*Day of the Doctor spoilers below*
We’re idiots, all of us, arguing about whether or not the Doctor has lost all of that character development now that the Time War’s got a different ending.
The Doctor’s trauma and self-loathing doesn’t come from destroying Gallifrey, it comes from ALL of the atrocities he was forced to either commit or allow to happen. It comes from CENTURIES of being the War Doctor, not from pressing one big red button and destroying one planet.
Saving Gallifrey takes maybe the biggest individual event off the list, but it still leaves about 99% of the decisions he regrets and days he is haunted by.
The Ninth Doctor wears the leather jacket because he hasn’t let go of it yet; he’s taking his first steps back out into the universe he so desperately misses and has forgotten how to engage with. He spends all of Series One relearning how to be The Doctor.
It doesn’t matter if Gallifrey is dust or stuck in a parallel dimension. The damage had been done before he ever pressed the big, red button. It’s the reason he wanted to press it in the first place.
moffat’s companions’ lives are all so strangely ungrounded in reality and i think it’s a good example of his very weak writing. in day of the doctor we see clara teaching - no explanation, no mention of it in the episode, and no build up to it. although obviously this was a (really lovely actually) nod to canon, it’s not the first time this has happened; amy just “became” a model in one episode and was never shown like this again (after her first job was as a kissogram). it’s impossible to imagine this happening with any of russell t davies’ companions, who all had lives incredibly minutely planned out; rose and mickey found their path to success obstructed by class boundaries and working manually, donna worked a succesion of uninspiring office jobs and even well off martha was shown physically working very hard to achieve her medical degree.
this ability to skip through professions as well as change locations and dump family just grounds the idea that moffat’s companions are strange, non-human, undeveloped creatures. their lives, trials and tribulations don’t matter outside of the doctor, and it’s like they’re a succession of barbie dolls; “i can be a model! i can be a teacher! i can be an archaeologist!” with an awful lot of pluck, a cheeky grin, and no substance whatsoever
Disagree. Amy was first revealed to have become a model in Closing Time, and we caught back up with her - still a model - in Asylum of the Daleks. It may well be that this, for her, was a progression from kissogram. By Power of Three, she’s a travel writer, and she is later shown to have branched out into both publishing and fiction-writing.
Clara being a teacher surprised me, given that getting a teaching degree requires a certain amount of work. Thinking about this, though, I figured that such a career path actually made some sense; Clara became a nanny as a sort of penance for being around the Maitland household when the mother died, and you have to wonder - what sort of person chooses to help out by nannying? Plus, her disciplinary style with the Maitland children is actually somewhat similar to that of a modern teacher. It’s entirely within the realm of possibility that she had earned a teaching degree prior to her first appearance in the series.
The problem, of course, is that we don’t know this for a fact - we have to guess. And sure, this is Moffat’s fault - he routiney chooses to focus on other things. To be fair, so does the Doctor - the Doctor doesn’t give a rat’s buttock what his companions do; in Power of Three, an exasperated Amy and Rory have to explain that they have lives outside of him, because he simply doesn’t notice.
There’s also the fact that Davies writes about people, and Moffat writes about relationships - take a look at Coupling. Or, in fact, take a look at Sherlock. (Dangerous move, Levi - The ending of A Scandal in Belgravia was atrocious. But!) Sherlock is a show about the friendship of Sherlock and John. John’s life tends to more or less revolve around Sherlock’s, and we don’t treat this as weak writing, we treat it as a flawed but beautiful relationship between two people.
Then there’s the other difference between Davies and Moffat - emotional honesty vs plot tightness. While we love to rail on all of the plotholes in Moffat’s writing (I still say we ought to wait until Christmas), at the very least, the man tries to maintain a logical progression of events. Davies, writer of some truly fantastic episodes, tended to sway towards emotions over story (I’m looking at you, The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End), and by the end of Series 4, I found myself desperately wishing for the man to leave (in exactly the same tone of whine that all of you are calling for Moffat’s departure with). Moffat errs in the other direction - Amy’s emotional state by the middle of Series 6 makes offensively little sense, and the only episode that does anything for Clara’s personality - Journey to the Center of the TARDIS - ends… in a way that doesn’t exactly do her character development any favors. The problem, in my opinion, isn’t that Moffat’s writing is weak overall, though - it’s that it is weak in those areas because of his personal story-telling priorities. And I hope that those priorities change some time soon - you might not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, but it might be possible to elicit some old, forgotten ones.
This would explain why there’s never been a Doctor Who puppet show. *shudders*
(Source: liamlouwho, via owlmylove)
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