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

Discussion in 'Doctor Who' started by Emperor-Tiberius, Nov 24, 2013.

  1. Saga

    Saga Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Sep 6, 2008
    this. i think we will see other lives that the Doctor has had. The Curator is one. Capaldi in Pompeii is one, Torchwood is another.
  2. Venardhi

    Venardhi Vice Admiral Admiral

    Dec 27, 2002
    The Great Wide Somewhere
    Capaldi in Torchwood most certainly was not The Doctor.
  3. JoeZhang

    JoeZhang Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jan 9, 2008
    It is just that he can pick his face, I don't see the leap to 'other lives' in there.
  4. FreddyE

    FreddyE Captain Captain

    Oct 15, 2009
    Maybe he is the fourth doctor from an alternate timeline who regenerated much much later or even only when that body "wore thin"? That "revisiting old faces" comment could also mean "old faces" in the sense of visiting old companions.
  5. Gov Kodos

    Gov Kodos Admiral Admiral

    Mar 23, 2004
    Gov Kodos on Mohammed's Radio, WZVN Boston
    How much does adhering to the numbering matter? It's easy to see Baker here as a future Doctor if the numbering isn't particularly important or adhering to continuity (as if that has caused the makers of the show sleepless moments) is an issue. The show ends on the Doctor seeing a brightened future. Baker being a future regeneration makes perfect sense in that context. The Doctor is looking forward to his life for the first time in the new series. The guilt of surviving the Time War at last expunged and himself redeemed. And Baker will always be the Doctor, he's too identified with the role to be taken for anything else.
  6. Cutter John

    Cutter John Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    "A future incarnation" seems to be the easiest answer, so I'm going with it.

    As for copying faces (Pompeii and earlier, Lt Maxill), I just assume its a case of a subconcious memory of meeting these people popping up during the regeneration, and molding him into that form.
  7. Pauln6

    Pauln6 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jul 24, 2009
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    Maybe he was a wandering splinter of 4th, an echo left over from when he was whipped from City of Death and trapped in the Five Doctors? It was around the time he fought a jagaroth after all.
  8. FreddyE

    FreddyE Captain Captain

    Oct 15, 2009
    I wouldn´t be supprised if he left splinters / echos of different incarnations all over the time space continium...with the lots and lots of time travelling he does.
  9. Ensign_Redshirt

    Ensign_Redshirt Commodore Commodore

    Aug 3, 2007
    It was just a cameo by Tom Baker... and we'll never find out who the Curator is/was, because he'll probably never appear again.
  10. Zeppster

    Zeppster Commodore Commodore

    Apr 2, 2006
    It'll always be up to fan speculation but who cares. It was a great scene. Did it make sense? No. Did having all 13 Doctors in one scene make sense? No. But it still worked.

    If I were to guess it was a future version of The Watcher form of the doctor going into either his death as a Time Lord or into another form of the Doctor. But that's just complete speculation. He was definitely some future form of the Doctor.
  11. Emperor-Tiberius

    Emperor-Tiberius Commodore Commodore

    Jul 30, 2005
    Kavala, Greece
    Again, I like to think he's the Watcher. A splinter of the Fourth Doctor that doesn't know how he came to be seperated from the actual Doctor ("Who knows?") and, before his own demise, had a word with his twelfth incarnation. And when he left, he re-appeared as The Watcher in Logopolis, as a half-regenerated Time Lord, to finally reunite with the Fourth Doctor, just as he'd regenerate into the Fifth Doctor.

    Its a lovely theory, and I don't claim it being mine. But its just as possible as him being the Nth Doctor at the twilight of his years.
  12. Tom

    Tom Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Nov 10, 2003
    In your Mind!
    The dialogue was written so it is ambiguous!! 'Maybe I was you" , 'Or maybe you are me". "Or maybe it does not matter either way" . Just another Moffat nugget for fans to argue about. LOL
  13. Shatnertage

    Shatnertage Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Feb 20, 2010
    Ward Fowler's gofer.
    At this point, I don't really care what was intended--it was just great to see "my" doctor back on the screen one more time. And the great thing about the show is that even if Steven Moffat gave us an intricately detailed explanation of exactly who Tom Baker was playing there, the fans would come up with a million scenarios to spin it their own way.
  14. YellowSubmarine

    YellowSubmarine Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Aug 17, 2010
    My mind was just blown.
  15. Ar-Pharazon

    Ar-Pharazon Vice Admiral Premium Member

    May 19, 2005
    Considering haw many times PBS re-ran the Tom Baker era here in the U.S., I think you're right ;)
  16. Timelord Victorious

    Timelord Victorious Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Feb 27, 2006
    Germany, Earth, the Solar System
    I would like to know, how did Clara, of all people, did not recognize the curator as the Doctor?
  17. Maestro

    Maestro Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jul 3, 2004
    Because it wasn't the Doctor. And it was.

    It was Tom Baker and the franchise making up and making it right with the fans. It's just not worth reading anything into, as that takes the magic away.
  18. Venardhi

    Venardhi Vice Admiral Admiral

    Dec 27, 2002
    The Great Wide Somewhere
    So was his.
  19. Wereghost

    Wereghost Part-time poltergeist Commodore

    Oct 21, 2009
    Frobisher the whifferdill.
    Alternate universe Doctor (imagine Tom Baker having Tennant's adventures).
    The White Guardian or other Q-like being.
    Obsessive Gallifreyan fan from after the return of Gallifrey.
    Retired Doctor (I really like this one).

    This is intriguing (I mean the application to the "curator").

    And clearly a fan.

    Must rewatch that to see if he had a fob watch.

  20. Alidar Jarok

    Alidar Jarok Everything in moderation but moderation Moderator

    Apr 14, 2003
    Norfolk, VA
    I was trying to remember the quote. It was whimsically ambiguous and I don't have a problem with that.

    After all, Who knows?

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