[very quiet whisper] i always hated the time war and the destruction of the time lords. i thought it was a cheap handwave to keep russell t davies from having to examine his scripts too hard for things that straight-up contradicted the classic series, and i’ve generally felt that the lack of the time lords and the doctor’s guilt over killing them got old somewhere around mid-2007. to me it always seemed rather uncharacteristic of the doctor to completely wipe out either the time lords or the daleks, and i thought it would me more in line with the character if he had found some way to imprison them or otherwise avert the catastrophe. frankly, i’m really glad moffat did it, and i’ve been waiting for someone to do it for years. when i see people, especially people i really like, posting things about how moffat undid the best part of the revived series, it actually kind of hurts, because it makes me realize that apparently the aspect of the show that everyone else prized and held dear was the one part of the show i absolutely hated and wished they’d get rid of.
Did you know that when they were relaunching Doctor Who, Russell T. Davies had an alternate plan for the Time War in which the villains were the final evolution of the human race, where their brains were placed in floating mechanical balls that shot lasers?
In the event the BBC was unable to re-acquire the rights to the Daleks, these “future humans” would have been the race the Doctor destroyed alongside the Time Lords at the end of the war, but when they did manage to obtain the rights to use the Daleks, they shelved these villains.
Then later, RTD decided it was a shame to let them go to waste and he used them as the “Toclafane” in the series 3 finale.
"Not all Gallifreyans are Time Lords!! Time Lord is a rank, not a species!!"
Check out this spoilertastic math! In the 50th anniversary special, six different actors recorded new material for their respective incarnation of the Doctor:
To resolve the “numbering the doctors” issue, a new secret number has been added into the current numeric scale.
The number scale now goes:
And so on in the regular fashion from that point on.
5+5 is still ten, even though 10 is now 6 integers away from five, and 10-3 is still 7, even though 10 is now 4 integers away from 7. John Hurt is only calculated retroactively, so for example:
Basically, do math the same way you always have, but know that in the back of your head, there is a number between 8 and 9 called John Hurt.
That was one of the finest episodes of Doctor Who I’ve ever seen. It gave me everything I’ve been begging for in a special since 2006, while sidestepping all of the issues I was dreading with a multi-Doctor story containing Billie Piper, like “why doesn’t he remember this story later on?” and “please don’t make anything all about Rose Tyler ever again.”
I’m not here for Rose stans trying to bring me down, or people completely misunderstanding the meaning of the word “continuity.” Y’all are just looking for things to hate, and you don’t get to have an influence on my good mood because seven years later, you still want an episode of the Rose Tyler show instead of Doctor Who.