Looks Familiar – Spatial Genetic Multiplicity
The phrases ‘Genetic Multiplicity’ and ‘Spatial Genetics’ exist in the real world. Perform a poetic combination (a la ‘Gallifrey Falls – No More’) and you get ‘Spatial Genetic Multiplicity’, a technobabble term for the different people throughout time and space who share looks in common.
The phrase came to our attention in ‘Journey’s End’, where the remark was used to point out the similarity between Gwen Cooper of 21st c. Torchwood and Gwyneth the Maid from the 19thc., both from Cardiff (Where there happens to be a Time Rift).
Gwen states her family roots in Cardiff date back to the 19th century. Russell T Davies explained the concept thus: “It’s not familial as we understand it. There’s no blood tie. Spatial genetic multiplicity means an echo and repetition of physical traits across a Time Rift.” This means that although Gwen may be a physical ‘copy’ of Gwyneth, she isn’t the same person.
In retrospect it cleverly solves the fact that the Doctor wasn’t surprised to see Terry Walsh as a different person every few weeks.
So, given that Clara and her ‘Claricles’ turned out to be ‘living ghosts’ – shards of a person splintered across time (Like Scaroth the Jagaroth), can the term apply to her?
If so, can most or all SGM cases be similar (-ie. Fragments of an original person fractured through time)?
Is this in direct conflict with RTD’s definintion?
Also, fans will be aware that The 12th Doctor (Capaldi) looks an awful lot like Caecilius and John Frobisher. RTD semi-joked on the Torchwood ‘Children of Earth’ commentary that Caecilius’ bloodline was finally ended (as fate intended) after a 2000 year postponement.
Many of us are speculating why No.12 looks like these other 2 men. Will the SGM term apply in this case? If so, will we learn more about this phenomenon?
Dr Who already incorporated the change of lead actor into the stories of the show with the genius maguffin that is Regeneration.
Is Moffat about to make SGM another integral part of the legend by expanding on it’s significance?
Has ‘The Crack’ that was the arc of the 11th Doctor caused many more SGM cases?
Will series 8 see the Doctor searching the Universe’s time cracks, time faults, time flaws, time splits, time breaks, time breaches, time fissures, time fractures, time clefts, time crevices, time gaps, time crannies, time slits, time chinks, time interstices, time cavities, time openings, time rifts, time spaces, time holes, time ruptures and time apertures for his lost home?
Wouldn’t it be ironic if Gallifrey had been hidden right behind The Rift in Cardiff all along?
AG candidates for SGM
Gwyneth and Gwen
Adeola Oshodi and Martha Jones
The Soothsayer and Amy Pond
Caecilius, John Frobisher and the 12th Doctor
Clara and her (numerous) Claricles; Oswin Oswald, Clara Oswin, etc. (shards of the same character)
(Mostly) BG candidates for SGM
Barabara Wright and Lexa
Za and Greg Sutton
Old Mother and Karela
Kala and Lady Peinforte
Tlotoxl, Blake and Ashe
Carl Tyler, Saladin, Crossland and Caldwell
Ascaris, Garvey and Drax
Delos and Davis
Tor and Hal
Morton Dill and Steven Taylor
Bret Vyon and Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart
Mavic Chen and Tobias Vaughn
Joanna of England, Sara Kingdom and Morgaine
Richard The Lionheart and Scaroth (Human disguise and his splintered incarnations)
Thatcher, Morgan and Jackson
Rhos, Dr Roland Summers, Laurence Scarman, Lowe, Mergrave and Coal Hill Headmaster
The Abbot of Amboise and the 1st Doctor
The Celestial Toymaker and Hedin
Anne and Dodo Chaplet
Jano and Sorenson
Squire Edwards and The Marshal of Solos
Bragen and Marcus Scarman
Pilot and Count Grendel of Gracht
Controller, Price and Time Lord
Jean Rock and Ransome
Roger Colbert, Steven Jenkins and Andred
Queen Victoria and Samantha Briggs
Jean Rock and Thea Ransome
John Viner, Dr. Lennox, Prof. Herbert Clegg and The Archimandrite
Khrisong, Baker and Hieronymous
Salamander and the 2nd Doctor
Alexander Denes, Jaeger and Spandrell
Van Lutyens, General Carrington, Richard Railton and Ranquin
Benik, Guy Crayford and Kelner
Jimmy, Vaber, Salamar and The Shrieve Captain
Cully and Mr Henderson
Osgood and Harry Towb
Eelek, The War Lord, Solon and Fenner
Lemuel Gulliver, Tribunal Time Lord, Taron and Chancellor Goth
Mullins and Dave
Hawkins and Tekker
Dr. Charles Lawrence , Professor Whitaker and Nyder
Road works overseer, Bors, Trask and James Quinlan
George Hibbert and The Duke of Forgill
John Wakefield, Rex Farrel and Morelli
Sir Keith Gold, Henry Gordon Jago and Colonel Hugh
Johnson and The Traken Master
George Patrick Barnham and Thawn
Moor, King Peladon and Professor Hobbes
Galleia and Solow
David Mitchell and UNIT Soldiers
Irongron and Captain Rigg
Andrews and Harry Sullivan
Poul and Mawdryn
Clara the Clown/Mrs. Wiggs/ The Queen of Hearts and Ruth
Edward Masters, The Administrator and Captain Hardaker
Norton and James
Lady Eleanor and Dot Cotton(!) (=Kiston and Dirty Den Watts? Leela & Rosa di Marco?! etc.)
Butler and The Governor of Varos
Sevrin and Arak
Professor Watson and Ben Wolsey
Dr Fendelman and Sir George Hutchinson
Princess Strella and Romana 1
Kara and Parisian Art Lover
Duggan and Merdeen
Professor Chronotis, The Keeper of Traken and Old Man (public face of The Borad)
Nyssa and Ann Talbot
Todd and Brenda Williams (Rhys’ mum)
Captain Wrack and Val
Morgus and Trevor Sigma
Maxil and the 6th Doctor
Jobel and Mr Copper
Kiv and General Staal (?!)
Chief Caretaker and Henry Parker
Helen A and Clara’s Gran
Joan Redfern and Verity Newman
Tony Mack and Jonah Bevan
Dr Kent and Cass
And that’s not too mention the roles played by: