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May 2017

What’s in a face?

Over the years, we have seen many different faces from all the various Time Lords we’ve encountered, including The Doctor, Romana, The Master, and even Rassillon.

But what happens when a Time Lord ‘borrows’ a face from someone they’ve previously encountered? Is it ethical? Are there reasons, or do they do it for fun?

The first time we saw this was when Romana regeneratred, and much to the Fourth Doctor’s surprise, used the face of Princess Astra – who they had just left behind on Atrios. Despite the Doctor’s protestations and arguments to the contrary, and despite trying on other looks, Romana was insistent.

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The next time it happened, it was The Fifth Doctor who, forgetting his Fourth incarnations words of wisdom, borrowed the face of the Gallifreyen soldier Commander Maxil, who nearly had him executed on his┬áreturn to Gallifrey in Arc of Infinity. He used Maxil’s likeness for his next regeneration into Doctor number Six.

 

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The Doctor likes fresh faces though, and it was another 30 years before we next saw him borrow a face. This time, when Eleven regenerated into Twelve, he looked back into his recent past, and used a face his Tenth self had encountered – Caecilius, from Pompeii.

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Why did they borrow faces? Well, for Romana, it was just a bit of fun. For the Twelfth Doctor, it was a reminder –┬áto always try to save people, no matter what the consequences, just as he did in The Fires of Pompeii.

For the Fifth Doctor, though, the reason why he chose Commander Maxil’s face has never been explained in-universe. Did he do it as an act of defiance of sorts? I doubt we’ll ever know.

Could it happen again? Could we see The Master/Missy regenerate using a familiar face? Could The Doctor go for the hat-trick? He meets a lot of people. It’s not inplausible! Or would you prefer a new face every time, going forward?

With a new Doctor on the horizon, and a new showrunner in Chris Chibnall, we don’t know what the future has planned. But either way, does it really matter that much? After all, what’s in a face?

 

~TuskenDruid

 

Missy Mayhem

Just the other morning I woke to the news that Michelle Gomez had decided to leave Doctor Who along with Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat. Gutted. 

I love Missy. The combination of Michelle Gomez and a gender change has been a shot in the arm to the character we know and love as The Master and I hoped she would stick around for some time to come. But times are changing and another reboot, similar to series five is likely coming. Out with the old and in with the new as they say…. 

However, last night Michelle Gomez’s official Twitter account tweeted the following:

Wait…. What!?

Whoah. What exactly are we being told….. Are we being trolled here? 

Speculation is rife amongst the replies to the tweet as you would expect, but as of now there has yet to be a response. 

I can’t be the only person who has their fingers crossed that it is what it seems to be on the surface. Maybe Mr. Chibnall has had a word. On the other hand, as Steven Moffat once said of Michelle “she has a bit of the Devil in her”. It would serve us well to remember that this is Missy we are talking about here, and she has many a clever idea tucked up her sleeve…… 

We’re Back

….Well, of a sort. All of us here at Blogopolis have been really busy the past few months with real life but we haven’t totally given up. I intend to post far more regularly as my circumstances have left me as a stay at home dad with a lot to say on our favourite subject. 

Coming soon: art, musings and hopefully interesting pieces to engage you all. 

I’m also planning a ‘halfway through’ review of series 10 and we would love to hear everyone’s thoughts on what has been, at least to me, a stimulating and engaging series so far. 

Anyhow…  We will prepare, we will grow stronger. When the time is right we will emerge and take out rightful place as the supreme beings of the Blogverse!!!!

Cheers folks, 

Jeff. 

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