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

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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 ...
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How come the old audio tracks are mostly preserved while the film is not?

I've been watching the First Doctor serials with William Hartnell, and many of the episodes had to be reconstructed because much of the original material was lost (apparently by the BBC cleaning up). ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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Is the 8th Doctor really half-human on his mother's side?

In the television movie "Doctor Who" (1996), which introduced the 8th regeneration of the Doctor (Played by Paul McGann), it was stated that he is half-human. GRACE: Oh, Professor Wagg. This is ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Cracks in the wall inconsistencies

In the 11th doctor's 1st series there is a story arc involving cracks appearing across the universe and removing people from history. However I don't understand, in some examples people are removed ...
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How does regeneration work?

I see that regeneration is like an energy pool, where you get power from a limited source to regenerate your or someone else's body. But, is the limit the same for all Time lords/ladies? Is there a ...
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In the Doctor Who episode “Blink”, why do the angel statues appear in weird places?

There are two specific scenes I'm thinking of where angel statues inexplicably appear in strange places. The first is when Sally Sparrow is in the police depot and looks out the window and sees ...
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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 ...
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How did The Doctor revert his aging?

In the third season finale of the revamped Dr. Who, The Doctor gets aged about 900 years into a small little creature of a Time Lord. However, Martha is able to help him counteract this process by ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. All previous seasons ran in sequence without a large gap. Any reason why they broke up ...
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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 answered. ...
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Phone calls to the past - The Long Game

In the Doctor Who episode 'The Long Game' (Doctor Who 2005, Season 1, Episode 7), Adam makes multiple phone calls from the future back to his own time, leaving a message on his parents answering ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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How did Rose make Jack immortal?

In the finale of the first season of the revamped Dr. Who, we see Rose absorb the Time Vortex of the TARDIS and uses this power to not only evaporate the Daleks, but revive Jack. Due to this process, ...
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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?
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“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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Why did Wilfred Mott remember the nightmares when the entire human race forgets them?

In Doctor who, The End of Time: Part One, the opening narrator (Rassilon) says: It is said that in the final days of planet Earth, everyone had bad dreams.... each and everyone of those people had ...
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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 ...
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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 hiding....
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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 ...
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What are the chanting lyrics in “Song of Freedom”

At the end of season four of Doctor Who, when Tennant's Doctor is towing the earth back to its proper place, the track playing is "Song of Freedom". In this track, there are some chanting voices. ...
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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 he's wearing the other one (on his right hand). I'm not even sure why he wears two rings ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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Are “The Girl Who Died” and “The Woman Who Lived” two parts of a single story?

Doctor Who has a long history of multi episode stories, sometimes two or three in a row. Series 9 of New Who has a couple (1/2, 3/4, 7/8). But I can't seem to confirm if episode 5 "The Girl Who Died" ...
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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 ...
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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 googling,...