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    There is no reason the setting cannot be played with original characters. You can set up any circumstances you wish.

    I prefer to avoid canon characters where possible for the simple reason it avoids the "You're not playing them right" problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moritz View Post
    But who is going to play the Doctor, and who is going to play the companion(s)?
    That is a definite problem: the Doctor is brilliant, brave, and undefeatable, and his companions exist mainly for him to show off in front of. They've tried to correct that in the new series -- Rose looks like she's heading toward godhood (again), Jack is immortal, Martha's the new UNIT scientific advisor, and good old Sarah Jane has become a Doctor Lite -- but still, the Doctor is THE MAN.

    Then again, who plays Indiana Jones, and who plays Short Round?

    FASA decided to use just-out-of-the-Academy Time Lords and Ladies who are agents of the Celestial Intervention Agency. An idea I mentioned above is to make the Companions do all the work while the Time Lord acts as ground control. You can also adopt the "troupe play" technique of having each player take turns between being the Doctor and playing their own Companion. (Or hey, maybe the Doctor has passed on but left his mind in a psychographic circlet ... so players literally pass around the Doctor Hat.)

    What makes good fiction isn't necessarily what makes a fun game for everyone, but there are ways around the problem if you're willing to bend canon a bit.
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    hey, if they can kill off the daleks and then bring them back in two different ways.... why not others of the doctor's race, ne? or, since they made such a big deal of not breaching alternate universe barriers, sneak a few in through there. or figure a way to convert a few of the mechanical men back to being what they were before... lots of ways to circumvent the idea that the doctor is the 'last' of his kind. which, as i recall, has happened before within the series.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nijineko View Post
    hey, if they can kill off the daleks and then bring them back in two different ways.... why not others of the doctor's race, ne?
    True, but remember the Doctor was always special among Time Lords ... the only one driven enough to go out in the universe and make it better, rather than simply observe. Theoretically, the Celestial Intervention Agency would tweak history to avoid catastrophes ... but they drafted the Doctor at least once in Genesis of the Daleks, and look how well that turned out.

    Of the other "renegade" Time Lords, the Master was the Doctor's Chaotic Evil opposite, the Rani used "lesser species" for her experiments, the Meddling Monk was an idiot version of the Doctor, the War Lord abducted "lesser species" as his toy soldiers, and Drax was a hobo using advanced technical knowledge. (I'm probably missing a few there ... although Romana doesn't count, since she started off as a "good little Time Lady" and ended up as another Doctor Lite.)

    At any rate, it's your game, so you can ignore the Great Time War entirely. There's also rumors that this current season will reverse effects of the Great Time War by its end. I know the previews for ep. 12 show a whole lotta Daleks ...
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    well, sure. gm is in charge and all that. ^^ but i think it would be more fun to have some temporally plausible if convoluted reasoning as to why and how.
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