We cannot say the Doctor is permanently blindEdit

I have deleted two uses of the word "permanently" with relation to the Doctor's blindness. We do not know what is planned in the episodes to come. We do not know that the Doctor will be blind for the rest of this incarnation. To say so now would be a violation of the spoiler policy even if it has been announced as being the case. This obviously can be revisited after the 2017 Christmas special airs, should the Doctor still be blind as of the end of Series 10. 23skidoo 03:08, May 14, 2017 (UTC)

Last words of the episode: "I can't look at anything, ever again. I'm still blind." We're working directly from the source material to say that it's permanent. It would be speculation to assume that what the Doctor explicitly says is permanent at the end of this episode, will not be so. If future narratives work around this somehow, that's something we can deal with when and if that happens. But right now, we work from what we've got, and what we've got right now says "I can't look at anything, ever again."
× SOTO (//) 06:02, May 14, 2017 (UTC)
It's important to note that several of the (released) novels are set after this story and (presumably) don't feature a blind Doctor. It's illogical to move novels meant to be set after this story to before this story. OS25 (Talk) 06:23, May 14, 2017 (UTC)
Not sure why that would have to be? I haven't read them yet personally, but as I understand, Diamond Dogs must take place after Smile and Thin Ice (and The Shining Man must take place after Diamond Dogs), but who's to say these can't take place before Oxygen? There's plenty of time between narratives this season for these other stories to take place in. Is there something I'm missing here?
× SOTO (//) 07:01, May 14, 2017 (UTC)
Now that I think about it, you might be right, but I suspect that after a few more episodes have aired those stories will still fit more comfortably into later pockets in the season. OS25 (Talk) 07:20, May 14, 2017 (UTC)
@SOTO - Yeah, but that's also a cliffhanger. If an episode ends with the last line saying "Character X is dead" does that mean we change everything related to "Character X" and then have to change everything back a week later when Character X is proven to be alive and kicking? Heck, remember "Rule 1" also with regards to the Doctor. (Also, the duration of the Doctor's blindness has been addressed elsewhere, however of course that can't be discussed in this venue without violating the policy.) In any event, someone revised the reference to include "potentially" which is an OK compromise. 23skidoo 01:32, May 16, 2017 (UTC)
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