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Face of Boe
Also known as: Jack Harkness (possible)
Race:
Home Planet: Unknown, possibly the Silver Devastation
Home Era: Prior to 200,000-Far Future
Appearances:
Actor: Struan Rodger (voice)
"I have seen so much, perhaps too much. I am the last of my kind. As you are the last of yours, Doctor."
―Face of Boe

The Face of Boe was a male-appearing Boekind whose outward appearance was little more than a gigantic, humanoid-like head. Although he would rarely do more than grunt vocally, he was able to communicate by means of telepathy. (DW: New Earth)

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History

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Earlier history

"Legend says the Face of Boe has lived for billions of years. Isn't that right? And you're not about to give up now."
―The Doctor.

The Face of Boe had the distinction of being one of the oldest creatures in the known universe. He was supposedly well known by the 51st century, since Jack Harkness commented on the fact that he once saw someone dressed up as the Face of Boe, although Jack had done some time travel even before he met the Doctor (NSA: The Stealers of Dreams) In 200,000, he was featured on Bad Wolf TV, at which point he had six living children at the time(Boemina) who died forty years later. (DW: The Long Game) In 200,100, he was the focus of a question on The Weakest Link, where he was described as the oldest living creature in the Isop galaxy. (DW: Bad Wolf)

Later history

"Everything has its time. You know that, old friend, better than most."
―Face of Boe.

In the year 5.5/Apple/26, the Face of Boe was the sponsor of an event to safely witness the destruction of the Earth by the expansion of the Sun. The event was sabotaged by Lady Cassandra, but the Face was among the survivors. (DW: The End of the World) By 5,000,000,023, the Face was hospitalised in Ward 26 of the hospital run by the Sisters of Plenitude on New Earth. Apparently dying of old age, the Face summoned the Doctor to his ward. When a novice told the Doctor the legend of the Face's last words - a secret which the Face would impart only to one like himself - the Doctor realised that he fit the description of the "wandering traveller". (DW: New Earth)

Death of the Face of Boe and aftermath

"But know this, Time Lord. You are not alone."
―The Face of Boe.

The Face of Boe eventually recovered, saying that although he had grown tired of the universe, the Doctor had shown him a new way of looking at things. The Doctor asked about the message, but the Face told him that it could wait for their third and final meeting, and teleported away. (DW: New Earth)

The Doctor was ultimately reunited with the Face of Boe one last time during his travels with Martha Jones, in the year 5,000,000,053. Boe revealed his last secret with his dying breath after sacrificing himself to save the city of New New York: "You [the Doctor] are not alone". The Doctor dismissed this, as he still firmly believed himself the last Time Lord. This was the only time the Face of Boe communicated vocally with his only words out loud being "you are not alone." (DW: Gridlock)

When the Doctor later met Professor Yana (the Master transformed into a Human) the Doctor realized the significance of the name "Yana", which stood for "You Are Not Alone". Yana's (false) memories also indicate that he originated in the Silver Devastation. (DW: Utopia).

When Davros reminded the Doctor that every where he went someone died in his name; The Face of Boe was among those who appeared in his flashback. (DW: Journey's End)

Though it is possible that the Face of Boe has permanently died and is indeed Jack Harkness, he is said to be a fact of the timeline and might exist in another form, or the "current" Jack, for a yet to be seen reason, will not become the Face of Boe.

Possible origin of the Face of Boe

After the death of The Master, the immortal Jack Harkness said he lived on the Boeshane Peninsula, where, as the first Time Agent from that place, he was a poster boy and nicknamed the "Face of Boe". Given that the Doctor had just speculated that Jack might mutate in shape rather than age in the traditional way, this implied that he (Jack) might one day age into the being known as the Face of Boe. (DW: Last of the Time Lords)

Although the Face of Boe appeared to have died permanently (DW: Gridlock) this does not disprove the theory that he was once Jack Harkness. The Doctor simply may not have stayed long enough to witness Boe's resurrection, which is possible given that he did not suspect a connection between his two friends at the time and the more life energy Jack expels during a death the longer it takes him to be revived. (TW: End of Days) Also, Boe's death may have been a metaphor for a desire to end the current life he was leading. Jack has been shown to have lived several different lives, most of which were presumably ended by his many deaths. (TW: Children of Earth: Day Five)

Behind the scenes

  • In a feature for Doctor Who Magazine, Russell T Davies wrote of a prophecy where the death of the Face of Boe would be heralded by "the heavens opening". When he wrote Gridlock the following year, he realized after the fact that the Face of Boe's death did indeed cause the heavens to open - his last bit of energy opened the sealed system to free the drivers of New Earth.
  • Despite the revelation in Last of the Time Lords, the actual origin of the Face of Boe is still debated, with Davies himself waffling during the commentary for the episode as to whether Jack really is destined to become the Face of Boe. Producer Julie Gardner, however, has been more assertive in this regard, most recently stating outright at the 2008 San Diego Comic Con that the Face of Boe is Jack Harkness. Similarly, the Torchwood Declassified featurette from Torchwood Series 2 has John Barrowman, David Tennant and Russell T Davies explicitly stating that the Face of Boe is Jack Harkness. In-universe, however, we only have Captain Jack's testimony.
Aliens and Enemies of Series 1
Rose: Nestene Consciousness  • Autons  • Mickey Auton The End of the World: Cassandra O'Brien.Δ17  • Forest of Cheem  • Adherents of the Repeated Meme  • Metal spiders  • Surgeons  • Crespallion  • Face of Boe  • Moxx of Balhoon  • Ambassadors from the City State of Binding Light  • Mr and Mrs Pacoo  • Hop Pyleen  • Cal MacNannovich  • Scholars of the University of Rago Rago 56 Rago The Unquiet Dead: Gelth  • Peace  • Redpath  • Gabriel Sneed Aliens of London/World War Three: Slitheen family  • Blon Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen  • Jocrassa Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen  • Sip Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen  • Space Pig Dalek: Dalek  • Henry van Statten The Long Game: Mighty Jagrafess of the Holy Hadrojassic Maxarodenfoe  • The Editor  • Automated Corpses Father's Day: Reapers The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances: Empty Child plague  • Nanogenes Boom Town: Blon Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways: Daleks  • Dalek Emperor  • Guard Daleks  • Anne Droid  • Trine-E  • Zu-Zana  • Davinadroid  • Rodrick
Aliens and Enemies of Series 2
The Christmas Invasion: Sycorax  • Fadros Pallujikaa  • Roboforms  • Roboform Christmas Tree
Attack of the Graske: Graske  • Changelings  • Slitheen family  • Zygon
New Earth: Cassandra O'Brien.Δ17  • Chip  • Sisters of Plenitude  • Face of Boe  • New Humans  • Casp  • Jatt Tooth and Claw: Lupine Wavelength Haemovariform  • Brethren  • Angelo School Reunion: Krillitanes  • Lassar  • Wagner  • Jackson The Girl in the Fireplace: Clockwork Droids Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel: Cybermen  • John Lumic/Cyber-Controller  • Crane The Idiot's Lantern: The Wire  • Magpie The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit: The Beast  • Ood  • Tobias Zed  • Seven Gamma Seven Love & Monsters: Abzorbaloff  • Hoix  • Autons Fear Her: Isolus  • Mr Webber  • Scribble Monster Army of Ghosts/Doomsday: Daleks  • Cult of Skaro  • Dalek Sec  • Dalek Caan  • Dalek Thay  • Dalek Jast  • Cybermen  • Cyber-Leader  • Adeola Oshodi  • Gareth Evans  • Matt Crane  • Flying Stingrays
Aliens and Enemies of Series 3
The Runaway Bride: Empress of the Racnoss  • Racnoss  • Lance Bennett  • Roboforms  • Roboform Christmas Tree
Smith and Jones: Florence Finnegan  • Judoon  • Slabs The Shakespeare Code: Carrionites  • Lilith  • Bloodtide  • Doomfinger Gridlock: Macra  • Face of Boe  • Catkind  • Pharmacists Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks: Daleks  • Cult of Skaro  • Dalek Sec  • Dalek Caan  • Dalek Thay  • Dalek Jast  • Pig slaves  • Diagoras  • Human-Daleks The Lazarus Experiment: Richard Lazarus  • Sylvia Thaw  • Mysterious Man 42: Torajii  • Hal Korwin  • Dev Ashton  • Miss Dexter Human Nature/The Family of Blood: Family of Blood  • Son of Mine  • Daughter of Mine  • Father of Mine  • Mother of Mine  • Scarecrows Blink: Weeping Angels Utopia: Futurekind  • Chantho  • Chieftain  • Wiry Woman  •The Master The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords: The Master  • Toclafane  • Lucy Saxon  • Miss Dexter  • Futurekind
The Infinite Quest: Baltazar  • Caw  • Squawk  • Kaliko  • Swabb  • Skeleton Crew  • Oil rigs  • Ulysees Meregrass  • Mantasphids  • Mantasphid Queen  • Constantine Ethelred Gurney  • Lok  • Wardens
Platform One Visitors
Face of Boe  • Cassandra O'Brien.Δ17  • Moxx of Balhoon  • The Brothers Hop Pyleen  • Adherents of the Repeated Meme  • Jabe  • Lute  • Coffa  • Surgeons  • Mr and Mrs Pacoo  • Ambassadors from the City State of Binding Light  • Cal MacNannovich  • Scholars of the University of Rago Rago 56 Rago  • Ninth Doctor  • Rose Tyler

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