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Twelve not wanting to regenerate just… makes perfect sense to me.
His character arc has been all about ‘dropping the baggage’, so to speak. It’s been about shaking off and dealing with the emotional weight of the major character and plot beats in Doctor Who since it returned in 2005 - the Time War being the most obvious ‘big thing’ in that regard, all the way up to those 900 years on Trenzalore, and the last night on Darillium.
After the departure of Clara and River, Series 10 was a ‘new beginning’ for the Doctor, which was set up in The Return of Doctor Mysterio. This was a fresh start that wasn’t shrouded in the machinations of some great trauma that had to be dealt with, or a plot he was swept up in.
Furthermore, Twelve has ‘found’ himself. He knows who he is and he’s… really become comfortable with that, to the point where common structural elements of how the show typically explains its backstory have been articulated completely differently in Series 10. For instance: Twelve talks openly about the Time Lords and his history, as casually as if he were remarking on the weather, whereas it used to be the case that each Doctor would have ‘the talk’ with their companion about these things.
He has his regrets, but, unlike all the previous Doctors since 2005, that pain no longer defines him.
And now he has to throw that all away and become somebody else?
After all of that, he now has to face the uncertainty of becoming a new person and rediscovering who he is again.
From his perspective, he doesn’t actually know what happened to Bill, and he thinks that he failed Missy - not knowing that she was on his side all along, and died without hope, without witness, and without reward. For all he knows, Bill died when he blew up that level of the colony ship they were on.
He’s alone in his TARDIS and thinks he’s failed. Again. That he’s been betrayed. Again.
What kind of person is going to be born from that?
That, I think, is a pretty compelling set of reasons for why he will not go gentle into that good night…
i remember when capaldi became the 12th doctor i was actually upset about it cause i loved matt smith’s doctor and still do to this day tbh and my dad was like “youre upset now but youre gonna end up feeling the same way when the next doctor is revealed” jokes on u dad this is truly in every way my time to SHINE
Steven Moffat surprised at 'fuss' over Doctor Who having gay companion
Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat was surprised about the “fuss” caused by the reveal that the Time Lord would have the show’s first openly gay companion in the new series.
Actress Pearl Mackie, who plays the Doctor’s latest sidekick Bill Potts, disclosed the detail about the character’s sexuality in an interview with BBC News last week.
LGBT characters have featured in the popular series before, including John Barrowman’s Captain Jack and River Song, but Bill will be the programme’s first openly gay permanent companion.
Doctor Who’s Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie (BBC/PA)
Talking at a screening of the first episode at London’s Ham Yard Hotel, Steven said: “When she did that interview we didn’t know there was going to be all of that fuss. And in a way, there shouldn’t be, that’s kind of nonsense.
“So, just to be clear, we are not expecting any kind of round of applause or pat on the back for that, that is the minimum level of representation you should have on television and the correct response should be, ‘What took you so long?’.”
Last April it was announced that Pearl would star alongside Peter Capaldi’s Doctor, replacing Jenna Coleman who played his previous companion Clara Oswald.
Steven chided the media for its reaction to the sexuality reveal as he referenced a group of schoolchildren sitting in the front row of the screening, saying the “fuss stops now”.
Pearl Mackie (Ray Burmiston/BBC/PA)
He said: “It is important we don’t make a big fuss of this in a children’s show that communicates directly with children, you don’t want young kids who regard themselves as normal and happen to fancy their own gender, we don’t want to make them feel as if they are some kind of special case.”
Jokingly, he added: “Because that’s frightening and journalists – it is not your job to frighten children – it is my job.”
The new series of Doctor Who, which is its tenth, will be Peter’s last in the lead role and Steven’s final stint at the helm of the sci-fi spectacular.
Steven took over Doctor Who in 2010 and during his tenure the show has grown into a global success.
He recruited the 11th and 12th Doctors in Matt Smith and Peter and also added Karen Gillan as companion Amy Pond and Jenna as Clara Oswald to the crew.
Steven Moffat, Jenna Coleman and Matt Smith (Chris Radburn/PA )
Steven said it had been an “amazing experience” to run the show, adding: “In terms of childhood wish fulfilment, I may have the record for the human race.”
Peter will make his final appearance as the Doctor in the 2017 Christmas special.
:: Doctor Who returns to BBC One on Saturday April 15, with the first episode of series 10, The Pilot.
The theme of series 10 has been fairly clear for awhile: who you are is defined by what you do when you’re alone, when you’re defeated, when you see no help coming. When you’re separated from those you love. When you’re in extremis. This was demonstrated clearly in “The Doctor Falls” by all three main characters: Twelve, Bill, and Missy.
This is particularly evident for Twelve, whose arc has been all about discovering who he is. By series ten, he has settled into his own skin. He knows who he is (a traveler, an idiot, a rock star, a genius from space), what he values (kindness), and what he aspires to be (a Doctor—or rather, the Doctor). But he comes to his true extremis this episode, separated from Nardole and Bill, betrayed by Missy, under attack from Cybermen in a situation nightmarishly similar to Trenzalore. So what does he do?
My absolute favourite thing about Rose Tyler is the way she accepted the Doctor’s regeneration. She struggled for a bit, but in less than 24 hours, she knew he was still the same man.
If you question my counting, remember that this exchange:
ROSE: Doctor! (Rose throws him another sword.) DOCTOR: Oh, so I’m still the Doctor, then? ROSE: No arguments from me!
Happened immediately after the Doctor stated he was in the first 15 hours of his regeneration cycle. And really, taking 12-15 hours to wrap your mind around the fact that your best mate/the man you’re head-over-heels for can completely change his appearance isn’t much at all.
But what I love the most about this is that once she accepts it, she never waffles, never struggles, never goes back. It wasn’t, “Okay, you’re Doctor-esque at least… I can see that you have Doctor traits in you. I’ll accept you on a trial basis, but if you don’t act the way I expect you to, I’ll stop believing you’re the same man.”
Frankly, Rose does a better job accepting regeneration than Doctor Who fans do, and we have the benefit of knowing that it’s a narrative construct. (Or maybe that makes it harder to accept? I’m not sure, but it’s an interesting contrast to note.)
And years later, when she’s standing on Bad Wolf Bay for the second time, it takes her even less time to understand and accept that Tentoo is another regeneration of the Doctor. He’s still the same man. That’s what regeneration means–he’s the same man, with a new case.
I can’t think of a non-Time Lord who understands that *better than Rose Tyler. Her only concern, once she accepted he was still the Doctor, was if his changes were deep enough that he wouldn’t want to travel with her anymore. Once he assured her that he’d love for her to come, her last qualm was washed away.
On New Earth, when the Doctor references back to their very first trip together, she immediately jumps in with the reminiscing and says, “That was our first date.” (emphasis mine) I don’t think it was accidental on the Doctor’s part that he mentioned something from his previous regeneration, and I love that Rose does an unspoken, “Yes, I see your reminder that you’re still the same man, and I’ll raise it with a reminder of how close we were and still are.”
I love Rose Tyler because she has such an innate understanding and acceptance of who the Doctor is that despite how bizarre the concept of regeneration is, she knew he was the same man. Not a different version of the same man, or a different man who kept his name and memories but was a completely different person. The Doctor is the same man, always.
Rose’s understanding of that is one of the reasons I ship every Doctor x Rose Tyler. It’s not about her being more important than other companions. It’s about her knowing the Doctor, no matter his face, and loving him because she loves the deepest part of who he is. It’s canon that Rose loved three regenerations of the Doctor. Why wouldn’t she love any others she met?
And–flip side here–this is the same reason I love stories where Rose has been altered enough by Bad Wolf to regenerate. I love seeing him show the same completely non-superficial love for her. I know that it’s easier for him to accept because this is natural to him, but still. So often in media we see men who are fixated on the appearance of the women they’re dating. I want to see a man who can watch his beloved change her entire appearance and still love her just as much as he did before.
There are lots of other reasons to love Rose Tyler. Her courage, her determination to stand for what she believes in… But this is one of my favourites.
*There are a few who understand it as well as she does, or at least close to it. Sarah Jane and the Brig come to mind. But better? I’m hard-pressed to think of any.
Another random thought about “World Enough and Time”.
Bill didn’t want to go on this particular adventure because Missy scared her–but looking at the episode as a whole, Missy’s presence made no difference at all to what happened to her. If Missy had not been there the Doctor would have still (presumably) not got Bill out of danger fast enough (I would have bundled her in the Tardis), still would have handed her over to the proto-cybermen to be “fixed”, and still would wasted time on the bridge doing science exposition rather than moving as quickly as possible to Bill’s rescue.
Now Simm!Master, on the other hand…. but it’s still arguable that he didn’t make a difference to Bill’s ultimate fate. What if he hadn’t been there when Bill was whisked down to the “fast bottom” of the ship to be fixed? They were already building proto-cybermen down there, so odds are she would have been transformed sooner rather than later.
The really nasty thing he is responsible for is pretending to befriend her and then betraying her so completely, rather than making her a cyberman. The “doctors” in that hospital could have done that without his help!
So I’m 80% sure I know who the new Doctor will be, here’s why:
First of all this entire season has been playing with the idea of a female Doctor. Everyone is surprised and reacts about Missy being female because she used to be a man, and at some point the Doctor says that time Lords are more fluid.
Finally, in the final episode, there were a huuuuge amount of hints:
The Doctor - “The future is female”
Bill - “You know how I’m usually all about women and kinda people my own age?” The Doctor - “Yeah?” Bill - “Glad you knew that”
So unless the writers are all about empty foreshadowing and empty promises, I think it’s safe to assume the next Doctor will be female.
And then, that’s where my theory actually starts.
So, in the fandom, there are currently two actors in the running for the role :
and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
I’ll focus on Phoebe, because she’s female and given what I’ve just said with all the teasing (ever since Missy arrived, really), I think she’s more likely to become the new Doctor.
Here’s why: when the Doctor was starting his regeneration, Bill wept on his forehead, it woke him and his regeneration actually started from that tear. It shone brightly:
And throughout the season, especially the first episode and the season finale, tears played a major part: Bill got brought back from the dead with a tear, the girl told Bill she could “make [her] human again” because “it’s all just atoms you can rearrange any way you like”
Also, remember :
Where there’s tears, there’s hope
This sentence was uttered twice in the same episode. Oh and don’t forget this dialogue:
The Master - “Will the future be all girls?” The Doctor - “We can only hope”
Now… There’s something very interesting about Phoebe Waller-Bridge…
Yup, she has a birth mark on the left side of her forehead, right where Bill’s tear landed on the Doctor’s forehead.
Bill who made a point to remind the Doctor that she loved women her own age, Bill who made the Doctor feel guilty that she got transformed into a Cyberman, Bill whose tear made the Doctor remember all his recent female companion (+ Jack and Nardole), Bill whose tear brought the Doctor back to consciousness, Bill who’s a strong female character, not only a beige supporting one, Bill whose tears are a symbol of hope, and finally, hope which according to the Doctor is female…
So unless Moffat is playing one last trick on us, (and a cruel one at that), I guess it’s fairly safe to say that Phoebe Waller-Bridge is our next Doctor!
If John Constantine is stuck in America for too long he likes too watch Doctor Who alone. He likes to hear the familiar accents and locations. Also the Doctor runs away and lets his companions down too