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

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  1. Captaindemotion

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    ^ I suppose one could argue that using the same reasons for the Fifth Doctor looking so old in Time Crash, Four could look like Tom now does if he ran into Eleven. I don't think he intent of the cameo was that he was Four, though.
     
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    Because it's Doctor Who, and as we've seen many, many, many times, anything is simply possible.
     
  3. The Wormhole

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    Really, the only intent for the scene is for the fans to go with whatever they want. As far as we're concerned, the Curator can be whoever we want him to be.

    Although, I keep thinking it would be awesome if they brought the Curator back for the 75th anniversary, this time played by Christopher Eccleston...
     
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  4. Captaindemotion

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    Actually, come to think of it, you're right there.
     
  5. Kelthaz

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    You're in a Doctor Who forum. Is that question even allowed here?
     
  6. Timewalker

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    No. Just. No. It's a lovely idea, but the Fourth Doctor stories were more linear and far less confusing than this modern "timey-wimey" crap. The only Tom Baker story where the Doctor was aged to that extent (and beyond) was in The Leisure Hive, and he was un-aged pretty damn quickly.

    It's theoretically possible that he could have had centuries' worth of adventures between The Deadly Assassin and The Ribos Operation (his only Companion at the time was the second K-9 (the first K-9 stayed on Gallifrey with Leela at the end of The Invasion of Time), but judging by Tom Baker's physical appearance and the dialogue at the beginning of Ribos Operation, it's evident that the beginning of the Key to Time stories starts very soon after the conclusion of Deadly Assassin - since they're preparing to leave Gallifrey.

    So no - the Curator is not the Fourth Doctor.

    Still, it would have been wonderful if the Curator could go home to an equally aged future Romana (played by Lalla Ward). I'm not normally a romance-minded person, but that appeals to the sentimental part of me that thoroughly loved the romantic vibe they gave off during City of Death. :adore:

    Why wouldn't it be allowed?
     
  7. Kelthaz

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    Because it's the Doctor Who forum. You're only allowed to ask a question if "Who" is the subject of the sentence. Both your question and Set Harth's are not allowed.
     
  8. Timewalker

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    "How" is an anagram of "Who". That should count.
     
  9. Emperor-Tiberius

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    You obviously mean The Invasion of Time, of course? Deadly Assasin was the only companion-less story Baker ever did, but it was just after Sarah Jane's exit.

    That said, there is an audio series with Baker as the Doctor that was set between The Invasion of Time and The Ribos Operation. Haven't gotten to it, but I hear its lovely - complete with a Second Doctor clone at the end!
     
  10. Timewalker

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    Yes, my mistake. Thanks for catching that.
     
  11. YellowSubmarine

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    It's "Doctor Who?" not "Doctor How?"

    Though "Doctor When?" would be oddly appropriate.

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  12. Timewalker

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    You missed my point. "Who" and "How" are anagrams. Same three letters, just in a different order. In this instance, actual word meaning is irrelevant.

    Although in your interpretation, "Doctor What" would also do. As in "Doctor, what are you doing?" (Peri used to ask that a lot, with the Fifth and Sixth Doctors)
     
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  14. Timewalker

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    It was especially noticeable with Peri, in Planet of Fire.
     
  15. Tom

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    Yes, Peri was very 'noticeable' in Planet of Fire! :devil:
     
  16. Timewalker

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    I'm referring to her dialogue. She kept scampering after the Doctor, saying, "Doctor, what are you doing?" "What are you doing now, Doctor?" and so on.

    The only non-annoying thing she did in that story was try to swat the Master when he was in his shrunken state.
     
  17. Tom

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    I know, just playing with words and thinking about how noticeable she was. LOL

    But yeah, she was very inquisitive.