As some of you know, I have a theory about where Russell T. Davies, henceforth RTD, is taking Doctor Who before he’s done next week.
However, that theory is not without its consequences. Not necessarily within Doctor Who itself, but certainly for the Doctor Who universe. Because the past few years have shown us that Doctor Who is not alone. There are other shows to consider, like Torchwood and Sarah Jane. It really depends on what kind of reset button RTD presses. Is it a small button, that maybe only undoes a season or two? Or is it a big button that wipes out the entirely of the RTD-era?
RTD is not a writer who does things small. He’s a showman. He loves his spectacle. Naturally, I think RTD would gravitate toward the large reset button. To be more specific, I expect that, when RTD passes the baton to Steven Moffat, the baton is going to be pretty much the same baton that RTD received from Philip Segal not long past the turn of the millennium. I expect that the mythology of the past five years — the Time War, the destruction of Gallifrey, the “lonely god,” Bad Wolf, all of it — will be gone. Erased.
Here’s my theory.
Let’s suppose that the history of the past five years (and the history before that) collapses on itself, and that history reverts/reboots to its pre-Time War state. Rose made Jack into a fixed point in time. What if that is something that cannot unhappen? Jack’s not a time lock; he’s not a dam in the time stream. He is, rather, a part of the time stream.
So what happens to Jack?
Jack becomes an artifact of a timeline that no longer happens. Does Jack retain his memories of that timeline? Does Jack retain the memories of the GameStation, of Torchwood, of traveling with the Doctors, of Owen and Gwen and Tosh and and Ianto and Alice and Stephen. But Jack arriving in Cardiff in the 1880s, Jack working with Torchwood 3 for a century, Jack having a family — these didn’t happen anymore. All of the people he knew in the “old” timeline may exist in the new timeline, but they don’t know him. He’s now a stranger to them. Or in the case of Alice and Stephen, they may never have existed at all.
Talk about something that would fuck with Jack Harkness even more. He’s already lost his grandson.
All of that said, this sounds way too X-Men. Really. It does. Survivor of a timeline that no longer exists. Yeah, definitely X-Men. 😆