History Trivia / DoctorWho

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* ActorInspiredElement: Most, if not all, actors taking the lead role on ''Series/DoctorWho'' have had at least some input into their costume design and TheNthDoctor's idiosyncrasies.
** The First Doctor's CharacterTic of AccidentalMisnaming was inspired by Creator/WilliamHartnell's difficulty remembering the name 'Ian Chesterton' in rehearsal. Since it fit the Doctor's detached and absent-minded personality perfectly, and because William Russell (who played Chesterton) was able to make the cast and crew crack up by adlibbing around them, it was agreed it would become one of his most memorable quirks. (Some fans believe that the manglings of 'Chesterton' in the series itself are all genuine flubs, but a quick look at the script proves this is not the case.)
** Creator/PatrickTroughton played the recorder himself, and always carried his recorder with him. This quirk was ported straight into the character of his Doctor. The Second Doctor's [[TheSocialExpert Social Expertise]] also stemmed from Troughton, an intuitive people-watcher who loved reading social dynamics - this impressed Gerry Davis enough that he insisted Troughton play the Doctor like that.
** Creator/JonPertwee was a gadgets and cars aficionado, and asked if these could be incorporated into his character, along with a moment or two of "charm". Suffice to say his Doctor became the closest to Film/JamesBond.
** The Fourth Doctor offering Sarah Jane jelly babies was come up with by Creator/TomBaker and [[CatchPhrase ran with]]. The fact that Tom Baker's favourite jelly babies were the orange ones was eventually written into the character in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E6TheInvasionOfTime The Invasion of Time]]". Also, the AttentionWhore characteristics written into the character from Season 15 onward were added in when the crew realised they weren't able to stop Tom Baker [[LargeHam hamming it up for attention]] any more.
** Creator/PeterDavison suggested his cricket outfit, as he was a fan of the sport.
** It was Creator/ColinBaker's idea for the Sixth Doctor to wear a cat badge.
** The Seventh Doctor's hat actually belonged to Creator/SylvesterMcCoy.
** Creator/ChristopherEccleston suggested that his Doctor wear a leather jacket, as he wanted a less showy costume than before.
** Creator/DavidTennant came up with the Tenth Doctor's trenchcoat, having seen JamieOliver wear one on a talk show.
** Creator/StevenMoffat conceptualised Creator/MattSmith's Eleventh Doctor with a piratical theme and personality, so when Smith asked to wear a bow tie and to have a dotty and professorial personality, Moffat rejected it out of hand, calling it a '[[ShallowParody cartoon idea]]' of what the Doctor is like. However, Smith eventually persuaded Moffat to give this persona a spin, and Moffat realised it worked perfectly and wrote the scripts to suit.
** According to a Reddit AMA with the writer of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E8MummyOnTheOrientExpress Mummy on the Orient Express]]", a scene where the Twelfth Doctor offers a cigar case to someone he's interrogating only to reveal it's full of [[InternalHomage jelly babies]] was [[https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/2iyngn/i_wrote_tonights_doctor_who_and_next_weeks_ama/cl6t85f Capaldi's idea]].
*** Capaldi's past as the guitarist of a punk band (with Creator/CraigFerguson!) has also been added to the series, with the Doctor playing guitar in many Season 9 episodes.
*** He also helped design his costume so that it would be easier for cosplayers to replicate.
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* CreatorsFavorite:
** Creator/JonPertwee's favourite monster was the Draconians, due to [[SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome how beautiful they were]]. It's possible to notice him stepping up his performance in the scenes where he's acting against them in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E3FrontierInSpace Frontier in Space]]". His ''least'' favourite monsters were the Daleks, because [[KuleshovEffect any emotion they could express was created in the edit]] and there was nothing to play off as an actor, and during "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E4PlanetOfTheDaleks Planet of the Daleks]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E3DeathToTheDaleks Death to the Daleks]]" his performance is clearly bored.
** Writer Creator/RobertHolmes' favourite Doctor was the Fourth, the one he was most involved in creating. He had the Fourth Doctor [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall mention]] that he preferred himself to the last one in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E5TheBrainOfMorbius The Brain of Morbius]]", and admitted when he wrote Creator/PeterDavison's final story "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E6TheCavesOfAndrozani The Caves of Androzani]]" with him as the Fourth Doctor. He also wangled a way of giving the Fourth Doctor a gratuitous cameo (by means of the Doctor temporarily regressing mentally) in his Sixth Doctor story, "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS23E1TheMysteriousPlanet The Mysterious Planet]]".
** Creator/TomBaker liked any and all 'slithering', body-horror-themed monsters like [[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E2TheArkInSpace the Wirrn]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E6TheSeedsOfDoom the Krynoid]]. His favourite companions were Sarah Jane and Romana II. Unfortunately, he's better known for his dislike of the companions he hated (Leela and K-9).
** Creator/EricSaward's favourite monster was the Cybermen, an affection that some fans (and Creator/TerranceDicks) found crossed into VillainSue or HijackedByGanon at times. Dicks's famous WriterRevolt was when he had a very cheap monster, a robot played by a ballet dancer in a morphsuit, slaughter a whole platoon of Cybermen in a gratuitous CurbStompBattle in "[[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors The Five Doctors]]", just to make Saward cross.
** Creator/DavidTennant, a PromotedFanboy, has often stated that Creator/PeterDavison was 'his' Doctor. "[[Recap/DoctorWho2007CiNSTimeCrash Time Crash]]", the Comic Relief special, involves the Tenth Doctor meeting the Fifth Doctor and is basically a paper-thin allegory for this. His favourite monster was the Zygons, which he never got to fight in his tenure itself - so the featuring of Zygons in "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor The Day of the Doctor]]" was written as Creator/StevenMoffat's present to him.
** Creator/PatrickTroughton has been the favourite Doctor of perhaps the most succeeding portrayers - Creator/PeterDavison, Creator/ColinBaker, Creator/SylvesterMcCoy and Creator/MattSmith (arguably also Creator/TomBaker, who despite not being a fan had seen some Troughton episodes and admired the performance a great deal). Davison even stated that after meeting Troughton incidentally and discussing things, he took the advice to leave after 3 seasons to avoid wearing himself out on the show; and Smith ultimately inspired his final costume design off the Second Doctor's (especially the bowtie) after seeing "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E1TheTombOfTheCybermen The Tomb of the Cybermen]]".



** Creator/WilliamHartnell's habit of flubbing his lines was left in due to limited budget. (If you watch carefully, many early episodes will be peppered with minor flubs, usually a slight but noticeable delay or stutter. On a few occasions you might even hear Hartnell correct himself on camera, restating a word he'd misspoken.)
*** William Russell was able to ad lib so well off of Hartnell's frequent hashings of the character's name that it was eventually [[MaliciousMisnaming written in the scripts that the Doctor would mispronounce it]].
*** Viewers in the 1960s became so used to errors being left in (something that was ''not'' unique to ''Doctor Who'' back in the day) that when Ian begins choking in an episode of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E8TheReignOfTerror The Reign of Terror]]", concerned viewers thought they'd actually recorded the actor having a choking fit (but it was scripted).
*** This is referenced in the recent video game ''The Eternity Clock'' in which River writes in her diary about going back in time to meet the First Doctor, and she transcribes his words to her as containing several "flubs", restarting his sentence and mis-ordering his words. She sarcastically comments that the Doctor had had more erudite selves.
*** This is also referenced in the ExpandedUniverse First Doctor book ''The Plotters'', where the Doctor often misspeaks -- but the garblings are used for LeaningOnTheFourthWall. (For instance, when he has his suspicions of alien activity quashed in what had previously been a pure historical story, he admits "For one moment there, I thought this episode -- I mean to say this episode of my life -- was going in a different direction.") The book caused some InternetBackdraft upon being released because of this, as some fans found the inclusion of "Billy-fluffs" to be disrespectful.
** Creator/PatrickTroughton frequently varied his lines or added unscripted business during his time as the Doctor, including the first ever (albeit non-romantic) Doctor/companion kiss.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E5TheSeedsOfDeath The Seeds of Death]]", Zoe pulls open a door and the Doctor comes bursting in on a wave of 'toxic fungus' (represented by soap foam). He makes as if to dash off and then promptly slips on the soapy floor and falls over onto his face. This was not supposed to happen and, while Troughton doesn't break character in the least, Wendy Padbury, who plays Zoe, can be seen {{Corpsing}} her face off for the rest of the shot.
** The ShowerScene in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS7E1SpearheadFromSpace Spearhead from Space]]" happened because the house Creator/TheBBC had rented to shoot in had a truly amazing old-fashioned shower in it that everyone decided was too good not to use. A scene was altered so it could happen while the Doctor was in the shower, providing the show's first proper Doctor CostumeTestMontage (a tradition ever since).
** In the scene with the Auton fake policemen in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E1TerrorOfTheAutons Terror of the Autons]]", a stunt performer was accidentally hit by a car (it was supposed to stop a few inches away from him, with the impact implied by an off-screen sound effect) and knocked all the way to the bottom of a quarry. Since the stunt artist wasn't seriously injured, the spectacular fall was left in the finished show.
** Almost every time the Fourth Doctor steps on his scarf or gets it stuck in something, it was a genuine mistake caused by how [[ImpracticallyFancyOutfit insanely impractical]] the outfit was to wear, but it was all left in because Creator/TomBaker was extremely good at not breaking character and it fits the Fourth Doctor's {{Cloudcuckoolander}} personality to be constantly locked in struggle with his own clothes.
** The scarf itself is an example. The producers wanted a scarf to make the new Doctor look unlike the Third, and arranged for a woman to knit one. Not knowing how much wool they'd need, they bought what they were sure was more than enough, expecting the woman to only use what she needed. Instead, she used the lot. But the moment Baker tried it on, they knew it was perfect.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E3PyramidsOfMars Pyramids of Mars]]", there's a funny bit where Sarah and the Doctor enter a room where a mummy has its back to them and immediately turn around and head back out without apparently reacting to it, in a ''Creator/TheMarxBrothers''-like manner. This was a suggestion from Creator/TomBaker and Creator/ElisabethSladen - the director had told them it was a funny idea but they didn't have enough time to rehearse it, so Tom and Lis did it on the first take anyway, nailed it, and it went in.
** Baker and Sladen notoriously rewrote and ad-libbed most of their material in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E4TheAndroidInvasion The Android Invasion]]" due to hating the script, including the ''entire ending scene''. Some are obvious unrehearsed adlibs, which have a noticeably more natural, mumbly feel than ''Who'' acting usually does (like the Doctor and Sarah's "fee fi fo fum" bit). The original dialogue was at best functional - the rewritten dialogue is much odder and more exciting as well as showing off how well-read Tom Baker actually was when making off-the-cuff references to ''Literature/AnnaKarenina'' and namedropping obscure historical figures.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E2TheHandOfFear "The Hand of Fear"]]: ''after'' Sarah [[spoiler:has been freed from Eldrad's mind control]], she says "Eldrad must live!... Just testing." That was an ad-lib.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E3TheDeadlyAssassin The Deadly Assassin]]", there's a part where the Doctor is sitting in a chair being lectured by a Time Lord, and suddenly stands up with a stormy expression on his face, looming over the other man and causing him to falter at the end of his sentence as if afraid. This was an ad-lib from Tom Baker.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E5TheRobotsOfDeath The Robots of Death]]", Tom Baker changed the in-universe name for the UncannyValley effect ("Gimwol's Syndrome") to "Grimwade's Syndrome", turning it into an affectionate jab at a production assistant notorious for always ending up working on robot-related stories.



** On the subject of ad-libbed kisses, so was Eleven grabbing Rory and kissing him in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E2DinosaursOnASpaceship Dinosaurs on a Spaceship]]". Creator/ArthurDarvill was as surprised as Rory!

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** On Soldeed in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E5TheHornsOfNimon The Horns of Nimon]]" begins laughing hysterically during his death scene, while yelling "you are all doomed! All doomed!". The line was scripted. The laughter was (nearly literal) {{Corpsing}}. The actor had thought it was a camera rehearsal, but the subject take got used. It works because his general performance, in the words of TARDIS Eruditorum blogger Philip Sandifer, "[[EvilIsHammy has a sufficient amount of ham involved that it borders on the anti-semitic]]".
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E6TheCavesOfAndrozani The Caves of Androzani]]" features several scenes of the villain Morgus turning to the camera and making {{Aside Comment}}s. This was because the actor misunderstood the stage directions, but the director decided to keep it in because it felt Shakespearean and tied into the plot's resemblance to early-modern revenge tragedies.
** Creator/ColinBaker was personally responsible for several notorious puns during his time as the Doctor, including the "Perrier water" joke (punning on the name of his companion Peri) in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E2VengeanceOnVaros "Vengeance on Varos"]], and the Doctor's "[[BondOneLiner No 'arm in trying]]" in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E6RevelationOfTheDaleks "Revelation of the Daleks"]], after [[spoiler:Davros' hand is blown off]].
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E15PlanetOfTheDead Planet of the Dead]]", the bus prop got heavily damaged during shipping to Dubai, so Creator/RussellTDavies added an exchange in which the Doctor explains the bus got damaged by passing through the NegativeSpaceWedgie. (It doesn't make a lot of sense if you think about it too hard, since the premise is that the bus's immunity to wormhole damage shields the living people inside... but considering the [[TroubledProduction circumstances]], it's reasonable.)
** The Doctor ripping off a strap in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E4TheTimeOfAngels "The Time of Angels"]]. First take was an accident but the producers loved it so they told Creator/MattSmith to rip it off in subsequent takes.
** The Doctor/Rory snog in the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E2DinosaursOnASpaceship "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship"]] was completely
ad-libbed kisses, so was Eleven grabbing Rory and kissing him in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E2DinosaursOnASpaceship Dinosaurs on a Spaceship]]". by Creator/MattSmith. So yes, Creator/ArthurDarvill was just as surprised as Rory!he looked.
** Matt Smith shaved his head for a role in the film ''Lost River'', and it did not grow back in time to reform his Doctor's signature coif for his final episode [[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor "The Time of the Doctor"]]. He shaved his head again for a bald cap and donned a wig. A [[RealLifeWritesThePlot script re-write]] incorporated the wig into the story, leading to several of the episode's funniest moments.
** In case you think on-camera errors disappeared after the 1960s, not once but twice during the Capaldi era the lead actors have been captured ''sneezing'' on camera, yet it's been left in. The first is in the 2014 special "[[Recap/DoctorWho2014CSLastChristmas Last Christmas]]" when Creator/PeterCapaldi suddenly sneezes when he enters an area with (fake) snow flying around; the second sees Creator/JennaColeman in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E7TheZygonInvasion The Zygon Invasion]]" let off an inaudible but still obvious sneeze while standing on an airport tarmac. In both cases, the actors continue with the scene without missing a beat.
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* ActingForTwo: Creator/DavidTennant portrays both his usual Tenth Doctor character along with this duplicate in "Journey's End".

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* ActingForTwo: Creator/DavidTennant portrays both his usual Tenth Doctor character along with this duplicate in "Journey's End"."[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd Journey's End]]".



** The First Doctor companion, Ian Chesterton, was played by William Russell, famous as the lead of the 1950s swashbuckling series ''The Adventures Of Sir Lancelot''. In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E6TheCrusade The Crusade]]'', he gets knighted and the Doctor jokes that he could always have imagined him as a knight.
** And much earlier, ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E4ColonyInSpace Colony in Space]]'' had the Brigadier tell the Doctor he'd nearly arrested the Spanish ambassador, mistaking him for the Master. The actor who played the Master, Roger Delgado, had previously played Mendoza, the Spanish envoy to the court of Elizabeth I in ''Sir Francis Drake''.
** Valentine Dyall, who played the Black Guardian during seasons 16 and 20, had previously been well-known as the BBC's radio HorrorHost "The Man in Black".
** ''[[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion The Christmas Invasion]]'' included a scene of the Tenth Doctor (played by David Tennant) choosing his new costume in the TARDIS wardrobe. In addition to the ContinuityNod of past Doctors' costumes being present, there was also a vivid red "Regency" shirt resembling one Tennant had worn in ''Series/{{Casanova}}'', and a Hogwarts uniform, referencing his role as Barty Crouch Jr. in ''[[Film/HarryPotter Goblet of Fire]]''.

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** The First Doctor companion, Ian Chesterton, was played by William Russell, famous as the lead of the 1950s swashbuckling series ''The Adventures Of Sir Lancelot''. In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E6TheCrusade "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E6TheCrusade The Crusade]]'', Crusade]]", he gets knighted and the Doctor jokes that he could always have imagined him as a knight.
** And much earlier, ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E4ColonyInSpace "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E4ColonyInSpace Colony in Space]]'' Space]]" had the Brigadier tell the Doctor he'd nearly arrested the Spanish ambassador, mistaking him for the Master. The actor who played the Master, Roger Delgado, had previously played Mendoza, the Spanish envoy to the court of Elizabeth I in ''Sir Francis Drake''.
** Valentine Dyall, who played the Black Guardian during seasons 16 and 20, had previously been well-known as the BBC's Creator/TheBBC's radio HorrorHost "The Man in Black".
** ''[[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion "[[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion The Christmas Invasion]]'' Invasion]]" included a scene of the Tenth Doctor (played by David Tennant) Creator/DavidTennant) choosing his new costume in the TARDIS wardrobe. In addition to the ContinuityNod of past Doctors' costumes being present, there was also a vivid red "Regency" shirt resembling one Tennant had worn in ''Series/{{Casanova}}'', and a Hogwarts uniform, referencing his role as Barty Crouch Jr. in ''[[Film/HarryPotter Goblet of Fire]]''.



** ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E9TheSatanPit The Satan Pit]]'' - Rose and Mr Jefferson are discussing escape plans, and Jefferson mentions the ducts used by maintenance robots that run under the base. Rose assumes they're [[AirVentPassageway ventilation shafts]], which gets Jefferson to say "I appreciate the reference". His actor was in the third Aliens movie.
** The special ''[[Recap/DoctorWho2007CiNSTimeCrash Time Crash]]'' as a whole is an especially poignant one. Peter Davison reprises his role as the Fifth Doctor opposite Ten, who tells him how much he loved his time as Five and finally getting to be young and nice. He then breaks the fourth wall entirely with the line "You were my Doctor;" fans typically use "my Doctor" to refer to the actor who they grew up with and love in the role, and Davison was that Doctor for Tennant, so much that he became an actor solely so that he might get to play the role himself one day.
** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E6TheDoctorsDaughter The Doctor's Daughter]]'', Jenny is played by Georgia Moffett, who actually is the daughter of Fifth Doctor Peter Davison. And her mother is Sandra Dickinson (Trillian from the Series/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy). When Jenny appears for the first time, a bit of the theme music from the Hitchhiker Series can be heard.
** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime The End of Time]]'', [[spoiler:The Doctor is told that "the universe will sing you to your rest"]], which may reference a line from ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', a production which Creator/DavidTennant had played the title role in.
** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E6TheVampiresOfVenice The Vampires of Venice]]'' the Doctor proudly talks about being a friend of Casanova. The [[Series/{{Casanova}} 2005 BBC series on Casanova]] had him played by previous Doctor Creator/DavidTennant, and it was written by previous showrunner Creator/RussellTDavies. It's actually how the two met and became friends.
** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger The Lodger]]'', the Doctor played soccer. His actor, Creator/MattSmith, played soccer before becoming an actor.
** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E10TheGirlWhoWaited The Girl Who Waited]]'', Amy mentioned how Rory pretended to be in a band. Rory's actor, Arthur Darvill, is in a band in real life.
** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E1DeepBreath Deep Breath]]'', the Twelfth Doctor asks a random hobo (thinking he's Clara) if he's seen the Doctor's new face before. The Doctor gets the feeling that he has seen this face at some point. Creator/PeterCapaldi played Caecilius in the Tenth Doctor's adventures in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E2TheFiresOfPompeii "The Fires of Pompeii"]], where he and Tennant interacted quite a bit with each other. In a semi-related note, Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) appeared in this serial as well, before going on to play Eleven's companion.
** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E5TimeHeist Time Heist]]'', Creator/PeterCapaldi tells people to "[[InTheLoop shutity up!]]" And in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E11DarkWater Dark Water]]'', his psychic paper illusion is pockmarked with ''enormous'' amounts of [[Series/TheThickOfIt swearing]], which the Doctor chalks up to be "a lot of internalised anger".
** For a little while (until the series revival), the canonical Ninth Doctor was Creator/RichardEGrant who played an InkSuitActor version of him in the animation "Scream of the Shalka". The Eighth Doctor had been played by Paul [=McGann=] - basically, he had regenerated into the other half of ''Film/WithnailAndI''.
** Amy DrivesLikeCrazy. Karen Gillan had legitimately never learned how to drive... until she had her first driving lesson on ''TopGear'', that is...
** Series 9 (2015) introduced a new character trait for the Twelfth Doctor - playing the electric guitar, a reference to Peter Capaldi's real-life early career as a rock musician in the early 1980s/
* ActorExistenceFailure: Dealt with in different ways, including regenerating the character (the "crispy" versions of the Master in between Roger Delgado and Anthony Ainley), using other actors (Richard Hurndall as the First Doctor in "The Five Doctors"), using prop heads (the terrifying heads of the First and Second Doctors in "Dimensions in Time") and clever editing of footage (changing the dialogue in classic footage for the all-Doctor team-up in "The Day of the Doctor"). The eighth season finale "Death in Heaven" compensated for the death of Sir Nicholas Courtney by bringing TheBrigadier back [[spoiler:as a Cyberman]].

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** ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E9TheSatanPit "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E9TheSatanPit The Satan Pit]]'' Pit]]" - Rose and Mr Jefferson are discussing escape plans, and Jefferson mentions the ducts used by maintenance robots that run under the base. Rose assumes they're [[AirVentPassageway ventilation shafts]], which gets Jefferson to say "I appreciate the reference". His actor was in the third Aliens movie.
** The special ''[[Recap/DoctorWho2007CiNSTimeCrash "[[Recap/DoctorWho2007CiNSTimeCrash Time Crash]]'' Crash]]" as a whole is an especially poignant one. Peter Davison Creator/PeterDavison reprises his role as the Fifth Doctor opposite Ten, who tells him how much he loved his time as Five and finally getting to be young and nice. He then breaks the fourth wall entirely with the line "You were my Doctor;" fans typically use "my Doctor" to refer to the actor who they grew up with and love in the role, and Davison was that Doctor for Tennant, so much that he became an actor solely so that he might get to play the role himself one day.
** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E6TheDoctorsDaughter "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E6TheDoctorsDaughter The Doctor's Daughter]]'', Daughter]]", Jenny is played by Georgia Moffett, Creator/GeorgiaMoffett, who actually is the daughter of Fifth Doctor Peter Davison. And her mother is Sandra Dickinson (Trillian from the Series/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy). When Jenny appears for the first time, a bit of the theme music from the Hitchhiker Series can be heard.
** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime The End of Time]]'', Time]]", [[spoiler:The Doctor is told that "the universe will sing you to your rest"]], which may reference a line from ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', a production which Creator/DavidTennant had played the title role in.
** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E6TheVampiresOfVenice "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E6TheVampiresOfVenice The Vampires of Venice]]'' Venice]]" the Doctor proudly talks about being a friend of Casanova. The [[Series/{{Casanova}} 2005 BBC series on Casanova]] had him played by previous Doctor Creator/DavidTennant, and it was written by previous showrunner Creator/RussellTDavies. It's actually how the two met and became friends.
** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger The Lodger]]'', Lodger]]", the Doctor played soccer. His actor, Creator/MattSmith, played soccer before becoming an actor.
** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E10TheGirlWhoWaited "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E10TheGirlWhoWaited The Girl Who Waited]]'', Waited]]", Amy mentioned how Rory pretended to be in a band. Rory's actor, Arthur Darvill, is in a band in real life.
** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E1DeepBreath "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E1DeepBreath Deep Breath]]'', Breath]]", the Twelfth Doctor asks a random hobo (thinking he's Clara) if he's seen the Doctor's new face before. The Doctor gets the feeling that he has seen this face at some point. Creator/PeterCapaldi played Caecilius in the Tenth Doctor's adventures in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E2TheFiresOfPompeii "The Fires of Pompeii"]], where he and Tennant interacted quite a bit with each other. In a semi-related note, Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) appeared in this serial as well, before going on to play Eleven's companion.
** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E5TimeHeist "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E5TimeHeist Time Heist]]'', Heist]]", Creator/PeterCapaldi tells people to "[[InTheLoop shutity up!]]" And in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E11DarkWater Dark Water]]'', his psychic paper illusion is pockmarked with ''enormous'' amounts of [[Series/TheThickOfIt swearing]], which the Doctor chalks up to be "a lot of internalised anger".
** For a little while (until the series revival), the canonical Ninth Doctor was Creator/RichardEGrant who played an InkSuitActor version of him in the animation "Scream of the Shalka". "WebAnimation/ScreamOfTheShalka". The Eighth Doctor had been played by Paul [=McGann=] Creator/PaulMcGann - basically, he had regenerated into the other half of ''Film/WithnailAndI''.
** Amy DrivesLikeCrazy. Karen Gillan Creator/KarenGillan had legitimately never learned how to drive... until she had her first driving lesson on ''TopGear'', ''Series/TopGear'', that is...
** Series 9 (2015) introduced a new character trait for the Twelfth Doctor - playing the electric guitar, a reference to Peter Capaldi's Creator/PeterCapaldi's real-life early career as a rock musician in the early 1980s/
1980s.
* ActorExistenceFailure: Dealt with in different ways, including regenerating the character (the "crispy" versions of the Master in between Roger Delgado and Anthony Ainley), using other actors (Richard Hurndall as the First Doctor in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors The Five Doctors"), Doctors]]"), using prop heads (the terrifying heads of the First and Second Doctors in "Dimensions "[[Recap/DoctorWho30thASDimensionsInTime Dimensions in Time") Time]]") and clever editing of footage (changing the dialogue in classic footage for the all-Doctor team-up in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor The Day of the Doctor"). Doctor]]"). The eighth season finale "Death "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E12DeathInHeaven Death in Heaven" Heaven]]" compensated for the death of Sir Nicholas Courtney Creator/NicholasCourtney by bringing TheBrigadier back [[spoiler:as a Cyberman]].



** In the UsefulNotes/ComicRelief special "The Curse of Fatal Death", the Doctor regenerates into a woman. In ''The End of Time'', the Eleventh Doctor feels his face and hair and freaks out, thinking he's regenerated into a woman. In ''The Doctor's Wife'', the Doctor mentions that the Corsair has had both male and female incarnations. In ''The Night of the Doctor,'' the Sisterhood of Karn gives the Doctor the chance to control his next regeneration, part of the choices being a woman. And now, established characters [[spoiler: the Master]] and [[spoiler: the General]] have regenerated into a woman, though the latter sort of threw a spanner into some of the headcanon by stating on screen that changing genders is ''not'' considered the norm and that Time Lords do have baseline genders.

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** In the UsefulNotes/ComicRelief special "The Curse of Fatal Death", "Recap/DoctorWhoTheCurseOfFatalDeath", the Doctor regenerates into a woman. In ''The End of Time'', the Eleventh Doctor feels his face and hair and freaks out, thinking he's regenerated into a woman. In ''The Doctor's Wife'', the Doctor mentions that the Corsair has had both male and female incarnations. In ''The "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thPrequelTheNightOfTheDoctor The Night of the Doctor,'' Doctor]]", the Sisterhood of Karn gives the Doctor the chance to control his next regeneration, part of the choices being a woman. And now, established characters [[spoiler: the Master]] and [[spoiler: the General]] have regenerated into a woman, though the latter sort of threw a spanner into some of the headcanon by stating on screen that changing genders is ''not'' considered the norm and that Time Lords do have baseline genders.



** In a more direct example, Sarah Dollard, writer of "Face The Raven", (as evidenced by her Tumblr) a supporter of the headcanon that Clara is bisexual, pretty much confirmed it in her episode. (This is debatable as all that occurs on screen is a continuation of a RunningGag from the first episode of the season; however, Dollard had originally planned a scene for the episode in which Clara and Jane would have met each other again.)

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** In a more direct example, Sarah Dollard, writer of "Face The Raven", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E10FaceTheRaven Face the Raven]]", (as evidenced by her Tumblr) a supporter of the headcanon that Clara is bisexual, pretty much confirmed it in her episode. (This is debatable as all that occurs on screen is a continuation of a RunningGag from the first episode of the season; however, Dollard had originally planned a scene for the episode in which Clara and Jane would have met each other again.)



** Marter was also a prolific writer of Doctor Who novelisations, and his death left a couple of the books unfinished, forcing the series editor to complete them.

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** Marter was also a prolific writer of Doctor Who ''Doctor Who'' novelisations, and his death left a couple of the books unfinished, forcing the series editor to complete them.



** There's a widespread belief that the catsuit Zoe wore in "The Mind Robber" was purple, and it's frequently drawn like this in fanart. This seems to have originated from fan colourizations of black and white screenshots; there are colour photos on the DVD showing it was actually silver.

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** There's a widespread belief that the catsuit Zoe wore in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E2TheMindRobber The Mind Robber" Robber]]" was purple, and it's frequently drawn like this in fanart. This seems to have originated from fan colourizations of black and white screenshots; there are colour photos on the DVD showing it was actually silver.



* CashCowFranchise: The BBC has been prompt to capitalize on the show's new-found success since it returned. Two decades of [[Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] literature and audio have also helped.

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* CashCowFranchise: The BBC Creator/TheBBC has been prompt to capitalize on the show's new-found success since it returned. Two decades of [[Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] literature and audio have also helped.



** Averted on several occasions: for example, despite having Music/KylieMinogue appear in a Christmas episode with a song interlude ("Voyage of the Damned" and song being "The Stowaway"), she is never called upon to sing; Creator/BilliePiper similarly was allowed to do straight acting and not have to sing; and with a few exceptions, Creator/CatherineTate was allowed to tone down her comedic acting and play Donna Noble straight.
** The football match in "The Lodger" highlights that Matt Smith was headed to be a professional footballer before he had a CareerEndingInjury.

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** Averted on several occasions: for example, despite having Music/KylieMinogue appear in a Christmas episode with a song interlude ("Voyage ("[[Recap/DoctorWho2007CSVoyageOfTheDamned Voyage of the Damned" Damned]]" and song being "The Stowaway"), she is never called upon to sing; Creator/BilliePiper similarly was allowed to do straight acting and not have to sing; and with a few exceptions, Creator/CatherineTate was allowed to tone down her comedic acting and play Donna Noble straight.
** The football match in "The Lodger" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger The Lodger]]" highlights that Matt Smith Creator/MattSmith was headed to be a professional footballer before he had a CareerEndingInjury.



** Creator/PeterCapaldi used to play guitar in a band, so having him play electric guitar into an [[IncrediblyLamePun axe battle]] (for real!) worked well in "The Magician's Apprentice". Not only does he play the guitar again in "Before the Flood", the episode features a special arrangement of the title theme featuring a guitar solo by him! He also plays the iconic "Clara's Theme" in "Hell Bent".
* CelebrityParadox: In one of the audio episodes ('Pier Pressure'), a young actor in the 1930s features. He is called Billy and stars in two feature films that First Doctor actor William Hartnell did, back when he went by Billy Hartnell. It has not been confirmed if the character is the ''Doctor Who'' star, but if not then by default of his films existing, Hartnell is present in the DW Universe, too.

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** Creator/PeterCapaldi used to play guitar in a band, so having him play electric guitar into an [[IncrediblyLamePun axe battle]] (for real!) worked well in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E1TheMagiciansApprentice The Magician's Apprentice". Apprentice]]". Not only does he play the guitar again in "Before "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E4BeforeTheFlood Before the Flood", Flood]]", the episode features a special arrangement of the title theme featuring a guitar solo by him! He also plays the iconic "Clara's Theme" in "Hell Bent"."[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent Hell Bent]]".
* CelebrityParadox: In one of the audio episodes ('Pier Pressure'), a young actor in the 1930s features. He is called Billy and stars in two feature films that First Doctor actor William Hartnell Creator/WilliamHartnell did, back when he went by Billy Hartnell. It has not been confirmed if the character is the ''Doctor Who'' star, but if not then by default of his films existing, Hartnell is present in the DW Universe, too.



* ContractualImmortality: A literal RealLife example with the Daleks. The deal with Terry Nation's estate for the revival series contractually obligates the producers to bring them back at least once per season.

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* ContractualImmortality: A literal RealLife example with the Daleks. The deal with Terry Nation's Creator/TerryNation's estate for the revival series contractually obligates the producers to bring them back at least once per season.



** That being said, the character of the Doctor HAS been referred to as "Doctor Who" on rare occasion in the show ("The War Machines", for one), and even the actors who've played the role (such as Colin Baker or Sylvester [=McCoy=]) regularly refer to the character not as "the Doctor" but as "Doctor Who."

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** That being said, the character of the Doctor HAS been referred to as "Doctor Who" on rare occasion in the show ("The ("[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E10TheWarMachines The War Machines", Machines]]", for one), and even the actors who've played the role (such as Colin Baker Creator/ColinBaker or Sylvester [=McCoy=]) Creator/SylvesterMcCoy) regularly refer to the character not as "the Doctor" but as "Doctor Who."



** A regular occurrence with the showrunning producers. In the 1980s fan backlash got so intense against then-producer John Nathan-Turner that the BBC's lawyers warned some of the more vocal fanzine publications to cool it. More recently, both Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat are often the targets. Chris Chibnall has also experienced backlash even though he isn't scheduled to begin producing the series until sometime in 2017!

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** A regular occurrence with the showrunning producers. In the 1980s fan backlash got so intense against then-producer John Nathan-Turner Creator/JohnNathanTurner that the BBC's Creator/TheBBC's lawyers warned some of the more vocal fanzine publications to cool it. More recently, both Russell T Davies Creator/RussellTDavies and Steven Moffat Creator/StevenMoffat are often the targets. Chris Chibnall has also experienced backlash even though he isn't scheduled to begin producing the series until sometime in 2017!



** Sophie Aldred was 24 when Ace was 16.
** Creator/KarenGillan, Creator/ArthurDarvill and Nina Toussaint-White played school-aged versions of Amy, Rory and [[spoiler:a teenage-passing-for River]] in "Let's Kill Hitler" at ages 23, 29 and 25.
** Jean and Phyllis in "The Curse of Fenric", who are supposed to be teenagers, although both actresses were in their early twenties at the time of filming.
** In "Paradise Towers" the Kangs are definitely meant to be younger than the actresses playing them. In an odd way, this adds to the general creepiness of the estate: none of these kids attend school, and the Doctor is the first parental figure they've had in perhaps a decade. Their immaturity is part of the point.
** Nancy in "The Empty Child"/"The Doctor Dances" looks about fifteen or sixteen [[spoiler:but is actually twenty or twenty-one (the Doctor's estimate, which she doesn't contradict). Actress Florence Heath actually was just shy of twenty-one when the episodes were broadcast.]]

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** Sophie Aldred Creator/SophieAldred was 24 when Ace was 16.
** Creator/KarenGillan, Creator/ArthurDarvill and Nina Toussaint-White played school-aged versions of Amy, Rory and [[spoiler:a teenage-passing-for River]] in "Let's "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler Let's Kill Hitler" Hitler]]" at ages 23, 29 and 25.
** Jean and Phyllis in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E3TheCurseOfFenric The Curse of Fenric", Fenric]]", who are supposed to be teenagers, although both actresses were in their early twenties at the time of filming.
** In "Paradise Towers" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E2ParadiseTowers Paradise Towers]]" the Kangs are definitely meant to be younger than the actresses playing them. In an odd way, this adds to the general creepiness of the estate: none of these kids attend school, and the Doctor is the first parental figure they've had in perhaps a decade. Their immaturity is part of the point.
** Nancy in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E9TheEmptyChild The Empty Child"/"The Child]]" / "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E10TheDoctorDances The Doctor Dances" Dances]]" looks about fifteen or sixteen [[spoiler:but is actually twenty or twenty-one (the Doctor's estimate, which she doesn't contradict). Actress Florence Heath actually was just shy of twenty-one when the episodes were broadcast.]]



** Deaf scientist Cass in "Under The Lake" and "Before the Flood" is played by actual deaf actress Sophie Stone.
* EnforcedMethodActing: According to WordOfGod, Alex Kingston (River Song), Creator/KarenGillan (Amy), and Creator/ArthurDarvill (Rory) all knew certain things about their character that hadn't been revealed. These details had been intentionally withheld from Matt Smith. So when he doesn't know something, he really doesn't know.

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** Deaf scientist Cass in "Under The Lake" and "Before "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E3UnderTheLake Under the Flood" Lake]]" / "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E4BeforeTheFlood Before the Flood]]" is played by actual deaf actress Sophie Stone.
* EnforcedMethodActing: According to WordOfGod, Alex Kingston Creator/AlexKingston (River Song), Creator/KarenGillan (Amy), and Creator/ArthurDarvill (Rory) all knew certain things about their character that hadn't been revealed. These details had been intentionally withheld from Matt Smith. So when he doesn't know something, he really doesn't know.



** The sacking of Sixth Doctor Colin Baker was at the behest of BBC management. The fairness of that decision is still hotly debated.

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** The sacking of Sixth Doctor Colin Baker Creator/ColinBaker was at the behest of BBC management. The fairness of that decision is still hotly debated.



** K-9 was kept on after ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E2TheInvisibleEnemy The Invisible Enemy]]'' because the production team saw his potential appeal with younger children. [[BreakoutCharacter And they were right]].

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** K-9 was kept on after ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E2TheInvisibleEnemy "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E2TheInvisibleEnemy The Invisible Enemy]]'' Enemy]]" because the production team saw his potential appeal with younger children. [[BreakoutCharacter And they were right]].



** Anthony Ainley wanted to play the Master as serious and understated, but the producers wanted a retread of Roger Delgado's over-the-top villain. It wasn't until "Survival" that Ainley was allowed to give the performance he wanted.
** In "Planet of Evil", Sorenson was going to die, but the producer felt the death of a sympathetic character was inappropriate.
** The ending to episode 11 of "The Trial of a Time Lord" was supposed to be a model shot of the ''Hyperion III'' flying towards the Black Hole of Tartarus. John Nathan-Turner thought that all episodes of the "Trial" season should end on a close-up on the Doctor's face however (even though episode 9 memorably avoided that), and had the episode re-edited to end on a shot of the Doctor looking vaguely annoyed at Lasky.
** "The Ultimate Foe", also known as episodes 13 and 14 of "The Trial of a Time Lord" was to be a four-part story written together by Robert Holmes and script editor Eric Saward. Then it was turned into a two-part story when Pip and Jane wrote [[Recap/DoctorWhoS23E3TerrorOfTheVervoids a pretty sweet story]]. Then, after Holmes passed away, Eric turned in a final script that kept the original plot; in this ending, the Doctor and Valeyard are left tumbling through the Matrix, fighting to the death. [[note]](You know, similar to the ending of [[Recap/StarTrekS1E27TheAlternativeFactor that one episode of the Original Star Trek where that guy fought himself between universes for all eternity]]. Something like that.)[[/note]] Producer John Nathan-Turner rightly felt this could give the BBC the excuse they needed to axe the program... so Saward resigned and refused permission for his script to be used. As such, the televised version of the final episode was written by Pip and Jane Baker in ''a matter of days'', without being allowed to know anything about the originally intended version. People, it's nothing less than a miracle that this serial was even finished.

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** Anthony Ainley wanted to play the Master as serious and understated, but the producers wanted a retread of Roger Delgado's over-the-top villain. It wasn't until "Survival" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E4Survival Survival]]" that Ainley was allowed to give the performance he wanted.
** In "Planet "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E2PlanetOfEvil Planet of Evil", Evil]]", Sorenson was going to die, but the producer felt the death of a sympathetic character was inappropriate.
** The ending to episode 11 of "The Trial of a Time Lord" Lord", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS23E3TerrorOfTheVervoids Terror of the Vervoids]]", was supposed to be a model shot of the ''Hyperion III'' flying towards the Black Hole of Tartarus. John Nathan-Turner thought that all episodes of the "Trial" season should end on a close-up on the Doctor's face however (even though episode 9 memorably avoided that), and had the episode re-edited to end on a shot of the Doctor looking vaguely annoyed at Lasky.
** "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS23E4TheUltimateFoe The Ultimate Foe", Foe]]", also known as episodes 13 and 14 of "The Trial of a Time Lord" was to be a four-part story written together by Robert Holmes Creator/RobertHolmes and script editor Eric Saward. Then it was turned into a two-part story when Pip and Jane wrote [[Recap/DoctorWhoS23E3TerrorOfTheVervoids a pretty sweet story]]. Then, after Holmes passed away, Eric turned in a final script that kept the original plot; in this ending, the Doctor and Valeyard are left tumbling through the Matrix, fighting to the death. [[note]](You know, similar to the ending of [[Recap/StarTrekS1E27TheAlternativeFactor that one episode of the Original Star Trek ''Star Trek'' where that guy fought himself between universes for all eternity]]. Something like that.)[[/note]] Producer John Nathan-Turner rightly felt this could give the BBC the excuse they needed to axe the program... so Saward resigned and refused permission for his script to be used. As such, the televised version of the final episode was written by Pip and Jane Baker in ''a matter of days'', without being allowed to know anything about the originally intended version. People, it's nothing less than a miracle that this serial was even finished.



** Don't forget Jack Harkness, played by Glaswegian John Barrowman, who does have an American accent in real life (except when talking to his parents). Harkness is a Fake American {{In-Universe}} as well, being from another planet in the 51st century but posing as an American officer in World War II. He does frequently show his British assimilation by yelling "Oi!" at people.

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** Don't forget Jack Harkness, played by Glaswegian John Barrowman, Creator/JohnBarrowman, who does have an American accent in real life (except when talking to his parents). Harkness is a Fake American {{In-Universe}} as well, being from another planet in the 51st century but posing as an American officer in World War II. He does frequently show his British assimilation by yelling "Oi!" at people.



** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E8TheChase The Chase]]'', the Daleks chase the First Doctor and his companions through a New York skyscraper, where a tour guide (Noo Yauwk) and a tourist (Alla''baya''ma) are entertainingly fake. William Hartnell's Old West adventure, ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E8TheGunfighters The Gunfighters]]'', is full of the same.
** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E1TheTombOfTheCybermen The Tomb of the Cybermen]]'', Vienna-born George Roubicek and Welshman Clive Merrison play Captain Hopper and Jim Callum. Their accents are quite awful.
** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E6TheSpacePirates The Space Pirates]]'', Milo Clancey has an outrageous hillbilly accent courtesy of New Zealander Gordon Gostelow.
** The classic example is Bill Filer in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E3TheClawsOfAxos The Claws of Axos]]''. He even has his own fan-produced spinoff.
** Yee Jee Tso, who played Chang Lee in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie The TV Movie]]'', is actually Canadian.
** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E6Dalek Dalek]]'', the American characters are played by Kiwi Anna-Louise Plowman, Canadian Nigel Whitney, and British Steven Beckingham. Corey Johnson (who plays the BigBad) was born in New Orleans, but much of his accent sounds strained and over-precise at times; it's obvious he's heavily trained and spends a lot of time in the UK.
** ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E4DaleksInManhattan Daleks in Manhattan]] ''/''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E5EvolutionOfTheDaleks Evolution of the Daleks]]'' had British Miranda Raison and Ghanaian-born British-raised Hugh Quarshie as guests of that story. As well as the rarely playing a british guy, Andrew Garfield doing an Oklahoma accent.
** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E4TheSontaranStratagem The Sontaran Stratagem]]''/''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E5ThePoisonSky The Poison Sky]]'', British actor Ryan Sampson plays Luke Rattigan.
** Brits Mark Sheppard and William Morgan Sheppard play Canton Delaware in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E1TheImpossibleAstronaut The Impossible Astronaut]]''/''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E2DayOfTheMoon Day of the Moon]]''. Other guests include Nigerian Chukwudi Iwuji, British Mark Griffin and Canadian Kerry Shale.
* FakeNationality: Latoni, the indigenous South American in "Black Orchid", is played by the rather more Asian-British [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0451089/ Ahmed Khalil]].

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** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E8TheChase "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E8TheChase The Chase]]'', Chase]]", the Daleks chase the First Doctor and his companions through a New York skyscraper, where a tour guide (Noo Yauwk) and a tourist (Alla''baya''ma) are entertainingly fake. William Hartnell's Old West adventure, ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E8TheGunfighters "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E8TheGunfighters The Gunfighters]]'', Gunfighters]]", is full of the same.
** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E1TheTombOfTheCybermen "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E1TheTombOfTheCybermen The Tomb of the Cybermen]]'', Cybermen]]", Vienna-born George Roubicek and Welshman Clive Merrison play Captain Hopper and Jim Callum. Their accents are quite awful.
** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E6TheSpacePirates "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E6TheSpacePirates The Space Pirates]]'', Pirates]]", Milo Clancey has an outrageous hillbilly accent courtesy of New Zealander Gordon Gostelow.
** The classic example is Bill Filer in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E3TheClawsOfAxos "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E3TheClawsOfAxos The Claws of Axos]]''.Axos]]". He even has his own fan-produced spinoff.
** Yee Jee Tso, who played Chang Lee in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie "[[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie The TV Movie]]'', Movie]]", is actually Canadian.
** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E6Dalek Dalek]]'', "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E6Dalek Dalek]]", the American characters are played by Kiwi Anna-Louise Plowman, Canadian Nigel Whitney, and British Steven Beckingham. Corey Johnson (who plays the BigBad) was born in New Orleans, but much of his accent sounds strained and over-precise at times; it's obvious he's heavily trained and spends a lot of time in the UK.
** ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E4DaleksInManhattan "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E4DaleksInManhattan Daleks in Manhattan]] ''/''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E5EvolutionOfTheDaleks Manhattan]]" / "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E5EvolutionOfTheDaleks Evolution of the Daleks]]'' Daleks]]" had British Miranda Raison and Ghanaian-born British-raised Hugh Quarshie as guests of that story. As well as the rarely playing a british guy, Andrew Garfield doing an Oklahoma accent.
** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E4TheSontaranStratagem "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E4TheSontaranStratagem The Sontaran Stratagem]]''/''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E5ThePoisonSky Stratagem]]" / "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E5ThePoisonSky The Poison Sky]]'', Sky]]", British actor Ryan Sampson plays Luke Rattigan.
** Brits Mark Sheppard and William Morgan Sheppard play Canton Delaware in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E1TheImpossibleAstronaut "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E1TheImpossibleAstronaut The Impossible Astronaut]]''/''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E2DayOfTheMoon Astronaut]]" / "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E2DayOfTheMoon Day of the Moon]]''.Moon]]". Other guests include Nigerian Chukwudi Iwuji, British Mark Griffin and Canadian Kerry Shale.
* FakeNationality: Latoni, the indigenous South American in "Black Orchid", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E5BlackOrchid Black Orchid]]", is played by the rather more Asian-British [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0451089/ Ahmed Khalil]].



** In ''The End of Time'', Creator/TimothyDalton's character [[spoiler:Rassilon]] is nicknamed [[spoiler:"[[Film/JamesBond James Rassilon]]"]].

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** In ''The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime The End of Time'', Time]]", Creator/TimothyDalton's character [[spoiler:Rassilon]] is nicknamed [[spoiler:"[[Film/JamesBond James Rassilon]]"]].



** The 12th Doctor is being called "The Thin White Doctor" thanks to him basing his wardrobe and part of his performance on David Bowie.

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** The 12th Doctor is being called "The Thin White Doctor" thanks to him basing his wardrobe and part of his performance on David Bowie.Music/DavidBowie.



** Arthur Darvill had several guesses as to River Song's true identity before it was revealed on the show, and would sometimes bug Alex Kingston with them on set (she being the only person other than Moffat who knew). Eventually he guessed right, and she just said [[spoiler: "Hello, Dad."]]
** [[FounderOfTheKingdom Rassilon]] turning out to be evil in "The End of Time" was this for many fans. "The Five Doctors" and much Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse material had already depicted him as fairly shady.
** After he first appeared in "The Name of the Doctor", fans speculated that [[spoiler:the War Doctor was a previously unknown incarnation of the Doctor from between his eighth and ninth incarnations]]. The minisode "The Night of the Doctor" proved this to be true.
** Missy's identity, which was revealed at the end of "Dark Water", was correctly guessed ahead of time by savvy fans.

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** Arthur Darvill Creator/ArthurDarvill had several guesses as to River Song's true identity before it was revealed on the show, and would sometimes bug Alex Kingston Creator/AlexKingston with them on set (she being the only person other than Moffat who knew). Eventually he guessed right, and she just said [[spoiler: "Hello, Dad."]]
** [[FounderOfTheKingdom Rassilon]] turning out to be evil in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime The End of Time" Time]]" was this for many fans. "The "[[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors The Five Doctors" Doctors]]" and much Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse material had already depicted him as fairly shady.
** After he first appeared in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor The Name of the Doctor", Doctor]]", fans speculated that [[spoiler:the War Doctor was a previously unknown incarnation of the Doctor from between his eighth and ninth incarnations]]. The minisode "The "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thPrequelTheNightOfTheDoctor The Night of the Doctor" Doctor]]" proved this to be true.
** Missy's identity, which was revealed at the end of "Dark Water", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E11DarkWater Dark Water]]", was correctly guessed ahead of time by savvy fans.



* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: The 1993 charity special ''Dimensions in Time'', a crossover with ''Series/EastEnders'', was created on the condition that it'd never be rerun or released on home video. You can find it on Website/YouTube, however.

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* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: The 1993 charity special ''Dimensions "[[Recap/DoctorWho30thASDimensionsInTime Dimensions in Time'', Time]]", a crossover with ''Series/EastEnders'', was created on the condition that it'd never be rerun or released on home video. You can find it on Website/YouTube, however.



* LyingCreator: The BBC website [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/dw/news/bulletin_110412_01/The_Cybermen_Return made it sound]] like the Cybermen would be major enemies in "A Good Man Goes to War". In reality, they're merely [[TheTeaser cold open]] cameos.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Anyone who's played the Master, but particularly Anthony Ainley, who was known to be very warm to fans and interviewers. He could afford to be, since he was already filthy rich and played the role because [[AwesomeDearBoy he enjoyed doing it]].
* MeaningfulReleaseDate: "The End of Time", "The Big Bang", and "The Impossible Astronaut" are set on their airdates (accounting for British time zones).
** The first episode of the [=McCoy=]-era ''Silver Nemesis'' aired the day before it was set.

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* LyingCreator: The BBC website [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/dw/news/bulletin_110412_01/The_Cybermen_Return made it sound]] like the Cybermen would be major enemies in "A "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar A Good Man Goes to War".War]]". In reality, they're merely [[TheTeaser cold open]] cameos.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Anyone who's Recap/MeanCharacterNiceActor:
** Creator/RogerDelgado, who
played the Master, but particularly Anthony Ainley, who first incarnation of the Master in the original series, was known legendary for his lovely personality off ([[AffablyEvil and sometimes even on]]) the set. In fact, Jon Pertwee and Roger Delgado were good friends, and Delgado's untimely death in Turkey while filming a movie was one of the catalysts that led Pertwee to decide to finally leave the series.
*** This led to what seems
to be a mistake in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E3FrontierInSpace Frontier in Space]]". While the Master is leading Jo through a BBCQuarry, he can be heard gently reminding her to be careful; [[AffablyEvil arguably]] not something the Master would do. (Katy Manning has [[BlindWithoutEm very warm poor eyesight]], which may be why she needed some help climbing around gravel quarries. This also happens to fans be the reason Jo and interviewers. He could afford to be, since he was already filthy rich the Doctor held hands so often.)
*** As a matter of fact, Jon Pertwee described him as one of the sweetest, gentlest people he'd ever met. And even watching the show, one can tell that despite all the murder attempts, his
and played the role because [[AwesomeDearBoy he enjoyed doing it]].Delgado's characters are not that far off from being VitriolicBestBuds.
** Anthony Ainley, Delgado's eventual successor in the original series, was likewise known as a genuinely likeable man, who enjoyed the company of fans and even answered most of his own fan mail. Colin Baker (Doctor Number Six) mentioned in a interview that the only thing he could get Anthony Ainley to talk about outside of rehearsals were cricket and the Master's character. Having a private income meant that he could choose to take only the roles he enjoyed - and he ''really'' [[AwesomeDearBoy enjoyed playing]] the Master.
** Creator/JonPertwee often played the Doctor as something of a {{Jerkass}}, but was well-liked on set. In fact, when he died in 1996, Creator/ElisabethSladen (who played Sarah-Jane Smith in his last season as the Doctor) was said to have cried inconsolably for weeks. Creator/KatyManning, then a young girl fresh to the world of acting, who played Jo Grant (the Doctor's companion when The Master was first introduced), has charmingly described the relationship on the set as her having two kindly god-fathers who put her under their wings and who guided her through the stressful waters of weekly television work, who showed her that it was okay to spend your life playing make-belief on a stage or in front of a camera... and who just happened to be ruthless enemies whenever the director yelled "Action!".
*** As mentioned above under Roger Delgado, Katy Manning was BlindWithoutEm, having a severe case of nearsightedness. During one of the first locations shoots, while running after Jon Pertwee, she allegedly ran right into a tree. After that, Pertwee always tried his best to make sure she was holding onto his hand so he could guide her during running sequences to help her avoid injury.
** Creator/ColinBaker gave the Doctor a much darker personality, which was not well received (at first; time has been kind to him). He was also lumbered with production decisions that he was not comfortable with, and caught up in internal BBC political manouvering not of his own making, and he was eventually shuffled out by the BBC. Nowadays he takes part in Audio adventures in ''spite'' of this, and is a terrific man, well-loved by fans.
*** Made even better when you realize Baker was [[OneOfUs a long-time fan of the show]] even before being cast, and the pretty rotten experience of playing The Doctor in that particular period in the show's history did nothing to dampen that enthusiasm for the show or the character.
** Creator/JohnSimm gave one of the most twisted and psychotic performances of The Master to date on camera. Off camera, his own performance disturbed him so much that he forbade his children to watch it because he didn't want to frighten them with his onscreen actions. Ironically, he became The Master to impress his children, but clearly his role as a loving father takes precedence over his acting career.
** Creator/KarenGillan is this as well in some measure -- while Amy Pond is not a villain, she does have some rough edges and can come across as a BitchInSheepsClothing. People who have met or worked with Gillan say that she is a very sweet person, who had a wonderful working relationship with Creator/MattSmith and Creator/ArthurDarvill, even delving into good-natured VitriolicBestBuds territory.
* MeaningfulReleaseDate: "The MeaningfulReleaseDate:
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime The
End of Time", "The Time]]", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E13TheBigBang The Big Bang", Bang]]", and "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E1TheImpossibleAstronaut The Impossible Astronaut" Astronaut]]" are set on their airdates (accounting for British time zones).
** The first episode of the [=McCoy=]-era ''Silver Nemesis'' "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E3SilverNemesis Silver Nemesis]]" aired the day before it was set.



** In a minor reversal, only viewers in North America and Australia viewed a unique pre-credits sequence narrated by Karen Gillan that was added to non-UK broadcasts of Season 6 in order to introduce new viewers to the show. This opening never made it onto the DVD releases in the UK or anywhere else.
*** When the episode "Let's Kill Hitler" first aired on BBC America in 2011, it included an exclusive animated scene sponsored by an advertiser that aired in lieu of a commercial break and filled a gap in the story (it expanded on Rory and Amy's motorcycle chase through Berlin). Although later announced as being planned for inclusion in the Series 6 DVD box sets in North America and the UK, this never happened.
** Averted with "The Day of The Doctor". Normally, there's several hours between the airing in the UK and the airing in the US, allowing fans to find and download the episode. For [=DoTD=], the episode was shown at the exact same time in 94 countries, earning a Guinness record for biggest global simulcast.
** BBC Worldwide's Asia arm has never been good with the specials (Easter specials are outright skipped over, while other specials are chosen at its own discretion, irrelevant of the interest shown on social media). However, most egregiously, ''The Time of The Doctor'' was skipped over back in 2013, and this special is important as it showcases the [[spoiler:regeneration of Creator/MattSmith to Creator/PeterCapaldi]], and regenerations are extremely important events to Whovians. [[http://www.bbc-asia.com/contact/?page=10 Many have wrote to the BBC]], who claims that they have noted the interest of Asian viewers in the episode, but have announced that it will not be aired in the near future. [[BadExportForYou It finally aired in mid-Febuary 2015, during ''Chinese New Year'' and over a year after it's premiere in other regions]], but BBC Entertainment Asia will still hand pick which specials it will and will not show in the future. And oh, the pre-2005 episodes have never been aired on BBC Asia's feeds, either.

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** In a minor reversal, only viewers in North America and Australia viewed a unique pre-credits sequence narrated by Karen Gillan Creator/KarenGillan that was added to non-UK broadcasts of Season 6 in order to introduce new viewers to the show. This opening never made it onto the DVD releases in the UK or anywhere else.
*** When the episode "Let's "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler Let's Kill Hitler" Hitler]]" first aired on BBC America in 2011, it included an exclusive animated scene sponsored by an advertiser that aired in lieu of a commercial break and filled a gap in the story (it expanded on Rory and Amy's motorcycle chase through Berlin). Although later announced as being planned for inclusion in the Series 6 DVD box sets in North America and the UK, this never happened.
** Averted with "The "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor The Day of The Doctor".Doctor]]". Normally, there's several hours between the airing in the UK and the airing in the US, allowing fans to find and download the episode. For [=DoTD=], the episode was shown at the exact same time in 94 countries, earning a Guinness record for biggest global simulcast.
** BBC Worldwide's Asia arm has never been good with the specials (Easter specials are outright skipped over, while other specials are chosen at its own discretion, irrelevant of the interest shown on social media). However, most egregiously, ''The "[[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor The Time of The Doctor'' the Doctor]]" was skipped over back in 2013, and this special is important as it showcases the [[spoiler:regeneration of Creator/MattSmith to Creator/PeterCapaldi]], and regenerations are extremely important events to Whovians. [[http://www.bbc-asia.com/contact/?page=10 Many have wrote to the BBC]], who claims that they have noted the interest of Asian viewers in the episode, but have announced that it will not be aired in the near future. [[BadExportForYou It finally aired in mid-Febuary 2015, during ''Chinese New Year'' and over a year after it's premiere in other regions]], but BBC Entertainment Asia will still hand pick which specials it will and will not show in the future. And oh, the pre-2005 episodes have never been aired on BBC Asia's feeds, either.



** Generally averted in favor of TheNthDoctor. It's played straight, however, with the recasting of the late William Hartnell as the First Doctor in ''[[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors The Five Doctors]]''. The recurring villain Davros has also been played by four different actors on TV - the heavy make-up helps to disguise it, but their voices are definitely different.
** Done for a grand total of 3 seconds during the Sixth Doctor's regeneration process, as Colin Baker didn't return to portray the Doctor for a fraction of an episode. The Sixth Doctor's Dick Sargent to Colin Baker's Dick York was Creator/SylvesterMcCoy, who simply wore a curly blond wig while sparkly special effects covered his face. It didn't work. Leave it to the producers of the "Time and the Rani" [=DVDs=] to sneak an EasterEgg in that seeks to make the regeneration look better by carefully rotoscoping in Colin's face, which is, soothingly, much better.

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** Generally averted in favor of TheNthDoctor. It's played straight, however, with the recasting of the late William Hartnell Creator/WilliamHartnell as the First Doctor in ''[[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors The Five Doctors]]''. The recurring villain Davros has also been played by four different actors on TV - the heavy make-up helps to disguise it, but their voices are definitely different.
** Done for a grand total of 3 seconds during the Sixth Doctor's regeneration process, as Colin Baker Creator/ColinBaker didn't return to portray the Doctor for a fraction of an episode. The Sixth Doctor's Dick Sargent to Colin Baker's Dick York was Creator/SylvesterMcCoy, who simply wore a curly blond wig while sparkly special effects covered his face. It didn't work. Leave it to the producers of the "Time "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E1TimeAndTheRani Time and the Rani" Rani]]" [=DVDs=] to sneak an EasterEgg in that seeks to make the regeneration look better by carefully rotoscoping in Colin's face, which is, soothingly, much better.



** Paul [=McGann=] briefly plays the War Doctor after the regeneration but he doesn't speak and when the face is seen in a reflection it is John Hurt.

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** Paul [=McGann=] Creator/PaulMcGann briefly plays the War Doctor after the regeneration but he doesn't speak and when the face is seen in a reflection it is John Hurt.Creator/JohnHurt.



** Creator/PeterCapaldi is a lifelong Doctor Who fan.

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** Creator/PeterCapaldi is a lifelong Doctor Who ''Doctor Who'' fan.



* RunningTheAsylum: It's the longest running Science Fiction show in existence, heavily influencing just about everyone in England who ever did anything related to Science Fiction. Its a fair bet that there's a few long-time fans on the payroll, such as David Tennant.

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* RunningTheAsylum: It's the longest running Science Fiction show in existence, heavily influencing just about everyone in England who ever did anything related to Science Fiction. Its a fair bet that there's a few long-time fans on the payroll, such as David Tennant.Creator/DavidTennant.



** Happened quite a few times in the 80s, which ultimately put the show on a year and a half hiatus and was the reason Colin Baker was fired.
** Arguably happened with Series 8 and 9. The BBC moved the time of broadcast from spring to autumn which meant it had to air after ''Strictly Come Dancing'' at a time too late for a family show. It also had to compete with ITV's ''The X Factor'' and at one point a few rugby games. The result was really low ratings. Series 9 also suffered from [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil trailers spoiling some episodes]] and a bad publicity campaign.

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** Happened quite a few times in the 80s, which ultimately put the show on a year and a half hiatus and was the reason Colin Baker Creator/ColinBaker was fired.
** Arguably happened with Series 8 and 9. The BBC moved the time of broadcast from spring to autumn which meant it had to air after ''Strictly Come Dancing'' at a time too late for a family show. It also had to compete with ITV's ''The X Factor'' ''Series/TheXFactor'' and at one point a few rugby games. The result was really low ratings. Series 9 also suffered from [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil trailers spoiling some episodes]] and a bad publicity campaign.



** The 50th anniversary release of the animated ''Power of the Daleks'' reconstruction got shafted out of its 8:25 PM timeslot, putting it at 11 PM to make room for yet more ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' reruns.

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** The 50th anniversary release of the animated ''Power "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E3ThePowerOfTheDaleks Power of the Daleks'' Daleks]]" reconstruction got shafted out of its 8:25 PM timeslot, putting it at 11 PM to make room for yet more ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' reruns.



** The cancellation of the classic series in 1989 was originally described as a "hiatus" by the BBC. And it was, of a sort. It just lasted considerably longer than the earlier one: at least seven years (until the 1996 TV movie) and up to sixteen years (until the series resumed on a regular basis with "Rose" in 2005).

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** The cancellation of the classic series in 1989 was originally described as a "hiatus" by the BBC. And it was, of a sort. It just lasted considerably longer than the earlier one: at least seven years (until the 1996 TV movie) and up to sixteen years (until the series resumed on a regular basis with "Rose" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E1Rose Rose]]" in 2005).



** Leela kissing Adam Colby on the cheek was ad-libbed by Louise Jameson. The surprised look on his face is genuine.
** On the subject of ad-libbed kisses, so was Eleven grabbing Rory and kissing him in "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship". Arthur Darvill was as surprised as Rory!

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** Leela kissing Adam Colby on the cheek in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E3ImageOfTheFendahl Image of the Fendahl]]" was ad-libbed by Louise Jameson. The surprised look on his face is genuine.
** On the subject of ad-libbed kisses, so was Eleven grabbing Rory and kissing him in "Dinosaurs "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E2DinosaursOnASpaceship Dinosaurs on a Spaceship". Arthur Darvill Spaceship]]". Creator/ArthurDarvill was as surprised as Rory!



* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Unavoidable, given its age. This can even be observed within the revived series - you can tell "Rose" is still early 2000s because Rose has to visit her boyfriend to look something up on the Internet, and "Blink" came out around the end of DVD rental stores.

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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Unavoidable, given its age. This can even be observed within the revived series - you can tell "Rose" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E1Rose Rose]]" is still early 2000s because Rose has to visit her boyfriend to look something up on the Internet, and "Blink" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E10Blink Blink]]" came out around the end of DVD rental stores.



** Creator/{{BRIAN BLESSED}} was approached for the role of the Second Doctor, but turned it down as he was too busy at the time.
** Russell T. Davies expressed interest in utilizing the Raston Warrior Robot from "The Five Doctors", but nothing ever came of it.
** Interviewed for the Big Finish non-fiction audio release ''Tom Baker at 80'', Baker reveals that he actually proposed that the series allow the Doctor to have a romantic moment with one of his companions, albeit as a joke. (Baker's idea: that the companion kiss him, the Doctor act shocked, but then decides he likes it and asks to be kissed again.) This was decades before the TV movie broke the "no kissing" taboo. Baker doesn't identify which companion this was proposed for, though given he was involved in a real-life romance with Romana II actress Lalla Ward, she's the most likely suspect.
** Steven Moffat originally had planned an entire Series 8 with the Eleventh Doctor set almost entirely on Trenzalore, but Matt Smith's decision to step back after the end of Series 7 threw a kink to that plan. So instead, Moffat took most of his ideas for that version of Series 8 and condensed them into what became ''The Time of The Doctor''.
** Jenna Coleman originally planned Series 8 as her last as Clara and didn't even plan to be in the post-season Christmas special; she first decided to stay on for the special, and then Series 9. This meant that the endings of first "Death in Heaven" and then "Last Christmas" had to be rewritten; initially the Doctor's encounter with an elderly Clara was in the real world and not the last layer of the DreamWithinADream one. This also raises the question of how different Series 9 would have been if it had been busy breaking in a new companion for the Doctor rather than making an established one key to the StoryArc.

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** Creator/{{BRIAN BLESSED}} Creator/BRIANBLESSED} was approached for the role of the Second Doctor, but turned it down as he was too busy at the time.
** Russell T. Davies expressed interest in utilizing the Raston Warrior Robot from "The "[[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors The Five Doctors", Doctors]]", but nothing ever came of it.
** Interviewed for the Big Finish Creator/BigFinish non-fiction audio release ''Tom Baker at 80'', Baker reveals that he actually proposed that the series allow the Doctor to have a romantic moment with one of his companions, albeit as a joke. (Baker's idea: that the companion kiss him, the Doctor act shocked, but then decides he likes it and asks to be kissed again.) This was decades before the TV movie broke the "no kissing" taboo. Baker doesn't identify which companion this was proposed for, though given he was involved in a real-life romance with Romana II actress Lalla Ward, she's the most likely suspect.
** Steven Moffat Creator/StevenMoffat originally had planned an entire Series 8 with the Eleventh Doctor set almost entirely on Trenzalore, but Matt Smith's Creator/MattSmith's decision to step back after the end of Series 7 threw a kink to that plan. So instead, Moffat took most of his ideas for that version of Series 8 and condensed them into what became ''The Time of The Doctor''.
** Jenna Coleman originally planned Series 8 as her last as Clara and didn't even plan to be in the post-season Christmas special; she first decided to stay on for the special, and then Series 9. This meant that the endings of first "Death "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E12DeathInHeaven Death in Heaven" Heaven]]" and then "Last Christmas" "[[Recap/DoctorWho2014CSLastChristmas Last Christmas]]" had to be rewritten; initially the Doctor's encounter with an elderly Clara was in the real world and not the last layer of the DreamWithinADream one. This also raises the question of how different Series 9 would have been if it had been busy breaking in a new companion for the Doctor rather than making an established one key to the StoryArc.



** Creator/FreemaAgyeman was Adeola Oshodi in "Army of Ghosts", a Torchwood employee who is possessed by the Cybermen and then killed.

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** Creator/FreemaAgyeman was Adeola Oshodi in "Army "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E12ArmyOfGhosts Army of Ghosts", Ghosts]]", a Torchwood employee who is possessed by the Cybermen and then killed.
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: On a number of occasions, when a new Doctor is introduced, there is at least one storyline early in their tenure that seems out of place and is later looked upon as a curiosity or an aberration as the Doctor establishes himself. Recent include "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E02TheBeastBelow The Beast Below]]" for the Eleventh Doctor and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E03RobotOfSherwood Robot of Sherwood]]" for the Twelfth Doctor. In the case of the Seventh Doctor, virtually the entirety of Season 24 (1987) qualifies.
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* {{Defictionalization}}: In reference to the fake Mona Lisa plot from "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E2CityOfDeath City of Death]]", prints of the Mona Lisa were once made available at a Creator//TomBaker signing, signed "This is a fake -- TOM BAKER".

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* {{Defictionalization}}: In reference to the fake Mona Lisa plot from "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E2CityOfDeath City of Death]]", prints of the Mona Lisa were once made available at a Creator//TomBaker Creator/TomBaker signing, signed "This is a fake -- TOM BAKER".



** The show's cancellation following the Sylvester [=McCoy=] era has been explicitly, if not exclusively, pinned on BBC executive Michael Grade's personal distaste for it (though he was no longer controller by the time of the actual cancellation).

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** The show's cancellation following the Sylvester [=McCoy=] Creator/SylvesterMcCoy era has been explicitly, if not exclusively, pinned on BBC executive Michael Grade's personal distaste for it (though he was no longer controller by the time of the actual cancellation).
19th Mar '17 12:24:48 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* {{Defictionalization}}: In reference to the fake Mona Lisa plot from "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E2CityOfDeath City of Death]]", prints of the Mona Lisa were once made available at a Tom Baker signing, signed "This is a fake -- TOM BAKER".

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* {{Defictionalization}}: In reference to the fake Mona Lisa plot from "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E2CityOfDeath City of Death]]", prints of the Mona Lisa were once made available at a Tom Baker Creator//TomBaker signing, signed "This is a fake -- TOM BAKER".



** Sil, the alien villain of "Vengeance on Varos" and "Mindwarp", is a mostly aquatic amphibian who is very clumsy on land and has to be carried around by flunkies. Nabil Shaban, who played him, has severe osteogenesis imperfecta, causing him to be very short and use a wheelchair.

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** Sil, the alien villain of "Vengeance "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E2VengeanceOnVaros Vengeance on Varos" Varos]]" and "Mindwarp", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS23E2Mindwarp Mindwarp]]", is a mostly aquatic amphibian who is very clumsy on land and has to be carried around by flunkies. Nabil Shaban, who played him, has severe osteogenesis imperfecta, causing him to be very short and use a wheelchair.



** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E8TheGunfighters The Gunfighters]]" has the same plot as "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E3TheMythMakers]]", both by the same writer. A comedic historical story where the Doctor is mistaken for a historical figure (Zeus/Doc Holliday) and through a series of farcical events, people die.

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** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E8TheGunfighters The Gunfighters]]" has the same plot as "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E3TheMythMakers]]", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E3TheMythMakers The Myth Makers]]", both by the same writer. A comedic historical story where the Doctor is mistaken for a historical figure (Zeus/Doc Holliday) and through a series of farcical events, people die.



** Most notably, Creator/TomBaker (the fourth Doctor) and Lalla Ward (his companion (the second) Romana).

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** Most notably, Creator/TomBaker (the fourth Fourth Doctor) and Lalla Ward (his companion (the second) Romana).



** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E2TheMindOfEvil The Mind of Evil]]" ran seriously over budget to the point that director Timothy Combe (who had worked on the show before) was not invited back for another story. It also required a re-shoot at Dover Castle as one of the film negatives got damaged to the point it could not be used and there hadn't been time to shoot close ups. With no actors available, several production staff had to step in as extras.



** ""[[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E5TheBrainOfMorbius The Brain of Morbius]]"" was largely the result of two writers having a falling out. Creator/TerranceDicks submitted a story concerning a robot building a new body for a Time Lord war criminal currently stuck as a disembodied brain, but the serial got stuck as the Bottle Episode of the season, so to save money the script editor Creator/RobertHolmes rewrote it from the ground up to replace the robot with a human character. This enraged Dicks, who felt the rewrite opened up massive plot holes - he saw the story as a TurnedAgainstTheirMasters scenario about a robot that cannot understand beauty building a new body for his master, while a human would be able to understand Morbius would rather be in a better body - and was also upset about how Holmes' rewrite turned the story into more of a Hammer Horror pastiche than science fiction. Eventually Dicks realised he'd lost the argument and suggested Holmes replace his name on the script with 'some bland pseudonym', so Holmes passive-aggressively credited the story to "Robin Bland".

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** ""[[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E5TheBrainOfMorbius "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E5TheBrainOfMorbius The Brain of Morbius]]"" Morbius]]" was largely the result of two writers having a falling out. Creator/TerranceDicks submitted a story concerning a robot building a new body for a Time Lord war criminal currently stuck as a disembodied brain, but the serial got stuck as the Bottle Episode of the season, so to save money the script editor Creator/RobertHolmes rewrote it from the ground up to replace the robot with a human character. This enraged Dicks, who felt the rewrite opened up massive plot holes - he saw the story as a TurnedAgainstTheirMasters scenario about a robot that cannot understand beauty building a new body for his master, while a human would be able to understand Morbius would rather be in a better body - and was also upset about how Holmes' rewrite turned the story into more of a Hammer Horror pastiche than science fiction. Eventually Dicks realised he'd lost the argument and suggested Holmes replace his name on the script with 'some bland pseudonym', so Holmes passive-aggressively credited the story to "Robin Bland".
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* TimeyWimeyBall: Of wibbly-wobbly... er... stuff. ([[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E10Blink "Blink"]])

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* TimeyWimeyBall: Of wibbly-wobbly... er... stuff. ([[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E10Blink "Blink"]])
"Blink"]])[[note]]"People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually, from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it's more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey . . . stuff."[[/note]]
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* TheBrigadier: Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, recurring character.

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* TheBrigadier: Brigadier Sir Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, recurring character.character in the classic series.



* LivingShadow: [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E8SilenceInTheLibrary "Silence in the Library"]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead "Forest of the Dead"]]

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* LivingShadow: [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E8SilenceInTheLibrary "Silence in the Library"]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead Library"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead "Forest of the Dead"]]
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* SpaceSailing (top, "Voyage of the Damned")

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* SpaceSailing (top, [[Recap/DoctorWho2007CSVoyageOfTheDamned "Voyage of the Damned")Damned"]])
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* NonActionBigBad ([[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13TheStolenEarth "The Stolen Earth"]])

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* NonActionBigBad ([[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13TheStolenEarth ([[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E12TheStolenEarth "The Stolen Earth"]])
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