‘Now my Doctor, I’ve seen whole armies turn and run away and he’d just swagger off to his Tardis and open the doors with a snap of his fingers. The Doctor in the Tardis, next stop … everywhere.‘
Professor River Song, Forest of the Dead
I THINK about Doctor Who alot, probably too much for a man of my age whose name isn’t Russell T Davies or Steven Moffat.
For the last few days – since Sunday night really – it has rarely been out of my thoughts, but then something happened that kicked my random musings into overdrive.
On Twitter, @samshepherd (who until now has kept her geek light hidden under a bushel – your card has been marked lady!) said I thought the Time Lord Victorious was the closest we’ve seen to the Doc River Song described in Forests of the Dead.
Bang – overdrive time.
So is she right? After watching the episode again, and listening to virtually every line River Song spoke, I think Sam has a point.
By the time River Song met the Doctor for the first time and they went on – it seems – to get married, he would have been older and it follows would have had much more time to dwell on his place in the Universe as last of the Time Lords and what that truly means.
As we saw on Sunday, that could mean the he has fully inherited his Time Lord Victorious status – arrogant, unchecked, changing whatever he wants whatever the cost – who is certainly the kind of man who you could say the above quote about, making armies scatter and clicking his fingers and who knows what else.
The oncoming storm, the destroyer of worlds.
The Doctor and the Tardis, next stop everywhere can also seem like a prophecy of chaos given how the Doctor behaved in The Waters of Mars – rewriting any events as he believes they should be, leaving no stone unturned to make things ‘right’.
But given the nature of the character and the show, I don’t think that is all he would be. River says as much herself – You know when you see a photograph of someone you know, but it’s from years before you knew them, it’s like they’re not quite finished, they’re not done yet.
I have to believe that with that development would come greater wisdom and the ability to stop being as emotional as his younger self (and to stop being so much of a cock), to accept his responsibilities and come to terms with who and what he is.
What I mean is the Time Lord Victorious would simply fly in and save River Song or wipe out the Vashta Narada because that fits in with his anything goes as long as I say so vision of the Universe.
However, River’s Doctor does not do that, instead saying goodbye to River with their night out on Darillium where he gave her his sonic screwdriver, trusting his younger self would save her life. River even says you’ve always known how I was going to die. Yet he did not directly step in.
Which, IMHO, means while they would still be a big part of who he is, the Doctor is capable of controlling his TLV urges.
Whew, that was a bit of a stream of consciousness but I hope it made sense.
I don’t know if Sam would come to the same conclusion (let’s be honest, to her it was a quick Twitter message, to me two days of thinking and two hours to write this!) although I think so, but that is where I ended up.
Either way, it was a great shout and something I have loved pondering. Thanks Sam!