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[repost] Last "School Reunion" post.

Originally posted (and commented upon) here.

Okay, so there's a lot of talk about "School Reunion" bolluxing the canonicity of "The Five Doctors" (or, variously, Sarah's memory thereof) because of several comments made by both the Doctor and Sarah. Honestly? It never crossed my mind that anything they said could really be construed as that much of a problem until there was talking about it. Maybe there's something I missed, that I'll catch on a rewatch and go "D'oh!" But I don't think so.

Wikipedia takes issue with the Doctor saying he's regenerated "half a dozen times" since they last met. This is unconcerning to me for more than one reason. First, he says "about half a dozen times." Second, all the Doctors were a bit occupied by the time the whole group came together in T5D. And it's possible I'm forgetting something, not having seen it in several years, but I don't recall Five having any particular interaction with Sarah that would really qualify as "met." I'm not sure she has any way of knowing what order they actually go in.

Sarah's primary interaction in T5D was with Three, and the very first thing she says to him is "It's you! ... No, I mean you you!" She knows the Doctor is the Doctor is the Doctor, but she also makes a certain amount of distinction between the two incarnations she travelled with. And Three didn't abandon her. Four (whom she never sees in T5D) did.

Finally, yes, her lines about how she decided he must have died can be taken to imply that she never saw him again at all after he dropped her off. But that's not what she says. She says he never came back. And he didn't. Borusa kidnapped her and a slew of others with the timescoop. We also don't know for sure when he kidnapped her from, but her absolutely hideous costume in T5D is really not hideous in a 1983 sort of way. It's always struck me as more a 1977-78ish sort of hideous.

So she got briefly caught back up in the Doctor's world, through no action of the Doctor's, not too terribly long after she left it. And even if it was a full seven years after she left it? It's been TWENTY-THREE years since then.

The first of those numbers is not really long enough to decide that he must have died, knowing him as she does. The second, however, is.

Either way, T5D or no T5D, the point is that he never came back. That's what she says, and what she means. It's Sarah Jane, after all -- when have those two things ever not been the same?

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brainiacfive
Oct. 19th, 2006 03:57 pm (UTC)
And it's possible I'm forgetting something, not having seen it in several years, but I don't recall Five having any particular interaction with Sarah that would really qualify as "met."

Except for the part when she's saying goodbye to Five, when she adds it was very nice meeting him. To which Three, standing next to her replies that it was very nice metting her as well. To her confused response he adds that he'll explain later, and she and Three go into the TARDIS.
brainiacfive
Oct. 19th, 2006 04:01 pm (UTC)
Should have read the old comments first. This was mentioned there, too.
wiliqueen
Oct. 19th, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I realized that upon rewatching, after I had posted this. But I figured it would be too complicated to edit it. :-)

It was a nice theory while it lasted...
brainiacfive
Oct. 19th, 2006 04:18 pm (UTC)
Sparks a curious thought. I wonder if anyone has done a fic where the Doctor, on his deathbed, goes and visits all of his companions, on their deathbeds, so he can finally make good on all those explanations he's been promising for later.

No wonder he turned evil as the Valeyard! can you imagine the list!
wiliqueen
Oct. 19th, 2006 04:29 pm (UTC)
No kidding! Heck, at this point it's no longer as hard as all that to see him snapping before 12.5...
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