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i think that this is literally one of those times when the Doctor simply could not stick around. Sometimes (as in this case), knowing the future can prevent that future coming to pass.
If the Doctor had stayed, he would have told Clara what was going to happen - whether intentionally or not - which would have resulted in humanity never having to choose. Never having to grow up and make the hard decisions for themselves, without knowing how their decision would turn out. Had humanity known the ending, there would have been no need to choose!
Of course, the Doctor could have explained all this to Clara instead of just running away...
1 week, 2 days ago on Kill the Moon: Who Was Right? Thoughts & Your Vote
@KingoftheOod4450 @VictorWong1 @Andrew_Swallow @EvilZygonRabbit I haven't read most of the novels or heard many of the audios, but if Romana regenerated during the SECOND war in Heaven, does this mean that 12 is currently involved in the third - or maybe the first? Or could this arc actually link into the second war, meaning that Romana could possibly receive a mention or even be a top-secret guest star?
3 weeks ago on Doctor Who Experience “Gallifrey” Teaser Video
I would guess that this is the moment the Doctor finds out that Danny was a soldier
3 weeks, 5 days ago on The Caretaker – 12 Hints & Teasers
Hint 1 is Baudot MurrayCode for 'Get out of my TARDIS'
If the Doctor was the only Time Lord remaining at the end of the Time War, then it follows that he must have been the one to put the Time Lock in place. By this logic, it also follows that the Doctor has the key to unlock it. Either that or the Lock exists for everyone other than the person who activated it. In either case, this would mean that the Doctor can travel into the Time Lock any time he chooses - he just knows the effects it would have and chooses not to change anything.
1 month ago on Listen: Breaking the Time Lock?
What if the Doctor allows Clara to die, and all the reports of Jenna filming later episodes were deliberately mocked up to hide a mid-season companion death?
Just a though to brighten your day! I'm gonna go hide now so you I don't get hunted down... ;)
1 month ago on DWM: Things will never be the same again after Kill the Moon
@DaftDalek is Ceter Papaldi @ranoutofreferences "Count the shadows!" ;)
1 month, 1 week ago on Listen Clip
@Ivegotkidneys is listening @Shadestryke Mental note - never EVER try to maths (even of the most simple kind) after a late night watching Doctor Who!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on 12 Great Moments From Robot of Sherwood
So RTD's 3rd series ended with humans searching for Utopia (and finding the Master), while Moffat's 3rd series involves robots searching for the Promised Land (and finding Missy).
Interesting coincidence (if it IS a coincidence!)...
So Clara is given one chance to pick a single person in history to visit, and she chooses Robin Hood? Not Marcus Aurelius - 'literally the only poster she had on her wall as a child'?
If I had been in her position, I would have chosen to visit my greatest hero. Then tried to visit other people if I got a second chance...
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Robot of Sherwood
I love these investigations into the science of Who. Keep up the good work.
Although my major problem with miniaturisation is the fact that it cannot be a one-time process. It would need to generate a miniaturisation field to reduce the size of oxygen molecules somehow so as to enable the oxygen to bind with the hemoglobin in the character's bloodstream.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Sciencey Wiencey: Into the Dalek
I would love to see a Children in Need special where the Doctor has to get his band together to beat Bill and Ted in the Battle of the Bands in a winner-takes-all battle for the fate of the Future!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Why I Love… Celebrity Historicals
Bonus 2: Do not trust the Doctor
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Into the Dalek – 12 Hints & Teasers
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 months, 4 weeks 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...
4 months 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).
6 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...
6 months, 4 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...
7 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?
8 months 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!
8 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.
8 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.
8 months, 1 week 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!
8 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.
8 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! ;)
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8 Will Be Darker, More like Classic Who