Doctor Who Omnibus Thread in MOVIES & TV Posted March 5 Finally got around to watching the season finale. Wasn't great but there have been worse. The decision to kill off Gallifrey completely, revealing that the Doctor existed before Hartnell and therefore numbering the Doctors is inaccurate/pointless as well as making the Doctor a being of unknown origin all seem like ways to push the show in a direction that will make it easier to welcome future new viewers. They smell of editorial mandate. If they go forward with removing the numbering, or at least not continually mentioning them with future actors in the role, the BBC's hope with the next casting might be that simply saying "The New Doctor" instead of "The 14th Doctor" won't make the show seem as old or daunting to potential new viewers. When the decision was made to remove numbering from Wrestlemania supposedly it was to help avoid making the show/concept seem dated. The Time Lords in the past had been portrayed as pompous and even corrupt, so having the explorer who discovered the Timeless Child begin experimenting on the child after witnessing regeneration (and implying these experiments lead to multiple regenerations/deaths) acted as a way of continuing that portrayal. Hammering home that they have always been kind of shit slightly softens the impact of having them all wiped out. The added byproduct of wiping them out is not needing to mention even a sliver of the Time Lord lore (which spans 50 years now) that would come up whenever they were previously brought back. So now we'll see if they run with this idea that the Doctor is an unknown alien from a different dimension and try to find her true home (which honestly seems very moffat-ish) or find a way to retcon the whole idea if they decide to walk it back.