WHY DID THE GALLIFREYANS DECIDE TO LOOM CHILDREN IN THE MIDDLE OF A WAR
gingerbeardyman said: Loom children? I don’t understand. Why would they have children in their home world? Strange, right?
Gallifreyans don’t give birth to children, they’re incapable of doing so, they use machines called Looms. Looms create new Gallifreyans. It’s great, because you can have any number of people of any gender to create a new Gallifreyan (yay for no gender roles and necessity for male+female). But Gallifreyan’s also have a super strict house/caste/hierarchal society and stuff and they modify themselves (only the upper classes can regenerate, for instance.) They have a super oppressive society built very heavily on classes. In the Time War they turned themselves into weapons. We know that using Looms you can create new Gallifreyans straight as adults - 18+. So why, in the middle of a war, did this despicable elitist species that had spent their entire time modifying themselves (hence, ‘who can tell the difference anymore’ in Night of the Doctor - they basically are daleks at this point) decide to create a bunch of (pyrodian, I think, one of the upper classes?) children, on such a large scale that would never be useful in a war and would be a drain on resources?
So yeah, actually, it is strange they’d have children on their homeworld. Really strange.
I don’t know, it just didn’t really make sense. I think basically it was more of an ignoring canon thing than anything else, which I guess I’m okay with because not very many people know about looming and gallifreyan society but it does kind of suck. More angry about Elizabeth I and plot holes but also very happy about classic who nods and also Capaldi and there is a chance they’ll explain a lot when the Doctor goes to Gallifrey so *shrugs*
Hi! Sorry to butt in: you followed me and I checked your blog, and I think I can help.
It’s long been my contention that not all Looms create adult-sized bodies: just because the Doctor was Loomed as an adult doesn’t mean they all were. (Baby!Master in Sound of Drums plus the fact that Eight in To The Death says Susan was ‘so small’ when they left Gallifrey are good hints at this.) Whether a Loom creates a child body or an adult one is probably down to the individual House or the parents.
So let’s assume ‘children’, in the context meant by the Doctors when they’re discussing the number of children on Gallifrey, to mean ‘people of any size or shape under the age of 100 or so’.
Gallifrey’s population pre-Time War was less than a million by any sane calculation method. So those 2.47 billion children? Probably child soldiers, i.e. people Loomed expressly to fight. (And, hey, that explains a lot about why Ten reacted so violently to Jenny’s ‘birth’.)
There’s a thing called a War Loom on Gallifrey used to create supersoldiers. Most of those child soldiers probably came from the War Looms. Buuut, the normal Looms would have continued Looming replacements when normal Gallifreyans died. And some of those would have been child-shaped.
Either regular Looms let the parents/House set the size of their Loomling or they don’t - we don’t have enough information to say. If they don’t let people choose, then it’s simple: the children came out child-sized because they had to. If they do let people choose? I can see people deliberately choosing to make their children child-sized specifically so that they wouldn’t be drafted in and forced to fight from birth.
I honestly doubt Steven Moffat even thought about this, like legit at all I 100% doubt he’d understand what you were talking about if you asked him about this. We honestly think about what happens on the show more than the writers atm, I promise you that.