The controversy continues around the 8th Doctor‘s statement about being half human.
It’s been a source of major contention since the Doctor Who movie aired way back in 1996. In a moment that could change the entire course of the Doctor’s history, the Doctor casually mentions that he’s half human. This statement sent Doctor Who fans into nerd rage and most just refused to even acknowledge it, especially since no one considered the movie, or even the 8th Doctor canon.
However, not only is the 8th Doctor now canon, but he and the movie he appeared in (along with his many Big Finish audio adventures) have been legitimized thanks to a web short that aired last year before the 50th anniversary special. And with that, we have to ask the question again, what exactly did he mean when he said he was half human?
Personally, I always thought it was just a sort of tease: a laugh the Doctor was having at Grace (and the audience’s) expense. However, previous Doctor Who showrunner Russell T. Davies is taking the half human statement much more seriously and recently said the following:
“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.”
So… what exactly does that even mean? And being that Davies is no longer in charge of the show, what does the current showrunner think? Moffat has been quiet on the half human front, but could that be something we see coming into play in a future episode?
Also, would it be so bad if the Doctor were in fact half human? Wouldn’t that explain his obsession with humans and his desire to be Earth’s protector? We really don’t have a good background on the Doctor or his family, save that we know he has a granddaughter named Susan. So why not delve into his history some more, human or not?
What do you think? Is the Doctor really half human? Let me know in the comments.
Source: Doctor Who TV