Talkin’ Turkey With Tim Babb
This is my last Doctor Who blog, I swear! I watched the 50th Anniversary episode last night after editing TANcast 265, and I enjoyed it. It was fun and for a change, there weren’t any major kicks in the dick. When I turned it off, I felt like the time it took to watch all that Doctor Who over the past few months was worth it because it payed off in me enjoying the show. So, hurray! Happy ending for me!
But then, as I lay in bed, I started thinking about the episode and I started had a question.* So I would throw this question into the internets fro my last Who blog. But be warned, as River Song would say,
Before I get to my query and now that we’re below the spoiler tag, am I right in thinking no one died in this episode? I mean yes in the time war people are dying, but it’d be pretty weak to show a war where everyone was ok. But even though several characters we are introduced to in the episode appear to be in mortal danger, I don’t think anyone actually dies. Good on, ya Doctor!
Now to my question. At the end of the episode, Matt Smith (or the 11th Doctor, but I’m calling him Matt Smith) gets a visit from an old dude. Who is that guy supposed to be?
Before you longtime Whovians cluck your tongues at me and rush to the comment section to tell me I’m an idiot…I know who the actor is and why he’s significant. Even though I have not seen one episode of Doctor Who that aired before 2005, I know this old dude to be Tom Baker, the 4th Doctor. But that doesn’t answer my question. That Doctor “died” and regenerated into Peter Davison (who crossed paths with David Tennant’s Doctor in a mini episode that was actually quite entertaining. It was so short, no one had time to die…brilliant!) My point is, who is that guy supposed to be? (See what I did there?) He’s obviously too old to be a past version of the Doctor, because he never got that old. Is he just some random dude who happens to look like the 4th Doctor? What’s the point of that? But then they seem to imply he’s the Doctor in the future. But can he change back into old incarnations of himself? Why doesn’t he do that more often? Did he get another special cup from those ladies in that mini episode? Did they see the Epic Rap Battle of History and decide they would follow THOSE rules? WHAT IS THE MEANING OF ALL THIS?!
Ah well, everybody lives…I’ll just focus on that.
*Actually I had several questions about the episode, but I forgot to write all of them down so I only remembered 2. One of them was the above question, the second was: Where in the 10th Doctor’s timeline did we meet up with him. Turns out it was after the episode “Waters of Mars,” but before the episode “End of Time Part 1.” He even makes a typical “nonsensical” reference about marrying Queen Elizabeth at the beginning of End of Time. Way to make that work, writers.