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Nine hundred years in time and space, and I've never been slapped by someone's mother.

I like how introspective and deliberate Doctor Who has gotten, and how it explores questions that nobody bothered to ask in the older series. Some of these are obvious ones, such as when people ask "how do you mean... `companion'?" and others are more subtle, such as nondeterminism and how the TARDIS moves through different timelines. I'm actually still not clear on the latter; for example, what would have happened in "Aliens of London" if the Ninth Doctor and Rose had just gotten back in the TARDIS and tried to go back a year after he realized his error.

Another question that always plagued me: does a TARDIS have a means of visualizing the destination? How does a Time Lord manage to put down where people aren't looking, even in a heavily populated zone? (This is especially puzzling given the apparent condition of the Doctor's TARDIS and his inaccuracies in time travel.)

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deire
Apr. 2nd, 2006 06:53 pm (UTC)
Hmm
I haven't actually watched Dr. Who, but my guess would be a built in failsafe that the Doctor cannot override.
banazir
Apr. 2nd, 2006 08:04 pm (UTC)
Failsafe?
Which one, the landing-in-a-secluded-place?

Possibly, though he seems able to direct its landing with pretty high accuracy most of the time. If it really sensed the environment automagically, it should be able to find a dark alley not too far from the specified landing site most of the time. When it can't, it often seems to be pilot intention or error.

In the new series, it often materializes right where it took off a few moments ago: because the Doctor changed his mind and came back, because he arranged to meet someone at a preset place and time, etc. This is how Rose's boyfriend and mother ended up seeing the TARDIS.

I agree that there's a "don't materialize inside solid matter" kind of failsafe, so some autonomous environmental sensing and decision making has got to be part of the TARDISes. Also, the vessels themselves are telepathically controllable by Time Lords, so I wouldn't be surprised if there were a telepathic interface that prompted the owner, too.

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Banazir
neadods
Apr. 2nd, 2006 08:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Failsafe?
There's been some major fixups behind the scenes on the TARDIS - there was a time when he couldn't even get the thing to get to the right continent or century!
maegwen
Apr. 5th, 2006 10:08 pm (UTC)
what would have happened in "Aliens of London" if the Ninth Doctor and Rose had just gotten back in the TARDIS and tried to go back a year after he realized his error.

I had wondered that myself and I can only surmise that the answer is "Then there wouldn't be a plot."
banazir
Apr. 16th, 2006 08:41 pm (UTC)
"Then there wouldn't be a plot"
That's what my mom always says.
During FOTR:
GANDALF: Fly you fools. *falls into the abyss*
FRODO: NOOOOOOOOoooooooo! GAAAAaaaaaandaaaaaaalf!
BANAMUM: He's not really dead, I don't think.
BANAZIR: Wha--? How do you know?
BANAMUM: Well, then the story wouldn't be as good. He'll be back. *munches popcorn*

Suspension of disbelief is all well and good, but when we take implausibilites for granted just for the sake of the archetypal plot, well, then I don't buy it as readily.

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Banazir
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