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When was Doctor Who first broadcast in the USA?

The BroaDWcast wiki records the first broadcast episode of Doctor Who in the USA as 7:30 PM, Monday 21 August 1972, in Philadelphia (WPHL). The synopsis in the Philadelphia Inquirer TV listings, ...
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What does a TARDIS start as?

We see the Doctor stealing the TARDIS in "The Name of The Doctor". It basically looks like a big white (silver?) tube with a sliding door. And again in "...
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Do the arm movements of the woman in 73 Yards mean anything?

From the imdb Trivia page for this episode: In reality, the choreographed movements and words Hilary Hobson mouthed on camera - not the dialogue the 73 Yard Woman says to people to make them run, ...
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Doctor Who episode where the Doctor and Clara split up and hide from an alien that can hear their thoughts

Could this be Doctor Who Season 8, Episode 5: Time Heist? When Clara is confronted by the Teller, the Doctor tells her the only way to survive is for her to clear her mind, so the alien can't detect ...
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Which version of The Curse of Fenric is available on BBC iPlayer?

The version on BBC iPlayer is 24(ish)* minutes x 4 episodes. Minus approximately 1.45 minutes per episode for opening and closing credits, that equates to around 92 minutes in total. Since we know ...
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What did the old woman say in "73 Yards"?

According to Russell T Davies, the writer and showrunner: You will never know. I’m never gonna tell you what she says. It’s kind of up to you to sit there and think, 'well, what could someone say ...
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When was the Doctor's age first mentioned in the show?

I’ll stick to the television series since other sources make this very complicated. For the purposes of this answer, I’ll also ignore the issue of the “Timeless Child” and the revelation that the ...
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What planet was the Doctor really from?

In the Classic Doctor Who canon the Doctor was a Gallifreyan - albeit born near Karn. Personally, I always assumed that meant on a spaceship. Karn as in the Witches of Karn which is a Gallifreyan ...
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Does the "fury of the Time Lord" scene occur in the original Human Nature?

Not at all. There is no such scene in the novel. The villains in the novel were six members of the Aubertides, a race of shapeshifters, who can transform into the shape of any creature they consume. ...
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How did Donna know this fact?

The Doctor-Donna has all the knowledge of a Time Lord ... Maybe it's "obvious", to someone with Time Lord experience, that the Fourteenth Doctor isn't the same regeneration as the Tenth ...
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Did the Doctor take a UK driving test before using Bessie?

You'll be pleased to learn that the good Doctor holds a 'Universe Driving Licence', entitling him to fly (and presumably drive) anything anywhere. The Faithful Rocket Pack (comic story)
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What planet was the Doctor really from?

As of “The Church on Ruby Road”, all we know of the Doctor’s true origins is what the Master reveals to the Doctor in “The Timeless Children” (emphasis mine): Once upon several times, before the Time ...
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When is the first time the TARDIS moves by itself (instead of "fading out"/"fading in")

I think the first story in which the Tardis is shown flying in the air was the Second Doctor story Fury from the Deep. This story opens with the Tardis descending through the sky before (crash?) ...
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Why would Wilf Mott be shooting moles?

Bernard Cribbins (Wilf) died during filming, after the scenes with him visiting the TARDIS but before this final scene was filmed. The makers toyed with the idea of having him canonically die to ...
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How did the Toymaker lose?

The official novelisation gives us a bit more insight. In short, the Toymaker was expecting the Doctor to throw him the ball. Instead, the Doctor passed the ball to the New Doctor who threw it ...
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How did the Toymaker lose?

He missed catching the ball. It's no more complex than that. The initial game, the TriLogic Board (a variant of the Tower of Hanoi puzzle) was very complex and required a great amount of intelligence ...
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What were the 27 planets taken by the Daleks?

9 are mentioned in the episode: Earth, Callufrax Minor, Jahoo, Shallacatop, Woman Wept, Clom, Pyrovilia, Adipose 3, and The lost moon of Poosh. Three more are mentioned elsewhere: Strepto (...
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Did the Cybermen ever have a civil war?

No. I've read through the entirety of https://tardis.fandom.com/wiki/Cyberman#History, and at no point in any officially-licensed media have two factions of Cybermen fought against each other. ...
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Do Timelords Need to Sleep?

In the 1979 New Season advertisement the Fourth Doctor complained about being woken up in the middle of August and ended the encounter with a comment about the difficulty of getting a few months rest. ...
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Do Timelords Need to Sleep?

Capaldi chimed in on this question in his first episode. VASTRA: I'm having difficulty sleeping. DOCTOR Oh? Oh, well, I wouldn't bother with that, I never bother with sleep, and I just do standy-up ...
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Why is there a time beetle on Donna's back in The Stolen Earth?

It's no longer on her back. The original script states that the line is as follows; [Donna takes the bowl. But the Albino stays, staring.] ALBINO SERVANT: There was something on your back. DONNA: How ...
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Why doesn't the TARDIS translation circuit work on the Hath?

Martha appears to be able to understand them. For story-telling purposes, it's we the audience that can't translate their language. As you can see from this episode of Doctor Who Confidential, their ...
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Why did Commander Millington order the chess sets destroyed?

Fenric was directly manipulating people and, therfore, events, making Millington just one of the pawns in his long game. Having been trapped in the Shadow Dimension after failing to solve a chess ...
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Why did it have to be Amy that remembers the Doctor?

The Crack, the Pandorica, and Amilia Pond are all the same temporal anomaly. Amy had to be the one to bring The Doctor back because she was the only other being contained in the Pandorica. She said ...
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What happened to the Doctor's daughter after the Doctor Who episode “The Doctor's Daughter”?

An updated answer is that while Jenny has not reappeared on television (as of November 2023), she has appeared in other media, including short stories and especially comics and audio adventures. These ...
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Why does The Doctor want to hide his browser history from Osgood?

I always looked at it like this - It's a joke, in that in our world "browser history" usually includes lots of things that people don't want others to know about their darker self. However -...
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What happened to the Half-Face Man?

The script is ambiguous about it and we, the audience, are left to wonder what happened in those final moments. THE DOCTOR: Those people down there. They are never small to me. Don't make assumptions ...
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When was the Doctor's age first mentioned in the show?

According to dialog in various episodes, the Doctor apparently aged about 450 to 500 years during the course of old Doctor Who in the period 1963 to 1989. And this is a problem, because the doctor ...
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What planet was the Doctor really from?

No. There is no information. The only "theories and guesses" are that it's nowhere that's been previously seen or named.
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What planet was the Doctor really from?

PLEASE NOTE Some of this answer deals with theories, but the purpose of it is not to promote an unofficial 'fan' theory but rather to show that the 'official' story is perhaps deliberately obscure and ...
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