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In the finale of the first season of the revamped Dr. Who, we see Rose absorb the Time Vortex of the TARDIS and uses this power to not only evaporate the Daleks, but revive Jack.

Due to this process, Jack becomes immortal.

The question is, what was it about this resurrection that allowed him to be immortal rather than just giving him another chance at life?

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You've been watching a lot of Doctor Who! –  Liath Mar 19 '13 at 15:25

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The problem wasn't so much that she resurrected him, as how she did it. She controlled time itself and wrapped it around him, giving him life with a power that she didn't understand. Imagine it as someone who has a prosthetic limb and needs to learn to control it. She tried to place something (his life) gently back into time and instead punched out violently. Time around him solidified as if it were that paste that goes solid with kinetic energy.

She made it so that his death was something that just couldn't happen, wrapping him in time energy that jumpstarts his system whenever he dies, almost like an antivirus seeking out a problem with a program and fixing it. Of course, over time that energy would wear down and eventually dissipate, in this case by his own choice which allowed him to finally die. Exposure to time travellers would likely drain some of the energy too, as would the vortex he guarded in Torchwood.

It never got explained but I like to think that the whole Face of Boe thing came about due to cellular mutations introduced in his system over the course of millions of reconstitutions over the years. Having the effect turn off (like it did in Miracle Day, for example) every so often would allow him to be mutated from radiation enough that over centuries he could become as he was when he died. That's my personal view on things.

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I like this explanation - how much of it is based on what you've watched and read and how much is your interpretation? –  Liath Mar 19 '13 at 20:32

My understanding is that Jack's life becomes a fixed point in time and space (much like Pompeii/Mars/Lake Silencio - these are events which will always happen and can never be avoided (we'll ignore the Waters of Mars example for now).

When Rose brought him back she didn't resurrect him she made altered time so that his life is simply fixed. No matter what happens, now much time passes he will always go on.

If you go down the whole Jack/Face of Boe line of thinking things get a little harder to answer!

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Yeah was debating opening the Face of Boe example as a question but fear it wouldn't garner an actual answer as the creators have only done the ambiguous hint thing. –  TylerShads Mar 19 '13 at 15:30
    
I don't think there's a way it can be answered without a little more from the creators unfortunately... my personal theory is that he doesn't die - he simply 'evolves' –  Liath Mar 19 '13 at 15:34
    
He didn't become a fix point in time and space if you have watched Torchwood you can see how he often refers that he is going to lose the energy and stop reviving @Liath –  Washu Mar 23 '13 at 6:24

When Rose looked into the time vortex itself and gained the energy time she had infinite energy and endless power, so when she wrapped this energy around Jack i guess she couldn't controlled it and gave him too much enough to be as you say "Inmortal" however if you remember the episodes of The Face of Boe he says that his energy is running out.In the episode of Torchwood End of Days when the Big demon is about to destroy the world, Jack decides to sacrifice himself by letting the Demon absorb his energy and that the beast won't take it and die. Nearly at the end of the episode Jack survives saying that he was about to ran out of energy.

what was it about this resurrection that allowed him to be immortal rather than just giving him another chance at life?

Let's say he was more than resurrected he was filled with a inmense amount of energy that allowed him to revive everytime he died. However he would die eventually when the energy rans out.

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