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Published on May 15th, 2011 | by Christian Cawley

Have You Been Paying Attention?

While the majority of viewers sit down and watch Doctor Who, eat their baked beans and meet their future partner’s on street corners outside night clubs, the rest of us pay a little more attention to each episod.

There was plenty to catch in The Doctor’s Wife (and check back later for a full round-up of episode reviews) but you might be interested to know that even more has been going down over at the BBC’s Official Doctor Who website.

Over the past few weeks we’ve been jotting down these mysteries and trying to work out something (anything, really) that might make sense, but thanks to one of our readers, we’ve recently found out that there is a little more to it all following Neil Gaiman’s episode.

The chaps at the BBC have cleverly secreted some secret messages into some background information on each episode, found in the Episodes section on the official site in a section called The Fourth Dimension, which is listed under each episode. These secret messages take the form of a hidden line of text that can be revealed by picking putting together the italicized words.

So far they have read:

The Impossible Astronaut: “All The secrets you seek can be found here on the Webb”
Day of the Moon: “We found your message. You’re alive! But what secrets d’you mean my friend?”
The Curse of the Black Spot: “I mean I glimpsed him! and May the gods help him or perhaps you can”
The Doctor’s Wife: “to see what I saw click on the spot beyond the Doctor’s home planet”

Pretty cool, huh? But it gets better… at the end of the last paragraph in the latest section is the word “Gallifrey”; by clicking the full stop you are taken here:

Now don’t worry, spoilerphobes, the BBC have made this available for you to find for some added enjoyment of Doctor Who Series 6. There is nothing here that will spoil anything, only increase the depth of the mystery!

(With thanks to Warren!)


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About the Author


A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

4 Responses to Have You Been Paying Attention?

  1. avatar ChrisL says:

    I know the world hates pedants – I hate being a pedant – and the worst form of all pedants are the spelling/grammar police (of which I am a much hated member) and so it pains me, it truly does, to ask you if you’d mind correcting the misuse of “your” in the ‘Day of The Moon’ secret message.
    The word “your” before “alive” should be “you’re” and so, in the interests of accuracy (and to enable me to sleep at night), please correct this typo.

    Having said all that… what a great find this is!
    I’m stunned that I hadn’t noticed it. It’s very clever (not mention sneaky) of the Dr Who team to do this and shows how much attention is paid to detail in this epic programme.
    The amount of time and thought that goes into this great programme is incredible and enables it to work at so many levels. Fantastic!

    • Hi ChrisL – if I changed it then your initial post would seem odd, as it will suddenly not make sense…

  2. avatar ChrisL says:

    Clicking on the full stop after “Gallifrey” takes you to the video but isn’t that video taken from the Dr Who Experience?
    I’m sure it forms part of the interactive middle section of the Experience at Olympia. If not it’s very similar.
    I hope this great discovery of secret messages rewards the observant ones who find it and isn’t just a marketing ploy to advertise the Dr Who Experience.

  3. avatar ChrisL says:


    As for any corrections making my posts not make sense, don’t worry about it, I have often been accused of that anyway so it won’t be the first time – nor, I expect, the last.
    Thanks for correcting it without being offended.

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