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    steamheaduk

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    I would prefer it if you don't post questions directly to this topic - please read below.

    Some time ago fancourt_babs started the FAQ here and kept it up to date. However, of late he's been very quiet on this forum, so I've picked it up until he returns.

    The sort of stuff that will get on here is the general information most new viewers will want to know, like - How many Doctors have their been? Not things like Who is your favourite Doctor? Which, though frequently asked, is not the sort of thing for here. For those interested my answer to Who is your favourite Doctor? is of course Yes he is!

    If you have a question about Doctor Who 2005 that is not included in this FAQ then please start a new topic on the forum to ask your question. A new topic will make the answer easier to track (in the case of multiple questions) and it will keep the FAQ less cluttered. Hopefully the friendly folks on this forum will provide an answer and if it looks like the sort of question that every newcomer might want to know, I'll include it here automatically. Alternatively, you can ask within that topic for it to be included in the FAQ, or PM me. I may not include everything, but I will tell you why. I'll continually update the postings on the first page of this topic. I will try to only post questions to which there is an answer that can be supported by fact and reference to the series, not conjecture like - Rose probably didn't do that because...

    Since there is a limit of 20000 characters per post, and this FAQ already runs well over that, I'm splitting it over several posts, and have reserved all the slots for the first page just in case.

    I'm following the original format of Q=Question, SA=Short Answer, LA=Long Answer, as that seems a good way to do things.

    Note about Spoilers: This is going to be difficult to manage as some of the long answers will touch on matters not yet aired in some parts of the world. I'm treating anything up to Doomsday (Season 2 Finale) to be common knowledge, and anything from The Runaway Bride onwards will be hidden as spoilers (please let me know if I slip up).

    Click on any of the questions below to skip straight to the answer. From any of the answers you can click on the Q) to get back to this list.


    01 - Is Doctor Who 2005 a new series, or continuation of the old series?


    02 - Why is there a new Doctor in the second season? Do they change every year or something?


    03 - I keep hearing Series 1, shouldn't that be Season 1 ?


    04 - How did the doctor regenerate from 9th to 10th doctor when the council of time lords presumably was wiped out with the rest of their species by the Daleks?


    05 - When does torchwood start airing and will there be conections to Doctor Who like cross overs and things like that?


    06 - What is that little device the doctor carries around. The thing he seems to use for everything?


    07 - What is the Movie folks keep referring to and how can I see it?


    08 - Is the BBC/Fox tv movie in continuity?


    09 - Do we ever find out what happened after the film, and when did the Doctor regenerate?


    10 - How many episodes of Doctor Who have there been?


    11 - When The Doctor regenerates, does his regeneration alter the appearence of his previous incarnations?


    12 - How many Doctors have there been ?


    13 - Why doesn't The Doctor just go back and fix things he got wrong?


    14 - What is a Time Lord and where are they from?


    15 - What does TARDIS stand for?


    16 - Why is the TARDIS bigger on the inside?


    17 - Why does everybody speak English ? (or whatever language you are watching in)


    18 - What is the Time War?


    19 - What are UNIT and Torchwood?


    20 - Where else can I find Doctor Who information on the web?


    21 - Why does the TARDIS look like a Police Box (phone booth)?


    22 - Why are there only 13/14 episodes per season?



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    Q) Is Doctor Who 2005 a new series, or continuation of the old series?

    SA) Yes

    LA) It's both, or either. As far as The BBC (the corporation but not necessarily all the individuals within it) are concerned it is a new series and they are marketing it as such. DVD releases of Christopher Eccleston's episodes are packaged as series one (season 1) and from The Christmas Invasion onwards is packaged as series 2. Presumably not to put off new customers/viewers who haven't seen the original, or were put off by the original. It has a completely new production location, crew (with the odd old timer), budget (boy is that new), Doctors and TARDIS interior.

    That being said it is also still a direct continuity of the orginal series of Doctor Who. The TARDIS has redecorated itself internally many times, so that's not a problem. David Tennant has also been established on screen as The Tenth Doctor (11th if you are feeling pedantic), which doesn't contradict what has come before.

    By the end of the second series, 2 previous companions and 3 previous races of monsters will have appeared. There have also been references to UNIT which was an organisation in the original series. So far I don't believe anything has directly contradicted the old series.

    The new series deliberately didn't start with the Ninth Doctor's regeneration, though there were hints to indicate it had recently happened, to allow a large gap from the TV Movie to fill in with back story as the new series progresses.

    Basically make up your own mind on how you want to refer to the show.



    Q) Why is there a new Doctor in the second season? Do they change every year or something?

    SA) Chris Eccleston only wanted to do one season. They change when the lead wants out, or when he's wanted out.
    LA) When the First Doctor (the veeeeery first, who was the Doctor from 1963-1966) decided that the show was becoming too much for him, as he was getting on a bit, and wasn't very well, the producers decided that instead of cancelling a very popular show, they would change the lead. It had already been established that he was an alien, so the producers introduced a special property to his people: When his body nears an inevitable death, a Time Lord (that's what the Doctor is) can regenerate his body, rejigging the cells, and his brain gets a quick jumble as well. Consequently, the Time Lord is a little unstable for a short while, and then settles down with a new body, a new personality, and a new dress sense. This happened for the first time in the original series, Episode 4 of The Tenth Planet.

    It was later introduced that a Time Lord could regenerate 12 times, totalling 13 bodies, but the ability to regenerate first had to be granted by the high council of Time Lords upon graduation (see The Deadly Assassin in the original series). The Doctor has already regenerated 8 times by the start of this series, making Christopher Eccleston the 9th Doctor, and regenerates for the 9th time during the 13th episode to be played by David Tennant.

    This explanation was given in the 40th Anniversary story Zagreus (Big Finish Audio Productions) in 2003:
    Cardinal Rasilson has been investigating a method of regenerating decaying and diseased tissue via a series of permanently carried self replicating biogenic molecules, the cells of a Gallifreyan body can be repaired, restored and reorganised. This will result in a wholly new physical form. The brain cells will similarly be rearranged, though to a lesser degree, thus ensuring the new incarnation will replicate the memories and personality of the former incarnation. Cardinal Rasilon intends for this mechanism only to be used upon the Gallifreyan elite. He has also inputed a parameter of 12 regenerative cycles to avoid decaying biogenic molecules.



    Q) I keep hearing Series 1, shouldn't that be Season 1 ?

    SA) Yes or No depending on where you live

    LA) Doctor Who is produced in the UK, and tend to use Series, when the US would use Season. What the US refers to as a Series the UK would call a Programme or Serial.



    Q) How did the doctor regenerate from 9th to 10th doctor when the council of time lords presumably was wiped out with the rest of their species by the Daleks?

    SA) Because he can.

    LA) The ability to regenerate is first granted by the Time Lords, but does not need them there to actively take part in the process. It's a biological process that happens automatically when all the cell's in a Time Lord's body near death, which in one instance happened after he was declared dead (see The Movie), but not that long after that tissue was still viable, so it doesn't appear to need any conscious effort to do it. Possibly the anaesthetics from surgery delayed the process.

    It also seems that regeneration can be consciously performed (see Romana in Destiny of the Daleks in the original series).

    A regeneration is not fixed for up to 15 hours after it starts, so any damage occuring in the first 15 hours can be repaired. Such as growing a new hand in The Christmas Invasion.



    Q) When does torchwood start airing and will there be conections to Doctor Who like cross overs and things like that?

    SA) In the UK it's currently assumed to air Autumn 2006 and will have some elements from Doctor Who.

    LA) It has been announced that it will begin airing in the autumn. It has been announced that there will be no cross over stories to Doctor Who. However, three of the five announced lead actors have been in Doctor Who in the last year, two of them with the same character, the other one bears a suspiciously similar character name. The new show will be set in Cardiff underneath Roald Dahl Plass (where the TARDIS landing in Boom Town) deliberately sited there to exploit the rift established in The Unquiet Dead and shown again in Boom Town.

    It is the same Torchwood Institute founded by Queen Victoria in Tooth and Claw. Which now appears to have at least 3 offices - Torchwood House (Tooth and Claw), Torchwood Tower (Army of Ghosts) and the one in Cardiff for the new series.

    So though there will not be direct story cross overs, there will be elements cross from one series to another, but not enough to mean you have to watch both.

    One important thing to note is Torchwood will be broadcast in the UK post-watershed, which means it may be unsuitable for younger viewers.



    Q) What is that little device the doctor carries around. The thing he seems to use for everything?

    SA) The Sonic Screwdriver.

    LA) It first appeared during the time of The Second Doctor in the original series. Got destroyed during the Fifth Doctor's time, and presumably he made a new one some time after the Seventh Doctor went off the air, as it appeared in the Eighth Doctor's only adventure and he built/acquired an entirely new one for the Ninth Doctor.

    It has actually been used to actually unscrew screws at least once.

    For more information on the sonic screwdriver go to Wikipedia
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonic_Screwdriver

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    Q) What is the Movie folks keep referring to and how can I see it?

    SA) Doctor Who The Movie (1996) made by The BBC and Fox. It's on DVD.

    LA) After the original series stopped being produced in 1989, several attempts were made to revive it, but the only one that saw light of day was a TV special starring Paul McGann as The Doctor.

    It is out on DVD, known only as Doctor Who The Movie (1996), so get it from your usual DVD retailer/rental. There were two other movies from the sixties starring Peter Cushing as Doctor Who. These were adaptations of the first two Dalek stories from the TV series.

    Intended as a pilot for a possible new series, nothing else emerged from it, leaving Paul McGann as the George Lazenby of Doctor Who.



    Q) Is the BBC/Fox tv movie in continuity?

    SA) Yes.

    LA) Yes. Some take the approach that since it was an American movie, it didn't count. However, the BBC include the 8th Doctor on their website and it was co-produced by the BBC. They have issued a DVD in the same line as the other stories.

    There were however some breaks with continuity in this episode.

    He was referred to as being half human, which isn't a direct contradiction as they've never before established he was entirely Gallifreyan. It wasn't however well received and has since been lampooned in Parting of the Ways when Rose considers the Daleks half human and is told that is Blasphemy.

    The Eye of Harmony being in the TARDIS did directly contradict continuity as The Eye of Harmony is supposed to be on Gallifrey (see The Deadly Assassin in the original series).

    There have been attempts to explain this in various forums and novels, but not really content for the FAQ.



    Q) Do we ever find out what happened after the film, and when did the Doctor regenerate?

    SA) Not on screen

    LA) The film is directly followed by two different streams of continuation for the Eighth Doctor, it's not entirely clear how these two streams fit together, or whether the events in these two avenues are officially part of the Ninth Doctor's past.

    Novels: The novel "The Eight Doctors", the first of 74 "BBC Books Eighth Doctor Adventures", one "Virgin Publishing New Adventures" novel, three "Telos Publishing Novellas".

    Audio Adventures: Big Finish Productions produced a set of Audio Adventures featuring Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor, and in fact they are still producing them. One was an adaptation of Shada, which was written by Douglas Adams and partly filmed for the Fourth Doctor, but abandoned due to industrial action. The reworking also included Lalla Ward as Romana and John Leeson as K9. This adventure was also animated as a webcast.

    At some point following Shada the first of a continuing series of Audio Adventures introduces the Eighth Doctor to new companion Charlotte "Charley" Pollard (played by India Fisher) and later on in the series he meets C'Rizz (played by Conrad Westmaas). If you want to experience more Paul McGann as The Doctor I can thoroughly recommend these - see http://www.doctorwho.co.uk.

    The New series has stated that there was a Time War at some point between the original series and the new series, presumably after the books and audio adventures. The War involved the Daleks, the Gallifreyans, the Gelth, the Nestene, and presumably a lot more. Conjecture, and some hints in "Dalek", suggest that the Doctor caused the destruction of the Daleks at the expense of the Time Lords, and Gallifrey itself. It is presumed that he regenerated as a result of the war, but it hasn't confirmed on screen (yet).



    Q) How many episodes of Doctor Who have there been?

    SA) Lots

    LA) This is not intended as a definitive answer, just an indication of scale.

    The old series, in its original run, totalled 158 broadcast story arcs over 696 episodes (683x25 minutes, 13x45 minutes), though for the very first run there were actually only 694 episodes as one four part story was originally transmitted as a spliced 2 part story to schedule around the Olympics in 1984. There was also a 20th Anniversary Special The Five Doctors in 1983 (1x90 minutes), and TV movie in 1996.

    There was also a single spin off TV movie, K9 and Company, featuring Sarah and K9. Spoiler: The events in School Reunion directly refer to this TV movie, making it canon.

    There were 2 Third Doctor, 1 Fourth Doctor and 1 Sixth Doctor Adventures produced directly by the BBC in Audio form using the same actors and production team, so these can probably also be considered canon.

    The New series will have run 28 (45 minute) episodes by the end of the 2006, covering 22 stories, as well as a Children in Need special last year.
    There is then a lot of stuff which may or may not be considered canon.

    There was also one story, Shada, which would have been a 6 episode story for the Fourth Doctor, which got abandoned due to industrial action, but was released on video in as near to complete form possible, with 6 episode and Tom Baker providing linking narration.

    There were two webcasts in 2003 (one generally discounted, one generally included).

    There have also been two official stage productions - Seven Keys to Doomsday and The Ultimate Adventure.

    The next set of figures I can't vouch for as I don't have all the information, thank fancourt_babs for most of this, but as best as I can tell, as of July 2006.

    Books: 14 First Doctor Novels (and 2 novellas), 14 Second Doctor Novels (and 2 novellas), 17 3rd (and 1 novella), 22 4th (and 2 novellas), 15 5th (and 1 novella), 19 6th (and 1 novella), 73 7th (and 2 novellas), 75 8th (and 3 novellas), 6 9th, and 3 10th (and 1 novella). There are another 3 10th Doctor novels expected by the end of the year. Also 2 books without a Doctor designation, and one novella without a Doctor designation. That will total 262 Doctor novels, and 16 novellas. Also, 4 K9 books, 1 Harry Sullivan book and 1 Turlough book. Total, 268 novels and 16 novellas before 2007. Plus 153 Novelisations. 421 full books in total. Plus 21 short story collections. And the list keeps growing...

    Audio: 2 3rd Doctor audio, 2 4th, 23 5th, 27 6th (and 1 webcast), 19 7th, 24 8th (and 1 webcast), also 1 unknown Doctor webcast. Total, 96 Doctor audios and 3 webcasts. Also 30 Bernice Summerfield stories, 5 UNIT stories, 14 Dalek stories, 9 Sarah Jane stories, 7 Unbound alternate universe stories, 9 Gallifrey stories, 4 Cybermen stories, and 2 Iris Wyldthyme stories. Total, 176 audios and 3 webcasts.

    Big Finish Audio Productions are still producing audio adventures, and they are excellent, they are licensed to use characters and events up to the TV movie, but not allowed to foreshadow the new series. More details can be found at http://www.doctorwho.co.uk.

    You can do your own adding up...



    Q) When The Doctor regenerates, does his regeneration alter the appearence of his previous incarnations?

    SA) No

    LA) The reason behind this question is, should The Doctor go back and visit his former self, do they get the original actor back in. The general answer to this is yes they do.

    There have been 3 multi Doctor stories in the original series, excluding regenerations, and in two of them, the original actors were used. The exception is The Five Doctors which used Richard Hurndall to replace the Late William Hartnell, but he was made up to look like William Hartnell's portrayal and gave a pretty convincing performance.

    Don't expect multi Doctor stories in the new series though, the producer doesn't like the idea.



    Q) How many Doctors have there been ?

    SA) Ten

    LA) Officially in established continuity there are ten -

    From the original series -
    The First Doctor - 1963 - William Hartnell (played by Richard Hurndal in The Five Doctors)
    The Second Doctor - 1966 - Patrick Troughton
    The Third Doctor - 1970 - Jon Pertwee
    The Fourth Doctor - 1974 - Tom Baker (made the most episodes)
    The Fifth Doctor - 1981 - Peter Davison
    The Sixth Doctor - 1984 - Colin Baker (had a season cancelled and was asked to leave)
    The Seventh Doctor - 1987 - Sylvester McCoy (held the role for longest but only did 3 seasons)
    The Eighth Doctor - 1996 - Paul McGann (only made one on screen appearence)

    Then from the new series -
    The Ninth Doctor - 2005 - Christopher Eccleston
    The Tenth Doctor - 2005 - David Tennant

    Then if that's not enough, the BBC were going to make a series of Internet animated adventures starring Richard E Grant as the Ninth Doctor in The Scream of Shalka - they only made one.

    The first two Dalek stories from the original TV series were also adapted to movies in the sixties, starring Peter Cushing as Doctor Who.

    Doctor Who has been spoofed many times, but the nearest one two an official spoof was the Comic Relief two part story The Curse of Fatal Death written by Peter Moffatt (The Empty Child) with the following Doctors -
    The Ninth Doctor - Rowan Atkinson
    The Tenth (Lick the mirror handsome) Doctor - Richard E Grant (again)
    The Eleventh (Shy) Doctor - Jim Broadbent
    The Twelfth (Handsome) Doctor - Hugh Grant
    The Thirteenth (Female) Doctor - Joanna Lumley

    Doctor Who has officially been adapted for the stage twice, which during their runs had some other actors playing The Doctor -
    Seven Keys to Doomsday - Trevor Martin
    The Ultimate Adventure - Jon Pertwee, David Banks, Colin Baker

    In addition to that Big Finish occaisionally produce What If? stories called Doctor Who Unbound which use different actors for the role.



    Q) Why doesn't The Doctor just go back and fix things he got wrong?

    SA) Because everything could go Pear Shaped.

    LA) It's been long established in Doctor Who that traveling into your own time line is against the laws of time. It was never really explained why in the old series, but in the new series it has clearly been demonstrated in Fathers Day.

    The presence of the same person more than once in close proximity can cause a weakness in the fabric of time, then altering the course of events while there is a weakness can cause a rift. In Fathers Day the presence of 2 Doctors and 3 Roses and the saving of her Father, who should have died, caused a rift that allowed the Reapers to get it.

    This weakness being caused by the multiple persons also explains why when The Doctor meddles with events normally, when there's only one of him, he doesn't cause a rift. It was also pointed out in this episode that Time Lords were able to prevent things like this happening, so presumably when they detected a weakness, they could shore it up. Which explains how with their intervention he has been able to meet himself on at least 3 previous occasions without bringing in the Reapers.

    This is essentially an important plot device to allow writers to set a challenge for The Doctor. If he could make a mistake and just go back and tell himself not to do it, there would be no challenge. It has been referenced a few times in the new Doctor Who that he can't go back because he's already part of events.



    Q) What is a Time Lord and where are they from?

    SA) The elite of society from the planet Gallifrey.

    LA) The planet Gallifrey is in the constellation of Kasterberus. Its occupants bear a striking resemblence to humans, but differ by having two hearts and some psychic abilities. Not all Gallifreyans are Time Lords, only the elite are awarded this title once they have graduated. Graduation also rewards them with a genetic modification that allows them to regenerate - that is to be able to rebuild there body, cell be cell, when they are near death. This gift is limited to only 12 instances.



    Q) What does TARDIS stand for?

    SA) Time and Reletive Dimension In Space.

    LA) This name was apparently invented by The Doctor's Granddaughter Susan in the very first episode of the original series. It has however been used by other Time Lords to describe their own TARDISes, so unless she coined the phrase on Gallifrey, it's unlikely. The acronym has also been explained in the plural as well in later episodes i.e. Dimensions.



    Q) Why is the TARDIS bigger on the inside?

    SA) Because it's dimensionally transcendental.

    LA) The inside of the TARDIS does not exist in the same dimension as the outside, on crossing the threshold you pass from one dimension to the other. The Doctor once explained this to Leela in the original series (see Robots of Death Episode 1)


    The Doctor: It's because insides and outsides are not in the same dimension [holds up 2 boxes]
    The Doctor: Which box is larger?
    Leela: [Points to larger box] That one.
    The Doctor: [Puts largest box on console brings smallest to Leela the smaller now looking larger] Now which is larger?
    Leela [Points to one on console and smiles] That one.
    The Doctor: But it looks smaller
    Leela: Well that's because it's further away
    The Doctor: Exactly. If you could keep that exactly that distance away, and have it here, the large one would fit inside the small one.
    Leela: [looking disgusted] That's silly
    The Doctor: That's transdimensional engineering, a key Time Lord discovery


    In the original series it was revealed the TARDIS can Redecorate itself (The Five Doctors), which explains the many different interiors throughout it's history. It has many rooms, a huge boot cupboard (The Masque of Mandragora) even a swimming pool (The Invasion of Time). It can be dynamically reconfigured and eject rooms (Castrovalva) and has a wood paneled second control room used for the whole of season 14. The console can even be removed from the TARDIS (The Ambassadors of Death)


    It has also been established that the exterior of the TARDIS can become separated from the interior, as happened in Fathers Day




    Q) Why does everybody speak English ? (or whatever language you are watching in)

    SA) The TARDIS translates.

    LA) The TARDIS generates a telepathic field that links with all of its occupants to translate both spoken and written word.

    Rose: They all speak English!
    The Doctor: No, you just hear English. It's a gift of the TARDIS, telepathic field, gets inside your brain and translates.
    Rose: [looking concerned] It's inside my brain?
    The Doctor: Well in a good way

    The field requires both the TARDIS and a conscious Time Lord occupant to make it work (The Christmas Invasion).

    Occasionally the TARDIS will encounter things it can't translate (The Impossible Planet)



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    Q) What is the Time War?


    SA) A war between the Daleks and the Time Lords.


    LA) The Time War is, so far, unseen back story, that appears to have happened after the events with the Eighth Doctor in The Movie and before the first episode of the new series (Rose).

    There was also a Time War in the Eighth Doctor Novels, it is not known whether this is supposed to be the same Time War, but since it has been referred to as The Last Great Time War in the new series (Dalek), it implies there has been more than one Time War. Which means the Time War in the novels could have happened before the back story Time War, with The Last Great Time War undoing anything in the Novels that might break with continuity.

    Little bits of back story have been revealed across the episodes in the new series. It's not clear what started the Time War, or who exactly was involved, but at least the Time Lords and Daleks fought, and the Nestene and Gelth were caught up in it. What is clear is that The Doctor ended it, and destroyed all the Daleks and Time Lords at the same time (or so he thought at the time).

    The following scenes have given details -

    From Rose -
    The Doctor: [talking to Nestene] That's not true, I should know I was there. I fought in the war, it wasn't my fault. I couldn't save your world I couldn't save any of them.

    From End of the World -
    Jabe: [to The Doctor] I know where you're from. Forgive me for intruding but it's remarkable that you even exist. I just want to say how sorry I am

    From The Unquiet Dead -
    The Gelth: Once we had a physical form like you, but then the war came
    Dickens: War, what war?
    The Gelth: The Time War. The whole universe convulsed. The Time War raged, invisible to smaller species, but devastating to higher forms.

    From Dalek -
    The Doctor: [talking to a Dalek] Your race is dead, you all burned, all of you. Ten millions ships on fire. The entire Dalek race wiped out in one second.
    Dalek: You lie
    The Doctor: Oh I watched it happen, I made it happen.
    Dalek: You destroyed us?
    The Doctor: [turning away] I had no choice
    Dalek: And what of the Time Lords?
    The Doctor: Dead, they burned with you. The end of the Last Great Time War. Everyone lost.
    Dalek: And the coward survives.

    From Parting of the Ways -
    Rose: You said they were extinct, how comes it's still alive.
    Jack: One minute they're the greatest threat in the universe, the next minute they've vanished out of time and space.
    The Doctor: They went off to fight a bigger war. The Time War.
    Jack: I thought that was just a legend.
    The Doctor: I was there, a war between the Daleks and the Time Lords, with the whole of creation at stake. My people were destroyed but they took the Dalaks with them. I almost thought it was worth it. Now it turns out they died for nothing.

    The Doctor: So tell me, how did you survive the Time War.
    The Emperor: They survived through me.
    The Doctor: Rose, Captain, this is the Emperor of the Daleks.
    The Emperor: You destroyed us Doctor. The Dalek race died in your inferno but my ship survived, falling through time, crippled but alive.

    The Doctor: Where were we?
    The Emperor: We waited here, in the dark space, damaged, but rebuilding. Centuries passed and we quietly infiltrated the systems of Earth. Harvesting the waste of humanity. The prisoners, the refugees, the disposessed, they all came to us. Their bodies were filleted, pulped, sifted. The seed of the human race is perverted, only one cell in a billion was fit to be nurtured.
    The Doctor: So you created an army of Daleks out of the dead.






    Q) What are UNIT and Torchwood?


    SA) Organisations to deal with alien threat.


    LA) Though the overall goal of both is similar they are two separate organisations.

    UNIT is the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce. An international organisation, predominantly conventional military, with headquartes in Geneva. Though not generally public knowledge, it is not a particularly secretive organisation. UNIT is mobilised as a miltary response to alien incursion. UNIT was in almost every episode of Doctor Who during his exile on Earth in the original series for most of the Third Doctor's reign, having first appeared with the second. There were a few more UNIT episodes at the beginning of the Fourth Doctor's reign and then they tailed off. It has appeared a few times in the new series, in Aliens of London/World War Three and spoiler: The Christmas Invasion.

    Most information about Torchwood is revealed in season 2, and so hidden behind the spoiler below (which is quite Ironic), but it did get a mention in The Weakest Link segment of Bad Wolf as an answer to a question.

    Spoiler: Torchwood is a clandestine British organisation, founded by Queen Victoria at Torchwood House in 1879, after a nasty encounter with a Werewolf and The Doctor in Tooth and Claw. Torchwood operates by scavenging alien technology and using it to protect The British Empire (ahem). It is also very secretive and will suppress any attempts to reveal it (see TARDISode for Army of Ghosts).

    Queen Victoria: I saw last night that Great Britain had enemies beyond imagination, and we must defend our borders on all sides. I propose an institute to investigate these strange happenings and to fight them. I will call it Torchwood, The Torchwood Institute.







    Q) Where else can I find Doctor Who information on the web?


    SA) Type Doctor Who in Google and start wading.


    LA) Here on TV.com there are three other related shows -

    Doctor Who - The original series
    Doctor Who Confidential - The documentary series accompanying Doctor Who
    Torchwood - The new spin-off series starting in Autumn 2006 in the UK.

    BBC Sites -
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/ - The new series official home page
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/****c/index.shtml - The ****c or original series
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/characters/tardis.shtml - A tour of the TARDIS
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/making/ - Making of the 2005 season (not easy to navigate to through the main site any more)

    Episode Tie In sites -
    http://www.search-wise.net/ - Rose
    http://www.whoisdoctorwho.co.uk/ - Rose
    http://www.unit.org.uk/ - Aliens of London/World War Three
    http://www.geocomtex.net/ - Dalek
    http://www.guinevere.org.uk/ - The Christmas Invasion
    http://www.leamingtonspalifeboatmuseum.co.uk/ - The Christmas Invasion
    http://www.visittorchwood.co.uk/ - Tooth and Claw
    http://www.deffryvaleschool.org.uk/ - School Reunion
    http://www.cybusindustries.net/ - Rise of the Cybermen
    http://www.torchwood.org.uk/ - Torchwood (from TARDISode for School Reunion)

    non-BBC sites -
    http://www.restoration-team.co.uk/ - Run by the team who painstakingly restore Doctor Who for DVD release (not an official BBC site but run by BBC employees and contractors)
    http://www.doctorwho.co.uk - Big Finish Audio Production who produce Who Audio adventures under licence from the BBC.
    http://www.gallifreyone.com - An excellent independent source of Doctor Who News and information, which contains even more links to other sites.
    http://www.thisplanetearth.co.uk/ - Producers of licenced full size replica Daleks, yes even the new series ones.
    http://homepages.paradise.net.nz/~trekker/policeboxes/realboxes.html - The TARDIS library. Everything you wanted to know about Police Boxes but were afraid someonemight tell you.






    Q) Why does the TARDIS look like a Police Box (phone booth)?


    SA) It's a disguise


    LA) In the same way the TARDIS can change its interior, the TARDIS should change its exterior appearence when it lands to blend in with its surroundings. This is known as the Chameleon Circuit, however it is broken. The first time we see the TARDIS in the original series it looks just like it does now in a junk yard, which feasibly could have been a disguise, since I guess old ones could have ended up in Junk yards. An old one was recently discovered in Glasgow in a bricked up railway arch. However in the second episode, when The Doctor sees the TARDIS still as a Police Box in a barren plane he comments - It's still a Police Box, why hasn't it changed?

    The Doctor has had a couple of attempts to fix it in the original series, once in Logopolis but never got the job done, but did materialise around another Police Box (or so he thought) and another attempt in Attack of the Cybermen, with amusing results.


    There are various Police Boxes around the country (UK), but if you want to see a real one that looks just like the TARDIS then you can visit Crich Tramway Museum (http://www.tramway.co.uk/). If you look carefully on the banner photo on their website you can just see one peeking out to the right of the tram.

    Another good site to find out more about Police Boxes is The TARDIS Library.





    Q) Why are there only 13/14 Episodes per season?


    SA) Because it's British


    LA) It's all to do with the different ways UK and North American TV works. Thirteen episodes is quite normal for a UK series, BUT, in the UK the entire series is made far enough in advance such that there are no breaks in Transmission. When the series starts transmitting, almost the entire season is "in the can". Season 3 of new Doctor Who started production in about June 2006 (with The Runaway Bride then straight onto the rest), and will not start transmission until 31st of March 2007.

    On US TV a series will start not too long after production has begun, with tranmission eventually catching up, so the series goes to reruns for a while until production gets ahead again. This approach doesn't go down too well in the UK, us Brits don't like getting repeats in the middle of new stuff, every time it's tried is either greeted with complaints, or people stop watching assuming it new series is over and viewing figures drop.

    The American approach has the advantage that if a series does really badly, then it can be cancelled mid-season without having invested too much in episodes yet to be seen. If the UK, with the single run approach, tried to make a
    26 episode run, then virtually all 26 would have been made before finding out "it's a turkey" and leaving them with an expensive flop. So in the UK they go for 6 or 13 generally as season sizes, so a complete run can be made without investing too far in the future.

    Any more questions, I'll put them up here with answers (hopefully).
    Steamhead.



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