On the Flesh and TARDIS Avatars

Yesterday, I found myself pondering “The Doctor’s Wife.”

Two weeks ago, “The Doctor’s Wife,” a Doctor Who story written by Neil Gaiman, aired on BBC 1, BBC America, and Space. In the episode, a villainous asteroid ripped the consciousness of the TARDIS from the Doctor’s ship and shoved the consciousness into a body belonging to a human woman, Idris.

At the end of the episode, with the TARDIS’ consciousness restored to the TARDIS, Amy asks the Doctor if there’s any way to bring Idris back as a person for the Doctor to interact with.

So, yesterday, I began to ponder how this might be possible.

The Star Trek solution, of course, would be a holographic projection, like Star Trek: Voyager‘s EMH. Or a holodeck. If the TARDIS has a library and a swimming pool, surely it can have a holodeck. Turn on the holographic projection, and suddenly the Doctor can talk to the spirit of the TARDIS.

But then I realized that last week, in “The Rebel Flesh,” Doctor Who gave us another possibility.

The Flesh is a way of creating an avatar of another consciousness. A couple of humans at an acid drilling station were using Flesh avatars to pump out the highly corrosive acid. And then at the end of the episode, we saw that a Flesh avatar of the Doctor was created as well.

So it occurred to me that the Doctor could use the Flesh, perhaps a more advanced version of it, to create a living, breathing, walking avatar of the TARDIS.

Would it work? I have no idea. But it would be quite an interesting development for Doctor Who, for the Doctor to have a permanent humanoid TARDIS avatar to interact with.

It’s interesting sometimes where the logical implications of a story can take you. 🙂

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

One thought on “On the Flesh and TARDIS Avatars

  1. “If the TARDIS has a library and a swimming pool, surely it can have a holodeck.”

    I don’t know about a full-on holodeck, but the old control room had a built-in holographic projector in the console room (“The Parting of the Ways”) that would serve quite well.

    I think that, dramatically, a permanent TARDIS avatar would be a misstep. If ever she disagreed with the Doctor, well, she wins—she’s the one who can travel through time and space!

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