The Seventh Doctor began to think he’d made somewhat of a tactical miscalculation in choosing to let go of the cliff and dangle from his umbrella, upon which his fingers were rapidly losing purchase.
He fervently hoped no-one had actually seen him in the act of-
There is at least one bit of that post that is completely irrelevant to the question but if I start tinkering with it again I’ll be at it all night
WARNING: New Who. Also, lots of semi-rhetorical questions, and the 50th special might invalidate all of them.
Whatever the Doctor has done to suppress or forget or erase DH* and the thing DH did…is it right, or is it dishonest?
Is it justified acknowledgement of his failure to honour his commitment, or is is it an attempt to mentally separate himself from his own action?
*DH = Doctor Hurt, you know who I mean
I don’t find the overlay calling DH “The Doctor” to be stupid or anything, basically it just doesn’t perform the splitting of identity that we now know the Doctor himself performs. “You are the Doctor. He’s you. Ergo he is the Doctor. Deal with it.” And this seems to suggest that the Doctor’s denying something by insinuating that DH isn’t the Doctor.
The Doctor didn’t deny that DH was “me”, at least not when directly confronted with him. And yet - DH is his secret. His greatest secret, literally buried within his own timestream, forgotten, never acknowledged, never referenced, never reflected on. That is a part of his past that he is hiding, lying to the whole universe about. The only question is, does he lie to himself about it too?
Is he doing the inverse of that overlay - thinking, “I am the Doctor. He’s not the Doctor. Ergo he’s not REALLY me. I’m not dealing with it.”?
THAT hinges on to what extent he believes he “is” the Doctor.
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It was fab. No arguments here.
What a bloodbath at the end though.
I thought the detail of Jek slumping in Android Salateen’s arms at the end (rather than just dying on the floor) was quite poignant, I love when they go just that little bit further with the symbolism. Speaks volumes about how thoughtfully this story was made.
And 5, wow. There are basically no words. This is the standard of raw badassery to which all regenerations must be held…and his seeing all his past friends (even Adric ;_;) was quite sweet without being incredibly drawn out and self-pitying
like the regeneration of a certain other Doctor who I’m not about to specify ahaha
Well SOMEONE just went from bit character to BEST CHARACTER in the space of two minutes.
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“They won’t fire at the belt pl—” BANG BANG BANG BANG BANG BANG BANG
My head hurts from New Who logic.
Time to finally watch Caves of Androzani which I have been putting off literally forever.
Tumblr Savior “notawhopost” if you wish to avoid my talking about subjects other than Classic/New DW. Gimme a break we’re on hiatus
Saw Gatsby this afternoon. Had a good time. I did appreciate the inclusion of narration from the book; I think that helped bring an element of Fitzgerald’s cleverness to certain moments that it’d be near-impossible to replicate purely in film form.
e.g. I loved how they realised the ‘inexhaustible variety of life’ bit, in fact I actually appreciate that section of the book more now.
Aside from that (and the distractingly hyperactive handling of Chapter 1) it was a fairly gorgeous movie in its own right. That ending, god! If I have a quibble about the soundtrack it’s that some of the best songs were come and gone a bit quickly.
Definitely the sort of movie you want to go back and rewatch certain bits over and over.
“The tracks of my tears.”
I’m interested in the possibility that the ‘crime’ Doctor Hurt committed might be something other than the use of The Moment to wipe out the Daleks and Time Lords.
- The Doctor has certainly felt guilty and lonely about how he ended the Time War, but never (at least I think) to the point where he’d disown/mentally repress the entire incarnation of himself that did the action. Think of the times he has cited the Time War for badass cred (“Fear me. I’ve killed all of them.” “I watched it happen! I MADE IT HAPPEN!”) I don’t think he’s ever designated it as “breaking the creed of the Doctor” “it wasn’t me who did that” etc. before.
- Interestingly, Doctor Hurt says he did whatever it was “in the name of peace…and sanity.” The mention of sanity makes it sound rather personal. His own sanity? The reason he ended the Time War was to save the lives of everyone else in the universe, not just their sanity or his own sanity. So why the emphasis on sanity? I’ve said sanity too many times help.
Rumours aside, it seems fairly obvious that Doctor Hurt will slot in between 8 and 9 as that’s the only place you can really slot in a missing Doctor. This way you’re only fucking with New Who rather than Classic Who (*cough* unlike, say, explaining the Master’s malicious behaviour throughout the series as the result of a psychic signal put in his mind by the Time Lords as a child *cough*). And given that the area between 8 and 9 is largely an unknown variable anyway, you’re not even fucking with established New Who that much.
People need to quit moaning about numbers btw. The Doctor doesn’t feel the need to include Hurt in the count*, so neither should you.
*(EVEN THE DOCTOR SKIPPED NINE. HAHAHAHA)
I like you know who already. His delivery of his one line was flawless, and his look is fab.
OMFG I FORGOT ANOTHER THING I FANGASMED OVER
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Awesome episode. Might be my favourite of the season, and if not it’s at least in the top 3. I have some mystery things and other assorted reactions.
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Promo photo from the BBC
The way they’re lined up though, it makes it look like they’re about to burst into a musical number.