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The Watcher
Also known as: The Doctor
Race: Gallifreyan Time Lord (special case)
Home Planet: Gallifrey
Home Era: Rassilon Era
Appearances:
Actor: Adrian Gibbs

The Watcher was a manifestation of the Doctor that began appearing in the hours prior to the regeneration of the the current incarnation Doctor into his next incarnation. He appeared to both the Doctor himself and his companions and brought Nyssa to the planet Logopolis.

Profile

The ghostly figure of the Watcher had a white, featureless, unformed face and body and white clothes. Though he would use the TARDIS later, he apparently had the power to traverse time and space without external aid.

He was first witnessed silently observing events on Earth, particularly the events leading to Tegan Jovanka entering the Doctor's TARDIS. It was around this time that the Doctor first noticed the Watcher, as well. (DW: Logopolis)

It is not known for how long the Watcher had been observing the Doctor.

Although apparently silent, the Watcher was capable of communication, and engaged in discourse with the Doctor and, later, with his companion, Adric. The Watcher also, apparently on his own accord, transported Nyssa from Traken, a planet which would soon, unbeknownst to her, die due to the entropy wave, to Logopolis and safety. Later, apparently working on the Doctor's instructions, the Watcher piloted the TARDIS away from Logopolis to keep Adric, Nyssa and Tegan safe. It was during this voyage that the Watcher engaged Adric in a private conversation, the nature of which remains a mystery. (DW: Logopolis)

Ultimately, at the moment of the Fourth Doctor's death, the Watcher appeared once more and merged with the Doctor to create the Doctor's next incarnation. (DW: Logopolis, Castrovalva)

Exactly how and why the Watcher was created remains a mystery; to date no similar creature is known to have manifested in connection with any other of the Doctor's regenerations. However, a highly advanced Time Lord, K'anpo Rimpoche, had apparently manifested his future regeneration as his assistant, Cho Je, before regenerating into Cho Je. (DW: Planet of the Spiders)

While regenerating into his next incarnation, the Doctor once again saw the Watcher. (BFA: Circular Time)

Behind the scenes

  • The title "The Watcher" does not actually appear onscreen. Actually it does. Near the end, the Watcher fades into the Doctor's face, and Adric says "The Watcher! He was the Doctor all the time!"
  • In the novelisation of Logopolis, the fact that the Watcher was the Doctor was indirectly alluded to during the TARDIS scenes where Nyssa and Adric were being taken away from Logopolis by the Watcher, allegedly at the Doctor's request. While the Watcher was never heard to speak onscreen, the novelisation suggest that Adric and Nyssa could hear him speak but possibly by telepathy. Both of them describe the voice as familiar while being unsure why they recognize it.
  • The nature of the Watcher's conversations with the Doctor and Adric was never revealed. Logopolis suggests that the Doctor was made aware of his impending regeneration due to his statement "the moment has been prepared for." The knowledge passed to Adric is less certain, although after the transformation, Adric does show an unexpected knowledge of regeneration. in Castrovalva.
  • Several other "partial Doctors" have appeared in the history of the series, most notably an evil manifestation, the Valeyard.
  • The Watcher- known as the Observer- of the Doctor's old friend Rallon appeared in Divided Loyalties, merging with the Celestial Toymaker- who had possessed Rallon's body for his own- after Rallon's death to keep the Toymaker in check in future, the transition from Rallon to his Watcher causing the Toymaker's personality to change as though he himself had regenerated.
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T'Khut
Alternate name: Vulcan III, Vulcanis III, The Watcher, T'Rukh, T'Kuht, T'Khul, Valdena & Charis[1]
Classification: class G, class H or class K[2]
Affiliation: United Federation of Planets
Location: Vulcan system
Moon(s): T'Rukhemai

T'Khut, or The Watcher, was the third planet in the Vulcan system, and shared a tidally locked co-orbit with Vulcan around a common center of gravity orbiting the star 40 Eridani A[3] - Vulcan and T'Khut were only 149,895.3579 kilometers apart. T'Khut was a Class G, Class H or Class K planet[2], and had one moon, T'Rukhemai (the "Eye of the Watcher"). (TOS novel: Sarek; ST references: Star Charts, The Worlds of the Federation; TNG roleplay module: The Way of Kolinahr: The Vulcans)

The Watcher was know by a variety of names depending on when it was in the Vulcan year[1]; these included, T'Rukh, T'Kuht, T'Khul and Valdena. (TOS novel: Sarek; TOS novelization: Star Trek; TNG roleplay module: The Way of Kolinahr: The Vulcans)

Humans named the world Charis, after a figure in Human mythology, who was married to Vulcan; complimenting the Human's name for the Vulcan homeworld. (TOS novel: Spock's World)

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Overview

Because Vulcan and T'Khut were tidally locked the planet was only visible from one side of Vulcan, including filling the sky above Vulcan's Forge. The planet went through a full set of phases every day and filled thirty degrees of the sky when at full phase, reflecting forty times as much light as Earth's moon Luna. (TOS novel: Sarek)

The interaction between the worlds also resulted in huge tidal forces on both planets leading to persistent volcanic activity. T'Khut's Volcanic eruptions and geysers could be witnessed from Vulcan, as could the dust storms that swept across the planet[4]. This hot inhospitable environment made the world almost entirely lifeless. (ST - New Worlds, New Civilizations short story: "Tempered by the Forge"; ST reference: The Worlds of the Federation)

History

In the 22nd century Ambassador Soval enjoyed watching Earth's moon Luna in the skies above San Francisco as it reminded him of T'Rukh. (ENT novel: The Romulan War: Beneath the Raptor's Wing)

In the alternate reality begun by the Narada's temporal incursion into 2233, following the destruction of Vulcan in 2258 the USS Enterprise beamed aboard many Vulcans who had been working on bases on T'Khul. (TOS novelization: Star Trek)

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Connections

Vulcan system
Stars 40 Eridani A • 40 Eridani B • 40 Eridani C
Planets and moons I. Ket-Cheleb • II & III.: VulcanT'Khut (T'Rukhemai) • IV. Tel-Alep • V. Kal-Apton • VI. Kir AlepVulcanis VIIDelta Vega

Continuity

  1. 1.0 1.1 The TOS novel: Sarek established The Watcher as having different names at different times of the year, but only then refers to it as either The Watcher or T'Rukh. Other names and spellings have been given for the planet by different sources, which complement the idea of the world having a variety of names.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Three different sources provide contradictory information on what class of planet T'Khut is: The Worlds of the Federation's Class H is geologically active with a silicate crust and variable atmosphere (comparable to Gothos); Star Charts's Class G is described as geocrystalline, with a surface still forming and mostly carbon dioxide atmosphere (such as Delta Vega); and The Way of Kolinahr: The Vulcans identified the world as Class K, which is defined by another book in the series, Star Trek: The Next Generation Core Game Book, as a world with Earth-like gravity but with atmosphere that prevented Human habitation.
  3. T'Khut’s shared orbit with Vulcan is common to most references; however, at least one source contradicts this. The TOS novel: The Vulcan Academy Murders describes the planet as having an eccentric orbit which brought it close enough to Vulcan approximately once in each seven years where it appeared in the sky. After fourteen years, it approached Vulcan as closely as it ever did in a period of once every three centuries. At such times, the disk filled half the sky and when T'Khut was in the night sky it was as bright as day.
  4. The ST - New Worlds, New Civilizations short story: "Tempered by the Forge" describe T'Khut as airless, however the story also describes the planet's volcanic activity, which other sources such as The Worlds of the Federation and Sarek describe clouded sky and dust storms, indicating the planet does in fact have a rather turbulent atmosphere, and both of the possible planetary classifications from either The Worlds of the Federation and Star Charts give the planet some sort of atmosphere.
  • Spock's World, The Worlds of the Federation and Star Trek: Star Charts describe T'Khut as the smaller world of the Vulcan-T'Khut pairing. However, Sarek describes T'Khut as being twice as large as Vulcan.
  • Vulcan being visible in sky on the planet Delta Vega in the film Star Trek has led to speculation by some fans that Delta Vega might be an alternate designation for T'Khut. However the novelization of the film also references the Vulcan system's third planet, by the name T'Khul, which would seem to contradict this idea. Delta Vega being T'Khut is also inconsistent with T'Khut's common depiction as a hot volcanic world.

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