Doctor Who

The Eleventh Hour - S5-E1

New this month Revealing mistake: When an Atraxi ship appears over the village green, there's a shot where the Doctor, Amy and Rory turn to look at it, and they're standing in bright sunshine with their shadows visible - despite the fact that the Atraxi have surrounded the planet with a forcefield that dims sunlight, so those shadows shouldn't be possible.

00:36:05

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The End of Time - S4-E17

New this month Revealing mistake: Adams, the female Vinvocci, has a tendency to wrinkle her forehead, which makes the fact that her spiky head is a cap the actress is wearing very obvious.

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Dalek - S1-E6

Revealing mistake: When they show the soldiers killed by the Dalek, in both the hallway outside the cage and the large room in weapons testing, they show some casings which were ejected from the soldiers' guns. The casings still have projectiles in them. If used, they would have been in magazines and would never fall out like they are shown.

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The Big Bang - S5-E13

Revealing mistake: When the Doctor travels back in time after being shot by the stone Dalek, falls down the stairs and tells himself that he has 12 minutes to live we never see either of the 2 Doctors' faces onscreen at the same time, and if you look at the hair on the Doctor that's dying it is completely different to Matt Smith's. That's because it is Gordon Seed, Matt Smith's stunt double.

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Aliens of London (1) - S1-E4

Revealing mistake: When the alien spacecraft crashes into Big Ben, it is obvious that the shot has been reversed/flipped around. Look at the Roman numerals on Big Ben's clock face: They should read (clockwise from the top) XII, I, II, III, and so. Instead they read IIX, IX, X, etc.

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Boom Town - S1-E11

Revealing mistake: The 'earthquake' that takes place in this episode results in CGI-created cracks in the pavement that are very unconvincing. They do not appear to displace anything and - in a related continuity error - the cracks disappear in shots taken from ground level (the cracks are only visible in high-level 'looking down' shots).

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Rose - S1-E1

Revealing mistake: The Doctor and Rose locate the "metal" hatch that leads down into the Nestene Consciousness' lair. Watch carefully after the Doctor removes the "metal" hatch and moves it aside. The entire hatch pops up a second later. This is because it is plastic and it was suctioned to the floor.

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The Idiot's Lantern - S2-E10

Revealing mistake: During the scene in which the Doctor is climbing the transmitter, there is a shot in which he is viewed from above and is then struck by lightning. In this shot, the Doctor's foot disappears briefly as it leaves the green screen on the ground under the actor.

00:38:25

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Rose - S1-E1

Revealing mistake: When Mickey closes the wheelie bin lid, he then finds the plastic stuck to his hands, he lifts his hands up and the plastic stretches like tar. If you look closely when he lifts his hands up for the first time, you'll see that a shadow of one of his hands is cast on his shirt, but there is no shadow of the strands of plastic stuck to his fingers. Additionally, when he turns around to pull away from the bin, he crosses the strands over each other, but they are still parallel in the following scene.

00:22:40

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Planet of the Ood - S4-E3

Revealing mistake: Soon after the Doctor and Donna are blasted back there is fake snow on the camera, indicating there's a camera there.

00:34:15

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The Pandorica Opens - S5-E12

Revealing mistake: When the Cyberman arm is shooting at the Doctor and Amy, just after the Doctor jumps out to draw its fire, Amy leans on the Pandorica and you can see it bend in, revealing that it's made out of plastic or something.

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Doomsday (2) - S2-E16

Revealing mistake: When the Doctor and Rose are talking at the bay, the Doctor's hair is blowing in the wind, but it's not when he is shown in the TARDIS. Considering the image of him on the beach is a projection of him in the TARDIS, the two versions should match. The actor was obviously on the beach recording his lines with Rose and back on a set doing the inside scenes.

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The Christmas Invasion - S2-E2

Revealing mistake: After the Christmas tree has cut through the wall in the Tylers' flat, you can see marker pen where the shape has been drawn and cut out.

00:10:30

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School Reunion - S2-E6

Revealing mistake: At the end when Sarah Jane is walking towards the TARDIS and the Doctor opens the doors, the inside of the TARDIS is obviously a painting.

00:39:00

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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 Christmas Invasion - S2-E2

Revealing mistake: In the scene after the Christmas tree has been destroyed in the flat and the Doctor, Rose, Jackie and Mickey are standing outside, the robot Santas do not have any gloves on, showing human hands.

00:11:05

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Doomsday (2) - S2-E16

Revealing mistake: When the Doctor calls Rose when she is with the Daleks, you can see on the screen of her phone that the call has been going on for at least 57 seconds, but she just answered the call.

00:06:50

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World War Three (2) - S1-E5

Revealing mistake: At the end of the episode there is a side shot of the Doctor leaving the TARDIS in which you can see inside, but the control room isn't visible, just the side of the police box, with light from outside shining through the window.

00:38:00

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The Rings of Akhaten - S7-E9

Revealing mistake: While the Doctor and Clara visit the market in Akhaten, the rubber mask of one of the aliens they encounter is revealed, as the eyes of the actor wearing it are very much visible.

00:08:10

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Suggested correction: No, the eyes are not visible.

Charles Miller

You can undoubtedly see the actor's skin and eye underneath the rubber mask.

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Aliens of London (1) - S1-E4

Revealing mistake: In close-ups of the modified pig, seams are visible on its forelimbs.

00:22:45

The End of Time: Part Two - S4-E18

Revealing mistake: Throughout certain points of the episode, you can see the Master's real brown hair through his blonde wig.

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Evolution of the Daleks (2) - S3-E5

Revealing mistake: When Dalek Sec picks up the remains of the radio and turns it in his hands, the "Hamilton" label on the front of the radio is written backwards, indicating that the shot has been flipped horizontally.

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Show generally

Revealing mistake: Whenever you glimpse the inside of the TARDIS from outside, a frontal view reveals a picture of what's inside which has been placed at the back of the box. Sadly, it isn't on the sides. This means that, from the right angle, you can easily tell that it is just a box.

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Evolution of the Daleks (2) - S3-E5

Revealing mistake: When the people in Hooverville are meeting around the campfire, it's raining. However, everyone's clothes and hats are completely dry.

00:28:05 - 00:28:45

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The Impossible Astronaut - S6-E2

Revealing mistake: When the Doctor is struck by the green light emitted from the astronaut, his right thigh momentarily disappears due to the animation. (This is even more visible when looking at the still of this shot on the Doctor Who website).

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Midnight - S4-E10

Revealing mistake: In the opening scene the Doctor and Donna are speaking over the phone. The purple phone Donna is holding shows the slot where a cable should be plugged in, but there is none.

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The Stolen Earth (1) - S4-E12

Revealing mistake: When Torchwood is transmitting a signal to the Doctor, there is an overhead shot of Cardiff in which several shoppers are idly walking through apparently deserted streets.

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The Fires of Pompeii - S4-E2

Revealing mistake: When the Doctor and Donna are walking through the underground tunnels towards Mount Vesuvius, tunnels that can be presumed to be fairly warm due to their connections to volcanic activity, their breath is visible - something that only happens in cold temperatures.

00:31:20

Partners in Crime - S4-E1

Revealing mistake: When the Doctor and Donna are attempting to smash open a window while stuck in the window-washing cart, there is a shot of them from above just before Foster cuts the cable in which banging sounds are heard and the cart is shaking, but if you look closely at them they aren't actually touching the window at all.

00:26:10

Voyage of the Damned - S3-E16

Revealing mistake: Max Capricorn is a cyborg, with his head being the only remaining part of his original body, wired up to a mobile life support system. If you look closely during his scenes, whenever he turns his head, the costume the actor is wearing to hide his body becomes apparent, as the wires and cables below Capricorn's head also move slightly.

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The Family of Blood (2) - S3-E9

Revealing mistake: In the penultimate scene, with Tim Latimer helping an injured Hutchinson across a muddy battlefield at night, one of the shots is flipped - in the unflipped shots, Hutchinson has his right arm slung across Tim's shoulders, but in the flipped shot, it appears to be his left arm, and the two young men have switched sides.

00:39:45

The Lazarus Experiment - S3-E6

Revealing mistake: When the Doctor and Martha get out of the elevator and enter the reception room in search of Lazarus, they pass by the string quartet. The violinist is not actually playing, as her bow is not touching the strings of her instrument.

00:18:05

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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Bad Wolf (1) - S1-E12

Revealing mistake: When the Gamestation's transmissions are cut off by solar flares, there is a close-up of a screen going over to static. In the upper right corner, a box with "Play" written in it is visible, revealing the image on the screen as a video.

00:34:50

Rose - S1-E1

Revealing mistake: There are some moments during the scene where the Doctor is being strangled by the Auton arm where it's fairly obvious that Christopher Eccleston is holding the arm to his own throat. Namely, the moments where the hand isn't quite in the right position, slipping towards his chin.

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Rose - S1-E1

Revealing mistake: When the Doctor fires a champagne cork into Auton-Mickey's head, the lack of spraying or leaking wine, even when the Doctor is seen holding the open bottle horizontally immediately afterwards, makes it quite clear that the champagne bottle is actually empty.

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Death in Heaven - S8-E12

Revealing mistake: During the sequence where the Cyber-clouds covering Earth are burned away, there is a shot showing the clouds burning over the Sydney Opera House. The shot is, very obviously, a still image to which CGI of the burning sky has been added, resulting in an extremely unconvincing image.

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The Day of the Doctor - S7-E16

Revealing mistake: When Osgood tells Kate that they're using Derren Brown as the explanation for flying the TARDIS into Trafalgar Square by helicopter, the two women are standing in front of the TARDIS. Its door is slightly open, revealing an interior that is obviously a picture.

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Deep Breath - S8-E1

Revealing mistake: After the clockwork droids shut down, when the ones in the restaurant basement start falling over, the extended blade of one of the toppling droids flops about like rubber.

01:08:15

The Snowmen - S7-E7

Revealing mistake: When the Doctor and Vastra are on the TARDIS talking about Clara's injuries, and he says that he thinks for once the universe owes him one, he pulls some switches on the console. If you pay attention, you'll notice that the console wobbles slightly as he does so.

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The Bells of Saint John - S7-E8

Revealing mistake: During the sequence where Clara sets foot on the TARDIS for the first time, and she and the Doctor then stop the plane from crashing, there are some shots which make it fairly obvious that the mug of tea she's carrying is empty.

00:24:35

The Power of Three - S7-E5

Revealing mistake: When Brian is woken up by the cube he was watching suddenly moving, the cube is obviously not lying flat on the table surface, being slightly tilted up in order to make room for the device being used to make it spin.

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Closing Time - S6-E13

Revealing mistake: When the Cybermat gets free after the Doctor tries to hit it with a pot and accidentally gets Craig instead, it is very obviously CGI when it slides along the floor and stops by a piece of furniture.

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A Good Man Goes to War - S6-E8

Revealing mistake: Several of the hallways in Demon's Run, particularly the one where Madame Kovarian has the baby brought to her and the one the Doctor's standing in when he realises where Amy and Rory's baby was conceived, are the repainted sets of the TARDIS hallways from "The Doctor's Wife", three episodes before.

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The Crimson Horror - S7-E13

Revealing mistake: Just before Strax leaves grumbling that he's going to play with his grenades, if you look closely you can see his face mask peeling.

00:27:45

Death in Heaven - S8-E12

Revealing mistake: During the scene at the beginning where people are taking pictures of themselves with the Cybermen, there are a few moments where the Cybermen's armour is revealed to be rubber when people touch it.

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The Christmas Invasion - S2-E2

Revealing mistake: When Daniel Llewellyn is looking up U.N.I.T. staff records on the computer, at one point a control panel for a DVD playing program is visible onscreen, showing that the special U.N.I.T. user interface is a video.

00:26:25

Rose - S1-E1

Revealing mistake: In the underground scene in the Nestene lair, the CGI used to create the Nestene is horrendous. And in a shot from behind the Doctor, the Nestene looks like a whole bunch of orange pixels.

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A Town Called Mercy - S7-E4

Revealing mistake: When Jex's ship explodes, we see the smoke drifting over town. But it's really obvious that the smoke is coming from the next street, not miles away where Jex's ship is.

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Doomsday (2) - S2-E16

Revealing mistake: In the Torchwood building, a large group of Cybermen start shooting at the Daleks and the Genesis Ark. The Daleks shoot several of them, and you can see a Cyberman that, thanks to hilarious CGI, just collapses like a sock without any physical regard that he is wearing tough metal leg armour, is floating a little off the ground, and falls way too fast than physical laws could allow.

00:25:15

Season 9 generally

Revealing mistake: In several episodes of season 9, starting at "Under the Lake" and continuing through "Before the Flood", "The Girl who Died" and "Sleep No More", the same white hallway model is used. For the first two episodes, this makes sense, since they play in the same location. However, the same hallway is used in "The Girl who Died", when the men from Ashildr's village get blasted to death, and again in several scenes in "Sleep No More" when the characters run through the hallways. Also, it seems the control room from the underwater research center, where the characters hide from the ghosts in "Under the Lake" and "Before the Flood", is reused as the white room in "Hell Bent" when the Doctor pulls Clara out of her timeline, though in "Hell Bent" the room is nearly empty and the room in "Under the Lake" and "Before the Flood" is full of equipment.

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The Runaway Bride - S3-E14

Revealing mistake: At the end when the Doctor makes it snow, in the wide shot you can see the snow blows in from the left side, showing that they used a snow machine just off-camera.

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The Runaway Bride - S3-E14

Revealing mistake: When the Doctor goes to toss the trio of Christmas balls up, the two times after the first toss are re-used shots of the first toss. His movements of his right arm to bring up the controller are too exact to be coincidence.

00:50:15

The Pandorica Opens - S5-E12

Revealing mistake: As Amy stands where she is told, a cable comes towards her feet. As it does, a black thread can be seen pulling it up to wrap around her leg.

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The Sontaran Stratagem (1) - S4-E4

Revealing mistake: In the beginning, the ATMOS system takes the car to the Thames, then runs it into the river. At first, the car runs forward normally. After the angle change, there's a huge white cloud of mist behind the car that dissipates quickly, meaning an air cannon of a sort was used to propel the car into the river.

00:02:35

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The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe - S7-E1

Revealing mistake: When Cyril is walking around the statue and chair in the tower, if you look closely you can see the statue's hands move or shake.

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Robot of Sherwood - S8-E3

Revealing mistake: When the old man is stabbed, the sword is retracted and we can see there is no blood visible on the sword. This is visible even before the blood is wiped off.

00:06:55

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The End of Time: Part Two - S4-E18

Revealing mistake: When the female Vinvocci is telling the male Vinvocci not to respond the Master's message, you can see a patch of non-green skin on the female Vinvocci's face.

00:27:50

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The End of Time: Part Two - S4-E18

Revealing mistake: Obvious dummy for the Doctor when he is being rolled down the stairs.

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The Family of Blood (2) - S3-E9

Revealing mistake: The pyrotechnic mortars used in the destruction of the Family's ship are visible in the shots leading up to their detonation. As the Family run from their ship through the field, the mortars are visible against the branches behind them. Shortly afterwards, they detonate, creating the illusion that the invisible craft has exploded.

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Victory of the Daleks - S5-E3

Revealing mistake: When the TARDIS dematerialises and causes wind to blow against Churchill and Amy, their clothes are affected - but the cigar smoke in the air is unaffected, and actually drifts towards the vanishing TARDIS.

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The Pyramid at the End of the World - S10-E8

Revealing mistake: The Monks show the Doctor and company simulations of a future, lifeless Earth - but some visible trees reveal the origins of the footage as being from the aftermath of natural disasters.

00:24:10

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The Husbands of River Song - S9-E14

Revealing mistake: When Hydroflax's head is sitting on the section of the TARDIS console with the telepathic circuits, the console is obviously sagging inward, as if made of rubber.

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Let's Kill Hitler - S6-E9

Revealing mistake: Mels is shot in the stomach by Hitler, leading to her regeneration. Rory, when checking the wound, says he's going to try and stop the bleeding. However, when she stands up while glowing with regeneration energy, and in every scene afterwards where Mels/River is wearing that dress, there is no bullet hole or bloodstain visible.

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Silence in the Library (1) - S4-E8

Revealing mistake: Also applying to the second episode of the two-parter, "Forest of the Dead": The keyboards on the Library's computer terminals are very obviously standard Apple keyboards - this in an episode set in the 52nd century.

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The Shakespeare Code - S3-E2

Revealing mistake: When Lilith bespells Shakespeare to write the end of Love's Labour's Won the way the Carrionites want it, there are several shots where a white fleck of some kind is visible in the lower centre of the screen, stuck to the camera lens.

00:17:10

Rose - S1-E1

Revealing mistake: Most of the time, the eyes of the dummies are molded and opaque. But in the mall, there are small holes in the eyes.

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The Big Bang - S5-E13

Revealing mistake: In the museum after the Doctor, Amy, young Amy and Rory escape the Stone Dalek, the Doctor uses the Vortex Manipulator to go back in time to tell Rory in 102 AD to let him out of the Pandorica. The third time he goes back, Amy moves despite being dead.

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Night Terrors - S6-E10

Revealing mistake: When the landlord, Purcell, wakes up on his floor because his pet dog is licking his hand, we see a few pieces of dog food fall from his fingers - should have been a re-shoot, but all credit to the actor, he knows it has happened and is quick to hide them again.

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The Vampires of Venice - S5-E6

Revealing mistake: When the Doctor begins climbing a pillar on top of the bell tower, we can see white sky on the central arch. Two other arches in the very same shot show really dark CG sky.

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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.

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"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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