Dave Galanter
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Subj: Re: The problem is that Chris Chibnall will continue to add elements to the absurdity of...
Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2020 at 07:15:47 pm CDT (Viewed 107 times)
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The problem is that Chris Chibnall will continue to add elements to the absurdity of the Doctor not being a native Gallifreyan but someone/something else even though the Doctor's body has the biological characteristics of the Time Lords (two hearts, et cetera).

It is the biggest mistake than has ever been done to the show and it would take another season to retcon such a change.

Curiously enough, Chris Chibnall has put his own run into self-destruction since the easiest way to retcon the change is to imply that the Timeless Child is not the true Doctor but another entity. At the same time, BBC cannot take the risk to confess that.

There was never an origin as such for the Timelords, or how they came by 'Regeneration', but there was enough information seeded over the decades to say that the process was at least in part artificially granted, and that their power over time travel was the gift of Rassilon and Omega, who devised the Eye of Harmony as their core power-source.

But the people of Gallifrey itself... they were and are largely a mystery. The Timeless Child retcon explains a lot certainly but it reveals the people of Gallifrey as innately corrupt from the start, ruthless, and thinking nothing of killing a child to prove a scientific hypothesis. Whether Chris Chibnall realised it or not he has reinvented the Doctor as the victim of what is technically vivisection, and exploitation of the most horrific kind. Tectane being the equivalent of Dr Josef Mengeles.

Nevertheless, in one stroke he has reduced the Timelords to an irrelevance. Everything they are and were is owed to 'The Timeless Child', and when you think the implications of that through the series, and the character, are not enriched by this revision, they are reduced. The Doctor is no longer the renegade who abandoned his world to explore and ultimately dedicate himself to using his races superior powers and intellect to help the broader universe, instead he is and always was a super-being. He is the equivalent of Ky from 1972's The Mutants, or 'Light' from 1989's Ghost Light. A unique being of godlike powers and origins and far apart from what we believed the Timelords were. They were in fact mere shadows of the Doctor all along - their power and status owed to him - as he was in fact never the underdog of his 'people', but their suppressed victim all along... they deliberately kept him down as they knew his real nature and knew him to be far more than just another Timelord.


And this is fine by me. It's done. The good thing about it though, and what Chris Chibnall didn't intend, is that it is such a profound alteration and subvertion of the lore and the character that he has very visibly drawn a line under the Female-Doctor era and what came before. This era, Chibnall and Whittaker's, is now an entity that is divorced from the series as a whole, it has effectively bottled itself. And with sharply declining viewer interest the collapse of this era is more an inevitability than mere conjecture. What will be left is a smouldering ruin by the time both he and Whittaker have departed and the BBC facing a disaster all of their own making....

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