The Face of Boe **SPOILERS**

For those who are not watching ahead here is another warning, THERE ARE SPOILERS AHEAD. The first time we meet The Face of Boe (and presumably the Doctor’s first encounter) is on platform Platform One in the episode The End of the World. In this episode The Face of Boe doesn’t have a single line but it is said that he sponsored the event. The next time The Face of Boe appears is in the hospital during the episode New Earth. The reason the Doctor and the Rose visit the planet in the first place is because the Doctor receives a message on his psychic paper reading “Ward 26, Please Come”. It is explained that The Face of Boe is dying and there is nothing the doctors can do for him. Throughout the episode the face does nothing, however at the end of the episode he is miraculously better and tells the Doctor that there are better things to do and then vanishes. In Gridlock we see The Face of Boe die after using his life to sustain the undercity.

We then get to the episode The Last of the Time Lords at the end of which, Jack Harkness says to the Doctor and Martha that since he was the first from his area (the Boeshane Peninsula) to become a Time Agent. Because of this he became a poster boy and known as The Face of Boe. This means a lot of things that are somewhat confusing and there is limited concrete information on the link between Jack and The Face of Boe. For one Jack is classified as human while The Face of Boe is classified as “Boekind”. If Jack is The Face of Boe then that means for whatever reason the power that Rose gave Jack to restore him in the episode Doomsday either ran out or just stopped. In addition to the because Jack gets teleported back Earth 1869 after the events during Doomsday. It is after this that it is assumed Jack finds out he cannot die and does not age normally. Because of this theoretically The Face of Boe could be Jack Harkness because if he eventually  does travel back in time to a point shortly after the beginning of the universe he could age and eventually evolve into a different “species” because evolution is just change over time and Jack would have the time and is slowly changing.

Is Jack Harkness really The Face of Boe or is this merely a large coincidence that the writers decided to throw in just to create a large fan conspiracy theory? We will likely never know but it is definitely something that will keep fans guessing and arguing for seasons to come.


Captain Jack Harkness- Face Of Boe

2008_tg_ex_big_face_of_boe_ddI’ve always wondered about Captain Jack, and what happened to him after Rose brought him “back to life”. I knew that the Doctor had sent him back in time to start over, but i kept wondering if he was going to ever find a way back to DW. However, to my greatest delight, my curiousity about if he was going to return was settled, when Jack finally found DW, and he asked if he’s ever going to die, and DW asked in return, whether he wants to die. i felt really bad for him. Looking back at it, for him to ask that question showed that he was kind of tired of this “never dying” situation. I mean, Captain Jack took the whole “YOLO” business to a whole different level.

It was until the episode of “The Last Time Lords,” that i found out that Jack was actually the Face of Boe. It makes a lot of sense, mainly because the myth about the Face of Boe claims that he was around for billions of years. Thinking of it, Jack could not die, so he became sort of a purposeful-wanderer. Although he could not die, Jack could grow old.

So, my theory is, since Jack could not die, but could age, he grew old with the world, and the billion years he stayed on earth resulted in him becoming just a head in a glass tank, because, seeing as he could grow old, i’m pretty sure his body would not be able to handle the effect of billions of years. I mean it’s the most plausible explanation i have for Jack being the Face of Boe. Oh! and the fact that when he was the first person in the Boeshane Peninsula (Jack’s home colony) to sign up for the Time Agency, they all called him the Face of Boe. While roaming the net, although i cannot remember where i saw it, i read that Jack had stayed with some Headless Monks, and probably that was why he was able to maintain his Head.  However, i do not have any explanation on why his head is tentacled.


It was really nice (and shocking!) to know that Jack became The Face of Boe, and that his loyalty to DW went so far, because at the end, it was through the information that The Face of Boe gave DW, that helped the Doctor when he was wondering who The Master really was.