Doctor Who changes and moves on. By late 1966 all of the original production team and cast had left. In 1969 the writers retconned the previous six years of the show and said that the Doctor was not a human from the future but in fact a “Time Lord”, setting up an entirely new premise for the show where the Doctor stopped traveling because these “Time Lords” exiled the Doctor to Earth. Then, few years later, the show moved on from that, too. It kept moving and never stopped. Eventually it moved on from television to books, comics, and audios, and then those moved on and continuously changed, rewriting what had gone before as they went. Then Doctor Who moved back to TV, and it moved on from the past. There was a fresh start, and the Time Lords were gone. But that was never going to stick forever. Doctor Who was always going to move on from that.
My point is that, unless you fell in love with Doctor Who during the early part of the Hartnell era, you fell in love with a show that had already changed and moved on. The era of the show with which you first fell in love, whatever that era might be, is an era of the show that loads of hardcore fans have gotten angry at and turned the TV, lamenting that Doctor Who just isn’t the show they loved anymore. This is especially true of the Russell T. Davies era, which was a much more substantial reinvention of Doctor Who than any previous televised version, and which brought in a huge surge of new fans but which a certain segment of pre-existing Doctor Who fans just couldn’t abide. (And like many Moffat haters, many RTD haters continued to watch the show even while it made them angry.)
And in two or three years Doctor Who will move on from where it is now, and a lot of fans who love where Moffat has taken the show will decide that the new showrunner after Moffat has ruined the thing they used to love. Maybe I’ll be one of those people! I don’t know yet!
I’m not saying that it’s wrong to dislike what Moffat has done with the show, and I’m not saying that you should just suck it up and stop complaining or criticizing. I’m just trying to make sure it isn’t forgotten that changing the direction of the show and rewriting past “canon” is not a particular fetish of Moffat’s but rather a venerable Doctor Who tradition that many previous Doctor Who writers and producers (including and especially RTD) have undertaken with considerable glee. Which isn’t to say you have to like it.
#all I want is a paradigm shift #no more confused little boy too terrified of the choices he’s made #to ever ever risk growing up #he has had a chance to stop the Time Lords and end their Time War without bloodying his hands and burning his world #he has been absolved #everything he has sought for those endless weary centuries #has been promised to him #he has purpose; direction; freedom #he can be whimsy without a black heart and he can be cruel without acknowledging that he is monstrous #god he’s been giving terrifying freedom #with so much potential for happiness and weightlessness #that it’s just dark in a so much more insidious way #because he’s still the Doctor; he’s still the Oncoming Storm #the man who lit burning galaxies on fire #the one who regrets and the one who forgets #but now he’s changed his mind; now he doesn’t have to bear the guilt #that doesn’t change his nature #it just lets him be colder without consequence (x)
#AMY POND DEMANDS THE MAN WHO GAVE HER TRUST ISSUES #WHO MADE HER INCAPABLE OF GETTING CLOSE TO PEOPLE BUT WANT IT MORE THAN ANYTHING #WHO MADE HER THE TOWN BOO RADLEY #SHE DEMANDS HE SHOW HIMSELF IN FRONT OF EVERYONE #SHE DEMANDS HE PROVE HER RIGHT #AND HE STANDS IN FRONT OF EVERYONE WHO DIDN’T BELIEVE THE GIRL WHO BELIEVED SO MUCH SHE BIT HER THERAPISTS #WHO BELIEVED SO MUCH SHE BROUGHT HIM BACK TO LIFE #WHO BELIEVED SO MUCH SHE KEPT HIS WORLD IN HER HEART AFTER EVERYONE HAD TOLD HER HE DIDN’T EXIST #HE STANDS IN FRONT OF THEM AND SAYS #I EXIST— BECAUSE AMY SAYS SO #i am a demigod creator-destroyer i have seen more and i know more than you could ever fathom in a million lifetimes #and i come when amy calls #and you didn’t believe her (via belinsky)
#and that’s the glory of this show #its infinite capacity to have moments like this #and have them MEAN things #allow them all their emotional weight and their horror #have them be absolutely true in the moment #and then - #to show the universe has the capacity to change #to show that even the rules meant never to be broken #find themselves giving way a bit here and there #to rewrite space and time again and again #always in pursuit of the right choice; the change #there is no never in Doctor Who #there is only a search for good #across all space and time #however it can be found#The universe let him go back and gave him the choice to change the Time War #for a third and final time #to end the Time War and to end the Time Lords’ cruelties #without losing himself in the process #so - he took it #and that sort of revision isn’t a ‘disrespect’ to the show #it IS the show#it’s how the show has lasted fifty years #it’s how - even when it was canceled - dozens of writers and actors kept it alive by rewriting old stories and changing the universe completely #that’s how the Doctor was given infinite regenerations way back when in classic who #that’s how Four’s run changed the entire tenor of Who #that’s how Russel T Davies resurrected the show - by burning all its old trappings and giving it a new face #and that’s how Moffat is continuing the show - by taking the revived corpus and creating more room for change #for heaven’s sake the central conceit of the show is that every time something irrevocably horrible happens #the Doctor gets a new body #and everything that came before is pushed aside and selectively forgotten and reinterpreted and pulled up with nuances that were never there before #and in the center of that change is always humanity #in all its forms - alien and otherwise #just #without revision Doctor Who would be nothing but another mediocre scifi that hits some nice emotional points but never really means anything in the long run #without revision Doctor Who would have ended when One closed his eyes all those years ago (neverfeedthesarcophagi)
ten and clara flying the tardis
You need a good death. Without death, there’d only be comedies. Dying gives us size.
"We saw each other in the hall, and knew that we should know each other."
oh my god
Classic Who! Because winter is a time for reflecting on the past.
Putting these up as prints again :)
And because i enjoy typing “Brigadier Sir Alistair Gordon Lethbridge - Stewart”. what a name.
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