Okay, so someone just reblogged my post about how their should be an Ernest Shackleton-themed episode of DW, and I looked through the notes on it out of curiosity, and saw that someone mentioned how Shackleton once recalled seeing an extra figure on a journey that couldn’t be accounted for.
Did some Wiki magic, found this:
"The Third Man factor or Third Man syndrome refers to the reported situations where an unseen presence such as a “spirit" provides comfort or support during traumatic experiences. Sir Ernest Shackleton in his book South, described his belief that an incorporeal being joined him and two others during the final leg of their journey. Shackleton wrote, “during that long and racking march of thirty-six hours over the unnamed mountains and glaciers of South Georgia, it seemed to me often that we were four, not three.” His admission resulted in other survivors of extreme hardship coming forward.”
YOU GUYS IT’S THE DOCTOR IT’S THE DOCTOR IT’S THE DOCTOR.
Or, at least, it could totally be explained as such if there was an episode about it.
Oh my god, this stuff writes itself, I mean, seriously.
Make this happen!
If you don’t know who Shackleton is, Google “Shackleton Endurance" right this second.
'Cause Ernest Shackleton is only the biggest BAMF in all of exploration, and possibly in all of history.
He was an Arctic explorer from the early 1900s whose most famous expedition was the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, which Wikipedia describes as an expedition that “failed to accomplish [its] objective, but became recognised instead as an epic of endurance.” If that doesn’t sum up every other episode of Doctor Who ever, I don’t know what does.
The journey attempted the first land crossing ever of Antarctica. Shackleton’s ship, the Endurance, became wedged in the ice of the Weddell Sea, and was eventually crushed between the glacial chunks and sunk. The entire 28-member crew was stranded, and eventually made their way through the Arctic winter by land and by lifeboat, reaching the uninhabitable and unexplored Elephant Island where they were rescued, after surviving months stranded on the hostile continent.
Oh yeah, did I mention that every single member of the crew survived?
Again: If this doesn’t sum up every other episode of Doctor Who ever, I don’t know what does.
Moffat, get on this please!