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Thoughts on Doctor Who 
12th-Sep-2011 12:53 pm
We're All Stories in the End

So most of the reviews I'm seeing come down to
a) it was brilliant or
b) it sucked because the inciting incident was a stupid mistake.

And the thing is, I think it can be brilliant and the inciting incident can still be a stupid mistake.

Because life is full of stupid mistakes. Life is full of carelessness, and us not asking the right questions at the right times. Life is messy, and we all think we're immortal. So we go about our days and we all have little moments of recklessness, because X has always turned out okay.

So Amy lagged behind, and she didn't ask which button. Because there have probably been any number of times - remember, we're not seeing everything in their stories - when she's lagged behind and caught up a second later and been fine, and when there are enough times that X has been fine, you stop thinking of X as a risk. You get sloppy.

You assume that car will stop for you in the crosswalk. You're out of condoms but really horny so you go without one just this once. You call over to someone's house and they don't pick up and you assume they're in the bathroom and don't check up on them. This one little thing that you hardly even process as a risk, you just do it.

And this time everything goes horribly wrong.

It sort of makes the episode for me. That it wasn't this big dramatic Thing, this battle or dynamic feat that separated them. It was just that she wanted her cameraphone. Such a little thing that any of us could do, just darting back in for our phone.

Because that's really when the tragedies happen, in real life. Not epic stories. Just this one small thing, and everything breaks.

Two other notes:
* When the Doctor slammed the door in older!Amy's face? That was a punch in the gut.
* If I were writing this show, I'd salvage older!Amy from that timeline just in time - and she would become Madame Kovarian. Breeding her past self and training her daughter to be the ultimate weapon against the Doctor, her betrayer? Who, at this point, has more reason to hate the Doctor and resent Amy than older!Amy? She has access to temporal engines to slow her aging, and she's learned to hack and build a sonic screwdriver probe. I don't know if Moffat's taking this there. But that's where I'd take it.
12th-Sep-2011 06:18 pm (UTC)
I would take it there, but I just don't buy Amy as hacking the computer and building a sonic screwdriver.

That was probably the most satisfying of the so-far weak second half-season.
12th-Sep-2011 07:44 pm (UTC)
If I were writing this show, I'd salvage older!Amy from that timeline just in time - and she would become Madame Kovarian.

Oh, I would love it if they did that!
12th-Sep-2011 08:37 pm (UTC)
Mostly unrelated, but I'd like to start a movement to refer to the Amy-who-waitedsurvived as Amy Omega instead of in reference to her age.

Edited at 2011-09-12 08:37 pm (UTC)
12th-Sep-2011 08:39 pm (UTC)
I like it!
13th-Sep-2011 10:41 am (UTC)
Nah, the Pi-Omega symbol is Amy's ever-so-subtle message to the Doctor: πiss Ωff!

13th-Sep-2011 12:23 am (UTC)
Yes. Awesome thoughts. I completely agree.
13th-Sep-2011 12:53 am (UTC)
I agree on all counts. The idea of pushing the wrong button or stepping out at the wrong moment and starting something that is horrible and (from that moment) inevitable is one of the things that scares me the most in this world, because it's all so possible.

And also, basically every episode we get the story of someone who blundered into something like that.
13th-Sep-2011 07:13 am (UTC)
Once in a while, yeah, the Doctor punches you in the gut. And Older Amy started running because she was wise and saw he was preparing to.

I think I really admire Moffat for being willing to say, from the mouth of the Doctor himself, that the Doctor is not actually a good man.

I can't get over the fact that the sweetest, most adorable Doctors are usually the ones that commit the worst acts.

Edited at 2011-09-13 07:13 am (UTC)
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