September272014

beccyorange:

bunnies-or-midgets:

OMG

I just realized that Rose is stuck for the rest of her life with a man who occasionally talks like Donna Noble

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I DIDNT THINK ABOUT THAT UNTIL I SAW THIS POST OMG

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September202014

who-lligan:

Casual reminder that when the Doctor did this:

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He thought he was kissing Rose goodbye. 

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September142014

dorothytrose:

theheroheart:

sushigal007:

a-creepy-wholockian:

phoenix-aflame:

benjaminminu:

How the fuck did he get hired there giving his name as “The Doctor”?

Im pretty sure he either used psychic paper or said “fuck it” and just made his own name tag and pretended he was hired.

I have one of those Doctor Who books that gives extra info on stuff and someone made up the application he sent to get hired and you really have to find it and see it because it’s pure gold. He put his age as like 1,200 and crossed it out and put 50 or something then wrote “Is that too high?” and crossed that out too and just wrote 29

I know I already reblogged it, but I had a feeling I’d seen that application IRL, so I dug out my books and went looking.

:)

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i cant

I have a feeling he got hired because they realised they wouldn’t have to pay him.

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September102014

Old habits.

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September92014

firewisky:

when I find myself in times of trouble, the twelfth doctor comes to me, speaking words of wisdom

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5PM

charamei:

Imagine the worst possible thing in the universe, then don’t bother, because you’re looking at it right now. This is evil refined as engineering.

Henceforth this shall be known as That One Scene That Made Charamei Learn To GIF Because She Wanted To Talk About It So Much, so sit down, kids, because I’ve just spent the better part of a day learning to rip DVDs and swearing at size limits and boy am I going to talk now.

For those who don’t know, the scene on the left is from The Invisible Enemy, in which the Doctor contracts a mind-controlling virus and so, naturally, medical science being what it is in the future, they and Leela make tiny clones of themselves and enter their own brain to get rid of it. So yes, that is Four standing in (and discussing the biology of) their own brainInvisible Enemy is also the serial which introduced K-9, in a completely unrelated piece of trivia.

Into the Dalek has some very clear parallels with Invisible Enemy on a storytelling level, so much so that every classic Who fan I’ve seen liveblogging it has made a comment to the effect of ‘are we getting another tin dog then’. But in terms of scene-to-scene parallels, this one is by far the most noteworthy: the Doctor specifically points out the part of each brain which is responsible for the creation, or simulation, of a hivemind. And in the second example, Twelve explicitly calls it evil.

So. Let’s talk about the reflex link.

Gallifreyans are telepathic and have a hivemind. There are plenty of examples of this, but the one which springs immediately to mind is in Dalek:

Doctor: I’d know [if any more Gallifreyans had survived the Time War]. In here. (taps head) Feels like there’s no one.

The nature of the hivemind has varied throughout the species’ history: originally it was pretty much all-encompassing, save for some lucky individuals, but after Rassilon rewrote their genome to accommodate things like regeneration and individual thought it seems to be more like the Ood: a sort of collective subconscious.

There’s also the Matrix, which is a collective store of all Gallifreyan… well, all Gallifreyans. Brain scans, biodata, knowledge. There are multiple ways to access it, but at least one of them seems to be telepathy: it’d be a bit like having WiFi delivered straight to your brain.

So just to clear this up, the reflex link is not the source of all Gallifreyan telepathy or the primary link out to the hivemind. First, there are more than a thousand Gallifreyans in existence; second, the Doctor had demonstrated telepathic abilities before Invisible Enemy (most importantly in Deadly Assassin, where they were able to interface with the Matrix) and would do so again in later serials. What the reflex link seems to be is the remote access link to the Matrix: Four was able to access it in Deadly Assassin because they were literally plugged into it, but the reflex link would have allowed them to access it from anywhere in the universe.

And that’s where the parallels start to get interesting.

Let’s get the obvious one out of the way first: among its other uses, the Matrix acts as a repository for the memories of dead Gallifreyans. Meanwhile, the cortex vault is storing the Dalek’s memories… and censoring them.

Which brings us to the less obvious one.

The Matrix stores the biodata of everyone on Gallifrey. Biodata, as the Time Lords use the term, is more than just a person’s memories, DNA and biometrics: it’s also a continually-updated copy of their timeline information, and the connection goes both ways. If you change a person’s biodata, you change the person themself. This was used to great effect in Gallifrey VI: Ascension: Romana quite literally set the entire planet back three years in its history by simply plugging a biodata back-up from that time* into the Matrix and letting it overwrite the current information.

*Okay, it was a bit more complicated than ‘a back-up’, but close enough.

You can edit people with the Matrix. You can remove entire chunks of memory, or tweak someone’s timeline so that certain events never happened to them at all. You can alter the way they perceive events and ensure that they toe the party line - you don’t even have to go to the bother of telling them what the party line is.

*points up to Twelve* Sound familiar?

Considering how utterly useless the Time Lords were in Classic Who (Four once said they had ‘about as much sense of adventure as dormice’), and how terrifying they seem to have abruptly become in the Time War, it’s not unreasonable to wonder just how far they took their Matrix editing in the name of survival. Did Romana or Rassilon just roll out a specieswide upgrade one day? Everyone went to bed harmless bureaucrats and scientists, and woke up with a gun and a burning need to slaughter as many aliens as possible? It kind of looks that way, doesn’t it?

Evil refined as engineering, indeed. The Time Lords, as always, did it first.

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September82014
September72014

Hello. Exit the box, and surrender to the glory of the Sontaran Empire.

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September62014

burntlikethesun:

Rose Tyler Appreciation Week

↳ day one: moment you fell in love with rose

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September42014
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