Doctor Who is a British science fiction television programme that depicts the adventures of a mysterious and eccentric Time Lord known as the Doctor who travels through time and space in his time machine, the TARDIS.

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Why didn't the Doctor use the TARDIS to return to Madame De Pompadour

The Doctor knew how unreliable the connection between the SS Madame De Pomadour and Madame De Pompadour's spacetime-zone was; so why did he try to go back to her using the connection (in this case the ...
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In Doctor who how many times did he regen [duplicate]

Well I say 15 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 - the tenth used the regen to fix himself then put all the energy in to his hand 11 - river gave him the power to fix himself and it went out of his hands 12 war ...
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Actors in both Star Trek and Doctor Who

I saw a headline today that read "Star Trek actor dies". Naturally I had to click the link to find out who it was. It ended up being Olaf Pooley whom I had never heard of. In reading his Wikipedia ...
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Why are the Doctor's companions called “companions”?

The only time I can recall the term "companion" being used in canon is in Asylum of the Daleks: WHITE: It is known the Doctor required companions. But I'm pretty sure the term predates this ...
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Why does The Doctor use Earth time?

Throughout the Doctor Who verse, one thing I have noticed is The Doctor using "Earth Time". When going through time, he will often say the year that the Earth is at, rather some sort of "Central ...
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How to identify a Time Lord?

ROSE: Well, he's got two hearts. JACKIE: Oh, don't be stupid. ROSE: He has. JACKIE: Anything else he's got two of? (The Christmas Invasion, 2005 Christmas special) So is there anything ...
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Why/When did the Doctor's regeneration process become dangerous to those around him?

So I've gone through some of the old (pre-2005) Doctor Who, and I realized that in the older Doctor Who, the Doctor didn't seem to mind if his companions were right beside him during regeneration ...
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Are the aliens in the Doctor Who universe subject to human law?

Suppose, for example, that the UK authorities issued an arrest warrant on the belief that he was involved in some felonious act, and he's in outer space. Would he be facing extradition to the UK?
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How much did the Doctor age between series 5 and series 7? [duplicate]

I'm confused. As of series 5/6, I thought The Doctor was 900 years old. Starting in the middle of Series 7, I started hearing the Doctor mention that he was 1000. If he aged 100 years, where did he ...
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Are the “Under Gallery” and “Black Archive” in “Day of the Doctor” actually something else?

Specifically a Based on the following clues... The wall art in the Under Gallery included some TARDIS-interior roundel style visuals. The Under Gallery curator is VERY heavily hinted to be a ...
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Who wrote the book “The History of the Time War”?

In the Doctor Who episode "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS" (S07E10) we saw Clara wandering off corridors of the TARDIS and finding this particular book. She starts to read it, during which she ...
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How many regenerations did River Song use?

In the "River Song's timeline" minisode / narrative story, Melody uses all her remaining regenerations to restore Doctor's life, after she first killed him with poison from a Judas tree. Melody now ...
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Which episodes did the footage of the thirteen doctors come from?

Is there a definitive list of which episodes / scenes that they used for the classic doctors in The Day of The Doctor?
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Has The Doctor ever visited Canada?

In-universe, the Doctor has visited numerous places on Earth, past, present, and future. Doctor Who, the production, has on occasion shot on location outside of the U.K. From the original run, "City ...
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What created the Crack in Time?

Doctor - "Two points in space and time that should never have touched" In "Flesh and Stone", the Doctor realizes the crack in time is the same as the crack on Amy's wall. At the end of the ...
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Why can't weeping angels be blown up? [duplicate]

We all know when you look at a weeping angel it turns to stone. My question is pretty simple, why can't you kill the weeping angel with a grenade/explosion?
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What is the Doctor's real name?

Is there anywhere (in canon) where The Doctor's real name is ever revealed? I know that several people do know it/learn it at some point (like The Master, River, and Clara for example), but is it ever ...
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In “The Snowmen” does Clara know the implications of the word POND?

In the 2012 Doctor Who Christmas special The Snowmen Vastra gives the Clara of that time the One Word Test to which her answer to Vastra's final question, to give the Doctor a message but with just ...
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Out-of-universe, why did Donna Noble's time as companion end the way it did?

Maybe I'm reading too much between the lines, but I don't understand why Donna ends so badly at the end of her season. I'm asking about the out-of-universe reasons. That is, having your character ...
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How did the Day of the Doctor affect the events in The End of Time?

Back in The End of Time, the time-locked Gallifrey was temporarily returned by the Master. But since the Day of the Doctor changed this into Gallifrey being what will have been happening (no ...
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What happened to the Doctor's granddaughter Susan Foreman? [duplicate]

Susan Foreman (the Doctor's granddaughter) was in the opening season of Doctor Who beginning in the pilot episode An Unearthly Child and continued until the second story of the second season The ...
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Why didn't Clara attempt to kill the Silent?

Before meeting the Doctor, Clara (the un-impossible one, if you want) led a normal life. That most likely includes watching the Moon Landing. Which, as Day of the Moon showed, In The Time of the ...
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Why didn't Clara say the Doctor's name?

In Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS, Clara learnt the Doctor's name from the Time War Book - but thanks to the time reset she forgot it. Then along came The Name of the Doctor, in which Clara ...
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Why were the Hosts on the Max Capricorn cruise liner programmed to follow The Doctor's orders?

In Doctor Who: Voyage of the Damned, why did the Hosts start to follow the Doctor's orders? Did the Doctor reprogram them himself, or were they programmed to take orders from the nearest organism ...
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How old was the Face of Boe when he died?

The Face of Boe is considered an "immortal" but he does eventually die. In the Doctor Who universe, books, TV, and comics, was an exact age of the Face of Boe given when he died in "Gridlock"?
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In Waters of Mars, what did the Doctor think the four knocks riddle meant?

In Waters of Mars, the Doctor claims to have worked out what the four knocks riddle: No, ‘cos someone told me just recently, they said I was going to die. They said “he will knock four times”. And ...
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Is Doctor Who's name John Hurt or Mildred? [duplicate]

I've been trying to figure out his name, and some people tell me it's Mildred and some say it's John Hurt - which one is it?
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What is the origin of the appellation “Paternoster Gang”?

Vastra, Jenny, and Strax are referred to as "The Paternoster Gang". How did the group acquire that appellation? I've only seen the name referenced in places like this site or wikis, but don't ever ...
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Were any Companions with more than one non-consecutive Doctor?

In Doctor Who (either the old seasons or the revived series), were there ever any people who were Companions of two non-consecutive Doctors? So not people like Rose (9th and 10th) and Clara (11th and ...
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Why is the “sonic screwdriver” called a “sonic screwdriver”?

Clearly, it's more than just a screwdriver. It could have been called an alien Swiss army knife, or an alien multipurpose tool. Why, then, is it just called a sonic screwdriver?
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Death in Christmas Special not a fixed point in time?

In The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe she saves her husband, but with that she modifies a fixed point in time, how is this possible? Is it a slight/tolerable nuance of a Christmas Special?
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standard system for Gallifreyan written language [duplicate]

is there a standard system for the Gallifreyan written language. I have seen a few around, but is there any standard way of doing it? (a link would be useful)
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Question about Jack Harkness/Face of Boe

Do we know anything about how Jack became the Face of Boe? We have seen in Torchwood that he can regrow pretty much all of his body from very little (almost "a rag, a bone, and a hank of hair") so ...
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How could The Doctor regenerate into the 12th, when the 11th was killed by the astronaut?

I haven’t watched much of Doctor Who, and my question pertains to episodes I’ve watched a while back, so this may be just me misunderstanding or misremembering, as opposed to a plot hole. In The Time ...
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In the Christmas special “Last Christmas”, where was The Doctor when he woke up?

In the 2014 Christmas special episode "Last Christmas" of Doctor Who, where was the Doctor when he woke up? Sorry if this is stupid. But, did I miss something? It kinda looked like Gallifrey.
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Of all the humans the repair droids could have chosen, why Madame de Pompadour?

In the Girl in the Fireplace episode, surely there were plenty of other 37-year-old females in France. Why did the robots target Madame de Pompadour?
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Half-Face man in “Heaven”?

So, we all remember in the Doctor Who episode "Deep Breath" in series 8 with that weird half-face man. There was another question on the Stack Exchange about the scene of the half-face man's defeat, ...
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What happened to the Half-Face Man?

In the Doctor Who episode Deep Breath, the Doctor and the Half-Face Man are standing in a doorway hundreds of feet above London and the following exchange takes place: HALF-FACE MAN: ...
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Have there been multiple time wars?

They mention "The Last Great Time War" in Doctor Who. Assuming that the one they talk about is the last, have there been other time wars in Doctor Who? Have they ever been mentioned in the classics?
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Doctor Who 12th doctor foreshadowing?

In The Time of the Doctor, the (12th) Doctor reveals that this is his During Matt Smith's run we see the Doctor go off on extended vacations, spend a few hundred years (off show) away, etc. So, ...
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Rings of Akhaten: Clara as a Companion

During the Rings of Akhaten, the doctor mentions that he had been here before with his granddaughter, Susan. I know she was left on earth to teach or so. Knowing that Clara teaches english and her ...
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Does The Rings of Akhaten explain the Eleventh Doctor’s line in Day of the Doctor?

When John Hurt's Doctor asked Matt Smith and David Tennant's Doctors if they count the children in Gallifrey before the galaxy eater, Matt Smith's doctor said he forgot about it (and his age). Do you ...
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How did Vastra, Jenny, and Strax all live a century while the Doctor was brooding?

Between the events of The Angels Take Manhattan and The Snowmen, it is stated explicitly that the Doctor became a brooding recluse in Victorian London for a hundred years. In Snowmen, Vastra says that ...
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Why didn't Ms Delphox use Teller to melt the guilty brain of The Doctor?

In the Time Heist episode of Doctor Who (2014) season 8, Teller caught The Doctor and Clara in the vault and took them to Ms Delphox's office. As to why didn't Teller finish them there in the vault, ...
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What type of bird makes the birdsong in the episode Amy's Choice?

In season 5, episode 7 Amy's Choice The Doctor and his companions switch between alternate "realities". Just before each switch they hear birdsong. What sort of ...
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The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe

In the 2011 Doctor Who Christmas special The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe, I noticed that the little boy is wearing glasses with rather powerful lenses (as opposed to "prop" glasses with plain ...
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Are there beings which have perfected hiding?

At the end of Listen, I got the feeling they wanted to write it off as an illusion of the Doctor, since Clara grabbed his ankle when he was a kid. So because of this there are no beings which ...
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Do we already know how the Doctor gets his bodies or faces?

In s08e01 Deep Breath, the Doctor wonders where he gets his faces from when he regenerates. Since I'm quite new to Doctor Who, and have seen all the episode for the 2005 series, I remembered I saw him ...
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Which Chinese food was accidentally invented by The Doctor?

I remember a scene of 11th Doctor (Matt Smith) calling or writing to Amy saying what he did last week. He told something like he accidentally invented pasta or noodle or something. Which food was it? ...
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When do phone calls to the TARDIS come through?

Throughout series 8 of Doctor Who, we see phone calls from Danny to Clara while she's travelling with the Doctor in the TARDIS. Now it's clear that when the TARDIS has stopped at somewhere reasonably ...