Continuity mistake: In the episode "New Earth", the Doctor said that the titular planet is in the galaxy M87. Upon returning to New Earth in this episode, he says that the planet is 50,000 light-years from where the original Earth used to be. That's a difference of over 50 million light-years, since M87 is a very real galaxy in the centre of the Virgo Cluster, that far away from the Milky Way.
Factual error: The episode kicks off with a reuse of the zoom-in from orbit first seen in "Rose." As the sunny North Pole indicates, the Earth is depicted as if it is the height of Northern Hemisphere summer, even though as the title of the episode indicates, it begins on Christmas Eve, three days after the northern Winter Solstice when the Pole is in darkness.
Continuity mistake: When the school bus pulls up to drop Amy and Rory off in Monument Valley, there are no other vehicles in the area. When the bus pulls away, the Doctor has suddenly appeared with a vintage station wagon, parked by the side of the road where it should have been perfectly visible. And he was sitting on the hood, implying he'd been waiting there for a bit.
Continuity mistake: When the Doctor starts walking over to the lakeshore after the astronaut appears, he's still holding the wine bottle in his right hand. In the next shot where we can see his hand, the bottle is gone, without him having stopped to put it down.
Continuity mistake: When River is talking to the Roman commander after disintegrating a piece of furniture with her pistol, she is shown raising her fingers from the pistol's grip in a shot facing the commander. However, in all following shots facing her, her fingers are still lowered.
Continuity mistake: When the Doctor pulls the arm off the Auton and tosses it to Rose, the arm is bent at the elbow and solid plastic, with a smooth, clean break. Later, particularly noticeable when Rose has left the department store, the arm is hollow, with an unbent elbow and a jagged break. The arm continues to change between the two appearances for the rest of its screentime.
Continuity mistake: Near the end, when the Doctor is explaining to Amy that she will forget Rory when the crack in time is finished eating him because he's part of her personal timeline, and he has his hands on her temples, Amy's hair is covering her ears in some shots, but not others.
Continuity mistake: When Rose gets into one of the hospital's elevators early in the episode, stock footage of an elevator descending is shown. When the Doctor, Rose and Cassandra (possessing her) go into an elevator shaft later on, it looks and is shaped completely differently.
Audio problem: During the climax, when the Doctor has Wilf's old service revolver and is alternately pointing it at the Master and Rassilon, there's a cocking sound every time he turns. Not only is the handgun a revolver, so it only needs to be cocked once, the Doctor is only shown actually cocking the gun once, when he first points it at Rassilon.
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Continuity mistake: The episode repeats the closing scene of "Doomsday", when Donna unexpectedly appears in the TARDIS. However, several details are different. One, the console room is more brightly lit than in the previous episode. Two, the shirt belonging to Rose that Donna finds draped over a railing was not present. Three, the Doctor's coat (draped over a ceiling support) has shifted in place, despite not being touched.
Continuity mistake: On the Valiant's bridge, when the Doctor is telling Martha and Jack about his plan to slip one of the perception filter keys around the Master's neck while holding his key, the position of the key changes in his hand, from being held by the wide end to being held by the narrow end.
Deliberate mistake: The Globe Theatre is shown staging performances at night. In actuality, they performed during the day, when there was enough light, since this was pre-electricity. This was done both to make the climax of the episode scarier and because they shot on location in the real Globe, which still shows its plays during the day, and thus they didn't have a lot of time to shoot during the day there.
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