Okay so I’m really excited about the new character Danny Pink because he looks really cute and seems like he could be a fun character, but I feel like he was very conveniently introduced right after it was made clear that the Doctor and Clara were not going to be romantically involved. I just don’t like the thought of a character being introduced simply because Moffat can’t handle his character not having any kind of romantic interest, especially a woman.
I like to think of him more as potentially being the Ian Chesterton to Capaldi’s Doctor. Ian Chesterton had two purposes: 1) the science teacher for the sciencey episodes (as opposed to Barbara Wright being the history teacher for the historical episodes) and 2) the action man. Similarly, when they were casting the Fourth Doctor, they originally intended him to be an older man again, so they devised the character Harry Sullivan for any of the action sequences. Unfortunately (or, fortunately, depending on your point of view), they ended up casting Tom Baker as the Doctor, who was quite capable of the physical stuff, so Harry Sullivan became superfluous and was eventually written out of the show. Now that the Doctor is older again, he’s going to need a young, fit man to handle the more physical situations.
I certainly don’t know Moffat’s intentions, but that’s what I’d like to believe, at least.
So if both Clara Oswald and Danny Pink end up as companions, then Doctor Who will essentially be about a mysterious old man called the Doctor, traveling around time and space with two teachers from the Coal Hill School. Hmm…
Okay, so Missy…
We now have the Clock-Face Man and Gretchen in “Heaven.”
It is still undetermined if the Clock-Face Man jumped or was pushed. Either way, he knew he was going to die. I like to think he decided to jump (leap of faith, anyone?) because he knew there was no point to going on the way he was.
Gretchen Alison Carlisle made a decision to sacrifice herself for the team because she knew she was going to die in either case, at least let her death mean something.
These were two people that were in no-win situations and decided to allow their deaths to elevate themselves to a life less ordinary. I also think it’s important that Gretchen asked the Doctor to remember her.
I think Missy is part of the Doctor’s mind. I think the Doctor stores the memories of those who made an impact on his life. This season we are meant to be exploring the darker side of the Doctor. These people are the ones who chose self-sacrifice over selfishness and fear. Perhaps, much like the good moments they forced the Dalek to remember in Into the Dalek, the Doctor is storing his own moments to be able to remember the good man he once was and still wants to be.
So the Doctor has a rule against soldiers?
Ebb & Flow - Chapter 1
Doctor, don’t pretend like you’ve never been inside of a Dalek before…
Title: Ebb and Flow
Pairings: Merlin/Freya, Arthur/Gwen
Characters: Merlin, Arthur, Freya, Gwen, Morgana, Mordred, Gaius, Gwaine, Leon, Percival, Kilgharrah
Summary: Battle of Camlann AU, in which Merlin appears as his usual self instead of an old man and Arthur does not die; rather, Merlin is mortally wounded by Mordred’s sword. His only hope lies with the Lady of the Lake. But destinies are troublesome things…
vizier (wizard) had come to help inspire change,
But fate had planned an unexpected twist.
Within the palace walls, he discovered something strange
And found the missing part of him he didn’t know he missed.”
-A Thousand And One Nights, Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier
I think it’s one of the saddest things when the hero starts on his mission prepared to give up his life to save others, but what he doesn’t realize yet is that the ultimate sacrifice is not death. The ultimate sacrifice is continuing to live, knowing you will never be allowed to have your own happy ending.
I’m pretty sure that Dollhouse is actually a prequel to Firefly.