Captain Jack - The Face of Boe?

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I think not!

I'm trying to work out at exactly what point RTD decided that Captain Jack Harkness would also be The Face of Boe!

It was a great shock moment in the final ep of season 3 of Dr Who, but I can't accept that this was planned from the beginning. My thoughts are that when Gridlock was written, the idea planted itself in RTD's head. Could make for some interesting episodes to see how he goes from his human form into Big Face!

Any thoughts out there?
 

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I think he must have decided by the time he wrote Gridlock, rather than something that cam after. Each season seems to be fully formed, so that any spoilers, trailers and telegraphs for the season finale are there from the start of the season. Example: Saxon posters in episode 1.

That Jack becomes the Face does seem a little far-fetched but, who knows, given he is almost immortal then pretty much anything can happen.

It is something I've been meaning to do: go back and watch the two earlier Boe episodes ("End of the World" and "New Earth") to see how they run, knowing the outcome. A bit like watching "Sixth Sense" a second time...
 

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It is something I've been meaning to do: go back and watch the two earlier Boe episodes ("End of the World" and "New Earth") to see how they run, knowing the outcome. A bit like watching "Sixth Sense" a second time...
Just done it. "End of the World" doesn't make any commitment either way: they simply meet, apparently for the first time. There's no recognition from Boe.

In "New Earth" there is clearly a recognition at having apparently met for the second time. However, Novice Hame refers to the Face's people as Boe-Kind, though of course it might just be legend. Later, when the Face speaks of learning something from the Doctor, it seems very much at being some he has JUST learned, not something he's been treasuring for millennia.

Would be a great question for RTD at an interview though: when did he/TPTB really come up with the idea of making Jack the Face of Boe.
 

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There's no recognition perhaps as Boe/Jack realises that he can't meddle with the timeline. If he showed any sign of recognition, the Doctor would want to investigate further.

Also - another possibility is that as Jack ages (at least 5 billion years old) it is possible that he might forget a few things once in a while!!!
 

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More likely that he's realised the need to preserve the timeline. He seemed to have learned quite a bit between leaving the Doctor and rejoining in the three-parter, and I got the feeling that the Doctor recognised it too. Even at that age I can't seem him forgetting the Doctor: the reason he IS this old...
 

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Is it possible that when the Face of Boe was first written into the series, there was no intention of it being anything to do with Handsome Jack; and the revelation in the last episode was an afterthought to tie up the loose ends and provide a shock talking point?:rolleyes:
Or is that a cynical, unworthy thought.:D
 

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Well, it certainly was a throwaway line (akin to a certain novel: "Guess what, I'm the Half-Blood Prince, haha!"): "Yeah, they used to call me the Face of Boe". Did I blank out for half a second -- I think I was still reeling from the things that had happened in the episode a few minutes earlier! :D -- but did Jack actually explain why he was given that nickname? So much more could be made of it -- starting with how exactly he goes from being handsome, American Captain Jack to a telepathic, giant face.

Ooh, look out, might be another spin-off! :D
 

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Yes it is explained how he got the nickname the face of boe.

He was the first person from his home(the Boeshane Peninsula) to be accepted into the newly formed Time Agency and because of his good looks they made him the poster boy for the agency, and his fame earned him the nickname the face of boe.

well thats roughly how he explained it in the last ep of Dr who anyway.
 

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Ahh...thanks! I really did blank out on that part then! I thought there might have been some explanation, I did vaguely hear him telling The Doctor and Martha something, but I think I must've been otherwise distracted at the time. :D
 

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hmm - just watched the Doctor Who Confidential prog that relates to "Gridlock". Boe says that he is the last of his kind - but he's not if he's Jack! Jack is human and humans clearly exist a lot longer.

However, RTD says something cryptic about a revelation about Boe - I thought it was going to be the whole "You are not alone" saga, but he said it was a revelation about Boe - not the Time Lords.

It would seem that he had the idea but contradicted himself in the script of Gridlock!
 

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Jack doesn't seem that human once he reaches the Face of Boe stage, though, so if he's referring to Large Face Kind then he certainly is the last (and probably the first)! Unless he had a whole host of Big Face children, you know how promiscuous Jack is (although the mind boggles at how that's possible with a being that's only a head :D) but they all died out because they weren't immortal (or at least long lived, seeing as Boe eventually dies) like Jack. And plus, as I said, they're big heads and would probably be quite hard to reproduce...

And now I really don't know what the hell I'm going on about, so I'm going to stop! :D
 

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That would make an interesting story - "Boe's Babies"

How exactly does a billion-year-old horny big face reproduce - especially since he is the only one of his kind. Hang on - what if Jack wasn't the only person Rose brought back to life at the end of Season 1? Maybe there is another immortal out there who evolved into Boekind. That would make a most bizarre Torchwood story.
 

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Also - another possibility is that as Jack ages (at least 5 billion years old) it is possible that he might forget a few things once in a while!!!
In 'Gridlock', Boe says "I'm so old, I've seen so much, maybe too much." I think it is possible that he has forgotten more than he ever knew at the same time - I feel like that sometimes and I'm not nearly 5 billion years old.

I also just saw the 'Doctor Who Confidential' for 'Gridlock' when they discuss Boe's great revelation, though not what it will be. I think they knew from the start of the Season what they were going to do, but clearly they had not thought of it when they made 'End of the World' becaue Jack was not introduced until 'The Doctor Dances' and he didn't become immortal until 'The Parting of the Ways'.

Also, a few people are saying that he is not human, just humanoid, so he COULD actually be the last of his kind.

One question though, it was Rose's connection to the TARDIS that apparently made him immortal, (I didn't follow that completely if someone can explain it better) so why can he die at all? Is it because the TARDIS itself has died? Or the energy ran out?
 

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Rose absorbed the power contained within the heart of the TARDIS and used it to breathe life into Jack. I don't think she absorbed all the power of the TARDIS and therefore the energy infused into Jack would run out at some point - apparently it runs for 5 billion and 53 years.

Another possibility is that Jack as Boe has not died at all. He obviously has evolved at some point from the humanoid Jack into Big Face - maybe Boe's death is yet another stage in this evolution process. He might now exist as pure TARDIS energy and is floating around the universe.

Possible - or is my imagination working overtime?
 

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He also gave up much of his inate energy, somehow, to re-power the city to enable the people in the Gridlock to escape.
 

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Maybe everyone in New New York has now absorbed part of the TARDIS/Boe energy and has new powers which bring long life.

Potential storyline???
 

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Maybe everyone in New New York has now absorbed part of the TARDIS/Boe energy and has new powers which bring long life.

Potential storyline???

nah, i doubt that.

I thought that the energy he used in that ep was to re-power the computer system that ran the city i had nothing to do with the people themselves
 

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Oh that's a shame. That would've been interesting. A city full of people who couldn't die. There was a fairly rubbish episode of DS9 where there was a mini war going on and if someone was killed, they came back to life and the war just went on and on. I'm sure that the Dr Who/Torchwood team could make it work better.
 
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