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“It’s the oldest story in the universe, this one or any other. Girl and girl fall in love, get separated by events. War, politics, accidents in time. She’s thrown out of the hex, or she’s thrown into it. Since then, they’ve been yearning for each other across time and space, across dimensions.

This isn’t a ghost story, it’s a love story!

The fundamental misunderstanding of the state in which Heather exists in after she becomes ‘the pilot’ is what drives the conflict in this episode, but it’s made abundantly clear that she is not dead.

When they meet in the park outside the Doctor’s study, Bill, seeing her in this new form, mutters “you’re dead!”, which is repeated back to her by Heather’s mimicry - the clear intention here (supported by Lawrence Gough’s brilliant directing style) being to establish the misunderstanding of her being ‘the monster’ while playing it off as a ‘horror’ moment. But, in classic Moffat fashion, the entire point of this episode is to subvert that idea.

I really have to praise Stephanie Hyam’s performance here because it’s key to understanding that Heather’s pursuit of Bill across time and space was something that she was directing. Notice how much emotion appears on Heather’s face whenever she catches up to Bill - she looks extremely sad when she appears in the Doctor’s study (see the fourth image above) and Bill gets in the TARDIS because that’s exactly why she’s here… to fulfill her promise to Bill that she won’t leave without her.

She appears positively elated to see Bill when they travel several million years into the future and cross to the other side of the universe, as her face emerges out of the water. There’s multiple occasions where Bill has a flashback to their time together earlier in the episode and we’re meant to think that it’s her remembering the girl that was before she became this creature, playing to a rather typical trope in how horror films are directed. But it’s actually establishing the opposite, as Bill slowly pieces together the reason why this is happening and realises that this has been Heather all along.

Perhaps the most obvious clue is given to us in how Heather assumes the form of a Dalek that’s trying to kill the Doctor. A Dalek! The Doctor wonders why she didn’t fire on them. She had a gun, after all - “the deadliest fire in the universe”, a Dalek’s weapon.

But she doesn’t use it…

Face-to-face, at last, she affirms her feelings towards Bill when she’s told “I really liked you”. Hyam’s performance here is just brilliant because she’s obviously having to mimic what Bill says, but you can distinctly hear the tone of sadness in her voice as she says the line back to her because this is where they part ways.

And she extends another offer to Bill, showing her what she’s become - how she sees the universe differently now, and all of time and space. And Bill is enraptured with it, but releases Heather from her promise because she’s (naturally) scared. Things still aren’t totally clear: she doesn’t know or understand what she’ll become if she accepts this offer because Heather isn’t totally human any more, but, as we’ve seen time and time again throughout the episode, right up to this moment, she’s still Heather.

The end of The Pilot has two rather important moments regarding the episode’s narrative arc with Heather. Back in the Doctor’s study, Bill asks if she’ll ever see Heather again, to which the Doctor rather cynically responds “I don’t see how”.

But, after Bill calls him out on the mind wipe situation and he’s reminded of Clara - who he’s very clearly still yearning to find - he shows up outside the university in the TARDIS and tells Bill:

“It’s a big universe. Perhaps, one day, we’ll find her…”

I can’t for the life of me find the quote, but, some months ago, Moffat said that there’s a very particular story they have in-mind to tell with Bill. I definitely don’t want Pearl to leave after one series, but it seems like a distinct possibility with the handover to Chibnall ushering in the next era of the show…

As such, I can sort of see how Bill’s story could potentially end if she’s only going to be in Series 10 and won’t carry over into the Chibnall era.

Similar to how Clara and Ashildr ended up with their own TARDIS and went off together to travel in time and space, Heather has her own time travel capabilities and Bill is clearly hoping that, in travelling with the Doctor, they will find each other again.

Naturally, that sets the stage nicely for Bill to continue travelling after her time as the companion is done with her new cosmic girlfriend.

Just a reminder of some of the stuff Jack Harkness has been through.
  • Born in the 51st century on the Boeshane Peninsula. It was attacked by an unknown creature, his Father was killed, and Jack believed his brother Gray, was also killed. 
  • Convinced a friend to sign up to fight an enemy, only to be captured and have to watch that friend be tortured to death before they let Jack go.
  • Joined the time agency, but left after discovering they had wiped two years of his memory. He became a time travelling con man until he met Rose and the Doctor in the London Blitz.
  • On Satellite 5 with Rose and the Doctor, he was killed by a Dalek, and then resurrected by Rose who had the powers of the time vortex.
  • He was left behind on satellite 5, and used his vortex manipulator to return to Cardiff to try and meet the Doctor. He ended up in 1869 and the vortex manipulator burned out, so he was stuck in that time.
  • Shot dead on Ellis Island in 1892.
  • In 1899, Alice Guppy and Emily Holroyd found out about Jack’s immortality. They captured him and killed him repeatedly. He was released if he agreed to complete a mission for them.
  • In 1909, he traveled through Lahore with a group of soldiers he was in command of. All of the soldiers were killed by Fairies, leaving Jack the only one alive.
  • In 1927 met Angelo Colasanto, and after Angelo accompanied him to a warehouse to kill an alien parasite, Jack was shot and Angelo was arrested, believing Jack was dead for good.
  • When Angelo was released from prison a year later, Jack was waiting for him and told him he was only pretending to be dead. They went back to their room, where Angelo stabbed Jack and watched him come back to life. 
  • Jack was then chained up and killed repeatedly in a more gruesome way than the last by the people of the village they were in. 
  • Jack met Estelle Cole and fell in love. They fell out of touch and years later when Estelle was an old woman, Jack found her pretending he was her Jack’s son. Estelle was then killed by Fairies.
  • In 1975 had a daughter, Melissa Moretti with another Torchwood agent Lucia Moretti. Lucia entered Melissa into Witness Protection, and her name was changed, presumably to keep Jack away from her. 
  • December 31st, 1999, Jack returned to the Torchwood Hub to find all of the team had been shot dead. Alex Hopkins, the leader told him that the 21st century is when everything changes and they weren’t ready, before he shot himself in the head. 
  • Recruited Suzie Costello, Toshiko Sato from Unit Imprisonment and Owen Harper after his fiancee had been killed by an alien parasite. 
  • Took in Ianto Jones after Ianto persuaded him to let him join Torchwood Three, following the destruction of Torchwood One in the battle of Canary Wharf.
  • After becoming obsessed with a resurrection gauntlet, Suzie begam killing people just to test the glove. She ended up shooting Jack and then killing herself.
  • Discovered Ianto had been keeping his partially-converted Cyberwoman Girlfriend in the Torchwood Hub, and killed her.
  • After the rift was opened and Abaddon came through the rift, Jack was killed and remained dead for days.
  • After coming back to life, he reunited with the Doctor. 
  • Imprisoned on the Valiant and tortured repeatedly by the Master in the year that never was. 
  • Returned to Torchwood, and after being reunited with Captain John Hart discovered that his brother Gray, was still alive.
  • Adam altered the Torchwood team’s memories, which led Jack’s memories of his father and Grey to resurface.
  • Watched Owen be shot dead, but used the resurrection glove to bring him back, which condemned him to a life as the living dead.
  • Captain John Hart returned, and after setting off a series of bombs in Cardiff, took Jack back to the year 27 AD. John was being manipulated by Gray who blamed Jack for not saving him. 
  • Gray forced John to bury Jack alive, to let him suffer a never ending pain where he would come back to life, choking on dirt only to die again and again.
  • Found by Alice Guppy and Charles Gaskell in 1901 and was cryo-frozen for 107 years so he wouldn’t interfere with his own timeline.
  • Awoke from the cryo-freezer to discover that Owen had been killed finally and Toshiko died in his arms. Two people he recruited to Torchwood, killed because of Torchwood.
  • The 456 returned, looking for 10% of the world’s population of children. Jack had delivered 12 children to them in the 1960′s. 
  • The government didn’t want the history with the 456 to become public knowledge so had a bomb planted inside Jack’s stomach, which destroyed the hub.
  • Jack was blown apart and transferred to a Unit holding cell, where his body slowly regenerated and he returned to life. 
  • He woke chained in a holding cell, he was encased in cement to contain him. He was later rescued by Ianto.
  • Jack’s daughter Alice, and grandson Steven were taken hostage in an attempt to keep Jack silent.
  • After fighting their way into Thames House to confront the 456, in an act of war, the 456 released a virus into the air which killed everyone in the building, including Jack’s love, Ianto, who died in his arms.
  • Jack devised a way to defeat the 456, but needed a child to do so. In order to defeat the 456 and save the millions fo children that the 456 wanted. Jack sacrificed his own grandson to defeat them, killing Steven and destroying his relationship with his daughter.
  • After six months of travelling to try and deal with his pain and guilt over the death of Ianto and Steven, he returned to Cardiff to close The House of the Dead, where he met Ianto’s ghost. They confessed their love for each other for the first and last time, as the House of the Dead was destroyed with Ianto still in it.
  • Jack left Earth, believing there was nothing left for him on the planet now.

And that’s not even the half of what he’s gone through, I’m sure!

Genesis of the Daleks might be one of the most misunderstood scifi stories ever. Everyone remembers the Doctor refusing to detonate the charges that would kill the embryos in the incubation room, but everyone forgets that the Doctor changes his mind and goes back to do it anyway, only getting interrupted by a Dalek that accidentally blows the charges first. The embryos get killed either way.

Yes, a Dalek did this; Daleks already existed before the embryos. This wasn’t a mission to erase Daleks from history: it was a mission to replace who survived and became the Daleks. Because what do we know about these embryos?

DAVROS: That outlines the chromosomal variations to be introduced into the embryo Daleks. It is to be implemented at once, Gharman.

GHARMAN: Davros, this will create enormous mental defects.

DAVROS: Not defects, improvements.

GHARMAN: It’ll mean creatures without conscience, no sense of right or wrong, no pity. They’ll be without feeling or emotion.

Before the CIA interfered in Genesis, the embryos lived, grew to maturity, and then (since they had no conscience or positive emotions) exterminated both Davros and his original Daleks. These are the completely ruthless Daleks we saw from the First Doctor until Genesis.

The original Daleks, which survived after the Doctor destroyed the embryos, had defects:

DAVROS: There is much to do. I want the genetically conditioned creatures installed in the machines immediately. Twenty of them.

NYDER: Twenty?

DAVROS: They are our troops in this battle for survival.

NYDER: But they’re still very erratic, unstable.

DAVROS: They will not be allowed self control. I will prepare a computer program that will limit their actions. After that, we are going on a journey.

(This limiting program is the same stuff that changes “Clara” to “Dalek” and “I love you” to “Exterminate”, and makes strong emotion fire the gun.)

When Davros says in The Witch’s Familiar:

DAVROS: Oh, they have no choice. My Daleks are afflicted with a genetic defect.

DOCTOR: What defect?

DAVROS: Respect. Mercy for their father. Design flaws I was unable to eliminate. And now he sees it. Now he understands.

Davros created the Daleks, but who changed history so that Davros survived their creation, and prevented the completely ruthless Daleks from arising? The Doctor did. Note that the only time Davros is completely lost to the Daleks, gobbled up by the Nightmare Child at the start of the Time War, they manage to almost defeat the Time Lords. Davros is the true Dalek inhibitor.

Remember how 9th let Cassandra died even though Rose begged him to help her? Remember the Doctor wanting to kill the Dalek so badly in the museum and Rose’s mercy? Remember how, in the end, between killing the Daleks or being a coward, 9th chose to be a coward?
That’s how much Rose changed him.

rynne  asked:

What I remember you for is seriously thinking about the character details of what can and *should* change with Rose in S3 and on. Like the Doctor will still be reckless in DiM/EotD but he won't be so outright suicidal (like I read other Rose-in-S3 stories where he still yells at the Daleks to kill him and feel like your Doctor's cheeky "would you really want to be without me" makes a lot more character sense). You always have such vivid and detailed character details and development.

Originally posted by thebestcatblog

Oh my gosh!!! This makes me so happy. I love looking at the episodes and wondering what should change if Rose is there. Because it’s not just adding a person, you’re changing the entire emotional makeup of the series. Really, the first question I ask myself is, “How would this be different if the Doctor were not an emotional wreck?” 

That scene with the Daleks one of the best examples. He’s still going to be angry, because they’re still Daleks. And maybe he’s even a little edgier, because he almost lost Rose to them. But it’s not at all the same situation that it is in canon.

Thank you so much!

What’s the one thing you remember about me as an author?

I am thinking here about rose’s development and:
Christmas invasion: Rose stutters and is nervous about talking to the aliens, but is still putting herself out there and using the knowledge she has.
Season 2 finale: telling the daleks she killed their emperor.

Rose became confident as a person during this season. Not just confident in the duo ( her and the Doctor ) but she now knows she can do it without the Doctor. She doesn’t want to, but she can.

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Heather looked at Bill. It surely had to have been a good bit of time that she had seen the other, since she had taken control and talked to her on the other planet after killing the Dalek. “Bill, it’s me but it’s also not.” She spoke out to the woman that she had only met a couple times but still fell for her.

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i actually love how he loses it

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the daleks have killed so many

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they’ve fought him so many times

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they want to kill  him

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they always want to kill him

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they kill so many people

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do some much damage

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there’s only so much a person can take

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a lifetime of frustrations come out of him in this moment

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he’s not a saint

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he’s a man

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defending nine

i have seen some unexpected nine hate recently and i really wanted to rant about dismiss some of the arguments i read…

  1. the ninth doctor was not cruel or mean. he could be unforgiving and ruthless, yes, but he was not mean. his less forgiving moments were perfectly understandable and often linked to the emotional trauma that nine experienced following the time war. it is part of the doctor’s character to be ruthless at times, as we see with ten in ‘the runaway bride’ and because of this he ‘needs someone to stop him’, as donna says.
  2. the ninth doctor was capable of happiness and joy and he was not solely shaped by his negative emotions (which if anything, for me, transformed the hero figure of the doctor to a more relatable person with his own problems and feelings). we see him be genuinely happy all the time because rose is the person who opens him up and makes him feel better, the person who allows him to heal slowly. his catchphrase is fantastic so he obviously isn’t solely an angry/moody doctor and he is always finding reasons to smile (or smirk at least)
  3. he was a genuinely funny, witty doctor just as the others are- that’s a large part of the doctor’s character- and i never saw him as simply silly or goofy. in my opinion, he has some of the best lines in the new who series- his great sense of humour was one of the main reasons i loved watching him as a child. i mean: “i give you… air from my lungs” “what are you gonna do? moisturise me?” “lots of planets have a north.” “that won’t last… he’s gay and she’s an alien” he was so funny!
  4. he was not a skippable doctor. as david tennant himself said, christopher eccleston’s portrayal of the doctor was what set the whole new who series off again, what brought doctor who into the next generation and what began the successful franchise of today. he even brought a northern accent into doctor who (literally he was the first properly northern one) *cheers for representation* while he didn’t stay for as long or act alongside modern special effects, nine’s acting and plots were brilliant and worth just as much as any of the other doctor’s.
  5. he definitely cared about others. i feel like a lot of people have the misconception that he ‘only saved the world because he had to’ or that ‘he didn’t really care about humans at all’. he cared about many of the people they encounter,for example, in ‘the empty child’ he seems to really care about nancy and the kids she looks after. i believe that despite his personal issues, all incarnations of the doctor have the basic tendency to care for others- that’s why he’s always saving worlds and rescuing civilisations and defeating terrible creatures and running a lot- because he wants to, because that’s the sort of time lord he is.
  6. and of course he loved rose deeply. the way that they look at each other and the way that they speak to each other alone makes it obvious. if you even need evidence…in ‘dalek’*, the dalek (who has seen into rose’s mind) calls her ‘the woman you love’, he thinks she is beautiful in ‘the unquiet dead’, he gets jealous of both captain jack and adam, and he values her more than anything else: “i could save the world but lose you” and ultimately it was nine that rose fell in love with in the beginning.

[*don’t even try to argue that he sacrifices her to kill the dalek because he doesn’t, he thinks she will make it to the gate and when she doesn’t he is distraught but rose knows it is not his fault- when he has the second chance he saves her]

i could have said this in less words but basically i love nine, especially because i got into doctor who through him, and i really wanted to put out some nine positivity because he is so often criticised and underrated when he was fantastic. (sorry)

An Open Letter to Moffat Haters

Relatability. Let’s talk about that word. That’s always what comes up about Moffat, right? His companions aren’t relatable. Well, I mean, assuming we’re not going with the obvious “everyone is different and doesn’t identify with the same characters” answer, since no one has listened to that ever, let’s go over this.

What makes Davies companions relatable? They have bad relationships with their families. Rose is working class. Mickey is too, and feels expendable. Jack and Martha are both in love with someone who doesn’t love them back. Donna has a hard home life, she doesn’t care for her job, and her self-esteem is in the tank.

Guess what? I don’t have anything in common with any of those people, based on those characters. I’m a student, middle class. I’m deeply in love with someone who loves me back. I love my family and they treat me well. I’m happy. I’m comfortable with my life. I am not Rose Tyler. I am not Martha Jones. I am not Donna Noble.

I am Amy Pond, who feels alone in the whole universe. I am Amy, who struggles with thinking she’s crazy, who is depressed and anxious and terrified of loss. I am Amy, (relatively) comfortable with my body. I am Amy, a writer. I am Amy, scared that something in me is broken and that I will never get it back. I am Amy, who will never let marriage and children stand in the way of being amazing. I am Amy, worried that there is a story being told about me that I can never live up to. 

I am River Song, who has the whole universe at her fingertips. I am River, bisexual and monogamous and flirtatious. I am River, and no man will ever tell me what to do. I am River, curious and adventurous. I am River, who wants to see the world. I am River, who loves history. I am River, who wants to tell Ten to shut the hell up. I am River, who has suffered and does not let that define her. I am River, and would also totally kiss Cleopatra. I want to be River, hell in high heels but oh, so very kind.

I am Rory Williams, a normal guy. I am Rory, who has worried that they love someone far more than they are loved in return– but knowing it is such a privilege to love them that I can’t really mind. I am Rory, who just wants to help people. I am Rory, who looks at the small wonders of the universe as much as a sky full of stars. I am Rory, who loves seeing things but would just like to sit down for a moment, you go on without me, no I’m fine. I am Rory, loyal to the people who love me. I am Rory, nor a fairytale, not a mystery, not an anything, just a person.

I am Clara Oswald, who wants to want normalcy more than she actually does. I am Clara, because I want to grow up to be a teacher. I am Clara, hot-headed and able and willing to hold a grudge as long as necessary. I am Clara, with amazing fashion sense. I am Clara, who fears above all living a life of wasted opportunity. I am Clara, and I hope when I am old I can look back on a life of thousands of regrets and still be happy with how things went. I am Clara, possessively loving. I am Clara, also bisexual (fight me). I am Clara, not really sure whether to be an active participant in the world or an observer but God, so curious, so engaged. I am Clara, trying to maintain control in a universe that trends towards chaos.

I’m sure someone will point out to me, hey, some of those things are contradictory. Sure. I’m not the same person I was yesterday and I’m not the person I’ll be tomorrow. Hell, I’m not even the same person I was ten minutes ago. You can’t step in the same river twice. I’m sure I’ll also hear “but Rose is much more than a shop girl! Martha is much more than a woman in love!” I know. I know that. But Amy is much more than a model, than the Girl Who Waited. Clara is so, so much more than the Impossible Girl. River is Hell in High Heels, the woman who killed the Doctor, but she’s also the woman who saved the Doctor, she’s a professor and a PhD and amazing and kind all on her own without any man.

It’s not about professions or partners or parents. It’s about heart. It’s about spirit. It’s about what people want in their deepest hearts, and yes, that’s going to be different for everyone– the Second Doctor’s three main companions were an 18th century Scottish highlander fighting a rebellion, a Victorian lady whose father was killed by Daleks, and a genius physicist from the future. Am I any of those things? Female, I suppose. Not a lot else. But Jamie is protective and loving, and Victoria is so very brave, and Zoe is smart, and I identify with those traits, something more than the superficial. Steven Moffat knows who I am. That means a lot to me.

Donna Noble’s Ending

So it’s no secret that I despise what RTD did to Donna.

Not because her ending is heartbreaking, because I can deal with heartbreaking things happening to characters as long as they’re well-written or fulfill important thematic or narrative purposes. But unfortunately, Donna’s mindwipe and marriage do none of these things. Her ending is lazy, shallow, and worst of all, completely goes against the main tenets of RTD era Who.  

Here are some popular quotes from the show:

  • “You know, when you’re a kid, they tell you it’s all, grow up, get a job, get married, get a house, have a kid, and that’s it. But the truth is, the world is so much stranger than that. It’s so much darker, and so much madder. And so much better.”
  • “Some people live more in 20 years than others do in 80. It’s not the time that matters, it’s the person.”
  • “Don’t you see that? The ripe old smell of humans. You survived. Oh, you might have spent a million years evolving into clouds of gas, and another million as downloads, but you always revert to the same basic shape. The fundamental humans. End of the universe and here you are. Indomitable! That’s the word. Indomitable! Ha!”

These quotes illustrate the main messages Russell T wanted to impart to his audience: that life is wonderful and exciting, that the future is full of hope and that humanity will endure. Basically, he wants us to know that life is worth living and that we need to make the most of every precious moment, because a short and wonderful life is worth much more than a long, wasted one. That’s why I hate Donna’s mindwipe so much. Because it completely undermines these wonderful, important messages of hope and optimism.

From what I’ve read, Donna’s mindwipe was not planned from the start. As he was writing the episodes, Davies realised he’d written himself into a corner by creating a character who wants to stay with the Doctor forever and who doesn’t have a good reason to leave, unlike Martha. As the fourth season came together, the only thing he knew for certain was that he wanted to bring Rose back, make a human Doctor for her and send them both back to the parallel world to live happily ever after. This idea ended up supplying the solution to the Donna problem, as he realised he could factor Donna into the creation of the Doctor clone and use this as a way to give Donna her heroic climax as well as to force her out of the TARDIS, in an event we know as the metacrisis. This metacrisis gave Donna an unviable human/Time Lord physiology that should by rights have killed her, thus fulfilling Dalek Caan’s prophecy ‘One will still die.’ However, Davies was reluctant to kill her outright and decided to go for the soft option of wiping her mind instead, killing only one version of her. Given how hectic Journey’s End is, with so many characters to say goodbye to, not least Rose and the clone, there’s little time at the end to handle this mindwipe in great detail. It has to happen quickly and tragically, with no time to reflect on the morality of the Doctor’s actions. But let’s slow this scene down and pick apart what’s happening.

As soon as the TARDIS leaves Bad Wolf Bay, the Doctor turns his attention to Donna. He knows already that Donna’s not long for this world. Donna is slower to realise what’s happening to her, but when she does, she’s horrified. She backs away from him, tears flooding down her cheeks, and says in no uncertain terms:

“I can’t go back. Doctor. Don’t make me go back… No, no, please, no!”

Donna pretty clearly did not consent to the mind wipe. She’s screaming ‘no’ while his fingers are on her temples. But the Doctor proceeds anyway. Unable to watch his best friend die in his arms, he puts his needs before hers, puts his will before her wishes and wipes her mind without her consent.

And that is wrong. Yes, he saved her life, and yes, he’s the Doctor – he has to save people. But it is still wrong, in every way. It definitely fits with Ten’s character to do this, since he’s developed a serious god-complex by this point – but morally, that does not make it right.

There just wasn’t enough time in Journey’s End to deal with all of these nuances, and I understand that. But then came the specials, which did explore some of these themes. The Waters of Mars deals wonderfully with Ten’s hypocrisy as someone who promotes pacifism despite having committed – and continuing to commit - genocide, and also explores his god-complex as he announces that he will make the laws of time obey him, that he will decide who lives and who dies. This episode also references Donna and the awful decision they made together in The Fires of Pompeii. Donna’s fate and all that she taught him are obviously playing heavily on his mind in this episode. From this, I expected Donna’s return in The End of Time to capitalise on this and deal with the consequences of her mindwipe, to perhaps show him that it’s impossible for him to save everyone, that it’s unfair for him to decide who lives and who dies, that the non-consensual mind-wipe was wrong and finally for Donna’s final departure to reinforce Russell T’s central, life-affirming messages about quality of life over quantity.

Instead, Donna’s return in EoT was… lacking. It was fan-service-y. It was shallow. Russell T said in the commentary that his reason for bringing Donna back was to show us she’s okay. And basically, that’s all he does with her. Donna has a very minimal effect on the plot, with her grandfather Wilfred replacing her in the role of conscience and companion. Despite the run-time of EoT and the ample opportunities it provided to deal appropriately with Donna’s mind-wipe, Davies leaves those issues alone and instead sets Donna up with a husband called Shaun. We don’t get much indication of Shaun’s character beyond the fact that he’s sweet, kind and in love with Donna, and from this we’re meant to assume she’ll be happy. In addition, at the end of the episode the Doctor gives her a winning lottery ticket so she can live in comfort for the rest of her life. Then he disappears. Our last vision of Donna is exactly the same as our first vision of her – as a bride in white.

And -  that’s it. Seriously? After everything Davies has told us about the wonders of life, after all his lessons of quality over quantity, after everything Donna has seen and learned, and after everything we’ve seen and learned through her - we’re meant to be satisfied with this? We’re meant to see money and a marriage as making up for the theft of the only thing she valued, the memories of her brief, wonderful life among the stars?

His decision to make Donna’s ending a ‘happy’ one, or to show that she’s ‘okay’ means Davies did not bother to question the morality of the Doctor’s actions. Frustratingly, the mind-wipe, while tragic, is never presented as wrong. It is always seen as the only choice, the right thing to do, even though Donna never consented to it and even though this life she’s living is not what she wanted. Donna had made her choice. She chose to die as the woman she’d become, with all her memories intact, rather than live unhappily as the person she used to be. Donna’s decision and the fact that she chose a short, wonderful life over a long and unhappy one, a decision that celebrates and confirms Davies’ message about some people living more in twenty than others do in eighty, is given barely any consideration at all.

And then there are practical considerations as well. For one, why doesn’t Donna notice that TWO YEARS of her life are missing? The Doctor said he removed every memory relating to himself. That includes her wedding to Lance, parts of the subsequent months that she spent searching for him AND her time in the TARDIS. Donna isn’t stupid. She would notice profound memory loss. And just how safe is she? Will seeing an alien invasion on the news trigger her? What if someone says something that reminds her of the Doctor? Is she just a ticking time bomb whose brain could explode at any moment?

‘She’s okay,’ we’re meant to think when we watch The End of Time. ‘She’ll be fine.’ But what kind of ending is this? What does it prove? What message does it send? I love Donna – but honestly, I would have been happier if she had died if, in the process, she was able to chew the Doctor out for his behaviour and leave with a speech about how she’d choose those precious few months with the Doctor over an entire lifetime without them, or if the Doctor had gotten to hear that she had no regrets about going with him, or if she died a hero’s death instead of being shunted to the side and reduced to a joke for the entirety of EoT. By giving Donna a lottery ticket, marrying her off and suggesting that this somehow makes everything okay for her, Davies undermined the central themes of his show and cheapened Donna’s entire character arc.

Davies understandably couldn’t bring himself to kill Donna, but he did kill the version of her we loved and rendered an entire season of character development null and void. Her ending is unbearably sad, but also incredibly frustrating for the audience. Her story feels unfinished. It feels wrong. It doesn’t come from careful structure or consideration and it doesn’t build on any thematic points – it comes from necessity and the need for a quick fix, the need to kick Donna out of the TARDIS quickly and permanently. The attempt to make the ending ‘happy’ in The End of Time only worsens the entire affair by leaving a lot of things unaddressed and glossing over issues of plausibility and morality for the sake of a half-hearted “happy ending”.

Doctor Who: Missy [ENTJ]

OFFICIAL TYPING by Charity / the mod.

Extroverted Thinking (Te): Missy is a mastermind at scheming and controlling her environment, to achieve some larger purpose, even if she does tend to gamble toward the end in handing over all that accumulated power to the Doctor to make a point; he accuses her of “always had the ambition of ruling the world,” and it’s true to some extent; she likes to have minions, to be in charge, and always takes a rational approach to any situation, even if it’s as simple a thing as calculating a distance by dropping Clara down a hole. Her behavior seems impulsive, but it’s really calculating and planned to achieve some greater purpose and grand design.

Introverted Intuition (Ni): She meets Clara, immediately senses her potential, and gives her the phone number to the TARDIS, knowing not only how Clara will stimulate the Doctor’s more reckless attitudes and behaviors but also with a grand end game of having him upset the entire universe through his determination to see Clara make it out alive. Missy is great at instinctively knowing what is truly going on in situations and seeing how that fits into her greater schemes and framework; not only does she design the Nethersphere in a long term goal of “collecting souls” (“the dead outnumber the living”), but her games with the Doctor are incredibly long-term; it takes her months, even years, to see the fruition of her schemes.

Extroverted Sensing (Se): Opportunistic and sometimes impulsive, Missy is a terrific risk-taker; she puts her life on the line numerous times “just to see what will happen”; she sees a chance to make the Doctor kill Clara inside a Dalek and manipulates Clara into getting inside the machine; she is relatively unconcerned with her personal safety and gets a kick out of thrill-seeking. Missy makes a big gamble in turning over control of the Cybermen to the Doctor. She can be reckless and gets a kick out of new experiences.

Introverted Feeling (Fi): Love is not something she understands, even though she contains a warped version of intense emotion directed at her “childhood friend,” the Doctor; Missy deliberately wants him to know that they are not so different after all. She cares what he thinks, even if she doesn’t show any concern for anyone else; she is so oblivious to how emotions can alter people’s states of mind that she does not notice that Danny is immune to her control, out of his love for Clara.

Okay, Help Me Figure This Out...


(Warning, spoilers ahead)

If the Doctor really does kill Davros, and the Daleks are never created, then…

  1. The Timewar never happens
  2. Thus, the Silence never happens
  3. Thus, nobody blows up the TARDIS
  4. Thus, no new regeneration cycle
  5. Thus, the Doctor gets no thirteenth regeneration
  6. (Thus, no one kills Davros)

Also:

  1. No crack in Amy’s wall
  2. Thus, Amy and the Doctor never meet
  3. Thus, no River Song
  4. Thus, no one to save him in the Library
Furthermore:
  1. If the Timewar never happens, the Master never gets the drumming in his head
  2. Thus, he never goes bananas
  3. Thus, there is no woman in the shop
  4. Thus, no Clara to save the Doctor
Furthermore:
  1. Without Daleks, Rose never becomes the Bad Wolf
  2. Thus, Captain Jack never becomes immortal
  3. Thus, the TARDIS never tries to shake him off and they never go to the year 100 trillion and thus, never meet the Master
  4. Thus, the Master is still stuck at the end of the Universe
  5. Thus, again, no woman in the shop (see above)


What the f**k is going to happen in the next episode?!??