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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Can the Doctor be female?

Is there anything that says The Doctor must be a man? I would love to see The Doctor come back as a ginger girl, and my friend tells me he thinks The Doctor cannot change gender. Is this true? If so ...
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How old were each of the Doctor's incarnations?

As of the second season of Matt Smith as The Doctor, we've seen him give his age variously in a range between 900 and 1100 years (Note: I'm being deliberately vague here to avoid spoilers; being more ...
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Can't the Doctor just land the TARDIS outside New York during 1938?

From this answer: https://scifi.stackexchange.com/a/24022/1660, I'd like to quote this: The paradox energy essentially creates a shielded fixed point in time. That particular region of 1938 New ...
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Which Doctor Who works are canon?

I have been watching a Doctor Who documentary and they mentioned that Paul McGann did audio stories so he wasn't just a one-hit Doctor (and that there are novels featuring his Doctor as well). My ...
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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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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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How does the Doctor know how old he is?

I've often wondered, how does the Doctor know how old he is? He not only travels through time, but also through space, and visits planets where days can be shorter or longer than 24 hours. How does he ...
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Is Rory still plastic (and follow up questions)?

After the events in The Big Bang, is Rory still plastic? If not, then how is it that he remembers 1000 years of being a centurion? (“He has a name but the people of our world know him better. As The ...
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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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Do all Angels images become an Angel?

In episode The Time of Angels there is a remark about Weeping Angels: that which holds the image of an angel becomes itself an angel Is there any reason why in the later episode The God Complex ...
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Has there ever been an actor who has portrayed the Doctor, but was previously featured in the series as another character?

Now that Peter Capaldi has been named the new Doctor, it's going to be interesting to see if they'll address the fact he has already played Caecilius in The Fires of Pompeii, and John Frobisher in ...
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On the nature of paradoxes in the Whoniverse?

Loosely: How do Paradoxes work in Doctor Who? We see in previous episodes, To allow a paradox to occur. We also have the the weeping angels, that feed off of time loops. They are however supposedly,...
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What is the etymology of Doctor Who?

I recently decided to watch Doctor Who, and started viewing the 2005 version. I have the first two episodes from the first season, and I can't help but wonder what is the etymology of the name "Doctor ...
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Are there any intelligent natives of Gallifrey, aside from Time Lords?

Are there any intelligent lifeforms on Gallifrey other than Time Lords? In the episode The Day of The Doctor, we see that humanoids were being killed on the streets. These humanoids looked like just ...
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How does River Song know The Doctor's name?

In series 6, The Doctor lies that he told River his name (which River falsifies in the end of the episode). Yet in The Name of The Doctor she knows The Doctor's real name and even opens The Doctor's ...
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How many regenerations does the Doctor have after The Time of the Doctor?

In The Time of the Doctor, the Doctor says that he has a "new regeneration cycle". Does this mean he has another set of 12 regenerations, or just the one?
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Is it the TARDIS that allows the Doctor to speak baby?

In Closing Time The Doctor shows off the fact that he can 'speak baby' with Stormaggedon. In previous episodes we see that the TARDIS lets anyone who's been in it can speak as though they've got a ...
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Why doesn't Graham believe in aliens?

In "The Woman Who Fell to Earth (S11 E1)" the Doctor is found on a train after an alien appearance. When she suggests that the creature that fell through the roof of the train (not her) was an alien, ...
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How old is the Doctor at the end of The Time of The Doctor?

In The Time of The Doctor, the Doctor curses the TARDIS for being missing for 300 years when he was on Trenzalore protecting the people of Christmas. So now is the Doctor 1500 years old?
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Why did the Doctor think he was going to die in "The Time of the Doctor" even though he saw Capaldi in "The Day of the Doctor"?

The 13th Doctor, Capaldi, showed up in "The Day of the Doctor" when the Doctors froze Gallifrey. So, if the 12th Doctor saw him back then, how come he thought he was the last Doctor at the episode "...
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What episodes of Doctor Who should I watch first? [closed]

My question is related to the one about what older episodes to watch, but comes from a total beginner's point of view. I've heard wonders about Doctor Who and I've become interested in watching it. ...
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Does The Doctor hear everyone speaking in Gallifreyan?

I just spotted this on reddit today : I've only watched the newer episodes (from 2005-Present) and I don't believe this question was ever answered, but I just thought of this -- The Doctor mentions ...
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How many companions chose to leave the Doctor?

I am re-watching Ss 1-5 of the new Doctor Who, waiting for S6 to come to Netflix... and I just finished S3, with Martha Jones. At the end of her season, she chooses to leave the Doctor, to return to ...
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Does every Doctor have a catchphrase? If so what are they?

What are the catchphrases of the eleven (at the time of this posting) Doctor incarnations in Doctor Who? For example I know of a few: Chris Eccleston (9th Doctor): Fantastic! David Tenant (10th ...
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So, if there was nothing there but fear, who or what was under the blanket?

Doctor Who, 13th September 2014 S8E4 : Listen. So the Doctor was in the end, and was the one under the bed in his dream. But who was it under the blanket on Rupert's bed? Another child, or ...
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Who is the eye patch woman?

In season 6, episode 2 of Doctor Who, (Day of the Moon), we see a character that suddenly appears but is never seen again in this episode. Amy briefly saw a woman with an eye patch looking through a ...
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How do Time Lords prove to others that they are the same person as their past regenerations?

Not sure if this is addressed in the old series: Suppose that there is this famous Time Lord that invented chess, and one morning he regenerates and no one witnesses it. How do Time Lords prove to ...
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How did Jenny come back to life without regenerating?

In the Doctor Who episode "The Doctor's Daughter" Jenny is shot in the chest and determined dead by the Doctor and his companions. Later, she breathes out some kind of energy and awakes with perfect ...
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What is the Doctor not quite remembering?

In season 8 episode 1, when the Doctor encounters the episode's villain(s), he keeps saying that this is all very familiar to him, but he can't quite put a finger on it. Is this a case where the ...
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Are Time Lords psychic?

The Doctor is famous for his use of psychic paper: However, at times, the Doctor seemingly demonstrated innate psychic powers. At the end of series 4, for example, he used them to Besides this and ...
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How do Time lords/Gallifreyans breed, and can they do so with humans?

How do Gallifreyans breed? Are they asexual - like Donna asked, 'Do you lop a limb off and sprout another one?' And can humans and Gallifreyans inter-breed? Eight claimed he was half human on his ...
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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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How much does the Doctor's TARDIS weigh from the outside?

Lady Romana is quoted as saying a TARDIS weights 5x10^6 kilograms, but I've also read that she was mistaken in this or that she was referring to the inside. The Doctor's TARDIS has been moved a ...
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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 we sure about the regeneration order of the Doctor?

In The Day of the Doctor, we learn about a new Doctor, aka the "War Doctor", who fit somewhere before the Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston). Which raises the question, are we sure about the ...
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Why didn't The Doctor or Clara recognize Missy right away?

So after it was established that Missy is actually both ...why didn't The Doctor or Clara recognize her right away? I remember the Tenth Doctor in The Sound of Drums stating that Timelords had a way ...
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If Amy Pond's parents were absorbed by the time rift, how is Amy alive?

Whilst reading the answers to this question, I wondered.. If during the Doctor Who Season 5 story arc, the cracks in the universe absorb a number of creatures, erasing them completely from time and ...
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What happened to the Cybermen in our universe?

In the new Doctor Who series the Cybermen come from an alternate universe and an alternate Earth. In the old series the Cybermen came from our universe. So what happened to them?
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Why are Daleks terrifying?

I'm fairly new to Dr. Who, just having watched some of the newer episodes, and find Daleks rather, well, odd. The idea seems to be that they probably are cheesy villains by today's standards but weren'...
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Is there anything beyond subtle hints that Jack becomes the Face of Boe?

After Jack Harkness was brought back to life by Bad Wolf Rose, he is unable to die, not even from old age. At the end of Last of the Time Lords, the Doctor comments on the fact that he doesn't know ...
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How was Clara supposed to save the Doctor if she actually lost her memory?

Spoilers for The Name of the Doctor It is unclear to me what are the exact effects for someone who enters the Doctor's time stream. Clara goes in to save the Doctor. But given the two scenarios we ...
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Susan Foreman's Fate & Future

What happened to The Doctor's granddaughter, Susan Foreman? What was her ultimate fate? Is it possible that she'll make an appearance in the new (2005) Doctor Who?
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Why can't The Doctor save his own planet from destruction?

Once The Doctor told Rose that his planet was destroyed before its time. They were at war. He was emotional too just to show how much he missed his planet. The Doctor is a Time Lord but he didn't ...
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Which episodes did the footage of the thirteen doctors come from?

Is there a definitive list of which episodes / scenes that they used for the classic doctors in The Day of The Doctor?
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How many people can the TARDIS transport?

The interior of a TARDIS is much larger than its exterior, but how many occupants can it transport?
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Has the Doctor’s memory been reset?

At the end of The Time of the Doctor, it is shown that Matt Smith has received an entire new regeneration cycle and using it he regenerates into Peter Capaldi. Capaldi's first question to Clara is ...
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How did this character come to be in the Nethersphere?

How is it that Came to be in the Nethersphere? The last time we saw him So, given what previously happened to him, how was he now able to
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The Cracks in the Universe: Why are they lethal to some, but not to others?

During the Doctor Who Season 5 story arc, the cracks in the universe absorb a number of creatures, erasing them completely from time: Amy Pond's mother and father. The military clerics Phillip, ...
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What order do events occur in Doctor Who, from River Song's perspective?

We've been told that River Song and the Doctor are living their lives in opposite directions (the first time the Doctor meets River is the last time River sees the Doctor, for instance). While this ...
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Does the Master know the Doctor's real name?

Both were classmates on Gallifrey so shouldn't the Master know the Doctor's name? If so, why was the Doctor willing to trust River just because she knew his name?

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