A science fiction show from Britain that originally debuted in 1963. After several hiatuses it was relaunched in 2005.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

2
votes
1answer
61 views

Why were the Doctor Who opening scenes and music changed between seasons and not between Doctors?

It makes sense to me to replace the music and/or intro sequence upon arrival of new Doctor incarnations, but this isn't how they decided to replace the opening intros. It seems like they stuck with ...
1
vote
0answers
35 views

Why does the first doctor wear a ring on his small finger

I'm curious why the First Doctor wears a ring on his little finger (left hand) and not on his ring finger like hes wearing the other one (on his right hand) I'm not even sure why he wears two rings as ...
0
votes
0answers
27 views

Lines on Film when shooting in 70' TV shows

In the 70's Doctor Who shows. I have noticed that when guns are being shot, the screen has lines appear across it. Can anyone explain why this happens? One example is the show I am watching now, S12 ...
2
votes
2answers
220 views

Why wasn't the room with the crystalline Spantium being reset?

In Heaven Sent (Doctor Who): As every room in the castle was being reset after a while, why wasn't the room with the crystalline Spantium being reset? Each hit by the Doctor wearing away the wall ...
12
votes
1answer
163 views

Was the TARDIS an inspiration for the time-traveling phone booth?

The 1989 film Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure features a pair of dim-witted teenagers traveling through time to retrieve historical figures to make an oral presentation for their history class. ...
2
votes
1answer
88 views

How did the Doctor return to the present?

In "Before the flood" (S09E04), when the damn breaks and security protocol 712 is activated in the Tardis, I'm assuming it returned to the present (year 2119 where Clara is) with Bennett. How did ...
6
votes
1answer
116 views

Was regeneration planned right from the start of Doctor Who?

I heard that when William Hartnell started getting doddery and forgetting his lines, he refused to retire, implying that he was irreplaceable. So the writers made the character of the Doctor ...
0
votes
1answer
63 views

In the classic series of Doctor Who, did the UNIT HQ building have a name?

As the title asks, in the classic series of Doctor Who, did the UNIT HQ building have a name?
2
votes
1answer
62 views

How does Sarah Jane meet the Doctor?

So I've started watching some of Old Who on Netflix, and I think Netflix may not have all the "classic" episodes (as they put it) on there - it seems to skip over some of the specials, at least. ...
2
votes
1answer
146 views

Why is the Doctor sometimes afraid to die (or actually does die) instead of regenerating?

In Let's Kill Hitler (2011), River Song poisons the Doctor and everyone is certain that he will die. The way he was eventually brought back from death was by River's spending her remaining ...
3
votes
2answers
100 views

Why did the mummy target the sick?

In the Doctor Who episode Mummy on the Orient Express it's quickly established that the weakest passengers are being picked off first. The Doctor uses this to his advantage to guess who is going to be ...
2
votes
2answers
327 views

What is the meaning of “Production Code 2.6” on Wikipedia?

Yesterday on Wikipedia I was looking at articles for Doctor Who. I found something very very strange, on this article, what does the production code mean? It changes on some episodes. Upon ...
3
votes
2answers
219 views

What was under the blanket?

After watching the Doctor Who episode Listen I was left with the impression that it was the Doctor's own nightmares and fears which led him to believe there was a creature perfectly evolved for ...
5
votes
4answers
195 views

“It doesn't work on Wood”… Evidence to the contrary?

It has been a long running joke on Dr Who that his screwdriver has no effect on Wood.. However, in the episode Robots of Sherwood the Dr uses his screwdriver on a wooden/straw target with this ...
2
votes
2answers
201 views

What does Rory say to the Roman soldier in the Pandorica Opens episode of Doctor Who?

Does anyone know what Rory says to the Roman soldier in his first appearance in the Pandorica Opens episode of Doctor Who?
4
votes
3answers
193 views

Is it the same screwdriver?

In the Day of the Doctor the War Doctor sets a program running on his screwdriver which 11's then has then completed. However 10 burnt out his Screwdriver in "Smith and Jones" working on the MRI ...
1
vote
0answers
120 views

What computers and keyboards are in the eleventh Doctor's console?

The eleventh Doctor's TARDIS has lots of retro equipment in its console. I see some computers or keyboards. Has anyone identified them? I would not be surprised if something very British were in ...
5
votes
1answer
146 views

Are the plots of future Sherlock episodes going to be much more by Steven Moffat than Sir Arthur Doyle?

The following contains spoilers for the third season of Steven Moffat's Sherlock and Doctor Who #11 (Matt Smith). I just watched S3E3 of Sherlock, the Sherlock Holmes interpretation by Steven Moffat ...
52
votes
9answers
9k views

How far back do I need to watch Doctor Who for it to still make sense?

Doctor Who is a pretty old series going back to 1963. I have not watched any of it, but it looks very promising. The age of this series is slightly scary and I am thinking about watching later series ...
1
vote
3answers
210 views

How does the Doctor go to Gallifrey in “Day of the Doctor”?

It has been said earlier that TARDIS cannot travel to another universe, but the Doctor travels to the TARDIS proff area by taking his TARDIS to the painting which is actually a pocket universe where ...
5
votes
2answers
4k views

Why did the Doctor call River “Mrs Robinson?”

In The Impossible Astronaut when Rory, Amy and River exit the Tardis into the Oval Office the Doctor introduces them as: My top operatives The Legs, The Nose and Mrs. Robinson. Amy and Rory are ...
5
votes
1answer
123 views

After the Time of the Doctor are the events in the Name of the Doctor just an aborted timeline?

The Time of the Doctor special gives the strong impression that the future has been changed. The Doctor does not die at Trenzalore. The planet does not become the horrifically scared and burnt ...
3
votes
1answer
737 views

How did the Doctor defeat the wooden Cyberman?

In the Doctor Who episode "The Time of the Doctor", the town of Christmas is attacked by a wooden Cyberman. How did the Doctor defeat it? We see the Doctor use his Sonic Screwdriver then inform the ...
5
votes
2answers
843 views

What was Clara's reply when asked for her name on Trenzalore?

In The Time of the Doctor: When answering to the question what her name was while still being unaware of the truth field, Clara spurts out something, I couldn't make out even after several re-watches ...
3
votes
2answers
168 views

How did Clara get back to Trenzalore the first time?

In the Time of the Doctor context, did she do that by holding on to the outer edge of the TARDIS and travel through time and space that way?
11
votes
2answers
1k views

Does River Song's message on Planet One in “The Pandorica Opens” have any perceived meaning?

In Doctor Who ("The Pandorica Opens" S05E12), River Song is the person responsible for leaving a message on "Planet One" carved into the Diamond Cliff. The message reads: HELLO SWEETIE ΘΣ Φ ...
3
votes
1answer
147 views

Why had 5 1/2 hours passed on the ship?

Doctor Who series 2 episode 4: The Girl In the Fireplace Reinette is 37 ... After the clockwork androids are stopped the Doctor is trapped in Versailles because all the time windows are broken. Then ...
3
votes
2answers
499 views

Crossing your own timeline, changing the future - how does that work?

There are many movies and TV episodes in which a character "crosses his own timeline", sometimes even meeting his past or future self (e.g. The Day of the Doctor). Technically, I should say meeting ...
6
votes
1answer
283 views

How do the events in The Day of the Doctor relate to those in The End of Time?

In the Doctor Who episode The End of Time the war is described as being "time locked", like a bubble, nothing can come in or out - except things which were already out. In The Day of the Doctor we ...
1
vote
2answers
538 views

Why did the 11th doctor live so long compared with his predecessors?

According to the TARDIS Data Core there was about two or three years between the appearance of the 9th doctor and his regeneration. From the same source we can estimate that the 10th doctor lived ...
3
votes
1answer
212 views

Why did Cass distrust the Doctor?

In the webisode The Night of the Doctor we meet the pilot Cass who is extremely fearful (or perhaps angry with) the Doctor once she realises he's a timelord (bonus points if you can tell me how she ...
6
votes
2answers
393 views

Why can the Doctor not read River's Diary?

I don't watch Doctor Who on a regular basis. I know who River is. But why is it that she keeps the diary of their meetings and the doctor cannot see it?
12
votes
2answers
380 views

Is it a Tardis or the Tardis?

In the first ever episode of Doctor Who, Susan explains that she named their home the Tardis (Time And Relative Dimension In Space). This implies that there are many Time Lord time travelling vessels ...
7
votes
2answers
607 views

Rose's voice in Doctor Who Season 4

Towards the end of Season 4 of the new Doctor Who we meet Rose Tyler again. In these episodes she seems to speak with some sort of speech impediment which is never explained. Is this intentional? Is ...
6
votes
1answer
795 views

How are OnScreen Conversations filmed

Three instances spring to mind: Star Trek conversations via the viewscreen Red Dwarf crew interacting with Holly A scene in the Doctor Who episode 'Blink' where the Doctor speaks from the television ...
7
votes
4answers
7k views

What is the meaning of “Bad Wolf”?

In the first "new" season of Dr Who, "Bad Wolf" is a recurring theme throughout the season and often appears as graffiti as follows; What is the meaning of this theme? How does this name or ...
2
votes
1answer
212 views

What was at Utopia?

In the episode of Doctor Who "Utopia" there's a message broadcast from it. The last thing we see is the rocket leaving and the Doctor running off back to Earth. but what happened to them once they ...
6
votes
3answers
797 views

Was the Silence Prophecy fulfilled in The Name of the Doctor?

On the fields of Trenzalore, at the fall of the Eleventh, when no living creature may speak falsely or fail to give answer, a question will be asked. A question that must never, ever be ...
2
votes
1answer
395 views

Wasn't River crossing her own timeline?

In several episodes of Doctor Who (The Runaway Bride and the Wedding of River Song spring to mind) the Doctor says that he cannot cross his own timeline for fear of creating a paradox... it's ...
5
votes
1answer
214 views

Do all the Doctors have catchphrases?

I've not watched all the doctors (mostly just the last three) however of those I have each incarnation seems to have a phrase (or several) which they use very frequently. These are: 9 - Fantastic ...
1
vote
1answer
134 views

In the Doctor Who episode Hide how does the Alien become trapped?

It's implied that Hila Tukurian became trapped in the pocket universe while exploring time travel. If that's the case how did the other creature get there?
3
votes
1answer
313 views

In the episode “Hide,” why does the TARDIS mimic Clara?

Presumably, soon after the events of the "The Doctor's Wife," the TARDIS gained a holographic interface. We've seen ("Let's Kill Hitler") that it can change its appearance. Why does the TARDIS ...
3
votes
1answer
295 views

Why couldn't Clara understand the aliens?

In the rings of Akhaten Clara and the Doctor spend some time walking around and talking to aliens. There were a couple of scenes where Clara didn't understand what the aliens were saying (and some ...
3
votes
1answer
247 views

Do the Doctors in the Doctor Who series identified themselves well?

While talking to my daughter about the Doctor Series, in general, I made an observation that made me wonder if anyone noticed that the Doctors of the Doctor Who series, past and present, made a bold ...
6
votes
1answer
190 views

How did Martha Jones know he had two hearts?

In Season three episode 2, the episode titled "Smith and Jones", the doctor lets the plasmavore suck out his blood in order for it to be captured, and passes out from the blood loss. Martha comes to ...
3
votes
2answers
419 views

Why did Doctor Who 2005 Season 7 go off air for 6 months?

Season 7 started on September 1, 2012 and ran for 5 weeks. They didn't start the season again for 6 months (until last week). All previous seasons ran in sequence without a large gap. Any reason why ...
6
votes
1answer
165 views

How could the stars be going out in the alternate universe?

In Turn Left we see what the world would be like if Donna never met the Doctor and he perished beating the Racnoss. In this timeline, we cryptically see Rose all over the place using the companions ...
5
votes
2answers
327 views

Did The Doctor use a full regeneration cycle?

In The Stolen Earth we witness The Doctor get fatally wounded by a Dalek's blast while reuniting with some of his companions. They bring him into the TARDIS where he starts to regenerate. However, ...
11
votes
1answer
630 views

Why was Christopher Eccleston the doctor for only one season?

When Dr. Who was started back up, they cast Christopher Eccleston as the doctor. However, he was only kept for one season. I quite like him as an actor and thought he did a good job. Why was he the ...
3
votes
1answer
844 views

Why could nobody understand what the Hath where saying?

In season 4, episode 6 - "The Doctors' Daughter" - there is a war going on between the Hath and Humans, and Martha ends up in the base of the Hath. Normally the Tardis would translate the language in ...