The Curator.... Who is he? (SPOILERS for "The Day of the Doctor")

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  1. The Stig

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    I think you'd have to be intentionally obtuse not to see the obvious: the Curator is the final Doctor. There's really no ambiguity. He gives Eleven(Twelve) hope that Trenzalore isn't as fixed a final resting place as it might appear.
     
  2. The Mirrorball Man

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    There's no ambiguity about the fact that he's a future Doctor, but there's no way to know if he's supposed to be the final Doctor.
     
  3. Awesome Possum

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    11 winks at him, it's pretty clear that he's the Doctor who has finally settled down and retired. I like the idea of him being the last Doctor.

    He could also be Tom Baker who wandered onto the set and began speaking to Matt Smith who was on break.
     
  4. The Mirrorball Man

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    Or a Zygon.
     
  5. sidious618

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    He's a later Doctor, possibly the last, but I like the lack of certainty on the subject.
     
  6. Australis

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    I thought she was Susan. Put photos of them side by side, you'll see why.

    As to Baker, a later (but not final) regeneration, going back to an old favourite face. And yes, they don't need to do any more than that, leave it there.
     
  7. Emperor-Tiberius

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    You know, I DO think so too. Which would be great - it means that, if the Doctor ever finds Gallifrey again, he can find his own granddaughter again.
     
  8. od0_ital

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    Just finished watchin' it, and while I agree that it was both a wink to the fans (the line about revisitin' favorites) and a future regeneration of the Doctor.

    I just hope its not the last regeneration, 'cause that would be kind of dull...
     
  9. Gep Malakai

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    Or – and this was my reading of it – it's Moffat laying the first hint at this:

    Source.

    Along with that whole bit about the Doctor 'going home' to Gallifrey, it seemed like the whole last ten minutes were all about seeding the future story arcs post-Smith.
     
  10. captain crow

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    I'll go with him being the 4th Doctor aged up due to shorting out the time differential (see "Time Crash").

    To me "And in years to come you might find yourself revisiting a few" comes off more as a reference to him crossing his own time stream, which he has a tendency to do, rather than him reusing old faces. The "but just the old favorites." crack was a rather cheeky fourth wall joke alluding to the fact only fan favorites Tom Baker (4th) and David Tennant (11th) reprised there roles for the special.
     
  11. Emperor-Tiberius

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    In all curiosity, could the Curator eventually become the Watcher that the Fourth meets at the end of his life? The Moment would've been prepared, after all.
     
  12. Asbo Zaprudder

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    Why did the installation on the wall of the gallery look like part of the interior wall of a TARDIS console room? Did the TARDIS also retire and become the National Gallery or did the Curator create the installation as a memento?
     
  13. RJDiogenes

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    He was the Doctor from the far future, maybe millions of years in the future. He was there to say that there is still life beyond the final regeneration and that there will come a day when the Doctor knows peace and fulfillment. He was there to tell himself, and us, that everything will be okay.
     
  14. YellowSubmarine

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    You're saying that my predictions of a ganger previous Doctor, of a face revisiting Doctor and of the episode being lovely all came true? Holy shit, how did I know that when I didn't even see the series (we don't have TV in the 19th century)? Anyone seen my fob watch?
     
  15. Mitty

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    After watching the scene several times, I fully believe it's a future incarnation who took the face of a past one. The Doctor finds Gallifrey (probably at the end of the next season) and eventually returns the painting to Earth, though we may well not see that.

    Personally I'm thrilled Gallifrey is back from the abyss, well at least partially. Opens up a bunch more story possibilities.

    I'd imagine even RTD eventually planned for Gallifrey to be restored.
     
  16. BlastHardcheese

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    I imagined he was in some way the spirit of the Doctor. Like the White Guardian -a guardian of time perhaps? And he can take the form of any of his old familiar faces.
     
  17. M.A.C.O.

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    Who is the Curator?
    Who knows?

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    (Doctor) Who Knows
     
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  18. YellowSubmarine

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    I'm half-hoping that Gallifrey is hiding in plain sight in the painting with the 27th keeping tabs on it until the 12th finds it. Way too obvious and ridiculous not to be true. :lol:
     
  19. DWF

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    Or he could just be a human Curator that we'll never see again.:vulcan:
     
  20. The Wormhole

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    I sincerely doubt it. RTD hated the Time Lords and that's why he made them extinct. Including Gallifrey in The End of Time started as a suggestion from Julie Gardner which RTD was originally viciously against but eventually relented when he began trying to determine just that the Master's goal should be this time around and restoring Gallifrey popped into his head.

    Even then, it took more arm-twisting to get the Time Lords into the story.
     

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