History Headscratchers / DoctorWhoSeries5

23rd May '18 3:54:16 AM Veanne
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* The image of an angel. Image. As in, likeness. Huh? Just how alike this likeness has to be to actually become an angel? 2D image is enough, apparently (since photos and, somehow, digital film frames work), but an "image" in Amy's brain doesn't really look like anything from the perspective of anyone who isn't Amy (it's electrical impulses/neurotransmitters/neurons/whatever). So, what gives? SemanticSuperpower, much?
17th Apr '18 12:15:53 AM Tuomas
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* When he's about to crash the Pandorica into the exploding [=TARDIS=], the Doctor says he's gonna use the vortex manipulator to get there. As we know, the vortex manipulator can teleport you in time and space, but instead of doing that the Doctor ''flies'' the Pandorica into the explosion. First of all, if that was supposed to be vortex manipulator's doing, how did the Doctor manage to convert a teleport device into jet engines in 12 minutes? Why didn't he just enhance its teleport ability and teleport the Pandorica there? And if it wasn't the vortex manipulator that made Pandorica fly, why would the aliens who built it into an ultimate prison give it flight capability?
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16th Apr '18 3:07:05 AM Tuomas
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* At the end of "Cold Blood", Eldane's narration (where he is speaking of the events of this story a thousand years later) refers to the "terrible losses" the Doctor suffered. This seems to refer to the death/erasure of Rory, possibly also the (implied) destruction of the [=TARDIS=]... But the problem is, Eldane wasn't there to witness Rory's death or the Doctor finding a [=TARDIS=] shard in the crack, as he'd already gone to hibernation, so how does he know about these events? Of course it's possible that later on the Doctor went to visit Eldane in the 3000s and told him what had happened, but at that point Rory would've already come back to life and the destruction of the [=TARDIS=] averted, so the narration still doesn't make sense.

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* At the end of "Cold Blood", Eldane's narration (where he is speaking of the events of this story a thousand years later) refers mentions to the "terrible losses" the Doctor suffered. This seems to refer to the death/erasure of Rory, possibly also the (implied) destruction of the [=TARDIS=]... But the problem is, Eldane wasn't there to witness Rory's death or the Doctor finding a [=TARDIS=] shard in the crack, as he'd already gone to hibernation, so how does he know about these events? Of course it's possible that later on the Doctor went to visit Eldane in the 3000s and told him what had happened, but at that point Rory would've already come back to life and the destruction of the [=TARDIS=] averted, so the narration still doesn't make sense.
16th Apr '18 1:51:19 AM Tuomas
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* At the end of "Cold Blood", Eldane's narration (where he is speaking of the events of this story a thousand years later) refers to the "terrible losses" the Doctor suffered. This seems to refer to the death/erasure of Rory, possibly also the (implied) destruction of the [=TARDIS=]... But the problem is, Eldane wasn't there to witness Rory's death or the Doctor finding a [=TARDIS=] shard in the crack, as he'd already gone to hibernation, so how does he know about these events? Of course it's possible that later on the Doctor went to visit Eldane in the 3000s and told him what had happened, but at that point Rory would've already come back to life and the destruction of the [=TARDIS=] averted, so the narration still doesn't make sense.
9th Apr '18 7:24:38 AM TheCoolKat1995
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** Technically, this isn't entirely true. In "The Vampires Of Venice", Rosanna tells the Doctor that there are several types of cracks and that she and her family traveled from their world to Earth through a crack like Prisoner Zero did. In fact, the Doctor initially assumed the cracks were just wormholes until he discovered their ability to erase people from time in "Flesh And Stone". Considering the Doctor describes the crack in Amy's wall as 'two parts of space and time that should never have touched, pressed together' I think we're meant to assume that the cracks are as volatile and unpredictable as they are because they're literal abominations, time and space and matter itself being ripped apart with slightly different results each time. There's also the possibility that they all have different natures, but they all start to erase things regardless when they reach a certain stage. A lot of the cracks we see throughout the season are implied to have been for dormant for a while, but start to flare up when they're in proximity to the TARDIS, like the ones in "Victory Of The Daleks", "Flesh And Stone", "Cold Blood" and "The Lodger". The most likely sequence of events is that a crack appeared on the upper floor of the house, connecting it to an alien prison, Prisoner Zero saw his chance to escape jail and fled to Earth in the 90's, hid himself in Amy's house, and sometime later (which could be anywhere between a few months or a few years) the crack reached the erasing stage and took Amy's parents. Soon after, she met the Doctor. The only problem with this theory is that the crack seems to have cycled back around to the wormhole stage by the time the Doctor shows up.
9th Apr '18 6:06:19 AM Tuomas
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* What's the deal with the utterly bizarre [[http://oi45.tinypic.com/ju8exj.jpg portrait]] hanging at the wall of Craig's hallway?

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* What's the deal with the utterly bizarre [[http://oi45.tinypic.com/ju8exj.jpg portrait]] hanging at on the wall of Craig's hallway?
9th Apr '18 6:05:23 AM Tuomas
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* All the other cracks we see during this season make anyone who enters them disappear from existence, and later on we learn the crack in Amy's house has done the same to her parents. But somehow that crack also works as a portal between two planets. So why wasn't Prisoner Zero erased from existence when it entered the crack? Or, alternatively, why didn't Amy's parents end up in the Atraxi prison? Why is this crack so different from the others?

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* All the other cracks we see during this season make anyone who enters them disappear from existence, and later on we learn the crack in Amy's house has done the same to her parents. But somehow that crack also works as a portal between two planets. So why wasn't Prisoner Zero erased from existence when it entered the crack? Or, alternatively, why didn't Amy's parents end up in the Atraxi prison? Why is this crack so different from the others?
9th Apr '18 6:04:01 AM Tuomas
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* All the other cracks we see during this season make anyone who enters them disappear from existence, and later on we learn the crack in Amy's house has done the same to her parents. But somehow that crack also works as a portal between two planets. So why wasn't Prisoner Zero erased from existence when it entered the crack? Or, alternatively, why didn't Amy's parents end up in the Atraxi prison? Why is this crack so different from the others?
14th Mar '18 2:03:26 AM ActualScientist
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** It was a pretty pragmatic choice. UNIT means well, but they are also soldiers who tend to stomp around brandishing guns. That wasn't going to diffuse the tension, particularly with the xenophobic Silurian security forces, who also like to stomp around bandishing guns, and who already feel that the humans have commited an act of war. The humans he had on hand were clearly normal people, they already knew about the drill, and they had the authority to see that it was turned off forever. Who better to say "Sorry, we screwed up, won't happen again."

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** It was a pretty pragmatic choice. UNIT means well, but they are also soldiers who tend to stomp around brandishing guns. That wasn't going to diffuse defuse the tension, particularly with the xenophobic Silurian security forces, who also like to stomp around bandishing guns, and who already feel that the humans have commited an act of war. The humans he had on hand were clearly normal people, they already knew about the drill, and they had the authority to see that it was turned off forever. Who better to say "Sorry, we screwed up, won't happen again."
31st May '17 9:05:05 AM DoctorNemesis
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** You said it yourself; the Time Lords ''were'' always protective of their technology. There ain't no more Time Lords but one at that point. So there's nothing to stop any other species that feels like it from researching and developing technology that is very similar to a TARDIS. The very fact that the Time Lords had to actively intervene to stop other species from developing TARDIS-like technology clearly suggests that it is far from impossible for other species to develop the same or similar kind of technology; they just didn't because the Time Lords always intervened to jealously guard their monopoly.

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** You said it yourself; the Time Lords ''were'' always protective of their technology. There ain't no more Time Lords but one at that point. So there's nothing to stop any other species that feels like it from researching and developing technology that is very similar to a TARDIS. The very fact that the Time Lords had to actively intervene to stop other species from developing TARDIS-like technology clearly suggests that it is far from impossible for other species to develop the same or similar kind of technology; they just didn't because the Time Lords always intervened to jealously guard their monopoly.
monopoly. And since the Time Lords aren't around any more...
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