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 coldfrijoles asked:
Could you explain something I've always wondered, why did the bullets not kill River? I thought that when a time lord is attacked during regeneration he/she die automatically, which is why 11 died when River killed him. I know 10's hand grew back bc he was in the last hours of his regeneration so is it more of that kind of thing? (Love the blog btw)

From what I’ve gathered, Eleven died when River killed him because it was in the middle of his next regeneration. As River said, “His body was dead, he just didn’t make it to the next one.” With Ten and River they were in the first 15 hours of their regeneration cycle.

Honestly, Craig Ferguson should be a guest in Doctor Who, especially now that Peter is the doctor :). That would be one crazy, fantastic ep.


Since the new Doctor isn't a woman and they brought back the Master previously, I think it'd be interesting if they brought back The Rani

Moffat said he won’t because he thinks they’ll lose viewers which I disagree with but I don’t work on doctor who so it doesn’t matter.

 showerswithsharks asked:
Why, in "The Impossible Astronaut", didn't the Dr know that he could trust River? (Also, if he didn't know her why were they all over each other?) I know they have that whole Benjamin Button crossed timelines thing, but in the Shadows in the Library ep the 10th Dr didn't know her either!! I'm so confused!!!

Okay this is kind of complicated but I will do my best to explain it. 

So going back to the Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead…the present Doctor (David Tennant) met River for the first time.  Their timelines are basically moving in opposite directions. The first time he meets her is the last time she ever sees him (aka her death).  I made this image a while ago and it really helps me visualize what is happening. You can see it here http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lk6o7e5oPw1qzs584o1_500.jpg.
That is why he didn’t know her in the library.  

Moving on, I feel that the Doctor knew he could trust River because she had told him his name and she had one of his sonic screwdrivers from the future.  The doctor in the future when River meets him for the first time already experienced the library and her death, so he knew that he had to give her the screwdriver/tell her his name so that her future self would tell him and he would know to trust her. 

It is very wibbly wobbly but I hope it helps!

 buckbeakbabie asked:
Re: getting into Doctor Who, this wonderful article from Tor makes an unusual recommendation but a very clever one, I think.


great! I agree, the recommendation is rather unusual but very clever at pointing out what will best introduce the Doctor to the new viewer! This is definitely worth the read.

 rudeandnot-ginger asked:
I think jakelikesthis makes a fair point in his explanation of why "The Eleventh Hour" is a good place to start, but I think that it's important to note that the history is important in defining the Doctor as a character. I personally love Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor, and I think that a combination of the first series' initial low budget and Billie Piper's questionable acting made the first series difficult to get through. However, I think both regenerations which occur after the first series are crucial to why the Doctor is the way he is. Even if there is very little self-referential material in "The Eleventh Hour," I think a slow evolution of our understanding of the Doctor is crucial to how we approach the show.

I love David Tennant, but the Tenth Doctor's fiery nature is a direct result of the Ninth Doctor's coming to terms with past events, and it is also a direct cause of the Eleventh Doctor's whimsicality. I don't think that it's a matter of three men playing a character differently, but rather three men playing out different stages of a character's life and how the events that unfold force that character to evolve in certain ways.

So, yes. "Rose" is a pretty poor first episode to watch. But I guarantee any new viewer that if they aren't wrapped up in the Doctor's conflicted emotions by the time "Dalek" rolls around in the first series, they'll be hard-pressed to understand Matt Smith's portrayal either.

Some more excellent input!

 lizardvvizard asked:
For the person asking where to start Doctor Who:

When I am introducing new people to the show, I almost always begin with Matt Smith's Doctor in The Eleventh Hour. There is not really very much that is self-referential beginning from that point as it's sort of another reboot of the show. Neither the Doctor nor the companions are from a previous season with plot points or character notes the viewer will particularly miss. Things like River Song's character or the Daleks that do recur are very well explained as they are reintroduced in the fifth series.

Not for nothing, either, but The Eleventh Hour does a lot better job than "Rose" (the series 1 opener) at introducing the series' major themes: time travel, regeneration, aliens. The production value is also significantly higher than in the earlier seasons and it is very easy to watch.

My advice to this person is therefore to watch the fifth (2010) series all the way through, and then if they like it (which they will) to go back and watch the first four seasons. Tennant's Doctor is amazing, but so much of his characterization and his relationships with his various companions depends on the introduction of Rose in the first two seasons... and all things being equal, those first seasons aren't very good. I wouldn't recommend watching it before you're already invested in the show.

Hope this helps.

Another good suggestion as well. 

 bewalkingtrees asked:
hello, I have a question regarding Doctor Who so I figured I should ask here. I started watching the first series of Doctor Who, but I didn't really like it. I've seen a lot of screencaps on Tumblr from the later Doctor Who series, with Tennant as the Doctor. So I think I want to see it. Do I have to see the first seasons to get what's happening or do you think I can just start from there? Thank you!

The series has changed so much over the past seasons. In its entirety, the show is a wonderful thing. You do not need to watch every season to understand what goes on in other season. It is definitely possible to pick up from just about anywhere in the series However, if you watch each season everything will make a whole lot more sense in later in the series. Especially all the small details and passive comments that you would’ve otherwise notice. It’s a real treasure to be able to pick out all the little references to things from other seasons. There are also big general pot points that will make a lot more sense if you watch the series all the way through. That was the long answer. Here is the short: You do not have to seas the first seasons to get what is happening. You can definitely start later on in the show.