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.
No but The Moment looked inside the Doctor’s mind and basically picked the person who was most likely to talk him out of destruction. The War Doctor hadn’t even met Rose yet but she still managed to change his mind and his fate. Don’t even look at me oh god.