Had some time last year and an though hit me “Are James Bond and Batman timelords?”
I am probably not the first person to have thought of this but bear with me on this one.
So Doctor Who has been running since 1963, the premise is of a Timelord who travels around in their Tardis (effectively a time machine that looks like a police box). The ingenious element of the show is when the first actor William Hartnell left the show they regenerated (Replaced) him with a new actor Patrick Troughton.
This process has been pretty much being happening now for the last 50+ years for this show.
The list of all of the Doctors:
First Doctor: William Hartnell (1963–1966)
Second Doctor: Patrick Troughton (1966–1969)
Third Doctor: Jon Pertwee (1970–1974).
Fourth Doctor: Tom Baker (1974–1981)
Fifth Doctor: Peter Davison (1981–1984
Sixth Doctor: Colin Baker (1984–1986).
Seventh Doctor: Sylvester McCoy (1987–1989, 1996)
Eighth Doctor: Paul McGann (1996, 2013)
The War Doctor: John Hurt (50th anniversary episode)
Ninth Doctor: Christopher Eccleston (2005)
Tenth Doctor: David Tennant (2005–2010)
Eleventh Doctor: Matt Smith (2010–2013)
Twelfth Doctor: Peter Capaldi (2013-2017)
Thirteenth Doctor: Jodie Whittaker (2017-present)
Now lets look a James Bond and Batman, both are long running shows that have had different actors play the role but this doesnt seem strange to the recurring characters around them.
James Bond incarnations:
I would go even further and say that other characters in these universes are also Time Lords eg All of the Batman Villains (Joker) Alfred, Commissioner Gordon in Batman and in James Bond M, Q and the villain’s as they also change actor without it seemingly causing any issues
The scenes we are are missing are the regeneration scenes where they change over to their new bodies, my theory is all of these Timelords fled Gallifrey to Earth and have been hiding here ever since.
Just my thoughts on this one, but it sort of makes sense.