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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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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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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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Initially, he stated that he wanted to avoid being typecast so he quit to move on with his career. However, in this statement in an acting class, he tells a rather different story. I left Doctor Who because I could not get along with the senior people. I left because of politics. I did not see eye-to-eye with them. I didn’t agree with the way things ...


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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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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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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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I don't really know how to prove it definitively, but it seems pretty clear to me that they're not the same guy when you look at the guy from your picture side by side with 2010 Adam Sandler. I guess the most telling part is different head shape, the Dr Who guy has less of an oval shape to his noggin.


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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 rebuild the TARDIS. ...


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In the beginning of the episode when The Doctor was "admitted" in the hospital and Martha's class group was making their rounds, Martha volunteered to do the assessment. Martha came under ridicule because when she went to listen for a heartbeat, she discovered one on both sides of The Doctor's chest. During this final scene, Martha remembers this and ...


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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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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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This is a major spoiler: At the end of the first season, it's discovered that the daleks have been controling the human race through the TV games. Rose looked at the heart of the Tardis and was imbued with the power of time. She used it to return to where the doctor was and scattered the message across time. It's a message to herself from the future.


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Have you ever heard of a film called Broadcast News? There is a pivotal scene where William Hurt turns in an interview, and he appears to cry in reaction to his subject's story. The interview looks extremely emotional, and garners Hurt's character a ton of attention. It isn't until later that it is brought to Holly Hunter's character's attention that Hurt'...


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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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Although regeneration usually appears as an involuntary, biological process that occurs when death would otherwise be imminent, the nature of regeneration has not always been consistently represented. It has been most fully explored over the years in the case of the Master: It's possible to reset the counter on regenerations-- as in The Five Doctors (1983), ...


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This site talks about how the reconstructions were made. Here's what it says about why there are missing episodes at all: ...By the 1970's the show had moved to colour and the old 60's black and white episodes were becoming less popular to show as more and more foreign TV stations opted to show the newer colour stories instead. The copies distributed ...


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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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It wasn't Earth tech. He used Rose's cellphone that was originally modified by the Doctor so that she could talk to her mother: The "Superphone" is an upgraded mobile phone that can make calls across time and space. It even calibrates to the user's home time period, as shown by Adam Mitchell's ability to call his home time on Rose Tyler's phone ("The Long ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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