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Tuesday, February 16th, 2016
12:51 am
The Doctor's Name
After this season's Doctor Who, I have a theory about the title character's name.

Fanon would say that Doctor is an alias he gave himself. After all, what kind of parents name their kid Doctor, or even Master, for that reason. The Doctor has always been vague on this, refusing to elaborate on this title he's given himself. The writers know they can't just reveal his real name, it would ruin the mystique and mystery.

When the show started out, this was fine. He was a mystery man with a mystery past. However when other Time Lords are introduced, they also refer to him as the Doctor. You'd think they would know his original name. I compare it to Kryptonians calling Superman "Kal-El" or Themyscirians calling Wonder Woman "Diana."

My thoughts on this are based on a little examined aspect of Gallifreyan culture..

Not all Gaillfreyans are TimeLords. The TimeLords are the elite nobleborn. While not exactly stated, it would be reasonable to assume that lower class Gallifreyans can't regenerate. It is perhaps worth noting that when the Doctor talked about being the last of his kind, he only referred to TimeLords and not Gallifreyans, would he have cared if other people from his planet were still around?

In The Caretaker, Danny Pink referred to the Doctor as aristocracy and an officer and the Doctor was enraged in the way only a penetrating truth can evoke. He is an aristocrat. Sure he mingles among all different races and classes, but he's still used to being treated as a TimeLord.

So my theory is that in this noble class, when a young TimeTot reaches the age of maturity, they pick a name that is used thereafter. Much like in our world, Lhamo Thondup is referred to as The Dalia Lama, Andrew Albert Christian Edward is called The Duke of York, etc. It is a cultural thing for TimeLords to use this instead of their birth name. It's not that they don't know his name, but they respect his position in their society. And this applies no matter what a TimeLord has done, such as The Master or The Rani. When the Doctor returns to Gallifrey in Hell Bent he bides his time in a barn and is visited by a kindly older woman. She doesn't refer to him by any name, but I got the feeling she knew the Doctor when he was younger (perhaps all Gallifreyans have long lifespans compared to humans) and may have known his birth name and been the kind of person who could get away with using it. Like you could imagine Pope Francis having a grade school teacher or babysitter who could get away with calling him "little Jorge."

This would also explain why the Doctor and Master, who are said to have been childhood friends, never refer to each other by other names. Why condone his delusions of being a Master, unless it was part of the conventions you grew up with. Even the detractors of people like Popes still acknowledge the title.

We can thus assume this applies to other TimeLords like Rassilon, Borusa and The Rani. Maybe even Romanadvoratrelundar, or she just wasn't old enough to go through the ceremony when she met The Doctor.

Current Mood: contemplative
Monday, May 25th, 2015
3:23 am
A Little Doctor Who Math
So I was watching some Doctor Who with ben_who and wondered which Doctor had the longest screen appearance, and the best way to determine this.

I know this is a question that has been asked a million times and the answer depends on what criteria one uses.

It's easier for a show like Star Trek, where the series have basically the same number of episodes per season and the episodes are about the same length.

But for Doctor Who where a season might have a few episodes or a lot. An actor might have been Doctor for a span of years with hiatuses here and there. And the episode lengths in the old days are different from nuWho.

For my purposes I wanted to go with total air time. Count up the episodes and how many minutes in each.

There were some questions I had to answer, such as Regeneration episodes. Did they count toward the old Doctor, or the new? What about multi-Doctor episodes. What about the serials where the Doctor didn't appear?

My rule of thumb is that all episodes of a serial belong to that Doctor:
A Doctor gets credit for a specific episode of a serial if he appeared in it, such as for a Regeneration sequence.

It is the character who matters, not the specific actor who played him (so this covers cameos after the actor died).

It must be the character, not just an image. For example, in The Eleventh Hour and The Next Doctor we see projections of other Doctors, but they don't appear as characters. For The Name of the Doctor, each of the prior Doctors has a cameo so they all get credit for the whole episode.

I'm also including variants, and getting nitpicky about them. The Valyard and the Dream Lord were incarnations of the Doctor, The Watcher (from when 4 turned into 5). And since it is canon, I'm considering the Tenth's regeneration in Journey's End to count as a separate Doctor (and the metacrisis one to be a third "Tenth" Doctor). This did lead to speculation on which Tenth Doctor appeared in subsequent episodes. I decided that the Tennant Doctor who teamed up with Eleven and War was the "second" one, it made sense in how one would fit his adventures with Queen Elizabeth in the timeline.

I am including Dimensions in Time and Shada.

And in case anyone wondered. The First Doctor gets credit for Listen

I also included, for the sake of fun, the alternate Ninth Doctors from Scream of the Shalka and...yes...Curse of the Fatal Death.

I am not counting An Adventure in Space and Time or The Fivish Doctors since those were about the actors and non part of canon or EU.

I used the Tardis wikia as the source for episode numbers and lengths.

Here is my list, in order of most to fewest:
Fourth        3Days, 6Hours, 17Minutes
First        2Days, 13Hours, 32Minutes
Second        2Days, 9Hours, 12Minutes
Third        2Days, 9Hours, 2Minutes
Eleventh        1Day, 15Hours, 10Minutes
Tenth(First)        1Day, 10Hours, 28Minutes
Fifth        1Day, 9Hours, 25Minutes
Seventh        21Hours, 7Minutes
Sixth        20Hours, 22Minutes
Twelfth        12Hours, 57Minutes
Ninth(Canon)        11Hours, 45Minutes
Tenth(Second)        9Hours, 19Minutes
Valyard        4Hours, 15Minutes
Eighth        3Hours, 32Minutes
War        2Hours, 7Minutes
Ninth(Shalka)        1Hour, 30Minutes
Watcher        1Hour, 15Minutes
Tenth(Metacrisis)        1Hour, 5Minutes
TCoFD Ninth(Atkinson)        20Minutes
TCoFD Tenth(R Grant)        5Minutes
TCoFD Eleventh(Broadbent)        5Minutes
TCoFD Twelfth(H Grant)        5Minutes
TCoFD Thirteenth(Lumley)        5Minutes

I can provide my spreadsheet to anyone who is curious how I came up with the numbers, or wishes to nitpick with me on what counts.

[x-posted from my main journal]

Current Mood: accomplished
Friday, August 29th, 2014
1:48 pm
Yay, new season
So I'm sure we're all excited about the new season starting, but I have some questions

First: Last year we were treated to a multi-Doctor scene including a future regeneration. Will we ever see the saving of Gallifrey from the 13th's p.o.v.? Doesn't have to be much, maybe Capaldi's just relaxing by the library when a call comes in from War, 10th & 11th.

Second: Does it make sense that Clara would have trouble seeing an "older" Doctor? She did travel through his timeline and, more than any other Companion (with the possible exception of Romana) knows that he is very old and has looked very old in the past.

And even, let's say, that she lost her memories of that time (like what happened with Rose and Donna), she still met the War Doctor. She saw, and was friendly to the War Doctor who looked more wrinkled, haggard and older than 13 (mostly due to his having been in a long war). I think it's a disservice to Clara to have the season start with her character acting like Season 1 Rose did.

Current Mood: contemplative
Thursday, November 14th, 2013
6:19 am
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
2:22 am
Some Who video
Due to a lack of discussion of Peter Capaldi, I'm sharing this mash-up

Current Mood: weird
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
5:02 pm
Who sightings
Did anyone go "Yay" upon seeing Mickey Smith, Defender of the Earth, in Star Trek: Into Darkness*?

A weird double-bonus for me. My roommate ben_who watches a serial each Tuesday for a blog of his. After returning from the cinema we saw this week's selection, The Image of the Fendahl. One of the characters, Thea Ransome, was played by Wanda Ventham, who is the mother of Star Trek 2's Benedict Cumberbatch!

Well, I thought it was cool.

*Or, Star Trek into Darkness depending on how nitpicky one is.
Saturday, January 19th, 2013
6:54 pm
An observation
Something I've noticed. Since Matt Smith took over as Doctor, London has become a lot safer place to spend Christmas.

Current Mood: cheerful
Friday, March 30th, 2012
12:52 am
Eric Roberts on Dr Phil
The Master was on Dr Phil today (well, Thursday March 29). Apparently he's trying to make a comeback after an addiction to drugs, wearing black, and maniacal laughing.

Link to Youtube clip

Not a fan of Dr Phil so I didn't watch long enough to see if he'd regenerate.
Tuesday, December 13th, 2011
1:46 am
...is it just me or has nobody mentioned the earth-shattering news that two lost episodes of Classic Who have been rediscovered?

Namely THE UNDERWATER MENACE episode 2 (which now becomes the earliest known surviving Second Doctor episode) and GALAXY 4 episode 3 (Chumblies! yay!)

Current Mood: excited
Tuesday, August 30th, 2011
9:55 am
Episode 15 released
In updating my podcasts this morning, I found that WhoFurs episode 15 has been released. This show covers the last two episodes of the first half of season 5, as well as a discussion of the entire first half of the season.
Friday, August 5th, 2011
11:50 am
Episode 14 released
Since I have not seen it announced here....

Episode 14 has been released this week. This episode covers The Rebel Flesh.

Download the episode at the WhoFurs website: http://whofurs.furplanet.com/
Saturday, June 4th, 2011
7:59 am
Dr. Who Anime
This was made by a whofan and took quite a long time to do.Think it came out great! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePtj3z8rSq4

Current Mood: chipper
Saturday, April 23rd, 2011
5:23 pm
Season 6 Opener (Squee!)
I'll refrain from spoilers, since the show won't hit BBC America for another few hours, but I really look forward to people's thoughts then. A few general comments, in the meantime:

Steven sure knows how to start things off with a bang! The first 15 minutes are pure awesome.

Lots of A-story promises in this episode. Normally, I'm not the biggest fan of Doctor Who A-stories, because they tend to involve a lot of "[TECH]" bits or big special effects moments without driving the story or characters much. Series 5 was a bit better in that regard (thank-you, Steven!), but it was still the quality of the episodic stories that drew me in the most. This episode did a much better job of setting up (developing?) A-story threads that seem like they'll create memorable story moments down the road.

I'm pleased with the dedication to Elizabeth Sladen at the start. It was the right thing to do, and they didn't have long to make the decision to add it. Would have been nicer to add Nicholas Courtney as well, but I can see why they did it that way.

As always, I'm fit to burst at the start of a new Doctor Who season, and this opener did not disappoint. I'm all wound up to see how the season plays out!
Tuesday, April 19th, 2011
4:41 pm
A Tragedy -Elizabeth Sladen R.I.P.

One would assume it was from natural causes.

I do wonder if they'll mention the passing in the show, or not refer to it on DW and simply cancel SJA. Or, Doctor forbid, rebrand it as the Jo Grant Adventures.
Friday, March 18th, 2011
1:25 pm
Comic Relief
As those who are in the UK may know, tonight is the Comic Relief telethon on BBC1. As part of the evening's events, there were two short mini-episodes of Doctor Who penned by series show-runner Steven Moffat (aka, The Vast Toffee MN)

Beyond the cut you will find the YouTube videos of these shorts.

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Thursday, February 24th, 2011
12:18 am
Brigadier Retired
For those who hadn't heard, Nicholas Courtney, aka The Brigadier, has passed on. No work yet on the cause, but it was likely cancer.

It just wouldn't be UNIT without him.
Wednesday, January 26th, 2011
1:22 pm
(UK) National Television Awards cutaway
It's the NTA awards in the UK tonight!

Doctor Who was up against Sherlock in the Best Drama category, but lost out to something called Waterloo Road instead.

Matt Smith, as well as Benedict Cumberbatch and Philip Glenister also lost out to David Jason for Best Drama Performance too.

But, there was a fun little cutaway at the start of the programme with Matt Smith and the event’s host, Dermot O’Leary.

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011
7:22 pm
Podcast panel at Gallifrey One
Well, not strictly 'furry fandom' related, but there may be some folks here who are heading to Gallifrey One in Los Angeles this February.

Due to some stroke of madness, I happen to find myself on the Beginner's Guide to Podcasting panel there, sitting alongside other podcasts from the Doctor Who Podcast Alliance - namely The Oodcast, Little Finish, The Pharos Project, Mutter's Spiral and The Happiness Patrol, with a moderator from Radio Free Skaro.


If anyone from here is there, please come see the panel! It's tentatively scheduled for Sunday at 11am.
Monday, December 13th, 2010
8:41 pm
Question time...
Aside from how many people are actively watching this community... :)

What Doctor Who related podcasts do people listen to?

I'll start things off:
- 'A' (The) Doctor Who Podcast
- DWO WhoCast
- Radio Free Skaro
- The Flashing Blade Podcast
- Tin Dog Podcast
- WhoFurs (inactive?)
- The Minute Doctor Who Podcast
- Staggering Stories Podcast
- Two-minute Timelord
- The Untempered Schism Podcast (well... I listen to that one when editing it ;>)
Wednesday, December 1st, 2010
1:52 pm
That Doctor Who 'cold open' from Craig Ferguson show
For those who caught Matt Smith on the Craig Ferguson show, you might remember that the 'cold open' they were meant to do was apparently not possible, due to some rights issues (ie, not having the rights to the Orbital music that was used)

Finally, it has surfaced on YouTube, as Craig Ferguson tweeted today:

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