Since the recent goings on with which Doctor is which, and all the complications, I’ve put together a table to try to explain it. It might be wrong, but it is more for me than for anyone else.
And I think, as I’ve stumbled through this, I’ve finally got a handle on The Valeyard (more later).
And then the “Ruth Doctor” shows up and creates more confusion! And then The Timeless Children storyline messes everything up and I have to start again…
Now, after all that number counting and trying to work out which numbers apply to which Doctors, if you go by my reckoning then the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) was still only the 12th incarnation, even though he was also the 12 regeneration. To quote The Master from “The Trial of a Time Lord: The Ultimate Foe“:
“There is some evil in all of us, Doctor – even you. The Valeyard is an amalgamation of the darker sides of your nature, somewhere between your twelfth and final incarnation, and I may say you do not improve with age.”
As the “final incarnation” is far off in The Doctor’s personal timeline, the Valeyard problem has been untangled for now, but could surface in the future as a plot point.
The “Ruth Doctor”
And the cat is well and truly amongst the pigeons now. Who is The Ruth Doctor (ha ha)?
From what we can gather, she is a past incarnation of The Doctor, somewhere between Hartnell and Whitaker’s portryals.
We know she’s post-Hartnell, as the TARDIS only adopted the Police Box shape in his first episode. Where she fits in is a bit sticky though. Sticky, but not ungluable…
Doc13 and RuthDoc don’t remember each other, indicating a mindwipe somewhere…
All the regenerations between Docs have been show on screen now, except the one between the Clown and the Dandy (Doc2 and Doc3). The regeneration was forced by the Timelords, at the same time that Zoe and Jamie had their minds wiped…
RuthDoc is apparently working for the Timelords… so is this the Series 6B theory at work? Only time will tell!