Doctor Who

The Name of the Doctor - S7-E15

Question: What were some the the old episodes Clara was seen helping the doctor in?

Shadow5

Chosen answer: We see clips from The Invasion of Time, The Five Doctors, Arc of Infinity and DragonFire.

Repo_Man

Season 5 generally

Question: Between series 5-7, how many times does Rory Williams die?

Shadow5

Chosen answer: In one way or another, eight times. He dies twice in the episode "Amy's Choice", once in each of the two dreams, firstly killed by an Eknodine in the Leadworth version of the dream, then again when the Doctor blew up the TARDIS in the other dream to allow them to escape it. He's then killed by the Silurian Restac in "Cold Blood", shortly before his body is consumed by the cracks in time, erasing him from history completely. He returns as an Auton duplicate, restored from Amy's memory, in "The Pandorica Opens" - this duplicate is destroyed in "The Big Bang" when the universe is reset, although some memories live on in the human Rory recreated in the rebooted universe. He died again in "The Curse of the Black Spot", but was successfully resuscitated by Amy. He's seen to die of old age in "The Angels Take Manhattan", then kills himself in the same episode by jumping from a high roof (as does Amy) to set up a paradox to eliminate the Angel threat. He then finally dies off-camera at the age of 82 after having been sent back in time by a surviving Angel, having lived out a long and happy life with Amy.

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A Good Man Goes to War - S6-E8

Question: How did Lorna know Amy's daughter's real name in order to make the prayer leaf?

Shadow5

Chosen answer: It was written on the plastic bassinet. She could have seen it or asked at any time Amy was their prisoner.

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Cold Blood (2) - S5-E9

Question: If Amelia can remember the people in 'flesh and stone' when they stepped into the 'W' crack, how come she can't remember Rory after he is taken at the end of this episode?

Shadow5

Chosen answer: The Doctor said Amy remembered the clerics because they weren't part of her life, but Rory was. That's why the clerics forgot about the other clerics, because they are part of each other's lives. So you can still remember people being erased from time if they are not part of your life.

Casual Person

Victory of the Daleks - S5-E3

Question: When they are talking about the Daleks at the end of this episode, this is what they are saying: DOCTOR: It's not that. There's something else. Something we've forgotten. Or rather you have. AMY: Me? DOCTOR: You didn't know them, Amy. You'd never seen them before. And you should have done. You should. (They go inside the Tardis and it dematerialises, revealing a glowing w shaped crack in the wall.) My question is: What is the Doctor meaning by what he is saying to Amy?

Shadow5

Chosen answer: The Doctor is referring to the events of the two-part finale of the fourth series of the relaunched show, "The Stolen Earth" and "Journey's End". These episodes featured a major Dalek invasion of Earth, something that Amy should remember. What concerns the Doctor, leading to the conversation you refer to, is that she apparently doesn't, because if she did, she'd have recognised the Daleks the moment she saw them.

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School Reunion - S2-E6

Question: Which episode did Sarah-Jane meet the Loch Ness monster? (This will be in the classic series in the years 1973-1976).

Shadow5

Chosen answer: This happened during the events of the 1975 story, "Terror of the Zygons".

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Silence in the Library (1) - S4-E8

Question: Is it possible that the 'Silence' part in the title is hinting that River is part of 'the silence'?

Shadow5

Chosen answer: No.

MasterOfAll

The Impossible Astronaut - S6-E2

Question: Why didn't Sarah-Jane Smith get invited to the Doctor's death? Wasn't she one of the doctors favourite companions?

Shadow5

Chosen answer: This is an instance of the Doctor interfering, albeit indirectly, with his own timestream. He sends the invites to his younger self, Rory, Amy, River and the older Canton because he knows, from his memories of those events occurring, that they are the ones who get invited. It's a somewhat circular situation, but that's time travel for you.

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Flesh and Stone (2) - S5-E5

Question: What did Amy mean when in response to "You'd slow us down, Miss Pond," she replies "I don't want to sound selfish, but you'd really speed me up"?

Shadow5

Chosen answer: With the rest of the group she would be moving faster then she would if she were alone.

MasterOfAll

Asylum of the Daleks - S7-E2

Question: How do they not hear that Oswin Oswald is a Dalek? She can't simply project her real voice when she's a Dalek can she?

Culwych

Chosen answer: Given that we hear her voice throughout the episode over loudspeakers within the asylum complex, it seems fairly clear that, when not speaking directly through the Dalek shell speakers, she does indeed sound like her original self.

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The Hungry Earth (1) - S5-E8

Question: If Amy and Rory got zapped back in Angels take Manhattan, how come they saw each other on the hill at the start of The Hungry Earth?

Shadow5

Chosen answer: Amy and Rory travelled with the Doctor for a long time in their lives, alternating between travelling with him and long periods (some as long as two years) having a normal life at home; Amy specifically states, I think, that they do their best to try to keep their ages at least roughly synchronised with their friends, to stop awkward questions about why they seem to be aging too quickly. This lasts for at least ten years - Amy is 21 when she first starts travelling with the Doctor, while Rory, who by all appearances was in the same class as Amy, and thus is the same age, states that he's 31 in "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship", which takes place some considerable time before their eventual departure from the series (the episode "The Power of Three" alone covers an entire year). By the end of their travels with the Doctor, Rory and Amy are probably about 33 years old. Given that they first started travelling with him in 2010, they would have lived through until around 2021 or 2022, making their appearance on the hillside in 2020, when The Hungry Earth was set, very easy.

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Amy's Choice - S5-E7

Question: What are Rory and the Doctor competing about Amy?

Shadow5

Chosen answer: It's not so much that they're necessarily competing (indeed, the Doctor would be appalled to think that they were), it's really just that Amy has, at this point in the series, rather conflicted feelings about the Doctor and Rory. While on the verge of marrying the dependable everyman Rory, she feels an attraction to the Doctor, his exciting life and offbeat ways. As a result of this episode, she comes to realise that she does truly love Rory.

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The Eleventh Hour - S5-E1

Question: What happened to Amelia's parents?

Shadow5

Chosen answer: It is explained in the last episode of the series that the crack in Amy's wall is like a hole in time that's following her around, sucking in people and erasing their entire existence. When this happens, as it does with Rory mid season, Amy and everyone else who knew the person forgets all about them and their mind just sort of fills in the blanks in their past that that person would have filled. This is what happened to Amy's parents, they were erased from time before the Doctor met her, that's why he takes such an interest in her - she's the girl who doesn't make sense living all alone in such a big house. The events of the final episode set things right and restore her parents to existence along with everyone else the crack swallowed.

roboc

Does that mean the four clerics who were erased are also restored?

Army of Ghosts (1) - S2-E15

Question: When Rose is snooping around after having put on the white coat, she passes a few fire extinguishers in a hall. In the room with the Void Sphere, there's another one. But they're all silver. I may just not be worldly enough, but I've only ever seen red fire extinguishers. Are they like that in the UK, or is it a Doctor Who thing?

Knever

Chosen answer: It's a Doctor Who thing, fire extinguishers in the UK have been red since 1997. Before then different colours represented different contents (water, foam, etc.), but it's unlikely the extinguishers seen would be that old.

pinkwafer

School Reunion - S2-E6

Question: When the Doctor says good-bye to Sarah-Jane at the end of the show, it is as if he'll never see her again, yet, he visits her on 'The Sarah Jane Adventures'. Being a time lord, he would know if he'd see her again so why did he say good-bye?

Shadow5

Chosen answer: He doesn't know his own future. She might die or he might regenerate before he sees her again.

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Flesh and Stone (2) - S5-E5

Question: Is Octavin - the leader of the clerics - a future version of the Doctor?

Shadow5

Chosen answer: No, there's nothing to suggest that Octavian isn't exactly who he claims to be.

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Season 7 generally

Question: If Amelia and Rory 'died' in 2012 (Angels Take Manhattan) How come the Doctor had dinner with them in 2013? He 'died' to them in 2011 (The Impossible Astronaut) And, in "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe" he said he was gone 2 years. 2011+2 = 2013. But they 'died' in 2012.

Shadow5

Chosen answer: Angels Take Manhattan takes place in Amy and Rory's personal timelines after they experience the events of The Doctor's visits. When the Angels take someone, they consume all of that person's potential temporal energy after that point, so they'd already had those experiences with The Doctor before being taken.

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Show generally

Question: What was the reason Doctor Who stopped airing from 1989 until 2005?

Shadow5

Chosen answer: The show, at the time, was suffering badly in the ratings, mainly from a poor time slot, which put it directly up against a highly popular soap opera. The series was also going through something of a bad patch anyway - Colin Baker had proved controversial as the sixth Doctor, leading to his eventual dismissal from the role, a prior eighteen month hiatus had lowered public interest, and a number of issues behind the scenes were deemed to have had a detrimental effect on script quality. While things arguably improved somewhat in the final couple of series with Sylvester McCoy's seventh Doctor, the damage was done and, although pre-production work had already started on the next series, the decision was taken to suspend production.

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A Good Man Goes to War - S6-E8

Question: Between the classic and revived series, has River Song's parents been mentioned or hinted before? If so, what was said about them?

Shadow5

Chosen answer: They have not.

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Voyage of the Damned - S3-E16

Question: I just wanted to check before I post it as a mistake. When Morvin and Foon are fixing the Host, Foon says she spent 5000 credits on phone calls and that they'll never be able to pay it off. At the end of the episode, the Doctor tells Mr. Copper that he has 50,000,056 credits on his card which he says is equal to £1,000,000. According to this calculation, the 5000 credits that Foon spent, divided by 50.000056 = £99.999888. Surely even though they work on a milk market they'd be able to pay that off easily, wouldn't they

Professor Lazarus

Chosen answer: Depends on how much money they made at the market. For some people, a £99 expense WOULD be too much to pay off.

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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)

LizzieWD
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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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Season 2 generally

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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