Reblog if you've enjoyed the Steven Moffat era so far
Simple reblog. Not a vote on whether you ship XYZ, or you think the Doctor was justified in what he did on Gallifrey or that making the Master into Missy was a good idea or not, or the Doctor travelling with a married couple, etc. Have you been entertained since 2010?
Torchwood; Season 2, Episode 11 ‘Adrift’. The character Jonah talk about where he had been sent by the Rift. He talks about a burning planet “I woke up and the land was on fire. There were flames for miles on end. A man pulled me from the flames, took me to a building and tried to work on the burns […] It was a rescue craft. The last of a burning Planet.”
A long time ago, you (I think it was you) mentioned something about Narvin/anthropomorphic!Gallifrey. The concept intrigues the hell out of me, and now that you're back, are you planning to do more with it?
…It’s probably unwise to let it be seen that I’m this easy where ficwriting is concerned, isn’t it? I should, like, hem and haw and prevaricate. And not admit that I saw this in my inbox and immediately went off and wrote the last 800 or so words of this fic because who needs a life, anyway and it turns out that finishing WIPs this old is immensely satisfying
. All right then, nonnie, this one is for you.
the doctor's ever changing opinion of gallifrey/timelords
fuck dese guys I'm out
wow my life's great now, can't believe I spent 200 years on that god forsaken orange rock, without jamie too!!
you know what idc that u pompous arseholes banished me to earth, I got da brig with me and let me tell you something they don't have moustache's like that on gallifrey
first u accuse me of treason and now you want me for president,oh my daze you guys are such nerds, jelly baby?
you killed peri! then fragmented her in to 5 different versions of herself, you guys are fucked up, stay away from my humans!
shit man... me, the master and the rani, used to be so cool back at the academy, like the ultimate squad y'know, now we all so damn fucked up, that's what gallifrey does to innocent childrens
take the master's jiggly sperm back to gallifey they said, it'll be fine they said
haha GALLIFREY STANDS bitches, totally keeping this jacket as a memento
well I'm just going to have to cover up my severe psd with immense sass, any way it's not all bad at least I have rose she's great, although somehow she reminds me of the time war and why am I still wearing the jacket that I wore when my planet burned?!?
well the thing is martha its like every story about a kid who wants to get out of their small town but then ends up missing it, except the kid is 900 years old, the small town is an entire planet and the kid ends up committing the genocide of his own species
yay!! my people are back they are actually alive and I can go home, this is the best thing ever!! two tics clara I need stand on a cloud with me, myself and I and stare at this beautiful planet full of my problematic faves
the bae is dead and its probably your fault!! my hybrid valeyard arse has smashed on some glass for two billion years to get here and get my revenge, I told you to stay away from my humans!! and clara and peri both have scattered lives, way to rub it in. jeeze I can't believe I was so thirsty for you two hearted cunts to come back
i just realized a thing. When Ten ‘saved’ River in 'Forest of the Dead’ by uploading her into the librarie’s data core, he essentially did the very same thing to her that is done with the dead on his home planet. The minds of dead Time Lords are uploaded into the Matrix and thus 'saved’, and so was River. By uploading her mind onto the computer, Ten technically gave her some kind of Gallifreyan burrial. He treated her like one of his own kind and - intendedly or not - offered her a Time Lord’s peace. Probably some part of him already knew who she really was.
like, it’s obviously terrifying as a weapon – dubbed the Galaxy Eater, it can destroy an unfathomable about of matter between one heartbeat and the next and leave no trace behind – but people don’t really talk about its sentience enough
Ah, yes, that’s sort of a pet favorite rant topic of mine. Here’s the overview.
Around the fortieth anniversary of Doctor Who, Big Finish, the company that produces officially licensed Doctor Who audio dramas with many actors from the show, put out a bunch of alternate universe takes on Doctor Who under the banner of “Unbound.” Stuff like, “What if the Doctor never left Gallifrey,” “What if the Doctor had a different moral code,” that kind of thing. They’re pretty interesting, honestly.
One of those audio plays is Exile, the story with the misfortune to be my literal least favorite Doctor Who story ever. I mean it, nothing else comes close for me. It’s the only full-length production about a woman as the Doctor, at least until series 11 comes along, and it is an absolute disaster. For one thing, it’s built around really unfunny comedy involving vomiting, fecal matter, and alcohol. At one point in it David Tennant’s character (he is, bizarrely, in it, long before he ever played the Doctor) eats dog food. High art it is not.
But worse yet, it’s transphobic and aggressively against the idea of a woman playing the Doctor. Periodically, we hear her mentally conversing with her past self, who goes on long tirades about how gross it is that she’s a woman. At the end, Time Lords trick her into getting killed just because they think it’s gross she changed gender. And worse yet, the whole story is about her lack of fulfillment because she isn’t getting to live life as the Doctor, which is, of course, all tied to her change in gender.
It is, in my opinion, the single most awful and offensive thing to ever call itself Doctor Who. And today it’s gotten blown into obscurity forevermore by no longer being able to call itself the only woman Doctor story. Hurrah.
My fellow Tumblr Whovians, I got some questions that I thought maybe you guys could help me answer:
1) How much mass does Gallifrey have? Is it bigger or smaller than earth? Wouldn’t this affect the gravity and make the doctor stronger or weaker than humans? Think of the movie John Carter.
2)What is it like if you don’t live in the Gallifreyan cities? I know there’s a silver forest but what is it like to live out there? Are there different factions of savages or something? How do they survive out there?
3) What type of flora and fauna are on Gallifrey? Other than silver trees, what types of plants are there? Are there birds or squirrels on Gallifrey? Is that what they eat?
4) What is the school system like on Gallifrey? What do they learn?
5) What is the government like? Is the Lord President more like a king or a dictator? Is he an elected or appointed official?
6) What is the weather like on Gallifrey? Is there ever rain?
7) What different types of biomes are on Gallifrey??
8) What is the Justice system like on Gallifrey? Are there prisons?
9) What types of religions are on Gallifrey? Do they even have religion?
10) Is there marriage on Gallifrey?
11) Are there gay people on Gallifrey? If a Gallifreyan can change genders when they regenerate do they even consider people “gay” or “straight?”
12) Is the doctor actually half human? If he is, then are there things he can’t do that a “pure” Gallifreyan can?
EDIT: Just thought of a question 13.
13) How long is the day/night cycle on Gallifrey? Wouldn’t a longer day mean Gallifreyans need to sleep less than humans?
Personally, I'm more interested in what the avant-garde of Gallifrey is like than the politics and economy.
That’s assuming there is one and that it’s not represented by Renegades like the Doctor.
I mean, there probably is one, but what would it look like? How does time travel affect art? Are those 4-D paintings something anyone can do? Are those experimental? If a frozen bit of time can be a painting and yet also be a portal to/from that time and/or from one time to another, how does translate into the choices artists make for the subjects of their art?
Maybe ‘Traditional’ Gallifreyan art moves glacially slow–sculptors who take decades or centuries to make one piece, to make something solid in the stream of time; horticulturists (Ceruleans, probably) who weave plants into living collages; celestial-artists that shift stars and other phenomena to make patterns that can only be viewed at certain times and/or certain places (as if the Medusa Cascade were naturally occurring).
And the avant-garde are all about the quick and the fast and what doesn’t last, what won’t be around in decades or centuries or at the end of all things. (And in that way, that would make the Doctor part of the avant-garde, even if he doesn’t consider himself an artist. He’s got appreciation for the mayflies, loses that perspective if they’re not around to remind him, even if they’re so much more important than for just perspective reminding.)
So…an interesting thought hit me about the Doctor.
He has a granddaughter, “Susan.” (Presumably this is not her real name, but we never find out her real name any more than we find out his).
Therefore, the Doctor has at least one child (not counting Jenny, his clone).
From what we see of Gallifrey and the fact that he is married to River, the logical assumption is that the Doctor also has an ex.
However, he never talks about them. Ever. My head canon has always been that there was a bad breakup.
The basic assumption, of course, is that the Doctor had a wife. But that’s not necessarily true.
Gallifreyan society is extremely high tech. It’s “extended” canon that most, possibly all, Gallifreyan children are conceived and gestated artificially.
Which brings up two possibilities.
1. The Doctor never talks about his ex because there was no ex. He was an intentional single parent, his child was artificially conceived using banked DNA.
2. The Doctor never had a wife. He had a husband. And he has generally not talked about him to his human companions because humans have hangups about such things, even if he (as a member of a species that can change sex anyway) thinks they’re really silly.
As the show has never addressed this, you can pry bisexual Doctor out of my cold dead hands ;).
Slumping against the TARDIS wall, Rose sighed as she finally convinced Adam to go to sleep, he could see the universe tomorrow. Sure, he was cute and all, but the Doctor needed her right now, whether he knew it or not.
Unsurprisingly, he was buried under the grating of the console room. She knew he heard her, so she didn’t say a word, curling up on the jump seat. They stayed in comfortable silence, until the Doctor eventually spoke up, “Not spending time with your new boyfriend?”
“Nah. Finally got him down for his nap,” she tried for a joke, pretty sure she wasn’t imagining the muffled chuckle. “I wanted to see you.”
He still wasn’t looking at her. “Not much to see ‘m afraid. Just doing some rewiring.”
Rose raised a brow. “Does that actually need doing or are you just distracting yourself?”
“Distracting myself from what, Rose?”
“What happened today!” she raised her voice for the first time. “Seeing that Dalek obviously shook you-”
“Rose,” he warned.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been hugged that tight and-”
“You were going to kill it! Your face! You were…” her voice lowered as she came to a realisation. “You were scared of yourself.”
He turned to her, looked her dead in the eye.
“I’ve done much worse than kill one Dalek, Rose. I killed them all, everyone in the Time War. Daleks, Time Lords, everyone on Gallifrey. Gone in an instant. I did that. In comparison, one Dalek would be nothing.”
The raw emotion in his eyes was enough to make her cry.
“Gallifrey?” she asked instead. “Was that what your planet was called, Gallifrey?”
“Yes,” he breathed.
She shifted off the jump seat and instead sat on the grating by the Doctor’s head. “What was it like?”
He gulped down the sob threatening to break free and pushed himself out from under the grating. “Not tonight,” he told her gently, before standing up and turning to the console, pretending to be occupied.
Sensing she’d overstepped the line, Rose let it go, standing up and staring at his back. She couldn’t just leave him now, not like this, not after today. The Dalek had called her the woman he loved, and whilst she wasn’t sure if that were true or not, she needed him to know he was still loved, even with his planet gone. At that moment, Rose thought of the vow she made herself stood in the busy London street after watching the world end: she would always be there for him, in any way he needed.
Prompted by this fire, Rose boldly stepped forwards and wrapped her arms around the Doctor’s waist. She rested her cheek against his back and decided leather was her new favourite smell. Tightening her hands together against his stomach, she felt his shaky exhale as he relaxed into the hug.
She wasn’t going anywhere - not now, not ever.
A/N: Yes, the title is inspired by a line from Maroon 5’s ‘She Will Be Loved’
I can’t remember when I first came to Gallifrey. I know the Doctor must’ve sent me, but I can’t remember how, or when, or why. Not anymore. Gallifrey’s strange like that. Every day everything changes, even your own history. You feel like you’ve lived your life over and over again, sometimes in different ways. Maybe I have. They say the timelines do that. They flux and wither, waste and wane, constantly realigning themselves to fit in with the dominant reality whichever one that might be. Basically, they change and it’s our job to make sure we change with them. I know I’m not the same person I was when I first came to Gallifrey. I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing, only that it’s different. I’m different. Which is appropriate in a way, ‘cos that’s what we do on Gallifrey. We make a difference.