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Dr. Who Speculation?

I'm a new convert to Dr. Who, having just started watching it this year. You see, it scared me when I was a child, enough to not try to watch it again. Last night's episode was one of the scariest yet! Good thing we waited until KFP went to bed.



OK, so now that only those who have chosen to be here are reading, what's the deal with the last moments, where John Hurt was introduced as "The Doctor"? Since our beloved Matt Smith as the Doctor appears to be still alive, does this mean there will be two doctors for a while? And considering that fans are under the impression that they're aware of all the Doctor's incarnations, where does John Hurt fit into the time line? He's got to be in the Doctor's past, otherwise he wouldn't be able to say definitively that this guy had "broken his promise" (whatever that means).

Theories, anyone?

Also, was the Doctor's name actually revealed in this episode? It seems as if we didn't hear it because River said it, or did I just miss it?

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spaciireth
May. 20th, 2013 11:06 pm (UTC)
Hiya, just butting in here to say, isn't that the actual canon regarding regenerations? Rassilon imposed the limit to stop Time Lords from becoming immortal and too big for their boots, so to speak? (It has been a long time since I watched The Five Doctors myself, but I have seen plenty of mentions of it since the finale, so I assume I am remembering correctly).
alephz
May. 21st, 2013 01:27 am (UTC)
I could've sworn that was the case but since I didn't know where I'd got that from (it's been a few years since The Five Doctors for me, too), I figured it's usually best for me to put things that make sense as headcanon until someone can let me know if/that it's canon-canon.
alycewilson
May. 21st, 2013 01:34 am (UTC)
I like that term, headcanon. :)

I'm a very logical person, and I can sometimes be turned off on a series just because of logical flaws. But so far, for me, I'm new enough to this series that I'm not aware of any conflicts with existing canon. I have a long list of Dr. Who shows from various eras in my Blockbuster queue, recommended by my friends as "must-see."

Can you believe I was good friends with several members of the Penn State Whovians and didn't check out the show until my husband insisted I give it a try?
alephz
May. 21st, 2013 05:13 am (UTC)
I think the whole "headcanon" thing can be very important, especially with a show as sprawling as Doctor Who, 'cause that's how you understand things. Admittedly, it can cause you to, in many ways, butt heads with the people who actually make the show (I have a lot of sniffy stuff a part of me wants to throw at the series if, indeed, John Hurt is an incarnation of the Doctor falling between McGann and Eccleston, for instance) but on the other hand, when you don't have a truly encyclopedic knowledge of a thing, prefacing stuff with headcanon can really ease things through a little.

And I can so TOTALLY believe that. Doctor Who is a hard thing to get into and a hard thing to get other people into. I was just lucky that my dad was a fan when I was a young'n so I got sucked in.

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