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In The Sarah Jane Adventures episode The Gift how are the Blathereen aliens killed at the end? [duplicate]

In The Sarah Jane Adventures episode "The Gift", how are the Blathereen aliens killed at the end?
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Were there officially created feature-length versions of Doctor Who serials?

In the 1980s, Doctor Who was supposedly the most popular program shown on Oregon Public Broadcasting's television network. At first, they showed one episode every weekday. However, they eventually ...
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Is there any more information about the alien intelligence in "The Mind of Evil"?

The Master's usual mode of operation after he arrives on Earth in season 8 of Doctor Who is to cooperate with another alien power to try to take over the planet, although the details of the ...
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What inspired the fascist logo in the Doctor Who serial "Inferno"?

In the Doctor Who story "Inferno," the Third Doctor accidentally transports himself to an alternate universe, in which Britain has evidently been a fascist dictatorship since at least 1943. ...
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Was the firing squad scene in Hell Bent inspired by the similar situation in Carnage of Krell?

In the Doctor Who episode, Hell Bent, the Doctor is facing a firing squad, who are made up of those who respect him more than they respect the person giving them orders. In this case it is president ...
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Who is the "Mysterious woman" who tries to save The Doctor? [duplicate]

In the two-parter Christmas-Specials "The End of Time", December 2009,- January 2010, the Time-Lords try to make a return in a manner that would destroy the Earth. Wilfred (Bernard Cribbbins)...
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A Doctor Who episode novelization where the Master is his brother

I remember looking at a novelization of a Doctor Who episode in a store and reading a scene where it is said that the Master and the Doctor were brothers. And for a long time I believed they were ...
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Were the washerwomen in "Castrovalva" inspired by an Escher artwork?

In season 19, episode 1 of Dr Who the Fifth Doctor visits the settlement Castrovalva, not knowing that the Master has laid a trap by tweaking around with the layout of the place. The episode was ...
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In Doctor Who Flux, what is the story in the Arctic Circle?

In the first episode of Doctor Who Flux, the Halloween Apocalypse, one of the plot threads introduced is the Arctic Circle. In these scenes a man and a woman receive a warning signal that they ignore, ...
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How much say do the actors of the Doctor have in how (s)he is portrayed?

Whenever a new actor portrays a new incarnation of the Doctor, the Doctor has like a completely new character and basically nothing in common with the last incarnation. How much saying does the actor ...
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Why wasn't the Meta-Crisis Doctor as smart as Doctor Donna was?

He was half-human, half-Time Lord. Why couldn't he be as smart as Donna was? Also, why didn't he have complications and need to have his own memory wiped, like Doctor Donna?
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Wouldn't Matt Smith actually be the 12th Doctor because of the War Doctor? [duplicate]

If you think about it, the show didn't really talk much about the Doctor who fought in the Time War, so wouldn't Matt Smith technically be the 12th doctor and Peter Capaldi the 13th?
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What instruments were used to record the Doctor Who theme -- originally?

We all know the theme music for Doctor Who has had the same tune and general sound since the show first aired in 1963, and has been rerecorded several times over that period -- most recently, when ...
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Is the inside of the Tardis bigger than the Universe? [duplicate]

The Doctor and some other people make references to the TARDIS being infinite so does that mean the inside of the TARDIS is bigger than the universe itself?
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Rose Tyler wardrobe change

At the beginning of season 2 of Doctor Who (2005), I noticed Rose Tyler changes clothes after she gets possessed by Cassandra. First she's wearing a blue top, then it's short-sleeved and purple for ...
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Links between "The Daleks" comics and the television series

The Wikipedia article on the Daleks states: "Although much of the material in these strips was directly contradicted by what was later shown on television, some concepts like the Daleks using ...
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What (or who) is the Valeyard? [duplicate]

The Valeyard has been one of the those puzzles in Doctor Who. Part of it is the novelization (from an older script) has the Master say "The Valeyard, Doctor, is your penultimate reincarnation... ...
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Why does The Doctor claim this impacts the prime minister's career so much? [duplicate]

I was recently reminded that in the Doctor Who story, "The Christmas Invasion," he whispers, "Don't you think she looks tired?" to a Prime Minister's aide. He does this in order to ...
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How often have Daleks appear on comedy television shows?

Google put the video "Dalek Seven-2 on Spike Milligan's 'Q6'" in my search results, and I found it surprising to see a Dalek appear in a television sitcom (if indeed that's the right take on ...
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What are all the Doctor Who works that reference the Library of St John the Beheaded

The Fandom page on the Library of St John the Beheaded contains many citations from Doctor Who works, but I don't know if it's exhaustive. What are all the Doctor Who works that reference this in-...
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Is the character Rigsy a nod to Banksy?

Rigsy was a one-off Doctor Who character who became a two-off when he appeared in both Series 8 "Flatline" and Series 9 "Face the Raven". Originally, he was a graffiti artist doing ...
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Why didn't the Doctor use the key to teleport the TARDIS back to him?

There! I've started watching Doctor Who a few weeks ago, and I've noticed some, let's say, "plot holes". In "Father's Day" we were shown that the TARDIS' key could be used to ...
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Is the name of The Master known?

One of the great mysteries of the Whoniverse is "What is the true name of The Doctor?". Are there any hints or clues through Nu Who or Classic Who (or even books or audio) as to the true ...
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Did the Gelth realize the Doctor was a Time Lord, rather than a human?

In the Doctor Who episode "The Unquiet Dead", did the Gelth realize the Doctor was a Time Lord, rather than a human?
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What's the initial meaning of Doctor?

In Doctor Who, S6E7, we learn that we got the word Doctor for being a healer / wise from the doctor: RIVER: This was exactly you. All this. All of it. You make them so afraid. When you began, all ...
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How intelligent is the Doctor compared to other Galifreyans?

We come across several Daleks in the Whoniverse which the Doctor usually handles completely unarmed and with only his wits. And it's not only 1v1 but he always seems to find a way to handle them, no ...
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Who revived Strax?

If I remember correctly, Strax dies in "A Good Man Goes to War" but is in a later episode, I believe it's "The Snowmen". The Doctor says to Clara something along the lines of "...
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Is it known why Jackie Lane who played the character of Dodo Chaplet left Doctor Who so abruptly?

The character of Dodo Chaplet (sadly, Jackie Lane the actress who played the character died recently) had a rather unusually short period, from February to July 1966 alongside William Hartnell as the ...
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How did Missy survive?

At the season finale of season 10, How, then, did she regenerate into the latest Master?
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Did we ever find out how The Master achieved his great anti-Gallifrey goal in series 12?

In series 12, The Master claims that he has and later scenes in that series support this. Did we ever get any information on how this stunning achievement was made?
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Why was the TARDIS's broken slab left in the crack? [closed]

The Doctor grabbed the broken slab of the TARDIS as he put his hand into the crack. Why did this broken piece come into the hands of the Doctor? Is that a piece of TARDİS coming from future ? (0.30-0....
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How many Doctor Who episodes have there been where we don't see the Doctor?

After watching all of the modern episodes, I can't think of an episode where we don't see the Doctor at any point. Are there any (classic or modern) episodes where we do not? (Spoiler for "The ...
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How many lives of the Doctor have been confirmed?

The ones I can think of: The thirteen "standard" lives The war Doctor The Valeyard (pointed out by Spencer as a comment) Ruth (spoiler for TTC) Are there any others that I'm missing?
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How Amy is able to bring back the people she remembers [duplicate]

In The Big Bang episode, Amy recalled the Doctor by looking at River's notebook and brought him back. Why can Amy do this? How did River not forget the doctor? and If River didn't forget the doctor, ...
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In Doctor Who, if the entirety of the Doctor’s family was wiped out in the time war, what happened to Susan Foreman? [duplicate]

In "The Dalek Invasion of Earth" she leaves the First Doctor to live on Earth with David Campbell. Which would have meant that she escaped the Time War. In "Father’s Day", the ...
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How did the TARDIS blow up at the every point of the universe?

In "The Big Bang" episode the TARDIS was blowing up at the every point of the universe and because of that reason the Doctor could throw Pandorica into the TARDIS and recreates the universe. ...
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Why didn't The Doctor die after Wilfred knocked four times on the door like the prophecy in the End of the Time episode?

After Time Lords are gone, Wilfred is locked in the control room. The Doctor hears four knocks coming from Wilfred who is knocking on the door. Doctor was sure that he will die forever after being ...
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Why didn't Rassilon kill the Doctor during "The End of Time", while he was trying to decide who to shoot?

During the episode "The End of Time, Part II", Rassilon just watched and waited for the Doctor to decide whether to kill the Master or him. But he had a metal gauntlet that he could have ...
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Why was Leela required to have brown eyes?

The character of Leela was introduced in the fourth Doctor story The Face of Evil. Louise Jameson apparently wore red contact lenses to turn her blue eyes brown that caused her great discomfort and ...
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In-universe reason for Peter Purves having two distinct parts in "The Chase"

This question asked about actors who appeared in Doctor Who as various characters and then went on to play the Doctor. This question is about the First Doctor story The Chase. In this story, Peter ...
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How are the Blathereen killed at the end?

In The Sarah Jane Adventures episode "The Gift", how are the Blathereen aliens killed at the end?
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Doctor Who: How do you fight a time war and its consequences? [closed]

When Doctor Who was rebooted in 2005, one of the main themes since then was the "Last Great Time War" that pitted the Daleks against the Time Lords. But how does one actually fight a time ...
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What does Amy mean by "washing up"?

Continuing my quest of translating Doctor Who, in "The God Complex" I encountered a piece of dialogue which I can't really understand. In the farewell scene at the end, Amy says Well, I ...
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What does "They can't shunt within the same timestream" mean?

Close to the end of "The Girl Who Waited", old Amy Pond says It's not a teleport, it's a time jump. and her younger self replies, They can't shunt within the same timestream. What is the ...
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In which Doctor Who story does the Doctor become the Time Lord Victorious and allow Wilfred to die?

I know that in one timeline, the Tenth Doctor became Time Lord Victorious and left Wilfred to die, after which he become an emperor. But what episode/audio/comics is this story told in? Where can I ...
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Why did the Time Lords lose the Time War?

With current information available about the Time War, how did the Time Lords end up losing the Time War? What where the reason or reasons behind the Time Lords losing the Time War so badly, that in ...
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What story is the Trans-Temporal Sonic from?

I have been searching everywhere for the story that the trans-temporal sonic is from. I know it is from a comic, but which one? I also know that it is has a wood setting, which is unique to this sonic,...
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What font is being used for the GUI in "The Waters of Mars"?

The UI design in Russel's era of Doctor Who always baffles me but at the same time I feel like it'd be pretty fun to try and replicate in a game or something. Does anyone know what font this is?
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What is The Doctor's policy on killing?

The Doctor doesn't seem to mind killing Daleks and various other things, but is also very concerned about saving lives. Daleks and many other "baddies" are sentient beings. The Doctor has ...
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Sci-fi references in the New Year 2021 Doctor Who

The New Year 2021 episode of Doctor Who opens with a nod to another famous scifi franchise. A reference to Aliens occurs shortly afterwards. Starting near 35:50, there is a whole scene which is a ...
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