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

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Filming techniques for Doctor Who during 4th Doctor run

Does anyone have information on filming techniques during the Doctor Who TV series, or know where such information can be found? I'm particularly interested in the 4th Doctor era, 1974 - 1981. ...
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What happened to the spiders in this “Dr. Who” episode?

In the October 28 episode of Dr. Who, titled Arachnids in the UK, a group of spiders are lured into a vault. What happened to them after? Was the plan to lock them up and let them die of hunger or ...
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Is the Doctor doing anything in this scene?

During the Day Of The Moon, the 11th Doctor, River and Rory have come to rescue Amy and broadcast the subliminal message to kill the Silence on sight. This makes the silence angry and there is a ...
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What was Ryan holding near the start of Doctor Who S11E1?

In Series 11, Episode 1 of Doctor Who, entitled "The Woman Who Fell To Earth", there's a scene near the start with Ryan holding an object. Here's a screen clip taken a little over 3 minutes from the ...
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What's the original version of “The Majestic Tale (of a Madman in a Box)”?

I recently watched a few classic Doctor Who episodes from the 80's and earlier during Twitch's streaming event and at one point I was rather surprised to hear music in background that appeared to be ...
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Was the Untempered Schism depicted in the episodes of any of the other Doctors?

The Untempered Schism was mentioned in the Doctor Who shows: The Sound of Drums and The End of Time. Those were with the 10th doctor. Have any other doctors from the past mentioned the Schism, the ...
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Rory and the engagement ring

In Doctor Who Rory was erased from time but the engagement ring was not. So how can the ring still exist? For that matter, how does the Doctor remember him if she can't? Timey-wimey stuff? "...
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Why was Doctor Who not filmed in HD when Torchwood was?

According to Wikipedia between 2005 and 2008 Doctor Who, one of the BBC's flagship programs, was shot in 576i (standard definition). However, Torchwood, a spin off of the popular franchise which ran ...
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When and Where are all the Doctor Who Christmas Special set?

Since the reboot of the series it seems that every year there's been a Christmas themed episode released at around Christmas (i.e. this year Twice Upon a Time is airing in Australian Cinemas on Boxing ...
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Are there an infinite number of Universes/Dimensions present in Doctor Who?

Rick and Morty is pretty much Doctor Who except with a fixed (infinitely dispensable) companion and weird cartoon enemies (just my opinion). However in Rick and Morty the main theme is dimension ...
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What was erased from Jack Harkness's memory?

I just watched The Doctor Dances (Doctor Who, S01E10). Captain Jack Harkness said the Time Agency took two years worth of memories from him. [Jack's spaceship] ROSE: So, you used to be a Time ...
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What is the deal with the name of the Doctor Who Series 10 companion (Bill)?

The Series 10 companion is named Bill Potts, but she's a woman. This seems like a very unusual name for a woman. Is this more common in the UK? What is it short for?
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How did Captain Jack Harkness keep on the TARDIS?

In Utopia, Captain Jack Harkness holds on the TARDIS which goes to near the end of the universe to get rid of him, due to his immortality (or rather, always coming back into life after dying) being ...
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Is the John Simm version of the Master returning to Doctor Who?

I just watched the Doctor Who episode 'Eaters of Light' and in the preview of the next episode it showed Missy dancing with the Doctor and John Simm smirking that classics evil smile. Is John Simm ...
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Where did the altered title music come from in Resurrection of the Daleks?

The 1984 Doctor Who story Resurrection of the Daleks was originally broadcast as 45 minutes episodes, the first story to do so. However, when it was repeated, each episode had been edited into two 25-...
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Do any of the computer programs used in 1980s Doctor Who still exist? [closed]

In the 1980s, the Doctor's TARDIS had three computer terminals in the console. Two of them had real monitors and the third (in the rare shot that showed it) was just a plastic box with a flat covering ...
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What technique was used to create this effect?

I was discussing some old Doctor Who episodes when I recalled a notable example of the sort of 'bad' special effects used when CGI was in its infancy (and when the budget was low). Does anybody know ...
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Who is the Doctor who broke the promise?

At the end of Series 7, Who is this Doctor, The Doctor who broke the promise? Is it one of the actors from the 60's series? The Doctor who fought in the time war? Someone else?
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What were the three words represented by 3W?

In the Doctor Who series 8 episode Dark Water, the 3W corporation is ostensibly doing research into the afterlife. The scientist explains to them that 3W is a representation of three words that were ...
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Why does Doctor Who pronounce “Van Gogh” differently than Wikipedia's audio pronunciation?

In the Doctor Who series 5 episode "Vincent and the Doctor", the Doctor encounters impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh. Throughout the episode, the Doctor, Amy Pond, museum staff, and others ...
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Does Doctor Who have an end game to the overall story of the season?

I wanted a new series to watch, and ended up watching Doctor Who S05E01 as my starting point (as suggested on the Internet, though). In this episode, the Doctor and the alien are speaking about the ...
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How could Matt Smith become the 13th Doctor in the first place?

I was rewatching Doctor Who (New series) and Christopher Ecclestone was the 10th Doctor, because of the War Doctor coming after the 8th. So Tennant is the 11th. In Series 4 Episode 13 where the Daleks ...
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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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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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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 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 ...
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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 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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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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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 ...
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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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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?
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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. ...
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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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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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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,...
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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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“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 result....
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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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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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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 there....
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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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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 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 ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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 ΓΥΔϟ ...