It could happen at any time, and most often does when you least expect it. You are watching television, seeing a movie, playing a game, or reading a book. All of the sudden it hits you:
“That’s a Time Lord!”
Suddenly, all the pieces of character-building background now make sense!
While Time Lords may have first appeared in Doctor Who, we can now see that they’ve infiltrated nearly every corner of pop culture – and for some time now.
As any Doctor Who fan could tell you, Time Lords are an ancient alien race from the planet Gallifrey. They have the ability to travel through time and space in a special craft called a TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In Space) that is bigger on the inside. While they appear humanoid, Time Lords have two hearts, special abilities to restrict respiration, telepathy (in limited cases), and an increased ability to heal via coma. But the most remarkable aspect of a Time Lord? Their ability to regenerate when damage to their body is too severe. After regeneration, a Time Lord has a new face and body, as well as slight changes in personality, but all of their previous memories.
As we continue along “The Year Without Who,” a determined team of Bleeding Cool reporters and I are continuing on with our expose on “hidden Time Lords” who have been living under our noses for years (“Operation WHO (Tar)DIS?”) – this time shining the spotlight on movies (and for a look back at Part 1: Television, click here)
Part 2: Movies
Rufus (George Carlin): Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure – Rufus is a being from the future sent to 1980’s Earth in a phone booth time machine, who then takes two young, attractive Earthlings back to meet famous figures from the past. It even sounds like an episode of Doctor Who. – Bill Waters
Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews): Mary Poppins – She flies, she has a bag that is bigger on the inside, she stays in one place only long enough to fix everyone’s problems and make them love her. And then she flies away. – Mary Anne Butler
Santa (Kurt Russell): The Christmas Chronicles – Miraculous hats, bags that are bigger on the inside, a Santa that knows all about people’s past and future, and the picking up of two plucky kids to come along on adventures. Also, Santa is apparently a genius with electronics and vehicles. – Adi Tantimedh
Highlander (Christopher Lambert): Highlander – A mostly-immortal Scotsman (can be beheaded) has adventures through time falling in love, righting wrongs, and wearing fantastic outfits. Honestly, the whole thing makes more sense with the Highlander being a Time Lord. He has also shown up in multiple media and been played by multiple actors.
Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell): The Evil Dead – A serious yet comically cheesy man travels through time fighting the forces of evil and leaving behind a surprisingly high body count. Extra Time Lord Points for complex mythology, an ever expanding world, and Bruce Campbell who never seems to age. – Tom Chang
Q: James Bond – A man before his time, Q continuously produces gadgets and vehicles that are decades before their time technologically, always seems to know what is coming next, and gives sage advice that no one seems to listen too. Additionally, he has been played by multiple different actors in different incarnations over the years. – Mary Anne Butler
Make sure you check back with us for Part 3 of Doctor Who Confidential, as we look at the Time Lord “sleeper agents” we’ve uncovered in… video games, books, and more!