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 are the TARDIS's security features regarding transmats/teleports?

Inspired by this question here, I began to wonder how the TARDIS protects itself from hostiles simply teleporting themselves aboard, or enemies teleporting the Doctor and their companion(s) out of the ...
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Was this scarf in Once Upon A Time a reference to Doctor Who?

In the episode "It's Not Easy Being Green" from Once Upon A Time there's a guy wearing this long, colorful scarf on the right, behind the Wicked Witch (who is trying to harness the power of time ...
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Out of Universe, how many TARDIS props have been used?

Out of Universe: I was having a chat conversation recently regarding the TARDIS from the Doctor Who television series. I became curious as to how many TARDIS props were created for the television ...
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At what point was the Master written out of “The Talons of Weng-Chiang”?

The final six-episode story of Doctor Who season fourteen was "The Talons of Weng-Chiang." Although the villains initially appear to be members of a Chinese tong group operating in nineteenth-century ...
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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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Were the daleks' enemies, the thals, named after neanderthal man?

In Doctor Who, The thals are enemies of the daleks from their home planet, Skaro. They show up in a number of dalek stories (even ones, like "Planet of the Daleks," where they don't make a lot of ...
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In what story did the gag of the Doctor having bottomless pockets originate?

A regularly-occurring event in Doctor Who stories is the Doctor pulling vast quantities of items out of his pockets, far more than they would seem capable of containing. The gag fits with the nature ...
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Was “A Town Called Mercy” based on “The Hunted”?

Yesterday, I watched the Star Trek: TNG episode "The Hunted", which revolves around a man, Danar, who at first seems to be merely a particularly skilled and violent criminal, but who is later revealed ...
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Dr Who : Extremis - why do the portals open?

In Dr Who: Extremis, why do the portals seem to open for no apparent reason. When Billy and Nardole went and checked on the gun shot and then turned around the portal opened for no reason. Then when ...
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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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Was the Monks storyline a Brexit metaphor?

TV Tropes claims that the Monks storyline on Doctor Who (seen in "The Pyramid at the End of the World," etc.) is an allegory for Brexit: ...the actual Who Brexit allegory story (the Monks trilogy) ...
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Was the Silence ship an early attempt to kill the Doctor?

In season six's "Day of the Moon", the Doctor et al. show up to rescue Flesh Amy from the Silence after she is kidnapped from the orphanage. When they step out of the Tardis, the Doctor calls our ...
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Doctor who audio ordering?

Is there a specific order I should attack the audio books/plays for doctor who? There are an awful lot out there so if I'm going to invest money purchasing them is there a specific ordering I should ...
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Was the presence of the villain on Earth in “The Stones of Blood” intended as foreshadowing of ending of “The Armageddon Factor”?

In the "Key to Time" season of Doctor in 1978–1979, the Doctor twice encounters agents of the Black Guardian, the evil primordial evil entity being that is seeking the Key. I have, over the years, ...
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How many spaceships has Doctor Who discovered in London?

Doctor Who often seems to find spaceships buried under London (For example the Cyberman ship) or perhaps disguised as buildings in London, (I can think of two) or hidden in bedrooms in London. How ...
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How many face-to-face encounters has the Doctor had with the Rutans?

Mentioned for the first time in The Time Warrior TV story (season 11), it would seem that Rutans aren't as popular as their archenemies the Sontarans. In Lance Parkin's novel "Infinity Doctors", the ...
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Filming location in “The Woman Who Fell to Earth”

The bike riding scenes from the new episode of Doctor Who were – I assume – set somewhere in the Peak District, fairly close by to Sheffield. Does anyone know where exactly these scenes were filmed?
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What does Rose/Cassandra hide down her top?

In the New Earth episode, just after she's taken over Rose's body but just before she meets up with the Doctor, we see Cassandra putting something down her (Rose's) top and then exclaiming slightly. ...
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Why do Rose's clothes change in New Earth?

In NW-S02E01 New Earth, Rose is wearing a blue zip-up jacket. Only when she gets possessed by Cassandra, she hasn't got it anymore - instead, she's wearing a different, short-sleeved purple and blue ...
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Dr Who : The Doctor's Daughter - Why is Cobb the only old person

In the Dr Who episode “The Doctor's Daughter”, we see a bunch of young people fighting the Hath. Why is Cobb the only person that is old, considering that the war between Humans and Hath only began a ...
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What clothes does the doctor change into the first time he is in the confession dial?

The doctor, when cornered by the veil for the first time (in that time loop) jumps through the window after throwing the chair out of it to break the glass. However, he has a safe landing because ...
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*Major Season 10 Spoilers* Why Can't The Cybermen Find The Doctor?

At the beginning of "The Doctor Falls" (s10, e14), the Doctor Later in the episode, two things happen of import to the question, and one in the previous episode. One of the former is that This means ...
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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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Where did this theory about the Series 10 vault originate?

As anyone who's been keeping up with Doctor Who Series 10 will know, there is a secret vault underneath the university where the Doctor is teaching, with a huge complex door behind which he and ...
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Is the use of Beethoven's 5th in “Before the Flood” a reference to the Master?

In "Before the Flood," the Doctor discusses the Bootstrap Paradox using the works of Ludwig van Beethoven as an example. After that, he plays the opening motif of Beethoven's 5th symphony as an ...
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Is it a coincidence that this actor guest starred in Doctor Who: The Woman Who Lived?

In The Woman Who Lived, However, we've seen this actor in Doctor Who before. Specifically, as Given that that character was a bit of an elephant in the room during the episode, enough to warrant an ...
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Are the Jagaroth from the Doctor Who story “City of Death” named after the Hindu god Jagannath?

Is there any indication that the powerful race of warlike aliens, the Jagaroth, who are the villain(s) of the 1979 Doctor Who serial "City of Death," are named after the god Jagannath? Jangannath is ...
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fan fiction: dalek-cyberman alliance

I came across the story on the internet early-mid 1990's, where the Daleks had forged an alliance with the Cybermen. I don't think the story was set on Skaro. Even though there was an alliance, one ...
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Why didn't the Dryads kill the guests immediately or sooner?

Why didn't the Dryads in Knock Knock kill the guests immediately or sooner? Almost the entire house is made of Dryads, so by the time all the guests were inside, it wouldn't be hard to close the ...
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How much time passes in “New Earth”?

In episode 1 of season 2, "New Earth", how much time passes between the moment when the Doctor and Rose get separated in the hospital lifts, and Rose rejoins him in Ward 26 after spending a while ...
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Is Professor Pop Moorcock's Doctor Who?

In Moonbeams and Roses (Michael Moorcock's Multiverse, 1997, DC Comics), in issue 12, in an attemt to save Pearl Peru from the buckyball, Professor Pop exclaim's "Reverse the polarities!". This, of ...
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How much do the projectors project?

In “Extremis,” it seems as if the alien projectors are intended to However, there are only “portals” to a handful of places in the projector room, among which are the Vatican, the White House, the ...