What about the year that never was? The people in the close vicinity remembered the year so obviously their pasts did not get erased, just everyone elses. That would add another year to the 10th doctors age.– The preceding unsigned comment was added by 126.96.36.199 (talk).
In regards to the 900 controversy, in Aliens of London, the Doctor states that 900 years is the amount of time he's been travelling for, not how old he is. Perhaps after this, he just used 900 years in reference to his life after leaving Gallifrey.– The preceding unsigned comment was added by Aliyoda (talk • contribs) .
- I Always assumed that it was just him (and the writer's) excuse to make up some age when in reality after the Time War and other things he had totally lost track. After all, he may think he has spent roughly 100 years in each incarnation (it could be much longer but memory does tend to blur if you don't recall it for a while), so after nine incarnations he decided that 900 a good number "for show" in a way. After that, in the time when Voyage of the Dead occurred, it was three yr=ars after the point in time where he said 900, so he thought it would make sense to take those into account. Anyways its just a theory--188.8.131.52 02:01, May 17, 2010 (UTC)
this article claims that the figure in the astronought suit who kills the doctor in the impossible astronought is a silence, but no other article or source suggests this. unless there is a source for this, it should be removed. if there is, it should be mentioned on the page for the eleventh doctor, and the silence, at the very least.– The preceding unsigned comment was added by 184.108.40.206 (talk).
Currently the article says that the Doctor was 953 when he regenerated from Colin Baker to Sylvester McCoy. However it also says this figure came from the Time and the Rani. Can we rely on that though?
There's no reason I can think of why the Rani would have set a code based on her age in Earth years. She's from Galifrey and was on Lakertya at the time. Even though I think we can safely assume that normally the years used refer to Earth years (as the Doctor's talking to a human and it seems logical that they'd be translated) in that case saying a code was 953 then adding it was his age doesn't really imply it was.220.127.116.11 10:01, September 15, 2011 (UTC)
- However narratively difficult the issue may be, it was stated as such on-screen. Therefore it's canonical and we're obliged to include it here. — Rob T Firefly - Δ∇ - 19:14, September 15, 2011 (UTC)
Age reference cut from scriptEdit
I recall reading that on at least 2 occasions either Davies or Moffat had written lines of dialogue in which the Doctor stated he couldn't remember his real age, but both had been cut before production. I'm trying to find out which scripts these were, but if anyone knows that should go into Behind the Scenes. 18.104.22.168 13:34, October 3, 2011 (UTC)
"The Doctor's" age. Edit
Just wondering if it had been set in canon anywhere exactly when in his lifetime he took the name "The Doctor", as perhaps it could be suggested that he now measures his age by that name, and doesn't include his life under his real name? --Jakk Frost talk to me 19:07, April 18, 2012 (UTC)
That could be right as he said 900 years of travelling in the tardis and the name the doctor might have been used only a short while before that so the above point could have some accuracy.– The preceding unsigned comment was added by Coop3 (talk • contribs) .
Maybe The Doctor has lost count. He says he is 1200 years old. Maybe he's as old as the universe itself. Maybe older. Maybe he's a gazillion years old. We shall never know for sure. 22.214.171.124talk to me 13:34, March 28, 2013 (UTC)
lol I don't think that the Doctor counts his age linearly... He loses track of the order of numbers so easily. It doesn't really matter how old he is, does it? Just like how it doesn't really matter what his name is in order to trust him... or does it matter? O_O
Can we not simplify all of this page? The page makes a controversy where there really isn't any. Edit
Earlier today I added a section that provides a timeline and reconciles the apparent contradiction.
Pardon me, but -- is there really any legitimate controversy here?
Except for a tiny number of mentions in the 6th and 7th doctor serials, (which no-one watched and even fewer people liked, sorry for being blunt), the Doctor's timeline is perfectly consistent.
Theory on the Doctors age that explains all the discrepancies, without brushing it off as unreliable numbers, years for another planet, etc.
In Vampire Science he states that he lost count and began once more since he first regenerated into 8. This would mean he lost track of how many years its been since he gave the 953 number as the 7th Doctor. This would mean that its been roughly 900 years since the 8th Doctor regenerated to the War Doctor and then to the 9th Doctor. He's at one point trapped on Orbis for 600 years, which would seem to support this making the 8th Doctor at least 600 into that regeneration.
When the 11th Doctor gives the number 1200ish when talking to his past self, it could either imply around 400 years (rounded up or down). He could also simply be able to tell the age difference roughly by timelord ability to seemingly sense age (which Romana demonstrated while the Doctor lacked.)
This means its been roughly 1200 years since the Doctor regenerated from 8 into 11. Add the minimum age of 953 before then and we have that the Doctor is no younger than at least 2,153 years old. 14thLord ☎ 08:46, November 28, 2013 (UTC)
- It's a nice theory, but theories aren't allowed anywhere on the wiki except at Howling:The Howling. Per Tardis:Discussion policy, talk pages are only for discussing the editing of articles. Thanks. Shambala108 ☎ 14:39, November 28, 2013 (UTC)
He doesn't know? Edit
How could he not know his own age? Even if he has personally lost track (which is possible) he's been travelling in the TARDIS the whole time - surely she has a record of how much time has passed... --Irrevenant ☎ 01:52, December 6, 2013 (UTC)
It looks like some people are attached to the idea that there's a controversy here. An entire section explaining that there *isn't* was removed on the theory that it was "speculation" and out-of-universe.
The entire page is OOU. And to call the timeline I put in "speculation" is just to express the belief that there should be a controversy about the Doctor's age.
None of the people who reverted the changes responded to the Talk topic I started about it.
I have therefore put the section back in.
- Your reasons for thinking your timeline is acceptable for the article is based on a lack of knowledge of several of our policies. I suggest you read the following: Tardis:Valid sources, Tardis:In-universe perspective, Tardis:Point of view and Forum:Timeline sections on pages.
- In addition, much of what you posted is based on assumptions you've made from Moffat's comments. This is the very definition of speculation. This material will continue to be removed as long as it violates our policies.