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Unfortunate Timing? [May. 30th, 2010|05:03 pm]
Cityish Alt-ish Fortyish
Forgive me if anyone else has already pointed this out and I'm late to the party...

At the end of Cold Blood, the Doctor defers the emergence of the Silurian race for 1000 years from 2020. When - earlier in the season - it's been established that humanity abandons planet Earth for the stars in the 29th century, leaving the earth behind to be obliterated in a solar firestorm.

Has this slipped the Doctor's mind? Does he hope that the crack will make history "rewritable" enough for all of this to somehow work out fine in the end? Or has he just administered the ultimate "screw you" to the Silurian race, Nasreen and Tony? ;)

[User Picture]From: londonkds
2010-05-31 09:28 am (UTC)
Well, that sort of thing's fairly common in Who "continuity" but it's a bit of a serious error to make in the DVD age within eight episodes.
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[User Picture]From: strange_complex
2010-05-31 09:29 am (UTC)
Heh - good call! To be fair, the firestorm doesn't totally obliterate the Earth - we see it uninhabited (but habitable) in The Sontaran Experiment, while according to The Daleks' Master Plan it is fully occupied by humans again in the 40th century. But you're quite right - a golden human-reptilian future in the year 3020 doesn't really add up. Wonder if it's an error, or clever planning?
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[User Picture]From: barrysarll
2010-05-31 10:57 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think this works out quite well - the firestorms are in the 29th century, the Earth is recovering by the 31st, so the Earth Reptiles can emerge while humanity is still off in hibernation, space-whale-ships and the like, and inhabit their promised lands while there are no humans around to object.
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[User Picture]From: strange_complex
2010-05-31 11:12 am (UTC)
Bit tricky when the humans come back, though. Maybe there ends up being a big war then, and 40th-century human society is actually built on the back of enslaved reptile labour?
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[User Picture]From: barrysarll
2010-05-31 11:16 am (UTC)
If the reptiles keep to their end of the deal, and only inhabit areas which aren't much use to humanity anyway, then I imagine there would be some grumbling from humanity but they'd put up with it simply because they'd be too busy resettling the rest of the planet for a war. The books suggested that Imperial Earth had a reptile underclass, so presumably there'd be some discrimination but not outright war.
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[User Picture]From: mr_malk
2010-06-01 10:14 am (UTC)
Wow. I really should revisit some of my old Who books sometime. I am impressed by your conspicuous show of Whovianistic geekery.

Although my Seal of Rassilon is shinier than your Seal of Rassilon!
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[User Picture]From: verlaine
2010-05-31 04:05 pm (UTC)
Whoops! I meant to post this in the Doctor Who community, not here... well, at least there were a few people floating around who knew or cared what I was talking about...
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[User Picture]From: editor
2010-05-31 07:21 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed this observation more than your usual output. Perhaps you should post more Doctor Who stuff in this journal, and those saddos over at doctorwho can have all the meanderings about what book you read last.
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[User Picture]From: undyingking
2010-06-01 08:22 am (UTC)
I was just thinking "Nice to see verlaine posting here again at last, pity it's Dr Who bibble though" ;-)
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[User Picture]From: shermarama
2010-06-01 08:05 pm (UTC)
Looks like you got a more useful discussion out of it here, mind...
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[User Picture]From: messy_hair_girl
2010-06-01 01:42 am (UTC)
I was too busy being sad to notice. Is there anyway we can wake them up now? I suspect they could help with this whole oil catastrophe.

And, seriously, you should cross post all DW comments/questions because I'm too frightened to join an LJ fan community.
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