Behind the Scenes of The Poison Sky / The Sontaran Stratagem (Part Four)
Excerpts from Jason Arnopp’s set report from DWM 396
[Discussion while eating deserts and tea with David]
The Doctor’s relationship with violence is a complex one, though, isn’t it? Much as we’re doing now, he often has his cake and eats it. “The violence is the final resort,” David stresses. “You should always give people the benefit of the doubt. In the final moment of the story, the Doctor basically knows he’s gonna have to sacrifice himself and go back up to the Sontaran ship. But it’s important and valid that he allows them the chance to back down. It’s important that he will always allow people to find the good in themselves. He gives them that opportunity even though he knows that because they’re Sontarans and because of what they’re about, they’re not going to back down. But it’s the morally correct thing to do, to allow that possibility”
That ‘second chance’ opportunity is a very Tenth Doctor thing, isn’t it?
“He would have you believe that he has quite strong rules about it,” nods David. “'You get once chance, and then I’ll do ya!’ And again, that came up in Partners in Crime, when he tells Ms Foster, ‘You get once chance. I’d advise you to take it.’ And she doesn’t, and ends up splattered on the pavement! Of course, it’s not quite as straightforward as that, and he will bend his own rules now and again. But that moral framework, that moral righteousness, is very important to him.”
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