Doctor Who

The Unquiet Dead - S1-E3

Corrected entry: The Doctor advises Rose to change her clothes as to be less conspicuous in the 1860's, yet he himself did not change his clothing.

Correction: He states he changed his jumper, however, it has been widely stated that he simply 'blends in.'

Correction: The Doctor almost never bothers to dress in period-appropriate clothing. He doesn't really care what people think of his attire, no matter when he is.

Dalek - S1-E6

Corrected entry: Why does Henry Van Statten need to "bypass" the security codes to his own base?

Correction: The Dalek changed the codes when it smashed the computer.

The Impossible Planet (1) - S2-E11

Corrected entry: The weapons carried by the security officers are contemporary P90 submachine guns first introduced in 1994, and more commonly seen on the Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis series. Yet "The Impossible Planet" and "The Satan Pit" are set in "43K" (presumably the year 43,000). It seems unlikely that such (by then) ancient 20th-century weapons would still be in use so far into the future.

Correction: Perhaps the design has proved popular throughout the years or the manufactures have made improvements to the overall weapon without changing its basic shape (if you notice, the barrel of the P90 is longer than normally seen on this weapon).

The Empty Child (1) - S1-E9

Corrected entry: Capt. Jack Harkness introduces himself as "American Volunteer, 133 Squadron, Royal Air Force". It is an historical fact that there was such a squadron, made up of American volunteers.but it was not formed until August 1941. The events in "The Empty Child" and "The Doctor Dances" are supposed to have taken place during the "Blitz" on London, which lasted from October 1940 to May 1941. Capt. Jack could not be a member of an RAF squadron that didn't yet exist.

Correction: Capt. Jack is from the future, as is Rose and the Doctor. There are many possibilities, e.g., looking in history to find a random designation and found one from the wrong time, or it might even be his designation from the future.

Rise of the Cybermen (1) - S2-E8

Corrected entry: Even though it is supposed to be an alternate reality, Cuba Gooding Junior is a celebrity in both, as Jackie mentions she was born on the same day as him. However Rose mentioned the date as February 1 (which is Jackie's birthday) whereas Cuba Gooding Jr was born on January 2 1968.

Correction: Again, it's an alternate reality. He might have been born on a different day.

Dalek - S1-E6

Corrected entry: Any security system worth its salt would stop accepting codes after too many incorrect ones have been entered. This is pretty much standard for security software, even today. No security system of the future would be written so badly as to just allow millions of combinations to be sent one after the other so quickly. The Dalek should really never have been able to get out as the door panel should have blocked after three or four invalid codes were entered.

Correction: Technically true, but Van Statten was so arrogant that he never thought that anyone could possibly hack the code anyway. Character mistake.

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Rise of the Cybermen (1) - S2-E8

Corrected entry: When Rose's phone first connects to the Cybus network on the parallel Earth, the first thing that shows on the phone is a news broadcast, yet the bar at the top of the phone shows the filename "welcome.jpg". Jpeg is a static image format.

Correction: That's true in this universe, but they're on an alternate Earth and things are subtly different - Rose's father is alive, people refer to things differently, etc.


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Corrected entry: 2005 Christmas special, the Christmas invasion: A few times it is possible to see the Major's epaulettes. The symbol is a crown as in the British army. But seeing as Unit is a United Nations organisation (it stands for United Nations Intelligence Taskforce), an officer would have no reason to have a crown symbol on his epaulettes.

Correction: The United Nations has no military forces of its own, it seconds troops from member states. These troops wear UN insignia relevant to their mission (e.g. UNPROFOR in the former Yugoslavia) but their rank insignia is from whatever military organisation they belong to - in this case a British Army Major.

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Corrected entry: Rose is kept alive because the daleks think what she knows may be useful to them. However to get the information from the scientist they tell him to kneel and extract the info they need from his brain. Why didn't they just do the same thing with Rose?

Correction: As is spelled out in the episode, the Daleks keep Rose and Mickey alive because they both carry the temporal energy required to open the Genesis Ark. While they only need one of them to actually open the Ark, the Daleks are intelligent enough to keep them both around in case of problems.

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Corrected entry: Season 2: Episode 10 - Love and Monsters: Elton said that when he was young, he went downstairs and found the Doctor there. However, the Doctor has only looked like he does now for maybe a year or less because he keeps regenerating and changing his looks, so when Elton saw him he should have looked completely different.

Correction: The whole time travel thing's really passed you by, hasn't it. The Doctor can show up practically anywhere and any when he wants to.

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World War Three (2) - S1-E5

Corrected entry: After the Slitheen realize that the Doctor's ruse with the alcohol is a ruse, the metal shielding around the windows and doors slams shut quite quickly. Later, while talking with the Slitheen again, the shielding closes much slower. Seems like their motors run at speeds determined by the dramatic tone of particular scenes.

Correction: When we see the doors closing slower, the scene is happening in slow motion which is an artistic decision not a mistake.

Aliens of London (1) - S1-E4

Corrected entry: Rose's mum phones the Alien hotline and tells them all about the Doctor. She says that he's called the Doctor and has a Blue Box, fair enough. But then she says he called it a TARDIS. Except that no one called it a TARDIS in front of her. The closest was Mickey calling it "that box thing"

Correction: What is seen on screen does not represent every second of real time, so therefore it is quite possible that the name was mentioned at some moment which was not seen on screen.

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The Unquiet Dead - S1-E3

Corrected entry: When Rose is having a friendly chat with Gwyneth, just before the Doctor walks in the room, a crew member's shoulder and arm is visible in the bottom left of the screen.

Correction: That's the Doctor's shoulder and arm. The material of the clothing is the same as his jacket, and he's standing the same distance away from Rose and Gwyneth.

Rose - S1-E1

Corrected entry: When the Doctor goes into Rose's house, he checks his face to see if his regeneration has gone well, but later, we discover that he has been in his current carnation for days (Maybe months). Shouldn't he have looked into a mirror before that?

Correction: Perhaps the Doctor hasn't had a chance to look at himself since his last regeneration, or he may still be getting used to his new face

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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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