Have We LOST The Doctor?

I just watched the latest episode of Doctor Who, “The Stolen Earth” [SPOILER WARNING for American viewers]. Fan sites are abuzz with speculation about what is going on, since David Tennant is supposed to be back as the Doctor in subsequent episodes.

But Davros had been monitoring earth and watching LOST – that’s where he got the idea to hide the planets a second into the future. And that, I think, is how the Doctor’s new self, a second ahead of the universe, will somehow not prevent his present self from continuing.

Not that that makes sense, but whether it is LOST or Doctor Who, one needs a generous dose of suspension of disbelief. Then again, if we live in a world where our present understanding of Quantum mechanics is correct, and a universe in which time travel is possible, then most of our notions of what “makes sense” are destined to be discarded.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05115370166754797529 Mark Goodacre

    What a cracking episode, eh, James? We are all still buzzing in my house. You should put a spoiler alert up, though. Viewers in the US are only up to “Forest of the Dead” last Friday. I know my enjoyment would have been spoiled if I’d read your post before seeing the episode. However, I suppose all us hard core fans are likely to have watched it by now! Cheers, Mark

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15002312216839280976 Loren Rosson III

    James,I strongly suspect the Doctor’s regenerated hand (from The Christmas Invasion) will play a part in Tennant regenerating into himself. Did you see the close up shot of the Doctor’s right hand as he was starting to regenerate? So getting shot by the Dalek in the left part of his body will allow him to complete that partial regeneration begun on the right side.I think it’s lame as hell, mind you, but by God, I just know that’s what RTD has in store for us.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05115370166754797529 Mark Goodacre

    Hi Loren. I hope not, but I doubt it. That doesn’t make much sense to me. I think the hand shot is there because it is the most obvious way to show the viewer that the regeneration is under way; they don’t want to show us a close up of the face. I’ve already read and heard a bit too much spoiler speculation; my favourites are that . . . . well, I won’t spoil it in case James are you haven’t heard them. Still, all theories aside, the very fact that everyone is talking about it shows just want a fantastic cliffhanger that was. Roll on Saturday!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15002312216839280976 Loren Rosson III

    Mark,Watch again as he’s hit by the Dalek (freeze your player if you need to). His left side lights up (but only his left side) in the same way the bodies of most victims light up completely. Then in the TARDIS the close up is on his right hand — that hand which regenerated already, of course, and which also played a part in the last season finale (the older preserved hand). Davies has a fixation on the significance of that hand, and unfortunately I think it’s pretty clear where he’s going.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05115370166754797529 Mark Goodacre

    Hi Loren. Yes, I know what you mean about when he is hit by the dalek; our Emily pointed that out when we first watched it. I still don’t think you are right, though, about the significance of that.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15002312216839280976 Loren Rosson III

    I would say “I hope you’re right”, but it won’t matter. Being left with Tennant is going to be a cop-out no matter how we get there.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02561146722461747647 James F. McGrath

    I did notice the shot of the hand, and the fact that the Doctor received ‘only a scratch’ from the dalek. But of course, it is standard procedure in all sorts of television and film settings for bullets and lasers to be instantly lethal unless they hit a main character.I did see some of the speculations, but I am just not sure whether I’m persuaded by any of it. But there have tended to be longer plot-arches in recent seasons of Doctor Who: the “bad wolf” one, the “Harold Saxon” one. This time it could be the “severed hand” one. But as Mark said, the point is that the episode has fans wondering what will happen next, and that is a sign of enthralling television…


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