Voyage of the Damned:

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Bit of a strange place to put a flag anyway. And what's with that feather duster??
At the very beginning of the episode, apart from the "Tennant looking at the camera" blooper (also seen at the end of Last of the Time Lords, see above), you can spot another quick gaffe when the TARDIS materialises: keep your eye on the Union Jack draped over the top of the sign next to the TARDIS (showing the name of the shipbuilding company). A couple of seconds later, when the Doctor steps out, the flag has suddenly moved closer to the TARDIS, obscuring more of the sign.

20 The Titanic's direction of orbit is all over the place, most noticeably at the start of the episode: right before the opening titles, the Titanic is clearly orbiting East to West (starboard side facing Earth), then immediately after the titles, for no apparent reason it has turned 180 degrees and is now orbiting West to East (port side facing Earth).

30 When the Doctor first speaks to a Host, it seems to answer his questions about the Titanic in the wrong order!

Doctor: "Titanic. Um... who thought of the name?"
Host: "Information: it was chosen as the most famous vessel of the planet Earth."
Doctor: "Did they tell you why it was famous?"
Host: "Information: all designations are chosen by Mr Max Capricorn."
[Presumably they re-edited the conversation to accommodate the "M..M...Max" joke at the end — a nice little nod to Max Headroom for those of you who were around in the 80s!]

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To paraphrase Father Ted (again): "This planet is small, but THAT planet out there is far away..."
In exterior shots of the Titanic orbiting the Earth, only about half the planet is visible in shot, suggesting the ship is orbiting relatively closely. But whenever we see an interior shot looking out of the Titanic's windows (for example, when the Doctor first talks to Astrid in the lounge), the ship seems much further away from Earth: you can see practically the entire planet through the window!

50 It's clearly night-time when the Doctor, Astrid and the tour party teleport down to the London street. But just a few minutes later, after they teleport back to the ship and we see a long shot of the meteors approaching the Titanic, Britain is visibly on the "light side" of the Earth, which would make it broad daylight, not middle of the night!

60 If the Titanic is in orbit above the Earth (i.e. above the atmosphere) at the time the meteors strike, the approaching meteors shouldn't be "flaming"... that requires friction, which requires, yes, an atmosphere!

70 When Midshipman Frame shuts the bridge door, cutting off the Host's hand, he is wearing his white shirt, having taken off the jacket he was wearing previously. But just a minute later when the Doctor talks to him on the radio, he's gone to the trouble of putting his jacket back on, despite supposedly being in agony from his gunshot wound.
[Was he feeling a bit nippy?]

80 Speaking of Midshipman Frame, his gunshot wound heals pretty rapidly as the episode went on. At first when he talks to the Doctor, he can barely stand and every time he moves he moans in agony. But by the end of the episode he's standing up straight and saluting — his saluting hand on the same side he was shot!
[Maybe the inhabitants of Planet Sto heal faster than humans?]

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Better put some Savlon on that mate, it'll go septic!
And staying on the subject of wounds — For most of the episode, the wound on Mr. Copper's head is clearly on his left side (i.e. on the right as we look at him on screen). But in one or two scenes it swaps sides: for example, after he confesses to the Doctor about where his degree came from and he explains that "the penalty for space-lane fraud is 10 years".

100 We're never told exactly how many decks the Titanic has, but it must have about 60, since "Deck 31" is roughly in the centre of the ship when the Doctor views its location on the computer. The problem is that earlier, when Midshipman Frame was reviewing the life-signs on board the ship, the schematic on his screen had nowhere near 60 decks — maybe a dozen at most!

110 So when the survivors get to the "rickety bridge", one minute they're carefully inching themselves across as it sways and crumbles with every move... and the next second they're pulling bits off the bridge to use as weapons. Is that wise?? Even worse, then they start using the bridge as a firm base to plant themselves on as they swing at flying halos, with nary a wobble to be seen...!

120 A related problem with the "bridge fight": the Doc and company wield the metal rods like baseball bats, swinging at the halos with all their might. Can you image the strain that would put on the bridge? Why not be more sensible and just hold the rods up to deflect the halos?
[But that wouldn't be as dramatic, would it?]

130 Also, while the Hosts are attacking the Doctor and co. on the bridge, why do the robot meanies hang back, content to throw halos from a distance? If I was a Host, I'd have just flown over there and pushed them off the bridge!

140 While the Hosts' detachable Halos of Doom™ are somewhat nifty, if you stop and think about it, you never see any halo-less Hosts walking around, and the halos never appear to be even slightly bloodstained. So clearly the Hosts have to go to a lot of trouble retrieving and cleaning their halos after killing someone! Not very efficient way of killing a cruise liner full of people, is it?

150 As a cyborg, why would Bannakaffalatta have a whacking great EMP device located in his chest — i.e. a device that can basically kill him...?! (And indeed, eventually does)

160 When the Doctor asks one of the Hosts why Max ordered the survivors killed, it replies "no witnesses", but how would the Host know this? When you're programming a robot (or any kind of computer), you only tell them what to do. You don't tell them why!

170 Besides, why should Max have been worried about witnesses? Since he was planning to crash the liner into Earth all along, the passengers would all have been killed by the crash anyway!

180 So Foon sacrifices herself to kill a Host — very noble and brave, right? Nope, completely pointless! Consider: Hosts can fly. Also consider, Foon is clearly not holding onto the rope as she and the Host fall. So it's plainly just the rope tied around the Host's chest that's preventing it from flying (i.e. Foon's extra weight is not a factor). So Foon didn't have to sacrifice herself: why didn't she simply push the Host off the bridge after tying the rope?
[Though let's go easy on the poor woman — she'd just lost her husband, so probably wasn't in the most rational state of mind]

190 So, when the Doctor and co. first get to the "rickety bridge", the Doc uses the sonic screwdriver to seal the door behind them. Then after they finally get across the bridge and out the other side, the Doctor gives Rickston the sonic (and very clear instructions on how to use it). Then he has a quick snog with Astrid before heading back the way he came — we see him start to run across the bridge, but don't see what happens next. Probably just as well: how in blazes did he re-open that sealed door without a sonic?
[Does he have a bag of them in his pocket, like jelly babies?]

200 Why does Max have to be on the ship for his plan to work? Couldn't he just trigger the Hosts (and hence the engine shutdown) remotely? OK, maybe you need a nearby humanoid to give orders to the Hosts, but he's a villain for heaven's sake, doesn't he have any henchmen he can delegate this to? (He had the Captain, for example.)

210 As the Doctor and Max face off, Max discovers that the engines are still running and hence his plan is behind schedule. So why doesn't he order the engines to be shut down immediately? Surely if it's so critical to his plan, he'd be keen to do that as soon as possible? But no, he just sits there listening to the Doctor prattling on. Then, after a spot of banter, Max reveals that he can shut the engines off remotely himself. So why didn't he do this himself earlier instead of just trusting that it would happen?
[Was he busy doing something else in that impact chamber? Watching telly perhaps? Having a snooze?]

220 So when Astrid tackles Max with the forklift, what does he do? Shout orders to the Hosts to kill her? Offer her wealth and luxury if she stops what she's doing? Curse in frustration? Nope, we don't hear him say a single word until Astrid hoists him over the edge!

230 OK, the Hosts cut the brake line of the forklift, so Astrid couldn't stop it — but why doesn't she make any attempt whatsoever to jump out when she gets Max to the edge? It should have been pretty easy to do: forklifts don't travel very fast and obviously they don't have any doors to get in the way of a speedy exit!

240 And when Astrid and Max are plummeting to their doom, notice that the engines still seem to be fully ablaze. But... hadn't Max just turned them off?

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Anyone who starts singing "You Raise Me Up" when watching this scene deserves a slap....
When the two Hosts lift the Doctor up, notice that they don't attempt to hold him in any way (and neither does he hold onto them): they simply link arms at the elbow before the Doc gets lifted skywards almost magically, on his way to crashing through the floor of the ship's bridge. There are a few problems with this: first, how does the Doc not get jolted loose by the impact of crashing through a solid wooden deck when the Hosts are hanging on to him so lightly? And how does he avoid getting his head pulverised by flying debris from the deck? And furthermore, as the Hosts are lifting him up by the elbows, why do his upper arms show absolutely no sign that they're carrying the weight of his entire body?
[Granted, Tennant is a skinny creature and probably weighs about as much as a hamster... but STILL!]

260 So the characters spend most of the episode unable to send any kind of SOS, but during the episode's climax the Doctor can simply pick up the phone on the Titanic's bridge and call Buckingham Palace? Huh?

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"Good news gentlemen: We avoided crashing into Earth. The bad news? You're both left-handed now"
During the Titanic's re-entry to Earth's atmosphere and "near miss" of Buckingham Palace, we cut a couple of times to Mr Copper and Rickston huddled in the lounge. Look closely and you'll notice that these shots have been "flipped" right to left: at one point a Titanic life preserver rolls by, but with the lettering on backwards — then after the Doctor saves the day, a "Capricorn Cruiseliners" logo is partly visible on the right side of the screen, again with back-to-front lettering!

280 During the episode's climax, the newsreader mentions "dawn rising over Great Britain", and sure enough the shots of Buckingham Palace show it to be daytime (maybe a little bright for "dawn" but we'll let it slide). But a moment later, when Wilf runs out from his newspaper stand to shout "don't you dare" at the Titanic, even though you can't see the sky in this shot, he's clearly standing under street lights (i.e. he casts a shadow both behind him and in front of him). So, er... not daytime, then!

290 The Doctor tells Mr Copper that 50 million credits is worth one million pounds. Fair enough, but earlier in the episode, Morvin and Foon were worried about their 5,000 credit phone bill, which (a) Morvin says would take "twenty years" to pay off and (b) Foon says "I might as well have paid for the tickets", suggesting that's roughly what tickets on the Titanic cost. OK, using the same maths as the Doctor, 5,000 credits would be worth.... £100! So, twenty years to pay off £100? How little do these people earn?? And only £100 for an interplanetary cruise? Bargain!

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