I think that in due time I’ll write about the Old Believers, because not even Russians know that they are not extinct and pretty much among us all the time, like a religious mafia.
Or maybe I’ll write abour Moscow metro - my most beloved method of transportation. About how it works and it’s specialities.
Or I will write about something cultural, or russian mentality.
What would you like to read? Suggestions?
Anything about what Russian people and everyday Russian life would be amazing, especially if you are old enough to remember the Cold War. I was 13 in 91 when the Cold War is generally said to have ended, so I got a pretty limited view of what Russia and Russians were like. I was always smart enough to know I wasn’t getting the full picture, still, the Russian perspective is still pretty absent. At least I recognize this though.
In the late 80’s, Andrew Cartmel developed a plan to reveal The Doctor’s origins. Only a few bits and pieces of this made it to screen- Sevens “I’m more than just another Time Lord” is likely part of this.
Among other things, this involved revising the story of how the Gallifreyans became the Time Lords. Originally, it was Rassilon and Omega, Rassilon being more on the political end, Omega being the engineer. He would have added a third figure, called “The Other”, and at least heavily implied that The Doctor is a future incarnation of this figure. In some of the novels, Susan Foreman was actually The Other’s granddaughter, and recognized The Doctor as a distant reincarnation of her grandfather.
Eleven talking about how Hurt’s character broke the promise does seem to suggest Hurt is somewhere in advance of the first incarnation, but I’m not convinced it rules this out entirely. Perhaps he adopted the name “The Doctor” in part as a response to his first incarnations betrayal of what he stood for? He presumably stood for something even before he adopted the name. Maybe what Hurt’s character did was part of why he left Gallifrey in the first place?
If his name will actually be revealed, it better set up deeper mysteries, be incredibly epic in scope, or perhaps both. I’ve got a theory on it. The Doctor’s name is “Omega”.
This is a name that should be instantly recognizable to those familiar with the classic series. To recap, Omega was a stellar engineer in the dawn of the Time Lord era on Gallifrey, and collapsed a star into a black hole. This is what gave the nascent Time Lords the power to master time travel. A good argument could be made here that Omega was the first of the Time Lords. Nice symetry with the *last* of the Time Lords, The Doctor.
Unfortunately, Omega ended up trapped in an antimatter universe. His first recorded attempt to break free required the First, Second, and Third Doctors to defeat, and weakened the Time Lords to the extent that the only aid they could give was getting the three Doctors in contact with each other- and the First only through a video link. His second attempt was defeated by the Fifth Doctor, but came far closer to success.
Various bits and pieces of S5 on have seemed to hint that Omega is returning. The omega sign, the TARDIS like technology the Silents had access to, and we’re clearly dealing with a cosmic badass coming after The Doctor.
As for direct evidence that it’s his name, there really isn’t any. The symbolism, though… Omega is the last letter of the Greek alphabet, and the word is used to refer to the concept of ‘last’. Fitting name for the last of a species. And the questions it could set up- I don’t foresee a direct “The Doctor is Omega” statement being made. I foresee something like “I was named after him”… The Doctor viewed Omega as a great hero(at first anyways), perhaps he got that from his parents, who named him for the great scientist?
Of course, with this as the answer to who he is, it raise the question of who he will become. Was he named after a great hero, or named after himself? This is a name that can preserve some mystery and have some really interesting storytelling directions things could go in from here on out.
Now that I think of it, River Song’s storyline could, with minimal stretching, be interpreted as a foreshadowing of this. Named after herself, she was formed like the first Time Lords, she had her homicidal maniac phase… It’s not perfect, no, but there are some rough parallels between my theory here and the life of River Song.
Why he doesn’t use the name anymore? Well, it’s been shown that The Doctors memories of meeting himself are fairly shaky- or at least inferred as an in universe explanation of why he never seems to remember meeting his future self. Time Crash did indicate that he can sometimes retain at least partial memory of such meetings. Maybe the First Doctor remembered enough that he turned away from the name out of shame, but not enough to lose his view of the historical Omega as a hero? No longer using the name could also be related to his status as an exile.
I think I need to watch the Omega episodes again, as well as all of S5-present. See if I’ve missed anything that would substantially strengthen or weaken this theory.
SHE HAS SEEN THE NAME OF THE DOCTOR.
IF YOU TELL ME CLARA IS FUCKING RIVER I WILL KILL YOU MOFFAT.
That sentence can be taken both ways.
I like one of those ways.
Seriously, though, I’m expecting Susan, or possibly The Doctor himself(herself at this point?).
Susan is the easiest to make work, hypothetically if she was rushing back to Gallifrey to help out as the Time Lock came down, and her TARDIS crashed against it, it’s not unreasonable to expect her to get scattered across time like Clara. You could expect something very strange to happen with time and/or the occupants of said TARDIS, at least. And Claras life/lives do count as something strange happening to her with regards to time.
The parents of one of the Claras being on screen might be an issue, but adoption is a thing and at least through “Cold War”(I’ve fallen behind) that possibility has not been ruled out. There are questions of aging rates and whatnot here, but we’ve seen with Mels that at least partial Time Lords can age similarly to humans.
The TARDIS not knowing which side of the Time Lock she is supposed to be on could explain the not getting along, too.