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@andyot7777 @Wimsey Um, no. Rassilon and Compny were in a Time Lock, as was clearly stated in End of Time. They said so. Remember, if you travel in time, then you always create multiple realities. Moreover, there has to be "leading edge" of time with no future, and thus no future Doctor to provide the option of doing something different. So, what we now have are two alternate histories: one in which the Doctor time locked Gallifrey, and one in which he didn't. (The Time War itself did a lot of this: remember, a lot of histories were drastically altered, which means that there are time streams in which those things happened and time streams in which they were not.)
6 months, 1 week ago on Major Series 8 Villain Revealed?
@BadWolf2 They won't ever use "evil" again: NuWho isn't that sort of show. After all, in reality, nobody says: "I am evil!": people who do unethical things do so because of mental disorders of some sort or another. Most of the time, they firmly believe that they are working for some greater good that other people do not see because of stupidity or because they are evil. Thus, the Master or any other antagonist works only as a sociopath or something like that.
@AlessandroArsuffi @Polyphase Ainley's Master became a caricature after the first few stories. However, that really was JNT's fault, not Ainley's.
@AlessandroArsuffi @DalekSupreme1 The problem with doing a series with either is that all of the Doctor's character development stems from his actions at the end of the Time War. There isn't much point in developing a "pre-war" character for the Doctor, as it would basically couldn't be important later. The other problem for Hurt, of course, is that the overall plot is preset by the Time War: and plots should be created for the character development telling the story; when you shoe-horn a story into an existing plot, it rarely works well.
6 months, 1 week ago on McGann in the 11th Doctor’s TARDIS!
@DW_girl @Amy the Consulting Key Ring In some time-lines, the Doctor *does* die at Trenzalore. In "Name," that was still a viable future for the Doctor as we follow him. "Time" altered that, in part because of what the Doctor did in between, where he set up time lines in which Gallifrey was in a bubble universe instead of in a time lock. Remember, there are infinite possible futures and infinite different pasts when you travel in time.
6 months, 1 week ago on The Actual Plot Holes in Doctor Who
Bringing back the Master (when it happens) will be interesting, because the Doctor (probably) now is in a set of time-lines where Gallifrey was never put into a time lock. Thus, the only Masters he could meet are ones in which the events of "End of Time" never happened!
"The movie could simply take place during a time prior to the events of Remembrance of the Daleks (from the Daleks POV)." Also, if there is time travel, then there must be multiple time lines, and thus multiple histories. Time lines in which Skaro was wiped out prior to the Time War or in which the Dalek fleet around Gallifrey was put into the Time Lock exist, as do time lines in which they don't. If you travel in the 4th Dimension (i.e., the progression of time), then what happens at any one X x Y x Z place in the universe is different in Time T1 and Time T2. It is true that there are non-avian dinosaurs in the UK (a general X x Y x Z) at T1=65Ma; it is true that there are no non-avian dinosaurs in the UK at T2=Now. IF you travel in 5 Dimensions, then what happens in Time Line 1 at any one T x X x Y x Z is not the same as what happens in Time Line 2 at any one T x X x Y x Z. The mere act of traveling back into the past guarantees that!
I think that the bigger problem with pure historicals is that the plots are dictated by history rather than constructed to further character development. That wasn't an issue with old Who, as there was no character development and "historical fiction" as a plot-driven story was fine. However, the modern show is completely character driven, and the plots serve entirely to put the companion or the Doctor in some place where they have to make some choice about him/herself. Interesting history does not obligingly create such situations.
6 months, 1 week ago on Bring Back… the Pure Historicals
@Creative Whovian All of the development of the Doctor's character stems from him being a psychologically wounded veteran of a brutal war. If that changed, then they would no longer have any character for the Doctor!
7 months, 1 week ago on To Know Thine Self: What can or can’t the Doctor know about his future selves?
Actually, there is no reason why the Doctor shouldn't remember his future selves. The thing that people forget is that if you have time travel, then you have innumerable possible futures and pasts. Just like Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, seeing a future would probably alter the future that any Doctor from any point in his time stream would have.
Indeed, the show already relies on this. The Time Lords and Gallifrey were in a Time Lock in one set of time streams. After all, the Doctor at the "leading edge" of his personal time stream had no future that could allow him to do anything different. Our Doctor is not at the leading edge (he's met future versions of himself), but he clearly is close enough that the first time he went through the Time War, he had to Time Lock Gallifrey: and thus had to deal with the Time Lords trying to escape that Time Lock in the End of Time. (The Doctor also had to deal with one Dalek entering and exiting the Time Lock at the cost of it's sanity.)
Again, the big problem is that fans (and sometimes the writers) limit themselves to thinking that there is one history and only one history: i.e., a single 4-D reality. However, the show makes it quite clear that this isn't the case: the Time War erased whole segments of history, after all. This reality is 5D at least: and maybe 6D (given alternate universes).