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6th Feb '17 9:23:30 AM Sinister_Sandwich
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*I've heard enough people complain that the paradox shown in 'Father's Day' caused the Reapers to appear when no paradox before or since ever has is an example of bad writing. But the thing is, the situation in 'Father's Day' is not just a paradox, it's a massive pile-up of paradoxes. To elaborate: The Doctor, a very significant space-time event, was there twice. The TARDIS, a huge space-time event, was there twice. Rose, who would later become Bad Wolf, a HUGE space-time event, was there THREE TIMES. That four paradoxes (Doctor, TARDIS, Rose x 2) in one point in space-time. Time is already at breaking point. THEN Rose changes her Father's history (another paradox) and in doing so is spotted by the past Doctor (another Paradox) and past Rose (another paradox!) That's SEVEN paradoxes all within a few moments of each other, and time simply broke underneath the weight of them all. This cluster-f*** paradoxes is a situation has never occurred again in the series, explaining why the Reapers have never reappeared.
26th Jan '17 12:09:52 PM SickBoy
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** It's also worth noting that he forgave her pretty quickly. In the first place, it's understandable for him to be pretty angry that she did what she did after he specifically warned her how dangerous the whole situation was. But then later on when she seems remorseful about it he asks if she's sorry, she says yes, and he smiles and says she's forgiven. It's likely that he recognizes that she now knows how bad she screwed up and there's no point being angry anymore.
19th Jul '16 9:49:19 PM inspibrain101
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* So, to recap: Father's Day is a whole mess of "paradoxes", which, for the sake of discussion, refers to infringements of the space-time continuum. Including: Rose and the Doctor travelling back in time, (this troper has always considered any form of time travel to put some sort of strain on the space time continuum, just because the time traveler consumes precious oxygen), Rose revealing herself to a previous version of herself and the Doctor, Rose saving her father's life, and Rose touching her baby self. Any one of these "paradoxes" on their own might pass without consequence; for example, the Doctor has come in contact with previous versions of himself at least a dozen times, with seemingly very little impact on the space-time continuum. However, Rose saving her father's life is a legitimate, Webster-definition paradox- not just because it cancelled out their reason for travelling into the past, but because it cancelled out that previous version of themselves. Pile these paradoxes all together, and then remember that the Time Lords aren't there to monitor the space time continuum, (however it is they do that,) and you've got a mess, and the universe get cranky.
17th Jul '16 6:08:11 AM DoctorNemesis
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** The car appears to be 'following' Pete in order to try and put the timeline back on track, so since Pete is currently in the church, the car phases in and out around the church.

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** The car appears to be 'following' Pete in order to try and put the timeline back on track, so since Pete is currently in the church, the car phases in and out around the church. Presumably history is being 'edited' slightly so as to always put that car in a position where it would run into Pete Tyler at some point, wherever Pete Tyler might be.
17th Jul '16 6:04:52 AM DoctorNemesis
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** A later episode clearly reveals that the Jagrafess is itself merely acting as a catspaw for a larger group manipulating humanity via it, so all of this can be explained by the Jagrafess presumably being an artificial creation designed for that particular purpose.


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** To go through each question in order: 1. The Jagrafess clearly controls and uses dead bodies as its hands and feet when necessary, so it would keep a supply of dead bodies around to be used when needed (although presumably not all of them are 91 years old); 2. Presumably everything was there when the Jagrafess took over and was kept around / installed because it was needed to run the station, or because there wasn't any point in getting rid of it; 3. They're there because it's at the top of the media centre that basically controls every message that every being on Earth receives, so it's useful for controlling both the media centre and, by extension, Earth; 4. Anyone who argues with the giant killer slug thing about the temperature is just going to get killed by the giant killer slug thing, so yeah, the Jagrafess basically just took over the thermostat when it was installed; and 5. Who says they didn't basically say that? The "Floor 500 is made of gold" rumours all had to start somewhere; presumably the Jagrafess came along, was installed in secret, and through its then-minion informed everyone there that Floor 500 was being redesigned and access would be granted as needed on an individual basis. Oh, and due to renovations, the thermostat settings are going to be changed, but [[BlatantLies this should be resolved soon]].
17th Jul '16 5:50:22 AM DoctorNemesis
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** Presumably it slipped through the cracks, so to speak. Most likely, it was thrown through time from the Time War to Earth at some point before the Time Lock was, well, locked. FWIW a later episode which depicts a battle sequence between Daleks and Time Lords has a shot of what appears to be a small Dalek craft being hurled past the camera following a very big explosion, so if you're so inclined you can just assume that it was this Dalek.



*** Well, the Americans probably care about jurisdiction, and -- Torchwood aside -- probably have just as if not more clout in these sorts of matters as Britain does; if Britain has a secret alien-hunting quasi-government organization like Torchwood running around on top of UNIT, then it's almost 100% certain that the United States does as well. And they're probably not going to look very kindly on British agents kidnapping one of their citizens.

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*** Well, the Americans probably care about jurisdiction, and -- Torchwood aside -- probably have just as much if not more clout in these sorts of matters as Britain does; if Britain has a secret alien-hunting quasi-government organization like Torchwood running around on top of UNIT, then it's almost 100% certain that the United States does as well. And they're probably not going to look very kindly on British agents kidnapping one of their citizens.
29th May '16 6:34:43 PM DoctorNemesis
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** The car appears to be 'following' Pete in order to try and put the timeline back on track, so since Pete is currently in the church, the car phases in and out around the church.
29th May '16 3:06:06 PM lampshadeortriangle
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* How did the Dalek escape the Time Lock and end up on Earth in the first place?
6th Apr '16 1:33:02 AM Tuomas
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* Why does the car that was supposed to kill Pete Tyler flash in and out of existence in front of the church? That was not the place where Pete died in the original timeline, so shouldn't the car be stuck in a loop in that spot instead?
20th Feb '16 12:41:08 AM MrThorfan64
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* Why does the Ninth Doctor regenerate when he only has the Time Vortex in him for a moment, while Rose survives it being in her for longer?
** Perhaps the Doctor used the Vortex to heal her, but was unable to heal himself.
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