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Doctor Who "Bigger on the inside..."

View Poll Results: Which one is Merlin?
08? 3 50.00%
09? 1 16.67%
10? 0 0%
11? 0 0%
12? 1 16.67%
13? 1 16.67%
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Old December 28 2008, 09:23 AM   #1
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Which regeneration is Merlin?

Hells bells, Jethro has a gawd aweful hair cut in the new Merlin series, but according to "Battlefield" the seventh doctor was told that a later regeneration would be the once and future Merlin... We're on the cusp of 11.
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Old December 28 2008, 11:56 AM   #2
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Re: Which regeneration is Merlin?

It would seem the eighth got involved in some of it, but I think most of Merlin's adventures involved future Doctors (plural - I'm sure he regenerated at least once during his Merlin period, as Ancelyn said he'd been seen to do this...) The red-haired future Doctor, who eventually becomes Muldwych, is probably the one most people would associate with being Merlin. As to which regeneration he is, who knows? Your poll only goes up to 13...
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Old December 28 2008, 02:33 PM   #3
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Re: Which regeneration is Merlin?

Peter David told some of the Merlin Doctor's story in "One Fateful Night" in The Quality of Leadership.

Some other stories of the Merlin Doctor I've enjoyed:
Not an exhaustive list by any means, but it'll get the curious Arthurian started.
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Old December 28 2008, 04:20 PM   #4
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Re: Which regeneration is Merlin?

The Doctor only becomes Merlin in the parallel universe that the Arthurian fellows come from. Our Doctor need not ever become Merlin.
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Old December 28 2008, 04:41 PM   #5
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Re: Which regeneration is Merlin?

hang on, is their fiction written where the Doctor is Merlin?
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Old December 28 2008, 05:19 PM   #6
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Re: Which regeneration is Merlin?

Yes, Wamdue, there is. Besides the stories I mentioned above, there's also Marc Platt's novelization of Ben Aaronovitch's Battlefield.
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Old December 28 2008, 06:33 PM   #7
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Chaos Descending wrote: View Post
The Doctor only becomes Merlin in the parallel universe that the Arthurian fellows come from. Our Doctor need not ever become Merlin.
The Doctor states in Battlefield that it's his future self who becomes Merlin, doesn't he?

"What's that written in?"
"My handwriting."

It's never implied that it's some other Doctor's future. That would be a bit pointless.
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Old December 28 2008, 06:35 PM   #8
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Re: Which regeneration is Merlin?

I always thought (and still do) that it's not a future of *our* Doctor, but merely the Doctor's counterpart from the parallel universe that all those knights were from.
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Old December 28 2008, 06:56 PM   #9
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you know im starting to think Doctor Who had been off air way to long, if this kind of story was being made.
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Old December 28 2008, 07:13 PM   #10
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The Doctor only becomes Merlin in the parallel universe that the Arthurian fellows come from. Our Doctor need not ever become Merlin.
The Doctor states in Battlefield that it's his future self who becomes Merlin, doesn't he?

"What's that written in?"
"My handwriting."

It's never implied that it's some other Doctor's future. That would be a bit pointless.
Well, the future Merlin-Doctor we're talking about clearly comes from the same parallel dimension as the Arthurian guys, so what other conclusion could be drawn?
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Well, the future Merlin-Doctor we're talking about clearly comes from the same parallel dimension as the Arthurian guys, so what other conclusion could be drawn?
I don't think your conclusion is clear at all. The Doctor had traveled to other universes and dimensions in the past (see the E-Space Trilogy), and he traveled to other dimentions in the future (see Pete's World), so it's not at all inconceivable that a future Doctor pierced the dimensional veil to become Merlin.
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Old December 28 2008, 07:49 PM   #12
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you know im starting to think Doctor Who had been off air way to long, if this kind of story was being made.
Um... it's from when the show was on the air, wamdue...
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Old December 28 2008, 07:58 PM   #13
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Well, the future Merlin-Doctor we're talking about clearly comes from the same parallel dimension as the Arthurian guys, so what other conclusion could be drawn?
I don't think your conclusion is clear at all. The Doctor had traveled to other universes and dimensions in the past (see the E-Space Trilogy), and he traveled to other dimentions in the future (see Pete's World), so it's not at all inconceivable that a future Doctor pierced the dimensional veil to become Merlin.
I like the theory that fearless leader from Inferno was an alternate third doctor in exile. The Time lords could have banished him there alternately too?
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Old December 28 2008, 08:54 PM   #14
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you know im starting to think Doctor Who had been off air way to long, if this kind of story was being made.
Um... it's from when the show was on the air, wamdue...
ooh, then maybe they were not making enough Doctor Who.
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