More Smith From New Orleans ComicCon

Intro and his friend: (excuse the screaming)

What number is Capaldi?:

Talking about his Regeneration:

Silence Question:

The one word question:

Scariest Episode:

Renumbering

I’ve wondered myself if we’re supposed to re-number the Doctors now that we know about the extra one in the middle.  I’m thinking not, since the BBC would have to redo all their merchandising (and I can’t picture it) but this could get a little confusing if some people decide to start renumbering all the Nu-Who ones.  Neil Gaiman decided to address this question on his official tumblr page.  It’s kind of awesome 🙂 :

harryhadouken asked: Is the War Doctor now considered as the canonical Ninth Doctor?

neil-gaiman:

I don’t really understand the question. I’m tempted to say something like, “No, the John Hurt War Doctor is just something that happened in THE NAME OF THE DOCTOR, THE NIGHT OF THE DOCTOR and THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR on television.”

If it happens on the TV, it’s canonical, unless it isn’t. (For example, no-one seems entirely sure whether we get to see pre-Hartnell regenerations during the mindbending battles of Brain of Morbius.)

We now know there was a regeneration between the Paul McGann Eighth Doctor and the Chris Ecclestone Ninth Doctor, one whom the Doctor himself has only just begun to regard as being The Doctor (as opposed to being something else).

If you mean, “Do we now all have to agree to renumber all the Doctors?”, I think the main purpose of numbering things is to communicate, and we all know who we mean when we say Doctors NIne, Ten or Eleven. If anyone corrects you and says “You mean TWELFTH!” when you say “Matt Smith was the eleventh Doctor” then that person is being irritatingly pedantic and should be pitied, in a nice way and with a gentle friendly, not-patronising sort of love, because they will have long hard lives ahead of them.

vimpar:

I say this with a tremendous amount of respect, but I think we all see that you did not answer the question

neil-gaiman:

I say this with an equal amount of respect*: If you think I didn’t answer the question I suggest you reread both the question and my answer.

*And I’d add, you do realise that “with the greatest respect” is often English for “you’re an idiot”, don’t you?