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 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 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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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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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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When did pure-historical Doctor Who go out of fashion?

When Doctor Who first came on TV in the 1960s, it was designed in large part as an educational show, and alternated between stories set in the past (teaching children about history) and stories set in ...
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How do we know that the First Doctor was indeed the first?

How do we know that the First Doctor portrayed by William Hartnell was indeed the first Doctor, and not a reincarnation of a previous one, that for example the Doctor wanted to forget (something ...
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Are the Weeping Angels Timelords

In the End of Time the leader of the Timelords states: "The vote is taken, only two stand against and will stand as monument to their shame: the Weeping Angels of old!" (36 minutes into End of Time ...
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Who is/was the first woman Doctor Who?

With the news of Jodie Whittaker being cast as the new Doctor, most every article is claiming that she is "the first woman" in the role. However, I've also seen a lot of fans scoffing and saying that ...
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If the Doctor's two hearts lead the robots to believe he's two people, why did he only get one smiley badge?

Doctor Who season 10 episode 2 (or series 10 installment 2, if you prefer the UK nomenclature), Smile: in one scene, a smiley-robot (or Vardy interface) puts out some food for The Doctor and Bill. The ...
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Who is who on this Doctor Who Christmas Card?

When clearing out my desk I found this old Doctor Who Christmas card from my girlfriend. I recognise some of the newer Doctor Who characters but others have completely baffled me. Can anyone help me ...
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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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Is Santa Claus a Time Lord? [closed]

Consider the following about Santa Claus: He can carry presents for every little boy and girl around the world in one bag that sits on a sleigh pulled by eight tiny reindeer, so his bag has to be ...
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Is the Doctor insane?

Ok I have only watched two episodes so I am not expert but he does not seem... well balanced. He finds all things even rather dangerous things amusing or at least exciting and for a Time Lord he can ...
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Why would the Doctor be so sad when he was about to regenerate?

The 10th Doctor, when he was about to die/regenerate in the episode The End of Time, was very sad and visited most of his companions secretly. Doesn't he have all the memory of the previous ...
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What happened to the Doctor's daughter after the Doctor Who episode “The Doctor's Daughter”?

In the episode “The Doctor's Daughter”, the Doctor encounters a cloning like device and his daughter is generated. I was really upset to not have anything come about the Doctor's daughter after the ...
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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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Is it possible to kill a Weeping Angel?

I couldn't find this question on here when I searched so its probably really stupid but: Surely when an Angel is quantum-locked its literally just stone, so why can you not simply smash it with ...
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Suggested order for Amazon Prime Doctor Who series

So I'm nearing the end of the fourth season of Doctor Who on Amazon Prime. And I see there's also a David Tennant Special. And then there are also the Christmas Specials. So, other than watching the ...
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Is the "Time War" introduced only in "new" Doctor Who?

A central plot element of the "new" Doctor Who series is the Time War between the Daleks and the Time Lords. I never really watched the sixth or seventh Doctors, and haven't seen the eighth doctor ...
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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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How are the Daleks able to continually survive genocide?

In many episodes of Doctor Who, since the appearance of the 9th Doctor, the Daleks were defeated many times and mostly in the form of genocide. However, they are able to breed and survive. As far as I ...
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Suggested order to watch entire Dr. Who?

Is there a recommended order of watching Dr. Who for someone familiar with the show's idea and main points (e.g. someone who read tons of DW Q&As on SFF.SE :) but never watched before? E.g. should ...
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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 Clara (Oswin Oswald) say "Run you clever boy, and Remember" or "Run you clever boy, and remember me"?

I like painting quotes on Canvases (Kinda weird, but I like it) and I really like this one; so I want to get it right. I tried looking this up but it came up with both so I was hoping someone else ...
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Why is the Doctor overwhelmingly male?

Given that the 13th Doctor will be female, we can no longer assume the explanation is that the Doctor is always male. Assuming the in-universe explanation is not just that it was pure chance since ...
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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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"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 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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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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Why didn't River Song immediately know when she was meeting the Doctor for the first time?

River Song knows all the faces of the Doctor, but (as far as we know) she only met the 10th doctor once and all the other times she was with the 11th doctor. Therefore, the moment she saw that the ...
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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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Who was it in the black and white photo on The Doctor's desk?

In Episode 1 of Series 10, "The Pilot", the Doctor has 2 photos on his desk in the university: one large colour photo of River Song and a smaller one in black and white. So who was it in the black ...
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Why was River Song so slow?

In this year's Christmas special The Husbands of River Song, why did River For most of the episode, I assumed But this doesn't appear to be the case, as So how come this didn't happen earlier? The ...
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Has the TARDIS's chameleon circuit always been broken?

The Doctor's TARDIS is stuck as a police box. Has that always been so? Specifically: has it had that shape right from the start has it appeared as a police box in every episode?
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Is there a reason the Daleks would use a toilet plunger as their arm?

Look at the arm of a Dalek. Tell me that is not a toilet plunger: Now I can understand, the show may have had a low budget when it started, which is why they took what they had. But is there an in-...
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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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Is it true that the Daleks have to appear in every season of Doctor Who?

There is a very persistent rumor that the Daleks must appear at least once every season of revived Doctor Who due to an agreement with the estate of Terry Nation, the writer who created the Daleks. ...
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Why doesn't the Doctor consider himself a hero?

When the Doctor saves planets, people call him a hero, but he replies by saying he's not a hero. Like this one time: I'm not a hero. I really am just a mad man in a box and this other time: ROBIN:...
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Why did "Face of Boe" die?

We are strongly hinted at in Last of the Time Lords (the final episode of series 3) that Jack Harkness ultimately becomes the Face of Boe. However, earlier in the same series (episode 3: Gridlock) the ...
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How did the Timelords give the Doctor New Regenerations without messing up the Universe?

Ok so I just recently thought of this... In the episode "The Name of The Doctor", you see that Trenzalore is to be his final resting place involving a large epic battle and you see his floating ...
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What were the titles of the seventeen DVDs owned by Sally Sparrow?

In the "Blink" episode (Season 3, episode 10), Sally learns that the Doctor is attempting to communicate with her through hidden messages called "Easter Eggs" within seventeen separate DVDs. Larry, ...
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How did Captain Jack Harkness become immortal?

In Torchwood (the series), Captain Jack Harkness gives some information on how he became immortal and what it means to him. This may be considered spoily to people who haven't seen Torchwood yet. Is ...
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What’s the correct way to refer to “the Doctor”?

What is the correct or most acceptable way to refer to the main character of Doctor Who? The Doctor Dr. Who Doctor Who Doctor The Dr. I was searching and couldn't find any explanation on how I ...
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Who exactly is the Valeyard, considering the events of Time of The Doctor?

In the Sixth Doctor serial The Trial of a Time Lord, we encounter the prosecutor, The Valeyard, who later turns out to be "an amalgamation of the Doctor's darker sides from between his twelfth and ...
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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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Why doesn't the Sonic Screwdriver "do wood"?

It has been said multiple times that the sonic screwdriver doesn't open, move, change anything made of wood. Why is that? It is sonic! The type of material should not affect it. The Sonic ...
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What would happen if you portalled the TARDIS inside itself? [closed]

The TARDIS is one of the few fictional objects that could contain themselves. Firstly, because "it's bigger on the inside" but secondly because the TARDIS has some means of sustaining paradoxes (which ...
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Why did so many people feel sorry for Donna Noble?

In Silence in the Library, River Song expressed an attitude that she was feeling sorry for Donna Noble. In The Stolen Earth, at the Shadow Proclamation lobby, while Donna was sitting on the stairs, a ...
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Doesn't the Doctor Who episode Blink have a paradox?

I have a problem with the Doctor Who timeline in several episodes. For example, in the 10th Doctor episode, "Blink", the Doctor and Martha Jones were trapped in 1969 and are able to leave a message ...
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How should I overlap the viewing of Doctor Who and Torchwood?

Torchwood is a spin off of Doctor Who. I read somewhere there is some relation between some episode of both series. How should I coordinate the viewing of both series?

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