Any TV show that spans over 851 episodes is bound to have a couple of slip-ups. Because let's face it: Film crews can't always avoid misplacing random props or accidentally revealing their equipment in scenes. In most cases, these little errors are barely noticeable. However, even the most faithful Whovian can attest to the fact that certain mistakes in Doctor Who are just way too obvious to ignore.
Some fans have definitely tried to justify these blunders by bringing up the show's fantasy genre, but honestly, no amount of parallel universes or creepy monsters can explain why someone's hairstyle changed completely in the span of two seconds. Even so, these errors could never take away from the overall quality and impact of the sci-fi hit series. For years, its been giving us a fun, clever, and complex protagonist who gives us a well-needed escape from the real world. There's just nothing like getting lost in every single episode, which is probably why we completely overlooked most of these mistakes...
You might recall that on "Aliens of London," there was a "Missing Person" poster on display for Rose Tyler. It was dated March 6th, 2005 and it claimed that she was 19 years old, which means she was most likely born early in 1986. But on the episode "Father's Day," which takes place in November of 1987, Rose is seen as a newborn baby in her mother's arms. By this time, she should have been several months older... *Scratches head*
Remember how Cassandra tricked Rose and wound up trapping her on season two's "New Earth"? Well, about 11 minutes into the episode, right before Cassandra tries to possess Rose's body, the psychograft (the device needed to complete it) briefly appears. But in the following shot, as it happens, the psychograft vanishes. Then in the next shot, we see that the device magically reappears. Uhh, what?
We're no science experts, but "geostationary" is defined as a circular orbit that's positioned above Earth's equator and moving in the same direction as the Earth's rotation (making it appear stationary). And yet, on season two's "The Impossible Planet," Ida mentioned that a planet was in geostationary orbit around the black hole. This is technically inaccurate because the planet Krop Tor is orbiting around a gravitational field. It seems like something that a science nerd would definitely know, so this one strikes us as odd.
During that same episode, there's a scene where the Doctor and Ida go down into the core of the mysterious Krop Tor. There's also a screen that reveals their oxygen levels as they go, and the first time it's shown, it says 39 percent. But then, after the shot changes and returns to the same screen, it reads... 42 percent, even though it should be gradually decreasing. This one seems like a pretty obvious mistake to miss...
On "The Family of Blood," aliens attack an English boarding school and the surrounding village to get to the essence of alien time-traveler, the Tenth Doctor. There's a scene where an army of living scarecrows approaches the school for a battle. Shortly after, we see Sister of Mine looking out of the school's window and it's raining heavily. But when the scene cuts back to the approaching scarecrows, we see clearer skies and no sign of rain. It's definitely not possible for the weather to change this fast, at least not on our planet.
The Doctor and his traveling buddies discovered the darker side of game shows on season one's "Bad Wolf." When the group gets separated, the Doctor, Jack, and Lynda try to search for Rose, but then they are captured and arrested. Fortunately for them, they escape and make it to the control room on Floor 500. If you take a closer look at Lynda before they manage to break out of prison, though, she reaches for her gadgets more than once.
On "The Stolen Earth" from season four, Martha can be seen speaking to everyone else on her laptop. She's in clear view and we can see her mouth moving as well. But when the camera angle changes to a position behind her, she continues to speak - even though her lips aren't moving. Either that was an insane magic trick or the audio was completely off.
On the Twelfth Doctor's very first full episode, "Deep Breath," there's a scene where the butler, Strax, asks Clara if she'll be needing anything. She claims she wants some water and, in response, Strax drops a bucket of mop water in front of her. As they continue to have their back-and-forth, the water remains, but in the next shot, as Clara looks at her newspaper the water bucket is nowhere to be seen. Who moved that bucket??
Quick question: How is it that artificially-grown humans who have been infected by nearly EVERY disease in the galaxy can run as fast as a normal, healthy human? ...Yeah, we're just as confused as you are. But apparently, this is exactly what happened on "New Earth" after they got released from their pods. Yes, we know that they were technically cured of their diseases. But keep in mind that they could barely even walk and they struggled with coordinating their movements. We still can't wrap our heads around the fact that they were able to keep up with Rose.
It's a minor detail, but Miss Kizlet was wearing a pretty cool silver brooch on the right lapel of her suit on "The Bells of Saint John." But when we see her again in a different shot, it's clear that the accessory has switched places. At first glance, it looks like the brooch was moved to her left lapel. But a closer look at the positioning of it will tell you that the original shot was flipped.
The series premiere, "Rose," made us see store mannequins in a whole new light, but it wasn't without its mistakes. When the Autons attacked for the final time, it all went down on what appeared to be a "busy London street." But what it really was was a pedestrian area with no roads. Yes, vehicles were still visible. But you might have also noticed that there's nothing to separate roads from the sidewalk and no street markings.
Well, this one is pretty easy to miss because we're talking about a reflection on a glass door here. Still, this was also in plain sight. On the episode "The Poison Sky," as the Doctor has a brief encounter with Donna during the warehouse battle, he tells her "Hold on, I'm coming." Meanwhile, much of the film crew is visible on the door to the Doctor's right. LMAO.
Season one's "Dalek" includes a scene where the alien mutants kill soldiers in an open hallway and in the weapons testing area. And some of the bullet casings that were ejected from the soldiers' guns are visible. But those casings still had bullets in them... which, to be honest, makes no sense at all. Had they been used, they wouldn't have fallen out that way. Perhaps this explains why those soldiers were killed.
On "Asylum Of The Daleks," Oswin was captured by the Daleks and converted into one of them. The experience was so traumatic that she suppressed that memory and continued to believe that she was human. But though she was convinced of this in her mind, Oswin was technically supposed to sound and look like a Dalek after her conversion. That said, we saw her as a human and she had the voice of a perfectly normal woman. Even when she spoke through an intercom, she maintained her human voice. How in the world was that possible?
When Cardiff gets struck by a large earthquake on the episode "Boom Town," we see that a few cracks have formed in the pavement. However, it seems like everything else is perfectly intact and nothing has been displaced, which is definitely odd considering the other damage. But what's even weirder is that those mysterious cracks disappear in various shots that are taken from different angles. They only reappear when the pavement is shown from a much higher level. Use your brains, people!
When he realized that the Family of Blood wouldn't quit pursuing him, the Doctor resorted to transforming into a human until they all died out. While hiding himself from their detection, he settled in 1913 and took on the persona of John Smith while Martha guarded the Time Lord essence and memories. There's a scene, though, where Joan listens to John Smith's heartbeat after putting on her stethoscope backward. It's rather odd because Joan worked as a nurse at Farringham School for Boys and this seems like something she should know...
The episode "The Doctor Dances," which is set in London in 1941, featured a magnetic tape recorder. However, this was right in the middle of World War II, which lasted from 1939 to 1945. In that time, this cutting edge piece of technology was extremely rare. In fact, this item wasn't even available outside of Germany, so it's very unlikely that one would be seen in a hospital office in London.
On "The Bells of Saint John," the Doctor can be seen wearing a pretty unique bowtie with a cool design as he talks to Clara. However, when he gets to the coffee shop, there's a subtle difference to the design — although the colors are very similar. When he goes back outside to see about Clara, it changes back to the original design, and when he returns to the shop, it changes again (it's super minor but still!). Our only question is why did they have the Doctor change bowties at all... or if they needed multiple, shouldn't they have bought the EXACT same tie?
On the episode "The End of the World," the Doctor and Rose travel five billion years into the future, where rich alien delegates have gathered on Platform One to see the Earth get destroyed. During those events, we also see Rose's hair mysteriously change between shots. As she speaks with Cassandra about being the last human, her hairstyle switches to something different during all of the close-ups. Actors are usually told not to play with their hair between scenes for this exact reason, but it looks like the continuity person forgot to do their job a few days on set of Doctor Who.