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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

Other mistake: In episode seven, Kublai Khan refers to backgammon as a game of cards....obviously he's not an experienced backgammon player.

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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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100,000 BC - S1-E1

Revealing mistake: Susan is supposed to be running through a forest. It is painfully obvious that, in fact, she is simply running on the spot against a back-projected film, and the branches that hit her are simply studio stagehands, hiding just out of shot, hitting the actress with twigs.

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Inside the Spaceship - S1-E3

Revealing mistake: You can see the studio floor in the "white void" outside the TARDIS door in early shots during episode one of this story.

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The Daleks - S1-E2

Visible crew/equipment: About 90 seconds into Episode Two, the shadow of the boom mic crosses Ian's face.

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100,000 BC - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: When Ian and Barbara enter the TARDIS for the first time, Susan operates the door switch. Later on, when the Doctor electrocutes Ian, he uses the exact same switch.

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Matty W

The Keys of Marinus - S1-E5

Plot hole: Yartek tried to disguise himself as Arbitan, by wearing Aribtan's robes, and pulling the hood over his giant rubber head. Strangely enough, no-one seems to notice that "Arbitan" is now suddenly speaking with completely different voice, and now has a two-foot-tall-head.

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100,000 BC - S1-E1

Character mistake: When Ian is trying to escape from the Tardis in episode 1, he says, "He closed the door from over there, I saw him." Although it is in fact Susan who closed the door.

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Marco Polo - S1-E4

Continuity mistake: The caption slide at the end of episode two reads: 'Next Episode: The Cave of Five Hundred Eyes'. While the title slide comes up at the start of episode 3, it simply says "Five Hundred Eyes".

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Inside the Spaceship - S1-E3

Other mistake: William has a bit of a nightmare, completely throwing the others during one scene by saying the same line ("It's not very likely") twice, and fumbling the line "You knocked both Susan and I unconscious". He also omits the scripted explanation for the melted clocks.

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The Daleks - S1-E2

Visible crew/equipment: The boom mic shadow makes an apperance in Episode Two, moving across the console as the Doctor suggests abandoning Barbara.

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The Daleks - S1-E2

Revealing mistake: In episode six, Ian helps Barbara get a grip on the rock and piece of the polystyrene pops off in his hand.

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The Daleks - S1-E2

Continuity mistake: In episode three, Temossus claims the Thals have been travelling for four years. But in episode five, Ganatus claims it is one year.

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The Daleks - S1-E2

Revealing mistake: In episode one, when Ian notices the breeze, a wide shot of the forest shows the background dropcloth is moving.

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The Daleks - S1-E2

Revealing mistake: The supposedly heavy statue Ian drops down the lift to destroy the pursuing Dalek in episode four wobbles when he first touches it.

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The Keys of Marinus - S1-E5

Revealing mistake: In episode one, the Voord that falls down the pyramid shaft is very obviously a cardboard cutout.

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The Daleks - S1-E2

Revealing mistake: Toward the end Episode Two, when Susan opens the TARDIS doors, the console wobbles.

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The Daleks - S1-E2

Revealing mistake: In the Dalek city, it is unfortunately obvious that the "tunnels" behind the actors are just photographic blow-ups, as you can see the bottom of the wall meeting with the floor.

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100,000 BC - S1-E1

Visible crew/equipment: The boom mic makes an quick appearance about 18 minutes into episode one. It is in the upper left corner when the camera switches from a close up of the Doctor and Susan to a medium shot of all four characters.

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The Daleks - S1-E2

Revealing mistake: There are numerous scenes where the background Daleks are blown-up photographs. The most obvious is in episode five when the Daleks are discussing the radiation drugs.

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The Keys of Marinus - S1-E5

Visible crew/equipment: In episode one, when the Doctor is near the pyramid, someone's leg can be seen just before the shot ends.

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The Daleks - S1-E2

Continuity mistake: The Dalek the crew ambush in episode three has a magnetic block in its sucker and, after the attack, a mud-covered eyestalk. At the beginning of episode four, the eye-stalk is visibly clear of mud, yet is later seen plastered with mud once more.

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The Keys of Marinus - S1-E5

Continuity mistake: In episode one, Barbara activates her travel dial only seconds before the others. But in episode two, she's been at Morphoton for quite some time - long enough to change clothes, pick fabrics and get food.

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The Daleks - S1-E2

Revealing mistake: When the Thals are using sunlight to blind the Dalek cameras in Episode Six, wide shots of the Dalek city show it moving back and forth from bad matte combination.

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The Daleks - S1-E2

Visible crew/equipment: Toward the end of episode one, when Ian is wondering where Barbara is, the shadow of a boom mic moves over the door behind him.

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The Keys of Marinus - S1-E5

Visible crew/equipment: In episode one, when Ian is first seen inside the pyramid, someone stumbles through the background. Some have claimed this is Barbara, but it happens too fast to tell.

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The Daleks - S1-E2

Revealing mistake: The Dalek that Ian hides from in Episode Seven has a bad castor. The flopping of one of its wheels is audible.

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The Keys of Marinus - S1-E5

Visible crew/equipment: In episode one, when a Voord falls through a pyramid door, a stage hand can be briefly seen on the other side.

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The Sensorites - S1-E7

Other mistake: In episode one, when the crew wonders what the Sensorites will do them, the camera zooms in on the Doctor as he says, "or kill us?". It then jerks with an audible click as though hitting something.

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Inside the Spaceship - S1-E3

Continuity mistake: Susan's socks disappear during the opening credits.

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The Aztecs - S1-E6

Revealing mistake: In the final fight, Ixta sends Ian staggering into the altar, which slides out of position across the floor. Also, at one point the edge of the raised set they're fighting on is visible briefly.

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Inside the Spaceship - S1-E3

Audio problem: During Hartnell's big speech about the creation of a solar system, a cough can be heard from off-stage.

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Inside the Spaceship - S1-E3

Visible crew/equipment: When Susan runs out into the console room in a panic, the shadows of two crew can be seen on the wall.

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The Daleks - S1-E2

Plot hole: Why does the Daleks' prison have beds? The Daleks don't need them and clearly state that they have no idea what the Thals look like, speculating that they are "horribly mutated".

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