Sorry, But We Have Not Talked Enough About Moffat’s Books
I know I bring this up a lot, but seriously, Moffat’s book metaphor is sofreakin’pretty, and I feel I need to address it some more. Since “we are all stories in the end”, Moffat often uses books to represent people, and not seldom people who are no longer with us. And, typical Moffat, the details are what really gets you:
she wrote me a letter from a small
room near the Seine.
she said she was going to dancing
class, she got up, she said
at 5 o'clock in the morning
and typed at poems
and when she felt like crying
she had a special bench
by the river.
her book of Songs would be out in the Fall.
I did not know what to tell her
I told her
to get any bad teeth pulled
and be careful of the French
I put her photo by the radio
near the fan
and it moved
I sat and watched it until I had smoked the 5 or 6 cigarettes left.
then 1 got up and went to bed.
In Paul Cornell’s Four Doctors comic, we see a glimpse of the universe where the Tenth Doctor stays in his Time Lord Victorious phase and abandons Wilf in the radiation chamber. This alt-Ten eventually becomes ruler of the universe, reigning supreme over all time and space until meeting his end at the hands of a Raxarocoricofallicoptarorian assassin.
In parallel, Lance Parkin’s Father Time shows the last surviving Time Lord as supreme emperor of the universe for a thousand years, ruling from the Needle through his ruthless secret police and the power of fear. On the day of his daughter’s birth, he’s assassinated by an uprising; his daughter Miranda goes on to be adopted by the Eighth Doctor, and
and in The Gallifrey Chronicles it’s baaaasically confirmed that the Emperor is (or was) the Doctor.
Both these stories seem to be a peek into the same future, where the Tenth Doctor becomes Time Lord Victorious and emperor of the universe. In fact, since Father Time portrays this as the definite future of the Eighth Doctor’s universe, we could even say that the Emperor Victorious is the Doctor’s “original” future; something must have changed the timeline to turn him off of this path. (I hypothesize that it’s the return of Gallifrey in The End of Time: in particular, the interference of the mysterious Time-Lock-busting woman in white.)
If this timeline change did come so late in Ten’s life, when River Song described “her Doctor” in Silence in the Library, she was actually talking about the Time Lord Victorious. He was the one to marry her, while our Doctor only gave hasty vows in a collapsing bubble universe; he was the one to give her a sonic screwdriver, which is clearly a modified version of Ten’s, not Eleven’s or Twelve’s. This idea is quietly supported by her statements in the episode, which suggest that her Doctor still wears Ten’s face: for instance, she has to ask him whether he’s lived through the Byzantium, and she says he’s like an “early photograph” of her Doctor.
And what kind of future Ten does this describe? Who was the man that scared away the Vashta Nerada with just his name?
Now my Doctor, I’ve seen whole armies turn and run away. And he’d just swagger off back to his TARDIS and open the doors with a snap of his fingers. The Doctor in the TARDIS. Next stop, everywhere.
Next stop, everywhere. Forget the consequences. Forget the “fixed points”. Forget the rules. Because the Laws of Time are Ten’s, and they will obey Him.
When you run with the Doctor, it feels
like it’ll never end. But however hard you try you can’t run forever. Everybody
knows that everybody dies and nobody knows it like the Doctor. But I do think
that all the skies of all the worlds might just turn dark if he ever for one
moment, accepts it. Everybody knows that everybody dies. But not every day. Not
today. Some days are special. Some days are so, so blessed. Some days, nobody
dies at all. Now and then, every once in a very long while, every day in a
million days, when the wind stands fair, and the Doctor comes to call…
Who, Series 4
Episode 9 “Forest of the Dead”)
I couldn’t afford to buy original Journal (124 pounds, seriously Amazon?!) so I decided to make my own.
I made it (almost) from scratch - folded and binded pages (with TARDIS Blue thread!), cut cover boards and pattern on front cover, cut imitation leather and glued it to the board, then glued bookmarks and headbands to binded pages and finally glued end papers and cover itself. I sounds soooo easy but it took me over 12 hours to do it (and I don’t count time when glue was drying) ;)