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What if the Time Lords actually *are* humans from the far future?
We know that at some point in the future, humans develop time travel (the Time Agency, Hila Tacorian from Hide). We also know (from A Good Man Goes To War) that humans conceived in the Time Vortex take on certain properties of Time Lords (River Song).
Perhaps at some point in the future, humans are researching time travel on a distant colony planet (probably Research Station Freyja, in the star system Gallileo) when an accident occurs, throwing the entire planet back to the 'beginning of time' and opening the Untempered Schism.
In order to protect their own existence, the new Time Lords hide their human origins so that their enemies do not destroy Earth before the Time Lords are formed. After billions of years of further evolution the Time Lords themselves have forgotten where they came from, and are no longer *entirely* human - but they still remain genetically similar enough to humanity that they can still produce offspring if they desired to.
This would explain why Time Lords always appear to be human (unless they specifically choose otherwise), and why the Doctor claimed that his mother was human.
Of course, this is just one possibility and is no doubt full of plot holes when compared to Doctor Who continuity, but it is a *possible* explanation...
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Moffat: Who says the Doctor is NOT human?
@TheBiPunishment Technically the Master still wasn't there in the last days - he only showed up shortly before Gallifrey was sealed away and (as far as anybody knew) the High Council was locked away alone working on their plan. Nobody knew about the portal, or about the Master's arrival...
1 month ago on The Master’s Moffat Plan
@BrIdGeWoOd4Be What if the Master's deterioration continued after his imprisonment with the remainder of the Time Lords, leaving him in a state where he was more energy than matter. When the Time Lords release the regeneration energy to the Doctor, the Master's energy form follows along - siphoning off some of the energy for himself. After arriving on Trenzalore he uses the regeneration energy to grant himself a new body and a new life.
Of course, this leaves him in the usual trouble - he is running short on regenerations again...
What if everything the Master has ever done has all been due to Rassilon's manipulation, and we have not seen all of his adventures in a chronological order from his point of view?
If Rassilon's instructions gave the Master some awareness of the coming Time War, it is entirely possible that his desire to conquer the universe was an attempt to alter the outcome and gain the Time Lords some new allies.
Once the Doctor had thwarted his attempts a few times, it would be logical for the Master to want to kill the greatest threat to his plans leading directly into the 'Kill the Doctor' stories.
After failing in both those goals (and regenerating many times in the process), the Master is then forced to follow Rassilon's final imperative - to survive at all costs. This leads to the Master's attempts to gain the Doctor's remaining regenerations.
What would this version of the Master do next? Logically (if this speculation were to be true) his next goal would be the return of Gallifrey at any cost - including another Time War. He would track down (or create) another crack in the unverse and pull Gallifrey through it, no matter what the cost. After all, that would be the only way he could finally be free of Rassilon's commands.
This would have one major downside in my opinion - it would transform the Master from a true villain into a flawed anti-hero. In his eyes everything the Master has done was to save his home, while the Doctor has tried to stop him at every opportunity.
I could see a great deal of potential in a character like Christina on board the TARDIS, not so much for her own growth but for the effect she would have on the Doctor. Every companion to date has grown to one degree or another, but each has also had an effect on the Doctor himself.
The Doctor seems to pick up traits from his companions like he collects accents - Rose cared about people (a trait that 9 seemed to have lost for a time) and had a love for life that he soon picked up. Jack was flirtatious and cheeky, which started to show in 9 but which really manifested in 10. I can't think of any traits the Doctor may have picked up from Martha, but then we have Donna. She was loud and energetic and always ready with a funny comeback to any situation - traits that 11 took to extremes. It will be interesting to see what effect Clara has on 12 (if any).
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Lady Christina de Souza: The Companion Who Never Was
I would think that the best - and possibly only - time to bring 8 back would be at Gallifrey's return. After all, it took 3 Doctors to use the Moment and all 13 to move Gallifrey, so including (at least) 1 more at its return would be fitting.
Or perhaps a case could be made for each Doctor (or at least each surviving Doctor) to be holding a piece of the information necessary to return Gallifrey to our universe, forcing 12 to revisit some of his past to acquire that knowledge...
3 months, 3 weeks ago on How To Bring Back McGann
Much as I would love to see a series featuring McGann as the Doctor (He is definately one of my top 13 Doctors! ;p ), I just can't see it happening. But, while there is little to no chance of a series, there could be a chance of a one-off appearance.
If I had my choice, I would make McGann the star of one year's Children in Need special (making sure that it was considerably longer than a minisode - who needs Eastenders anyway?)
McGann would be the beginning where he would attempt to solve a problem (and indeed believe that he had), only for it to reappear as part of the Christmas special. Perhaps as part of the solution, Capaldi would need to commune with his former self (maybe through a form of hypnosis) to figure out a plan...
4 months, 2 weeks ago on McGann in the 11th Doctor’s TARDIS!
Heroes is one of my favourite series - other than Doctor Who of course!
How strange is it that this particular series should be reviewed this week, the same week as the announcement that Heroes is returning? Is there something you're not telling us, Gustaff?
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Lords of Time #8: Doctor Who Vs Heroes
What if there was a Series long arc (such as the Lake Silencio one), only this time the Doctor is (apparently) disintegrated - only to reveal in the 2-part finale that one of the minor guest stars was actually the next Doctor crossing his own timeline to work on his final victory!
5 months ago on Doctor Who’s Biggest Missed Opportunity: A Surprise Regeneration
Just 2 words - Patrick Stewart!
Doesn't really matter what role he gets, as he'd be fantastic in any role.
5 months ago on A Time Lord Wish List
While I agree with you on many of these points, there is another option for the truth field that you have neglected to consider in your article, which is that of telepathic technology. We know that the Time Lords possess this since the TARDIS has telepathic circuits which form the basis of the Translation Matrix. Since this technology can be used to make people speak in a language they do not understand (which would be much easier than making an unknown number of listeners hear in a language that they understand), it is not inconceivable to believe that this technology could be used to force a person to speak the truth.
5 months ago on Sciencey Wiencey: The Time of the Doctor
@Ninjauthor The way I see it, the time machine was in the Lodger because that point is the last recorded point in the Doctor's timeline before he went to Lake Silencio. The Silence were simply heading there to ensure the Doctor didn't have any tricks up his sleeve. Unfortunately for them, either Craig or (more likely) Sophie had seen the recordings of the Moon landing and killed the crew of the time machine before the Doctor ever arrived!
5 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon
@Amy the Consulting Commentator @Angie Whodini I think that the Doctor forgetting his future selves is more of an in-built subconscious defence mechanism against knowing his own future. By refusing to confirm that he was the Doctor, the Curator sidestepped that mental block and became a curiosity to be solved rather than a future that must be forgotten.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on To Know Thine Self: What can or can’t the Doctor know about his future selves?
@LeelaFunnyFace @ChildoftheTardis @thesnarkyfangirl @naoise406 To be fair to Amy, if she only acted like she loved Rory when she thought he was mad or going to die that still covers a large section of his screen time! ;)
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8 Will Be Darker, More like Classic Who