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Old January 2 2013, 12:54 AM   #6
Location: UK
Re: The Doctor and Mao Zedong

The book, at least, has the Doctor claim to have been with Mao at the start of The Long March, which isn't that early, but far enough back for the Doctor to seem him as an idealist as Christopher suggests (and if we assume it's the first Doctor - bizarre as the thought of that incarnation walking across China is - then we're in an era where the Doctor didn't necessarily know that much about Earth history and what the people he met would end up as).
Also... the Doctor could easily name drop Nixon... he got on with him, a few years before Watergate, so it's all relative (as in Nixon was an appalling crook, but not a mass murderer).
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