Doctor Who

Evolution of the Daleks (2) - S3-E5

Continuity mistake: After the Doctor slips Martha the psychic paper, when he and the Daleks leave, Martha is shown bringing her hand close to her body and opening the wallet with the paper. In the close up, she repeats the two actions. (00:12:05)

Daleks in Manhattan (1) - S3-E4

Continuity mistake: When the Doctor is taking the back off the radio, his grip on it changes between shots. (00:25:15)

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Gridlock - S3-E3

Continuity mistake: After the Doctor gets directions to the motorway, when the red-haired female pharmacist leans over her counter to try and persuade him to buy some Happy, her hands change position between shots. (00:08:00)

Gridlock - S3-E3

Continuity mistake: When the Doctor, after being placed on hold while attempting to call the police, talks to Brannigan and Valerie about other people he could contact, in close-ups, Valerie has her right hand resting on the top of her seat. In a wide shot, she lowers her hand, but in the next close-up of her, it's jumped to its previous position. (00:14:20)

The Shakespeare Code - S3-E2

Continuity mistake: When Lilith runs her hand along the side of the Doctor's head to distract him so she can get some of his hair, in the wide shots her fingers are extended past his ear. In a shot facing him, however, her fingers are curled and in front of his ear. (00:34:40)

The Shakespeare Code - S3-E2

Continuity mistake: When the Doctor is persuading Shakespeare to come up with some words to stop the Carrionites with, in wide shots he has his right arm around Shakespeare's shoulder and is holding his left arm. In close-ups, they are not in physical contact. (00:38:35)

Gridlock - S3-E3

Revealing mistake: After arriving in New New York's undercity, the Doctor and Martha find a screen playing the news. The Doctor tinkers with it and gets a video of flying cars passing a picturesque view of the city. This is a clip from the last episode set on this planet, "New Earth" - the fact that in a close-up of the screen, the TARDIS can be seen parked on the cliffs as it was in that episode clinches it. (00:03:55)

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Gridlock - S3-E3

Continuity mistake: After Milo and Cheen abduct Martha, they put a sleep patch on her before entering their car. In the close-up where Cheen applies the patch, it's stuck on securely and neatly, with the top and bottom of the square pointing directly at Martha's head and chest respectively. In a wide shot immediately afterwards, the patch is stuck on quite loosely and has gone askew. (00:06:35)

Smith and Jones - S3-E1

Continuity mistake: When the Doctor puts his tie back on after returning from the morning, the collar of his shirt is noticeably askew as a result. Just moments later, when Martha enters the TARDIS for the first time, the collar is neat again, without him having done anything. (00:41:00)

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The Shakespeare Code - S3-E2

Continuity mistake: When the Doctor first enters Shakespeare's room at the inn, the collar of his coat is askew. The scene cuts to Shakespeare, and when it cuts back to the Doctor his collar is now flat, without him having moved his hands from his pockets. (00:09:20)

The Shakespeare Code - S3-E2

Continuity mistake: When Lilith has Shakespeare under her spell and is having him write an alternate ending to his play, there is one shot of his face where his quill can be seen in the corner, perfectly still, even though the next shot shows that he's writing. (00:18:25)

The Shakespeare Code - S3-E2

Continuity mistake: When the Doctor, Martha and Shakespeare are in the Globe and they talk about the theatre's architecture, there is a wooden staircase in front of the stage, which Martha and Shakespeare use to descend from the stage when the three leave. Shortly after, at the beginning of the scene where the two actors from Shakespeare's company accidentally summon a Carrionite while practicing their lines, the staircase is gone. (00:22:10)

Smith and Jones - S3-E1

Continuity mistake: When Martha is talking to the Doctor, who is posing as a patient, about her encounter with him in the street earlier, which he doesn't remember, she takes her stethoscope off her neck. The camera cuts to the Doctor, then back to her, and she's taking it off again. (00:04:15)

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Smith and Jones - S3-E1

Continuity mistake: When the Doctor is looking out the window while asking Martha if there's a balcony on the floor of the hospital they're on, in close-ups of him only his right hand is visible, resting on the sill between two windowpanes, and his left arm is by his side. In a wide shot from outside looking in, his left arm is stretched out with his left hand gripping the divider between two windowpanes, in a spot where it should have been visible in the preceding shot. (00:10:05)

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Smith and Jones - S3-E1

Continuity mistake: When the Doctor and Martha open the doors to the balcony, in a shot facing them, Martha lets go of the handle of her door and it swings completely open. In the next shot, from behind, Martha is still holding the doorknob. (00:10:35)

Smith and Jones - S3-E1

Continuity mistake: When the Doctor is telling Martha that he was just wandering and not looking for trouble, in the wide shot, he's rubbing his chin. In the close-up immediately afterward, his hand has jumped to his hair. (00:19:45)

Smith and Jones - S3-E1

Visible crew/equipment: When the Doctor is being held by the slab in the MRI room, there are some shots where what appears to be a lighting screen is reflected in its helmet. (00:29:55)

Smith and Jones - S3-E1

Continuity mistake: When Martha and the Doctor are talking in the alley at the end, he's leaning on the TARDIS. His exact position keeps changing between shots. (00:39:10)

The Runaway Bride - S3-E14

Continuity mistake: When the Doctor picks up a mug and a pencil to use as props to explain to Donna how she was pulled into the TARDIS, he is initially holding the pencil by the blunt end. The scene cuts to a shot of his face, and suddenly he's holding it by the sharpened end. (00:28:35)

The Runaway Bride - S3-E14

Factual error: During the rooftop scene, Donna checks her watch and says that it's half past three, or 3:30 PM. In London on December 24, that's roughly 45 minutes before sunset. However, not only is the angle of sunlight during this scene much higher than it should be for the date and time, the Sun proceeds to remain up for some time longer, including during the wedding reception and when the Doctor discovers the tunnel underneath H.C. Clements leads to below the Thames Barrier, even though it really ought to have set by then.

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