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Doctor Who thing of the day: the Doctor cannot die in Utah… because of Miracle Day

death of the Doctor April 22 2011 Lake Silencio Utah

Stuart Ian Burns — aka feelinglistess here in comments and at his own blog — has made an extraordinary discovery regarding the supposed death of the Doctor at Lake Silencio in Utah, which we witnessed, it seems, in “The Impossible Astronaut.” It is this:

the Doctor couldn’t die when he’s supposed to die.

Torchwood’s Miracle Day is set in and around 22nd March 2011 and knocks on for a good few months.

The astronaut parts of The Impossible Astronaut are set in Utah, USA, 22nd April 2011.

Burns captured evidence for the Miracle Day dating from Episode 2, “Rendition”:

Torchwood Miracle Day March 2011

After the latest episode, “The Gathering,” there is no question that April 22, 2011, falls well within the timeframe during which no one can die.

Now, well… there are still a few potential thorny matters here.

1) The Doctor isn’t human. Miracle Day has made it clear that it’s only humans who aren’t dying. So it’s possible that whatever made the Miracle happen did not affect the Doctor’s nonhuman biology.

2) The Doctor was standing on a null-field generator, such as we saw in Miracle Day Episode 7 (“End of the Road”), which would negate the effects of the Miracle.

3) As Burns notes:

Arguably [the Doctor] does become a category one, and they did burn the body.

4) It was a Flesh Doctor who is/was/will be killed at Lake Silencio — as I’ve been saying all along — which would be even less human than a Gallifreyan Time Lord, and hence almost certainly not subject to the Miracle.

5) The events of recent Doctor Who stories have been taking place in a parallel universe — as I’ve also been speculating — where the Miracle has not occurred on Earth.

6) Russell T. Davies and Steven Moffat have introduced a whopping great paradox into their shared universe.

Which explanation works for you? Which do you think will turn out to be the case?

(If you stumble across a cool Doctor Who thing, feel free to email me with a link.)


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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1452846937 Matthew Fahey

    Torchwood is useless for determining cannon. forget it.

  • Mom

    Met Dr. Who this evening at a restaurant in So. Jordan, UT. He was a blast. Nice meeting and talking with you. Yes the wine was special just like you.

  • Adam Oldson

    SPOILER: The doctor did not die, he was hidden in the Tessalecta. Sadly, his companions do believe he is dead, for an amount of time.

  • Adam Oldson

    Sadly, that is wrong. What Rose did is purposefully prevent Harkness from ever dying (other than of using up all his energy as the Face of Boe,) while River Song/Melody Pond only saved him from a near-miss with death. SORRY BRO!

  • Adam Oldson

    Not in a parallel, just hidden in the tessalecta with the tardis, before they burned it he teleported.