Doctor Who

The Unicorn and the Wasp - S4-E7

Corrected entry: In the scene where Donna is examining the room Lady Clemency Eddison had kept locked for the past 40 years, there is a teddy bear on the bed. However, the story takes place in 1926, meaning the room had been locked since 1886. Teddy bears were not invented until 1902.

Correction: Stuffed animals are known to have existed in Ancient Egypt. While the 'modern' commercially produced 'teddy' bear did not appear until designed by Richard Steiff in 1902, stuffed representations of animals go back into history. There is no reason to think that one of the animals represented could not have been a bear and that Lady Eddison could not have acquired such a representation.

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The Doctor Dances (2) - S1-E10

Corrected entry: Written on the side of the German bomb Jack is sitting on are the words "Schlechter Wolf. which is a mistranslation of the English "Bad Wolf. It should have been "Böser Wolf. Böse = bad, as in evil. Schlecht = bad, as in rotten, as in 'the milk has gone bad'. You are unlikely to say that the milk has 'gone evil'

Correction: Given that the name Bad Wolf is from the company that runs Satellite Five in the future & that is where Rose got the name from I don't think that she's going for the correct terminology when she scatters the words through time, just that she makes the connection between all the instances of seeing Bad Wolf & getting back to Satellite Five.

Tooth and Claw - S2-E5

Corrected entry: When the Doctor and Rose are first introduced to Queen Victoria, the Doctor says, "Rose, may I present her Majesty, Queen Victoria". Rose mouths the last few words of the Doctor's dialogue.

Correction: Rose would know who Queen Victoria is. She may have realized who it was as The Doctor was telling her and mouthed it out of awe rather than mimicking an actor's lines.

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Midnight - S4-E10

Corrected entry: It may not seem "significant", but when Mrs. Silvestri is mimicking the Doctor as he recites pi to multiple decimal places, she finishes with "wow" yet he never said it. At this stage, the presence that has possessed her can only repeat what's already been said.

Correction: No, he did say wow.

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Corrected entry: In the first two parts of the ending episodes of the fifth series, the disappearing of the bees is mentioned. Albert Einstein said that if all the bees on the globe disappeared then man would only have four years left to live. Coincidence?

Correction: Except, Albert Einstein never actually said that. In fact, no one ever did. You can't believe every urban legend you hear, you know. And besides, the mentions of the bees' disappearances occurred in the fourth season, not the fifth. The Doctor DID say that some of the bees were "going home" as in to their home planet. It was never stated that they were extinct yet.

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Corrected entry: In 'Voyage of the Damned' it is stated that the Titanic ship would destroy Earth if it crashed. However in 'Turn Left' (series 4 episode 11), it only destroys London and renders southern England radioactive and uninhabitable.

Correction: So the original statement turned out to be wrong. These things happen; characters make mistakes.

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Doomsday (2) - S2-E16

Corrected entry: The Daleks and Cybermen are pulled through the breach because of the "background radiation" that they gained when travelling between the two worlds. However, the Cybermen that were converted in the real world did not travel between worlds, so therefore had no background radiation on them, so should not have been pulled through the breach.

Correction: The people converted haven't travelled between worlds, but the technology that's been grafted onto them has. The technology's pulled through the breach like everything else, taking the convertee with it.

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Boom Town - S1-E11

Corrected entry: When the Doctor asks Jack about the extrapolator, Jack replies, "It's not compatible, but it should knock off about 12 hours". How can it knock off 12 hours if it's not compatible?

Correction: Meaning it will work, just not as well as it would if it were compatible.

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School Reunion - S2-E6

Corrected entry: Mickey drives Sarah-Jane's car through the doors of the School to get inside. However, when the children are escaping the school, the doors are intact, and there is no sign of the car. The kids couldn't have escaped another way because the school was locked down.

Correction: When they set off the fire alarm, the doors probably automaticaly unlocked, as per most fire codes worldwide.

The Christmas Invasion - S2-E2

Corrected entry: When the Doctor wakes up, Hariet Jones and her translator don't have to read from the electric translation device any more because the TARDIS is translating for them. But they've never been anywhere in the TARDIS.

Correction: The translation ability is comprised of equal parts of the TARDIS translation circuit and the Doctor's natural Time Lord telepathy. The ability has been explained in the original series as something that a Time Lord can share with his friends. As the Doctor regained consciousness, since he was likely expecting to be surrounded by Rose, her mum, and Mickey (friends), he could have simply shared with everyone in the area.

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Planet of the Ood - S4-E3

Corrected entry: You learn that there are three different types of Oods you can purchase: The Normal Slave, The Charming Slave, and The Comedy Slave. The Comedy Ood said "D'oh" when he was talked to, which is a reference to Homer Simpson's catchphrase in the famous comedy show The Simpsons. However, this is in 4126 A.D., so how could they possibly remember a character in a TV show that was over 2000 years ago? Even assuming that this show went on for another 100 years, which is unlikely, it would still not make any sense. And it's not even that a few people remember such an ancient show, it's everyone in the room (they all laugh when they hear this) - which consists of approximately 20 people. We can't even remember characters from 20 years ago (well, most of us), so the fact that they could remember Homer Simpson is a mistake.

Correction: This is entirely your opinion. The Iliad and the Odyssey are epic poems, written, rather appropriately, by Homer, that are dated to nearly 3000 years ago and are still known today - the Iliad was recently adapted into the film Troy. There are Latin phrases used 2000 years ago by the Romans that survive in the language today. Numerous phrases from Shakespeare, written a mere four hundred years ago, are regularly used and recognised by the general public and there's no reason to think that we'd suddenly stop using them now; likewise many of his characters remain in the public consciousness. And with modern technology it's now far easier to preserve modern-day entertainments like The Simpsons for future generations to watch. So there's plenty of precedent for a catchphrase surviving far into the future.

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Voyage of the Damned - S3-E16

Corrected entry: During the bridge scene, a host's halo brushes The Doctor's right arm, but goes nowhere near his left, which The Doctor then grabs as if he'd been hit there.

Correction: It does hit his left arm you can see the blue "sparks" on his left arm. Also it doesn't touch his right arm.

Doomsday (2) - S2-E16

Corrected entry: When the Doctor organises the huge vacuum, you see hundreds of Daleks being sucked in, but no Cybermen. Even if they were being sucked through somewhere else, there are still enough nearby to get sucked through there. They're not that much smaller.

Correction: According to the writers, the Cybermen were pulled back through the cracks in reality that they originally came through, rather than being sucked into the breach.

The Christmas Invasion - S2-E2

Corrected entry: In the in-vision commentary, Julie Gardener's party hat keeps going from being on her head and off throughout the episode without time to move it.

Correction: It's hardly unreasonable that a commentary might not be filmed in one shot; there are many reasons why they might wish to stop or even go back from time to time. A degree of editing is to be expected and there is no pretence otherwise. As such, no "continuity errors" can be considered valid.

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Rise of the Cybermen (1) - S2-E8

Corrected entry: When Rose is telling the doctor about Mickey's past, she tells him that his mother couldn't cope when he was a baby and he was brought up by his gran. Yet when she thought Mickey had been killed in the first episode, "Rose", she says she will have to tell his mum - with no mention of his gran.

Correction: Rose states in this episode that Mickey's gran died while she was still at school, several years earlier.

Blink - S3-E10

Corrected entry: The fundemental feature of the statue monsters is that they cannot move if anyone/anything is looking at them. At the end they are tricked into looking at each other (by the Tardis dematerialising) and so are trapped forever. But they are in a basement with a light on, when the light goes off they will escape. In fact they earlier made the light blink so they could move and attack the good guys.

Correction: Weeping Angels can see in the dark.

Correction: This is a character mistake at best. The fact that this mistake was made in no way changes the events of the episode. It merely means that the threat wasn't neutralized while it was mistakenly believed to be so.

New Earth - S2-E4

Corrected entry: Cassandra says that being inside a male body is an entirely new experience. But in "The End of the World", she said she was born a boy (a "gender reassignment" being presumably one his/her many cosmetic surgical procedures).

Correction: She doesn't say at what age the gender reassignment was done. Given that this is the future, her parents may have done it immediately after her birth or at such a young age that she doesn't remember anything about being a boy.

Captain Defenestrator Premium member

She doesn't say that being in a male body is a new experience. She says, "Ooh, I'm a man! So many parts... And hardly used!" Yes, she was born male, but given that a comment she makes in "The End of the World" implies she is at least 2,000 years old, it's been a long time since she was last in a male body. And as regards the "hardly used" comment, Cassandra can probably tell, given she has some access to the memories of the person she's possessing, that the Doctor hasn't had that body for very long.

The Unquiet Dead - S1-E3

Corrected entry: Charles Dickens says he is going off to catch a mail coach ("Quite literally 'Post Haste'" is the line). However, mail coaches ceased to be in regular use some 40 years earlier in the 1830s, killed off by the arrival of the railway network.

Correction: He could be using slang. Mail coach = Mail train.

Father's Day - S1-E8

Corrected entry: Near the end, when Rose's dad runs in front of the car at the church, a Renault Clio is seen down the street. Clios weren't available to buy until 1990 (three years after the episode was set) and the one seen is a Clio II, which weren't available until 1998.

Correction: Time was falling apart, as seen with the first telephone "call" and the unreleased rap song, so why couldn't the Clio fall into that time?

Rise of the Cybermen (1) - S2-E8

Corrected entry: When the Doctor, Rose and Mickey arrive in the parallel universe, Rose says "So Tony Blair hasn't been elected". However, in season one, the Prime Minister in Rose's home reality is not Blair, nor does Blair take over after that man is killed (Harriet Jones does). So, given that Blair apparently wasn't elected in her reality either, Rose's question makes no sense.

Correction: Actually, it seemed that the Prime Minister killed by the Slitheen in "Aliens of London" was intended to be Tony Blair (who was first elected in 1997). And even if he wasn't, Rose did miss a whole year of Earth time when she first left with the Ninth Doctor--plenty of time for Blair to be voted out of office and replaced by another man. Besides, it's Mickey, not Rose, who makes the "Tony Blair never got elected" remark, as one of his suggestions for how a parallel world might differ from ours.

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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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