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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Main characters actors playing background characters in DW? [duplicate]

As Peter Capaldi, who played Roman merchant Lucius Caecilius Iucundus in 4x02 (2005 serie) and Freema Agyeman (Adeola Oshodi, 2x12), are there others main character's actors who played background ...
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In Doctor Who, does the general public know about aliens?

In the Whoniverse (Doctor Who, Torchwood, Sarah Jane), do the good people of Earth know about alien and paranormal activity? If so, what do they know, and how do they learn it? Lots of stories seem ...
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How many Great and Bountiful Human Empires have existed?

Christopher Eccleston's Doctor refers a number of times to the "Fourth Great and Bountiful Human Empire". In total, how many so-called "Great and Bountiful Human Empires" have existed?
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Is there an in-universe explanation for why humans look like time lords? [duplicate]

Amy: You look human. Doctor: No, you look time lord. We came first. (from Series 5, episode 2, The Beast Below Is there an in-universe explanation for why time lords and humans look ...
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Why do the Doctor's companions always end up living in London?

Now, I will start by saying that I know Doctor Who is filmed in Wales, and also London is our country's capital, but why is it that no matter when the Doctor is on Earth (even not in London) he meets ...
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What was the Doctor afraid of in Planet of the Spiders?

Relevant quotes from the serial are below. For those unaware, the Great One is a talking telekinetic spider the size of your house. GREAT ONE [OC]: You are proud, little man. I see that I shall ...
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Why are Daleks terrifying?

I'm fairly new to Dr. Who, just having watched some of the newer episodes, and find Daleks rather, well, odd. The idea seems to be that they probably are cheesy villains by today's standards but ...
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Clara's and Rose's apartment stairs

I have just watched the very first episode of the Doctor Who reboot, "Rose", and the flight of stairs she walks down look exactly identical to Clara's stairs in "The Zygon Invasion" episode and Matt ...
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Was the Doctor’s TARDIS inside Clara’s?

So, in the final episode of series 9, the Doctor is without his TARDIS, it having been left in London during a previous episode. Not mentioning the beautiful art that Rigsy did to his TARDIS, (which ...
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Was this scarf in Once Upon A Time a reference to Doctor Who?

In the episode "It's Not Easy Being Green" from Once Upon A Time there's a guy wearing this long, colorful scarf: On the right, behind the Wicked Witch (who is trying to harness the power of time ...
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What was Harold Saxon's involvement in the Lazarus experiment?

In series 3 episode 6, The Lazarus Experiment, a connection between Lazarus and Harold Saxon is hinted at by the presence of a shady Saxon agent (played by Bertie Carvel, now better known for his role ...
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Out of universe, why did they decide to have the Third Doctor be stranded on Earth for so long?

Since the Doctor traveling through time and space was a significant chunk of the show's premise, the decision to restrict the Third Doctor to "modern"-day Earth for much of his tenure seems like it ...
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Earliest mention of “companions” in Doctor Who?

I was watching The Web Of Fear (one of the lost episodes). In episode 5, the Great Intelligence says that if The Doctor doesn't comply then it will "have to seek the help of lesser mortals - like your ...
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Who painted Clara’s portrait in Heaven Sent?

I was wondering if there’s any hint. Do you think it was
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Why does Rory not use his handgun after he discovers he has it?

It seems rory could have used it many times for getting out of particularly tight spots, so why didn't he use it then?(unless I missed a huge timey wimey spacy wacy thing)
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When did pure-historical Doctor Who go out of fashion?

When Doctor Who first came on TV in the 1960s, it was designed in large part as an educational show, and alternated between stories set in the past (teaching children about history) and stories set in ...
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Why does the Doctor make the pop sound in Heaven Sent?

In "Heaven Sent", at the beginning Is it a saying or an old time gesture of some sort? It just seems strange to be put in for no reason. I want to know if there is something I'm just not getting.
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Where does The Doctor get a (new) TARDIS? [closed]

Remember when The Doctor got a brand new TARDIS? Where does he get them from? Aren't almost all the Time Lords dead? Who else (except maybe the Daleks or the tiny people inside robots) would build a ...
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What are the known instances of the Doctor's *personal* history being rewritten?

The Doctor says he can't go back on his own timeline (for example, Smith and Jones, "except for cheap tricks"). It's implied it's a very bad thing to mess with his timeline. What are the instances of ...
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Pears in Doctor Who

When and where did the idea come from that the Doctor hates pears? As seen in this answer, in series 3 the Tenth Doctor (or possibly David Tennant - he was 'out of character' immediately after this ...
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Season 9 episode 12 - why did the Doctor need to erase this person's memory?

In the last episode of season 9, the Doctor said he needed to erase Clara's memory. And after Clara said that she reversed the Doctor's device, he used it anyway. Why did someone (the Doctor or Clara) ...
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How can Ashildr pilot a TARDIS?

Ashildr pilot a TARDIS But, except for short or emergency flights, normally with the presence of the Doctor alongside, no human (River Song isn't pure human) would have been able to pilot the ...
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Why was The Doctor's confession dial left abandoned in a desert?

In the end of Heaven Sent, The Doctor appeared in the middle of a desert, Why did the Time Lords leave the confession dial, abandoned there? It would make sense to store it somewhere instead.
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How old were the War Doctor, Nine and Ten when they regenerated, and how certain are we of these ages? [duplicate]

We know Eleven lived more than a thousand years total (three hundred at least, before Trenzalore, and around 900 in Trenzalore, if I remember well). Do we have enough information to estimate how long ...
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A small question about “Hell bent” episode of Doctor Who

At the end of Heaven Sent, the Doctor So why, at the very beginning of Hell Bent, But is that a continuity error or purposefully done ?
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How much does River Song know about her own death?

At the end of the episode "The Husbands of River Song", River and the Doctor are on a date, at the Singing Towers of Derillium. The way River is acting, she seems to be aware that When she realizes ...
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Music in “Heaven sent” episode of Doctor Who

In that episode, straight after the Doctor Who theme, the Doctor speaks out loud about it being a long range teleporter and that Clara asked to not take revenge but he doesn't always listen. Can ...
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How does River Song do her time traveling?

In The Husbands of River Song (the 2015 Christmas special), River Song says she has often stolen the Tardis, did her thing, and then returned the Tardis to where/when it was, without the Doctor ever ...
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Who rules Gallifrey after season 9 finale? [Spoilers]

During the season 9 finale "Hell bent" the Doctor My question is who is in charge now? Not sure if this info exists yet, but hoping Moffat might have said something.
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How can the TARDIS be late?

I was reading this question about the Doctor Who episode "The Time of the Doctor", and I had a case of Fridge Logic trope. How can a time machine be late ? In this case it took the TARDIS 300 ...
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Doctor Who / Red Dwarf Crossovers?

Are there any Doctor Who & Red Dwarf crossover media? Or any mention of one in the other? I know there's been a Who/Star Trek comic. The Doctor has also namedropped meeting other sci-fi ...
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Is there a full recording of the Doctor's message to Martha before he turns human?

In series 3 episode 8, Human Nature, the Doctor undergoes a painful biological transformation, making himself human and hiding away in early 20th-century England in order to escape the attention of ...
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Why aren't The Mire immortal?

In Series 9, "The Girl Who Died", we're introduced to Ashildr, the viking girl whose life the Doctor saved by using a Mire "Medical Kit", which will keep "repairing" her, maybe forever. The ...
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How old was Tom Baker when he played the Fourth Doctor in Doctor Who?

I am wondering how old Tom Baker was when he played the Doctor. I know how old he is now, but how about then? I look up to him; he is my 3rd favourite doctor.
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How many beings died during the Time War?

In the Time War, nearly all of the Daleks were destroyed, and the Time Lords disappeared. Other races were partially or fully wiped out by side effects of the fighting. Is it ever revealed how many ...
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Why did the Daleks use pigs to make pig-slaves?

In "Daleks in Manhattan" and "Evolution of the Daleks", Daleks from the Cult of Skaro use a genetic laboratory in 1930 Manhattan to turn residents of the slum of Hooverville into pig-slaves, which ...
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Why was River Song so slow?

In this year's Christmas special The Husbands of River Song, why did River For most of the episode, I assumed But this doesn't appear to be the case, as So how come this didn't happen ...
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Why are Time Lords afraid of Cloister if it can't stop a TARDIS from leaving?

The Cloister attacks people only when people try to leave it, but it was unable to stop TARDIS from leaving. Maybe, the Dalek which was trapped there didn't have emergency temporal shift tech during ...
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When did Doctor Who explain how the chameleon circuit works?

I have no idea when or where, but I seem to recall the Doctor saying at some point that the TARDIS’s chameleon circuit is not broken—on landing, it scans the surroundings, determines a suitable form ...
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Where does “The Husbands of River Song” fall in River’s timeline?

I just watched the 2015 Christmas special The Husbands of River Song and I was wondering what part of River's timeline that was. My theory is that this episode is set between her encounters with the ...
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In The Dalek Invasion of Earth, why did the Daleks want to turn Earth into a giant spaceship?

I'm specifically referring to the First Doctor serial The Dalek Invasion of Earth, not any of their many subsequent attempts to invade Earth. BLACK DALEK: What remains to be done? NORMAL ...
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Who exactly was “The Watcher” in Logopolis, and how did he help the Fourth Doctor regenerate?

During the Logopolis serial we occasionally see this mysterious humanoid dressed in white called The Watcher. We never hear him say anything, and the only explanation we get is at the very end of the ...
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Can Weeping Angels still move while they are stone?

Let me know if this is a duplicate, I think the would have been asked before. In the DW episode Flesh and Stone, the weeping angels are shown to turn to stone when nobody is looking. This is when Amy ...
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How does the Doctor “read” the sonic screwdriver?

So, a few of the doctors have now had their own sonic devices (thank god,the 12th finally got his own and not the sunglasses :P) but my question is this, when the doctor is using it, how is he able to ...
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Does the Doctor believe in Santa Claus?

I've never heard him say much on the matter. As he is a logical man, I'd say he likely does not, but he does "know" more than the average human. He once corrected Amy by claiming that some so-called ...
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Is there a metal axe handle in Before the Flood?

In Before the Flood, the ghosts can only pick up metal (presumably this is something to do with them being electromagnetic projections). Moran, though, is seen with a fire axe. He's stalking Cass ...
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Is there an official list of Doctor Who Companions?

Some of the people the Doctor travels with are obviously Companions with a capital C (Rose, Donna, Clara, etc.). For others, it's not so clear whether they count as Companions or just people he picks ...
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Is there a reason the Doctor couldn't save Amy and Rory? [duplicate]

I feel like the sad goodbye to Amy and Rory at the end of The Angels Take Manhattan in season 7 was unnecessary. I mean couldn't the Doctor have used River's vortex manipulator to go back to when the ...
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Why did the Doctor actually visit the diner in Nevada?

In the beginning of Doctor Who S9E12, Hell Bent, we see the Doctor driving through Nevada and stopping off at a roadside diner, which later turned out to be the same diner he once visited with Amy and ...
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Are there any spin-off series or guest appearances planned for these Doctor Who characters? [closed]

At the end of season 9, So, are there any plans for them to come back in their own spin-off series, like Sarah-Jane did? Or are there plans for to become a recurring character? I'm looking for ...