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Rosa - S11-E4

Corrected entry: The clock on the wall of Rosa Parks' workplace is an IKEA Bravur model, which didn't exist in 1955.


Correction: There are other clocks of a very similar design, which have been available for years.

Army of Ghosts (1) - S2-E15

Corrected entry: Dr Singh says that the Void sphere has no atomic mass. Atoms, not objects, have atomic mass, hence the name. (00:08:05)


Correction: He meant that whatever substance the void sphere was made of did not have a determinable atomic mass.

The Lie of the Land - S10-E9

Corrected entry: When Bill asks the Doctor to tell her if his cooperation with the Monks is a trick or an illusion while holding him at gunpoint, she's holding the pistol in a two-handed grip. When the camera cuts to the Doctor as he lies that it isn't a trick, and then back to Bill, she's suddenly holding the gun with one hand. (00:18:15)


Correction: The problem is this doesn't occur in consecutive shots. After the first closeup of Bill there's a shot facing the Doctor as he says, "It's not a trick. It's not a plan. I have joined the Monks," and in that moment Bill has ample time to simply lower her arm/hand. No continuity issue in this sequence of shots.

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If you look really carefully at the shot immediately after the first one, facing the Doctor, Bill's hand, holding the gun, is visible - and she's only holding it in one hand in that shot as well.


I've got it playing now as I'm typing. I understand what you're saying, but compare this shot to the prior shot from a similar angle, right after Bill has taken the gun, just as the Doctor says, "Bill, put...put the gun down," then she replies, "I'm serious, Doctor." Here we can see Bill's right hand high on the gun's grip, with her left support hand quite a bit lower, and it's at the same height as her right sleeve at the wrist. Now if we look at the specific shot we're talking about, we really can only see Bill's right hand because the shot cuts off at the bottom of the screen, so we can't even see that sleeve or her left hand. It's offscreen.

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The Pilot - S10-E2

Corrected entry: When Bill bursts into the toilets at the Sydney restaurant, the door is shown swinging inwards, and during her and the Doctor's subsequent conversation, the hinges are shown to make the door swing in. When Heather arrives and the two flee the toilets, as the Doctor yells for the restaurant patrons to get out, the door suddenly swings outward. (00:35:55)

Correction: Some doors swing both ways. It is common in restaurants.

Not only is this the door to a toilet, the hinges are visible on screen, and they are normal, one-way hinges, not the kind you'd find on restaurant doors.


The mistake is indeed wrong. The door hinge we see may appear like a normal hinge with knuckles and pin, but it's actually a double acting spring hinge that allows the door to swing in both directions. An example of this type of hinge can be seen here. Also, there is no door knob hardware, only a swinging door push plate on the door. I've personally seen women's restrooms which have an outer swinging door with fully enclosed floor-to-ceiling inner cubicles (we see their "reflection" in the mirror) such as the ones shown.

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Looking at the scene again, that would explain why the side of the hinge is visible in the shot where Heather bursts out of the bathroom. It's still a) not very clear on camera, and b) really weird to have that kind of door on a bathroom.


That's right, it's exactly the reason why we're able to see the barrel of this type of hinge when Heather opens the door outward. And I agree, I also think it's really weird to have that kind of a door on a bathroom. Go figure why some establishments have done that.

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The Pilot - S10-E2

Corrected entry: Bill grabs an umbrella as a makeshift weapon before entering the bathroom of her flat. After she enters and finds the bathtub wet, the umbrella has vanished. (00:24:20)


Correction: We see the umbrella leaning against the towel rack at the wall beside the bathtub. Bill placed it there while offscreen at the start of the closeup of the tub drain, before her hand appears.

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Rewatched the scene and spotted the reclusive brolly - you are, indeed, correct.


Utopia (1) - S3-E11

Corrected entry: When Jack fires his gun in the air to frighten the Futurekind, his arm is straight, raised above him. The camera cuts away, and then cuts back to a shot with Jack in it, where his arm is now suddenly bent. (00:09:50)

Correction: There's a shot facing the Futurekind mob inserted between the two shots with Jack, and in that moment Jack has ample time to merely lower his arm. No problem with continuity.

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Utopia (1) - S3-E11

Corrected entry: As Jack gets done in the red room, and runs past the Doctor to help with controls, he's wearing a white T-shirt. After Martha comes down, he suddenly has a black T-shirt on.

Movie Nut

Correction: Jack, in this episode, has a black button-down shirt, which he initially wears over the white T-shirt. The alleged "black T-shirt" is merely this shirt, which Jack took off before he went in the red room, and has just put back on.

Rise of the Cybermen (1) - S2-E8

Corrected entry: At the beginning of this episode Big Ben has a square face, yet at the end of the next episode it's a round face.

Matty W

Correction: It has a round clockface both times. The only reason it appears to be different is due to illumination: in "Rise of the Cybermen", Big Ben is seen in daytime, with sunlight shining on it, making the clockface proper difficult to distinguish from the frame around it, which is ultimately square-shaped. At the end of "The Age of Steel", it's nighttime and the clockface is illuminated, making it easy to distinguish from the frame.

The Girl in the Fireplace - S2-E7

Corrected entry: When Madame de Pompadour is walking in the gardens with her friend, the Doctor ducks down behind a pillar so he will not be seen. He puts his hands on the pillar but in the next shot they are gone, then they are back again.

Correction: Having just watched that scene, the Doctor's hands don't disappear when he's ducking behind the pillar. There are no continuity errors in the placement of his hands in the scene at all.

The Parting of the Ways (2) - S1-E13

Corrected entry: In the part where Rose opens up the TARDIS as she flies away, Mickey and Jackie's clothes move in the wind coming off the TARDIS, but the trees around them are still.


Correction: No, they're not. It's more subtle than Mickey's coat and Jackie's hair, but if you look the trees are moving in the wind.

Last Christmas - S9-E1

Corrected entry: In the final scene, where the Doctor and Clara are entering the TARDIS, you can see that the inside of the TARDIS has not been animated and shows just the bare metal walls of the TARDIS prop.

Correction: That's not the wall of the prop, it's part of the console room. The Twelfth Doctor's console room has a sort of archway at the entrance, with walls around the door, which is what is actually being seen here. In fact, it's almost certain that that design choice was made precisely to reduce potential incidents of the prop's interior being seen.

Kill the Moon - S8-E7

Corrected entry: The episode is set in 2049. The lead astronaut mentions that her grandmother used to use the social media and blogging site Tumblr, in a fashion suggesting that the site is by this time a thing of the past, much like slide rules now. However, she is played by an actress who is at least in her late forties, meaning that if you do the math, her character would be more than old enough to have used Tumblr herself.

Correction: The implication may be that much like Facebook now, it's something the older generation uses whereas the younger ones have already ditched it in favour of something else.

Correction: In addition to the implication, you're also assuming Lundvick is as old as the actor playing her. She could in fact be in her mid-30's (or younger). Plus, this episode aired in 2014, and while we know Tumblr continued to be widely used afterwards, it could have no longer been popular by the time Lundvick was old enough to use it in 2015 (perhaps her parents didn't want her using it until she was a teenager, if she is in fact 47 in 2049).


The Christmas Invasion - S2-E2

Corrected entry: The Sycorax begin speaking English for all of the humans because the TARDIS is suddenly activated when the Doctor wakes up. However, it is stated elsewhere in the series that the TARDIS only translates for those who have been in the TARDIS, which Harriet and her translator haven't.

Correction: The TARDIS translates for anyone the Doctor wants it to, including not only companions but people that he and his companions are dealing with.

Let's Kill Hitler - S6-E9

Corrected entry: Hitler is depicted as right-handed, most noticeably when he pulls out his gun to shoot at the Teselecta. In reality, he was left-handed.

Correction: Rubbish. As already corrected for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, there are many pictures of him signing documents with his right hand.

The Doctor's Daughter - S4-E6

Corrected entry: After the TARDIS sets down on the planet, the Doctor rushes to and opens the door to see where they are, and doesn't have his brown coat on. A second later, he emerges with his overcoat on.

Movie Nut

Correction: We don't actually see him open the door, we see him running for the door. He could very easily have grabbed his coat from where he always leaves it and put it on before opening the door.

The End of the World - S1-E2

Corrected entry: The Doctor and Jabe make all this fuss about the lever that slows down the fans, when you can see that the space under the fans is big enough to crawl through. Jabe didn't have to die, as the Doctor could have crawled over there in like 20 seconds.

Correction: While it is true that someone could crawl along the side of the catwalk over to the lever on the other side of the fans, it would take a lot longer than 20 seconds, since walking is always faster. Furthermore, they don't have that much time, since Platform One's shields are failing and the station will be destroyed by the heat of the Sun if the computer is not reset. The fastest way to access the switch is to use the lever to slow the fans down, and walk across the catwalk, which is what is done.

Planet of the Dead - S4-E15

Corrected entry: The intro scene shows the thief hanging from the skylight trying to steal a gem. She escapes where she came in and yet the next scene shows her walking inside the museum. This scene doesn't make sense because she already had an effortless exit on the rooftop.

Correction: She wasn't on the roof, she was on an upper floor of the museum. She was stealing a large golden cup, not a gem. She did not enter through a skylight, either, but a hatch at the top of the dome.

Blink - S3-E10

Corrected entry: The image of an angel becomes itself an angel. Sally sparrow hands the doctor a folder with pictures of weeping angels that don't/haven't turned into weeping angels.

Correction: The idea that Weeping Angels reproduced by projecting themselves out of images was invented for the season 5 two-parter "The Time of Angels"/"Flesh and Stone", their second appearance. In that story, the Doctor refers to the "Blink" Angels as "scavengers", implying that they weren't powerful enough to be able to affect the images.

Night Terrors - S6-E10

Corrected entry: When the cupboard is drawing the Doctor and Alex in, the crane and the table it's on falls over. But when the cupboard door closes, the table and crane are back in place.

Movie Nut

Correction: The entire bedroom is restored to normal after the wardrobe shuts because of the reality-warping alien child. It's not a mistake.

Day of the Moon - S6-E3

Corrected entry: When Rory is shown on the Hoover Dam, running to the edge, twice you see the Mike O' Callaghan/Pat Tillman Bridge. An impossibility as this scene takes place in 1969, and the bridge did not begin construction until February 2005.


Correction: Helpful on-screen text informs us that this is the Glen Canyon Dam in Arizona, not Nevada's Hoover Dam.

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New Earth - S2-E4

Continuity mistake: As the camera zooms out when Rose is captured and Cassandra is about to "go" into Rose, the psychograft disappears, but in the next shot of Rose it appears again. (00:11:45)

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The Satan Pit (2) - S2-E12

Doctor: So, that's the trap. Or the test or the final judgment, I don't know. But if I kill you, I kill her. Except that implies, in this big grand scheme of Gods and Devils, that she's just a victim. But I've seen a lot of this universe. I've seen fake gods and bad gods and demi-gods and would-be gods - out of all that - out of that whole pantheon - if I believe in one thing... Just one thing... I believe in her.

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Trivia: "Torchwood" is an anagram for Doctor Who. Russell T Davies came up with it during the filming of Series 1 to label the tapes in order to prevent theft and potential leakage, and decided to use the name in the show proper.

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