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Webcomic: Dare Sensei
"One domino to the left, things were extremely different..."

Webcomic written by Mary Bell and illustrated by the Palcomix Team that presents a version of Doctor Who as it may have been conceived by Japan. In this dimension, Rassilon visited Earth in 247 BC and returned to Gallifrey with knowledge of the era's most advanced culture: the Japanese. note 

Said traditions were quickly instituted, with subsequent (re)generations turning more and more "Japanese". Gallifrey even saw a substantial increase in the female population, which resulted in women holding various positions among the ruling class. While the Japanese appearances continued, the trends and architecture eventually fell out of favor.

But then a Time Lord nicknamed "Theta Sigma" stole a Type 40 TARDIS and began exploring the universe, making a career out of righting wrongs and picking up companions along the way. The Time Lord whose real name would be kept a great secret, and henceforth known only as...the Sensei.

Who is a woman.

The idea of a female Doctor is nothing new (Tom Baker suggested it in the 1970s), and there have been two BBC-licensed Who works with a female Doctor — The Curse of Fatal Death (a parody for Comic Relief) and Exile (an "Unbound"-series audio where the Doctor doesn't really do much of anything). Fan films, such as they are, have toyed with this concept since the 1980s to varying degrees of success.

Dare Sensei seems to prove that, given the right conditions, it's Crazy Enough to Work.

(NOTE: The site has since gone down {most recent revision here, via the Internet Archive}, and it appears to be on hiatus as very little has been done past Chapter 2. Chapter 1 can be read here, and Chapter 2 here {Warning: NSFW ads}.)

This comic provides examples of:

  • Alternate Universe
  • Ascended Extra: Chameleon is far more mobile than her male counterpart.
  • The Artifact: Jamie McCrimmon, the only human who wasn't changed into an anime character (his appearance is based on Who photos of Frazier Hines). He's pretty much the same hairy-legged Highlander we know.
  • Bond Creature: The TARDIS has a mental link with the Sensei. Chameleon seems to have a bond as well, since she has apparently been heard singing in the back corridors.
  • Catch Phrase: The website tagline is "Doctor Who as you've never seen it before."
  • Captain Ersatz: Characters are deliberately borrowed from anime, with some attempt being made to match personalities (notes here). For example (as listed here), the Doctors are based on:
  • Deliberately Monochrome: Memories involving Ichi Sensei. Rather appropriate on the first two occasions, but not so much for the third.
  • Doppelgänger: Chameleon seems to enjoy mimicking Tina's appearance, which she doesn't like.
  • Fiery Redhead: Ichi Sensei and Kyu Sensei, the only two redheaded incarnations.
  • Flashback: So far, the comic has shown brief "clips" of "An Unearthly Child", "The Dalek Invasion of Earth", "The Three Doct-er", Sensei, "Logopolis", a point presumably between "Dalek Invasion" and "The Rescue" where Ichi Sensei enters the story proper, and something with Yon Sensei and Meena regarding an erupting volcano. The site also has the last moments from "The Parting of the Ways".
  • Gender Flip: Relatively few, but still some major players.
    • Male-To-Female: The Doctor, the Master, the Brigadier, and Kamelion.
    • Female-To-Male: Susan, Romana, and the Rani.
  • Hentai: AVERTED! Despite being illustrated by Palcomix's (admittedly very talented) artists, there's no pornographic material or nudity, resulting in probably the only work-safe part of that site (except there's still NSFW ads).
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Davros, for his sister Yarvell. The scientific work he left behind was the spark which caused Yarvell to become...
  • Mad Scientist: Davrine, Queen of the Daleks.
  • Mythology Gag: At one point, Chameleon senses a dimension where the Sensei is a man called "the Doctor" and Chameleon herself is a handsome male robot. Tina doesn't see that as being likely, and thinks she's fantasizing again.
  • One Head Taller: Jamie, compared to Ni Sensei (who herself is shorter than her Who counterpart).
  • Really 700 Years Old: The Sensei and the Mistress.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: Chameleon, to Ichigo.
  • Shapeshifter Mode Lock: While the TARDIS may look pretty much the same inside, the exterior is stuck as a Japanese police box.
  • Shout-Out: Considering that 99% of the cast are anime characters (the exceptions being Jamie and Davros), this comes with the package.


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