Not a chance
I've been considering ways to mix two great flavours that might go well together and simultaneously address what is, to me, one of the great irritations of Who, namely the apparent total stagnation of the human race as a species throughout all periods after the present day - no obvious evolution (natural or otherwise), no increase in intelligence, no move towards anything that wouldn't be immediately recognisable to a modern human as One Of Us. Heck, the Gallifreyans are pretty much human apart from the terribly silly clothes and incidental ability to do something completely bl**dy amazing.
The background goes something like this:
The background goes something like this:
Is it wrong that I want to call it Transwhoman Space?Once upon a time said:Only one species in the history of the Universe has ever successfully ascended to post-physical status. This should come as no surprise; even the most ethical gods tend towards jealousy.
It is believed that Kasterberous was once a stellar cluster formed of a dozen stars. Now, it is a profound emptiness, a space which can be neither entered nor crossed at any point in time, past, present or future. A race which evolved on an orange-yellow planet within the cluster developed a technology which boosted them beyond the physical constraints of space-time, powered by the controlled and supposedly perpetual collapse of their own star into a black hole.
It has been suggested that they subsequently initiated, from their timeless zero point, the big bang and subsequent creation of the universe. Paradox theory would then account for the unstable nature of spacetime and the relatively ready availability to sufficiently advanced cultures of technology for its manipulation. Paradox theory does not account for why there are legends of a people who have never been encountered directly by any race that has ever existed; nevertheless, their story appears in the mythology of every sentient species. A theory that basic awareness of these hidden lords of time and space has been written into the source code of spacetime itself for purposes unknown is the closest thing to an explanation to have been advanced.
Other than this, it is said that they have never intervened directly in the physical universe. Much as their technology would allow them to control spacetime at the conceptual level, they instead use a number of manifested physical agents, each representing a control function. The functions are self-aware, self-perpetuating algorithms, capable of downloading themselves to physical form and subjecting themselves to the restrictive laws of physical science. Their knowledge is, it would appear, deliberately limited by the download process but still exceeds any science known within the confines of material spacetime. They most commonly appear as highly charismatic members of the species with which they have elected to interact. While certain technological elements repeat from one manifestation to another, there is relatively little consistency between functions nor between subsequent incarnations of the same function.
Estimates of the numbers and roles of these functions vary, and the guesses as to their ultimate purpose are largely futile. Some seem to fulfil roles which might fit into certain moral structures or suggest the existence of a guiding ethical plan. Others are more difficult to explain. Consensus has been reached amongst the most technologically advanced civilisations as to the following facts and no others:
1. One of their roles is to prevent any other species from arriving at a technological singularity and subsequently achieving transcendence. Thus, while advanced species may progress at a phenomenal rate for a time, their progress is ultimately retarded to a degree where scientific development continues to be measurable and transcendence is always a few steps away. Whilst the most fortunate species manage to remain on the cusp of permitted development for prolonged periods the usual result is stagnation and, ultimately, collapse.
2. The functions tend to rely upon external physical devices for their technology and certain themes have been observed - capsules that travel through spacetime and portable quantum manipulators being the most common.
3. The following functions have been identified:
- the Player of Games - also known as the Toymaker, this function kidnaps sentients apparently at random and requires that they participate in games of skill and chance. Extraordinary, civilisation-changing prizes are offered but it is almost unheard-of for a player to survive, still less win;
- the Black Guardian - a flexible function which typically adopts a role displaying most of the tendencies that a given society sees as negative and undesirable;
- the White Guardian - a flexible function which typically adopts a role displaying most of the tendencies that a given society sees as positive and desirable;
- the Scientist - why a transcendent race would wish to conduct experiments within or study the technology of the material universe is unclear. This function is usually to be encountered performing experiments on the stellar or galactic scale, though it may also be found working on something seemingly trivial. Speculation that its role is that of the anthropologist, observing rather the effect of her experiments and technologies upon individuals and cultures, is unhelpful;
- the Meddler - its role is believed to be that of the malicious and capricious experimenter and it is most commonly encountered providing advanced and inappropriate technology to less-advanced cultures;
- the Master - a bringing of order at the cost of freedom, it subjugates species and cultures and adapts them to new tasks and environments, often offering survival at the cost of repurposing;
- the Doctor - a healer of people and societies, a remediator who averts disaster through the application of incredible science and barely-controlled chaos. In many ways the most restricted and least powerful of the functions, this also appears to be the most flexible, improvising solutions from locally-available resources rather than manufacturing its own.