Doctor Who

World War Three (2) - S1-E5

New this month Character mistake: The Doctor comments that the destruction of Earth will cost 5 billion lives. At the time of the episode (2006, one year on from when Rose met the Doctor), the population of Earth was around 6.5 billion.

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Army of Ghosts (1) - S2-E15

Character mistake: In an early scene with Yvonne Hartman, she says "We've just measured the ghosts' energy at 5000 gigawatts." There are at least two mistakes here: (1) watts are a unit of power, not of energy (that would be joules); (2) later on, when Hartman is showing the Magnaclamp to the Doctor, she refers to imperial tons and says "Torchwood refuses to go metric", but a gigawatt is a metric unit.

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The Runaway Bride - S3-E14

Character mistake: When the Doctor is taking Donna to 4.6 billion BC to watch the formation of the Earth, he says that it is the furthest back the TARDIS has ever been. But in the 5th Doctor episode "Castrovalva", the TARDIS drifted to 13.2 billion BC and the formation of the galaxy.

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Utopia (1) - S3-E11

Character mistake: When the Futurekind spy starts sabotaging the silo's systems, and Chantho notes that they're losing power, she says, "We're losing power-tho!" - forgetting the "Chan-" prefix that she starts anything she says with, in order to not swear by her species' standards.

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The Time of Angels (1) - S5-E4

Character mistake: When Amy says "Doesn't anybody need me?" from the door of the dropship, there's a misspelling on the door: "Trip Hazzard" instead of "Trip Hazard."

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The Shakespeare Code - S3-E2

Character mistake: David Tennant has a strong Scottish accent, and puts on the Doctor's English one. When David and Freema Agyeman are lying on the bed in the hotel, David forgets his English accent when he says, "There's something I'm missing, Martha."

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The Doctor's Wife - S6-E5

Character mistake: Idris (the human form of the TARDIS) berates the Doctor because the doors of the TARDIS open inwards, pointing to the notice on the left hand door which says 'pull to open'. Whilst it is true that police boxes did open outwards, the notice is actually referring to the telephone in the small recess behind the notice. The public are instructed to 'pull to open' the small door to access the phone. Consequently, the small door does open correctly, as in the notice.

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The Shakespeare Code - S3-E2

Character mistake: After the Carrionites kill Lynley, the Master of the Revels, by using the doll to make him drown on dry land, the Doctor says, while examining the body, that he's never seen a death like it. In the Third Doctor serial "The Mind of Evil", involving a monster that could make people relive their worst fears, a character died in exactly that fashion.

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Tooth and Claw - S2-E5

Character mistake: When the Doctor and Rose are walking back to the TARDIS at the end, he explains to her that Queen Victoria was hemophiliac. She wasn't. She was a carrier of the disease due to a mutation in one of her parents' reproductive cells (probably her father, Edward, Duke of Kent, because he was in his fifties when Victoria was born), but since she only had it in one of her X chromosomes, she didn't actually suffer from it as the gene for it is recessive, which is why most hemophiliacs are male. It is true that several of her children inherited the gene, and one of her sons was hemophiliac, but not Victoria herself.

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