“I don’t age. I regenerate. But humans decay. You wither and die. Imagine watching that happen to someone you…”
Plenty of fans take this as Ten’s declaration of love for Rose. He cares about her so much, he couldn’t bear to watch her fade away while he stayed young. It’s a familiar sentiment among immortals: the one scene I remember from the Highlander movie is the opening sequence of the main character’s married life, up to and including his beloved’s final goodbyes. I went there too, on the first pass.
However. “Imagine watching that happen to someone you…” What, Doctor? Someone you love? What do you think every human endures at least once in their life, unless they are fortunate/unfortunate enough to die too young?
Every human watches those they love decay. Every parent dies. Every spouse withers. The Doctor is eternally young; in many ways, particularly this incarnation, eternally a child. He’s seen plenty of death, but somehow aging is more than he can bear. An expression of love it may be, but also an expression of selfishness.
The Doctor leaves his companions behind out of dramatic necessity. Change is a fact of life, in universe and IRL. In many ways, Rose isn’t special at all;* he left Susan and Jo and Sarah Jane, Nyssa and Peri and Grace, and in the end he’ll leave her too. The Doctor moves on.
Still, for this Doctor, it won’t be easy.
* I say this as a fully committed shipper. I believe that Rose IS special to Nine and Ten, though Eleven and Twelve have likely moved on. I think that Ten meant it when he said, “Not you.” This incarnation is just a slice of a very long life, and to him Rose means the world.
Along with the Mathieson/Treganna tidbit of the other day, we now have a third non-Moffat contributor for S9: Toby Whithouse.
I’ve written about Whithouse before. I’ve been generally happy with his contributions to both Doctor Who and Torchwood, Amy’s about face in ‘The God Complex’ notwithstanding. For S9 he’ll have an as-yet-unnamed two-parter.
A few of his favorite themes:
- ‘School Reunion:’ Sarah Jane and the Doctor confront missed opportunities. Rose and Mickey accept new risks.
- ‘The Vampires of Venice:’ Having lost her homeworld, Rosanna Calvierri struggles to save her family at any cost.
- ‘The God Complex:’ Everyone faces their greatest fear.
- ‘A Town Called Mercy:’ Two Doctors balance the good they’ve done against the evil. One comes up short.
- ‘Torchwood: Greeks Bearing Gifts:’ Tosh thinks she’s found love, but really she only discovers deception.
A good collection of interesting ideas, fairly well executed. I look forward to his upcoming contributions.
via Tumblr: Maisie Williams to guest star on Doctor Who
There are a few awesome tidbits in this post. First of all, the formidable Arya Stark will come face to face with the Doctor. Not as herself of course; we get no hints as to Williams’ role, and if we did they’d only be spoilers. Instead, we look forward with anticipation to her appearance.
Second, a couple of episode titles and associated writers are mentioned. I don’t know if a full S9 list has come out yet; last I heard of any writers was only rumor. Here, though, a couple are confirmed:
- Jamie Mathieson of the spectacular ‘Mummy on the Orient Express’ and ‘Flatline’ will be returning. I’m thrilled to get more from him; less thrilled that he’ll be sharing credit with the Moff and that the title is so lame, but we can’t have everything.
- Catherine Treganna, who wrote two of my favorite episodes of Torchwood, is confirmed. The rumors of a first-since-2008 and fifth-in-history female writer I met with optimistic skepticism, but now we know it’s for real. Treganna’s story is also rather weakly named, but if she brings to it the heart of ‘Out of Time’ and ‘Captain Jack Harkness’ then we can’t lose.
In the absence of other information, I hold out hope that Treganna – or another woman – may have a second episode upcoming this season.
Finally, the post mentions that both Mathieson’s and Treganna’s episodes are period stories. That could mean anything, but usually refers to Europe of the last millennium. Everyone loves Victorian stories, which also offer the opportunity to bring in the Paternoster gang; however, we’ve had quite a few of these lately, and something different might be nice. A large branch of the fandom is clamoring for a Jane Austen episode; following Agatha Christie in S4, Shakespeare in S2, and Charles Dickens in S1, there’s really no reason why not. Mary Shelley might be another fun one. Too much to hope for might be a non-European story: feudal Japan, ancient Egypt, China during the Revolution, the Indian Uprising. These stories might however require a lighter and more sensitive touch than Moffat and his crew have demonstrated; colonial POVs mar a good portion of classic Who, and any treatment of such topics will have to be handled with care.
I’m still sad I have to wait till August for any of this, but on the plus side I may well be finished re-watching S8 by then.