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Published on September 8th, 2011 | by Andrew Reynolds

The Doctor’s Miracle?

Stuart Ian Burns – writer of the Feeling Listless blog and commenter on Kasterborous favourite Flick Filosopher – has conclusive proof that the Doctor cannot die.

That’s right: no death for the Doctor, in fact no death for anyone because the Doctor meets his fate at the hands of the Impossible Astronaut right around the time when the population of the Earth stopping dying because of Miracle Day.

Torchwood’s miracle occurs around the 22nd March 2011 according to an insert of a mobile phone from episode 2, Rendition, however, as the TARDIS monitor shown in the final shot of Night Terrors, the Doctor’s fate is sealed on 22nd April 2011 – and as The Gathering has shown that’s well within the current events of Miracle Day.

Obviously there are a few caveats to this; the Doctor isn’t human – Miracle Day has made it clear that the miracle only affected Homo Sapiens, and Russell T. Davies and Steven Moffat are only too happy sharing both those respective universes: why would they introduce such a massive great paradox?

It also means that the Doctor has wilfully ignored any cries for help from anyone of his human companions currently living in the immortal world.

However like all Category One’s his body was burned…

Whatever your feelings on this revelation it does underline just how far Torchwood has strayed from the ’mother-ship’ or as Burns himself puts it on his blog:

“Assuming it is a contradiction and Miracle Day isn’t indeed going to be used to resolve all of this. Either way, we can probably now add, “ruining Doctor Who” to the list of its crimes.”

So would you be pleased to see Torchwood assisted ‘deus ex Machina’ where somehow the ashes of the Doctor are resurrected – along with Dr. Juarez – after the miracle is lifted?

Or would it be an absolute smack in the face for everything that went before if Torchwood suddenly popped up in this way?


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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

3 Responses to The Doctor’s Miracle?

  1. avatar Ratfink says:

    Sorry.. as an attempt to make Torchwood even vaguely relevant i’m afraid you have failed. The only possible explanation for Torchwood’s existence in the new series is that it is functioning in a fully parallel universe where logic has been removed completely and the show blunders on a like a mechanical horse with 2.5 legs. Doctor Who is nowhere near that universe.

  2. avatar ChrisL says:

    Personally, I would forgive any intrusion of Doctor Who into Torchwood (or vice versa) if it meant the resurrection of Dr Vera Juarez!
    In fact I’d be absolutely chuffed to bits if it turns out that The Doctor had piloted The TARDIS into the oven where Vera appears to have met her demise and whisked her away to become his latest companion (prior to her being reduced to ash, obviously).

    I’d actually proposed the possibility that Torchwood: Miracle Day and series 6 of Doctor Who might be heading for a common resolution a couple of weeks ago. Naturally those I spoke to about this just laughed at such a ridiculous idea and, to be honest, I had to agree with them.

    My suggestion had only been made in jest, mainly because Torchwood no longer belongs in the same universe as Doctor Who, but now that Mr Burns has made the same suggestion… hmmm, who knows?
    I certainly wouldn’t be too surprised if Moffat & Davies had concocted such a mind blowing conclusion. It would probably be the only way I’d forgive RTD for wasting the legacy of Torchwood in the way he has.

  3. avatar ChrisL says:

    Oops, forgot to say;

    If this unlikely scenario does actually come to pass, I would find it difficult to understand why nobody in “The Impossible Astronaut” actually mentioned The Miracle at any point.
    In fact, if the two programmes are supposed to be running concurrently, wouldn’t Amy & Rory have assumed that The Doctor’s reappearance in April was to investigate The Miracle? It would have been the very first subject they’d have raised with him… wouldn’t it?

    So yeah, for me, if the two programmes did merge at some point I’d enjoy it, but we all know it isn’t going to happen.

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