I brought this conversation over from another thread. I'm sorry if I've missed anyones musings on this character, but feel free to chime in here!
I so thought he was The Big Bad Wolf, and talk about clues they kept hinting, wow I was surprised. Unfortunately, having seen the Movie cardie mentioned, I was not blown away with the story, but glad that it was Red who was the wolf in the end.
I was more interested in what was going on in Story brook, and Henry needs some help if he thinks Red is amazing, I'd think he'd be a little frightened by her now? Getting back to Mr. Anders, the producers of OUAT said the thing about Dr. Whale is he can't be tied down, and we won't see who he is till next season. The first thing I thought was Gulliver, he was a giant to the Lilliputians who ted him up, so there is the whale thing. Or, second, he's Regina's puppet, and we all know Pinocchio sang, "I got no strings to tie me down".
I'm thinking he's Moby Dick, elusive and mysterious, can't pin him down etc. Though that doesn't really explain why he creeps people out so much.
I forgot to say Gulliver's profession was also a doctor. So everything fits, except Regina's control of him, is strange. I bet she has his heart in a box as well. I find him arrogant, and of course he's a womanizer, but not evil, at all. Maybe Regina had something to do with his fate in Fairy tale land.
The 'Gulliver' thing would be interesting for Dr. Whale. I don't know a lot about that tale. I wonder how the writers would twist that story to fit in Storybrooke. Would he, for example, consider everyone 'little people' (arrogance?) Another interesting parallel might be (after reading a short synopsis) that initially Gulliver (Dr. Whale, IF he is Gulliver) would help the government of Liliput/Regina of Storybrooke, only to later refuse the King's increasing demands to subdue rivals.
Of course Pinocchio is a possibility.. or even someone from Moby Dick.
Edited by MorninStar, Mar 15, 2012 @ 4:31 PM.