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September 16th, 2012


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01:40 pm - Doctor Who again
I never got around to posting anything about last weeks episode, did I? Which I thoroughly enjoyed, for the record, but I think at this point most of what I could say about it has already been said. Or is mini-arc stuff, and so will remain relevant discussion for another few weeks.

(For the record, I think a lot of people are overreaching for hints as to ~what it's all about~. The arc seems really very obvious - the Ponds gradually moving away from the Doctor now.)

So, onto this weeks episode, in the aptly named town of Mercy.

[Spoilers staying behind the line]Gosh, the writer loves him some Western archetypes, doesn't he?

Even the alien parts of the story pretty much took an old Western sort of plot - man with a dark past, who has become a respected member of society is chased down by someone he once wronged - and added a bit of Doctor Who-ish alienness.

I could have done without the a voice-over bookends, though. Didn't find them necessary.

Now, I know a big chunk of the debate on this episode is about the Doctor's seeming tilt to the dark side - and I think that may have been the point of having the Solomon stuff in the Dinosaur episode, to establish this as a character development, rather than a one-episode OOCness.

Now, putting aside the fact that people seem weirdly obsessive about the "Man Who Never Would" thing while ignoring that using a gun isn't exactly a new thing for the Doctor, or for that matter that you don't need a gun or even to kill people to be dark and brutal (The Family of Blood say hi!) - I do think there is a bit of a trend there, and that Amy was right when she said this was about the Doctor traveling on his own.

I've seen some spec that this might be because a timey-wimey Doctor who has doubled back and is from after the Ponds have left - which is possible but I feel unlikely - but I think it is mostly linear, it's just that the Doctor was basically lying last week when he said he wasn't trying to wean the Ponds off him.

Though to be more precise, I think he's trying to wean himself off the Ponds. He can see that as much as they enjoy the travel they are settling into homelife - next episode seems to be all about this sort of thing - and as such is trying to put a bit more distance there so that the last goodbye doesn't hurt so much (especially since he feels so much guilt over the other new Who companion departures, so the Ponds living happily on their own terms is very important to him).

It's just that, in distancing himself from his human friends, he's also distancing himself from humanity as a whole. And hence, the darkness.

And a slight response to a reaction I found of this episode (not anyone I know, fortunately, just found through trawling tags on Tumblr) talking about how Amy is OMG THE WORST EVER for daring to criticise the Doctor's moral choices when he travels alone and then asking to go back home rather than stay with the Doctor forever: It is not Amy's (or any companions for that matter) duty to be the Doctor's moral babysitter. And if you are giving up things you love or that are important to you in order to prevent a friend from crossing lines it is no longer a healthy relationship.

The fact that someone genuinely thought that it was okay to suggest that... bothers me.


In other news, I need decent Eleven icons. Who can recommend me some good icon makers or sets for him?
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From:radiantbaby
Date:September 17th, 2012 09:29 pm (UTC)
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(For the record, I think a lot of people are overreaching for hints as to ~what it's all about~. The arc seems really very obvious - the Ponds gradually moving away from the Doctor now.)

That's exactly what I've been thinking.

Now, putting aside the fact that people seem weirdly obsessive about the "Man Who Never Would" thing while ignoring that using a gun isn't exactly a new thing for the Doctor, or for that matter that you don't need a gun or even to kill people to be dark and brutal (The Family of Blood say hi!)

This is honestly becoming a real pet peeve of mine with a lot of the reviews I'm reading. Still, I think that YouTube video is definitely starting to get tons of hits now because of all this (a bit like when 'Handlebars' got all the hits after 'Waters on Mars')! I know I keep referencing it!

It's just that, in distancing himself from his human friends, he's also distancing himself from humanity as a whole. And hence, the darkness.

I can definitely see that. I mean, I'm hit-or-miss on the New!Who trope of 'you [the Doctor] need someone to stop you', but I do think we have seen a precedent of him losing himself a bit when he doesn't have humans around as some sort of touchstone. I think they also act as a great distraction from him, whereas otherwise I think he'd get a bit too lost in his thoughts/memories and eventually collapse under the enormity of the guilt and self-hatred they'd bring.

In other news, I need decent Eleven icons. Who can recommend me some good icon makers or sets for him?

I wish I knew. I always just grab mine here and there, mostly when I see someone comment with one I like and I pull the info from their profile of the icon-maker and use it myself.
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From:drakyndra
Date:September 18th, 2012 09:24 am (UTC)
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Result of RTD-era who, I think - or even Moffat's first season - people obsessing over tiny little connections between episodes as ~clues~ and miss the metaphorical forest.

This is honestly becoming a real pet peeve of mine with a lot of the reviews I'm reading.

In some other site I read a comment about how, at the time, that line of the Doctor's was seen as hilariously hypocritical, simply by the "Who has two thumbs and keeps committing genocide?" factor. And yet now...

I think I prefer dark self-awareness to denial as a character trait, though.

I do think we have seen a precedent of him losing himself a bit when he doesn't have humans around as some sort of touchstone.

I've seen some interesting discussion somewhere about how when the Time Lords were around, the Doctor tended to define himself in opposition to them - so he saw this corrupt, insular, condescending and distant society and went out to do all the things they wouldn't. But he no longer has that opposition, so contact with people has become a lot more important in grounding him.

Though yes, if he doesn't have people, even the temporary kind, his demons will probably get to him.

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