Supposedly, the next two episodes of Doctor Who will reveal a shattering secret about Captain Jack Harkness.
I put my thinking cap on. Because the theories I’ve heard… well, they’re generally stupid. So, let’s go behind a spoiler cut, shall we? So I can rant about theories in peace, yes?
The idea that Jack Harkness is the Face of Boe, which is a theory I keep seeing, is so monumentally stupid that I can’t believe I’m even going to rant about it.
So I’m not. It’s just monumentally stupid.
There’s also theories that Jack is the Doctor’s brother. Often cited as evidence, the Doctor’s statement in “Smith & Jones” that he had a brother once. The Doctor, of course, could just have been saying that. Or maybe Irving Braxiatel really is his brother, and he died in the Time War (obviously). But that wouldn’t make any sense, Jack as a long-lost family member. That’s too Star Trek: The Next Generation, to be honest.
Here’s my monumentally stupid theory.
Jack isn’t the Doctor’s brother.
Jack is the Doctor.
We know that the Doctor has a human mother. He said so, in the 1996 television movie.
What if the Doctor’s father used Chameleon Arch technology on the infant Doctor to extract the “human” parts from the Doctor, thus producing two children–one fully Time Lord, one fully human? We know from “The Deadly Assassin” that humans aren’t allowed on Gallifrey, so the Doctor’s father may have been concerned that his half-human son could have been exiled, even killed for being not fully Gallifreyan.
But what to do with the human infant?
Place it with adoptive parents, to live out its life in peace.
But the flow of time would still be felt in the infant, and that lead the child that grew into Jack Harkness to join the Time Agency.
So, my weird-ass theory. Jack is the Doctor’s human aspect.
Hmm, I criticize the Jack-as-the-Doctor’s-brother theories for being too TNG, and yet I pull out a theory that’s positively Voyager. Go fig’. 😆