Half Century

Trying my best not to give any spoilers, but The Day of the Doctor was utterly wonderful and, for me, very emotional ~ almost all my positive memories of childhood are directly connected to that show. I have heard a fair few complaints from people about the 50th reversing the history laid down in the revived version of the show. Which it does, but personally I don't see this as a bad thing, given the way that they did it. The Doctor's character had become increasingly bleak and tormented, with many episodes dwelling on the idea that he is (to his enemies at least) a monster. Writers inspired, I dare say, by Nietzsche's view that, "He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you." Whilst such sentiments are certainly true, I do feel the point had become somewhat over-laboured and the show was in danger of turning their hero into a self-tormenting neurotic worthy of a Raymond Chandler novel.
Does the change in plot make the new Doctor a lightweight character? I don't think so, the classic series placed him in enough moral dilemmas and saw him making enough bleak choices (as with the original, and far superior looking, Silurians) to retain a cloak of darkness that gives him depth. Though the idea that only those with blood on their hands can be considered interesting or complex is a somewhat bizarre notion.
Having spent 50 years worth of episodes running away, the Doctor has taken Erich Fromm's recommendation and finally has something positive to run towards. Of course, when he finally reaches his destination the chances of it being all roses round the door and joyful welcomes are likely to be slim ~ there will be a whole world of drama to be milked in that for years to come!


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