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This Week's Who: The Teeny Tiny Tardis Episode

This Week's Who: The Teeny Tiny Tardis Episode

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Short of saying "the Tardis has shrunk" I'm not going to be talking about plot here. It's the old school buzzy-meta approach.

Some people may have seen an earlier attempt at this post.

Clara, Clara, Clara, What Are You Doing?

When the Doctor starts making moral judgements on human behaviour you should get worried, when they start being right, run for the door. The Doctor says pretty much what the Audience has for most of this season - Clara's shoddy behaviour towards Danny is getting out of hand and getting increasingly emotionally cruel. Danny is - it seems - the man she wanted to spend her life with so why is she still gallivanting around the cosmos? I'm not sure what lie/lies are getting to the Doctor more, but he is worried.

I think the Doctor is beginning to get a better picture of how human relationships work (let's face it, the only parallels have is a couple of couples travelling together and the dysfunctional road-crash that is River Song) and after this episode you can see it. Perhaps...

[turns the review sideways here]
{okay, so it's lifted from the old version of this post}

If we are still in the market for a male companion then Rigby seems to be another close-miss - he was on his phone to his mum and the engineer from last episode had a family to go home to... and Clara? Isn't going to have much of anything if she carries on like this. With two characters like this in a row, are they changing the Doctor's "normal" for human relationships?

{now not lifted from old version of this post}
...and Danny himself, he had somebody to go to/stay for: Clara.

What is really worrying (us and the Doctor) is how Clara seems to be free-falling into the Doctor's "she cares so I don't have to" persona and his opus-operandi of lying (badly) through his teeth as if that would make the problem go away (sorry 12, but 11 cornered the market in that one) and lying to people in mortal terror (who are probably going to die) and showing a disregard for individual deaths (the ones that appalled her so much she "left"). What we do know about the Doctor's tendency for lying: he doesn't do long-term ongoing lies, his are all mission-focused (even if his focus is a bit off) and getting things done (albeit at any cost).

This seems to be one of the things that worries the Doctor about Clara's changes. She spends much of this episode as a Substitute Doctor and her interoperation of Doctor-ish behaviour is freaking the Doctor out. The increasingly worried Doctor...

fuck it, this post is not working - I've been typing for an hour now and still seem to be getting nowhere fast - I think I know what I want to say, but not how to say it.
  • he spends much of this episode as a Substitute Doctor and her interoperation of Doctor-ish behaviour is freaking the Doctor out. The increasingly worried Doctor...

    Yeah, interesting stuff. Did you see the red button thing where either the writer or Moffat (can't quite remember) points out that she is picking up specific traits of his that he is not actually proud of exhibiting - but she is proud of acting like that as being like him. Interesting as well, since Clara becoming more Doctor-ish has clearly been a theme for this series, and it could be argued that part of Kill the Moon was him actually pushing her there - only it's ended up being a push in the wrong direction now that she's running with it.

    And the lying too - she started lying to both Danny and the Doctor when she chose to keep travelling. I don't know that I'm completely with the idea that the Doctor doesn't ever do long-term lies (not that I can think of any examples) but I think you are right that he is worried now that he sees Clara is, and to people who she should theoretically trust with the truth of who she is and what she wants. It seems to me to be a case of her not wanting Danny to know she's changed her mind about leaving the Doctor because she can't justify her change of heart to herself and so can't to him either, and she doesn't want to admit that it is just because she gets a thrill out of it.

    Or maybe she's been brainwashed by Missy into being unable to cut the Doctor out of her life for reasons that will become apparent later...

    • No, I didn't red button.

      I also think that the Doctor has been playing up his "I don't care" persona for attention and his own amusement. The School episode showed it - "go away humans" is pretty ludicrous. It's now that he's beginning to notice the crows coming home to roost. The ending of the Mummy was a surprise because the Doctor didn't behave as Clara/we thought he would - he saved everyone. When he said so, we assumed it was a Lie To Children until we met the engineer alive and well. I think the Doctor is trying to make right (wording) his relationship/image with Clara and Make Things Work. He's disappointed at the end of this episode -- he's been trying to change for her and it turns out that she hasn't changed for him (and more importantly) Changed for Danny. He's feeling "short changed" in this all.

      *tries to count companions who left for love*
      Ian/Barbara *
      Susan / David (not a companion and very dubious re: l4l)
      I don't know what Steve and Vicki did
      Polly and Thing
      Jo and Cliff the eco warrior *
      Mel (unbelievably)
      [I can't remember why the fuck Rose left]
      Amy and Rory (left together - romantically) *

      ...and I'd only 100% count/back three of them
      • Rose left (initially) because she nearly got accidentally sucked into a void and her alternate universe Dad managed to catch her and pull her into the alternate universe before she was totally voidified.

        The second time, the Doctor palmed her off with the human duplicate of himself and dumped them both back in the alternate universe so he didn't have to deal with either of them and could carry on being the martyred Lonely God. Or something. I'm not sure if that counts as being for love or not on Rose's part - I think she seemed quite happy with TenTwo but it was kind of weird.

        I don't know that the Doctor is playing things up for amusement as much as not paying attention. Being rude to people for amusement, possibly but on the not caring thing I think he's just forgotten how to act in a way that humans don't find disturbing.
  • I think this post is working - I hadn't thought about any of that and now you've said it its very clear indeed!
  • Good thoughts here! *runs them through the gears in my brane*
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