Rob Callahan pretty much covered this in his post. I figure I’d post about it since I’ve been busy with NaNoWrimo…
The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary is now one week away and according to the trailers focuses on the Time War.
The Time War between the Time Lords and the Daleks has been the one fixed point since the new series started almost eight years ago. Originally used to give the series a clean start without at the time forty years worth of backstory to catch up on the fixed point is now front and center.
This off-scene event has brought up the who, what, why and how. There was some vague dialogue from Rassilion about the Doctor having the “moment”.
Sure, the comics have filled in the gaps and after several minutes of wikipedia searching the “moment” is weapon that can erase people from time and space. Pieces of this moment are scattered all through out Doctor Who lore starting with a De-Mat Gun which brings us all the way back to the Invasion of Time with Sontarans and Doctor #4 and Leela.
I’d complain about the gaping holes in Amazon Instant Videos from seasons 13-15 of Doctor Who but I digress…
The good news is BBC did a prequel to fill in the blanks between Doctor #8, The Time War and Doctor #9.
It features Doctor #8 and name checks many companions from the Big Finish Production radio plays that Paul McGann has voiced over the years.
It is 7 minutes of gloriousness.
Now, in order to enjoy this you must: A. Remember the 2hr Fox TV Movie from 1996 featuring Doctor #7 to #8 and then B. remember The Brain of Morbius with Doctor #4 and Sarah Jane Smith.
The Sisterhood of Karn and their elixir of life.
This video brings up the elephant in the room regarding the Doctor’s regenerations.
How many does he actually have left? The Vailyard, who? Did rebooting the universe reboot his regenerations? Do we actually count any of the Sarah Jane tv show saying he’ll live forever?
The funny thing is I almost miss the older seasons where they gave you dribs and drabs but nothing concrete unless necessary.
I think in a post-X-Files/LOST television world a shows mythology may be too much a burden. Like a reset button is needed no matter what.
Having survived the 80’s/90’s/00’s of comic bookdom I’d normally roll my eyes at the reset button, instead I’ll roll my eyes at the fact I can’t watch every single episode of Doctor Who on Amazon Instant Video.
Personally, my money is on the Timelords coming back from their fixed moment, go back to being the stuffy shirts they were and letting the Doctor go off on his own while backhanding complimenting him for his service by extending his regenerations.
Simple. Short. Sweet just in time for his next regeneration.