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Doctor Who and Shipping

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While waiting for the next episode to screen (two weeks has never been such a long time), I've been musing. Spoilers ensue for The Doctor's Daughter below!

On the topic of shipping - that is the fandom tendancy to pair characters up, not the practice of moving freight by sea - I've noticed there's a there's a minority in Doctor Who fandom shipping the Doctor and Jenny. This icks me in a way I can't put my finger on. Maybe it's the fact that she's his genetic clone and technically his daughter. Maybe it's the age gap (one day versus 903* years. and I thought the age gap between him and Rose was big). Maybe it's the fact that actress Georgia Moffett is Peter Davison's daughter, and Peter used to play the Doctor, so it's like in some subtle way she and David Tennant are related.

* He's obviously lying, since he was 953 in Time and the Rani.

Posted May 31, 2008 8:28 PM


"that is the fandom tendancy to pair characters up, not the practice of moving freight by sea"

You just put that there so I couldn't say anything silly, didn't you?

"He's obviously lying, since he was 953 in Time and the Rani."

He's been lying like a rug about his age since the new series started... 1000 must be some sort of pyschological Gallifreyan age-of-old-farthood.

Posted by: southerndave | May 31, 2008 10:18 PM

This situation is hardly unique to DW. Let's not forget that from the end of A New Hope until about 1/4 of the way through The Empire Strikes Back, Luke and Leia were screwing like bunnies on Dexedrine. Urrrrrrrrgh.

Six says he's 900 in Revelation Of The Daleks. 53 years pass between then and TATR. This is nothing, considering that the Doctor's 450 in Tomb Of The Cybermen. Just saying that he's lying about his age is a lazy way to get out of trying to reconcile it. I assume that he's telling the whole truth at all times, and that over 400 years have indeed passed between Tomb and Console-Related Head Injury Awareness Week. The only problem is that he's accompanied by humans for most of the time, and they don't seem to age very much over what must be many years in some cases. This just makes the thought experiment all the more challenging. The most likely 'windows' for decades if not centuries to pass is when the Doctor is travelling with the Romana Twins, or indeed with any non-human companion such as Adric. How do we know Alzarians don't live for 300 years, remaining the same age throughout?

Posted by: Jeff Stone | May 31, 2008 11:15 PM

There are people out there that would ship together any two characters. I'm sure there's an avid Harry Potter/Agent Scully fanbase somewhere...

Posted by: Thad Ritchards | June 1, 2008 9:54 AM

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