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so good to be alive when the eulogies are read.

This is going to be a long blog post full of Doctor Who fanwank.

You have been warned.

Also? SPOILERS!!!!!


So, after skipping the last season and a half of 10, and nearly all of 11 that wasn't written by Neil or a Christmas episode, I came back, like a strayed lamb, for the fiftieth.

...and I surprised myself by in general, without nitpicking (I could nitpick), liking it a lot. The Doctor being generous of spirit. Check. (A thing I felt often lacking in 10's tenure--a writing, not an acting, issue) Structural and narrative integrity? Check. The beautiful play of the sonic screwdriver joke into the deadly serious climactic reveal? Check. Archive footage?

Oh god. I made a noise, you guys. A NOISE. 

God bless CGI, you guys. My heart.

I wanted to see 8.5 regen into 9, but I guess the powers that be aren't over fucking with the honorable Chris Eccleston yet, so fuck them sideways. And that is Not Elizabeth Tudor, you motherfuckers. Not in any parallel Earth.

Although yes, I laughed at the deconstruct of the "Body of a weak and feeble woman" quote. Well played, sirs. Well played.

But anyway, what I want to talk about is Osgood. Osgood, yes. And Osgood's scarf. And Four.

Where did she get that scarf, I ask you? Why is she the girl who calmly (and compassionately) hands her Zygon impersonator her inhaler when it has an asthma attack? Why is she the person who, when the world is falling down around her ears, screams, "Doctor, help me!"

People. This is not Osgood's first rodeo. And she's not screaming for 10, 11, or 8.5 for that matter. She barely knows any of them.

...Perhaps I should put it this way.

What is Tom Baker not wearing, when he shows up at the very end, stepping out of his retirement for a word with his future self? (Yes, we once saw him regenerate at a much younger age... but Time heals paradoxies, do it ain't?)

I say ye, Osgood is not just one Osgood's daughter*. She is Four's last Companion.

You doubt me. I see it in your eyes.

But what gesture does young Osgood make, in her scarf, when she hands her Zygon counterpart the inhaler, preserving its life--and by not revealing themselves, protecting the pact the younger (older?) Doctors have forced upon her (both of her) colleagues?

...the prosecution rests.

*Tom by name


I felt certain that Four had given Osgood the scarf -- perhaps during his tenure as curator? -- and I saw the scarf (and the glasses, and the geekery, and the awesomeness) as a signal that she was a delightful stand-in for us, the viewers, the fans -- but I like your theory even more. YES x a BILLION. <3
General consensus is: that wasn't Four. That was Doctor N, where N had decided to regenerate into a familiar face for his retirement (other Time Lords have had control over regenerations in past. I think the Doctor's are generally just too traumatic.) I can't recall the exact quote, but the curator actually uses words to that effect. Gets around the aging thing quite nicely.

Other than that, I'm fully on board with Osgood being companion. :-D
Yeah, I know, but I don't like that answer, so I'm ignoring it.

Thirteen regenerations, dammit.

And Metallica died in a plane crash in 1993.

(Also, then whence the scarf?)

Edited at 2013-11-29 11:10 am (UTC)
Your ideas are intriguing and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.
Knitting people (not me, no idea) say that the scarf isn't the right ... something. Stitch? That it's different enough that maybe she's a fan of 4, but that it didn't come from 4 directly.
Yes, this is correct - I'd halfway noticed it looked a little odd, but it's been long enough since my Who days I didn't really focus on it.
I. I. My HEART. Yes, perfect--though with the herewiss corollary. XD
I like it. Adjust for the possibility that it's merely a future incarnation looking back fondly with a warm personage, but it seems to me that Osgood could very well be the Doctor/Curator's FINAL companion, as well. Timey Wimey, eh? I'll give you Timey Wimey. How's about a National Gallery for a TARDIS configuration, eh?
That would certainly explain the roundels on the wall that the Curator walks past as he leaves.
Loved Osgood. Loved the archival footage. Loved the idea of bringing Gallifrey/Time Lords back to the show. Hated the retcon more than anything I can remember watching on television.

(You have a neat theory, though, although I'd lay my bets on the curator as a future Doctor, rather than a past one.)

Edited at 2013-11-29 08:54 am (UTC)
Curiously, what you refer to as the retcon, I would call the Clever Plan, and it was the bit that made the while thing work for me. I LOVED that. It's so perfectly Doctory, and it changes his sacrifice to a personal one rather than the sacrifice of countless others.

Edited at 2013-11-29 09:59 am (UTC)
THAT was not Elizabeth Tudor, in any timeline.

Though she may have been Queenie from Blackadder.
THANK YOU for saying what you did about Eliz I. It about drove me round the bend, and it would have still been *fun* had she had the gravitas of EI but the hots for the Doctor. A Friend made an amazing suggestion: That she should have met DW *before* she was queen: it would have explained why she never married.

my theory

Yes. Four's last companion. I think so.

I think Four "faked" his regeneration.

"It's the end-- but the moment has been prepared for…"

And then the Watcher merges with the Doctor.

Or maybe he took the Doctor's place and the Doctor went off somewhere else to not die.

Curator is suspiciously close to Watcher IMHO.

Do Four retires from doctoring for a while -- perhaps to watch over Gallifrey -- perhaps to just retire on Earth for a while.
And that is Not Elizabeth Tudor, you motherfuckers. Not in any parallel Earth.

That was pretty much my reaction as well. Even as an impulsive teenager, Elizabeth had more gravitas than that. But that was my only nitpick, as otherwise I have no dog in this fight -- I've never been more than casually interested in Dr. Who, and then only in the newer ones. The old shows can drive me out of the room in 5 minutes flat.

Note: the only reason I watched the special was that we were at a Dr. Who con and everyone was watching it. I was expecting to walk out of the room thinking, "Well, I have no idea what just happened there," but I was pleasantly surprised.

I do like your hypothesis concerning Osgood.
I thought it was the Zygon giving back the inhaler that it had taken from her in the elevator, giving her the opportunity to tip it over with the scarf trick and escape. Though this one was so tricky I might have missed any number of moves.

That being said, except for that one weak-and-feeble gag, that was no more Elizabeth Rex than I am. :(
She had gotten the inhaler back. It changed hands several times. :)