I’m amused…

…that people got annoyed with Moffat for supposedly “ignoring” the previous continuity regarding the Daleks and showing us that Skaro was still there.

I mean, for starters, “still there” is essentially a meaningless term in a show that is about time travel…even if Skaro may or may not have been “time locked” at the end of the Time War.

But…more importantly…which previous continuity for the Daleks are we talking about? The one where they were originally the Dals from Skaro whose travel machines drew power from the metal floors of the city they lived in but could never leave? Oh…wait…Terry Nation himself ignored that previous continuity that he’d established himself when he went on to reveal in later episodes that they were actually the Kaleds and were quite capable of leaving their city. Oh, and travelling through space. And time.

Oh…and then, of course, The Doctor interfered with Dalek history and possibly completely rewrote every previous encounter he’d had with them.

And then all the Daleks were destroyed. Multiple times. And Skaro was destroyed too. But then it wasn’t.

The Doctor and the Time Lords have been battling the Daleks back and forth through time and space for so long that any attempt at recording a meaningful history of their encounters must necessarily be futile. The past must be being constantly rewritten. It must be in constant flux. The Daleks, Davros, Skaro…sometimes destroyed, sometimes not, all depending on who has won the latest conflict. And by “latest” I mean…well…it could have happened before they ever encountered each other…or in the far future…or yesterday…or an hour from now.

Maybe the Time War never happened now. Maybe Skaro exists again. And so does Gallifrey. And all the Time Lords. Maybe when history was remade in The Big Bang everything was rewritten, and the time locks put in place at the end of the Time War were broken…and he just hasn’t realised it yet. Because, come on, if you were the Time Lords, would you want to let The Doctor know you were out there again?

On Doctor Who.

Skip Nine.

Or don’t.

It’s fine.

Hey, skip Ten if you want! Or skip most of Eleven. Just start with the beginning of the latest season…or the latest episode!

Everyone has to start somewhere.

Skip One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven and Eight too.

There’s a LOT of episodes, after all!

Or don’t skip any of them! Watch them all! Apart from the ones that are gone forever (stupid BBC…).

It doesn’t matter where you start, all that matters is that you love the show. (And if you don’t love the show, that’s fine too, just skip it all…we will try not to shun you too much [you know who you are, Mr Wynne]).

Just, you know, if you skip stuff, you’ll miss some really, really awesome and amazing stuff (and some ridiculous stuff, and some awful stuff too), and we’d really like to share it all with you.

But, please, whatever you do, don’t act like you’re the gatekeeper to the Doctor Who fandom, and tell anyone they’re not a real fan if they’ve skipped Nine (or Ten…I bet people are skipping Ten too…because people have to start SOMEWHERE…and where better to start than at the beginning of the current Doctor…or did you all forget that Ten is neither the current Doctor nor the most important of all the Doctors? [Trick question, there is no most important Doctor {Other than Six, of course}]). Especially if you skipped One to Eight…because then you’re just imposing some absurd, arbitrary starting point for no good reason.

Personally I will always encourage New Who fans to watch Classic Who…because it’s the SAME show, I see no real distinction (especially as the production values on Nine’s run were actually lower than on Eight’s TV movie). So I tend to think that if you love the show as it is now…then maybe you should try watching all this rest of the show which is also awesome that maybe you’ll enjoy too. But, you know, if you can’t, or you don’t want to, or you don’t have the time (because god knows there’s a LOT of it), then that’s fine. Big hugs. Let’s just join together in our love of Doctor Who, eh?

There’s no right or wrong way to watch and enjoy a TV show. There’s no way that you can love Doctor Who that’s the wrong way to love Doctor Who. I may, equally, get frustrated by people who’ve only been reading Marvel comics since the movies come out who aren’t familiar with the vast and labyrinthine history of the Marvel Universe…but at the end of the day, I’m just pleased that they’re reading and loving comics. And the same is true for Doctor Who.

So skip Nine if you want. Or don’t. I’d recommend watching Nine, but I’d recommend watching One to Eight too…but it’s cool if you don’t wanna.

Now, let me tell you about Omega and how he’s behind everything that’s been going on during Eleven’s run…

Some thoughts on Doctor Who and the rules of fictional worlds.

I’ve seen a few people on here complaining about the recent season of Doctor Who. Their view is that the Doctor shouldn’t have been able to prevent his own death because he only knew about it because it happened, and therefore if he prevented it then he couldn’t have known about it, and so forth…and that’s not how time travel works in Doctor Who.

Now, first and foremost I disagree with that whole point anyway. The Doctor was aware that he reportedly died at that specific time and date. The Doctor still reportedly died at that specific time and date. Nothing has changed, and, my personal opinion is that things happened exactly as they always happened. That’s how those events transpired. The Doctor didn’t change anything.

On the contrary, it was The Silence who were trying to alter time. What makes me say that? Well, the simple fact that there are stories about “The Fall of the Eleventh”…an event that transpires after the events that took place at Lake Silencio…an event that The Silence are aware of and are trying to prevent…means that by trying to kill The Doctor before “The Fall of the Eleventh” they are trying to alter time. They failed, because…heh…and this is going to fuck with your head a little bit…Lake Silencio was a fixed point in time. The events that transpired there couldn’t be altered…and they weren’t. Not by The Doctor. Not by River Song. And not by The Silence. By creating a fixed point in time The Silence actually defeated themselves by locking The Doctor into an inevitable and unalterable course of events.

However…that’s not the point that I really want to make with this post. You see, the part of this objection to Season Six that really bothers me is the “that’s not how time travel works in Doctor Who” part. Why? Because the rules of any fictional universe exist to serve the story. If the rules get in the way of telling a good story then the rules need to change and not the story. Especially in a show like Doctor Who which has no canon. Who says that the rules of time travel don’t work that way in Doctor Who? Where is it set in stone? Nowhere. Perhaps the rules of time travel can be rewritten. Perhaps they were rewritten. And we simply haven’t seen that story yet. (But I bet that Rassilon, Omega or The Other…or all three of them…has something to do with it!)