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Hey folks! Didnt find much discussion of this 7th story except the Benjamin Elliiot mention in This Week in Doctor Who concerning the DVD release. Has anyone watched Battlefield recently? Find it memorable? Or not?
Im currently drafting my contribution to a volume concerning Doctor Who, and am arguing the possibility that the Doctor may have in fact been Gandalf from the Lord of the Rings, (per the Master statement in The Last of the Time Lords) and Battlefield is going to be one of my last discussions in the paper before using all of my findings to drive my point home. In this episode the Doctor is called Merlyn by Ancelyn, Mordred and Morgaine, plus there are voice activated areas only "Merlyn" could have set up, notes from the Doctor's future self (an incarnation that is said to be Merlyn) the tunnel leading to Excalibur has runes on it set by the Doctor as Merlyn, and a few other bits that connect him to the claim. We can argue some technical stuff like, how can the Doctor recall some things that he has yet to do as it was his future self, in the past, that did the actions above and more--plus the wide variety of continuity issues as set forth in the About Time series by Tat Wood and Lawrence Miles (volume 6) or Cornell's Discontinuity Guide. My wife and I werent to fond of the music and without reading the Miles or Cornell critique did find the scabbard had a huge focus then is later forgotten about.
The writer Ben Aaronovitch drew on several sources for Merlyn like TH White, Le Morte D'Artur and Tennyson, --the characters appear to be from a parallel dimension and the battle takes place on Earth, yet the Doctor receives the signal from Earth--
What do ya'll think of this episode? Thoughts on Doctor as Merlyn? Production/story comments?