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This is a "Wild Mass Guess" entry, where we pull out all the sanity stops on theorizing. The regular entry on this topic is elsewhere. Please see this programme note.
Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Robert Goren is a Time Lord.
  • It certainly explains many of his quirks.
    • Alternatively, he's one of Sherlock Holmes's regenerations

Goren has Asperger's Syndrome.
  • He shows quite a few symptoms throughout the show's run. Eames even compares him to the autistic Wally Stevens in 'Probability.' For example:
    • Eames explicitly says that Goren "doesn't like change."
    • He's shown to have unusual speech patterns, like starting and stopping in the same sentence. Also, he hesitates when he's talking, like he's having trouble finding words to express himself.
    • His social skills are quite obviously limited, more so even than would be apparent from his childhood.
    • His body language and walking style are usually awkward, like he's not quite sure where to put everything.
    • He also is shown to be able to detect patterns that no other detective seems to pick out. In season 3 he evens says that he notices "things out of pattern."
  • Would explain quite a lot about him, and his mother doesn't seem like the type to take him to a doctor to get him diagnosed.
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