If you have to look along the shaft of an arrow from the wrong end, if a man has you entirely at his mercy, then hope like hell that man is an evil man. Because the evil like power, power over people, and they want to see you in fear. They want you to know you’re going to die. So they’ll talk. They’ll gloat.
They’ll watch you squirm. They’ll put off the moment of murder like another man will put off a good cigar.
So hope like hell your captor is an evil man. A good man will kill you with hardly a word.
Terry Pratchett, Men at Arms
Sorry, I just felt the need to put this here. The whole idea that the Doctor “wouldn’t do that” in regards to the Time War was brought up in a conversation, and I once again became irrationally angry, because my bitterness about the 50th anniversary apparently knows no bounds.
The Doctor is a good man. That’s not the same as nice, or innocent, or incapable of making tough calls. He’s shown time and again his ability to do that. He does that BECAUSE he’s a good man, and because he is willing to pay whatever personal cost is necessary to save others, even if it means centuries worth of self-hatred.
To say that he “wouldn’t do that” doesn’t make the Doctor better…it makes him weaker, it makes him corruptible, it takes away his power to be the Doctor. The Doctor is no longer willing to sacrifice anything that means something to him, hoarding it selfishly and damning the rest of the universe in the process. That’s not the Doctor I know, and it’s certainly not a good man.
It was a giant pile of horse shit. I was expecting to be disappointed in a lot of aspects, cause Moffat, but I didn’t actually expect to feel like he’d rooted around in my brain and fished out everything I never wanted.
If you’re asking how I would have liked it to have gone…ohhhh…hang on. This might get a little…disjointed.
First of all, I would have kept the Eighth Doctor involved, because the Eighth Doctor is a badass, and would ABSOLUTELY have been on the front lines of a war with the DALEKS, until such time as he realized that the people fighting WITH him were as much the enemy as the creatures he was warring with. I can guarantee you that he absolutely would have come to the decision to use The Moment; the decision would definitely come with a truckload of guilt, but he would have done it.
I also would have done pretty much anything in my power to get Chris on board with it. You want a certain director? We can do that, or at least make the effort to make it possible, and then ‘negotiate’ (read: plead on knees) with him if for some reason we COULDN’T make that happen.
The zygons would not have been a thing, at all. Ever. I can still see the Moment pulling in other Doctors for support of Eight, but seriously, a plot that big already, just focus on that.
The Moment would have been someone else entirely, probably Susan. As much as I love Rose, I think Susan would have had a more lasting impact through incarnations. And they totally could have done it…cast the girl who played in An Adventure Through Time and Space. Voila.
Also, cut the cheap action sequences barely worthy of Galaxy Quest, and FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, DO NOT TURN THE DOCTOR’S SONIC SCREWDRIVER INTO A WEAPON. That COMPLETELY defeats…god, everything about him and his chosen tools. Anyway, better to use the special effects budget on showcasing some of the abstractness of the war.
Doctor Who Official 50th Celebration: The Elevent Hour panel ExCel London, November 23rd
Fan: Matt, if you could travel back in time and say something to your younger self, what would it be? Matt: [after mumbling something about not knowing what to say, about maybe telling younger self to just keep trying, to do his best] ..MOISTURIZE! The age is starting to catch up.. Steven: I love the idea of you going back: “I have no idea what to say.” “Are you from the future 15 years from now?!” “No, three..”