Doctor’s story was a story about looking for his identity. It was a long and
very difficult road; full of insecurity, self-loathing. From a man who almost didn’t
care who was going to die to the last man standing on a battlefield, defending those
in need, because it’s decent, right, and, most of all, kind. Those are, without
a doubt, actions of a good man. In the end, he found what he was looking for. He
found the Doctor in himself.
But he is
about to lose it again and start from the beginning. And again, he has the most
important promise to live up to. Given these circumstances, one can hardly
blame him for not wanting to go.
The bit where Clara got dumped on Earth(lmao twice) was such a direct callback to Rose…except they left out the bit where she’s supposed to come back by her own means. It’s supposed to be a test of her agency.
moffat if you’re going to go recycling other people’s ideas at least go all the way man.