The post going around Tumblr suggesting it’s an official and fully-authorized spin-off from Doctor Who that has been given the thumbs-up by the BBC is, of course, a load of bollocks. It’s a fan-film project that was trying to raise over $1.25 million dollars to tell a story that wasn’t theirs to tell. Their reasoning behind why they asked for so much money, which is essentially “Veronica Mars raised tons and that’s not even on the air anymore, I bet we can raise loads more than that" - is fucking preposterous, especially considering they’re not affiliated with the BBC in any way, shape or form.
There is nothing even remotely official about this project, and the powers-that-be have made it clear time and again that they have no interest in telling a prequel story about the origins of the Doctor.
Wanting something to be a thing does not make it so. Once again I refer you to this post which outlines how easy it is to fact-check this stuff.
IS THIS SERIOUSLY FREAKING HAPPENING!!! I MEAN I HAVE HEARD RUMORS BUT ADKLSJDAKLJDASLJLKDJF…. IDK IF I WANNA GET EXCITED FOR THIS OR NOT!!! [x]
This has been going on for months now, it was originally titled Sons of Gallifrey. Here’s the kickstarter (x)
Two hours to go and nowhere near its goal. And no, this has not been approved by the BBC, it’s funding for a pilot to present to the BBC.
(Personally, I’m not thrilled with it at all. I dislike the plotline and where they’re coming from in terms of The Doctor having more regenerations because of what we saw in Brain Of Morbius. They were, in fact, Morbius’ previous incarnations, not The Doctors.
It’s a bit too much like the majority of the unused Doctor Who movie scripts written by authors not familiar with the source material (which you can find in The Nth Doctor.)
Good luck to the creators, but I don’t see this going anywhere. Anyone looking to do this really needs to know what they’re doing, this storyline is a bit hodgepodge. I suggest a rewrite sticking closer to what we do know already about Gallifrey, Time Lords, The Master and The Doctor.
(i.e The Master and The Doctor’s parents/family, their close childhood friendship, how The Doctor killed a bully tormenting The Master, how The Master held a rebellion etc. There’s a lot of expanded media in The Doctor and The Master’s past to play with, without the need to invent anything that might upset the expanded universe and television show.)
Well, a lot the Ninth Doctor’s actions, and that of Ten and Eleven, rely on post-traumatic stress syndrome he was suffering.
The newly regenerated Doctor can’t remember regenerating. He doesn’t remember his future selves or their intervention; he convinces himself that the very last action the War Doctor preformed was the essential destruction of Gallifrey. Now he’s “back” (as we know he always was,) to being The Doctor, all the survivor’s guilt and shame from failing to save his people has washed over him.
The Ninth Doctor retreats to Earth because he needs some new mission, he knows Earth will always need him for something. He needs that sense of normalcy and also to be able to hide himself away from the galaxy. And where does The Doctor head? Straight into Earth’s past, where nothing would distinguish him from an Earth humanoid, no scanners, no belief he’s anything other than a human.
It’s become cliche now in New Who, but The Doctor does lie and he does keep terrible secrets, most of all from himself. The most poignant example of this is, at the point of regeneration, he deliberately regenerates into the painstakingly human Tenth Doctor.
The Doctor knew it was hopeless, he knew he shouldn’t want to deny his species and origins, but he thinks he could maintain his “protection of Earth’ by masquerading as a human and being a “boyfriend” to a teenage Rose Tyler.
It’s actually Queen Victoria of all people, who notices the erratic nature of Ten and how Rose encourages it. The Queen knows if The Doctor carries on like this, it may endanger Earth, which is why she sets up Torchwood in the first place.
We know this “human nature” leads Ten down a dangerous path, and after losing Rose he’s forced to reevaluate what he’s done and what he’s going to do now.
This all accumulates in Human Nature/Family Of Blood, when Ten actually believes himself John Smith, the self-loathing of The Doctor becomes prevalent when Smith voices his hatred of such a man as The Doctor.
When The Doctor is restored, note his arrogance and Time Lord Victorious nature starting to emerge. It’s like an overblown attempt to reject the humanity he was trying to immerse himself in. All of sudden there’s no end to him proudly proclaiming his title and people. Speaking of all the good traits of the Time Lords.
It’s not until The End Of Time Part 2, faced with the most evil of his people, that The Doctor finally admits the Time Lords were not perfect. He recalls all of the tragedies and mass death caused by the Time Lords during the Time War, everything he’s been keeping bottled up. Everything The Doctor uses to justify why he would have use the Time Lock in the end, the endless war and fear of it spreading further into the galaxy, recalling Cass’ words from The Night Of The Doctor:
CASS: Go back to your battlefield. You haven’t finished yet. Some of the universe is still standing.
But Eleven is different from his previous incarnation. The Master’s sacrifice, the sight of The Woman standing beside Rassilon crying, has given The Doctor something back. He’s more like himself again, as we knew him from Classic Who. Eleven loves Earth as his adopted home, but he speaks openly about his people and longs for any Time Lords to have survived.
You only have to watch The Doctor’s Wife and then Day Of The Doctor to see The Doctor so happy to have hope that his people survived. The end of DotD shows that The Doctor has grown during his past few incarnations. He’s learned from a fledgling race such as humanity, that a new beginning is possible for Gallifrey now, that he can help, rather than distancing himself.
Expanded Universe, while it can freely be regarded as canon by fans at their own discretion, often contradicts the television show, which is constantly being written and expanded.
Now, something like the New Virgin Adventure novels (and sometimes the scripts you can find in The Nth Doctor,) are often either used for the occasional script or to create some explanations. (i.e Human Nature was one of these novels, the concepts in Room With No Doors was used for scenes in The Name Of The Doctor.)
But anything in the expanded universe can always be contradicted by events in the television series. So, ultimately while The Doctor may have been okay with Gallifrey being destroyed in the past, his hopefulness and relief tells another story now.
- Susan escaped from Gallifrey with her grandfather with little to no understanding of what was going on or why; Being technically no more than a very young child, she’s understandably rather traumatized by the whole ordeal
- Vicki’s mother died when she was young, and her father took a job on a colony planet. The ship carrying them to their new home crashed all the survivors barring Vicki were murdered, including her father.
- Steven grew up during a war in which he’d later fight; his ship crashed on a hostile planet were he was captured and kept as a prisoner for over two years with only a stuffed animal for company.
- Jamie was a piper who ended up fighting in a war.
- Victoria’s father was killed by the daleks
- Sarah Jane’s parents died in a car accident when she was young; she was raised by her aunt, who she’d later impersonate while working as a journalist.
- Tegan was on her way to start her job as an air stewardess when a series of unfortunate mistakes led to the murder of her aunt by the hands of the Master
- Nyssa’s planet was destroyed and her father taken over by the Master to be used as a new body
- Peri was a college student studying botany when she met the Doctor
- I’m not even going to go on about Ace that would take hours
I’m sorry but Rose isn’t the first companion to have a life
They had backstories, and many of them had character development of one kind or another…. but most of them, we never saw any of their lives other than with the Doctor, at least after their first stories. Not their friends or families.
Many of the actors complained of lack of character development. I don’t think Rose was the first to have any depth, but we definitely saw more of her family and home life than with previous companions. It wasn’t just backstory, it was repeatedly crucial to the plot, and her family became characters.
- Steven’s trauma and isolation were never really addressed. He was unceremoniously dropped off.
- Carole Ann Ford has said many times that Susan was meant to be much stranger and more alien. Her parentage is never explained.
- Jamie’s war experiences were never relevant to a plot except in The Highlanders. He never played a pipe in a story.
- Tegan never mentioned her aunt after her death, did she? She didn’t seem too bothered.
- Peri’s dysfunctional family was never explained. Her botany studies were never relevant. She was written out in two contradictory ways (one horrible, the other bad and out-of-character) that make it unclear if she even survived.
- Ben’s a sailor and Polly is, what, a secretary?
I don’t think the classic companions are all that bad, or that Rose is the first “fleshed out” companion. Even Barbara and Ian got quite a lot of development, and the UNIT era had a lot of good stuff. But we saw a lot more of her world than with most companions.
We saw Ace’s Grandmother, her mother as a baby, the place she burned down when her friend had been firebombed, we saw her friends, we saw were she grew up and where she and her friends liked to hang out on the weekends. We saw her world.
We saw little bits of the others’ lives even if we didnt need to know every single detail about their past. It’s like friends. You have one or two who tell you their life story, and then there’s the ones who tell you bits and pieces of their past over the course of time.
Exactly. Sarah Jane Smith is an excellent example of this. We knew from Classic Who that she lived with her Aunt Lavinia, that for some period of time she had lived in a commune and she was a reporter.
By the time of the Sarah Jane Adventures, we find out about her parents and her childhood, all this over thirty years after Sarah Jane was introduced. Expanded media has even connected Amy Williams (Pond) with inspiring Sarah Jane to be a reporter.
Personally, I’m enjoying a character like Clara that much more because we don’t know every single aspect of her life. We don’t know how her mother died, we don’t know much about her father or any other relative. Her friends we haven’t seen more than a passing glimpse of.
The fact Clara was a qualified teacher, wasn’t even warranted a mention, until she turned up as one at Coal Hill in Day Of The Doctor.
Clara’s life is slowly revealed to us, not dumped upon us in a few episodes, the character comes first and everything that has made that character the person they are is revealed as we know them better. If anything, Clara is the most realistic companion, in example of how you become acquainted with someone you’ve just met.
I agree you can’t know everything about a person over such a short period of knowing them, you learn over time you spend with them; and what they feel comfortable disclosing to you.
A TARDIS within a TARDIS.
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