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"One domino to the left, things were extremely different..."

Dare Sensei is a comic 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 becoming 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.


One day, for reasons unclear, a Time Lord once nicknamed "Theta Sigma" stole a Type 40 TARDIS and became an exile, soon leading to a particular gravitation toward humans (particularly those of Earth and, more specifically, Japan) and lifetimes spent exploring the universe, righting wrongs and picking up companions along the way to show the wonders of Time and Space. The Time Lord, whose real name has yet to be even so much as hinted at, would henceforth be known only as... the Sensei.

Who is a woman.

The idea of a female Doctor is far from new: Tom Baker had suggested it in the 1970s, and prior to 2017 there had been two BBC-licensed Who works with a female Doctor - The Curse of Fatal Death (a parody for Comic Relief), and Exile (an entry in Big Finish's Doctor Who Unbound audio series 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.


And now, of course, the Doctor actually is a woman. Years before the show proper did it, Dare Sensei set out to prove that, given the right conditions, it's Crazy Enough to Work.

(NOTE: The website 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}.)

Dare Sensei contains examples of:

  • Alternate Universe
  • Ascended Extra: Chameleon is far more mobile than her male counterpart.
  • The Artifact: Two known examples.
    • Jamie McCrimmon, the only human who wasn't changed into an anime character. He's still "played" by Frazier Hines here (his appearance being based on Who material), and is pretty much the same hairy-legged Highlander as in canon.
    • Davros died at some point prior to the canon creation of the Daleks, but his passing directly led to someone else creating them.
  • 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 Ship's back corridors.
  • Catchphrase: 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. Notably, the website's characters page had the borrowed characters listed as actors and actresses "playing" their respective roles as if Dare Sensei was a TV show. For example, the Sensei:
  • Deliberately Monochrome: Flashbacks involving Ichi Sensei. Rather appropriate on the first two occasions (based on "An Unearthly Child" and "The Dalek Invasion of Earth"), but not so much for the third (based on "The Three Doctors").
  • Doppelgänger: Chameleon seems to enjoy mimicking Tina's appearance, which she doesn't like.
  • Fiery Redhead: Ichi Sensei and Kyu Sensei, the only two (known) redheaded incarnations.
  • Flashback: The comic has shown brief clips (as it were) 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 an uncertain story with Yon Sensei, Meena, and an erupting volcano. The website also had 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 rather talented) artists, there's no pornographic material or nudity, putting it among the very few work-safe parts of that site (though there's still NSFW ads).
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Davros, for his sister Yarvell. The scientific work he left behind was the spark which led her to become Davrine, Queen of the Daleks.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Davros dying before he created the Daleks didn't stop the Daleks from being created - it just resulted in his sister doing so instead.
  • Mad Scientist: Davrine.
  • 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, the Mistress, and the Toni (Rani), as with Who.
  • 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 (albeit one with the Seal of Rassilon on the front) rather than a British one.
  • 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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