I have been known to ponder what “The Doctor’s Wife” might have been without the romance angle. Of course we know that the Doctor would love his TARDIS whatever she looked like, and that their bond in fact has no sexual element to it, but deep platonic love is barely a thing on television today. Given that environment, how could such a relationship be effectively portrayed?
TNT’s The Librarians reveals all.
The Librarians has shown flickers of DW in the past. Its creators established their fanboy cred on Leverage, and the pilot of their newer show displayed some strong parallels. In the S2 episode “And the Hollow Men,” Librarian Flynn Carsen – a brilliant, well-traveled eccentric – meets someone who turns out to be his Library – his bigger-on-the-inside box of wonders – in human form.
Instead of a beautiful woman, the Library manifests itself in a large, sweaty, bearded man. Sexual chemistry is notably absent. However, the love between them, the shared adventures, the need each has for the other, all shine as brightly as the bond between the Doctor and his TARDIS. Flynn loves his Library, and his Library loves him back. He grieves at having to say goodbye so soon, but he’ll never forget – and never regret – the time when they talked.
Well done, Librarians, well done.