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There are some great answers here already, but as a huge Whovian I wanted to add a little more information. As a complete beginner to the series definitely start with the 2005 Doctor Who series. The series will make perfect sense and there will be nothing revealed that will leave you confused (or at least nothing that won't be cleared up later in the series!...


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How did the show originally end? Was it known at the time this would be the final series or did it just 'stop'? The show was cancelled at some point during production of Series 26, which aired at the end of 1989. It was too late at that point to come up with a proper ending, plus there was an expectation among the cast and crew that the show would be ...


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It was the War Doctor. Also known as the Eight-and-a-Halfth Doctor, or the Doctor who wasn't really the Doctor, or the Warrior. Played by John Hurt: He broke the promise that made him the Doctor, by taking part in the Time War. In the online minisode Night of the Doctor, when the Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann) regenerates into this new body, he leaves behind ...


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It's a common mistake. Brits often pronounce it as Goff and Americans often pronounce it as Go. The BBC, home of Dr. Who, even commented on it and included the correct enunciation: But what is the real pronunciation of Van Gogh? Native English speakers can be heard saying van GOFF (-v as in vet, -a as in pan, -g as in get, -f as in fit) or van GOH (-oh as ...


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Because Time Lords are allotted thirteen regenerations. That's basically all there is to it. There was never any problem with the Doctor having thirteen faces; the first time he really broke the rules of regeneration was when he got a fourteenth. CLARA: But you don't die. You change. You pop right back up with a new face. DOCTOR: No, not for ever. I ...


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Was about to write the following myself, but as I made a search for it just to verify everything, I stumbled upon this slightly more detailed answer on the Wikipedia page for Mrs. Robinson: The 2011 Doctor Who episode "The Impossible Astronaut" has the young-looking Eleventh Doctor introduce his middle-aged future wife River Song in 1969 to President ...


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The Tardis is an intelligent entity. There are multiple references over the 50 years (since 1963) that the show has been on the air to the sentience of the Tardis, from examples covering its ability to demonstrate free will, to using an avatar to communicate. The Tardis is not a unique entity in concept. Time Lords used them as they saw fit. As the ...


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In part, it was down to Russell T Davies not wanting to do Doctor Who in HD after having bad experiences with Torchwood. "I'm fighting it off," Davies said at a Broadcast event in London. "I had a terrible experience on Torchwood. There was a lack of training and there was no extra time or money." He added: "We'd have to stop and ...


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For your secondary question, you can see Cass didn't realize it's a TARDIS until the Doctor mentioned it's bigger on the inside - a telltale sign you're dealing with Time Lord technology. That's what tipped her off. As for your main question, Cass's reaction makes it quite clear that at that point in the war, both sides had committed such atrocities that ...


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DForck42's answer explained how it appeared, but not exactly what it means. The phrase 'Bad Wolf' came from the name of the corporation which the Daleks have taken over and owned the games satellite they were on at the start of the episode Bad Wolf: And the message was therefore meant to tell her that she should return to the Bad Wolf Corporation satellite ...


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Considering the nature of the show, everything is canon, and can change at any moment via timey whimey wi... er, time travel. 8's movie is obviously canon. As are some if not all of his Big Finish radio stories, courtesy of his inclusion in the 50th anniversary special, "Night of the Doctor" and "Day of the Doctor." The specific "half human" thing has not ...


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There are two logical ways of dealing with time travel paradoxes: Stable time loop. When you travel to the past, whatever you do, you won't actually change anything (which pretty much implies there is no free will). In fiction, the way this is often done is that the time traveller attempts to change the past, but doesn't succeed, because it was him who ...


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Billie's response to this conundrum is: “Maybe it was really cold and my lips were tense, because we were shooting in the middle of winter and I'm always in a tiny leather jacket" Read more: Doctor Who on denofgeek.com However, other sites have speculated that she may have had some dental work done which caused the lisp.


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The rumor you heard is true - reincarnation in Doctor Who was, in fact, the result of difficulty with (and the failing health of) William Hartnell. According to Wikipedia: The concept of regeneration was created in 1966 by the writers of Doctor Who as a method of replacing the leading actor. The role of the Doctor had been played by William Hartnell ...


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I'm ignoring the accusation that these shots "look bad" which is pure opinion. I actually quite like the first ones, the second is just 'standard fayre' for this type of shot. These are artistic decisions, made by the director or director of photography, and in no way are due to tape-fail, generational loss or poor film stock. They are conscious ...


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In the Tardis Data Core website, it talks about this: Upon saving the Doctor's life (after nearly killing him herself) by giving up her remaining regenerations, River ended up in the best hospital in the universe. It was there that the Doctor gave her the diary. This was done to make sure she kept track of their meetings to keep their timelines from ...


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The 8th Doctor is indeed half human and canon at the same time. The movie is now generally considered canon, and its star - actor Paul McGann - as one of the eleven actors to officially play the lead role, although it is the only time he has played the part on-screen. In order to argue that the Doctor is not half-human, and is instead a thoroughbred ...


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Most Time Lords seen during both the classic episodes as well as the new series seem to have adapted to using these titles with a few rare exceptions, like Rassillion. Some are even clear titles being assigned, like President. Although - as noted in the comments - Classic Who has a significant number of Time Lords addressed by name, too. As such this ...


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For a possible explanation you'll have to consider the following: The TARDIS translates (almost) everything so it can be perceived and understood by those travelling with it. This includes spoken and written words. After this scene the Doctor notes that it's been a message and coordinates, so he travels to ancient Britain: Just followed the co-ordinates ...


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He set his Sonic Screwdriver to reverse the flamethrower. The Cyberman confirmed that the Sonic Screwdriver was indeed sending that signal. It is because it doesn't work on wood that the flamethrower was not actually reversed, the Cyberman just thought it was. The Cyberman did not know the Sonic Screwdriver doesn't work on wood. Rule 1: The Doctor lies. ...


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River and the Doctor are both time travelers, for reasons which are never quite explained they tend to meet each other in the wrong order (as one knows more about their history the other knows less). The diagram below shows this (click for larger version): (Source: Will Brooks on Deviantart) Through the series the diary actually pops up a few times. It ...


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He was only meant to go there once, and it's the only room connected to the outside. Room 12 has a markedly different appearance to the rest of the castle: in particular, the unusually smooth walls and large block of azbantium. This is the 'final' room. The castle is designed to get the Doctor to reveal the identity of the Hybrid. The designers thought he ...


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Doctor Who provides the typical mistaken pronunciation of Van Gogh common in British English. Wiki provides the native pronunciation of the name in Gogh's native language, Dutch. Which is not English in nature, the two languages being descendants of two different West German linguistic roots. But since they are speaking English through alien technology... ...


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You can start with the 2005 series starring Christopher Eccelston if you want the full Doctor Who experience from when it was bought back to TV However, if you cannot tolerate the poor special effects or cheesier stories, you could jump forward to the 2010 series with Matt Smith as the Doctor. The Matt Smith episodes have almost nothing in common story-...


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Day of the Doctor specifically mentions "same software, different case." The War Doctor puts the calculation in the "software architecture" which is backed up by the Tardis. It doesn't matter if a new Doctor chooses to change the look of the screwdriver, or if the screwdriver gets destroyed, or anything else -- it's the programming behind it that matters.


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Remember that he cheated during the contest. The arrows he fired into the target were equipped with some kind of tech that let them home in on the target, so it's reasonable to assume there was more than just wood in their makeup. It's probable that it was those that he detonated, rather than the target itself.


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Yes. This was confirmed by the BBC all the way back in April. From this article: "I can confirm that it's true, thanks to the power of time travel I'm back," Simm said. "It's always a pleasure to work with this great team of people and I can't wait for you all to see what The Master gets up to in the next series."


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I was pretty sure that she said "Wobbly personality masking bossy control-freak." using VLC to do a much slower playback, but according to this transcript site and this site: CLARA: Bubbly personality masking bossy control freak. Given the history of Wibbly-Wobbly-Timey-Wimey stuff, "Wobbly" seemed likely. Having played it again, I do concede ...


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