DOCTOR WHO THE DOCTOR’S WIFE CONTINUITY MISTAKE NEIL GAIMAN

NEIL GAIMAN MADE A MISTAKE. WHEN IDRIS CONFRONTS THE DOCTOR OVER THE ISSUE OF WHAT THE SIGN SAYS ON HER DOOR, HE REPLIES PULL TO OPEN AND SHE ASKS THEN WHY DO YOU PUSH. HE REPLIES HE LIKES THE WAY HE OPENS THE DOORS. NOW FOR THOSE CAUGHT UP IN THE FRENZY OF SUCH AN EPISODE, THIS FUN DIALOGUE IS ACTUALLY, COMPLETELY WRONG. THE “PULL TO OPEN” SIGN ON THE FRONT OF THE TARDIS ACTUALLY REFERS TO THE WHITE SIGN IT IS WRITTEN ON. WHY? BECAUSE THAT IS WHERE THE ACTUAL TELEPHONE TO CALL FOR EMERGENCIES IS. CHECK OUT LOGOPOLIS AND THE EMPTY CHILD FOR CONFIRMATION. THIS MISTAKE IS EVEN MORE ASTOUNDING AS THE EMPTY CHILD AND DOCTOR DANCES WAS WRITTEN BY STEPHEN MOFFAT HIMSELF. IN IT CHRIS ECCLESTON ANSWERS A CALL FROM THE EMPTY CHILD AND OPENS THE WHITE PANEL WHICH DOES INDEED PULL OPEN. THE TARDIS DOORS OPEN AS THEY ARE MEANT TO, IT’S THE WHITE INSET TELEPHONE PANEL THAT OPENS OUTWARDS.

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4 Comments to “DOCTOR WHO THE DOCTOR’S WIFE CONTINUITY MISTAKE NEIL GAIMAN”

  1. Ah, there’s a get out clause here. Not every Police Box had a St. John Ambulance badge on the door, you see. These badges designated that inside the box itself was a first aid kit; not accessible via the telephone window. Trusted members of the public were given keys to the boxes for access in emergencies, and of course the telephone was also accessible from inside the box as well. Therefore, “Pull To Open” can be applied to both the window with the phone behind *and* the main Police Box door.

    • doesn’t this show make us think too much

      • Well, I ran The TARDIS ReBuilders forum with over 1000 members for eight years, and was the person who organised and raised the funds for the restoration of the last remaining Mk 2 Metropolitan Police Call Box (the precise model the TARDIS is supposed to be based on) in existence now in Crich, Derbyshire. If there’s one thing I know, it’s Police Boxes/TARDISes. The real boxes were precast concrete, had one door, made of teak, and it opened outwards. Hence Pull To Open for the first aid kit as well as the telephone…

        .It’s all sorta second nature to me, I suppose. This just makes me an uber-geek.

      • But in the confines of the series, ala Logopolis and The Empty child , it is still a mistake but restoring Police Boxes sounds brilliant, I can imagine how often tyou looked at those doors and wondered,

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