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     Sunday, February 15 2009 @ 05:02 AM EST
    A philosophical question as a touch of intellecual light relief from the cut and thrust of hurt/heal games. Here's the question:
    In the Genesis of the Daleks, the Doctor was tasked with stopping or, at the very least, changing the development of the Daleks. This, he almost achieved. If he'd just touched the ends of those two wires together, he would have wiped out Davros's genetic mutations. He didn't.
    So did he do the right thing?

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     Sunday, February 15 2009 @ 08:54 AM EST
    Very difficult to say (as with any philosophical discussion). Will we one day learn that his mission to Skaro in Genesis was somehow linked with or perhaps the cause of - the current plot thread of the Time War?

    If so, had he touched the two wires, he may have not only prevented the Daleks development, but also saved the Time Lords and Gallifrey from eventual distruction.

    The Doctor himself made the best argument that the development of the Daleks caused so many other worlds to join together in unity vs. the Dalek war machine. Hinting that the good that came from that outweighed the evil of the Daleks existence.

    Maybe the existence of the Daleks is the only thing that kept the Movellans from taking over the Galaxy. Without them we would be overrun with disco robots with silver dreads. Who would you rather take over Earth?

    Yes, I still have the rubbish beard!
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     Sunday, February 15 2009 @ 10:17 AM EST
    In a sense he did do "THE JOB" - remember near the end he replaced the wires and with the help of a dalek the lab was destoyed.

    End result - very little difference. He said that he put the deolopment of the Daleks back about 1000 years - but even with the set-back they came back and had a "Time-war" with the Time Lords.

    Even with all that evil in those "pepper-pots" they still came back to wreak havock on the universe - they just focused on a different enemy. They still remained a threat throughout the universe and MAYBE the delay in their production made them more dangerous.

    "Make your last move, Doctor. Make your LAST move." The Celestial Toymaker to the Doctor in "The Celestial Toymaker: The Final Test"
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     Sunday, February 15 2009 @ 07:17 PM EST
    Paul Cornell and his co-writers of The Discontinuity Guide played around with this scenario in an interesting way.

    After the entry for The Daleks they have their discussion of The First History of the Daleks. Then after the entry for Genesis of the Daleks they have their discussion of The Second Dalek History where they speculate that the Doctor's actions did change history somewhat. They do appear to be available on the BBC webpage, but I haven't done a side-by-side comparison with the book to see if they edited anything out.

    The First History of the Daleks

    The Second Dalek History


    I'm going "Full Circle" and putting my avatar back to what it was when I first joined. :)
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     Thursday, February 19 2009 @ 07:28 PM EST
    NO, he didn't really. Later, he goes back and has the rampaging Dalek touch the wires for him and it blows up and still it doesn't make that much diffference from what he was abuot to do the first time. He delays them about 1000 years, which is what would have happened the first time. It made no difference that he didn't blow them up the first time.

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