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|Question about how The Doctor ages...does he age like a normal person? I don't mean anything about regeneration but let's say that Matt Smith's Doctor doesn't "die" for a long time and we could see the Doctor 30 years in the future, would he have aged 30 years or still look like young fresh Matt Smith? I ask because I was reading some theories about the John Hurt Doctor and how he is so much older than what we are used to. Meaning, since the new show began..with every regeneration the Doctor seems to be younger that the previous. We all have to admit that John Hurt doesn't fit into that scheme unless he started out young and just aged to the way we just saw him. Hope I made sense with this, never easy trying to lay out a good thought when it involves Dr. Who.|
Season 6 Episode 1 answered that question for you! Re-watch The Impossible Astronaut. You see the doctor as he always is. However as Amy, Rory and River talk with him, the Doctor mentions that he's 1103 years old. Amy notes that the last time he mentioned his age, he was 908. So I think that answers the question as he didn't appear older being the when we saw him he looked good for being a whole 195 years older than the version we later meet back at the diner.
|Thank you all for the assist. I watched a little Dr. Who when I was a kid in the 80's and only started to watch it again off and on during the "Pond" episodes. Now I'm a full timer but a bit lost on certain little things like this. Another question and it revolves around River Song. Exactly how much time has the Doctor and her actually spent together? With my limited knowledge it seems like very very little. Heck, it seems like he has spent more actual time with Clara than River. I know that their unique story is a bit timeline wierd but by the time of River's actual death...how much time did her and the Doctor spend together.|
There are many stories involving River that we have not seen. After she was put into Stormcage The Doctor would visit her often, or she would escape and meet him,and they would go on adventures. A special feature on the season 6 DVDwas First Night/Last Night. These two little scenes showed River at multiple points in her timelineon dates with the Doctor. Last Night also showed River and the Doctor on theirway to see the Singing Towers on Darillium which is the final date she and the Doctor go on before she goes to the Library.
Interesting to note is that the Doctor in these scenes is Matt Smith's meaning that he is the Doctor to take River to Darillium, knowing what is to come. Given the Doctor's sadbehavior in The Name of the Doctor with regards to River, I am guessing that this has already happened for him and that he is facing the fact that he may not have much time, if any, left with River.
|Has it ever been confirmed if the doctor can change gender, as I am thinking they (Timelords) can`t change genders. I also really don`t like the idea of him changing gender. I know the doctor when he regenerated, he first said he was a girl, but I put that up to the normal post regeneration ramble|
In The Doctor's Wife he talks about The Corsair a famous Timelord who did change genders. Which doesn't necessarily mean The Doctor can, as trans-gender regeneration may be a condition akin to Trans-Genderism in Humans, i.e. not the norm but not impossible. We don't know enough context to know for sure, but we certainly know it is possible.
[QUOTE="jwgrlrrajn"]Some sad news... http://www.forbes.com/sites/danielnyegriffiths/2013/06/01/the-next-regeneration-matt-smith-to-leave-doctor-who/[/QUOTE]
I had a feeling his time was getting short. I just hope they stay with the storyline with his replacement and become PC. If they want a female or black or even a gay black female Timelord I could care less just make him, she, himshe to be a student type of the Doctor. The Doctor is coming to the end of his lives so we will need a replace soon any way.
It's possible that a timelord can change gender during regeneration through conscious effort. When Romana was regenerating she was able to choose her form, this was a skill that timelords learned at the academy. I am guessing that the Corsair learned this skill during his schooling and it allowed him to change his gender when he regenerated. The Doctor though was, according to Romana and by his own admission, horrible at school. Because to this The Doctor has never learned how to control his rengenerations and likely would not be able to change his gender.
The fact that we are getting a new Doctor certainly changes any thoughts or predictions about the 8th series because most would be based on the personality of the 11th Doctor.
As for who the new Doctor will be, you can never really predict who they'll choose. There have been so many names going around and who knows if any of them will get the job. Given that Matt Smith was so young maybe they will go with an older Doctor with someone in his 40's. They usually go with an unknown or lesser known actorso that actorcan take the role without carrying baggage of his past roles with him. Idris Elba for instance has had success in both TV and movies so is likely too big a name now to take on the role.Tom Hiddleston, like Elba, is a great actor but is now too well identified as Loki after Thor and The Avengers. Even Benedict Cumberbatch, who was once in the running for the 11th Doctor, is too well known now after Sherlock and Star Trek: Into Darkness.
As I have suggested before, I have been a fan of Steve Valentine since his work on Crossing Jordan and think that he has the right look for the role. There is also Douglas Henshall who was in the early seasons of Primeval, he seems like he would be a good choice.
The Doctor is coming to the end of his lives so we will need a replace soon any way.
VERY MUCH worth valuing 5 minutes on. There's no point establishing a rule in the mythology of a character if you are going to entirely ignore it, especially in this 50th Anniversary year which is supposed to be respecting the entire history of the show.
I agree it doesn't need much to honour it, just a single line may be enough, but a concept firmly established across multiple stories should not be ignored.
As it is, if John Hurt is indeed an earlier incarnation of The Doctor (if not by name) then the Doctor is now out of regenerations. Without assistance Timelords are able to generate 12 portions of regenerative energy. So we have the obvious 10 giving us Doctors 2 to 11, plus the one in Journey's End which created Meta Crisis Doctor (they had a very specific line in there about diverting the remaining energy into the hand, confirming a full "portion" of energy had been expended) and then the so far unseen regeneration that gave us Hurt's incarnation.
There's plenty of ways it could have been done, additional "gifts" to fight the Time War being the obvious one, but it does need an on screen acknowledgement of some kind.