the air, rain or snow is almost impossible.

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The Invisible Enemy - S15-E2

Factual error: Titan is depicted as a Moon-like landscape with no atmosphere. In actual fact, Titan has a nitrogen/argon atmosphere denser than Earth's, and a reddish-orange sky. This was detected almost thirty years before The Invisible Enemy was made, so somebody slipped up in doing their research.

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The War Machines - S3-E10

Factual error: This story is set in London in 1966 - the Post Office Tower was completed in October 1965). July 12th 1966 was a Saturday, not a Monday.

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The Curse of Fenric - S26-E3

Factual error: The story is set in 1943. Jean and Phyllis shouldn't readily know who Jane Russell is – she didn't become famous until her debut film 'The Outlaw' was a box-office hit after the war, three years later. [Although 'The Outlaw' originally had a limited release in the US (but NOT the UK) in 1943, it was quickly withdrawn by the censors and not released widely until 1946]. True, they could have read about this film in a newspaper or magazine, but considering the strict wartime censorship then in force, it is unlikely...

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The Romans - S2-E4

Factual error: Nero seems to be middle ages, but the historical Nero was 27 at the time Rome burned.

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The Dalek Invasion of Earth - S2-E2

Factual error: The Doctor states that the Daleks invaded Earth because it is the only planet with a magnetic core. In fact, every planet in the solar system has a magnetic core.

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The War Machines - S3-E10

Factual error: The story The War Machines is (probably) set in London in July 1966. At the time, England, and more specifically, London, was hosting the FIFA World Cup Soccer Tournament. Yet, you wouldn't know it from watching this Doctor Who story...Sir Charles Summers mentions July 12th (1966) which was the day after England played Uruguay at Wembley and the day before Mexico played France. The other matches involving those four were played in London during the time the events of The War Machines are supposed to take place, yet no mention is made of the fact, there are no foreign football supporters roaming the streets and no flags or posters on display. Did the story take place in an "alternate reality" London of July 1966?

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Silver Nemesis - S25-E3

Factual error: In 1638, a mathematician calculates that the asteroid will return in 350 years time, on the 23rd of November 1988. But in 1752, Britain's calendar was moved forward 11 days so that it matched with that of the Vatican. This means the asteroid would return on 4th December, so everything that is supposed to happen in this story after 1752 is 11 days out.

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The Caves of Androzani - S21-E6

Factual error: Sharaz Jek's monitor that displays the tunnels and his androids is inaccurate. The white blobs are, as we learn later, supposed to represent his androids. He tells the Doctor that the green area is held by the army, yet on the screen the green area is populated by androids, so they could not have had control.

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The Caves of Androzani - S21-E6

Factual error: When the Doctor is trying to land the ship, from the video screen it appears that they are moving towards the planet way too fast to make such a safe and quick landing. Also, the ship doesn't seem to have even penetrated the planet's atmosphere yet it lands seconds later.

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Earthshock - S19-E6

Factual error: As the spaceship approaches the Earth of 65 million years ago, the Earth looks very much like the present day one. Hasn't anyone heard of "continental drift"? The Earth's land masses of 65 million years ago were not where they are now. (This has been fixed on the DVD)

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Earthshock - S19-E6

Factual error: The Cybermen sets four explosive charges around the outside of the door, yet only the middle part of the door is damaged...

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The Pirate Planet - S16-E2

Factual error: While gravitational forces can be "balanced" between planets at very specific points, the notion of balancing them completely to cancel each other out everywhere, as depicted in the Captain's trophy room, is nonsense.

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The Time Warrior - S11-E1

Factual error: How did potatoes come to appear in a 12th century kitchen? The potato was unknown in England until Sir Walter Raleigh brought them from back from the Americas on one of his voyages in the late 16th century, at least 400 years after the period in which this story is set.

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The Gunfighters - S3-E8

Factual error: Billy Claiborne, the only member of the Clanton gang to survive the O.K.Corrall shoot-out, is conspicuous by his total absence in this story. Maybe that's how he survived?

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Four to Doomsday - S19-E2

Factual error: There are currently well over 700 different native Australian languages, and undoubtedly many more have been extinct for centuries. The chances of a 20th Century European-Australian such as Tegan being able to understand a native Australian language from around 35,000 years ago are so astronomical it is beyond belief.

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The Tomb of the Cybermen - S5-E1

Factual error: When the group divide up into parties, the leaader says they need to be at the rocket at 1630, so meet here at 1625. He then goes on to say that will give them an hour to look for anyone that's missing. The other actors seem to notice his mistake because they either look puzzled or look off camera, probably seeing if anyone would shout "Cut."

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Pyramids of Mars - S13-E3

Factual error: The Doctor states that the radio waves take two minutes to get from Mars to Earth. The time interval can vary dramatically depending on where the two planets are in their orbit. But at absolute closest approach, Mars is just over three light minutes from Earth.

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The Curse of Fenric - S26-E3

Factual error: When Kathleen's baby Audrey is revealed for the first time, the baby is clutching a "SuperTed" teddy bear (circa 1984). The story is supposed to be set in 1943...

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The Hand of Fear - S14-E2

Factual error: The nuclear physics in the reactor scenes is laughably incorrect.

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The Curse of Fenric - S26-E3

Factual error: During WW II there would not have been any road signs like the one in the story indicating the way to Maiden's Point: all such signposts were taken down during the war, to hinder the enemy in the event of an invasion.

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

Factual error: The Master states that Earth and its entire constellation were moved, but constellations are merely patterns of stars (as viewed from a given point, like Earth) that may be nowhere near each other - the Earth could not really be described as being in a constellation as any sort of specific entity that could be moved.

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The Masque of Mandragora - S14-E1

Factual error: Giuliano explains to Sarah that he thinks the world is round as though this were radical. But this was the common belief throughout the late Middle Ages. The argument was about how big the Earth was and the ignorance about the existence of a continent between Europe and Asia.

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The Masque of Mandragora - S14-E1

Factual error: Giuliano makes references to the invention of the telescope. Yet the invention of the telescope was at least a century after the events in the story and Galileo's experiments more than 50 years after that.

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The Ice Warriors - S5-E3

Factual error: The Doctor postulates that ammonium sulphide will poison the Ice Warriors because the Martian atmosphere is composed mainly of nitrogen. However, it is the EARTH's atmosphere that is mainly nitrogen (78%) whereas Mars' atmosphere is 95.3% carbon dioxide.

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Colony in Space - S8-E4

Factual error: The calendar which shows the date to be Monday, 2nd March, 2472, is two days out. 2nd March 2472 will be a Wednesday. And who made the calendar if the colonists left Earth over a year earlier?

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The Curse of Fenric - S26-E3

Factual error: As Jean and Phyllis run into the water to go swimming, they seem to be wearing dark shoes or sandals. But in most of their appearances as Haemovores later in the story, they are wearing bright white (and suspiciously modern-looking) sneakers/trainers.

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The Romans - S2-E4

Factual error: The geographical references in this story are somewhat suspect. Assissium is the modern town of Assissi, some 70 miles north of Rome and the same distance east from the sea. The Great Fire of Rome took place in July 64AD.

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The Chase - S2-E8

Factual error: In episode one, Abraham Lincoln seems to have affected a southern accent and put on some weight.

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Time-Flight - S19-E7

Factual error: The Pleistocene Period began around 1.8 million years ago, not 140 million years ago as stated.

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Black Orchid - S19-E5

Factual error: In episode 2, the policemen from 1925 recognise the TARDIS as a police call box, even though TARDIS-style police boxes weren't introduced until four years later, in 1929.

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The Tenth Planet - S4-E2

Factual error: In the first close-up view of Mondas, the planet is spinning rapidly so that we can see that its continents are identical to Earth's. But this would mean that Mondas is spinning on its axis once every few seconds - tens of thousand of times faster than Earth. This would be such a fast rotation that the planet would not be able to hold together under the centrifugal force.

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The Talons of Weng-Chiang - S14-E6

Factual error: When The Doctor questions the arrested Chinaman in the Police Station (in episode one), the Doctor claims to be able to speak several Chinese dialects. What the Doctor actually says to the Chinaman is "How Are You?" in Cantonese, but the rest of what the Doctor says is completely improvised gibberish that SOUNDS Chinese, but is, in fact, complete nonsense.

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The Curse of Fenric - S26-E3

Factual error: The Naval base that features in "The Curse of Fenric" is supposed to be on the coast of North East England. (A line of dialogue in the story refers to Maidens Bay - two miles from the base - as being in "Northumberland". Yet all the maps and charts on the walls are of the coast of South-East England (Sussex and Kent in particular) which is 250 miles from where the story is supposed to be set.

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The Talons of Weng-Chiang - S14-E6

Factual error: The Doctor mentions at one point in the story that he had once been fishing in the River Fleet with the Venerable Bede. The Venerable Bede was a distinguished 7th century scholar, who lived his entire life at Jarrow, on Tyneside, and never at any time came to London.

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The Ice Warriors - S5-E3

Factual error: It is stated that removing all the plants caused carbon dioxide levels to drop. But plants absorb Carbon dioxide so removing them would create an increase.

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Underworld - S15-E5

Factual error: While it's true the centre of a planet would have no net gravity, the weightless condition would be everywhere, not concentrated in a convenient shaft.

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Factual error: The Doctor meets Jamie at a time after the Battle of Colloden. But, in "The War Games," Jamie says he met him in 1745. Colloden took place in 1746.

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The Green Death - S10-E5

Factual error: When the inside of an Apple is exposed to the air for about fifteen minutes it oxidises and goes brown, but Jo's breakfast Apple goes brown by the end of the scene. (This is assuming she wasn't deliberately eating a brown apple.)

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The Underwater Menace - S4-E5

Factual error: In Episode 3, Zarof fires a gun. The muzzle is seen and a sound is heard but the gun doesn't move and there's no smoke or bullet, no flash or anything at all.

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The Three Doctors - S10-E1

Factual error: 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.

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