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Regenerations and Valeyard
Ten's entire life is a stable time loopIn "The Parting of the Ways" 9 absorbed the time energy from Rose, that caused him to regenerate. What if his time lord cells chose a form they thought Rose would be comfortable with? The time energy was inside Rose and presumably had access to all her memories, so he regenerated into a form he thought she'd be comfortable with: A random stranger she met the previous New Years Eve...
There is another regeneration between 8 and '9'If you think about it, Eccleston!Doctor doesn't seem as shaken by the Time War as the other Time Lords were, yet it's still a clear memory for him. What probably happened is whoever the Time Lords forced Eighth to regenerate into, it wasn't Eccleston, but whoever came before him was. So what, you might ask? Well, this means that Matt Smith isn't actually the Eleventh Doctor, he's the Twelfth - the last regeneration before the Valeyard is created. That's why Tenth went into full blown Angst mode in 'The End of Time'; because he knew that after this, he was only one step away from becoming his own Dark Side...
The Doctor's personality when he regenerates is influenced by the people he was last around before his regenration.
A Time Lord's sexual orientation can change with each regeneration.Their default orientation is asexual— possibly purposely engineered to keep the population down. For beings that can live hundreds of years, over-population could become a significant problem. However, every once in a while, after a regeneration they pop up as non-asexual. Ten is hetero, so is Eight, and we can presume One as well, since he had to get that granddaughter somehow. Eleven, I think, is gay— he does seem to go on a bit about how good looking Jeff is. This explains, for instance, how Five traveled with so many attractive companions of both genders without a hint of temptation. Also, why Nine didn't show any romantic interest in Rose, but when he became Ten, he fell in love with her.
The Doctor's final incarnation will be Flavor Flav!!!
The last storyThe last story will involve the 13th Doctor (the ginger female one) discovering the true nature of his universe : a work of fiction. Thus, having discovered the final truth of the laws of nature in his reality, he will force the writers to come up with a good end.
If there ever is a female doctor...It will be David Tennant's daughter. I don't really want a female doctor, but if there ever is, three doctors in one family would be so epic. Anyway, at the very least, she should have a cameo.
The final episode will involve a new Universe being created.
the doctor will split in the last regenerationOne will be the Valeyard and the other will be the regular doctor.
Regenerations get more "Explosive" and harmful every a time lord regeneratesI have noticed a trend with regenerations, The first few regenerations are quick and easy when the first doctor shifted over to the second it was quick and easy and the Doctor was back on his feet in no time. However every following generation put the Doctor at risk afterwards, the Third doctor stumbles around for a bit as does the Fourth. The Fifth doctor almost has his mind turn on him. The Seventh doctor couldn't remember things clearly. The Eighth doctor forgot EVERYTHING for a short while. Then the War doctor's regeneration was rather explosive. Ten had to rest for a while afterwards and exploded when he came through. The Twelfth Doctor's regeneration was so small because he was the start of a New regeneration cycle it is possible that at the end of a regeneration cycle time lord's just explode from the regeneration energy
Susan will return for the Thirteenth Doctor's last story.She will inherit the TARDIS. Whether she regenerates at the end or goes on for a season or two before regenerating will depend on Carol Ann Ford's health.
The series finale will be the twelfth or thirteenth Doctor comatose and stuck in a human hospital.Not damaged enough to regenerate, but too damaged for the humans to wake up. He'll be signed in as a John Doe (John Smith?) because none of his companions will be there to ID him and (metafictionally) so they won't be able to identify him. The companions will be running around trying to find him, figure out if he has a regeneration left and, if not, figure out how to get around the 12 regeneration limit. The next series will depend on how soon the show is Un-Cancelled. If it takes only a couple of years, or even a single season break, they will figure out how to revive him, and the Valeyard will be a result of messing about with his regenerations. If it's more than a couple of years, like when new Who fans are Running the Asylum and can have it revived, the series will pick up twenty years from the end of the current show's run with the companions' children and the same situation.
The Ginger Doctor.We all know the Doctor wants to be Ginger, but who would play him? My guess, Rupert Grint.
The Ginger Doctor will be the ValeyardAny concurrent Doctors, as well as preceding and succeeding Doctors, will not be ginger. The good Doctors will be hilariously irate about this.
The 13th and "Final" Doctor will be "The Perfect Doctor", a amalgamation of all of his previous incarnations. And Ginger.The Doctor is basically a character who has a serial dissociative identity disorder- each regeneration brings a new personality (although with the raw essence of what makes the Doctor the Doctor always remaining). One of the main ways of treating multiple personalities, especially in Hollywood Psychology? Making all of the personalities merge into a single identity. So the 13th Doctor would be as if you had slammed the personalities and characters of all the other 12 Doctors together. Oh, and he'd be Ginger, because, well, it's a running gag.
Alternatively, the 13th Doctor will be constantly switching between the 12 personalities.i.e: He'll behave like 5 one second, then switch to 11, and start a sentence the way 4 would've, but finish the sentence the way 9 would.
The Last Doctor will be a kidEvery regeneration of the Doctor gets younger, so if we're on the eleventh Doctor, who is in his twenties, when we get to the last, it should be a teen or kid, and come on, how cool would it be to see a little kid with all the Doctor's quirks?
The final Doctor Who episode will have all 13 DoctorsSeriously final, will-never-be-renewed, we mean it this time seriously really truly last episode. Because it could never be topped.
The Doctors final regeneration will be Conan O'BrienThe ultimate crazy ginger.
The Thirteenth Doctor will regenerate into...
The Doctor will have a major arc for his 'last' regeneration.Something that occurred to me was that the Doctor is starting to run low on regenerations and I could see several things done by companions if he dies without the 'last' one. 1) Either the Doctor or his companions make an equivalent devils deal with a being of power or the master to get the Doctor another regeneration or another set of them. Done by the Doctor's companions to bring him back or the Doctor to save the world/a companion. 2) Somehow the Doctor gets tied to the Master's extra regenerations. In essence now if one kills the other they both are put at risk, maybe even being sympathetically injured if nearby. This would add a few interesting new potential elements for future shows.
How regeneration worksRiver gained regeneration abilities, despite being human, simply from exposure to the Time Vortex in-utero. Therefore, regeneration is somehow vortex-driven. My theory is that regeneration works by replacing the dying individual with an alternate version of them, from a different timeline, that they potentially could have been from the beginning. It's like Quantum Immortality, but with the polarity reversed.
The Method of RegenerationThe standard line is that when Time Lords regenerate they rebuild their bodies with some errors. These errors account for the changes in appearance and personality. There's usually a period of amnesia as well. Additionally there seems to be some sort of connection to the TARDIS in The Doctor's case. It either makes regeneration easier or somehow finalizes it. However, most of the understanding of regeneration comes from Rassilon, a notoriously dubious source. I posit that regeneration is another implementation of time manipulation technology. When a Time Lord is about to die a pocket alternative timeline is created or found. The equivalent Time Lord from this alternative continuity is extracted and replaces the dying Time Lord. The dying Time Lord's mind overwrites the new body's old memories with his or her own. The temporary amnesia is a side-effect of the overwriting. This neatly explains a lot of changes. Regardless of the lost memories, the other body has lived another life and the brain still contains those patterns of behavior. They may also have better knowledge and competencies that get subsumed in the transfer. Time Lords have two hearts, but only after their first regeneration (this is actually canon). The second heart is from their original body, which is carried forward into each new body to provide temporal/biological continuity and anchor the body into the reality it's been pulled into. It's not the anesthesia that messes up Eight so bad, but rather the damage to his heart, his less solid existence allowing him to pass through glass in one instance.
Time Lords and Gallifreyans are NOT the same thingBut rather a becoming a Time Lord is a side effect of absorbing enough Time Energy and surviving. The Gallifreyans have mastered this process, and Time Lords are more like Jedi in the Star Wars prequels. At a young age, a Gallifreyan child is taken by the Time Lords and taught the rules of time travel. When they are deemed ready, the are made to look into the Untempered Schism, and if they survive the exposure to the Time Energy they are given regenerative abilities. In theory, any species can become a Time Lord, hence River Song, who was conceived in the TARDIS and as a fetus absorbed enough energy to become a Time Lord, but not enough to transform Rory and Amy.
Jelly Babies are drugs for Time LordsThis is why the fourth doctor was so eccentric while the fifth was so sober like as he was mainly recovering from a drug induced hangover. This is also why Simm!Master was so crazy as he's seen eating Jelly babies. This would also explain the time lords shock when he asks him to pass him a jelly baby not that the president would ask for a sweet but shocked he was a drug addict.
The Weeping Angels are Time LordsThe Time Lords fought the Great Vampires who have been shown to have the ability to convert other species, perhaps during the war a number of Time Lords were captured/converted but instead of feeding on blood, a converted Time Lord fed on Time Energy. somehow they all got quantum locked(possibly by the Time Lords themselves) and evolved into the Weeping Angels. This could explain why being forced to act like a weeping Angel is such a shameful punishment for Time Lords and why they were so sickened by the War.
Susan is Jennies daughterAnd after she was born she sent her back in time to grow up with the Doctor, her 'Grandfather'!!!!!!
The Doctor is a Time Lord!
The reason The Doctor never revealed his name is because there was an ancient prophecy that he would destroy Gallifrey. Ok so this relies on parents not being able to name there own kids but my theory goes thusly. As The Doctor grew up he was forever persecuted for what he would eventually do this is why he goes on the run as to avoid not destroying his home planet and this is also why he's first incarnation was so bitter having been bullied and isolated for what he would do this is also why Madame de Pompadour said he "was such a lonely child" over time however and with the help of his companions he realises that the best way to not destroy gallifrey would be the sort of man who wouldn't destroy Gallifrey and hence becomes a technical pacifist. This would also be why he left Susan on earth not wanting to kill her and not wanting to see him kill everyone else. After trying to equal out the destruction he'd cause by saving other planets the Time War breaks out and as the Time Lords get eviler and eviler he finally finds out why he was prophesied to kill them as he was "The only one that could". But after he does he's name is no longer a symbol of what he would do but a symbol of what he failed to prevent causing him to hide it more and more out of shame.
Time War Monsters
One of the Characters is a Time... oh, wait.
The Doctor will keep his promise to SusanHe will come back one day. Nowadays it is not like the Doctor to abandon people like he did to Susan...
The Nightmare Child was created through the power of both Timelords and DaleksIt's an uncontrollable, super power-ful black hole which destroys everything on its way.
The Roman priestess played by Karen Gillan in The Fires of Pompeii is actually Amy PondThe Doctor could have thought back, realized he'd met somebody who looked just like Amy, and decided to create a stable time loop, dropping Amy off in Rome with specific instructions (while not sticking around himself, due to the timestreams-crossing thing). She could even have stayed there for a few weeks to adjust to the culture/her role in preparation for what needed to be done when 10 and Donna arrived.
The TARDIS is the same size on the insideEverything that goes inside shrinks to fit, thus making the tiny amount of space in the TARDIS seem bigger. The Doctor just rolls with the "It's bigger on the inside" explanation because he doesn't get it either.
The TARDIS can regenerate 12 times, just like Time LordsAnd we've seen it's regenerated three times so far - at the end of The Eleventh Hour, at the end of The Big Bang, and at the end of The Doctor's wife.
The Doctor is Santa Claus.How else did he know about Rose's red bike when she was twelve? He said it in a fairly early episode, too, i think, so i don't think he went back in time without Rose just to check what present she got so he could mess with her.
This is the only work of fiction in the past hundred years in which none of the characters is a Time Lord.It had to be said.
The TARDIS is the house.
The TARDIS has always had a translator.However, it was as broken as everything else in the TARDIS, and skipped some languages - like French. The Eighth Doctor finally fixed it. When he did, he used his psychic link with the TARDIS to route it through his head, learning 5 billion languages automatically. This also gave him total control over the translator, and makes it not work if he's comatose. Therefore, he can say anything he likes without it being translated. This also explains why Judoon isn't translated - the Doctor understands the Rule of Funny.
The Doctor has been repairing the TARDIS over the course of the show.Or it's repairing itself. Originally, he had no control whatsoever over his destination. Three and Four could get to the right planet (Planet of the Spiders and the Key to Time Arc). Nine and Ten seem to be able to aim, but can be a bit inaccurate (Unquiet Dead & Idiot's Lantern). The TARDIS repaired itself completely in Eleventh Hour, and is now in perfect condition. Any inaccuracy with specific times is due to it being an out-of-date Type 40 model. Also, Eleven is the first one with working stabilizers and brakes - previously, they were stuck, and that's why they made the noise. He leaves them because he likes it. Finally, Four never actually got rid of the randomizer. He merely adjusted it so he can use it OR choose a destination. That's why even with a working TARDIS, the Doctor has to ask where and when they are.
One or more of the characters is a Time Lord.Bear with me here. As You Know, the planet Gallifrey belongs to the Time Lords, who run the planet and do their Time Lordy stuff there. Now, as some sort of in-joke, Gallifrey cameos in several Doctor Who serials throughout the show's history. For example, the Ninth and Tenth Doctors occasionally mention Gallifrey by name, and way back in "The War Games" it's subtly implied that the Second Doctor's trial takes place there. From these references, it's almost certain that Gallifrey exists in the Doctor Who universe. Now, why is this relevant? If Gallifrey exists in the Doctor Who universe, so do the Time Lords. Logically, there has to be at least some Time Lords on this show. As for which characters are Time Lords? I'm...not sure, but if I had to choose one person, it'd have to be Mickey Smith.
Building on the above, the "13 bodies" thing is a bureaucratic restriction and not biological.
The missing serials from the Classic Series were lost in the Time WarThe New Series Doctor claims to be 906 years old. However, he claimed to be over 1000 in the Old Series. If the Doctor is not lying about his age, maybe because of the Timey-Wimey Ball, he lost some of his years. And it just so happens that many tapes from the original series have been lost as well. Coincidence? I think not.
The Doctor is the Discworld's Death.The Doctor is Death; his House is his TARDIS, and Susan is Susan.
The regenerations keep getting more unstable.The Second Doctor just shrugged it off. The Third spent some time in bed; the Fourth babbled about random stuff for a bit. The Fifth went into a coma for a while. The Sixth attacked his companion. Both the Seventh and the Eighth had amnesia. The Tenth went into a coma. His regeneration in "Stolen Earth" / "Journey's End" doesn't count because Ten stalled and redirected it. (Doctor!Donna had severe, if time-delayed, regeneration problems...) Later regenerations will be even nastier.
The Doctor is not a Time Lord.He's the future son of Haruhi Suzumiya and Kyon that inherited a mix of common sense and god-like power which he uses to traverse time and space doing heroics. He pretends to be one because it provides a good cover for his powers.
The personality of each of the Doctor's regenerations is influenced by the manner of the previous incarnation's death....Or alternatively, he subconsciously changes aspects of his personality to deal with aspects of himself that he doesn't like.
Related to the guess directly above: The Tenth Doctor's last words were partly an attempt at making Eleven less warlike and more cautious/self-doubting."I don't want to go" after several days of holding in his regeneration instead of, say, "Screw you, Daleks and Time Lords, I am locking this gate-of-eternal-Unpersoning for the good of the universe!" or "I just... Oh, wow, that was a lot of power... I always wanted to go to Barcelona... You know what? You were fantastic, Rose, and more importantly, so was I."
The personality of each of the Doctor's regenerations is suited to the adventures he is going to faceWe know Time lords have some sort of temporal awareness so when the doctor "dies" and regenerates he uses that ability to craft a body/persona that will suit what will happen to him in the future. That's why the Doctor always wins and why his "renegade" personality is so different to other timelords. Time lords aren't perfect precogs however which is why some adventures are harder than others and why he eventually needs to regeerate again.
The Doctor is committing a form of suicide, though he's going to change the universe as much as he can.Consider how long Time Lords live. Thousands of years and then some; in theory, "forever, barring accidents." The Doctor is burning through his regenerations at a speed that would be unfathomable to an immortal. Barring possible parts we don't see (especially the 8th/9th Regeneration and the Time War), it seems that his regenerations only last a couple of years each, as judged by the mortal companions he is with during.
The Doctor's real name is exactly that.Hell, if even the Time Lords call him The Doctor...
Barbara: Ian, I must talk to someone about this, but I don't want to get the girl into trouble. And I know you're going to tell me I'm imagining things.
Ian: No, I'm not.
Barbara: Well, I told you how good she is at history. I had a talk with her and told her she ought to specialise. Well, she seemed quite interested until I said I'd be willing to work with her at her home. Then she said that would be absolutely impossible as her grandfather didn't like strangers.
Ian: He's a doctor, isn't he? That's a bit of a lame excuse.
Barbara: Well, I didn't pursue the point but then recently her homework's been so bad.
Ian: Yes, I know.
Barbara: Finally I got so irritated with all her excuses I decided to have a talk with this grandfather of hers and tell him to take some interest in her.
The Doctor is God incarnate.Or a god incarnate, at least. He's clearly more than just another Time Lord, but they're at the apex of the technological ladder. Above them are only the various cosmic powers of that universe, gods in all but name; the Doctor is one of these. This not only explains how he can consistently defeat other cosmic powers, but also such other mysteries as the Morbius faces, why his true name is so secret, and various enigmatic comments from the seventh Doctor.
The Time Lords' homeworld was, in a distant past, the world of Final Fantasy III.As the Doctor explained, TARDISes are organic beings that are "grown". They are bigger on the inside, and can travel through space and time (so it could be argued that they don't exist between the time when they start traveling and their destination). All these properties apply just as well to FFIII's Fat Chocobo — they can carry a large amount of items, disappear when not needed, and snap back to reality in different places (we know it's the same chocobo because it carries the same stuff). It can be concluded that Fat Chocobos are untamed TARDISes, and that the heroes from FFIII are ancestors of the Time Lords. They are immortal, barring accidents, can come back from near-death through regeneration, and sometimes change appearances (or Jobs), looking younger (like summoners) or older (like scholars). Their descendants probably inherited the ability to change appearance only through regeneration, as they were a mix between light warriors and mortals. Xande might also be the Master's first form.
The Doctor is a fruit flyHe likes bananas. Bananas are good.
Unseen eons pass for the Doctor in several episodes.An alternative to the suicide theory. We know the Doctor makes a habit of bidding farewell to someone, leaving in the TARDIS, and then immediately returning to invite them to be a companion. Examples: "Rose" and "The Lazarus Experiment". Here's what's going on: he leaves; he writes down the exact time and location, a personality profile of the companion, and the last thing he said. Then he goes off and does his thing for epic amounts of time; without Companions, he never gets killed. Eventually, he gets lonely, just as he knew he would, and he picks up one of the humans he's stashed throughout history pretending no time has passed. This also explains his inconsistent age - he's forgotten how old he's "supposed" to be. What a tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive, indeed.
The TARDIS is a Weirdness Magnet.Either there are scads of monsters and alien invasions everywhere in the timestream, or there's a reason the Doctor keeps running into them. Since the TARDIS can move freely in time and space, instead of attracting weird things to itself, it goes to them. The Doctor might even have programmed it to behave this way, especially if the slow suicide theory is correct. It would explain a lot of the "mistakes" he makes with setting the destination, such as going to 1879 instead of 1979 in "Tooth and Claw". The TARDIS may also make more subtle adjustments. If the Doctor wanted to take Martha to meet Shakespeare, he had a window of several decades; what are the odds of him hitting the exact day the Carrionites made their move?
The Doctor and the TARDIS have a mild psychic link, and the TARDIS influences him to home in on weirdness when choosing a destination.
The TARDIS is a cranky old thing that's sick of constantly traversing the universe; it repeatedly puts the Doctor in mortal danger just so he'll die already so it can have a nice rest.The Time Lords were isolationist and rarely left the planet, and so it's unlikely that they built their TARDISes to withstand centuries of travel. And the Doctor's TARDIS was out-of-date even before he stole it.
The Sonic Screwdriver is Not What it Seems.The sonic screwdriver is not a miracle piece of technology, but rather a conduit for the Doctor to channel his innate psychic power through. As seen in previous episodes, the Doctor has telekinetic and telepathic abilities, which take an intense amount of concentration to use, making them almost useless in high-stress situations. To compensate for this, the Doctor created the sonic screwdriver to focus his abilities into short bursts of psychic manipulation. This is not to say that the Doctor did not install some additional technology in the device to perform certain tasks, but if you notice, it never works as well for other people when they use the screwdriver.
The entire series takes place within The MatrixYes, the other Matrix from the one above. The Doctor (connected to the TARDIS) is an alien computer program hacked into the Matrix by aliens. The reason he can regenerate his body, travel through time and space at will, and all that is because he has control over the Matrix. Now he, like the humans in the Matrix, doesn't realize what he's in, but the alien code making up his program means he can control it to a far greater extent than humans, or even most programs can. When he travels out through space and time, he's entering the Expansion Pack for the Matrix that the machines are creating for the humans in the Matrix to explore once their virtual world ages to the point where space travel is possible. At this point though, it has many buggy programs (evil alien creatures), and because the Doctor is fighting them, the machines have learned to turn a blind eye to the Doctor as his programming seems to make him inherently out to do good (and because he hasn't realized he's a program), though they are trying to reverse engineer him without him knowing and are trying to find some way to control or delete him (perhaps as part of this, they created the Master and the other Time Lord enemies for The Doctor? Alternatively, the other Time Lords are other programs hacked into the Matrix by the same or different aliens). The machines at a point even manipulate The Doctor program into destroying the bugs they need him to destroy the most by, say, throwing his control of the TARDIS off enough, or by messing with the random number generators in the Matrix enough to make it so that The Doctor always ends up where he's most needed. The companions are humans in the Matrix, but every so often the machines get involved and Power-Up a companion (like the Doctor Donna or when Rose looked into the time vortex) to help the Doctor defeat an especially destructive/bugged program. They immediately remove these program enhancements once these threats are over, hence why these companions all end up reverting to a purely human form afterward, often causing damage of some kind. Travelling to alternate universe means traveling to back-up or older archived versions of the Matrix (or a past Matrix) The Daleks appear to be especially dangerous bugs (perhaps created by another alien race hacking programs into the matrix in the form of Davros and company), seen by the fact of their Reality Bomb. As it would destroy all the "alternate universes", it would mean that the bomb was a bug/virus of such power and destruction to be able to shut down the entire Matrix, as well as all the backup copies! This scares the Machines so much that they go beyond even the powerups they gave Rose with the Time Vortex, and they actually try to turn Donna into/combine the human Donna with the code of The Doctor (essentially creating a Human/Software cyborg), as well as copying (imperfectly) The Doctor, in order to stop Davros and the Daleks. Once the threat is over, they quickly make the Doctor's knowledge start destroying Donna's brain, as they absolutely don't want a Program/Human combination running around, especially as such she would be both extremely powerful and would probably be a bizarre enough combo to realize what The Matrix is, even when the alien programs of Davros and The Doctor were unable to. Because none of the characters realize they're in the Matrix, they all rationalize away any bizarre coincidences, ret-cons, or continuity errors much in the same way the humans rationalize away deja-vu. Dalek Caan went insane not because he saw into the time vortex or anything like that, but because he realized what the Matrix is and that they are all trapped in it, but knowing no way out (and now insane) he just turns on the other Dalek and Davros programs.
The true hero of the series is the TARDIS.This requires the following to be true.
The TARDIS likes Earth.Related to above: she keeps taking the Doctor there to fix stuff. She certainly seems to enjoy being a police box.
The 1960s Movies are canon.This explains why Bernard Cribbins is so excited about the Doctor. Clearly, there was some Chameleon Arch thing going on, but it can all be explained with a little determination. This also means he helped the Thals against the Daleks twice, thus getting the Daleks thoroughly annoyed.
The TARDIS has some sort of device that draws attractive women to The Doctor.The TARDIS is a chick magnet! Maybe it's trying to tell the Doctor something...
The TARDIS translates not only for the Doctor and companions, but also for the audience.And the TARDIS has a strange sense of humor, in particular a fondness for Fakesperian accents. And this explains the infamous "half-human" statement: it was a TARDIS translation error, and the Doctor meant to say that he was half Time Lord and half Ordinary Gallifreyan.
James McCloud is The Starfox Universe Master.Because he's too much like Eric Roberts, the Cat Nuns seemed familiar, and the final boss in the first two games was very similar to the Determinant from Destiny of the Doctors. By creating a Generic Bad Guy that he based off of Davros, the Master was able to stage a "Wag The Dog" war against Venom so he could be seen as a Hero to the Cornarians when he kicked Andross' Kaled ass. Fortunately, James was betrayed by some pig and was destroyed before he could reap his rewards. Having worn out his regenerations, the Master went to the planet Sauria to steal the body of anyone he could find via that transparent shape-shifting snake ability he used in the movie. A metal imprint and a functional robot still remained on Venom complete with mind control powers, resulting in frantic hallucinations to any who dared trespass on his domain.
The TARDIS is the Doctor's Psychic Projection.Heck, throw in the ol' Sonic Screwdriver while we're at it.
The Doctor is the TARDIS' Psychic Projection.He allows the big T to interact with humans. The "regenerations" are just a rebooting and reset of the projector device.
The Master is compelled to see the Doctor as his enemy because he has No Fourth Wall.The drumming sound in his head? It's actually the bass line for the Doctor Who theme. He is subconsciously aware that he is a fictional character in a fictional universe and meant to be a Designated Villain for the series, which the constant theme stuck in his head keeps reminding him of, and it compels him to fight against The Doctor and be evil. How did he get this way? By seeing into the rift that all Time Lords look into as kids, in reality a rip in their fictional dimension into ours; those who look into it either run away in denial of seeing "the real world", go mad upon realizing they're nothing but fictional constructs, or become Dangerously Genre Savvy (AKA "inspired") as a result.
The Doctor will meet a copy of himself calling himself "Doctor Who" in the future.That "Doctor Who" will have his own "infotainment" show, his own TARDIS, and a Dalek companion that he tortures regularly. And he will in fact be the Valeyard, given his own life through one of the Doctor's trips into an alternate universe (E-Space, the Parallel World of "Rise of the Cybermen/City of Steel/Army of Ghosts/Doomsday", the alternate universe created by the Time Beetle around Donna in "Turn Left"...), and given his own regeneration cycle opposite of that of the Doctor's (the Doctor's 10th regeneration is the Valeyard's third or fourth, for example).
The Whoniverse's Earth is not that of our own.Our Earth is in fact a primitive Gallifrey. On the Avatar: The Last Airbender page, there is a guess stating that that earth is primitive Gallifrey. Also true. There will be a nuclear holocaust in the far future that will mutate the surviving humans so that they have bending powers. Reincarnation will be channeled into one being, the Avatar. The Avatar's soul is made up of four different benders, each with a different bending type, who were all going to be reincarnated, but became one being because of even more mutation. The Avatar will then become the first Time Lord, and so on and so forth. Our Earth is the H2G2
The Whoniverse Earth IS our own, and the Series 3 climax definitely happened.When the countdown happened in "The Last of the Time Lords", you can't honestly say you didn't start thinking, "Doctor. Doctor. Doctor." You know you did. The number of people watching that episode was equal to or greater than the number of people left alive at that point, so the trick worked. Unfortunately, not just the time of Saxon was erased, but all the obvious alien encounters we'd had up till that point.
Due to his constant and repeated visits throughout time, the Doctor's Weirdness Magnet has been imprinted onto Earth and on humans themselves.While instances of aliens arriving when the Doctor is present exist, there are just as many if not more instances of aliens being present on Earth or around humans long before the Doctor arrives, sometimes for centuries or more. This is due to Earth itself and its inhabitants acquiring the same attraction for weird shit as the Doctor through osmosis; his far more potent magnet is required to trigger the events, resulting in many examples of aliens making their plans for conquest or otherwise, but not executing them until the Doctor arrives.
The series is in the Planescape multiverseThe "Arcadia" and "Elysium" that the Doctor mentions as battlefields of the Time War are actually the Outer Planes Arcadia and Elysium. Besides that:
Timelords are a Nemesis Plot
Top Gear is a Doctor Who spin off show in the style of a Car Magazine showThe Stig is obviously a Timelord; he's even regenerated once on the show already from Black Stig to White Stig. He has access to aircraft carriers and military equipment, obviously through UNIT, and The Sixth Doctor (looking a bit different due to the Timey-Wimey Ball) and the Daleks have made crossover appearances. Jeremy Clarkson must be Davros in disguise.
The Master exists in this universe, and he is Philip ZimbardoLook at this guy◊ or his wiki or his prison, and then consider the fact that he's a social scientist who continually performs experiments upon people in the name of science. Someday, a blue police box will be spotted on the campus of Stanford University.
The Doctor Changes History Quite OftenHe likes to protest that he's not there to change the course of history, he's dismissed others' deliberate attempts as "time-meddling" or just plain doomed - and then there were the events of "Father's Day". Changing history bad, right? Not something he'd do? On the other hand, he changes history almost every episode. He dinks around the universe through various time periods, and often in the course of those travels, he tries to save lives and stop various threats, even bringing down entire societies. This can't help but change history. This serves to explain matters like Zee Rust-ed glimpses of the future from past episodes (including why Zoë’s early 21st century doesn't look much like Rose's) and inconsistencies like the UNIT dating controversy. The Doctor's travels (and those of other time-travelers) have altered galactic history quite a bit. As the Doctor seems to take a special interest in Earth and humanity, his interventions in particular have drastically shifted human history many times. Perhaps because he's a Time Lord (or perhaps out of simply greater knowledge), he's capable of changing history without summoning Clock Roaches every episode. Or perhaps simple changes in history don't endanger reality, and the events of "Father's Day" arose from other circumstances related to the change - such as his being a direct witness to his changing history. The Doctor tries to keep the memorable bits of human history consistent (the Aztec Empire, World War 2, etc.), but sometimes things change (Zoë’s world shifting into Rose's world) and he doesn't entirely notice or care enough to spend time fixing them. Sometimes, he notices the changes (like the loss of the vast human empire that he expected to see in "The Long Game") and for whatever reason, he doesn't have the resources to fix them. And sometimes, he decides to change history with six little words because he feels like it.
The Doctor defends Earth so much because he has to.Just about every human companion the Doctor has ever had has saved his life at least once. Therefore, he has to maintain the history of Earth to ensure these companions are still born at the right time and end up in the right place to meet him. Otherwise, he'll disappear in a puff of logic. And the more he defends Earth's history, the more times his life gets saved by humans, so the more he has to defend Earth's history. As part of this strategy, he keeps a copy of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare in the TARDIS, and consults it frequently. If "Troilus and Cressida" goes missing, that means the timeline is broken at some point before Vicki is due to be born, and he has to go and fix it. If the entire book disappears, Shakespeare needs rescuing.
Regenerations are a resource and can be harvested.We know that Time Lords are given extra lives through a process not yet explained. The Master has done many things to give himself more lives. When he was given 12 more lives, this proved that the Time Lords are stingy about giving out more but will under dire circumstances. When a Time Lord kills another, it is stated that they "steal" each other's lives. They don't just hand them out every couple of years for a couple of reasons:
There are no limits to a Time Lord's regenerations. The Time Lords of Gallifrey have merely been putting limits on them; without them, there are no more limitations to the Doctor's regenerations.Ok, this may take a bit of thought, but think about it for a second. As listed above in previous WMGs, the Time Lords can grant new regenerations to any Time Lord (as they tried to do to the Master in The Five Doctors, and presumably succeeded with the Master during the Time War), and even transfer one Time Lord's regenerations to another (as seen with the Valeyard during the Trial of a Time Lord saga). Further, the few times a limit on regenerations is mentioned, such as with Borusa in The Five Doctors, there always seems to be a lot of resentment associated with the concept of a limit on the Regenerations. Now, consider that whenever the concept of Regeneration is brought up in the new series... there's no mention of a limit to the regenerations whatsoever. Ninth doesn't bother mentioning that he's got a limit on his regenerations, nor does the Tenth ever hint at it - not even when he redirects his regeneration into his hand during the finale of the fourth season. These events, obviously, all take place after the Time War. The Time War where the entire planet of Gallifrey burned to a cinder, as the result of... oh, wait.
The Doctor's name is Thedoctor.Due to a curious quirk of linguistics and language, the Gallifreyian name 'Thedoctor' sounds curiously similar to the Earth-English title 'Doctor' coupled with a definitive article. Thedoctor is quite used to it, however, and is quite happy to be addressed by the shortened 'Doctor'.
Beware, following paragraph contains brain-melting Hand Wave Physics that even the Troper posting it doesn't really comprehendIn the Whoniverse, there are three dimensions of time. There's first-order time, which is what we experience and the TARDIS can move freely in. There's second-order time, the source of not only all the space inside the TARDIS, but also explains how the Racnoss Queen was able to bring the TARDIS back to the present day despite it being four and a half billion years in the past, as well as how the passengers inside the TARDIS continue aging at their normal rate rather than regressing to infancy as they move into the past; when they step into the TARDIS, they become protected from the effects travelling backwards in regular time would have, because they are standing in second-order time. Finally, the Heart of the Tardis contains third-order time, explaining its absurd power; it can disrupt the effects of the other two forms of time, making it an ultimate weapon if used properly, but its effects corrode the second-order protection on human and Time Lord cells. (Clutches head) UPDATE: This is basically a Techno Babble explanation for San Dimas Time, but with added "Ow, my head".
The TARDIS is not necessarily bigger on the inside.Surely, if the chameleon circuit worked, it would be able to appear as an object larger than its (presumably fixed-volume) interior? This also raises the question of what it looks like with the circuit switched off.
Each Tardis is powered by a Chaos Emerald.It explains the glow. Back when Time Lords weren't an endangered species, they got enough through time travel and alternate universes. The Doctor's Tardis uses a Yellow Chaos Emerald.
There are a race of human Time Lords somewhere.They "regenerate" by having a copy of their Gallifreyan counterparts' memories transferred from one person to the next. Therefore, the Human!Doctor's regenerations are; Peter Cushing!Doctor, Jackson Lake, possibly Doctor!Donna, and then Hand!Doctor.
Many inconsistencies are explained by the Literary Agent HypothesisMany fan theories are based on slight inconsistencies somewhere in the show's long run. Some of them are just for fun—not a lot of people really think that every story takes place in the Matrix—but some of them are meant to be serious theories. While these theories do explain away the inconsistencies, they also help lead to Continuity Snarl, which isn't good. It may make more sense to interpret these as Literary Agent Hypothesis—the inconsistencies didn't happen; it's just a mistake in how the production depicts the Doctor's life. Some such theories include:
All the Time Lords are still aliveThe first Time Lord, Omega, was hit in the face with a supernova and dropped into a black hole. He(?) survived...and built his own "antimatter" universe. The Master is a second example. There's no reason to think any of the others are easier to kill.
Most of the Doctor's regenerations are mentally unstable.Think about it.
Real life time travel will be used to make a team up movie with all incarnations of The Doctor
Time Lords really do exist, but they're living normal lives here on planet Earth.Consider the following.
A Time Lord's previous incarnations become creatures of consciousness upon "dying"/regeneration.This could explain where the other Time Lords in The End of Time got the idea from. It would also mean none of the previous Doctors are truly gone. Hey, Ten could have stuck around in the TARDIS!
The Time Lords are highly evolved BritonsWhy do all the Time Lords have British accents, and the Doctor focus so heavily on the human race (and prefers human companions)? Because it is from them that his own race is evolved. At some point in the future, as the people of earth spread, those from the what we call the UK settle on Galifrey, evolve somewhat, and discover time travel. They use this to go back to the beginning of time, and over the millenia they forget or conveniantly hide their origins (which the Doctor and perhaps the Master discover). The Doctor needs to save the human race in order to cause himself to exist.
David Cameron acts out the "It's a gas mask" scene when no-one else is around.Just because I can see the Leader of the Opposition doing that when no-one's watching. I can see Gordon Brown imagining himself gassing the Cabinet, too.
The TARDIS is the star of the seriesOnly one thing happens at the very beginning of the show that has any real significance in the Doctor's life overall: the chameleon circuit breaking. What other reason would the story start at that point? Because it's the only constant.
There are no such things as Time Lords.Times Lords are just a product of the collaboration of deranged tropers
The Doctor uses the companions to keep track of his personal timeline.Besides enjoying their company, the Doctor likes to travel with different companions so that he can keep track of his own timeline within the span of a regeneration. This is particularly useful if the Doctor knows he needs to initiate certain events in his future to create a Stable Time Loop, but doesn't have an exact date for when they occur. So, for example, in Blink, Sally Sparrow gives him a folder of information to use when he gets sent to 1969. Well, it would be pain to carry around a folder for years and years if, say, he weren't to get sent to 1969 until a hundred years after meeting Sally in his subjective timeline. However, since the folder contained a transcript that referred to his current companion, Martha, he would know that the event was going to occur soon-ish and that he should keep the folder with him. Potentially the Doctor could have a whole room of stuff that he would need in order to do certain things at certain times. Using the companion system, he would just carry around whatever he needed for time loops that occurred during the tenure of a certain companion. He probably gets some info on whoever was supposed to be with him at the time (since it's likely someone he hasn't met, yet) and then files everything under certain descriptors.
Regeneration causes Time Lords to develop a resistance - but not an immunity - to what killed them
Time Lords have a very low tolerance for sugar.In fact, the sugar found in a single Jelly Baby is enough to put a Time Lord on a sugar high akin to that of a human child after a full bag of Halloween candy.
The Doctor's TARDIS is "obsolete" exactly because of its reliance on six pilots.The progress in TARDIS technology made it possible to increase automation and allow a single person to pilot it. This essentially obsoleted the model the Doctor ended up hijacking.
Gallifreyans eventually become humans via a temporal loop. There's a theory which has been around in one form or another for a long time that humans eventually evolve into timelords. Possibly, though, it may work the other way around. At some point they'll work out how their holier than thou attitudes were basically the root of their own destruction. Maybe Timelords, after their near extinction in the timewar, had to find some other way to bring their species back into existence: they knew that the only way they could do this would be if they came back without the hyper evolved abilities that they believed made them superior to other species - their time senses, etc. That "ascension" thing that Rassilon was going on about in The End of Time part 2 might be adaptable so that it's less an ascension and more of a simple change. The Doctor will probably be involved in this in some way, probably during his last incarnation or something dramatic like that. Nothing like helping your own extremely arrogant, over-supremiscist race turn into your favorite species. (Of course, we humans have quite a bit of arrogance and superiority in our make up ourselves - maybe that came from the part of us that used to be Timelord. Heck, you can take the man out of the timelord but you can't take the timelord out of the man.) Via some kind of weird highly advanced science applied to the timeline at the end of the universe, the Timelord DNA will be split, from a triple strand, to a simplified double helix, and inserted into the the early days of planet earth: Humans and Timelord will evolve and develop, together in the same universe during the same timeline, utterly unaware that one is a future version of the other - ironically, the humans are, chronologically at least, more advanced than timelords.
Alternatively, humans are the distant ancestors of the Time Lords.They're descended from humans who managed to survive the end of the universe, by fleeing into the distant past. Determined to survive at any costs, they spent eons making sure time could not kill them. This was done by becoming the masters of time, aka Time Lords. At this point, however, the Time Lords have completely forgotten of their human origin. This is why humans are indomitable: they have to be, since their entire existence is one big Stable Time Loop. Not to mention how screwed up the timeline would become. And this is why the Doctor has such hefty Plot Armor-he is the crux, preventing it from all collapsing inwards.
The Time Lords evolved from Trills.When the host body grows weak, or is injured, they simply change to a new one. The new form remembers its previous lives, but is still a different person in the long run. There are some key differences, but technology, and millenia of evolution solves that problem. Makes sense, doesn't it?
The Doctor is Jesus in Purgatory.This is pretty much what TV Tropes is trying to tell us.
The Master is Satan in Purgatory.As a guest, not the host, since the Doctor is Jesus. This is pretty much what the end of the 29th series is trying to tell us.
The Dalek Eternal is responsible for keeping the purity of the DaleksEpisode 3 of Eleven's first series introduces five Dalek castes, one of which is named the Eternal. The rest have obvious roles, but not this. However, none of the others seem to deal with the whole race-purity thing- so maybe the Eternal is a historian and Inquisitor-type, who ensures that they don't change- they stay eternally pure.
The reason the Doctor’s personality changes post-regeneration is a protective adaptation.His personality changes to alter whatever behaviors either caused him a lot of trouble or led to his ‘death’. Justifications are as follows:
Time Lords are born with Caffeine in their bloodThat's why so many of them are so hyperactive.
The Doctor is the eighth EndlessHe's really old, his regenerations are very similar to Dream's death and "replacement", and his "name" does begin with a "D".
Regenerations are powered by sacrificing lives.In a cross between Planescape: Torment and the resurrection gloves from Torchwood, regenerations are actually powered by sacrificing the lives of random strangers across the universe. The 13 regeneration limit was imposed by the Time Lords to limit the sacrifices made in their name, and the mechanism is a limit on the number of time-energy bridges between the sacrificed person and the receiving Time Lord. Naturally it's a secret closely guarded by the Time Lords, but it's one the Doctor will have to face when he reaches his thirteenth regeneration and realises that he can continue living, but at a cost...
The Time Lords are really [[Starfish Aliens.]] The Doctor's appearance is, among other things, a disguise so his human companions won't be disgusted beyond belief at his true form. The various regenerations are actually updates to the Time Lord's holographic disguise. In some ways, this can explain why he gets younger with each transformation: with each update, the Doctor becomes a face that the current generation can trust enough to time-travel with.
The Doctor subconsciously manipulates timeOr more accurately, probabilities. I don't care how brilliant he is, he's been in plenty of situations where that shouldn't have been able to help him. Faced against impossible odds, so often it seems the fates simply align for him at the last second. Perhaps it's because, as a Time Lord, with his vague temporal awareness and attunement to psychic energy, he is constantly twisting reality toward the desired outcome, applying a psychic force on time. Basically, the 1 in a million chance becomes the 1 in 100 chance because of the Doctor's mere presence. This accounts for at least some of his enormous success rate. This also explains what River said about the man the Doctor will eventually become, able to send entire armies fleeing with relative ease. His ability to manipulate the outcome will improve as he becomes more aware of his powers, which also manifests in things like snapping to open the door of the TARDIS.
The canon of the Time War is time-lockedIt's not just in-universe: the reason we've seen so few expanded universe works dealing with the Time War is that its events are as inaccessible to the writers as they are to the characters. This is why we haven't been able to 'travel' to the Eighth Doctor's regeneration into the Ninth. Our understanding of the Time War is exactly the same as that of most species in the universe: we know it happened, we could name some events and participants, but we're unable to observe it directly to any significant degree.
Everything is canonEverything that's in every single episode, novel, comic, audio and even the film is canon. Including the Curse of Fatal Death. As characters like the the Time Lords and the Time Agency move throughout time, they're forever changing the course of history. This could be small things like changing when the Doctor first met the Daleks to how Time Lords reproduce. A Us are canon in the Whoniverse, so even if something isn't canon in whichever Dr Who work you're currently enjoying, it is canon somewhere else.
The Doctor is one of the EndlessHe is the anthropermophic personifercation of Deus Ex Machina. After all he is a god in a machine.
The last regeneration of a timelord is their last because they hit a negative "age"The Doctor gets younger with every regeneration, starting from the very old first Doctor and all the way down to the youngest actor yet. Additional regenerations can be "acquired" by aging naturally (or having an accelerated aging effect).
The Doctor and the Tardis got married some time during the series.It's possible.
There's a Time Lord named "The Batchelor" and he's an epic fail.In the UK (dunno about other countries), the three levels of univerity degrees you can attain are "Batchelor", which is the basic university-level qualification; "Master", which is a higher qualification and 'Doctorate', the highest degree level that gives you the title of "Doctor". Anyway, to actually get to the point, the Doctor is (arguably) the most awesome character in the show, beating baddies and generally winning stuff. The Master is much less successful, usually being absolutely humiliated on the brink of victory. One thing I've learned through watching Doctor Who is that a coincidence is NEVER just a coincidence. No matter what. Therefore, there is another Time Lord around somewhere, named The Batchelor. And he is not only Genre Blind, but also made of Epic Fail.
The Batchelor is the reason why the Doctor always has to fix history.Wherever Batchelor goes, because of his Fail he will end up setting history out of the original flow. Like "Voyage of the Damned". Batchelor brought the owner of Titanic to the idea of crashing the cruiser. Or prior to "Alien of London" he inspired them to their buisnessplan of destroying Earth.
The inconsistencies with The Doctor's Age are due to his lying about his age out of vanity.This would be the easiest explanation as to why he claims to be just over 900 as the New Series starts, but was 953 during Time and the Rani.
The inconsistencies with The Doctor's Age are due to his changing how he keeps track of his age.Astronomically speaking, a year on one planet is highly unlikely to be the same length as a year on another planet, since one year is the length of time it take a planet to complete an orbit around its' star. Given that, there are a few possibilities of how The Doctor might keep track of his age. 1) Earth Years 2) Gallifreyian Years 3) Intergalactic Standard Years (assuming all the civilized planets have an agreed upon standard as to what constitutes a year)
The Doctor's name is Sweetie.Self-explanatory if you're familiar with River Song.
Alternatively... The Doctor's name is Jelly Baby.The Fourth's obsession with the little candies stems from the fact that they share the same name and was also him suggesting, subtly, that the people he offers the little candies to that they need a little bit of him, in both ways that could be taken. Flash forward to when the Doctor tells River Song his name, she finds it hilarious that he has the same name as a candy and starts to call him sweetie because of it. Jump back to River Song revealing that she knows his name and Ten mentioning there is only one reason he would reveal his name, it is because he is embarrassed by his name and doesn't want people to know that he has the same name as a candy.
The series (especially later episodes) is an AU of Peter Pan.To start off, we have the title character who never grows up (technically, the Doctor ages but incredibly slowly; and regenerates into a younger form every time he dies, effectively gaining immortality). Even the Fourth Doctor has said that there's no point in growing up if you can't be childish sometimes. Before the story begins, the main character runs away from home and meets a magical creature (the TARDIS could be compared with Tinkerbell) who gives him the ability to "fly," or travel through time and space. Occasionally they pick up a few hitchhikers (Lost Boys/companions) and have wild, fantastical adventures while thwarting the evil schemes of the murderous army (pirates/Daleks) and their ruthless, handicapped leader (Hook/Davros). Oh, there's more — Tinkerbell and the TARDIS are both imagined as women, and both are scornful of his temporary companions (it is implied in Peter Pan that adventures like Wendy's have happened before) and possessive of the protagonist. A protagonist who, though doomed to be separated from normal humans because of his unusual life cycle, enjoys bringing mortals to his magical world of adventure, excitement, and of course, pirates. Yet this is also the tragedy of Peter, and the Doctor — no matter how much fun they have, in the end, his friends always want to grow up. Leaving the protagonist alone once more, with only his unkillable nemesis and the faithful affections of his eternal pixie-and-or-type-40 friend.
The Doctor is making a conscious effort to appear younger.He's starting to feel the weight of hundreds of years and wants to be youthful again, in a midlife crisis sort of way. This contrasts with Ten's mention of his early incarnations "trying to be old and important, like you do when you're young" in "Time Crash." All Time Lords have the power to will themselves to be younger during regeneration (see The Master), but the (chronologically) older ones, like Rassilon have again decided that they need to be "old and important," or perhaps have not regenerated in a long time.
The Eighth Doctor died at the hands of a massive meth overdose......inflicted by The Black Glove. (I wasn't sure which of those things to put after the other.) Anyway, I got this idea after noting that while the Doctor has always been eccentric and lively to certain degrees, the last three in particular have been increasingly ooh-what's-that energetic. Now rather than being, say, the result of rising standards in the media of what can hold our attention as a quirky, quick-thinking hero, or something to that effect, a friend of mine (not too up on Doctor Who) suggested offhandedly that he had discovered meth. Now, of course, our friend the Doctor would never turn to drugs like that, but what of a sinister organization known for weaponizing drugs and using them to push the boundaries of succeeding at killing the hero? Well, that it should be the villains of a comic I've never read is strangely-fitting icing on the cake, but the point is he died of too many uppers and is still working through it.
The Doctor is a Charm PersonThink about it. People who have just met him begin to trust him with their lives despite the fact he is very, very odd. He often talks his way out of dangerous situations easily. Amy Pond also should not trust the Doctor the way she seems to at times in the Beast Below. And Rory filps from "You make people a danger to themselves!" to "We can't just leave you!" in half an hour. He could easily be giving off some low level telepathic signal that encourages people to believe and trust in him.
The Doctor absorbed the Master's personalityupon the latter's death in The End of Time. This is why his regeneration was so destructive: the Master was fighting to get out, or at least take over the body, and this inner struggle was projected onto the TARDIS, causing it to need to regenerate as well (alternatively, see below). The Dream Lord was a hybrid personality composed of both the Doctor and the Master, and will become the Valeyard.
The TARDIS is...a Time Lord. Wait, don't hit me, at least let me explain! The TARDIS is a biological machine grown by the Gallifreyans, correct? Now, what if the title of "Time Lord" is not a name for their race, but instead for any being with a heightened consciousness and time senses? Gallifrey has an effect on beings born on it, which is why the Gallifreyans are Time Lords; this effect also causes their biotech to become Time Lords, as well. When the TARDIS' interior was destroyed during Ten's regeneration, that was actually because the TARDIS was regenerating at the exact same time. This also explains why the TARDIS looks different at the start of the new series (it does, doesn't it? I haven't seen classic Doctor Who): it regenerated.
The Doctor regenerates because of MushiThe golden sparks coughed out by the newly "cooking" Doctor are very similar to the spores coughed out by those effected by some forms of Mushi (Obscure and ludicrous but just crazy enough to be considered).
River Song is the MasterIt would explain a lot. We've never proven Time Lords can't regenerate into a different gender...
Sometime during 11 or 12's run, we will have "The Four Doctors" special.If I Recall correctly, there have been Two, Three, and Five Doctor episodes, but not Four. It will include his Ninth through Eleventh incarnations. The last one will either be Eighth (during Eleventh's run) or Twelfth (during his own run).
River Song is Miss FrizzleSee?
The Doctor likes the letter R.Romana, Rose, River... He likes those R-named girls. That's why he didn't go after Martha or Amy or Jack. Their names didn't begin with R... Rory might be in trouble, though.
The Doctor's more questionable actions have a reasonThey're to prevent The Valeyard from becoming TOO powerful, or maybe even trying to keep him from existing. Obviously this failed/will fail/ fails.
There will be no ValeyardHe appeared in one story and hasn't even been hinted at since. By Doctor Who standards, that makes him a reasonably minor villain. Plus, there's very little to do with him. The Doctor has his dark could-be selves in the Master and the Dream Lord. Writing-wise all the Valeyard's bases have been thoroughly covered, and using him would be redundant.
After the Doctor's final regeneration, there will still be a Time Lord running around.Because Donna Noble will regenerate after her death and become a Time Lord.
"Hlynia" is Menopteran for "Donna".It is known that Humanity made contact with the Isop Galaxy at some point, and Donna was one of the most famous people in the history of the universe. It is also known that the Menoptera distort Human names.
Memories and Multi-Doctor Stories: An Explanitory TheoryEvery time the Doctor meets himself, his later selves don't remember the adventure from the perspective of their past selves. This is not simply to serve the story, nor is it because they're acting out what they saw their future (now current) selves do (that only happens in the event of a 'Time Crash', which I'll expand upon momentarily). It is instead because they won't remember the adventure from any perspective until the latest temporal incarnation has experienced it. This is one of the things the Time Lords regulate when bending the First Law of Time. For example, in "The Five Doctors", logically Two, Three, and Five should know that Borusa's behind the whole thing and as such prevent the Castellan's death, at the very least. Instead, they don't realize what's going on until after Five has discovered the treachery. Nor do Two or Three know what solution One is going to come up with for Rassilon's riddle because they haven't heard their past self say it yet. Why is this the case? To prevent paradoxes and protect the universe from shorting itself out, of course! (See "Father's Day" for more details on what would happen otherwise.) As for how the memories work when there's no one regulating them, we need look no further than the poor old Brigadier's misadventure in "Mawdryn Undead". His 1983 self doesn't remember at first, mostly because he shorted out part of his brain when his 1977 self touched his 1983 self (though his 1983 self hasn't been touched by his 1977 self yet), but upon re-meeting the Doctor, he starts to get vague memories as well as a discomfort with facing knowledge of his own future. Would Time Lords be more or less susceptible to this? I'd wager 'more' since they are more aware of the shape of Time itself. Now, while we're discussing the Brig's own personal paradox, I think we should look into the Blinovich Limitation Effect. This is the discharge of temporal energy that occurs in an uncontrolled meeting between a person and themself from a different point in their own timeline. It has been theorised (and demonstrated in "Father's Day") that such a discharge would be catastrophic. This brings up the question of why the Brig didn't destroy the universe when he touched his temporal double. The fact is that had it not been for the mutants' machine being prepared to siphon off a large amount of temporal energy already, the blast would've been far more catastrophic. This is a digression from the main point, however. As for the companions in such scenarios, I suspect their memories are purposely clouded as well. This isn't an issue in "The Three Doctors" or "The Five Doctors" since Jo was traveling with the latest Doctor in the former, and all companions were taken out of time concurrent to Five's timeline in the latter (aside from Ramona, but she was stuck in the time vortex, so that's a moot point for her). In the case of Rich Morris's brilliant fan comic "The Ten Doctors", however, things are a bit stickier as nearly every companion comes from a time before Ten's part in the timeline, so were they to remember, they'd discuss the adventure with their Doctor and he'd act to prevent many of his own future selves' mistakes next time around causing a universe-destroying paradox. Therefore, until further evidence is shown, I'll assume that companions' minds are clouded from the memories until after the latest Doctor at the time of the story has passed it in their timelines. Now, a Time Crash (as seen in the mini-episode of the same name) is an uncontrolled meeting and as such, the memories are left unaffected since they are required to create a closed paradox. The result of a Time Crash is that knowledge is created spontaneously as you need to witness your future self knowing what to do in order to know what to do when you become them. While this results in a shorter, more intelligently managed situation, it increases the risk of catastrophe since Time has cracked and your meeting with yourself is the result. If you don't solve the problem and repair the crack very quickly, Time will shatter. The Time Lords struggle to prevent such occurances, which is why none happen until Ten's timeline after they've been Time-Locked. As for Five, he's only there because Ten remembers being there when he was him.
There is no natural limit to how often a Time Lord can regenerate.There is nothing naturally stopping a Time Lord from regenerating more then 13 times, that limit was placed on them by themseleves somehow. Either Time Lord society as a whole, or the rulling council impossed a limit on regenerations, the reasons for this could be any, or any combination of several, ranging from population controll, averting Who Wants to Live Forever?, limiting overly rediculous behaviour, making Time Lords a bit more sympathetic to non-immortals, even just straight up so they can better control other Time Lords by removing/extending there regenerations left. This explains how they would be able to grant The Doctor's remaing regnerations to the Valeyard, grant The Master new ones during the Time War. All it would take is for them to alter whatever machanic they put in place to limit regenerations in the first place. Now that the rest of the Time Lords are gone The Doctor either is no longer under this limitation (even if he doesn't know it), or will find a way to remove it prior to what he things will be his final death.
Slender Man is one (or a few) of the SilenceRelated to the above, but taken a step further. At the end of the second part, the Doctor splices shots of one of the Silence into the moon landing footage, shots of it saying "You should kill us on sight." Humanity proceeds to kill them, but some survive. These survivors are the Slender Man. This explains why he/it/they kill people (revenge), how there's one in Iraq (Just Another Fool) while apparently silmultaneously at least two in the US. For every Slender Man blog out there, the people writing it have their own Silence following them around, waiting to kill them or drive them mad with something they can't quite explain.
The being locked inside the Pandorica... is the DoctorMost likely a future incarnation (perhaps the Valeyard?). It's stated to be "The most feared being in the cosmos", and honestly, what else can you think of that would cause Daleks, Cybermen, Sycorax and a bajillion other evil races to unite against? Obviously, defeating it somehow involves blowing up evil future Doctor's TARDIS which results in the Big Bang that led to the Time Cracks. Status: that was the plan, anyhow. Didn't work out.
The Doctor's final regeneration will be ginger.
Ostriches really did have fifty-foot wingspans and fire breath.Or rather, they will in the future- what, you think the ostrich is going to go on for billions of years without any evolutionary changes and/or humans fiddling with genetics?
The Doctor has never lied about his ageHe has, however, defined it in terms of the years of planets with increasingly long orbits.
The Dalek language is syllabic.Like Japanese, basically. Explains their MAN. NER. OF. SPEA. KING.
The Doctor was never called "The Doctor" until the first episode.Watch the first episode. At no point does he or his granddaughter Susan ever say that he's the Doctor. At first, Ian and Barbara call him Doctor Foreman with him replying "Eh? Doctor who?" which leads them to start calling him "The Doctor". Once that happened, The Doctor figured he'd just go along with it since he liked it.
Things like the Valeyard are exactly why the Time Lords enforced regeneration limits in the first place.They noticed that after a certain amount of regenerations (13), they started getting crazy/evil "side effects." The higher-ups figured out the maximum amount of regenerations an average Time Lord can have without completely losing it (12) and put in place whatever technology stops regenerations after the 12th time so that they can't regenerate a 13th time. The problem is that they figured the average, which of course would not be true for every single Time Lord- some might get their evil self sooner (like after the 12th instead).
The Doctor was not one of the ones who "ran away"When he looked into the Untempered Schism, he was one of the "inspired" but just happened to also run away, so he believes himself to fit into the latter group.
Romana prefers "Fred" for a reason.When Romanadvoratrelundar chooses "Fred" over "Romana", could it be due to "Fred" resembling the "vorat" part?
The TARDIS nameSusan claims that she invented the name Time And Relative Dimensions In Space in the very first episode of the classic series. However, it is referred to as such numerous times by older time lords, and presumably, they wouldn't use a name made up from english words, since they speak gallifreyan. The explanation is simple : prior to the Doctor's first visit to earth, such thing as a time and space travelling machine was unheard of and thus didn't have a name in english. The TARDIS picked up the name Susan invented and updated the dictionary database used by the translation software. But, why did Susan had to come up with a name ? The way she says it suggest she didn't make it up on the spot when Barbara asked about it. The answer is, she was probably trying to make friends with her classmates, showed the TARDIS to some of them and therefore had to come up with a name (and they ran away in fright and utter disbelief, possibly even scared away on purpose by that cranky old man). Presumably, the gallifreyan name is not translatable, too long and pompous, not indicative enough, or alternatively, means the exact same thing in gallifreyan and all she did was translate it and give it a catchy acronym.
Time lords experience time backwards, the Tardis allows them to experience time forward like the rest of the universe.The time lords experience their lives backwards.
The regeneration of Tenth Doctor into Eleventh Doctor was especially violent because Ten was holding it in for so longSelf explanatory. He's never held it in for that long before, and he's never blown the TARDIS up with his regeneration producing long streams of fire before, so the two facts are probably related. Presumably holding a regeneration in like that causes the regeneration energy to build up the whole time you hold it in, so when it is unleashed, its more energetic proportional to how long it is held in.
If the Doctor's real name is ever revealed......it's going to be Hu. Admit it, it will be hilarious.
River Song WILL kill Eleven.What if she DOES kill Eleven, but it’s a Dumbledore/Snape thing? In order to save [insert people here], he has to regenerate. If he’s totally alone with her, and so that things happen the way that they need to, he tells her his name so that Ten will know to trust her. That gives her time beforehand to gallivant around with him, learn about the TARDIS’ brakes, gain possession of his screwdriver, “kill” him… and she could just be flirting with him the whole time simply because she wants him, not because she's his wife.
River Song is actually the final incarnation of either Iris Widlthyme or Romana.I personally find the idea of Iris having her poor TARDIS battered beyond repair by the Last Great Time War and having to learn to live like a normal human without copious amounts of vodka rather hilarious, but I'll settle for her being actually Romana, knowing about TARDISes and the screwdriver tech full well enough in either case. The whole "killing the best man I ever knew" is going to be a convoluted mess, very likely involving a last hope for averting the fate of the Time Lords.
The Doctor is the reason why deadlock seals exist.Every single civilization in the universe that ever independently invented the deadlock seal did so with a shared goal: keeping a weird bloke with a blue box out of something.
The Doctor is really a Ctan in disguise.He's the Deceiver. The TARDIS is his personal vessel. He's facilitating the Pariah breeding program.
Humans fall into the Doctor's Uncanny Valley.We all know that the Doctor is (mostly) completely non-sexual, despite humans looking identical to Time Lords. This is because Time Lords have certain additional "psychic attributes" which are responsible for attracting mates, which humans completely lack (like how color and pattern is used to attract mates in some animals). So the Doctor possibly sees humans as slightly creepy Time Lord imitations. Maybe fun to adventure with but plain Squicky to do anything else with.
The Doctor is responsible for the "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" wedding memeNot intentionally, mind, the meme is just the result of someone remembering and writing down a piece of his usual rambling when he arrived at a wedding several hundred years ago in the TARDIS. It came in handy later, but was just an accident at the time.
The Valeyard is the result of another hand!Doctor incident in the future.This one is accidental, like regeneration entry leaking into a nail clipping. He has no one like Rose to guide him onto the right track, and he is not happy about his human lifespan and wants to take it out on the privileged bastard, timey-wimey paradox be damned. Whatever got him through the Time Lock couldn't have helped matters, either.
The Doctor is the origin of every Healer-Priest religion in the universeImagine it: you are somewhat primitive cave-dwellers. A monster comes. But some weird bloke shows up too, and saves your tribe from it. His name in your language translates to "The Healer" or "The Medicine Man", because 'doctor' is really a fairly modern term. He is your savior, and then he vanishes into the Heavens. Voila! Instant religion.
The TARDIS is not sentientImagine you're The Doctor. You ran way from your home planet when you were young. You have been alone for centuries, have only had the company of some members of another species who only have a fraction of your life span and your IQ; later you kill your entire species. Sooner or later you're going to try to find companionship with this thing that has been there all your life and has defined you for centuries; this is why he talks more about it being alive as the series goes on. Like the football in Cast Away.
River is going to kill... Rory
The Doctor is, wants to be or will become/pose as a vampire
The only fixed points in time are the ones a time traveller is personally involved inTo but it another way, you can't go to any event you are involved in, or you interfere with your own present. This is why the Doctor can't change the eruption of Pompeii (he already caused it) but can stop Sutekh from destroying the world (it isn't connected to his own past). This ensures that effect follows cause, so time can exist without paradox. Also the stem of the "never cross personal time stream" rule.
The Doctor gets younger at each regeneration because he's dying with more and more pent-up life force.His first incarnation lived hundreds of years, didn't it? His further incarnations might well have lived hundreds or thousands, but they each died after only a few years each. The leftover goes into rejuvenating him so that, barring feats of derring-do, he'll live almost as long total as he might have otherwise.
Regenerating is part of Timelord PubertyTimelords are born and during their first generation age similarly to, though at a much slower rate than, humans. Hence the young Doctor and Master shown in The Sound of Drums. Upon reaching a certain age they start regenerating, on a cycle or whenever injured. Each regeneration tends to be younger in appearance and more libidinous than the last, though not as an absolute rule. After 13 regenerations a Timelord has reached sexual maturity, and will continue to age at the "normal" rate but will not regenerate again. Of course this all takes so long and it's so hard to get enough mature Timelords in one area at a time to effectively propagate the species that a bunch of first generation Timelords, not seeing the point, said "Screw it, (or not) we're gonna be asexual" and came up with a better way to procreate through science.
The Time Lords gave everybody increased regenerations during the WarWe know from the old series that they can give more regenerations than the usual 13; sometimes they need to take them from somebody else, but given the casualties, deserters, and psychological breakdowns associated with war, that isn't going to be much of a problem for people like the Time Lords. The Doctor was among those who got an increased regeneration count, which is why he now claims to have a total count of 507.
The Doctor aided in bringing down Osama bin Laden.Proof? One of the Navy SEAL teams that raided Osama's compound captured a trove of computer drives and disks, yeilding a lot of important intelligence. They reported the capture with a pre-arranged signal: “Geronimo!”
The 12 regenerations thing is still canon and The Doctor used a regeneration up creating handy.The Proof? In The Next Doctor, when 10 meets Jackson Lake, calling himself The Doctor, 10 exclaims that 'he must be the next one. Or the next but one.' This would be incarnation 11 or 12, because there can no longer be a 13th.
As a compromise in Amy and Rorys new bedroomThey have a king sized bunk bed. http://images.vrbo.com/vrbo/images/2f5bbb They exist
Tardises don't break down, they evolve.Although we've always been under the impression that the Doctor's Tardis is an out of date reject, this has never seemed to be true, as his just gets more powerful and displays more and more unexpected abilities. We know Tardises are alive and can grow and repair, so how could the Doctor's ever be a broken reject? Tardises weren't taken in to be tuned up, they were taken in to be tuned down and keep their capabilities in check, and then scrapped when it looked they were getting a little bit too sentient. This would mean that the Doctor's Tardis isn't a flying screapheap, but, due to it's extended period of unchecked growth, more powerful than anything the Time Lords ever cranked out.
Tardises regenerate along with their Time Lord.Besides the internal changes, which were somewhat explained in The Doctor's Wife, the Tardis' personality also changes in the same manner as a Time Lord, possibly even one intentionally compatable with their owner. It would explain the simularities between 11 and Idris and be a handy Hand Wave should someone write the Tardis differently at a later time. (As well as what's already happened in the Expanded Universe.)
Trakenites live approximately as long as a single Gallifreyan regeneration.That is why the 14th Master had only aged as much as the 7th Doctor by the time the Fell Saltshakers blasted him in the TV Movie.
The Silence were in the Library.Think about it.
Dorium's species is not naturally blueRather, its either a skin condition, the side-effect of a disease he has, or a natural consequence of unhealthy living. His saying that the doctor can't need him because he's blue isn't saying that the doctor only needs species that look exactly like Time Lords, but that the fact that he's been turned blue should indicate that he's less than useful.
Time Lords change sex during regeneration based on the sex of the people around them.Certain fish change into the opposite sex of the fish around them. This keeps the male-female ratio balanced. Time Lords have a similar adaptation. The reason the Doctor keeps regenerating into a male is because most of his companions are females.
The Last Great Time War was the first event after the Big BangTwo civilizations with time travel technology are at war. Civilization D launches an attack on Civilization G on Friday afternoon. The forces of G go back to Friday morning to pre-empt it. So D goes back to Wednesday, prompting G to launch a counterstrike the preceding Monday. As this goes on history is subtly rewritten, causing collateral damage to pan-dimensional beings and those that feed off temporal energy. Eventually every surviving fighter will arrive at the one moment in history which cannot be preempted; the first instant following the Big Bang in which the universe is big enough and cool enough to safely contain the combatants. In the post Time War continuity it is this epoch in which the final clash between the Time Lords and the Daleks took place, and which has been time-locked by the Doctor. Non-living remnants of these civilizations which survived down the ages informed advanced civilizations of these events, while beings that exist outside of normal time experienced it as another part of their "history."
The reason many Time Lords hid their names was to protect their childhood selves. How did they do it? By dying.While most Time Lords are "dry, dusty intellectuals" as one villain put it, their wanderings and occasional interference could still gain them powerful enemies. And when is a time traveller most vulnerable? During their youth, before they became a time traveler. So after looking into the Untempered Schism and spending a few years, decades or centuries at the Gallifreyan equivalent of Hogwart's, young candidates for the rank of Time Lord are taken in large batches somewhere outside of time and space to face an ultimate trial by fire. The only way to "survive" is to die and successfully regenerate for the first time. When the remaining students emerge they are literally unrecognizable, full-fledged Time Lords. All ties to their childhood are cut, their names are replaced with titles of their choosing, and they are assigned to a TARDIS crew and sent on research missions. The only place in the universe that contains a record of their childhood is inside their head. And they guard that final secret above all else, because to tell it to anyone who won't protect it as intensely as them is to risk being wiped from existence and rewriting the timeline. The issue of powerful enemies is particularly relevant to three individuals: The Doctor, The Master, and one of the few Time Lords who's name is actually known; Rassilon, who by all accounts was just too scary to mess with. After all he was the "final boss" of the Tenth Doctor's tenure.
The "drums" heard by the Master is a twisted version of the "Doctor Who" themeOn the last day of the Time War Rassilon broadcast the sound of a Time Lord's heart beats into the vortex so it would reach the Master no matter where he was in time and space, loud and insistent enough to drive him insane. These four notes are also the bass line for the show's theme music, usually shown against a backdrop of the vortex. doo doo doo doo, doo doo doo doo, doo doo doo doo, doo doo doo doo, doo doo doo doo...
The Sontaran clone race is a warrior caste Gone Horribly Wrong.Okay, here's my theory. Millennia ago, the Sontarans and Rutans started their war. The Rutans were surpisingly overpowering, and the Sontarans needed to deal with them. So what did they do? Make their army proud warrior clones of their finest men with no fear of death. However they were too good at military strategies, and quickly overran Sontar. Over time, this has led them to lose sight of why their fighting, focusing on the glory. Why are there no women Sontarans? Sontar is sexist.
the Haitches were devoured by the crack in Aemilia's wall.
Timelord DNA is as adhesive as superglueThe Doctor kisses Martha so the Judoon's mouth-scan declares her in-human, and this is sufficient to fool the device. More notably, Lucy Saxon's lips apparently could provide enough of the Master's DNA to bring him back quite a while after she last kissed him. Maybe to do with the fact that Timelords are designed to live long lives?
Rory is part Time LordWhy else would he be able to come back to life so many times?
The Master's drums alter with enough time.Self-explanatory, really. This is why the Master never showed signs of the drums back in the Classic series (out-universe, it's because Russel T Davies wants). Before becoming the villain we know and love, the drums would have been subtle. During the last of his original regenerations, they shifted into high gear. To the Master's mind, they sounded something like "You will rule all" or "Master of All." So the Master planned to do that. The first time he came back to life via Grand Theft Me, the drums became louder. This caused the Master to become more open about it. The sheer Large Ham and camp nature of the TV Movie Master is the result of yet another resurrection. When the Time Lords resurrected the Master, this caused the drums to become full-circle. Alternatively, the drums have been getting louder and more noticable as his personal timestream nears "The End of Time", where he finally snaps enough for it to be used by the Time Lords.
Faction Paradox is responsible for continuity errors.Self-explanatory, really. Their devotion to create paradoxes has royally screwed up parts of the continuity. Examples include the "Looming" origin(despite the fact Eleven has a cot) and the Eight Doctor's timeline.
Time Lords were conscripted in the Time War.Hence why none of them survived. All Time Lords not on Gallifrey or taking a vacation anywhere were summoned to the very beginning of the Time War. This was done by the Time Lords because a) they needed everyone they could get and b) it was the beginning. If anyone refused, they were fed to House. Indeed, House may be one of the monsters created during the Time War-thrown back half a million years to avoid suspicion. This is the reason why the Master used a Chameleon Circuit: humans weren't part of the Time War, so his Yana personality could get out.
Time Lords change their name in the Academy.Hence why the Doctor is referred to this, even by his fellow Time Lords. When a Time Lord passes the Academy, they change their name. This is a common practice, and fellow Time Lords hide their original names. Only those closest to them know. "Doctor" is his Academy name. The real mystery is his birth name.
Time Lords change their names to protect themselves from CarrionitesBefore the Cybermen, the Daleks, and just about everybody else, before they even figured out Time Travel, there was an epic war between the Gallifreyan and the Carrionites. Gallifreyan warriors adopted new names to do battle, so they could not be magicked, and when the Carrionites lost, it brought on the dominance of science as we know it, instead of magic. After the war had passed into legend, the tradition of taking a new name was continued.
Mello is the child of the Doctor and River Song
Mello is a Time Lord. (It's already on the Time Lord WMG page, I am just posting a logical conclusion.)
The Doctor's true age.Given that the TARDIS said that they had been travelling for a good 700 years, we know he's older than that. To calculate his age, you'd need to add the amount of time a Time Lord can live naturally, before exhausting their first incarnation. We know that they can live centuries. During the Leisure Hive, being aged 500 years made the Doctor old. Thus, the current Doctor is at the very least in his 1300s. He has chosen to be 900-ish because of some Noodle Incident, the Time War ate centuries off his life, or just liked to feel younger.
Gallifrey is locked in a linear time stream
The Literary Agent Hypothesis is correct, and is in fact why The Doctor habitually picks up Companions from years in which the show is being broadcastThe Doctor sells his stories to the BBC, and, in exchange, the BBC makes sure ex-Companionsnote get enough royalties to live comfortably on and are looked after if need be.
The Time War has fundamentally screwed up the Eighth Doctor's timeline.While the Time War itself could not be altered, that doesn't mean everything before it wasn't. The radical alterations to history would've affected even the Time Lords' own histories. One of the most affected was the renegade Time Lord, the Doctor. Given his experience on other planets, it could amount to a lot. Since the Eighth Doctor was the one who entered the Time War, it altered his history the most.
Wilf really is the Doctor's father.Some time during the Seventh Doctor's lifespan, the Doctor's father vanished. Everyone assumed he died, but in reality it was a Noodle Incident with a Chameleon Arch. Wilf was likely reverted to an child, and spent his time growing up on Earth. It would explain how the Mysterious Woman, who Russell confirmed as the Doctor's mother, could know Wilf so well. In order to find him, she may have used a Chameleon Arch as well. I add that only to finally explain the "half-human on my mother's side" thing.
The Master is in the closet.It's clear as day.
All actors, who played the Doctor, are not actorsThey really are the Doctor. The reason he can be seen in other shows is that he's trying to wave to us out of Television and Audio Books.
The show Doctor Who is run by the MasterIt's all a scheme to distract the brightest young minds of each generation from doing their homework, so they won't grow into potential members of the Resistance against his universe domination. We know it works because you're here, so desperate for more Who that you're reading this, and not doing whatever you should be doing. But why, you ask, would the Master make the Doctor the hero of the show? Because the Master is a Card-Carrying Villain, aware that it's much easier to write what you know and recount actual happenings. BUT each actor who plays the Doctor has actually been a near twin of some regeneration of the Master, and vice versa for the actors of various villains looking like actual regenerations of the Doctor. Thus, if a fan were to meet the real Master, they would react as though he were the Doctor they knew and loved, and if they met the true Doctor, they would mistrust and fear him. Because the Master is Crazy-Prepared!
The Eighth Doctor pulled the trigger on the Time LordsHaving to go from dashing adventurer to soldier was very likely an upsetting process. He went through as much if not more trauma than any other incarnation, and became even more disillusioned, if that were possible, with his fellow Gallifeyans. When "the Moment" came, the only thing that gave him pause was wondering if he could live with himself after killing his own people; he went through with it when he realized that, technically, he wouldn't HAVE to. The battle Nine was born in was the last of the Time War. This also explains why
The Companions don't care nearly as much about the Doctor as he cares about them.I can't be the only one who's noticed that whenever one of the Doctor's friends gets the slightest bit hurt (like when Rory got knocked down in "The God Complex," the Doctor always comes running like a mother trying to protect her babies. But whenever the Doctor himself gets hurt (and he usually gets more seriously injured then his friends do), the companions are upset, but almost never to the point of running over and checking on him, unless they think he's about to die or something. I admitedly haven't seen much of the classic series at all, so it may have been different then. I'm also a little hazy as to if they were protective of him during RTD's years (I remember in "Utopia" that Jack grabbed the Doctor to keep him from falling when they opened that door that lead to a dead drop, though). And yes, I know Rory died to save him from getting shot in "Cold Blood," but like I said, it's not that they want him to die- they very much don't. But they don't care about him getting injured much at all.
The Doctor is a Space Master......and the Police Box is his DARSIT.
Time Locks happen when time gets to wibbilyTo many instances of crossing timelines, and the universe says F it
Inspector Spacetime was the show that was premiering during Remembrance of the Daleks.Though it sounds like the announcer is about to say "Doctor Who", it's actually just the name of the first actor, whose name happens to start with sounds somewhat like "Doctor".
Doctor Who? will be asked right before Matt Smith's end as the Doctor.It will be asked at the Fall of the Eleventh. Silence must/will fall, or The Doctor must/will die after it is asked. The question will be asked, the eleventh doctor will fall/die. None of these would be prophets mention regeneration, do they?
Susan Foreman is the daughter of the Doctor and River Song.I'm frankly surprised at not seeing this theory earlier on the list here.
The show isn't fictional; it's a dramatization of events which occurred in another dimension.Obviously our world is another alternate universe that is somehow sealed up and completely separated from the Whoniverse...well, almost completely. Some people from the Whoniverse came here through a rift and, knowing that people would never believe their crazy stories, created Doctor Who in order to subliminally warn people about what lay in the other universe. That way, if another rift ever opens and aliens start pouring in, the loyal and informed fans will know what to do.
The Doctor is a Goa'uld.The REAL Doctor whom the show is based on is a Goa'uld who took Janus (the inventor of Time Travel in the Gateverse) as host. Proof? You need proof? Okay... well that seems reasonable for such an outrageous claim:
Omega is the Could Have Been King.Omega could have been the head honcho of the Time Lords, but ended up being thrown into an antimatter universe, supposedly by Rassilon himself. While in his realm of nothingness, he built his army of Meanwhiles and Neverwheres (their names being plays on the idea of nonexistence) out of antimatter and jumped into the Time War to get back at his enemies while they were busy fighting.
The Cybermen from "Blood of the Cybermen", "The Pandorica Opens", "A Good Man Goes to War" and "Closing Time" are of Mondasian origin
Rassilon was possessed by MorgothWhen Morgoth was thought to have been cast through the Doors of Night, he actually went through The Time Lock and into the last days of the Time War. Because of his absurd power and Timey-Wimey Ball he was also able to possess Rassilon before the time lock and attempt to initiate the final sanction, which he knew would end his enemies back on Arda. Dagor Dagorath will be the hell that inevitably breaks loose when The Lock is broken (As it must be since The Master has Joker Immunity), The Doctor manages to stop the Final Sanction but not the return of the Time Lords and the war's other atrocities, and "Rassilon" brings the full force of the Last Great Time War to Arda to the greatest extent that he can. Eventually, because of his Time War related mucking about in Ardan history, the Free Peoples will develop space travel, Turin will siege The Citadel on Gallifrey (Any time travel related issues with it having been defeated because of captured technology and everyone being distracted by the Daleks) and slay "Rassilon" thus fulfilling the prophecy. Alternatively...
Death Comes to Time is canonical.The Doctor is clever; it's not outside the realm of possibility that he'd fake his own death to try and slip into obscurity. In fact, that's exactly what he did in series 6. Sort of.
Ace is Rory's motherWe never see Rory's parents (at least not yet) and Ace has apparently started a charity, but we don't know why she left.
Amy will die midway through Season 7.This series just gets bleaker and bleaker as it goes on. Moffat has dedicated his reign to shaking up the established Doctor Who tropes, so killing off a well-loved companion without some timey-wimey plot twist to bring them back just seems like the next logical step for the series, and with all of Rory's deaths so far, killing him again would just seem cheap.
The Doctor just kinda sucks at regenerating.So far, he's the only Time Lord we know who can't control his regenerations. We see that the Master, River, and Romana have all determined what they'll regenerate into beforehand. Romana goes as far as to regenerate multiple times without dying and the Master stopped his entirely one time, yet the Doctor always seems to get randomized results. Conclusion: he doesn't really have the whole process down.
The personality of each regeneration of the Doctor derives from how the First Doctor was at the time of his death.Think about it, at the time of his death, One had pretty much established himself as someone who will always do the right thing and defend against evil. This carries over into ALL his future regenerations. Some of their traits are different, but their core personality, which was One at the time of his death remains the same.
The Doctor will meet Susan Foreman, his granddaughter, one more time.He goes to visit her when he dies for real. His very first companion will also be his last.
River Song spent some time in New York City posing as a defense attorney called Ms. Pond.While there she used psychic paper to fake her law license. She came into conflict with the city’s Special Victims Unit a number of times. At first she did not know much about the American legal system leading to her clients getting railroaded by the police and the ADA’s, but she later took some time off to study law and became a much better lawyer.
The Weeping Angels are Fallen Angels.After they were cast out of heaven for their rebellion, the Demons were cast into hell but they weren't finished rebelling. They soon figured out how to posses living beings through sight and partially escaped into the universe by disguising themselves as religious carvings made by man.(Why else would they look like they're from the bible if they're supposedly an alien race?) This wasn't a complete victory however, God knew what they were planning and gave his creations a subconscious defense mechanism and made it so any demon that has ever been observed by anything including themselves,would be trapped in the universe and hell simultaneously, forever dooming their efforts to invade heaven again.
The Doctor will one day die, get trapped in another universe, get Time-Locked, hide away in his Tardis for all eternity, etc.It's inevitable. If he literally lived forever, then eventually he would be forced to visit every single point in space and time. If the effects of crossing his own timestream don't destroy him or the universe, eventually all of the vacuum of space would be filled with regenerations of the Doctor. Thus, something has to happen that stops his travels.
Time Lords and Tardises evolved symbiotically.It has been stated that Tardises are grown, not built (and said many times that they're alive). It's also been shown that Time Lord characteristics can be easily developed simply from exposure to the Time Vortex (but beware of sprouting Time Heads), plus, as a bonus, at least the Doctor's Tardis has sentience and a "soul." Following from that, we can assume that wild Tardises, or at least components of them (the final product may be an artificial lichen-like creature), may have evolved naturally on Gallifrey. Maybe Tardises gave shelter or food to the Gallifreayans eons ago, perhaps so effectively that they were given complete protection from predators, thus boosting their development of civilization. As both species were exposed to the natural time anomalies on the planet, they developed some of their weird capabilities. When they became sentient (and Tardises may have influenced Gallifreyan culture), they were both artificially augmented to produce the state they're in today, with Tardises capable of uninhibited travel through time and Time Lords capable of piloting them. Of course, this only applies in the original metaphorical "trunk" of the branching tree of time, at the purest beginning of the universe. Inevitably, once the Gallifreyans became true Time Lords, they went back to the beginning of their history to learn how they began and also to meddle with it, teaching their past selves all the secrets of the future, giving themselves much more time to develop and evolve. They probably repeated this many times, each time superimposing the newer iteration over the previous one, until they reached pretty much the pinnacle of evolution and civilization (like the Chozo) and began to settle down.
The Doctor's last and most fearful opponent will be mankind itself.Considering the Doctor's affection for humans, it seems fitting to have him oppose it in a grand, spectacular way at some point. Basically, after one invasion too many, humans will look at the stars and say "well, fuck you too." Thanks to retroengineering various aliens' technologies, we'll get a massive technological boost, and then we'll abuse time travel for 1) speeding up our evolution and 2) implant in the mind of the first humans the fear and the hatred of everything not human. By the time the Doctor realizes something is really, really wrong, we'd have already enslaved and/or slaughtered every single sentient race in the universe, if not erasing them from existence before they can become a threat (Davros ? Killed before he engineered the Daleks. Mondas ? Torched before its inhabitants became Cybermen, etc etc). The only alien this brutal regime would respect would be the Doctor, as we know he's the only reason we survived for so long despite everything trying to kill us, but we'd still make everything in our power for stopping him from opposing us. Of course, the Doctor would be horrified to see his pet race succeed where the Daleks always failed and would try to stop this and bring back mankind on the right path... But on the other hand, he'd have to deal with the idea that we did reach our full potential, and that he did teach us that the universe is an extremely dangerous place for us.
There are two dimensions of time in the Whoniverse.Think of it this way. The first dimension of time is linear, unaltered time; the one the Doctor is in when he steps outside the TARDIS. This is what the TARDIS can move through. The second dimension of time is a bit trickier to explain. Let's take Amy Pond's parents as an example. Timeline A is the timeline in which Amy's parents existed, and always existed, and were never absorbed by the Time Field. Timeline B is the timeline in which they never existed, as they were erased by the Time Field. Timeline C is the timeline in which Amy's parents were returned to existence. Timeline D is the timeline in which the Doctor is brought back into existence. The version of Amy's wedding we see is in this timeline. The second dimension of time moves in that fashion, going from Timeline A, to Timeline B, to Timeline C, to Timeline D. TARDI Ss can't travel through it in a non-linear order, but they can be used to recreate earlier timelines artificially. Although the TARDIS wasn't used in the above example, what I mean is that Timeline C is almost a recreation of Timeline A, but with bits of Timeline B left over. This also explains why the Doctor and the Master always meet in the right order; their TARDI Ss are moving linerally on the same dimension, if you will.
The Light Bulb Theme in Season 7 is Building Up to a Really Creepy Mind Screw.Every episode so far has featured some problem with flickering light bulbs, and as we all know, the Weeping Angels depend on not being seen. What if it isn't just foreshadowing? Maybe the Angels have been here the WHOLE TIME. If that's not creepy enough, watch the new opening sequences in order. Each one is darker than the last.
William Shakespeare is a Time Lord.The different people reputed to be the "real" authors of Shakespeare's works are actually different regenerations of the same Time Lord, The Bard—they just keep traveling to the Elizabethan/early Jacobean era over & over again until he will have used up all 13 lives, making trips to places like Tyre, Athens, the Forest of Arden, Denmark, Scotland, etc. every once in a while to research a new play. And since Time Lords can always tell when they meet another Time Lord, why wouldn't the Doctor recognize him as such in that episode? The Bard was using a Chameleon Arch. Maybe to avoid the Time War.
The Doctor travels with companions and leaves them in the dark much of the time to avoid Fixed PointsAccording to Angels Take Manhattan, a Fixed Point is created when, due to time travel, you have foreknowledge of what happens. Therefore, it stands to reason that points are only Fixed with regard to specific individuals; what is Fixed for the experienced and knowledgeable Doctor won't necessarily be Fixed for the Companion. So, he purposefully takes companions with him so that, if and when there's a fixed point involved, he can have someone to nudge into changing things. He even practically admitted this to Amy in a deleted scene, where he tells her that he takes companions because everything that is old hat and boring to him is new to them.
The Doctor's first name is The and his last name is Doctor.It is so obvious that I can not believe that no one else considered this.
Susan Foreman is Jenny's daughter and River's granddaughter.Susan is the Doctor's granddaughter, and while that presumably makes her Gallifreyan, we never really see her exhibit any Gallifreyan traits (mainly because they hadn't been thought of yet, but she hasn't even exhibited them when appearing in non-canon works); this, combined with the fact that she's the same age she appears, makes her ostensibly human even if she isn't actually. We also have never met her parents, even though we've met other members of the Doctor's family. But what if we have and didn't realize it? What if her parents are Jenny and some future son of River's? This would give Susan Time Lord genetics inherited from Jenny and residual regeneration energy inherited from River, making her essentially a Time Lord, but her parents would be a human and an "echo" of a Time Lord (according to the Doctor), making her essentially human. So basically, she would be like a Time Lord/human Schroedinger's Cat. This would also make the Doctor her grandfather in two separate ways, neither of which are traditional.
The Doctor didn't have romantic relationships in the classic series because his wife was still alive......and she died in the Time War
The Tenth Doctor regenerated into the Valeyard during the events of The Stolen Earth/Journey's EndThe Doctor believed that diverting the energy into his severed hand prevented the Regeneration from doing more than healing him, but he was wrong. It subtly altered his mind, giving him the megalomaniacal tendencies of the Valeyard. This explains his darker turn during the 2009 Specials.
Alternatively, he didn't turn into the Valeyard but was negatively affected by Regenerating during a time of war, just like 10.5.
The Twelfth Doctor will be ginger......but he will only be alive for one episode (probably a Christmas Special), and regenerate into the Thirteenth Doctor at the end of the episode.
Mel Bush is some sort of incarnation of River SongSeen this theory floating around the internet; decided it deserves to be here. First of the similarities is in the (birth in River's case) names. Melody Pond, also known as "Mels", and Melanie "Mel" Bush. Barring the obvious similarity in first names, the surnames are also both four letter words relating to nature. They also both meet the Doctor in an out-of-order timeline. Thirdly, they both have ridiculously floofy hair. (One fault in this theory is their rather different characterisation - River being a Troubled, but Cute Good Bad Girl and Mel bordering on The Ingenue - but anyway.)
The Doctor has an Overly Long Name with an Embarrassing First Name and several Embarrassing Middle Names
What's the Doctor's favorite band?The Who
Our version of the Universe is a "perfected" version of the Whoniverse.After the Doctor will have used up all his regenerations in righting every wrong in the Universe that's not a fixed point in time, everything will be at peace in the grand scheme of things. The TARDIS will live on, though, telling stories about his adventures via psychic link to the BBC. Literary Agent Hypothesis, anyone?
The Doctor used to be evil.The reason he uses the name 'Doctor' is that he wants to forget bad things he did using his real name.
The TARDIS is kind of kinky.From "The Doctor's Wife" we know that she's not just sentient, but able to think almost at a human level(though has major Time Dissonance). Despite being the Doctor's effective wife, she has no problem with women flirting with the Doctor and the fact that the Doctor is "married" to(and probably shagged) River Song. Either she's fine with the Doctor being polygamist, or better yet she has a fetish for it. She finds the sexual tension between the Doctor and his companions a turn-on, especially the idea of a confusing as Time War threeway. Of course, since the TARDIS is an implied Eldritch Abomination who's less physically compatible to the Doctor than I am to the internet (though the idea of Doctor on TARDIS is so funny I'd go through a thousand Rule 34s to see it), it can't really express her desires normally, so she decided to just be a voyeur. I say this not just because of Rule of Funny, but Rule of SWEET JELLY BABIES I WISH I WAS HER!
The Doctor destroyed Gallifrey by speaking the Deplorable Word.Unable to think of another way to stop the Time War, the Doctor used this ancient and evil "magick" to freeze forever everyone involved. Then he had one of his companions ring the bell to wake him. Alternatively, the idea of the Doctor doing one thing on an old, red-sunned planet with a noble, stagnant culture to stop the fighting could simply have been INSPIRED by Charn... you know, in Russell T. Davies mind.
All media that involves or mentions time travel takes place in the Whoniverse.Dorium mentions that the Doctor's death became a fixed point in time because Lake Silencio is a "still point". This implies that fixed points in time can be created. Once created, they can't be altered. The Doctor has so much freedom in time travel because at the moment most time is in flux. More and more time will become fixed until, eventually, changing anything of the past will cause a paradox. That's why other time travelers in other media have to be more careful; they run a much greater risk of a paradox.
The entire thing is just one really, really elaborate Tabletop campaign.The players and DM just change a lot.
The Master is the Doctor's son.Look at the Third Doctor serial 'The Sea Devils' - after the Master is imprisoned, the Doctor goes to see him...almost as though he were looking after him. Not only that, but the Fifth Doctor - the (physically) youngest regeneration, almost certainly younger than the Master would have been - was the only one who legitimately killed him. Because of his youth, Five didn't have the same fatherly affection the other Doctors had for his progeny. Yes, this makes the end of Last of the Time Lords even sadder.
The Bond Villian Stupidity of not just shooting the Doctor is because he's hypnotic.Even going by the explanation of being The Dreaded, that still doesn't explain why the Doctor didn't get shot long before he became so big. Having a certain level of hypnotic prowess may explain this-The Master seems capable of hypnotisizing people through charm alone. Perhaps its a defense mechanism of Time Lords or ability the Doctor has learnt. Since the Doctor doesn't want to go past the slippery slope like the Master, he only uses this in order to convince his enemies to not just blast him immediately, at least on a subconscious level. Yeah, Daleks and Cybermen and Sontarans may try killing him, but the hypnotism means that they won't do the obvious method immediately. Note that whenever something traumatises the Doctor(Midnight Entity and Sutekh come to mind), they either catch him by surprise or have an incredible psychic power.
The TARDIS contains a room where all of the lost socks in the universe end up.Because why not?
The video game Antichamber is set in the Doctor Who Universe.The player is a Time Lord trying to fix his Tardis.
The 12th Doctor is the Final Cylon!There are 12 models. As of June 2013, we don't know who the 12th is, but we have certainly already seen him/her somewhere, in a different role, not knowing that they are actually The Doctor.
The Weeping Angels moved into the Revolution series and cut off the power worldwide.This lets them move around more freely.
The Beast is connected to Fenric
The Weeping Angels are from the Land of Fiction
The TARDIS is a masochist.You know how every so often she malfunctions, and the Doctor (or a companion) has to use Percussive Maintenance to get her back to normal? How do we know it's really a malfunction? She might just be doing it to get them to hit her.
The TARDIS contains essence of GallifreyHence why TARDI Ses help regeneration. It also explains how River Song became Time Lord from being conceived in a TARDIS, as if it was a simple as being conceived in the Time Vortex there would be many Time Lords.
Humans survive so long through time travel
The Rani in Something Borrowed is from after Time and the Rani
John Hurt's Doctor is also the Doctor from Scream of the Shalka
The Doctor's real name actually is "Who".
The Shalka Doctor was the Eighth Doctor from the Eighth Doctor Adventures
The twelfth doctor is Caecilius
Gallifrey is really Earth, far into the future
The War Doctor is an aged Eighth Doctor.
Grand Unifying Guess for The Doctor, and all his incarnations (ALL OF THEM)Unifying theory: For the incarnations of the Doctor Count with me, kids: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, WAR, 9, 10, Metacrisis 10, 11, 12. The Watcher, The Valeyard, The Dream Lord, The Curator “Non-canon”: Dr. Who (Peter Cushing), The Shalka Doctor (Richard E. Grant) Now: The Time War has been confirmed to be the cause of Three 8th Doctors in Zagreus. The three alternate timelines: The Tv Show/Big Finish, The Comics, and The Novels. Now, roll with me: We have Clara entering the timestream to save the Doctor. Scattering her. The Great Intelligence entered. And the Doctor. We have several characters who look identical to versions of the Doctor. Salamander (2), Maxil (6), John Frobisher/Lucius Caecilius (12) The Curator (4) What if they are ALL from The Doctor entering his own Time Stream?! The Curator could ALSO be a version of The Watcher, a mysterious future incarnation that appears to the 4th and merges with him to become the 5th. The Curator is between 11 and 12. AND: Since the Intelligence entered... what if The Shalka Doctor is Dr. Simeon COMBINED with the Doctor? Or combined with one of the other two 8th Doctors? OR a copy of a young 1st Doctor? OR The Shalka Doctor could be the War Doctor, still young as Night of the Doctor showed us. NOW. The Peter Cushing Doctor. He is human. It's called TARDIS. Not THE Tardis. And has gone on two of the adventures the prime universe one has done. The Daleks, and The Dalek Invasion of Earth. WHAT IF. This guy is from Pete's World. He suffered a Metacrisis with another Time Lord and got the knowledge of their tech. The First Question was imprinted, causing him to become Dr. Who. Literally. So, Metacrisis is human too. And he's with Rose in Pete's World. What if Dr. Who is there and they meet? Metacrisis and Rose would team up with a version of The First Doctor, in a primitive, but working TARDIS. For fun: The Doctor Who Anime features Daleks, Davros, Cybermen, Sontarans, The Third Doctor, The Roger Delgado AND Ainely Master's. Plus Sutekh being released before he almost was in the 4th Doctor's Time. This was in fact, crazy shit occurring due to the Time War.
The Doctor still has 10-12 Regenerations left.He'll use his last original one to become Peter Capaldi's Doctor, but on top of that, River sacrificed her remaining Regenerations to revive the Doctor after she killed him. She'd only Regenerated twice, so still had 10+ left over. One of them went to actually bringing the Doctor back to life, but the rest can be used to Regenerate like normal.
The Fourteenth or Fifteenth Doctor will be an older David Tennant or Matt Smith.
The Doctor calculates his age by asking the TARDIS for her age and adding his own from when he stole the TARDIS.
Time Lord Marriages regularly don't last after regeneration of one partyWe know that each regeneration can be considered a 'new' guy in a way, and also that it's possible for regeneration to change gender, which could lead to incompatible orientation. I'm not suggesting It happens every time, but is a reasonably common occurrence. It could be it's something as simple as this that happened to the Susan's Grandmother, she regenerated and they split up (1 was apparently criticized for not regenerating for as long as he did)
Time Lords have little to no concept of mental or psychiatric disorders
Susan's grandmother is the Corsair(S)he's the only person from Gallifrey that the Doctor has ever hinted at being romantically involved with, and he seems to have good memories of it. Maybe (s)he was the one who made him get a tattoo.
The Twelfth Doctor is the Shalka Doctor.They both wear black and can look like each other if minor changes are made.
Daleks are actually pitiful.This is based the psychological theory of Reaction Formation that some people, to cover up their weaknesses, try to exaggerate the opposite. A narcissist or Omnicidal Maniac, for example, might try to cover up a dismal childhood through dangerous amounts of Pride and destroying everyone else except himself. First consider the Dalek anatomy. On the outside they seem to be tough, oppressive, unfeeling, evil robots bent on the oppression and extermination of everyone else. Then we have episodes such as Dalek, where we realize Daleks were not true combat automata, and instead see their true form: a pitiful helpless mutated blob, a former shadow of the Kaleds. They were a dying race, who made a dangerous contract with mad scientist and The Sociopath, Davros, to ensure the preservation of their legacy, but it was a trap. Instead, he enslaved and mutated them beyond recognition. The process of Enslavement and implantation mutated the Kaled body into a fragile and pathetic invertebrate and the Kaled soul into a mindless idiot infected with Davros' sociopathy, resulting in a cold Empty Shell and a former shadow of itself trapped in an endless and eternal And I Must Scream in both body and soul. Because of their perpetual torture and misery, the physical and mental And I Must Scream that they cannot escape from ever, they became envious of species capable of touch, feeling, sex and independence from their cold machines, became envious of such beings like us humans, and this envy became manifest in the instincts of Hate that Davros forcibly implanted into them, the instinct to Exterminate everyone else because if they cannot feel happiness, then no one else will. This began a cycle of hate where they earned the hatred of other species, such as the Time Lords who want to exterminate them in return, but this only led the Daleks to further believe that they will be forever alone in existence. They even agreed to create a Reality Bomb, which will also wipe out themselves because there will be no longer any resources or energy to gather to sustain themselves, and it is entirely possible for the Reality Bomb to cancel out the Daleks' force fields because otherwise it can't be a true reality bomb. The Reality Bomb project may imply a subconscious tendency for a Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum that goes in conflict with their programming to survive (an Eros vs Thanatos conflict), leading to the conclusion that they can only satisfy these two opposing desires by exterminating everyone else in reality under the rationalized pseudo-justification that it was for their own survival. There were also implications that there could be a Hope Spot to reverse the curse Davros imposed onto them, and make the Daleks a benign and friendly species, as these instances show: In the episode "Dalek", when Rose infected a Dalek with her DNA, it enabled him to learn the meanings of empathy which was why he was unable to kill Rose, and before he commits suicide, he admits that all he wants is freedom, such as the freedom to escape his shell and appreciate the rays of the Sun. And on "Evolution of the Daleks", when Dalek Sec merged with a human, he realized that it was the Daleks' hatred of all things empathic that led to their downfall.
The Doctor's Age IssueYes yes I know it's futile. Maybe. Still going to try. Conclusions come from a few other theories I can't remember where I found them, and my own work. For now I'll ignore Expanded Universe but may come back to it) The basis of my theory comes from two accounts about the theft of the TARDIS. In The Ribos Operation, Romana (140 at the time) reminds the Doctor that he's 759 rather than 756, and tells him he stole the TARDIS 523 years ago, making him 236 when he stole it. In The Doctor's Wife, Sexy herself claims to a Doctor who is saying he's 909 that they've been travelling together 700 years. Now while I could believe the Doctor might forget how old he really was by that point, I doubt Sexy is even capable of forgetting anything, nor do I believe she would round up or down. How do we solve this contradiction? Simple. Romana is using Gallifreyan years (naturally), while Sexy is, for some reason, using earth years (probably she either started doing so when the Doctor started doing the same, or he changed her settings. So how do we separate further what references are in which set of years.
Plugging the holes and the aging issue.This follows on from the above WMG
Doctor Who let the dogs out.The answer to one of the most mysterious questions. The answer was in plain sight. The Doctor let the dogs out.
The Doctor is Genghis Khan.The Master told Chang Lee that The Doctor was Genghis Khan to fool him into helping him defeat the Eighth Doctor. But what if The Master was telling the truth?
The Doctor's name is Gaylord Focker.Would you want to admit to anyone that this was your name?
The Doctor's name contains profanity.It would not be allowed to appear uncensored. For all we know, it could be "Fuckity Bye."
The Doctor is Muhammad.This is why The Doctor's real name will never be revealed. The revelation that Doctor Who contains a visual representation of the prophet Muhammad would cause an uproar since it is offensive to Muslims.
Time Lords sleep, or more properly, need to sleep, only once every few centuries,And then need to for like a decade at a time. Let me elaborate. The Time Lords have vast reserves of energy, and would never really have to sleep, but for the fact that they need a certain amount to safely regenerate. So if they stay awake for say, two hundred years, they might be cutting it a little close if they had to regenerate. The Doctor's general personality type changes vastly depending on how tired he is, and if he's slept in this regeneration or the last or whatever. He was well rested enough for most of the mid-old-series, but in the new he's very tired. This is why, during his regeneration from Ninth to Tenth, he goes into shock and sleeps for days, and why Eleventh meets the Dream Lord, his deeply repressed subconscious or dream self. Ninth is so dour because he believes, not entirely correctly, that he killed all the Time Lords, and because he hasn't slept since possibly, Eighth, and thus did not sleep at all while he was the War Doctor, which was a very long lived one. Sometime in Seventh or Eighth he slept for longer than normal, because he put it off, explaining why his age jumps between the series. This would make Odin (at least the comic book version) almost definitely a Time Lord. The Odin-sleep, man.
Sarah Jane Smith can break the fourth wall.In "School Reunion," she told the Tenth Doctor, "The TARDIS needs a Smith." It may have seemed like she was referring to Mickey Smith, but she was actually referring to Matt Smith. She got her wish when he played the Eleventh Doctor.
The Master is Lord Voldemort.It is his real name, and speaking it only provokes bad things. Alternatively...
The Doctor is Lord Voldemort.He would not want anyone to know that he was someone so evil, and the name "Voldemort" is jinxed. Alternatively...
The Doctor's name is jinxed.Hence why it can never be spoken aloud by any living person.
The Doctor's name is Keith.The interview with Steven Moffat was a Sarcastic Confession. He thought it would be completely hilarious if the Doctor's real name was as mundane as Keith, but knew that actually confirming it would release a fury of nerd rage greater than the Eighth Doctor saying "I'm half-human. On my mother's side." He told Catherine Tate this secret, hence her mentioning it on the DVD commentary
The Doctor fancies blondes.Pretty much all his major Ship Teasing has involved somebody blonde: Romana had a lot of chemistry with the 4th Doctor(her second incarnation was blonde), Russel T Davies had the Doctor all but outright say he loves the Master(the blonde John Simm Master has the most blatant Foe Yay to date) and Steven Moffat had the strawberry blonde River all but admit she's shagged him. Sure, there's been Ship Tease with gingers like Good Queen Bess and Amy Pond, but that's usually unrequited on their side, and the Doctor wants to be ginger instead. This even extends beyond the fourth wall! Tom Baker was married to Lalla Ward(said second incarnation of Romana's actor) for some time, Peter Davison's second wife was blonde and David Tennant married the blonde Georgia Moffet(aka Davison's daughter). It seems that our Doctor has a thing for blondes
There's a reason why the Doctor is running from his people and their corrupt ways: Because he was one of them.Long ago, a nameless man who was nicknamed "Theta Sigma" worked for the Time Lords. Not as a member of the council, mind you, but as an agent working for them. Because of his maverick nature, the High Council felt him the perfect candidate to do their dirty work. For a while, it worked. That is, until he carried out a mission that he learned to regret. Maybe it was permanently crippling a civilization. Or maybe completely wiping them out. Whatever the action, it was so bad the man's own family considered him beyond redemption. Witnessing this, the man declared no more. The Time Lords had proven themselves evil. The man was motivated to better himself, making him a healer instead of warrior. With his granddaughter, who either was unaware of the act or forgave him, he decided to start over. His name was lost to divorce him from his past, and to this day keeps that sordid past secret. A new name was taken, a promise to ensure he would not be like the Time Lords. A promise that he would help others, than he would be a healer. That he would be a Doctor.
6th Doctor Comanion 'Mel' was Melody Pond.
The Doctor's name is Doctor Foreman.It makes sense.
The Time War led to the Doctor meeting other versions of himself
There are no time lords, they really are humans from the future that have time travelled into the past.I know this is really strange, but bare with me. We know that in the far future, humans develop time travel. We also know that humans changed themselves many a time (at least once going all the way to beings of pure energy). Also, memories can be transferred. What each iteration of the Doctor is is a Genetically Modified Human with each "regeneration" being a (poor) Replacement Goldfish that is given the same memories over any that the person previously had. This explains how in Human Nature the Doctor can implant his memories in a human. It's because he is a human.
The Led Zeppelin song Kashmir is about the Doctor's visit to the planet Dune.IU, I mean. In universe the Led Zeppelin all know the Doctor.
There are 200 missing 7th and 8th Doctor episodes.Because what makes more sense: The Time of the Doctor, with how it ended, being the 800th episode or the 1000th? And if you do the math, 200 episodes (plus the '96 movie) gives us a 14 episode season each year from 1990 to 1995 - the same as previous 7th doctor seasons had - and then a 13 episode season each year from 1996 to 2004. I suppose the missing 7th Doctor serials finish the Cartmel Master Plan, delving into Gallifreyan history and the Other and how these things relate to the Doctor, along with Ace becoming a time lord and why/how she's human again by the time The Sarah Jane Chronicles mentioned her. As for the 8th Doctor episodes, those mostly survived (thankfully) as his Big Finish episodes, with some gaps here and there. The Susan episodes specifically were part of the 2003 season to celebrate the 40th anniversary. It seems like the overarching theme of 8's era is how the Time War (which started back in Remembrance of the Daleks) is happening more and more blatantly around him but he either doesn't see it or chooses not to until it's too late. And those things we thought were noodle incidents? They're just references to past episodes we can't see. Heck, I bet the Name of the Doctor reveal was this too! It wasn't the fact that John Hurt was the Doctor that was supposed to be surprising, it was the fact that a character we already knew (or were supposed to, anyway) was the Doctor! It would be the same as if we saw Fenric standing there or something, it just so happens that his original appearances are missing. I'm sure BBC has an official episode list somewhere with detailed synopses they just haven't released to the public. But where did the episodes go if no one's seen them? That's the real question.
The Master killed the Doctor's first wife and child out of political jealousy.Pretty self explanatory, really. The Master had been raised from birth to be Heir to the Other, but his best friend was chosen instead. Then he snapped and killed Susan's mother and grandmother, traumatizing the poor girl and leading to her Damsel In Distress tendencies. The Doctor decided to run away from the whole mess, taking Susan with him.
Time Lords don't look remotely human.The Doctor and other Time Lords appear human because they use their technology to distort how other beings see them and make them look like "normal" people of whatever species the viewer is. So the Doctor appears human to his human companions not because he is but because they are. This distortion is so strong that it bleeds over into "real life" and makes the viewers see him as human as well.
The doctor reacts so badly to the tardis being treated badly because he has a physic link and can feel it's pain
The Doctor was disowned by his familyThink about it. He did badly in his classes, went against the very foundation of time lord society (i.e. non-interference)ran away from the untempered schism. Some of the doctor's lines suggests this. The hermit acted as a guardian parent after he'd lost his biological parents. He used to play at the Master's house alot because he had lost a real home, and what about the "it's not easy being the only child left out in the cold you know" line, that was him being rejected and forced out of the house. As he had bad grades, he couldn't get a decent life on Gallifrey and was forced to sleep rough. In the end, he got fed up and ran off to see the universe (and possibly to stop Susan from getting a terrible life on the streets like he had up to that point.)
The Doctor isn't a Time Lord
Curator-12th Doctor LinkThe Curator stated that The Doctor will be visiting some old faces, but he may not necessarily have meant only the pasts ones of the doctor. He may also have been including faces of people the Doctor saw, like the 12th Doctor's.
One Gallifreyan year is two Earth years.In The Pheonix in the TARDIS, an article published in the 1968 Doctor Who Annual, it is written that The Doctor is 900 years old when he first regenerates. InThe Tomb of the Cybermen, the Second Doctor says that he is "something like" 450 years old. The article, which was not written in-universe, must have been referring to Earth years, whereas The Doctor was using Gallifreyan years. When Romana tells the Fourth Doctor that he is 759, she must have been using Gallifreyan years as well since she is a Time Lady. At that time, she tells him that he has had the TARDIS for 523 years, which means that he was 236 Gallifreyan years (472 Earth years) old when he and his granddaughter Susan started traveling in The TARDIS. The Seventh Doctor, shortly after his regeneration, states that both he and the Rani are 953. Again, he must have been using Gallifreyan years since both he and The Rani are from Gallifrey. While the Eighth Doctor's age is never stated onscreen, we know from the novels that is 1,009 during the TV movie, 1,012 during Vampire Science, 1,018 during Aumtumn Mist, and at least 1,125 at the end of the crisis detailed in Escape Velocity. By The Night of the Doctor, he would be at least 2,250 Earth years old. When he drinks the potion that turns him into the War Doctor, he must have lost his knowledge of how old he was. He may have had some vague recollections of his adventures, but he was ultimately trying to forget his life as The Doctor. Thus, he started counting the years from when he became The Warrior. According to the novel The Engines of War, the Time War has lasted 400 years by that point. If these are Gallifreyan years, then they would be 800 Earth years. At the end of the war, The Doctor must have decided that he would use Earth years from then on since he knew that Gallifrey would be gone. This would explain why he says that he is 400 years younger than the Eleventh Doctor, who claims to be "twelve hundred and something." After regenerating into the Ninth Doctor, he must have still not been able to remember how old he was but retained how much time he had spent as his previous incarnation. Therefore, he traveled for about a century before meeting Rose Tyler and telling her that he was 900 (in Earth years), but he is actually at least 1,625 Gallifreyan years, which would be 3,250 Earth years at that point. During The Day of the Doctor, he would be at least 3,550 Earth years. After spending 900 years on Trenzalore during The Time of the Doctor, he would be about 4,450 if we assume that the years are equivalent to Earth Years. That would be about 2,225 Gallifreyan years. When the Twelfth Doctor tells Clara in Deep Breath that he is over 2,000 years old, there are two possibilities: a) The Doctor could be referring to the 2,100 or so Earth years that he has been counting since becoming the War Doctor, not knowing exactly how many years had passed before he became that incarnation but knowing that he was somewhere north of 2,000, or b) In addition to the new regeneration, he recovered the knowledge of his true age and decided to use Gallifreyan years from then on, knowing that he would see Gallifrey again someday. As for The TARDIS stating in The Doctor's Wife that The Doctor (at least 909 years old according to him, at least 3,259 Earth years, and at least 1,629.5 Gallifreyan years) stating that she has traveled with The Doctor for 700 years, this may have been a measurement of time spent actually traveling in the TARDIS, just as a car would measure miles traveled. Either that, or The TARDIS was using years as a TARDIS would measure them, or perhaps she knew how years were measured on the House planetoid of the bubble universe.
Gallifrey makes a full rotation around its sun in a little more than 2/3 of the time that it takes Earth to make a full rotation around its sun.Possibly 0.67513368984%. Here is how I came up with this figure: The Doctor says in Tomb of the Cybermen that he is 450 years old "in Earth terms." In The Brotherhood, he says that he is 500, which must still be in Earth years. If you believe in the Season 6B theory, he spends nearly half a century as an agent of the Time Lords before the events of the comic strips that take place prior to his regeneration into the Third Doctor. The Third Doctor seems to have spent most of his time working with Unit on Earth, so it would be reasonable to conclude that he aged five years during that time. He would have been 505 Earth years when he regenerated into the Fourth Doctor, who said that he was 748. He must have been using Gallifreyan years at that point since Romana, a Time Lady, later says that he is 759 and has traveled in the TARDIS for 523 years (approximately 354 Earth years). When the Seventh Doctor says that he and the Rani are both 953, he must have still been using Gallifreyan years since both he and The Rani are from Gallifrey. In Earth years, they would be 643.4. The Eighth Doctor must have been using Gallifreyan years as well since it is said that he regenerated when he was 1,009. He is revealed to be 1,018 in the novel Autumn Mist. He later ages as an amnesiac trapped on Earth between the late 19th century and 2001 (between the novels The Ancestor Cell and Escape Velocity). In Orbis, he is trapped on the planet Orbis for 600 years. He later says that he adjusts his age by rounding down, but we are not given precise details. He probably converted Orbis years to Gallifreyan years. As for the War Doctor, he believed that he was eight hundred and something since he claimed in The Day of the Doctor to be four hundred years younger than the Eleventh Doctor, who said that he was "twelve hundred and something." The War Doctor must have been using Earth years at the end of the Time War, which lasted at least 400 years according to the novel Engines of War, since he knew that Gallifrey would be gone. The Eighth Doctor drank a potion that gave him a controlled regeneration. This potion may have made The Warrior forget much of his time as The Doctor so that he could focus on being a soldier. In Earth years, the 400-year Time War would be 270 years. If we add another 160 Earth years as an estimate for the time before the First Doctor took the TARDIS, then we get 330 Earth years. If we add an estimate of 110 years that the Eighth Doctor spent as an amnesiac on Earth, then we get 440 Earth years. If we include the 600 years that The Doctor spent on Orbis without the TARDIS, a time during which his memory was becoming fuzzy, then we might get to 800 and something. After all, if 600 Orbis years were rounded down when converted to Gallifreyan years, we might be getting less than 400 Earth years since 600 Gallifreyan years are approximately 405 Earth years. It is implied in the novel The Beast of Babylon that The Doctor had recently regenerated into The Ninth Doctor, and the story takes place around the time that he meets Rose Tyler. In The Empty Child, the Ninth Doctor says that he has been using the name "The Doctor" for nine centuries and that he has had "900 years of phone box travel." If we infer that he was using Earth years at that point since Gallifrey was gone, then he must have been identifying himself as "The Doctor" for approximately 1,333 Gallifreyan years. This would exclude the century that the Eighth Doctor spent on Earth without the TARDIS and not knowing who he was. It would also exclude his time as the War Doctor, during which he did not use the name "The Doctor." We know from The Name of the Doctor that the earliest known point at which he was called "The Doctor" was when he stole the TARDIS at the age of 236 Gallifreyan years (159.3 Earth years). 782 Gallifreyan years pass between The First Doctor stealing the TARDIS and the Eighth Doctor's adventure in Autumn Mist. That leaves 551 Gallifreyan years during which the Eighth Doctor may have traveled after leaving Orbis and before regenerating into the War Doctor. On the other hand, we could infer that the Ninth Doctor decided to keep using Gallifreyan years to honor his people and rid himself of the ways to which the War Doctor adapted by the end of the war. It could be that he traveled in the TARDIS as The Doctor for 782 Gallifreyan years up to the time that his eighth incarnation was stranded on Orbis, and that he traveled for 118 more Gallifreyan years after leaving Orbis and before regenerating into the War Doctor. As for the TARDIS' 700 years comment in The Doctor's Wife, we could hypothesize that it is measuring years as a car may measure miles. We may also hypothesize that it was converting the years to match those of the House planetoid in the bubble universe. We may also infer that The Doctor had traveled in the TARDIS for another century without Amy and Rory sometime after The Impossible Astronaut, during which he said that he was 909. After all, 700 Earth years would be equal to 1,037 Gallifreyan years.
The Doctor's degree is in pan-species psychology.It would explain a lot. He's certainly not a competent medical doctor, but he cold reads people better than most detectives in all of fiction combined. And the Master is, as we all agree, really into bondage.
The Doctor and the Master aren't Time Lords.Or even Gallifreyans. They are two post-earth humans who were thrown back in time to the big bang, possibly by their later selves, in a closed time loop; and they became the ultimate archetypes of good and evil by being exposed to infinite energy at the moment of the universe's creation. They hid on Gallifrey, using their cosmic powers to become Time Lords, but eventually, due to being in the billions of years old, they become forgetful and begin to believe they are The Doctor and The Master. The Doctor's true name is the actual name of the ultimate good in the universe itself, and he only remembers it because it's everything it is. Although the Master makes a really disappointing ultimate archetype of evil. If the Doctor (or the Master) ever dies for real, then he will be reincarnated into a being of the same potential for good as the original.