“I’ve had many faces, many lives. I don’t admit to all of them.
There’s one life I’ve tried very hard to forget. He was the Doctor who
fought in the Time War, and that was the day he did it. The day I did
it. The day he killed them all. The last day of the Time War. The war
to end all wars between my people and the Daleks. And in that battle
there was a man with more blood on his hands than any other, a man who
would commit a crime that would silence the universe. And that man was
Series 8’s running theme of what it means to be a soldier versus what it means to be an officer is not always the most subtle of themes. Often it full out slaps the viewer in the face with how overt it is, particularly during those moments when Danny Pink righteously (and rightly) berates the Doctor for his inherent hypocrisies that come with being “an officer.”
But given the Doctor’s long, prickly relationship with militaries, and soldiers, and officers, a relationship that has mostly been personified by his history with U.N.I.T. and the Brigadier Alistair Gordan Lethbridge-Stewart, how fitting it is that this theme and it’s implications for the Doctor’s character culminate with a lovely, heart-wrenching moment between the Doctor and his old friend.
Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart
First appearance: The Web of Fear (1968)
Final appearance: Death in Heaven (2014)
Nicholas Courtney (16 December 1929 – 22 February 2011)