Doctor Who

The Unicorn and the Wasp - S4-E7

Factual error: The hotel in Harrogate was not called the Harrogate Hotel as shown in the episode; it was called the Swan Hydropathic Hotel.

The Bells of Saint John - S7-E8

Continuity mistake: While Clara shouts, "I don't know where I am," over and over, the Doctor sonics his way into the house. When he kneels beside Clara, then notices the 'girl' on the stairs and stands up, in the shots facing him we can see that the young actress stands on the step facing the stairway (note her legs), with her hand at her side, but in the shots facing the girl she stands facing the door with her hand on the banister. (00:14:20)

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The Time of the Doctor - S7-E17

Continuity mistake: After the Doctor yells at Handles for putting him on the Dalek ship, the Doctor grabs him and carries the head with his right arm, then switches the head to his left arm. However, in the close-up as the Doctor asks, "What does this question mean?" we see Handles is back on the Doctor's right arm, but next shot as the phone rings, Handles is carried on the Doctor's left arm again.

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Human Nature (1) - S3-E8

Revealing mistake: In the close up shot of the boys' machine guns firing, in the background a white truck can be seen driving across the green countryside; not appropriate for the time period of the story. (00:25:25)

The Bells of Saint John - S7-E8

Audio problem: When the Doctor and Clara are on the motorbike, Clara says her first line without moving her lips.

Dinosaurs on a Spaceship - S7-E3

Continuity mistake: At the end Amy and Rory receive a postcard from Siluria with the TARDIS pictured on it, but it is the old TARDIS from 2005 (note there is no St John's ambulance sign on it).

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Journey's End (2) - S4-E13

Plot hole: Near the end of the episode, the part-human Doctor is said to have all of the memories of the original Doctor. If this is true, then the part-human Doctor should remember the time the original Doctor spent with Rose, so shouldn't commit genocide or need Rose to help him to not be a man of killing.

Partners in Crime - S4-E1

Other mistake: The security guards shoot away the lock on the door, which they then kick down with no real effort. But the door would still be held in place by the hinges - they don't kick it with enough force to rip the hinges out, and even if they had, we can see that there's no damage on the hinge side of the door anyway to demonstrate their forcible removal. (00:24:20)

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The Unquiet Dead - S1-E3

Other mistake: At the end, the Doctor and Rose treat Charles Dickens by making the TARDIS dematerialise in front of him. The engines begin to grind, but the time rotor (the thing in the console's central column that goes up and down when the TARDIS is flying) does not move.

The Impossible Astronaut - S6-E2

Continuity mistake: When the alien kills Joy in the bathroom in front of Amy, the fragments of her body disappear from the floor once the alien approaches Amy.

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Blink - S3-E10

Continuity mistake: When Lawrence is watching the Weeping Angel, just after seeing the Doctor's film/Easter egg, he turns away for a split second. By the time he turns back, you see the Weeping Angel's face only inches from Lawrence's face. But you then cut to a wide shot where you see the Angel's arms outstretched, so its face is about half a metre away from Lawrence's face. (00:34:45)

The Doctor Dances (2) - S1-E10

Factual error: Look closely at some of the freight wagons at 'Limehouse Green' railway station: several of them appear to have 'British Rail Freightliner' livery. This episode is set in 1941, but British Rail did not exist until 1948, and the Freightliner Division did not exist until the 1980s.

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Voyage of the Damned - S3-E16

Continuity mistake: When Mr. Copper is talking about how space-lane fraud could get him ten years in jail, the cut on his forehead changes sides, as does the panel behind him, revealing the shot to be flipped. (00:36:25)

Vincent and the Doctor - S5-E10

Factual error: By the time the Doctor and Amy meet him, Vincent van Gogh had already mutilated his ear. He should be missing part of his left earlobe.


The Doctor's Daughter - S4-E6

Other mistake: When Jenny does somersaults through the laser beams, the last two beams are level horizontally and the higher beam is lower than her foot, so she should have broken it.

Fear Her - S2-E14

Factual error: The Police motorcycle in front of the Olympic runner is an S registration, meaning it was registered in 1998. The episode is set in 2012, and there is no way the Police would have such an old vehicle on active duty.


The Age of Steel (2) - S2-E9

Continuity mistake: When the Cyberman is hit by the electromagnetic bomb, it falls to its knees, then backwards. Yet in the next shot, it is flat on its back, with its leg extended. (00:25:20)

Doomsday (2) - S2-E16

Continuity mistake: When the two Cybermen meet the Dalek for the first time, they are exterminated. They fall directly in front of the Dalek, but when the camera angle changes to show the second Cyberman hitting the floor side on, you can see the Dalek in the background. The Cybermen both fell straight forward, so it shouldn't have been possible to see the Dalek when seeing the Cyberman side on in the next shot, as the Dalek is facing them both directly.


Silence in the Library (1) - S4-E8

Continuity mistake: After Miss Evangelista is killed, we see her communicator as her "ghost" slowly fades. In one shot we see from a slight distance the lights left lit tick down to 3, then a short while passes, we cut back and the lights are back to 4. They then tick down to 3 again.

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The Idiot's Lantern - S2-E10

Continuity mistake: When the Doctor first gets on his scooter, we see Rose putting her helmet on before she gets on, but she doesn't do her chin strap up. When we next see her, on the bike, her strap is done up.

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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