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ADMIN: A Sort-Of FAQ [Jan. 15th, 2006|02:05 am]
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(This post is basically so that there's something to be linked to from the userinfo that tackles the most commonly-asked bits and pieces.)


The community memories are here, sorted into semi-useful categories. But here's some of the things that've come up most often, and a few that get asked a lot all over the place in general.


1. Sleep and the single Time Lord
Short answer: The Doctor does sleep at least occasionally but he also goes on a bit about humans sleeping all the time. Read into that what you will. (This one gets asked an awful lot. I suspect it's for pornography...)

2. How old is the Doctor?
Short answer: Umm, we're not sure. The Doctor gives out roughly sequential numbers until he's suddenly quoting nine hundred again in Aliens of London, a figure that's a good century smaller than the last number he came out with.

3. What's the Doctor's real name?
Short answer: We don't know.
Slightly longer answer: Everyone on Gallifrey refers to him as the Doctor, and that's the name he's always introduced himself with. Way back in An Unearthly Child he wasn't called Doctor Foreman. WOTAN in The War Machines actually called him "Doctor Who," but it also said he was human so would it know, eh?

3a. Isn't it Theta Sigma?
Short answer: No. Both The Armageddon Factor and The Happiness Patrol establish it as a college nickname.

4. Who is Susan Foreman?
Short answer: If we take the TV!canon at face value, she's the Doctor's biological grandchild. According the Virgin NAs, she's actually the grandchild of some guy called the Other.

5. Where do baby Time Lords come from?
Short answer: TV!Canon is silent on the subject other than the general statement that Susan is the Doctor's granddaughter. According to the NAs, they're woven on Looms.

5a. Where do baby Doctors come from?
Short answer: Well, see, that one's tricky. The Doctor was apparently woven on a Loom (the NAs) and born to a human mother (the TVM) who could be called Penelope (the EDAs). And Creature From the Pit has him claiming to have been born under the sign of the Gallifrey maternity service. (But he might just have been joking.)

6. Are all Gallifreyans Time Lords?
Short answer: There's no canonical certainty on that one. There's bits here and there to suggest either answer. Non-TV!canon is generally more with the idea that there's a difference.

7. A whole bunch of stuff about regeneration.
Short answer: *handwaves*

8. What's the Time War? And what happened to Gallifrey?
Not very short answer: This one's complicated by the fact that the BBC books line (the EDAs) also had a huge war in which Gallifrey was destroyed. This is not the same Time War as the one the ninth Doctor's always going on about. The TV!canon Time War was fought between the Time Lords and the Daleks, and Gallifrey is no longer there as a result (quite what that means isn't entirely clear). Other species, like the Gelth, were affected by it. The Doctor believes himself to be the only surviving Time Lord. It's implied (in Dalek) that he's the one that ended it.

9. Various things about the TARDIS
Short answer: Old, not new, "borrowed," blue.





Well, that was all clear as mud, wasn't it?


(Corrections etc sought and so on.)
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[User Picture]From: megpie71
2006-01-15 05:06 am (UTC)
"Theta Sigma" was actually established as the Doctor's college nickname way back in the final episode of the "Key to Time" extended storyline (I've mislaid my copy of the Discontinuity Guide, so I can't remember the name of the actual story) where the name was first introduced. Going by Romana's full name (which runs to multiple syllables) it may be that "Doctor" or "the Doctor" are just the first few syllables of his whole name. In which case, it's a massive case of linguistic overlap.

I suppose the one thing which really has to be stated fairly clearly about the whole series is that as far as can be told from the series continuity, the BBC does not have a "Master" continuity guide. Instead, it's made up from all kinds of bits and pieces put together over the years, with each actor adding their own input (Patrick Troughton's Doctor played the recorder; the Jon Pertwee version knew Venusian karate; Tom Baker liked jellybabies; Peter Davidson was allergic to certain gases which turned celery purple; Colin Baker managed to fix the chameleon circuit; Sylvester McCoy spoke with a lowland Scots burr) and not necessarily paying attention to what's come before. Even the villains aren't immune to the total rejigging of their continuity (compare the first of the Dalek stories with "Genesis of the Daleks"; compare the various versions of Cybermen; and compare the Roger Delgado Master with the Anthony Ainley one...). I believe the most accurate statement regarding all continuity is along the lines of "they make it up as they go along".
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[User Picture]From: morgeil
2006-01-15 05:55 am (UTC)
"Theta Sigma" was actually established as the Doctor's college nickname way back in the final episode of the "Key to Time" extended storyline (I've mislaid my copy of the Discontinuity Guide, so I can't remember the name of the actual story) where the name was first introduced.

I believe that would be "The Armageddon Factor". :)
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[User Picture]From: nostalgia_lj
2006-01-15 05:59 am (UTC)
"Theta Sigma" was actually established as the Doctor's college nickname way back in the final episode of the "Key to Time" extended storyline (I've mislaid my copy of the Discontinuity Guide, so I can't remember the name of the actual story) where the name was first introduced.

Yay, thanks! *goes to edit*
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[User Picture]From: wishfulaces
2006-01-16 05:55 am (UTC)
And there's that bit in "Shada" where Romana's talking about Time Tots, but seeing as how "Shada" was never actually finished I'm not sure where people would put it on the canon-scale.

I feel nice and fan-wanky now.
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From: arromdee
2006-01-19 03:19 am (UTC)
I believe that in Planet of the Spiders the Doctor told Sarah about an old man who lived near him when he was a boy (Cho-Je), although I don't have the patience right now to go through the entire tape and verify that the word "boy" was actually used.
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[User Picture]From: pbristow
2006-06-23 03:15 pm (UTC)
I think he actually says "young man", but it's a fuzzy memory (no tape available to me at present).
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[User Picture]From: rob_t_firefly
2006-01-16 09:51 am (UTC)
Well done!
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From: reasdream
2008-04-11 07:09 pm (UTC)
Cna I ask a question here? Is the Doctor telepathic?
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