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What is the provenance of these Ninth Doctor minisodes?

I just watched a video on Youtube and was astounded to discover that there are apparently (sort of) a couple of mini Ninth Doctor clips that I'd never known about before! ...
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What is the meaning of the ending of "73 Yards"?

In the episode "73 Yards" of Doctor Who, Ruby sees an apparition of a mysterious woman who is always 73 yards away, makes strange gestures, At the end of the episode, this woman is ...
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What did the old woman say in "73 Yards"?

In the Dr Who episode 73 Yards (4th episode of the 15th Doctor, Ncuti Gatwa), the old woman who is "stalking" Ruby speaks to several people during the course of the episode, but we are never ...
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Do the arm movements of the woman in 73 Yards mean anything?

Throughout the episode, the figure of the old woman is looping a series of movements. Is this some sort of sign language, or have any other standard meaning, or has been explained by the production ...
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Doctor Who episode where the Doctor and Clara split up and hide from an alien that can hear their thoughts

Please does anyone know the Doctor Who episode where the Doctor (not sure which one) and I think Clara are on a spaceship with another lady too. They split up to try hide from the alien who can read/...
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What was the "genocide" that rolled across time and space to kill the Time Lords?

In The Devil's Chord, The Doctor talks about the passing of the Time Lords (again)... The Time Lords were murdered. Genocide rolled across time and space like a great, big cellular explosion. Now ...
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When is the first time the TARDIS moves by itself (instead of "fading out"/"fading in")

In Classic Doctor Who, most often the TARDIS fades from view in one location and fades into view somewhere/somewhen else (often an area resembling a quarry). In the modern era, the TARDIS is more ...
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What was 'impure' about the last surviving red dalek?

In 'Revolution of the Daleks', a special episode falling just after series 12 new Doctor Who, a creature cloned from takes over a company's manufacturing facilities, and proceeds to create loads of ...
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When was Doctor Who first broadcast in the USA?

A post by Satan2016 at: https://moviechat.org/tt0056751/Doctor-Who/62a102b6e8e40e2cb2ce3d22/1975 Gives the dates when Doctor Who (1963-1989) was first seen in various countries. USA 29 September 1975 ...
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What does a TARDIS start as?

The Doctor's TARDIS is always its iconic blue police box - but this is not standard; it is due to its chameleon circuit (the thing that is meant to change its appearance to camouflage into its ...
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What planet was the Doctor really from?

Which planet is the Doctor from Doctor Who really from? In "The Timeless Child" it was revealed that he's not from Gallifrey (which had been given as his origin for decades of episodes). Is ...
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Why would Wilf Mott be shooting moles?

Bernard Cribbins made his last appearance, at the age of ninety three, in "Wild Blue Yonder" the second episode of a Dr Who three-parter. His character was to have been part of episode ...
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How did the Toymaker lose?

In part three of the 2023 Doctor Who 60th Anniversary specials, The Giggle, we see Doctors 14 and 15 face off against the Toymaker on the roof of UNIT HQ. The only way to defeat the Toymaker seems to ...
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Why doesn't the TARDIS translation circuit work on the Hath?

I just re-watched "The Doctor's Daughter" (S04E06) and noticed that we never understand the speech of the Hath on-screen: it's just bubbling in their little glass face jars. Martha doesn't ...
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Why did Commander Millington order the chess sets destroyed?

In part 2 of the 1989 Dr Who serial The Curse of Fenric, at around the 14:40 mark. Commander Millington orders that all chess sets on the base are to be burnt. Commander Millington also later wires a ...
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Which version of The Curse of Fenric is available on BBC iPlayer?

The BBC released over 800 episodes of Doctor Who on iPlayer in November 2023. The Curse of Fenric, the third serial of the 26th season, has three versions: The original release A 1991 video edition ...
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How did Rose Noble know about this alien?

In "The Star Beast",the 2023 Special of Doctor Who, we are introduced to Rose Noble, the daughter of former companion Donna Noble. We are shown that because of Donna's involvement in the ...
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How did Donna know this fact?

In the 60th anniversary broadcast, the Doctor is reunited with Donna Noble. Donna doesn't remember him, because he had erased her memories - he cleared her mind of her adventures with him the last ...
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Did Shaun Temple know anything about Donna's travels with the Doctor?

The Tenth Doctor's last long-term Companion, Donna Noble, was forced to stop travelling with him after (Journey's End [2008] spoilers) It's clear from The End of Time that her mother and grandfather ...
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Did the Doctor take a UK driving test before using Bessie?

It is well known that the third Doctor drove a canary-yellow Edwardian roadster, Bessie, that was used as his primary mode of transportation in several stories. Is it known whether the Doctor actually ...
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Does the "fury of the Time Lord" scene occur in the original Human Nature?

The two-part TV episode Human Nature/The Family of Blood was originally a Virgin New Adventures book, also called Human Nature. The TV story ends with this brutal scene (taken from a transcript): ...
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When was the Doctor's age first mentioned in the show?

In New Who, the Doctor's age has been frequently mentioned, at least once by every incarnation as far as I know: in "Aliens of London" Nine mentions being nine hundred years old; in "...
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Did the Cybermen ever have a civil war?

It is well established that during the Dalek history, that they have had various civil wars. I don't think this has ever been explored in the TV series, but is anyone aware of sources involving ...
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Was Professor Huyang transported in The TARDIS?

On page 68 of Star Wars canon adult novel Brotherhood by Mike Chen (2022), Professor Huyang is referenced as being so old that the ancient droid purportedly arrived at the Jedi Temple in a big blue ...
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What were the 27 planets taken by the Daleks?

In "The Stolen Earth", 27 planets are stolen by Davros and the Daleks to create a doomsday machine. As we can see in the following scene, they include: Earth (obvs) Callufrax Minor Jahoo ...
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Does each new incarnation of the Doctor retain all the skills displayed by previous incarnations?

I remember the second Doctor (Troughton) was often warbling away on his flute and the third Doctor (Pertwee) was a master of Venusian Aikido. So do all the subsequent Doctors also have those abilities?...
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Where did the Starship UK go after “The Beast Below”?, What was its destination?

I recently rewatched the Matt Smith episodes of Doctor Who. Starship UK was a ship created because of solar flares from the sun threatening life. I would like to know where the ship went after the ...
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Were the scanners and habermans from Cordwainer Smith an influence for the writing of the Cybermen?

In "Scanners Live in Vain" (1950), Cordwainer Smith explores a society where space travel is only possible if the pilots undergo drastic surgery. The "Great Pain of Space" makes it,...
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What was the first ever continuity error in Doctor Who?

I was reading Paul Cornell's blog post on Canonicity in Doctor Who And thought this challenge would make for a fun question (emphasis mine): Not giving a toss about how it all fits together is one of ...
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Has the Doctor ever had facial hair before?

It's weird for me to see David Tennant or Peter Capaldi with facial hair, and it got me thinking: within the scope of Doctor Who (main TV series), have the Doctors (pre-Thirteenth) ever appeared with ...
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What was Banto watching in Dr Who 'Blink'?

In the Dr Who episode 'Blink' we see Sally Sparrow (just after leaving Kathy Nightingale's grave) enter Banto's DVD store, the sound of gunfire comes from a TV in the store She approaches the counter ...
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Why Hull in Blink?

In the Dr Who episode 'Blink' Kath Nightingale is zapped back in time by the Weeping Angels and ends up in a meadow near Hull. Is there anything in canon that explains why Hull?
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Was the Paw Patrol logo inspired by the 1973 Doctor Who logo?

Recently, Doctor Who announced a new logo that appears to be for its 2023 season, coinciding with the announcement of it coming to Disney Plus: A number of comparisons have been drawn between this ...
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Effect of the Flux on the universe?

Has there been any explanation of what state the universe is in after the Flux was defeated? It seemingly destroyed both the Dalek and Sontaran fleets, but the Daleks are back and just fine. In the ...
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Who is the top-hatted person in the new Doctor Who trailer?

Who is this person in the Doctor Who trailer released on 23rd October 2022? My family are convinced it's Matt Smith/Eleventh Doctor, and it looks like him to me too. But as I can't find anything about ...
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Doctor Who CYOA book where Gallifrey is a refugee camp

I'd like to identify this Doctor Who book that I read in what must have been the late 80s or early 90s. It was nominally a choose-your-own-adventure story, but with not many choice points -- there ...
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Did Jenny "The Doctor's Daughter" feature in any other Doctor Who stories?

Episode S04E06 of Doctor Who -- titled "The Doctor's Daughter" -- is about a war between two species. During the episode, the Doctor forcefully became the father of a girl named Jenny. Jenny ...
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Is Romana still the only Time Lord to be one of the Doctor's companions?

Romana is a Time Lord who accompanied the Fourth Doctor on many of his adventures. Is Romana still the only Time Lord to be one of the Doctor's companions? For the purposes of this question, I would ...
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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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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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