R2'sDay:(Doctor) Who was the Curator?

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Okay, this is esoteric, speculative and geeky. It's also borderline fanfic (something I really try to avoid).

Since there's a possibility that one or two of you haven't seen "The Day of the Doctor", I'm going to engage the Spoiler Countdown ™ , pat. pending, your mileage may vary wildly.

Smith...

Tennant...

Eccleston....

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McGann....

McCoy...

Baker, C....

Davison....

Baker, T....

Pertwee....

Troughton...

Hartnell....

Okay.

At the end of "The Day of the Doctor", the Doctor (Smith) is gazing on the painting, alternately called No More and Gallifrey Falls. The Curator, who wears a familiar face, walks to the Doctor and explains that the name of the painting is actually "Gallifrey Falls No More". After a bit more conversation that is more meta than canon, the Curator uses his cane and walks away.

This character, the Curator, knows too much, has seen to much to be anyone but the Doctor; to be precise: the Fourth Doctor.
But he's old, walks with a cane- how can the Fourth Doctor be both the Curator and the Doctor? He regenerated into the Fifth Doctor at a fairly middle aged appearance, after being dropped on his head from a radio telescope.

Hmmm. How indeed?

There was something very unusual about the Fourth Doctor's regeneration into the Fifth Doctor. Here- let's watch...

Sorry for the low quality...

Anyway- a figure, known throughout the story as "The Watcher" has been, well, um... watching the Doctor and his Scoobies... I mean, companions, through the entire serial. In two previous regenerations, the Doctor has needed some assistance from other Time Lords to make the transistion; after this incident, that sort of 'jump start' is not required. As Nyssa states- the Watcher was the Doctor all along...

And will continue to be so.

Here's my speculation- the Watcher is indeed a future projection of the Doctor, but made of spare regeneration energy (This is a favorite dodge of the writers, I don't have a problem using it...). This is the regeneration energy that would've formed the Valeyard, but due to the Valeyard's failure to gain the Sixth Doctor's remaining regenerations, the Valeyard never actually forms. (The Sixth Doctor learns what is to happen, and sets up the situation so that the Valeyard never comes to be). This spare regeneration goes back within the Doctor's timeline and aids in the Fourth Doctor's regeneration, adding extra 'oomph' to the process.

With me so far? The Watcher is the energy that would've become the Valeyard, had the Valeyard not failed.

Now, there's enough energy there to create a whole new body in addition to the body that was repaired. This energy has been imprinted with the Fourth Doctor as he becomes the Fifth. The spare energy reforms into the imprint- basically a 'Metacrisis' Doctor, a Doctor with no remaining regenerations, but in this case 100% Time Lord.

As he is basically a loop off of a potential incarnation between the Smith and Capaldi Doctors, (and as it's fairly safe to say that at this point, we probably won't see him...) it's fair to postulate that the energy that was to become the Valeyard traversed backwards along the Doctor's timeline, "Revisit[ed] old faces", and gained corporeal form at the juncture of the Baker-Davison regeneration.

Did that make sense?

One question remains- where did that extra incarnational energy come from?
It had to come within the 11th Doctor's tenure. When did he get more than a normal allotment of regeneration energy?
Duh. In "Let's Kill Hitler", River Song gave her remaining regenerations to the Doctor to restore him. He had enough within him to heal her wrist at will (!!) in "The Angels Take Manhattan"... I don't know how much he used to renew himself at the end of "Hitler", but at that point, he had enough energy to create ten Melody Ponds.
Or One Valeyard
Or one Curator.

I know. This makes Lungbarrow look simple by comparison.

Well, "The Time of the Doctor" airs tomorrow night at 9 ET on BBC America.... which may blow this theory completely out of the water.

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