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Since I've never been to the UK, I can't understand the reason why V said that the Victoria Line is blocked between St. James & Whitehall. I looked up the Victoria Line and found out that it doesn't stop anywhere between St. James & Whitehall:

Map of the Victoria Line, following its real world path.

As I know, the car which contains

V's corpse

departed from Victoria station and exploded underneath Downing Street. How could this be possible?

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    Plot armor helped V – Boolean Feb 21 at 13:27
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  • I am not as well versed with the tube map as some, but I suspect the answer lies in the fact that the line the tub follows, and the approximated schematic I linked make some compromises. As such, there will be a chunk of the line 'between' those two stations, that won't be obvious from the image you provided – AncientSwordRage Feb 21 at 13:34
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    @LogicDictates - I think we can assume it's the comic since V blew up Big Ben in the opening of the graphic novel, not with a train but with a demolition charge in the clock tower; i.stack.imgur.com/2d6xq.png. He then threatened Downing Street. In the movie Downing Street doesn't get a mention. First it's Lady Justice, then the Houses of Parliament. – Valorum Feb 21 at 21:14
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    Wasn't the whole point of that scene that they were in an old, abandoned section of the tube that's not part of the system anymore (or maybe never was, just being an uncompleted extension)? Otherwise, how would they have loaded up all those explosives without being noticed? – Darrel Hoffman Feb 22 at 21:26
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The remark made by V was:

the Victoria line is blocked, twixt Whitehall and St. James.

There are two problems with relating this to the Victoria line which we know from our reality. Firstly, as the map shows, the Victoria line does not go to St James or anywhere close (although it does pass almost directly beneath Buckingham Palace). Secondly there is no tube station called "Whitehall". Assuming that Whitehall corresponds to the real-life station of Westminster, the only tube line that does connect these stations is the Circle and District line. This gets to within 200 m of 10 Downing Street (although it does not actually run beneath it).

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So the only solutions I see are either that V misspoke and that the train actually traveled along the Circle and District line. Alternatively, given that V for Vendetta takes place in an alternate reality, the Victoria line takes a different trajectory there. Given the mention of "Whitehall station", which does not exist here, this may be the more likely solution.

Following Anna's comment, it is apparent from the map shown in the graphic novel that the line in question corresponds to the Circle and District line in our reality. So maybe in the Vendetta universe it is simply the case that that line is named as the Victoria line (and its route makes a little jink to take it under Downing Street). Out-of-universe, maybe Alan Moore just got the name wrong. Closer inspection of the Vendetta map shows a "Strand" station between Charing Cross and Leicester Square. That's not present in our world any more, so the networks are slightly different.

Comparison of the tube map in Vendetta with the current London underground

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    It's possible that the reference to Whitehall was merely alluding to the area in general, and not necessarily to a theoretical Underground station existing there. On a sidenote, is that quoted dialogue actually present in the movie? I'm aware that it's present in online scripts for the movie, but I can't find it in the movie itself, and there seem to be clear deviations between that script and the dialogue in the movie, suggesting that this may have been an early draft which was subsequently revised. I've searched for a direct transcript of the movie, but haven't found one as yet. – LogicDictates Feb 21 at 18:22
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    @LogicDictates Even so, the only tube line going through Whitehall is the Circle and District line. – Clara Diaz Sanchez Feb 21 at 18:31
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    @Anna The line shown in the tube map in the graphic novel is clearly the Circle and District line. So maybe in the Vendetta universe that line is named as the Victoria line (and its route makes a little jink to take it under Downing Street). And on closer inspection, the Vendetta map shown a "Strand" station between Charing Cross and Leicester Square. That's not present in our world, so the networks are slightly different. – Clara Diaz Sanchez Feb 21 at 20:54
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    @ClaraDiazSanchez There was a Strand station on the Piccadilly line from 1907 to 1915. Then it was renamed Aldwych, and it closed in 1993. – Mike Scott Feb 21 at 21:01
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    @ClaraDiazSanchez The Northern Line part of Charing Cross used to be called "Strand" station (1915 - 1973) – Francis Davey Feb 21 at 21:47
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In the past, there have been many different routes proposed for new tube lines, and each new line which was proposed came with multiple different proposed routes at different stages before construction began.

It is not difficult to see how a novelist, writing about the tube network in the 1980s, at the time when planning was in progress for the new Jubilee Line, could have been writing at a time when the route, which was fairly uncertain at many stages of the planning, was intended to pass much closer to Downing Street.

The novel is set 15 years after 1982, the date of writing: it is perfectly reasonable to take the view that a writer in 1982 could legitimately have believed, given the uncertainties involved, that a decade and more later the new Jubilee line would lie quite close to Downing Street. He was speculating about a largely unknown future.

The proposed route which would have routed the new line from Westminster tube station to the existing station at Picadilly Circus, instead of to the neighbouring station at Green Park to which it now runs, would have in fact taken the Jubilee Line beneath Downing Street.

One point I can definitely clear up. The use of the name 'Victoria Line'. Many of the initial proposals were to build the new line, today called the Jubilee Line, as a simple extension of the Victoria Line. It was originally going to be much shorter: it grew in the planning, until eventually it became a completely new line: but in 1979 it started out as a short extension to the existing Victoria Line. It was a long way down the road in the construction phase before the belated decision was taken to name it the Jubilee Line.

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  • Moore wasn’t a novelist, and the Jubilee line was named in 1977, in honour of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. And before that, it was called the Fleet line. And the part of the line from Green Park to – Mike Scott Feb 22 at 6:56
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    @MikeScott "Moore wasn’t a novelist" Moore describes his works as "comic books", but the rest of the world tends to call V for Vendetta a "graphic novel". – Graham Feb 22 at 12:26
  • @Graham But it was a monthly serial, not something published as a single complete work. – Mike Scott Feb 22 at 13:25
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    @MikeScott So were most of Dickens' works, but we'd still call him a novelist. – Graham Feb 22 at 13:59
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    The Fleet/Jubilee line was never an extension, short, or otherwise, of the Victoria line. In 1979 it was built from Baker Street to Charing Cross, taking over the Stanmore branch of the Bakerloo, and was extended into East London in stages to 1999. – Michael Harvey Feb 22 at 18:41
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No, it's not possible using the tunnels as they exist in our universe. The most common maps of the London underground are schematics and not geographically accurate. However the latter do exist and show the Victoria line running well to the west of Downing Street.

Extract of London underground map

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    Schematics? I prefer to call them topological diagrams :-) – Rand al'Thor Feb 21 at 15:12
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    I still can't get it. The skyblue line is not even close to the whitehall. Are you talking about the gray colored line? Which refers to the jubilee line? But I'm pretty much sure that V's body was loaded on the victoria line. – Anna Feb 21 at 15:24
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    Some labels would improve this greatly. – Valorum Feb 21 at 15:48
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    @Anna The light-blue line is the Victoria line, which indeed does not go very close to 10 Downing Street (marked more-or-less with the black circle on Whitehall). The gray line is the Jubilee line which gets nearer, but still not very close. The green is the District line. – Clara Diaz Sanchez Feb 21 at 16:13
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    @Valorum Agree labels would be better - have edited, at the same time demonstrating why I'm not an artist. – Michael Feb 21 at 17:18

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