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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Is the inside of the Tardis bigger than the Universe?

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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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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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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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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How is it even possible that Martha became the Doctor's companion?

In Doctor Who - Season 2 Episode 12 a character who looks identical to Martha is turned into a pseudo-cyber woman when a couple of ear pieces are fused to her brain. Later in the episode the ear ...
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How big is the interior of the TARDIS?

Do we have any idea how big the interior of the TARDIS is? Is it even a fixed size, since it was recently renewed?
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Are the Daleks robots or cyborgs?

I heard somewhere that the Daleks were robots created by Davros, but then I read that they were cyborgs. Which one of these is true?
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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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Who or What Are The 456?

I have only recently completed Torchwood (excluding Miracle Day) and have a few queries about Children of Earth. First and foremost, who/what is the 456? I understand that they are effectively drug ...
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How did The Doctor take Harriet Jones down in the Christmas Invasion?

At the end of the Christmas Invasion episode, after Harriet Jones orders to shoot down the alien spaceship, the Doctor, visibly mad, tells her he could take her down with a single word, or rather six. ...
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Are the names of the vampires Zargo and Aukon in the Doctor Who story "State of Decay" significant?

When we were kids, my brother's favorite Doctor Who serial was "State of Decay" from Tom Baker's last season. I don't think it's a particularly good story, but since my brother liked it so much, I ...
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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 did the Beast have a child?

According to Torchwood, Abaddon is the son of the Beast. However, according to Doctor Who, the Beast has been imprisoned since before the creation of the universe. Is Abaddon also older than the ...
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Why was the train marked A113?

In Doctor Who; Flatline (Season 8, episode 8) one of the trains was marked as the A113. This is a common enough reference in American shows given that it's something of an in-joke for those who ...
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Is River Song 24 years older in "Silence in the Library" and "Forest of the Dead" compared with "The Husbands of River Song"?

At the end of "The Husbands of River Song "it is revealed that a night on Darillium is 24 years. After this time, River goes to the library to meet the 10th Doctor. Is River actually 24 years older ...
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Why did The Doctor become Gollum-like creature when The Master increased his age to 900 years?

In the season 3 finale, The Master suppressed the regeneration ability of 10th Doctor and increased his age to 900 years which made him a Gollum-like creature. From Last of the Time Lords episode ...
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Why does the creature in "Heaven Sent" accept repetitive confessions?

In the Doctor Who episode "Heaven Sent," the Doctor makes the creature stop by telling it truths that he hasn't told anyone. But we're led to believe that every other reincarnation of the Doctor in ...
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Who or what is the Great Intelligence?

In chat, the question came up who the Great Intelligence is. As it turns out, there is a deep connection between Dr. Who and the Cthulhu mythos. To preserve that conversation and possibly expand on ...
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Is there a definitive answer as to the identity of the Hybrid?

The finale of series nine made several alternative suggestions as to who the Hybrid is. It posits Clara and Me as possible Hybrids. On more than one occasion the Doctor claims to be the Hybrid. ...
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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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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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Location of this 1980's Dalek found in a scholarly article?

I'm looking for the in-universe location of the Dalek shown below. The original article: Canny. A Computational Approach to Edge Detection, IEEE Trans. on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, 8(...
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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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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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Doctor Who episode where the Doctor drinks drugged wine

This was during Tom Baker's tenure as the Doctor, but I don't recall who his companion was during this arc. It takes place on a human (I think) colony that, though in the future, functions as a feudal ...
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How do Amy and Rory know who River is in "The Wedding of River Song"?

In the Doctor Who episode "The Wedding of River Song," the entire episode is an alternate version of the season opener, which means the Amy and Rory in the alternate universe haven't been ...
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In Doctor Who, how is Osgood still alive in season 9?

In season 8 episode 12, Death In Heaven, when I've been thinking, how then are both Osgoods still alive in season 9 episode 8, The Zygon Invasion, if the above occurred? It doesn't make any sense ...
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Is the marriage between these Doctor Who characters ever consummated?

I tried to leave the title as non-spoiler-ish as possible. If enough time has passed that a spoiler in the title is permitted, please feel free to edit. At the end of Season 6 of Doctor Who, we see.....
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Does the Face of Boe take on any other forms earlier in its life?

As is suggested in Last of the Time Lords: Are there any in-between stages that we see? Like his legs shrinking / falling off?
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What was the point in the Silence trying to kill the Doctor when Clara saves him anyway?

The Silence set out to kill the Doctor to prevent him from ever saying his name on Trenzalore, as something bad would obviously happen there, hence the phrase "Silence will Fall." Although ...
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Can the Doctor do more with his sonic screwdriver?

I was thinking about this today: can he do more than just what he says because in the episode Utopia he uses his sonic screwdriver on the TARDIS so it can only travel to two places (one being back to ...
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What was this 7th Doctor novel?

I remember reading a Virgin Doctor Who novel where the 7th Doctor ended by stringing up the 5th Doctor on a tree (?) because the 5th Doctor had somehow betrayed the fraternity or something similar. ...
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How does the doctor age faster during the events of The Time of The Doctor?

In series 6, during The Impossible Astronaut, the age difference between the two Doctors we see (the Tesselecta and the Envelope #1 Doctor) is said to be 200 years old. In the Time of The Doctor, when ...
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Where does the Doctor go after Demons Run?

This is probably very obvious but where does the Doctor go after Demons Run? My first thought was that he wanted to rescue Melody but the longer I think about it, the less sense it makes. And why ...
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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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Where does the Doctor take the TARDIS to get it repaired?

Where does the Doctor take the TARDIS to get it repaired? Like in the episode "The Eleventh Hour". He can't go to Gallifrey as it is Timelocked. He can't go to the past as technology isn't advanced ...
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What are the "causes of death" of the Doctor?

Each regeneration occurs because of something, like radiation poisoning from the 3rd to the 4th and 10th to the 11th ... or old age as to 11 to new cycle. But, what are the causes of his "death" ? ...
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Did everything in episodes 2-5 really happen in Doctor Who - The Mind Robber?

In Doctor Who - The Mind Robber (Patrick Troughton) there is some kind of mind-control happening in episode one. I was wondering if everything that follows is in fact imagined. There seem to be a few ...
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Why does the Doctor frequently land in England?

As the title asks, is there any in-universe explanation for why the Doctor almost exclusively ends up in England when traveling to Earth? Apart from a few exceptions, it seems that whenever he is on ...
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Does The Doctor ever have a non-British companion or non-humanoid friend?

The Doctor has traveled Universes and still seems to end up with an English / UK companion and befriends mostly humanoid--class entities. Are there any instances that deviate from this scenario?
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What happens to Fixed Points if the past is rewritten?

In a number of occasions The Doctor explains "Fixed Points", moments in time which cannot and/or should not be changed, examples of these are the eruption of Mount Vesuvius (The Fires of ...
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Why didn't Clara do what humans were supposed to do when encountering the Silent?

Before meeting the Doctor, Clara (the un-impossible one, if you want) led a normal life. That most likely includes watching the Moon Landing. Which, as Day of the Moon showed, In The Time of the ...
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Can time machine bring a person zapped into the past by Weeping Angels back to the future?

Can time machine (eg. TARDIS) bring a person zapped into the past by Weeping Angels back to the future? Why are the victims always stuck in the past? For example, In "Blink": In "The Angels Take ...
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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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How did Vastra and Jenny meet?

As a huge fan of Shoujo Ai/Yuri, Vastra's and Jenny's relationship intrigues me greatly. The first time I remember seeing Vastra and Jenny was in the episode A Good Man Goes to War when The 11th ...
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Did the Doctor know that he couldn't regenerate during the events of "Let's Kill Hitler"?

Having been poisoned by River Song, the Doctor enters the TARDIS and has a discussion with the voice interface. While attempting to find ways to survive, the Doctor asks if he should regenerate, to ...
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In what sense has the Doctor been running from the Question "all his life"?

In the 2013 Christmas Special "The Time of the Doctor", the true nature of the First Question was revealed to be a message from the Time Lords, sent with the intention of having the Doctor respond ...
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How did the meta-crisis Doctor survive (or remain sane) when Doctor-Donna didn’t?

From the Doctor Who episode Journey's End transcript: DONNA: I thought we could try the planet Felspoon. Just because. What a good name, Felspoon. Apparently, it's got mountains that sway in the ...
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Did Madame Kovarian originally come from when Trenzalore was under siege?

In A Good Man Goes to War, Madame Kovarian said there was a war against the Doctor to which justified trying to turn River Song into a weapon against him. In The Time of the Doctor, Trenzalore was ...
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Rings of Akhaten: Clara as a Companion

During the Rings of Akhaten, the Doctor mentions that he had been here before with his granddaughter, Susan. I know she was left on Earth to teach. Knowing that Clara teaches English and her mention ...

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