if doctors 1-8 were off on their light at the end adventure and war doctor, 10, and 11 were doing the whole day of the doctor thing I’m just going to assume shalka doctor and 9 grabbed a milkshake together and spent the whole day avoiding all this weird shit
Oh my god so Dino is watching the Doctor Who TV Movie this is amazing.
Except nobody who knows who “Dino” is has seen it, and nobody who’s seen it knows who Dino is… crap…
POINT IS MY BEST FRIEND IS WATCHING THE TVM AND WE ARE GOING TO HAVE SO MUCH TO TALK ABOUT OH MY GOD
This is about the unaired leak of the first episode of series 8 of Doctor Who. It contains spoilers.
This post has spoilers too! This actually summarizes exactly what I didn’t like about Deep Breath.I think it states a few things slightly more strongly than I would (the “shoving x into a room” incident seemed less deliberate to me), but yeah, this is the reason this episode made me so uncomfortable.
However, I have one last, final hope here. Just the one.
Clara was introduced, IMO, as The Companion Who Sets Boundaries - the one who tries to keep her relationship with the Doctor safe and healthy. And - judging by some episode summaries I’ve read, as well as Clara’s own almost-carried-out decisions in this episode, I think this season might deliberately be story of someone breaking out of an abusive relationship. I really, REALLY hope that that’s where this is going.
The thing is, as OP says, this sort of behavior has been present in all of the Doctors. And NuWho’s favorite thing to do, both under RTD and Moffat, is to dig into the Doctor’s flaws and expose them. I think they were made so much more evident in this episode for that very purpose.
(Additional bit of evidence pointing in that direction - Moffat LOVES Big Finish’s work with the Eighth Doctor. Now, if you know anything about those stories… think about Charlie’s farewell, or Lucy reaction to the events of Death in Blackpool, or Tamsin’s in the middle of season 4. If Moffat chooses to imitate those stories - which I can see happening - then this could be good).
Also, OP mentions how none of the previous Doctors would have behaved like this. To that I say… Six, in his very first story. There’s the notorious incident in which he strangles Peri, and there’s also a bit of played-for-laughs cowardice in a later part of the story (he hides behind her back, iirc). And Seven’s treatment of Ace may not have been as deliberately callous, but… suffice it to say, I can see Seven doing most of what Twelve did in this episode.
I don’t know. I’m reserving judgement until either the finale or the Christmas special.
(Oh, and as for Moffat not being able to imagine any other type of relationship? Well, that’s almost true. But remember Amy and Rory. It’s not necessarily about men and women - it’s about dominant people and submissive people. Moffat loves to explore (read: joke about) these sorts of power dynamics. I just hope he eventually addresses that they can be unhealthy soon…)