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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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How was the TARDIS's external appearance controlled?

I have a vague memory of the Doctor inputting code in one form or another to the Tardis, to control its appearance. I have recently re-watched Logopolis (online), and there doesn't appear to be any ...
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Is Peter Capaldi the only Doctor to play another role in Doctor Who?

Peter is the special guest actor in S4:E3 of modern Doctor Who, alongside David Tennant's Doctor. He of course also took that titular role himself, after Matt Smith. There's a fun moment where the ...
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How did Davros survive the events of 'Genesis of the Daleks'?

In the BBC-made serialization Genesis of the Daleks (1975) the Daleks declare that Davros is inferior to them and that he must be exterminated. He is then apparently killed off screen, but in later ...
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First usage and early spread of the phrase "The Idiot's Lantern" used as the title of (new) Doctor Who, series 2, episode 7?

It's stated (here, for example) that "The Idiot's Lantern" was suggested as the title of this episode by Gareth Roberts, who recalled his father using the term to refer to television. (...
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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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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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Did The Doctor ever meet Doctor Who from the TV series?

Watching Robots of Sherwood, at the end Robin says to The Doctor something to the effect that he too will be remembered as a legend, not as a real person, which got me wondering if there was ever an ...
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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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Leitmotifs in "revival era" Doctor Who

In the "revival era" (2005-) Doctor Who, there are a number of leitmotifs assigned to various characters and adversaries, typically recognizable within a few bars/seconds, of which I know: ...
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What ever happened to Clara Oswald?

In the episode Doctor Who "Hell bent", Clara disappeared with Me in the diner and because of this, I assumed she survived and left to go on her own adventures. However, in 12's regeneration ...
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Why do these shots from a 2005 Doctor Who episode look blurry?

I am catching up on some earlier episodes of the modern Doctor Who series and I am a little shocked how badly they aged. Putting soundtrack, monsters, special effects and such aside, I want to focus ...
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Are all Timelords geniuses?

I'm rewatching Doctor Who and I've always wondered, are all Timelords geniuses or is the Doctor an anomaly? I know that they are exceptionally intelligent because they invented TARDIS' and they ...
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How did the original/classic Doctor Who end?

Prior to Dr. Who's reboot with Christopher Eccleston, how did the show originally end? Was it known at the time this would be the final series or did it just 'stop'? The Eccleston series did not, as ...
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MCU connected to Doctor Who?

In the post-credit scene of Ant-Man and The Wasp, Janet van Dyne tells Scott Lang: "Don't get sucked into a time vortex. We won't be able to save you." Sometimes filmmakers will put in ...
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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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How many regenerations does The Master have?

Prior to the "Timeless Child", Time Lords are known to have 12 regenerations. Then the Master, being of the same species, should have 12 regenerations as well. Has there been any indication, ...
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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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Origin of the titles "Doctor" and "Master" from Doctor Who

First off, I do not remember the episode but I do recall that it was either during the Eccleston or early Tennant eras. The Doctor was talking to someone (Rose?) about his days at the Academy where ...
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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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The (potential easter-egg) origins of Calamari Flan in The Mandalorian

Before "The Mandalorian" I had not heard usage of the Mon-Calamari currency known as the Flan. I am curious if there is any information that this may be an easter egg from Favreau. As Calamari is ...
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Heaven Sent - Does the doctor die every day?

This story of the Doctor Who episode "Heaven Sent" takes place over an outstandingly long period of time, seeing the Doctor stuck in a recursive cycle during which he repeatedly perishes and comes ...
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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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How are conversations on in-scene display screens 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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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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Doctor who's Listen timeline vs Utopia

David Tennant told that Tardis never, and never could've travel that much in time. It's in the end of the universe. It's impossible. (3x11) Peter Capaldi told in Listen that Tardis shouldn't have ...
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Is Gallifrey still visitable after "Hell Bent"?

In the Doctor Who episode "Hell Bent" we've seen that Gallifrey was moved to the end of the universe, give or take one star system. And after that, the universe has ended. My question is, could ...
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Why is Sheldon such a big fan of Doctor Who? [closed]

In some episodes of The Big Bang Theory we can see that Sheldon is a big fan of Doctor from Doctor Who. We also see that one of his greatest dreams is transferring his mind into a cybernetic body. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 message ...
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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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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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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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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 10 ...
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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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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 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 Agent ...
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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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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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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. ...
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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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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 the Doctors in the Doctor Who series identified themselves well? [closed]

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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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....