Questions tagged [doctor-who]

For questions about the long-running British science fiction television programme, "Doctor Who", 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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What does 3W actually stand for?

In Dark Water and Death in Heaven we encounter an organisation called 3W which is named after “the three words”. The Doctor's guide then goes on to explain that 3W is named after the three words and ...
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Why didn't Clara die when traveling outside of the Tardis?

In the episode Utopia, Captain Jack rides on the outside of the Tardis as it travels to the end of the universe. The end result is that he is dead by the time they reach Utopia. As common as that is ...
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Does Captain Jack Harkness sleep?

In series 1 episode 3 Gwen asks Jack where he sleeps, given that he lives in the Torchwood building; he replies that he doesn't sleep. In episode 5, however, we see Jack dreaming about WW2 whilst ...
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Is the Doctor really this person?

In the episode The Timeless Children (S12E10), it's stated that the Doctor Is this a safe assumption?
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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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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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What was the history between Adelaide Brooke and Ed Gold?

In The Waters of Mars, some of the dialogue between Captain Adelaide Brooke and her deputy Edward Gold suggest some kind of history between them. Firstly this exchange: ED: Captain, With me. (...
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Why is the Doctor still called “the last of his kind”?

Being the last of his kind is a huge part of Doctor Who's ego and a recurring trope in dark-mood-monologues. Yet every other series or so, we see the Master appearing, reappearing, turning female etc.,...
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“Time Lords” and “Gallifreyans”. What's the difference?

All people from Gallifrey are considered Gallifreyans; but what differences, if any, are there between Time Lords and common Gallifreyan citizens other than having a TARDIS?
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How many times has the Doctor worn this orange spacesuit?

In the TV series Doctor Who, there's a particular orange spacesuit that the Doctor pops up wearing time and time again, often in 'base under siege' episodes. This isn't restricted to one regeneration ...
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Doctor Who episode where people draw on themselves to remember when their memories are erased?

Title says it all, I can't remember it, it's the episode that's stuck out to me the most. People draw on themselves to remember when their memories are erased.
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Why is Weng-Chiang called the 'Butcher of Brisbane'?

The "Talons of Weng-Chiang" is one the story cycles of the Fourth Doctor's which found critical acclaim. In this story, Magnus Greel runs away from the 51st Century to pose as a Chinese ...
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Were there any other monsters in Doctor Who which were a play on words?

The Daleks were originally the Kaleds. Notably, Dalek is Kaled spelt backwards. This is just a simple play on words. Were there any other monsters in the long running Dr.Who series that were a play on ...
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Was there an actual masque in 'The Masque of Mandragora'?

The Masque of Mandagora was a story featuring the Fourth Doctor and set in fictional city of San Martino in 15th Century Italy. A masque is not a mask that one puts over one's face, but a kind of ...
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Could a TARDIS in vehicle form act like a vehicle?

I'm sorta curious about this. According to the TARDIS wiki, The Master's TARDIS has disguised itself in the form of a self-propelled vehicle a couple times: Once as a vintage 'horsebox' (horse ...
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Is there a reason for the similarities between the Monks and the Silence?

The Monks on Doctor Who are a group of aliens that control human society and manipulate human memories to achieve their goals. They resemble a religious order (they are, after all, named the Monks). ...
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What makes a planet 'level 5 '?

The Doctor states that by the intergalactic law of the Shadow Proclamation seeding a level five planet is illegal (Partners in Crime). Besides implying that Earth is level five, what else do we know ...
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How much control do Time Lords have over the form of their next regeneration?

How much control do Time Lords have over the form of their next regeneration? Initially it seems fairly random, or if there is any pattern, then it is chosen subconsciously (for example, the 12th ...
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How does River Song keep escaping from prison?

Okay, so we know that River Song escapes from her prison cell on a routine basis, and goes gallivanting around the universe. As I've heard it put, she basically just uses the prison cell as her ...
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Do we ever hear Trenzalore/Gallifrey's message in episodes prior to The time of the Doctor?

The oldest question in the universe has been transmitting through all of time and space. It certainly was transmitted through all of space - after all, everybody came to see. But the part that ...
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What does The Doctor mean by “Hello” in “The beast below”?

Near the end of "The beast below", there is this exchange between Amy and The Doctor: Amy: Have you ever run away from something, because... because you were scared, or... or not ready, or ...
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Do we know how this character is alive?

NOTE: while i know this is Spyfall Part 1 and the question could be answered in Spyfall Part 2, I only watch the TV series and don't read the books/comics or listen to the audio stories so there may ...
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Is Judoonian a language, and if so is there an official translation

I've been researching linguistics to help me write a conlang, and I've taken an interest in Judoonian because of its unique use of vowel sounds. I found a translator online, but it's clearly not ...
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Is “Thoughts on a Clock” a real poem?

The poem Thoughts on a Clock, by Eric Ritchie Jr., is mentioned in the episode Time of the Doctor. Does anybody have a link to the entire poem? Was it written especially for the show, or modified to ...
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When did River Song tell Rory and Amy about the teselecta in “The Wedding of River Song”?

In the end of the series 6 finale, we can see River Song at the Pond's house telling them the truth about the Eleventh death and the Teselecta, but at what time did this happen exactly? It's implied ...
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Fate of Clara Oswald after she went to Gallifrey

Why did Clara Oswald go to Gallifrey? She stated that she hates it very much, so why? Also is there any info about her fate after this episode?
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In what fan-fiction story does the Doctor team up with the Enterprise crew against the Daleks and Klingons?

As far as I can remember, the plot summary was something like this: "Due to <some sort of negative space wedgie>, the Daleks have been able to invade the Star Trek universe. They have ...
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What can cause the TARDIS to malfunction to the point of crash landing?

I apologize for posting this question twice. I'm not sure how this site works exactly. It was asking for clarification of my question, however, when I edited a better point of clarification it still ...
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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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In The Pandorica Opens, who is the voice which says ‘Silence Will Fall’?

During series 5, episode 12 of Doctor Who, titled ‘The Pandorica Opens’ a voice saying ‘Silence will fall’ echoes through the TARDIS. After doing some research, it seems this question hasn’t really ...
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How did Davros survive the events of Journey's End?

In the 10th Doctor episode, "Journey's End," Davros is seemingly killed. However, he returns in the 12th Doctor two-parter "The Magician's Apprentice"/"The Witch's Familiar" with no explanation for ...
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How many regenerations has the Master used so far?

In the Doctor Who universe, the Master, like the Doctor, is a Time Lord with regeneration capabilities. I know he's been played by several different actors, ranging from Roger Delgado in Old Who to ...
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Why did the Doctor need another regeneration cycle in The Time of the Doctor?

In “The Timeless Children”, so why would he need another regeneration cycle in “The Time of the Doctor”?
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Question about Jack Harkness/Face of Boe

Do we know anything about how Jack became the Face of Boe? We have seen in Torchwood that he can regrow pretty much all of his body from very little (almost "a rag, a bone, and a hank of hair") so ...
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Is Jack Harkness in love with the Doctor?

I'm intrigued by this quote from Series 3 Episode 12, The Sound of Drums (emphasis mine): DOCTOR: See? It just shifts your perception a tiny little bit. Doesn't make us invisible, just unnoticed. ...
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Is Susan Foreman related to either River Song or Jenny?

I am a Youtuber making a role-play series based on the Doctor Who modification in Fallout: New Vegas. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEi6l2EjLagtqpXOWBA0UkFb8O6kqfxWd In the series I will play ...
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What does The Doctor's Speech in The Rings of Akhaten refer to?

I recently watched the brilliant speech from The Rings of Akhaten again. For those who haven't seen it or don't remember it: I walked away from the last Great Time War. I marked the passing of ...
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Did Caitlin Blackwood appear in “The Time of the Doctor”?

Karen Gillan's cousin, Caitlin Blackwood (not a relation of mine, I should point out), appears as the young Amelia Pond in several 11th Doctor episodes beginning with the first: The Eleventh Hour (...
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Can I skip 'Last Christmas' without losing part of the main story arc?

I have recently been watching the new Doctor Who series and have finished series 8. The platform on which I am watching the series doesn't have the ''Last Christmas'' special which aired following ...
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Is it true that The Doctor can only regenerate 12 times?

Is it true that The Doctor can only regenerate 12 times? Because if it is, the series won't last much longer. Matt Smith's Doctor is number 11 - that only leaves two more, right?
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What does the Doctor eat?

In the episode "World War Three", Jackie asks "What does he eat?" There are quite a few food references in Doctor Who. (I will only reference new-Who as I am unfamiliar with older material.) We can ...
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Where does “The Edge Of Time” fit into The Doctor Who TV canon?

According to internet news reports the VR game, Doctor Who: The Edge Of Time, even voiced by Jodie Whitaker herself is canon to the TV series. So where does The Edge Of Time fit into the Doctor Who ...
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In Doctor Who, who has met himself/herself?

I'm trying to think of which characters in "Doctor Who" have met themselves by virtue of time travel. So far I've got: The Doctor (obviously) - multiple times. The Master - John Simm's Master met ...
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What is the plot of the Doctor Who short story “Voice From The Vortex”?

What is the plot of the Doctor Who short story "Voice From The Vortex"? It was published in magazine issue number 364.
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Is this Doctor Who story an allegory for the Middle East?

In the Doctor Who two-parter, The Hungry Earth and Cold Blood, a group of scientists working in Wales are drilling deep into the Earth. They reach 21km, deeper than anyone had drilled before, when ...
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Does “The Doctor, The Widow, and The Wardrobe” tie into the overall storyline, or can it be skipped?

I have recently been watching Doctor Who (after 2005 series). I have finished season 6 and the platform I am watching it on doesn't have the special, "The Doctor, The Widow, and the Wardrobe"...
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Doctor Who: Big Bang 2.0 is driving me crazy

In Doctor Who 2005: Big bang 2.0, the Doctor appears with a hat or something and a mop in his hand to rescue himself and Amy Pond after he is sealed shut inside the Pandorica. How can the Doctor come ...
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What is the Doctor's real name?

Is there anywhere (in canon) where the Doctor's real name is ever revealed? I know that several people do know it or learn it at some point (like the Master, River, and Clara for example), but is it ...
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Why Do Some Time Lords Use Names (And Why Does The Doctor Keep His Secret)?

We know many of the Time Lords by titles, like The Second, and, of course, The Doctor. There's also Time Lords we know by name, like Lady Romana and Rassilon. We also know of some where we know ...
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Does the TARDIS contain Time Lord regeneration energy?

Does the TARDIS contain Time Lord regeneration energy? In the Doctor Who episode Badwolf, Rose Tyler looks into the heart of the TARDIS and its inside was a similar yellow colour (as seen in this ...

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