As the 50th anniversary draws clower there have been many theories concerning the overall story. One of the biggest mysteries yet to be revealed is what exactly did John Hurt’s Doctor do that was so horrible that he lost his title of “The Doctor”. Well, lets look at a few hints from previous episodes and see what we can come up with.
In the episode The Beast Below, the 11th Doctor mentions that he would have to change his name after killing the star whale because he would no longer be a Doctor. So it’s probaby safe to assume that death was involved (genocide?). In the episode The Doctor’s Wife, the Doctor admits he was responsible for the destruction of the Time Lords. One possible theory is that The Doctor did in fact kill all of the Time Lords but at a specific point in time. The time was (maybe) after the end of the largest Time Lord victory during the war at The Gates of Elysium.
Here’s the theory: after the battle at The Gates of Elysium, Davros had fallen, the Daleks were driven off Gallifrey by the Time Lords, and they were all but victorious. However, this victory wasn’t enough for the now power hungry Time Lords. They wanted to erase every last Dalek out of existence. A new offensive was led by the Time Lords and a second Great Time War began. Knowing the Time Lords had to be stopped, the Doctor took it upon himself to end this Second Time War before it started. He tells the Time Lords that he is finished fighting and walks away from the war effort. He leaves the Time War and the Time Lords to start building “The Moment”
The Doctor returns some time later and uses “The Moment” to destroy all of the Time Lords (much like the Immortality Gate in ‘The End of Time’) and converts all of them into regeneration energy which is absorbed by The Doctor (John Hurt) giving him billions of regeneration opportunities. Then using the power of all the Time Lords, the Doctor “time locks” the events of the first Time War so that the war mongering will cease.
I believe that the crimes of John Hurt’s Doctor was the desctruction of a billion Time Lord lives. This does away with his regeneration limit and also explains why there aren’t any Time Lords left after the Time War except those left locked during war time. Its possible he put them in an infinite loop of fighting the same battles with the same outcomes, always ending on the day of their demise and beginning again on the day the Daleks first invaded. This is after all just a theory…
Doctor Who may have not lasted fifty wonderful years if the plot device of Time Lord regeneration was not created. Patrick Troughton played the second incarnation of the nortorious Time Lord and he will be featured in a 50th anniversary docudrama titled An Adventure in Space and Time by Reece Shearsmith of the League of Gentlemen.
When William Hartnel began to suffer from poor health in 1966, the idea to have the Doctor regenerate gave the show the ability to recast their star character. This was a risk however, as viewers might not accept that the Doctor could change in appearance and personality. And even if they audience accepted that idea, would they like the new Doctor? It was an incredibly big gamble and that’s why fans often say Patrick Troughton had the hardest job as the new Doctor.
The Doctor’s first regeneration is a tremendous sight to see and Troughton appears along with the sound of the Tardis materialising. There was some initial backlash at first. Fans of the show missed the Doctor they had already come to know and love. It’s truely is a testament to Patrick Troughton’s skills as an actor that he was able to be such a successful Doctor.
Patrick Troughton added his own personal touch to the character. The Doctor was no longer a grandfatherly gentlemen that Hartnell’s Doctor was, and became a more playful man with a mop of dark Beatles hair that fit perfectly with the era of the 1960’s. The new Doctor brought a more enthusiastic and energetic quality to the role. Troughton’s three year run as the Doctor thoroughly established Doctor Who once more as a family favourite but took the show into new territory.
The prominence of historical stories lessened and futurist stories became a stronger theme both on Earth and elsewhere in the universe. The Cybermen returned and became much more menacing than previous encounters. The organization UNIT as well as Brigadier were introduced doing battle with Yeti and other fearful creatures. The Time Lords were also introduced for the first time in his final story, The War Games, where they punish the Doctor for his interfering in the affairs of alien races and sentence him to regenerate again and be exiled to Earth.
Patrick Troughton was a trailblazer for every new Doctors that followed and he remains a fan favourite. He returned to the show three times in the Three, Five and Two Doctors stories and attended Whovian events for almost twenty years after leaving the rold. He passed away while at a Doctor Who convention in America at the age of 67 in 1987. His legacy as the Doctor is immense and it’s hard not to see similarities between Troughton and eleventh Doctor Matt Smith. Between the bow ties, hilariously expressive face or the rediculous way they run it’s clear that 2 and 11 are both cut from the same Time Lord cloth.
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Matt Smith’s time as the beloved eleventh Doctor is almost here and he recently revealed that his final episode, the 2013 christmas special, began filming today Sunday, September 8th.
Smith attended the GQ awards in London on Tuesday with a unually close shave. He told the press that he “did it for a film” and as a result will have to wear a wig during the filming of the Christmas Special. Although he said the wig ‘is a nightmare’ he added that he was extremely excited to shoot his final episode as the time traveling Doctor.
Smith’s buzz cut is due to him being cast in the Gosling-directed movie How To Catch A Monster, in which Smith will make his American movie debut as “a real lunatic” named Bones.
The haircut caused a bit of tension in the Who camp back in July. While at a film conference, Dr. Who writer and executive producer Steven Moffat saw Smith’s hair and said “Damn you and Ryan Gosling and your shaved head!”. Smith joked that he was applying fertilizer to his head to have his hair grown back by September. Smith explained, “I need a quiff!”
Smith will be succeeded by Glaswegian actor Peter Capaldi as the Twelth Doctor in the new year after Smith’s Doctor regenerates. Back in August, show writer and producer Steven Moffat revealed that the new Doctor will keep his Scottish accent and will be an “older, trickier and fiercer Doctor”.