On "The Day of the Doctor", they kept talking about how this calculation or that would take centuries, and all I could think was, "If only Tom Baker were here with his Prime Computer."
I don't know, maybe I read too many comic books, but I can tolerate a good retcon just fine. If it turns out the War Doctor isn't the monster we all assumed he was with endless blood on his hands, I'm okay with that.
I think I read that Eccleston flat-out didn't want to be part of "Doctor Who" any more, owing to miserable experiences in his season. I can respect that, but he did a terrific job and I wouldn't have minded seeing more of him.
I also wouldn't mind seeing some more Paul McGann, like, seasons worth. Didja ever catch this?
Holy hell, McGann steps right up.
Oh, yes, I saw the McGann short. It was a nice callback to the Brain of Morbius.
I don't mind a retcon, either, it's just that's almost all Moffat does these days. I mean, did everything from 2005 onward get changed, not happen, or what?
Everything from 2005 seems to have happened; Moffat mentioned that neither Hurt nor Tennant would would have any memory of the timey-wimey events that saved Gallifrey, so presumably neither would any of their predecessors. As far as Hurt knows, he pushed the button and Gallifrey and the Daleks all got destroyed; Eccleston appeared in London almost immediately afterwards.
So will the Christmas special be about Matt Smith finding Gallifrey, or will that be Peter Capaldi's story arc? (My guess: it's no longer in the constellation of Kasterborous, it is hidden in the much less conspicuous constellation of Ralph.)
As to the return of Gallifrey, I had assumed it could only happen by the Doctor helping to start the Time Lords on their way -- so "his" Gallifrey would still be gone, but Gallifrey would nonetheless exist, at its beginning. I admit I am sufficiently enamored of that idea that Moffat's going to have to really impress me to make me happy they did things his way. I give it about five minutes.
Go back and watch some classic Doctor Who, specifically Tom Baker's run, and notice how openly tongue in cheek the show was. I think some fans buy into the melodrama a little too much, because the 50th special would've been morbid if we watched the Doctor really kill his whole race. Seriously, the hero of a 50 year long show that at times featured a clown as the lead celebrates its longevity with genocide??? They wrapped up a plotline, spun the dice on one facet of an outcome (planet is "gone" because it moved, not because it blew up) so the show could be a celebration.
Seriously, this is the show K-9 came from. It's for kids!! Enjoy it!
Yeah, there's a lot RTD did right, and I think he was "right" to have the Doctor be the last Time Lord, but putting the blood on his hands was a bit much.
It's like in comics where they've decided that it's not a "really good" comic until there is rape and dismemberment -- writers who think like that invariably put out a crappy story.
I liked that Corsair is the new 'Waldo' to find. Did you see him?
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