Hello, my name is Dan. Many people were disappointed in Steven Moffat’s The Day of the Doctor, and they have every right to be. It was horrendous. I’ve located two main problems with the episode and have tried to fix them using the magic of headcanon. And the best thing about this headcanon is that it fits within the episode, so you can enjoy The Day of the Doctor with this lovely safety net in the back of your mind :)
1) Reasons why people were out of character (aka. explaining away Moffat’s bad writing)
- First off, nobody liked the way Queen Elizabeth I was represented. That’s because both Elizabeths were Zygons - which explains why she was so (for lack of a better word) dumb in the episode. The so-called ‘real’ Elizabeth I was IN FACT a good zygon who felt bad about his species invading earth. Meanwhile, the real, human, Queen Elizabeth I was away doing historical things. Like doing queen things.
- The Tenth Doctor was majorly ooc. The main gripe people seem to have is that he was a dick to Elizabeth I as part of a recurring sexist joke that wasn’t funny at all. Sexism isn’t funny, Moffat!
You big bag of dicks. Idk, maybe he was a bit confused because of his past and future selves crashing in on his picnic
- Look at him. He doesn’t know what’s going on.
2) Saving Gallifrey. A lot of people don’t like the fact that the outcome of the Time War has been retconned, meaning that the guilt suffered by the Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors was in vain. The Day of the Doctor effectively pissed all over eight years of (mostly RTD) character development within the Doctor. Let me explain you a few things:
- the pain was real was real.
- I’ve got a lot of time on my hands
- In the Doctor’s original timeline, the Moment was not able to take the form of Bad Wolf because his future hadn’t happened yet. Which means that she couldn’t convince the Doctor to stop using the big weapon.
- The Doctor was forced to destroy Gallifrey because Rassillon and some other bad Time Lords were planning to destroy the universe (as stated in The End of Time. STICKING WITH THE CONTINUITY, HA HAHAHA). BANG! Gallifrey exploded, taking the Daleks and Time Lords with it.
- The Doctor really did become last of his kind, and the guilt he felt was legit. The Ninth and Tenth’s angst were not based on false memories - he blew up Gallifey for real!!! I’d be pretty angsty too if I had to blow up earth!!! Ha ha. oh, i’ve made myself sad now :’(
- Zoom forward 400 years (of regret) in the Doctor’s original timeline, and he’d reached a position where he is in the know in regards to SAVING GALLIFEREY
- Now we go back to the War Doctor. This time, his future has happened, so the Moment is able to take the form of Bad Wolf. She opens up the crazy time portals and (after an escapade with two Zygons pretending to be Elizabeth I, ha ha) the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors come along, ready to rewrite the outcome of the Time War
- ain’t nobody messin with my clique!!!!!!! yeeeaaaaa
- The Doctor wants to rewrite his future, but that’s going to be tricky. After all, throughout the RTD era - which we KNOW AND LOVE - we’ve seen that rewriting time is tricky. Especially fixed points, like The Fires of Pompeii and The Waters of Mars. Even rewriting regular time is difficult, as can be seen in Father’s Day. The only time we’ve seen time being successfully rewritten on such a massive scale is in The Last of The Time Lords, where a “cannibalised” Tardis is able to hold the Master’s fucking huge paradox. Remember the Toclafane? They were brilliant.
- Couldn’t find any Toclafane gifs. Here’s a pic of a cool reaper. Love the reapers. Their wings are magnificent
- So, to stop Gallifrey burning - which is probably now a fixed point in time - the Doctor needs enough Tardises to be able to hold the paradox.
- To do this, the Doctor, at different points in his own timeline, travel to The Last Day of the Time War. The combined power of the Tardises enable time to be rewritten. The effect is not unlike the Paradox Machine, like what happened in The Last of The Time Lords.
- The reason the first Doctor knew to start with all the planning is because the Eleventh Doctor sent a message back in time to him, just like the message River left in The One With Message On The Big Cliff.
- So because of the multiple Tardises, time has successfully been rewritten. But it’s a lil bit more complex than that. In order for the paradox to be held in place, for the 400 years between the Time War and The Day of the Doctor, Gallifrey continues to not exist. It remains blown up as a result of the original timeline.
- such lovely eyes
- Because the paradox was created in the era of the Eleventh Doctor, time clicked in place in the era of the Eleventh Doctor - at the end of The Day of the Doctor. As Steven Moffat would say, 'zippity bippity zoppity' - Throughout the era of the Ninth and Tenth Doctors, Gallifrey was destroyed. But now, time has clicked into place and it currently resides in a lovely pocket universe as a still point in time. So serene :)
- WHICH MEANS THAT THE RTD TIMELINE IS STILL INTACT, WHILST WORKING ALONGSIDE MOFFAT’S ATTEMPTED RETCON! NICE TRY MOTHER F
- Very wordy
The Moffat era of Doctor Who has messed up a lot of the show’s continuity, as well as introducing some problematic elements. But with a big dose of headcanon you can fix it. You can fix any bad bit of Doctor Who with your lovely imagination.
Sorry for writing like a ten year old. If you have any questions about my headcanon/theory, pls feel free to ask me :)
EDIT: The title 'Gallifry Falls No More' lends itself to this theory. It implies that in order to rise, Gallifrey had to 'Fall' in the first place. It’s good, isn’t it? :)
Totally agree with Headcanon #2 here, to the point that I’m kind of confused that “Gallifrey was destroyed the first time round” is such an uncommon reading of DotD that it’s mere headcanon and not, you know, actual canon. Because when I watched the special, in no way did I think that the events depicted were supposed to be what had always happened, until I got on Tumblr and saw that’s how most people read it.
I liked the special, in spite of Moffat being always the worst, because I assumed it was about redemption. Finding out that the entire internet seems to accept it as exculpation, not redemption, was a nasty surprise.
I mean, if Moffat was trying to imply that Gallifrey literally never was destroyed, why did he write this:
THE MOMENT: They’re you. They’re what you become if you destroy Gallifrey. The man who regrets, and the man who forgets.
She so obviously plucked Ten and Eleven from a future in which the Doctor had done the thing she was trying to talk him out of.
As for the Bad Wolf thing, I completely agree (and I don’t even like Rose). What did she say when she was unmaking the Daleks?
BAD WOLF: I am the Bad Wolf. I create myself. I take the words. I scatter them, in time and space. […] I want you safe, my Doctor. Protected from the false God. The Time War ends. […] How can I let go of this? I bring life.
Obviously we know what the Series 1 context for all of this is, but it is suspiciously applicable to DotD. And it would explain why Ten was so surprised at the War Doctor’s mention of Bad Wolf — because she wasn’t bloody there the first time!
Also, if the Moment is actually Bad Wolf, this explains how the pre-Time War Doctors could know to be part of the whole saving-Gallifrey thing: the TARDIS brought them there, because as we know from “The Parting of the Ways,” Bad Wolf is the TARDIS.
Also, until this gets jossed, I will assume that the Curator is the one made Gallifrey Falls/No More as a message to his past self that there’s a way to fix this, boyo. You know Eleven wouldn’t have thought of his fancy-pants solution if he hadn’t been messing about with Time Lord paintings to begin with.
A visual glossary of Skirt types
OH MY GOD SO HELPFUL
Dirndl and circle skirts are by far my favorite to wear. /chinhands
is there another name for g***y skirts so we can talk about them without using a slur?
Based on the way the style is described, “peasant” or “bohemian” might fit?
Broomstick skirt, I think. Something about the way they’re crinkled?
Firefly video game with a diversity look at the female captain pictures
WITH CHARACTER CUSTOMIZATION
AND SHIPS THAT YOU CAN FLY IN 3 DIMENSIONS
OH MY GOD.
OH MY GOD.
OH MY GOD.
(Btw I’m on vacation not here but I queued this for y’all this morning at butt o’clock)
I cannot wait to play this. This game maybe what makes me get back into MMOs.
I love the headcanon that among dwarves Bombur is considered the hot one.
I also want Bombur to be considered especially attractive not just among dwarves, but orcs as well, especially after the battle on the river. I want the surviving awestruck (and ax-struck) orcs to tell tales of the redheaded battle-beauty who cleaved and smashed his way into (literally) the hearts of all those who gazed upon him.
FJALSKFJALSKJFLAKJSFLKASL BEST HEADCANON
I AM SO DOWN WITH THIS “DIFFERENCES IN STANDARDS OF BEAUTY” THING IN THE HOBBIT FANDOM I WANNA READ 12,000 FANFICS ABOUT WHAT ORCS CONSIDER BEAUTIFUL IN A MATE.
OMFG YES EVERY POSSIBLE ORC ROMANCE FANFIC EVERRRRRRRRRRR
I’m also a big fan of “OMGhotDwarf!Kili” getting the pitying “Oh, don’t worry about your face being all naked, lad, you’ve got a…um…great personality.” Underbreath: “Good thing he’s a prince, poor spindly boy.”
I also really want to hear dwarves boast about whose wife has the best beard and fights the best
I really, really do.
So sitting down to watch, I was all
but i know Moffat is not to be trusted so I was also
because I didn’t want to be like
which was smart because as i was watching, every other scene i was all
until the end when Eleven was dying and I was not terribly solemn
so when he turned into Capaldi I was like
But aside from that, yeah, overall it was not good at all and essentially packed in so many random elements that it became less coherent than televised Calvinball, so my reaction is pretty much
to Steven Moffat.
IN THE FIFTH GIF HE PATS THE CUPS WITH HIS LITTLE PAWS TO MAKE SURE IT’S IN. BRB, DYING.
ARE YOU KIDDING? LOOK AT THE 7TH GIF HOW HE JUST HANDS THE CUPS TO THE PERSON AND IS LIKE, “HERE HUMAN, YOUR FEEBLE TASK FOR ME IS COMPLETE. NOW LEAVE US BE.”
THEY’RE SO CUTE, OMG. I CAN’T.
THE GREATEST THING ON THE INTERNET SINCE THE LAST TIME OTTERS WERE IN A THING ON THE INTERNET.