Warning – Some very minor spoilers for The Hand of Fear, and The Androids of Tara. Major spoilers for important bits of series five, six, and seven.
Also major spoilers for The Tomorrow People episode, Hitler’s Last Secret.
Well, after a big gap, here is part three of my investigation of Steven Moffat’s story arcs. Part two dealt with the first story of Series Six, and originally this part was to deal with the rest of that series, until I realised how overwhelmingly convoluted and inconsistent it was. So now this bit will take us up to the penultimate story, and part three will be all about The Wedding of River Song.
(Late edit – Grant commented that I was applying a level of scrutiny that most stories wouldn’t hold up to – and he’s right. So in order to be sightly fairer, I have coloured the bits that don’t really relate directly to the story or character arcs but are in fact individual episodic or story flaws. So if you’re just interested in the arc bits, ignore the rest.)
Rory looks on in horror as the Doctor cold-bloodedly kills an innocent being for no very good reason.
So, after events in Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon we get various cameos with Madam Kovarian, and then we get The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People. It’s a story about how Gangers are really, really honestly living sentient beings after all, and killing them is wrong, wrong, so terribly wrong.
That ends with the Doctor choosing to kill the Ganger of Amy.
He say he needed enough information to block the signal to the Flesh. The Doctor has already waited through a few stories previously, so it’s a bit off that once he has confirmed the Ganger origins and that Amy is a Ganger, he pretty much immediately chooses to kill her, rather than keep her alive and try to track the signal animating her.
But it was a nice, cool, shock ending. One that helped make the Doctor look, at best, like a massive, unfeeling hypocrite. At worst he’s a murderer. Would the Doctor have dispatched an actual living being like that? Oh wait, he spent the last two episodes arguing that the Gangers were real, living, feeling beings, so the answer must be yes.
I think it would have been more shocking if they way came up with to deal with Ganger Jennifer, that also took out the Gangers of the Doctor, Cleaves, and Amy. There’s a lot of drama to be had from that, especially if it turns out the Doctor didn’t know for sure, so he’s almost as stunned and shocked as Rory. And it avoids turning the Doctor into a cold-blooded killer.
But that’s not as cool or surprising, and one should always jettison good character stuff for cool.
So then we come to… Continue reading →