Plot hole: When the Doctor and Missy, the latest incarnation of the Master, meet for the first time, she passes herself off as an android. Only later in the episode, after seeing the Gallifreyan hard drive that she has been uploading human minds to, does the Doctor realise that she is a Time Lady, and he doesn't realise that she's the Master until she tells him in the episode's cliffhanger ending. The problem here is that over the show's long history, Time Lords have been shown to have the ability to recognize each other instantly, an ability that makes perfect sense given their powers of regeneration. Previously in the new series, it was even stated that Time Lords can psychically sense each other, an ability demonstrated on-screen in "The End of Time." In "Dark Water", this does not happen, at all. Now, the Master has a history of using technology to block his/her psychic signal before - the Archangel satellite network from Series 3. However, at no point in this episode or the next one, "Death in Heaven", does either the Doctor or the Master even mention such technology as being used, leaving the mystery of how the Doctor didn't recognize Missy as a Time Lady at the very least a rather glaring hole.
Factual error: In this episode, it is stated that the Moon's sudden increase in mass caused a devastating global high tide. The amount of the increase in mass is given as 1.3 billion tonnes. But the Moon has a mass of over 70,000,000,000 billion tonnes, or over 50 billion times the supposed increase. Such a negligible increase in mass, less than 0.000000002%, would have almost no effect on Earth's tides, let alone be devastating.
Continuity mistake: When Robin Hood has finished introducing the merry men to the Doctor and Clara, Clara says "You really are Robin Hood and his merry men" and she is shown with her arms parted away from each other. In the next shot, her arms are suddenly closer to her. Then in the next shot, her hands are now closed together. (00:08:25)Casual Person
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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