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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Why could nobody understand what the Hath were 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 ...
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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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How did Martha Jones know he had two hearts?

In Doctor Who, season three episode one, 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. ...
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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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“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 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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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....