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Who: The Long Meta/Psychology Thing [with erratic spoilers examined hypothetically]

Who: The Long Meta/Psychology Thing [with erratic spoilers examined hypothetically]

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For newbies, my reviews tend to be light on description and high in circumlocution - basically, fill in the blanks if you know, rather vague if you don't

Where do I stand with the new Doctor? At first, I'd rank him with the War Doctor willing to sacrifice those who trust him if that makes the scales balance.
He blithely leaves Clara in the "care" of the Big Bad, with his fig-leaf "it's no good if we both get caught" spiel. Is it that different than killing your entire race/planet/people to stop an unjust war that has spilled out across the galaxy? If the payout is higher than the betrayal, then he takes it, he makes a cold hard assessment. The War Doctor was a Soldier; observe, asses, take action. I have the feeling that Capaldi isn't that much different. That staying alive can be justified (sometimes selfishly and insincerely) to solve the situation isn't something I haven't seen before, it is just more blatant. He is less the "Doctor Always Lies" as the Doctor Who Doesn't (or Won't let himself) Care to state his intentions blatantly and unadorned.

Capaldi (who I will learn to spell, eventually) is unafraid to get messy and is honestly ruthless, I can't see any other Doctor (recent or otherwise) peel a hench-person's face off and then wear it. Presumably doing this without taking a breath (Time Lords have this advantage - it comes with the double hearts). When he finally confronts the Big Bad he does so at almost a gentle pace, like taking tea, knowing that his allies are fighting the Killer Automata and that he needs to take out the Command Node to stop the Infestation.
It takes him a long time to build up the anger/confrontation and then he explains the broom thing with a charming little mime.

[11 would either shouted it at volume or delivered it on that dangerous icy calm that is his trademark, 10 would think the metaphor is way too long and a waste of time, and 9 would probably use his bloke thing]

He's not the only recent Doctor to be bad, mad and dangerous to know. 11 has some really unpleasant character traits. [which are another story and a reason I why I love him]. Still, Capaldi's probable/most possible "solution" to the problem may well be an indication of something less than nice... [I am a Han Shot First kind of person even if I don't like Star Wars] so, my assessment:

A lot has been said about the Capaldi Doctor being Darker and Colder. I'm less than convinced. As I said 11 is Not Very Nice underneath the cute mask of his goofy persona. [10 doesn't make the cut except with the Family of Blood and that is Very Nasty]. I think this is a Doctor less concerned about hiding and pretence.

So... I don't know why I think, why so much the fandom thinks, Capaldi is a darker, colder, hard-core Doctor, than his predecessor's joviality and friendly goofy persona. 11's cheerful persona was increasingly mask-like, barely covering the Most Dangerous and Violent Doctor [in my opinion - think about Demons Run When The Doctor Goes To War and he gets worse] but the Capaldi Doctor hasn't reached his predecessor's extremes (yet) but is unlike his 11 brethern he is a Doctor stripped bare, not even hiding his alien, inhuman and ruthlessness.

This is a Doctor who has decided to stop running from himself and facing the past and present head-on. To a point, I wonder how much Clara's Quantum Leap - righting old wrongs...etc - has imprinted on his new persona; he is a Doctor who is going to Do Things Right; especially when it comes to his own Wrongs.


[so, he is still an Angry God, just one trying to let go of anger, seeing this as one of his key faults and hating it. While 11 (and late 10) revel in it, and 11 seems to love himself for it - how many people put "socio-path" in their lonely hearts advert?] < random bit of earlier draft

So... watch this space

so I sort of rewrote one bit without cutting the draft - but it is still relevant and interesting and demonstrates some of my inarticulate thoughts and explication
  • Okay, this is all cool! I agree with your assessment that 11 is dangerous (and seems to be in love with his own dangerousness, and in love with danger generally - he loves that River will shoot people /o\).

    And I'm interested in your view that 12 (are we calling him 12 or 13 or capaldi or what, now?) has gone full circle on the anger that has driven him since the Time War, and is now maybe trying to be more than that? I am interested enough to keep watching him.

    Also, just from my perspective, he seems a great deal more Old School Doctor than any of the New Doctors have been to date, in that he's not really bothered to explain himself, or to entertain the humans. As someone who grew up on Pertwee and Baker that does not displease me. *g*
  • I don't know why I think, why so much the fandom thinks, Capaldi is a darker, colder, hard-core Doctor

    Uh, I think you said it yourself in the second half of that sentence - we're fooled by the persona, and since most of the time the Doctor's dangerousness is hidden we forget about it until it is right in our faces. Twelve isn't hiding anything, so he comes off as darker/colder/what-have-you even though objectively speaking he probably isn't.

    Did Eleven really put sociopath in a lonely hearts advert? I must have forgotten that bit!

    Also, this:
    [11 would either shouted it at volume or delivered it on that dangerous icy calm that is his trademark, 10 would think the metaphor is way too long and a waste of time, and 9 would probably use his bloke thing]

    is an awesome comparison!
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