2013, walking the runway at DVF for NY Fashion Week.
At the same time, she, Iman, and Bethann Hardison were calling out some
major designers for using only white models to present their
collections. The issue has been raised before, but this was the first
time specific labels have been highlighted, including: Calvin Klein, Armani & Donna Karan
I realised while working on the last three chapters of Forever and Never Apart that the conflict in Fires of Pompeii is a clear case of Fe versus Fi. (The Doctor is an ENTP using Fe, while Donna is an ESFP using Fi.)
What does that mean?
Fe says, “This is the right answer for everyone in this situation.”
Fi says, “This is the right answer for me in every situation.”
So, when faced with a fixed point, the Doctor refuses to change it and expects Donna to follow along with what he’s saying. Because leaving fixed points alone is the right answer, always, for everyone.
But without any understanding of what fixed points are, Donna focuses on the question of letting 20,000 people die. Her personal ethics won’t allow her to let that go, no matter what the situation is. She refuses to listen when the Doctor tries to explain what fixed points are, because to her, it doesn’t matter what layer of (perceived) excuses he’s concocted. There’s no good reason to let people die when they can help.
And the conversation escalates from there. The Doctor is angry that Donna isn’t accepting the rules he knows are right (Fe) so he doesn’t offer any sort of explanation. Donna resents that the Doctor expects her to go against her personal code of ethics (Fi), as well as feeling let down by what seems to her to be a cavalier disregard for human life. So instead of asking for an explanation, or even wondering if there is one, she pokes and prods at him the whole time.
Even when the Doctor tries to explain about fixed points, telling her that he knows which points are in flux and which points are fixed because that’s what it means to be a Time Lord, she doesn’t hear him. What she hears is that he personally has assigned the notion of “fixed” to certain moments in time, and refuses to do anything about them. She doesn’t hear that it’s an external constraint, because that’s not how an Fi views the world. Rules come from within, not from without.
It isn’t until they’re in the escape pod and he breaks it down–it’s Pompeii or the world–that she really grasps the kind of moral dilemma he’s in. (He should have led with that point.) When the question is 20,000 people today versus the rest of human history, her personal morals stretch to acknowledge that in this case, the lesser of two evils is to let the 20,000 die.
And then, the truly great part of the episode is when Donna finds a compromise they can both live with. Convincing the Doctor that they can still follow the laws of time and leave the fixed point alone while also showing compassion for Caecilius and his family is the perfect answer, in the end. It hurts the Doctor, because it leaves him wondering why he could save someone in Pompeii but not on Gallifrey–or even worse, if he could have and he didn’t–but it’s the right choice, for everyone.