Thursday, December 11, 2014

Legacy Character Study: The Eleventh Doctor, Part 2

I’ve put this off for too long. It’s time to continue the 11th Doctor’s life with one final adventure.

And now it's time for one last bow....


Same as ever.

Did you ever see Cast Away? Wilson, but a Cyberman’s head. And Handles actually talks. (And thanks to a bit of the Doctor taking the slow path, he becomes the Doctor's longest companion.)

Character History (Continued)
After all sorts of exciting adventures in both time and space, the Doctor had one final jaunt. Everything in his past came to a head as he finally took the long way around. There was a gathering of aliens almost as big as the Pandorica Alliance, all orbiting around a mysterious planet. After some investigating with his new companion (a Cyberman head named “Handles”), the Doctor discovers that the signal is Gallifreyan.

Gallifrey Falls No More, indeed.

After picking up Clara, the Doctor finagles his way down to the planet (trenzalore) and its (apparently only) village, where no one can lie because a truth field. The town is called Christmas. And it has a crack in one of its walls. One final crack in time. And Gallifrey is on the other side, asking a single question.

"Doctor who?"

If they receive the Doctor’s real name, then they’ll know that it’s safe to come back to the universe. But the Time War would erupt all over again, what with all the aliens in the skies. The Papal Mainframe overseeing the whole ordeal rededicates itself to making sure the Doctor doesn’t answer. Because silence must fall in order to prevent the Time War. Sans TARDIS, sans Clara, the Doctor becomes the guardian of Christmas for hundreds of years, living out his final regeneration. (The Meta-Crisis Doctor counted towards his twelve lives.) Clara managed to steer the TARDIS back to the Doctor, but found him looking just as old as he seemed in his first incarnation.

"Damn Daleks, always getting on my lawn and bringing down the property values...."
As he went to save Christmas from invading Daleks one final time, Clara pled for the Doctor’s sake into the crack in time, which disappeared. It reappeared over the town of Christmas and breathed new life into the Doctor, giving him time energy enough to destroy the Dalek forces as well as a new cycle of 12 regenerations. In the final moments, the Doctor, reunited with his TARDIS  finally got a chance to say what over a thousand years in the universe had shown him.

11th Doctor: “It all just disappears, doesn't it? Everything you are gone in a moment, like breath on a mirror... But, times change, and so must I... We all change. When you think about it, we're all different people all through our lives. And that's okay, that's good. You've gotta keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be. I will not forget one line of this. Not one day. I swear. I will always remember when the Doctor was me.”

And after reuniting with a vision of Amy Pond, the Doctor took of his bow tie and became Scottish.

12th Doctor: “Kidneys! I’ve got new kidneys! I don’t like the color.”

And the adventure continues. 

Alternate Versions
Mr. Clever


I can’t believe I didn’t mention Mr. Clever last time. The embodiment of Cyberman programming in his head, Mr. Clever played a game of chess for the Doctor’s body. And lost. 

Someday, when 12 regenerates, I’ll be here to summarize his life.

Until then, here’s a thought. 

What if the 12th Doctor went back to Pompeii?

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