More Eighth Doctor.
The Human Race.
You’ve been asking a question, and it’s time someone told you you’ve been getting it wrong. His name, his name is the Doctor. All the name he needs. Everything you need to know about him. And if you love him, and you should, help him. Help him.
Clara Oswald, The Time of The Doctor.
I like to think that by the time she made this speech the Time Lords had given up on anyone ever answering the question. It had been hundreds of years and they’d just given up hope. Except for one Time Lord, one Time Lord remained faithful, one Time Lord stayed at the other side of the crack waiting for a reply. One Time Lord knew that The Doctor would be there. One Time Lord couldn’t ignore Clara when she said, “if you love him, and you should, help him.”
And that Time Lord’s name was, of course…The Master.
Doctor Who is Lenny Henry making Margaret Thatcher jokes in a TARDIS. Doctor Who is Jon Pertwee yelling SPLINK! Doctor Who is any knitted scarf of a certain length or greater. Doctor Who is my nephews mesmerised by an old Peter Davison episode. Doctor Who is the KLF. Doctor Who is holding a sink plunger in one hand and an egg whisk in the other. Doctor Who is so deeply entrenched in the culture that you can’t actually dig it out or say what it is, because Doctor Who is everything.
Not all of that quote made it into this interview me and Rob WIlliams did for The Hollywood Reporter about our new Eleventh Doctor comic, but it’s how I feel.
(There was also a bit where I said that any packet of Golden Wonder with Colin Baker’s face on was canon. I stand by that.)
forestofmymind replied to your post: “By the way, this is the post I’ve been reacting to. I honestly have…”:Thank you sooo much. I was panicking because I’d just written a post on Who when you suddenly started ranting and I got so confused desperately trying to figure out…
Thanks! And yeah I guess I see what you mean. I guess I just didn’t latch onto modern Clara as much or as quickly as I did with Victorian Clara. But it was all part of the overarching story line so it all fitted in in the end.
Oh, yes, and I don’t think we’re really had a chance to get to know modern Clara properly yet. Victorian Clara was very much the focus of that episode, whereas modern Clara, so far, has been caught up in this BIG, EPIC story. Hopefully as she and Capaldi’s Doctor get to know each other we’ll get to know her better too.
(I’d also kinda’ like it if she gets stuck with him. Like, he keeps trying to drop her home again but the TARDIS just wont let him. I think the only reason that he’s had no trouble dropping her off and picking her up so far is that the TARDIS doesn’t like her. Once it decides she can stay it should be a very different story).
(Which means the TARDIS must have REALLY liked Tegan…or maybe it just liked that Tegan kept cock blocking Nyssa).
That is very true I suppose, the focus of the episodes concerning the characters was very different for both of them.
Oh that would be sooo brilliant!!! I’d like to see what Clara does to make the TARDIS like her. Would it be too much to ask to see it be something more interesting than “oh you saved the Doctor’s life, I like you now” or something? :-P
Kinda reminds me of the first companions who couldn’t get home for ages with the first doctor. It would be a nice idea considering Clara teaches at the same school as the original companions did! :-D
I’m pretty sure I read somewhere that one of the early season 8 episodes revolves around the TARDIS finally accepting Clara…
He’s like fire and ice and rage. He’s like the night, and the storm in the heart of the sun. He’s ancient and forever. He burns at the centre of time and he can see the turn of the universe. And… he’s wonderful.
This is a great series of videos which highlights the hypocrisy of the Tenth Doctor:
I want to add that I don’t see this as a flaw in the writing, I think it’s an essential part of Ten’s character that he’s a hypocrite. I think, in a lot of ways, it’s a coping mechanism for him, especially where the genocide is concerned…as the genocide video leaves out the worst genocide the Doctor has committed, the genocide of his own people.
The problem we’ve encountered, however, is that for a large part of the fandom the Tenth Doctor was their first Doctor and so they don’t see him in context. They’re not aware that his hypocrisy is an essential part of his character and instead they take his attitude towards death, genocide, guns, the Time Lords, the Master and so many other things at face value. They mistake his hypocrisy for the Doctor’s core values.
So, when Eleven came along, a Doctor who may have been a liar but was not a hypocrite, the fandom cried foul, because he said and did all of those things that the Doctor always said and did, but that Ten acted as a self righteous hypocrite about.
As I said, I don’t see this as a flaw in the writing, I don’t even see it as a reason to not like Ten (he was coping with a lot of things, including dealing with the loss of the very thing that had started to help him heal). I just think it’s something that really need to be understood about the Tenth Doctor…he was a hypocrite.
I'm a writer and artist, working mainly in comic books, and living in the South East of England (although I'm technically half Scottish and half English).
I'm the managing editor of Orang Utan Comics, group editor of AAM/Markosia, writer of Alpha Gods, Hypergirl and Hero: 9-5, and also do freelance inking and lettering work for the likes of AAM/Markosia, Slave Labour, Top Shelf, Image, Marvel/Panini and I letter the official Doctor Who graphic novels for BBC Books.
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