Russell: “like it or not, the Doctor was half human”

Do Time Lords look like humans or do humans look like Time Lords?

The fandom debate about this has been on going since the show started.

The Doctor loves humans. He has saved the Earth from total destruction time and time again. One could argue he has an almost inordinate love for our species, so much so that there must be a reason other than just affinity for our kind.

Given that the Tenth Doctor’s “extra” regeneration energy was able to bond with Donna’s human DNA to create a half-human copy of Ten, the two species – human and Gallifreyan, must therefore be at least genetically compatible, otherwise such a thing wouldn’t have been possible.

So what then about the almost throw away line in the TV Movie, where the Eighth Doctor, albeit in a bit of a joking matter, says that he is “half-human…on my mother’s side”? Do we ignore that one line (and that Eric Robert’s Master also declares the Doctor is half-human) or do we just chalk it up to the movie having been made by others maybe not as familiar with the character or thinking it would be useful for the future television show they were hoping would happen as a result of the movie?

Russell T. Davies says we can’t ignore it.

While chatting on Toby Hadoke’s Who’s Round, Davies was asked about the line and its implications for the character of the Doctor and the show.

I don’t like the half-human thing. He certainly isn’t half-human, but it’s less interesting to say it simply doesn’t count.
I always wanted to put in a line where someone says to the Doctor ‘are you human?’ and the Doctor says ‘no, but I was once in 1999. It was a 24 hour bunk.’ Part of the reason I never put that in was it was a bit too self-referential but also I thought I’m spoiling the TV movie if I do that.
In that time, like it or not, the Doctor was half human. Everything in that story says he was half human, so you can’t not count it. I don’t think we can ignore it.

What say you, K readers? Do you agree with RTD or do you choose to ignore it?


Rebecca is still new to the Who world, but is no stranger to sci-fi, being a life long Trekkie. When not watching, reading, blogging, or talking about Doctor Who, she watches so many movies and reads so many books she has to keep a list of both so she doesn't forget any of them. She wishes she could have been with the Doctor and Amy when they met Van Gogh.

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