Doctor Who

The Creature from the Pit - S17-E3

New this month Plot hole: In part 2 it's brought up in conversation several times that all metal is rare on that planet. Handy exposition for the viewers, but it's in fact a really odd thing for the characters to say. The inhabitants aren't giving a tour of their planet (certainly not deliberately at any rate), so why would they state facts that have been well known to them all of their lives? It's a bit like meeting strangers and informing them that two thirds of the Earth are covered by oceans.

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Spiny Norman

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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Nightmare of Eden - S17-E4

Plot hole: When the Doctor goes into the CET projection of Eden, to fight the Manrells, he disappears into the bushes on the left-hand side of the screen. Cue much shaking of foliage, and Tom Baker's cries of 'ooh' 'aargh' and 'ouch'. The Doctor then reappears with his clothes all tattered and torn, due to his 'fight' with the Mandrells...but the the fact that there is not a mark (not even a scratch) on Tom Baker is something of a giveaway that all Tom Baker did was disappear behind some bushes and do a quick change into a tattered version of his costume...

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Destiny of the Daleks - S17-E1

Revealing mistake: When the Doctor and his companion are running past explosions in the sand, you can see the scrape marks from where the effects team covered up the holes containing the charges.

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Daz

Nightmare of Eden - S17-E4

Visible crew/equipment: In episode 2, as K-9 seals the wall panel, watch out for the hand which emerges to hold it in place.

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Destiny of the Daleks - S17-E1

Revealing mistake: Right after Davros yells "The Daleks will rule the universe," in Episode 3, one of the Dalek operators accidentally starts to lift the top off his Dalek before the scene ends.

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DaveJB

City of Death - S17-E2

Plot hole: In episode 4, watch what Romana does to Professor Kerensky's time machine in order to make it work. It is surprising that the time machine works at all, considering she is supposed to be in Paris at the time. Romana wires up the time machine to a British (i.e. 3-pin 240 volts) electric plug instead of a "continental" 3-pin 110 volt plug.

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Destiny of the Daleks - S17-E1

Plot hole: The Daleks spend a lot of time and effort mining down to where Davaros is, despite the fact that there is a window on that level and Davaros is on the ground floor.

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Josman

Nightmare of Eden - S17-E4

Revealing mistake: Watch the Mandrells closely, especially in the later parts of this Doctor Who story: one of them seems, at one point, to have forgotten to zip up the back of his costume.

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The Creature from the Pit - S17-E3

Revealing mistake: Torvin, stunned by K9, turns before falling, as if looking for somewhere comfortable to land; and the guard who goes to attack K9 and Romana acts very strangely: he stops and curls up before K9's blast hits him, almost as if he knows what is going to happen next.

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Destiny of the Daleks - S17-E1

Deliberate mistake: The shot of the alien spacecraft flying in the sky is the same in episode 4 as in episode 1, only it's reversed. The taking off and landing are the same too, except smoke and rubble have been added.

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Daz

City of Death - S17-E2

Plot hole: The sketch of Romana is different when it's seen outside the café from the one seen inside the cafe (and just who's doing the sketch, and why?).

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City of Death - S17-E2

Revealing mistake: In episode 2, when Scaroth locks the Doctor, Romana and Duggan in the basement dungeon, and Duggan lights the lamp, notice that Tom Baker is standing between that lamp and the actual stage light used to brighten the scene. So, as the lamp is lit in front of him, Tom Baker's BACK (and not his front) glows bright under the increased illumination.

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City of Death - S17-E2

Continuity mistake: When the Count's henchmen come into the cafe to get the Doctor, Romana and Duggan, they usher them all out at gunpoint. When you see them in the location filming in Paris, Duggan's not there...but back at the Count's place (in the studio in London) he's reappeared.

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City of Death - S17-E2

Revealing mistake: In episode one, Scaroth's 'Jagaroth skin' on his wrist flaps about. Either that's a badly fitting piece of costume...or he's suffering from severely peeling skin.

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Nightmare of Eden - S17-E4

Revealing mistake: In the very first shots of this Doctor Who story, it is obvious that the "Empress" Spaceliner is a model - you can even see the stick that holds the model in place.

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The Creature from the Pit - S17-E3

Revealing mistake: Before the TARDIS console explodes (as Erato is weaving his shell around the neutron star), Tom Baker casts a sharp look over his right shoulder...no doubt looking to see if the ground was clear where he was due to fall.

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City of Death - S17-E2

Plot hole: The Atlantic Ocean didn't exist in Early Devonian times (c.400 million years ago), so Scaroth's ship could not have been where the Doctor claimed. The Atlantic was formed when Europe and Africa separated from North America around 160 million years ago and is still growing. What is now the sea-bed was once covered up by several miles of Continental Shelf. The Early Devonian landscape would have been far from barren as plantlife was well established by then. So, either the Doctor's theory that Scaroth's exploding ship caused the creation of life on Earth is wrong, or it was much earlier than he said.

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The Creature from the Pit - S17-E3

Revealing mistake: Just as the Doctor asks where the TARDIS has materialised, watch the control console wobble. However, isn't it strange that the hat-stand in the TARDIS console room remains upright thoughout...so why does the console wobble, and the hat stand not move in the slightest?

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The Creature from the Pit - S17-E3

Plot hole: The Doctor should not need a book on Tibetan as he already knows the language...he went to Tibet in the Season 11 story "Planet of the Spiders". (Of course, that was Jon Pertwee, the 3rd Doctor Who. Perhaps losing the mastery of the Tibetan language was a result the regeneration into Tom Baker...).

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The Horns of Nimon - S17-E5

Continuity mistake: In this episode part of the TARDIS set was erected incorrectly, resulting in some of the roundels emerging from the wall rather than being indented into it. This is very visible in all the TARDIS 'console room' shots.

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The Horns of Nimon - S17-E5

Other mistake: In episode 3, watch the scene where the co-pilot is shooting; you can see his pants rip straight down the seam at the back - which unfortunately happens to be the part of him facing the camera at the time. He then wanders around for most of the rest of the episode with the tear in his pants plainly visible.

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Nightmare of Eden - S17-E4

Plot hole: When Della gets shot in the face in episode four, she clutches her stomach. (What is even more remarkable about this error is that this keeps happening over and over again: someone gets shot and falls to the ground, clutching their stomachs, regardless of where they have actually been shot. See the error in Season 14's 'The Deadly Assassin' for an example of the SAME error occurring).

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Nightmare of Eden - S17-E4

Revealing mistake: Geoffrey Hinsliff (playing Fisk) accidentally refers to Tryst as "Fisk" at one point.

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Destiny of the Daleks - S17-E1

Revealing mistake: In episode one, when the Doctor and his companion hear rumbling and the ground moves beneath their feet, when they step away you can see that they are standing on different ground than before, and it's not shaking.

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Daz

The Horns of Nimon - S17-E5

Continuity mistake: In episode 4, approximately 5 minutes from the end of the story, Soldeed is shot after he pulls the lever that sets the complex on overload, and then crumples to the ground dead beneath the lever. Then, after the Doctor and everyone else get out of the complex, we see a selection of shots taken inside the complex - one of which is the room with the lever that Soldeed pulled, except he's no longer there...

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Nightmare of Eden - S17-E4

Continuity mistake: When the Doctor finds the vraxoin vial in episode 1, he puts it in his right coat pocket, from where it is then removed by Stott. However, at the end of episode 2, Costa's scanner finds vraxoin traces in the Doctor's LEFT coat pocket.

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