I have a question for fans of Moffat and his interpretation of the Doctor. This isn’t intended to provoke or to irritate, I am honestly wondering what your thoughts are on this particular subject:
How do you accept that the Doctor, as written by Moffat, ordered the mass slaughter of an entire race of aliens (The Silents) regardless of age, beliefs, or personality, merely for existing? For being seen.
In Nine’s era, we had an entire episode based on the Doctor’s morality, where he was faced with the choice of killing the last Dalek or letting it live. The conclusion he reached, as helped there by the divine Rose Tyler, was that he had to be the better man. He couldn’t turn Dalek himself.
Can you bear that this has happened to the Doctor? Can you rationalise it? Is there something major I have missed in my assessment of the subject?
Think of Ten’s reaction to Davros’s assertion that he made people into his weapons. Think about the drama behind that. The weight of that idea was studied through an entire series. And even then it was done sensitively and ended in no bloodshed. It ended with the Doctor offering Davros the chance to live because he couldn’t bear to see him burn.
Eleven makes the entire human race into killers, and doesn’t bat an eyelid. It’s all: shooty shooty, sexual innuendo, River being witty, Amy and Rory love story, more shooty shooty, River being sexy…
I can’t accept it. It’s a real problem for me as a Whovian. Because how can I respect and like a man that orders a massacre by innocents against innocents? How can I see the Doctor as wise when he allows the human race to kill without conscience or guilt, without even the memory of the action?
When did the Doctor stop being a coward and become a killer?
Ah, yes. When Moffat took over.