In Face the Raven,

Ashildir takes the Doctor’s confession dial before teleporting him away.

Why? The Doctor already had

the teleporter on his wrist, which means he would go to the torture hell anyway.

Or was it that the

confession dial needed to be manipulated to be converted to a torture chamber before the Doctor was teleported?

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    It might be a bit weird to teleport someone into something that they’re carrying in their pocket. Commented Dec 7, 2015 at 10:17
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    @PaulD.Waite And since when was Doctor Who not "a bit weird"? :-)
    – Rand al'Thor
    Commented Dec 8, 2015 at 0:07
  • I think the first comment by @Paul is the answer. If the Confession Dial wasn't taken, maybe the teleportation wouldn't work because something can't teleport inside itself.
    – user931
    Commented Dec 8, 2015 at 0:33
  • Thank you for putting the episode in the title so I could avoid the spoilers (I know I clicked on it to comment, but I didn't read the question, so as not to see the spoilers etc. lol)
    – RedCaio
    Commented Jun 22, 2016 at 3:51

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Your final speculation is correct.

In "Hell Bent", The Doctor gets very angry about what happened to him after "Face the Raven". In particular, he says that:

the confession dial was never meant to be used the way his was used -- to basically torture and interrogate a living Time Lord.

We can infer from this that The Doctor would never have set up his confession dial to act this way, so the people who made the deal with Ashildir must have done so. They would have needed access to it to do that, so they had Ashildir take it before he teleported.

  • But, there wasn't any time to do the manipulation.
    – user931
    Commented Dec 7, 2015 at 15:02
  • Maybe the "program" so to speak, was already written, and could have been uploaded to the device very quickly once it was taken...would have to re-watch to see the sequence of events though Commented Dec 7, 2015 at 16:09
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    @SS-3.1415926535897932384626433 They're Time Lords. They have all the time they need. Just teleport The Doctor a year into the future and you have an entire year to reprogram it.
    – KutuluMike
    Commented Dec 7, 2015 at 16:20
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    @Paul Haha.. Yeah, it's possible. They applied some kind of template instantly...
    – user931
    Commented Dec 8, 2015 at 12:10
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    @SS-3.1415926535897932384626433 Teleportation involves your body being destroyed and reconstructed somewhere else. The doctor's body could have been reconstructed in the confession dial long after we see him disappear. After all, he can't feel that kind of time travel (his body is repeatedly reconstructed millions/billions of years after he was actually teleported and he never feels time travel). Commented Dec 12, 2015 at 3:40

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