“ Don’t you lecture me, blue-box man flying through time and space on whimsy. All I’ve got, all I’ve had for thirty six years, is cold, hard reality.“ ||| “ You left me alone for ten years! Don’t tell me I can’t be angry! “
“you know when sometimes you meet someone so beautiful, and then you actually talk to them and five minutes later, they’re as dull as a brick. then there’s other people and you meet them and you think, “not bad, they’re okay.” and then you get to know them and… and they’re face just sort of… becomes them, like their personality is written all over it. and they just… they turn into something so beautiful.”
A friend complained to me about the Doctor’s role in Class. Twelve just dumps Charlie and Quill at Coal Hill and disappears without warning anyone, basically leaving a whole school of kids in the line of fire of invading aliens. As a result, the Doctor is morally culpable for everyone who dies in the show. My friend blamed this on “lazy, sloppy writing” and said, “I have a real problem with them making the Doctor a completely amoral ass just because they were too lazy to come up with a better premise.”
I completely agree that the Doctor is responsible for anyone who dies at Coal Hill as a result of Charlie and Quill being there. But this isn’t the authors’ fault: it’s totally in-line with the Doctor’s characterization! It’s explicitly called out in Human Nature, when the Family of Blood kills a ton of people because the Doctor hid there for no reason. And this is also applicable to a ton of other stories, as well: despite being the universe’s top of morality, the Doctor only practices what he preaches when it serves his own purposes. Which it often does! But when it doesn’t, we see what he’s really made of.
For instance, contrast 10′s “no second chances” in The Christmas Invasion with him being “the man who wouldn't” in The Doctor’s Daughter. By ruining Harriet Jones’ administration over her killing one ship of Sycorax, he ruined Britain’s shot at a golden age, paved the way for the weak extraterrestrial policy of the Children of Earth administration, and created the power vacuum for Harold Saxon to fill.
And speaking of Harold Saxon! Martha spends a whole year traveling the world in miserable conditions, her family tortured and enslaved, all for the Doctor … and then when her desperate plan finally comes to fruition, what does the Doctor do? He weeps into the body of the man who unrepentantly killed all this genocide and destruction, begging him to not die, begging him to come travel with him. No wonder Martha left! The fact that Missy and the Doctor are still friends, and that he sees their fighting as a game, should speak magnitudes about what the Doctor really thinks of us.
And this isn’t just a Tenth Doctor thing. 11 does a ton of similar stuff (cough cough Girl Who Waited), and in 12′s very first episode he (deniably) murders the clockwork dude, in cold blood. There’s a reason the Doctor turns everyone he meets into an adrenaline junkie, a soldier, or a corpse …
Hello, old friend. And here we are. You and me, on the last page. By the time you read these words, Rory and I will be long gone. So know that we lived well and were very happy. And above all else, know that we will love you always. Sometimes I do worry about you though. I think once we’re gone you won’t be coming back here for awhile. And you might be alone. Which you should never be. Don’t be alone, Doctor. And do one more thing for me.
There’s a little girl waiting in a garden. She’s going to wait a long while, so she’s going to need a lot of hope. Go to her. Tell her a story. Tell her that if she’s patient, the days are coming that she’ll never forget. Tell her she’ll go to see and fight pirates. She’ll fall in love with a man who’ll wait two thousand years to keep her safe. Tell her she’ll give hope to the greatest painter who ever lived. And save a whale in outer space.
Tell her, this is the story of Amelia Pond. And this is how it ends.