History Headscratchers / DoctorWhoSeries4

15th Nov '17 7:24:14 AM Sharlee
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*** Actually, creatures that are active at dawn and dusk, or that alternate a few hours' activity with short interludes of sleep, probably outnumber the day-only or night-only ones. Indeed, if invertebrates count, most animals are so tiny and short-lived that knocking off for a whole day/night at a stretch would be a serious waste of the few weeks' time they have to live at all.




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** As of "The Husbands of River Song", River is known to have been carrying photos of every previous Doctor around in her purse. She may not have actually ''met'' the ones before Ten, but she certainly kept an eye on the others when she had the chance.




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** Possibly the V.N. waited for a moment when there weren't that many people there to attack, because they were smart enough to realize that if any of their "meat" escaped off the planet, they'd rouse some sort of counterattack.


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** Possibly some of her favorite books were period pieces set in the 21st century, so the system placed her in such a setting.

* If the Vashta Nerada are scavengers as well as predators, living off roadkill and devouring tossed chicken legs, why didn't they strip the faces off the Library's communication-pylons? The faces are supposedly real ones, and there hasn't been anything else for the swarm to feed on in a hundred years, save perhaps the occasional book-gnawing silverfish or cockroach.
15th Nov '17 7:07:43 AM Sharlee
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** Nocturnal animals tend to have much keener senses for functioning at night. The species that survive are probably able to ''smell'' if the V.N. are lurking nearby, or hear subtle and/or ultrasonic sounds produced by their individual particles moving about.




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** For all we know, those simulated kids are based on Cal's younger siblings, because they're the only other children she remembers well enough for the system to duplicate. If she'd spent most of her pre-Library life in hospital isolation wards, she presumably wouldn't have had much chance to play with other children.
9th Sep '17 12:05:49 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** As for why he doesn't ask "what is your shut-down command?", he figures that [[GenreSavvy whoever's programmed the robots has also programmed them not to respond to such a blindingly obvious question]] and decides not to waste either his question (of which he only has three) or his time in asking it just to get an answer he already expects. It might be a valid question, but that doesn't mean it probably wouldn't be stupid to ask it.

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** As for why he doesn't ask "what is your shut-down command?", he figures that [[GenreSavvy whoever's programmed the robots has also programmed them not to respond to such a blindingly obvious question]] question and decides not to waste either his question (of which he only has three) or his time in asking it just to get an answer he already expects. It might be a valid question, but that doesn't mean it probably wouldn't be stupid to ask it.
11th Apr '17 10:13:29 AM cillianflood
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** Well that's based on conjecture. The Sontarans are depicted as pretty powerful in their own right and we have no indication how the Toclafane would fare against them. The Master was "preparing to wage war on the rest of the galaxy" meaning he was still building his strength. What's more is that they were planning a covert operation which they have shown themselves daring enough to try against the Time Lords before in The Invasion Of Time, and in almost every appearance in the classic series they're shown to be eager to get their hands on time lord technology. A warlike time lord building his strength that will later be a threat to them seems like exactly the kind of thing they's be interested in both defeating and learning from. It's likely the Master would be able to intercept and defeat them but the strange then would be him not bothering to mention it to the Doctor. Or maybe they were still planning to confront him but his sudden take over caused them to delay the Poison Sky plan and figure out something more concrete.
6th Apr '17 2:17:16 AM Sinister_Sandwich
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** "A lone Time Lord," ''plus a huge army of Toclafane'' who could obliterate the Sontarans before they could say "Sontar-HA!" Even the BloodKnight Sontarans aren't stupid enough to challenge such an overwhelmingly powerful foe. They want to fight, not to get massacred.
24th Feb '17 5:00:09 PM beeruckzII
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* Why the heck doesn't Davros trap Donna in a holding cell after she exits the TARDIS? If he did so, he would've won!
14th Feb '17 5:18:57 PM DefyingGallifrey7
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** A cool explanation would be that Donna can read Chinese - since the Doctor, depending on your interpretation of canon, can either read all languages or sees everything as Gallifreyan, we see written words through the companion's eyes.
1st Jan '17 9:02:01 PM inspibrain101
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** Beyond that, keep in mind that every person is a completely unique individual, with different experiences and personalities. Not everybody is going to react the way Donna did during her very stressful and counter with the Racnoss. Even if replacement–Donna had ended up in the Tardis and ended up leading the Doctor to the Racnoss, (which seems likely, considering the doctor ended up dying under the Thames,) anything could have happened which R-D did that Donna did not do which led to the doctor dying. Ultimate butterfly effect!
31st Dec '16 1:18:52 PM Sharlee
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* Why would 60 million Americans die due to the Adiposians' plan? Wasn't the only reason it would have killed anyone stemmed from there being too few people taking it at the time The Doctor forced their hand in the normal timeline (a "mere" one million)? The worst that should have happened was A bunch of freaked out, formerly overweight Americans staring incredulously as the pounds walked harmlessly away from them.

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* Why would 60 million Americans die due to the Adiposians' plan? Wasn't the only reason it would have killed anyone stemmed from there being too few people taking it at the time The Doctor forced their hand in the normal timeline (a "mere" one million)? The worst that should have happened was A a bunch of freaked out, formerly overweight Americans staring incredulously as the pounds walked harmlessly away from them.


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* In the alternate world in "Turn Left", why wouldn't the Racnoss' non-Donna living-key be the Doctor's companion and save him from the flooding chamber?
** Because it took a combination of very unlikely things happening for Donna to get transported into the TARDIS. The particles in Donna were only a piece of the puzzle. The other pieces were: 1) Donna having the timelines revolving around her which gave her a connection to the TARDIS, and 2) Her emotional situation during her wedding which happened at *just the right time* to teleport her into the TARDIS. If it had been anyone else, nothing would've happened.
15th Sep '16 10:21:04 PM Sharlee
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** As for the "brain carrying" issue, it's possible that wild-born Ood ''don't'' have their hind-brains hanging from a fleshy strand, but the Ood-breeding facility engineers their nervous systems to grow that way so the translation-spheres can be implanted more easily. Donna and the Doctor only speculated that was why the Ood were so peaceful; they could just have been pacifistic by choice, not constrained by fragile physiology.

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** As for the "brain carrying" issue, it's possible that wild-born Ood ''don't'' have their hind-brains hanging from a fleshy strand, strand outside their bodies, but the Ood-breeding facility engineers their nervous systems to grow that way so the translation-spheres can be implanted more easily. Donna and the Doctor only speculated that was why the Ood were so peaceful; they could just have been pacifistic by choice, not constrained by fragile physiology.
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