Regarding last week’s last-minute post, 10 Things about ‘Day of the Doctor’, I like #4 best (just like in the actual program!):
4. The dialogue in which the three Doctors remind themselves of the Doctor’s core principles is based on this section from the 1976 book The Making of Doctor Who by former Who script editor Terrance Dicks: “He never gives in, and never gives up, however overwhelming the odds against him. The Doctor believes in good and fights evil. Though often caught up in violent situations, he is a man of peace. He is never cruel or cowardly.”
I like that the script quotes Terrance Dicks, who was without question a major force behind the show’s success and longevity. I like that those words and ideas have been a part of the Doctor’s makeup for at least 40 years. Though a pacifist, he is also a fighter, putting himself on the line against evil. Though he often encounters violence, he never instigates it, never chooses it. He is willing to destroy an enemy only when there is no other way, and he is always willing to sacrifice himself first.
The Doctor may not always be a good man, but he always tries to be.